Expect Fire:Sunday in Prince George’s County

Busy morning highlights need to be mentally prepared

Dave LeBlanc’s latest article focuses on some of the important basics needed to be known in understanding our “Expect Fire” ideology. Rather than highlight incidents and video of various fireground activity for the purpose of anonymous criticism, we are very peculiar about what we share so that lessons can be learned and basics can be reinforced. The intent is not to reinvent the wheel but to offer readers a better alternative to type and click interaction commonly found elsewhere. You can read Dave’s article below.

On 14 October, firefighters in Prince George’s County Maryland started the day right away with an example of “expecting fire”. Just before 0100 hours, companies were sent to investigate “smoke in the area” of the Sunnyside neighborhood, between Branchville/College Park and Beltsville. After much searching, Engine 811 (Branchville) found a two-story single-family dwelling with fire showing from the basement. There were no reported injuries.

At approximately 0300 hours, Engine 846 (Largo) was dispatched to the 128000 block of Peachleaf Court for a smoke alarm activation. Upon arrival a working basement fire was discovered and additional companies were dispatched. During the fire an unconscious, burned adult female was located and removed. Despite paramedics’ regaining a pulse in the victim before arriving at the hospital, the victim later succumbed to her injuries. No other injuries were reported.

Finally, at approximately 0830 hours, companies were dispatched to the 3500 block of Windom Road in Brentwood for the apartment fire. First-arriving crews found fire showing from the second and third floors of the three-story building. No injuries were reported.

View more videos at: http://nbcwashington.com.

In eight hours, three different fires highlight the need to understand what is specifically meant to “Expect Fire.” A odor of smoke, a alarm activation and a significant amount of fire showing on a Sunday morning should cause all of us to consider how prepared we are, mentally, to face what may be more than just “smells and bells.”

Additional Information:
"First Due House Fire" Branchville Volunteer Fire Department

"House Fire in Branchville", Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department

"Fire Showing from Second and Third Floor at Bunker Hill Apartment", Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department

"3 Fires on Sunday Morning" PGFD PIO

"3 Fires in Prince George's County" NBC Washington

"One Dead after Multiple Fires in Prince George's County" WUSA


Bill Carey is the daily news and blog manager for Elsevier Public Safety (FireRescue Magazine/Firefighter Nation, JEMS and LawOfficer sites.) Bill also manages the FireEMSBlogs.com network and is a former volunteer lieutenant with the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George's County, Maryland.

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