Maryland Firefighters Recognized for Apartment Fire Rescues

A working definition of an engine “company”, six members are recognized for their work in rescuing occupants and knocking down the fire.

Throughout the year Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Chief Eugene A. Jones recognizes various career and volunteer members of the department for significant actions. Lately Chief Jones has recognized members of the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department for their work in rescuing two occupants in a first-due apartment fire.

Side Alpha, 3212 Toledo Place (WUSA9 photo)

On February 26, 2010 Engine 801 and other companies were dispatched to 3212 Toledo Place for an apartment fire. On arrival the crew found fire extending from apartment 4 and quickly struck a second alarm. As the engine company made entry into the apartment they came across an unconscious adult male. Volunteer firefighters Steve Whitman and Nik Zupaanic removed the victim from the fire building.



As they transferred the victim over to EMS personnel, volunteer firefighters Matthew Leonard and Ethan Sorrell continued working on extinguishing the main body of fire. As they advanced, Career Fire Lieutenant/Paramedic George Flanagan began searching ahead of the nozzle team.

During his search Lieutenant Flanagan located a four-year old girl in a rear bedroom. The lieutenant immediately removed the girl and turned her over to Career Technician/Paramedic Christopher Blackistone of Company 7 (Riverdale) who began mouth-to-mouth and restored the child’s breathing. Technician Blackistone turned the child over to EMS personnel.

Although the adult male succumbed to his injuries, his daughter survived and was released from the hospital after one week. Congratulations to each member recognized and the additional members and companies that supported the rescue and fire attack.

References
Two Rescues in Toledo Place Apartment Fire , HVFD.com
Man, Child Rescued From 2-Alarm Apartment Fire In Hyattsville, WUSA9
Firefighters Rescued for Life-Saving Rescue

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Bill Carey
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Thank you Ed.
2014-10-22 14:26:50
Ed Hartin
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Excellent article Bill!
2014-10-14 12:47:14
Ron Ayotte
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Bill.. I agree with Tony C. The situations we respond to sometimes reuire that we tune and tweak SOPs and SOGs "on the fly" in order to complete the tasks given. Fire doesn't care what is stated in our SOPs/SOGs.
2014-10-11 22:14:29
Bill Carey
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Thanks Tony.
2014-10-06 11:06:34
Tony C.
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A great read, Bill. I see so much of this in the fire service. I forgot to pull up my hood on the last fire and I didn't get burned. I didn't buckle my waist strap on the last fire and I didn't get tangled up. I didn't check my bottle before my last fire…
2014-10-05 15:37:05
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