West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department Photo of The Day
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Just before 1330 hours Engine 28 was dispatched for the house fire on the 3800 block of Endicott Place in Springdale (Co 6's area). Squad 6 arrived first and reported a 2 story single family dwelling with fire showing through the roof. Engine 28 arrived shortly after and quickly went to work stretching attack lines inside knocking the fire on the first floor and advancing to the second.
After getting the bulk of the fire on the second floor knocked down the men of Engine 28 attempted to return to the first floor to extinguish the fire in the walls opened up by the Truck Co. At this point the stairs gave way and crews were no longer able to access the second floor. Knowing this, another fireman from the Engine crew as well as other companies stretched several attack lines (7 overall) off of Engine 281 and advanced to the second floor via ground ladders. At this time, upon entering the second floor, the fireman from 28 was injured when burning roof beams fell on top of him. He was transported to the Medstar Burn Center where his is currently in stable condition with second and third degree burns and awaiting surgery.
Photos courtesy of Master Fireman Mark Welch of 28 and FF/EMT Brandon Decker, Mountain Park Vol. Fire Rescue
Just after 28's arrival
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Just before 1800 hours Truck 28 was dispatched for the house fire on the 7600 block of Burnside Rd in Co. 33's area. First arriving units found fire showing from the second floor of a 2 story, EOR "Triple". Truck 28 arrived and established the RIT. The Truck crew operated on scene for approximately 45 mins before returning to service.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
At 2025 hrs Engine 28 was dispatched for the reported house fire in the area of Huxley Dr. & Forbes Blvd. Engine 281 with a crew of 5 men arrived to find smoke showing and quickly stretched an attack line inside. Upon making entry, crews found a fire on the back deck extending into the cockloft which was now showing through the roof. The Wagon crew advanced the line to the second floor and began opening the ceiling and putting out all visible fire. Crews operated on scene for about 2 hrs before taking up.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Around 0310 hrs Engine 48 was dispatched for a reported Outside Fire in the 8600 Block of Cipriano Springs Ct. While en route the call was upgraded to a House Fire calling Truck 28 to the scene. Engine 48 and Truck 28 Arrived to find fire showing from the rear of a townhouse. Crews made entry and began knocking down the fire, opening up and conducting primary searches of the houses and exposures. Crews operated for nearly 3 hours.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Just after midnight, while conducting ground ladder training, Truck Company 28 was dispatched for the Apartment Fire with people trapped on 68th Place in Landover Hills (Co. 30). Truck 28 with 6 men arrived seconds after the first engine and found fire coming from the stairwell and roof of a 3 story garden apartment. They also encountered several civilian reports of people trapped on the rear, upper floor balconies. The men quickly went to work throwing ladders to the front and rear and beginning the search for the trapped occupants as the first engine began the fire attack. While the Truck crew inside conducted primary searches of the apartments they came across the trapped occupants on the top floor rear balcony, which was 4 stories high, and assisted Company 33 with getting them onto the ground ladders. Meanwhile, on the terrace level of Side C, 2 West Lanham rookies heard screams for help coming from one of the apartments. Not hesitating they quickly went in and found a woman holding her baby and assisted her to safety to the rear of the building. Shortly thereafter, while the men inside were finishing up their searches, securing utilities and opening up, a man from Truck 28 and Truck 9 went to the roof and began opening it up to expose the fire that had spread into the cockloft. After the fire was out the assignment was scaled back to 1 & 1 holding Truck 28 on scene for overhaul. The Truck operated on scene for almost 5 hours.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Just after 2200 hours Truck 28 was alerted for the reported house fire on the 3600 Block of Edmond Way in Bowie. First arriving units reported a basement fire with smoke showing. Truck 28, with 4 men, arrived minutes later and assumed RIT duties. Shortly after establishing RIT the crew was called inside to conduct primary searches and begin opening up. The Truck was release after operating on scene for over an hour.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
At 2105 hours Truck 28 was alerted for the House Fire in Co. 6's area. Units arrived to find a kitchen fire and the Men of Truck 28 promptly conducted a primary search, threw ladders, opened up and secured the utilities.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Just before midnight Truck 28, with a crew of 5 Men, was sent to the 10900 block of Lake Arbor Way in Co. 46's (Kentland) area. First arriving companies reported "nothing evident" from the street but found a fire upstairs upon making entry. Truck 28 operated as the 2nd Due special service and quickly went to work throwing ladders and opening up. The crew operated on scene for just under an hour before returning to service.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
In the late hours of August 13th Engine 28 was transferred to the quarters of Co. 26, shortly thereafter the men of Engine 28 were special called on the 2nd Alarm to 1000 Ritchie Rd in Co. 37's area for a recycling facility that had caught fire. Engine 28 arrived just after 0100 hrs to assist companies on scene with suppression and overhaul. The Engine crew operated on scene for just under 2 hours before returning to service.
Co. 37 Photo
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
We regretfully announce the passing of Life Member Charles Leckliter. Charlie held many line officers positions and was a member of the Board of Directors. Charlie was known as the Ultimate Ladder Truck Chauffeur. He was truly a fireman's fireman. He made many saves in his career and always showed up at the perfect time to rescue his fellow firemen. He will be greatly missed.
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