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P.G. Working: Video and Photos from Largo Townhouse Fire

Engine 846 with smoke showing PLUS articles from FireRescue Magazine and Fire Engineering

Prince George’s County firefighters responded to the townhouse fire in the 600 block of Harry S. Truman Drive. The box alarm consisted of Engine companies 46, 33, 5 and 23; Truck companies 37 and 38; and Truck 9 as the Rapid Intervention Company. Engine 846 arrived to find smoke showing from the end unit of a two-story row.

Video and photos from PGFD PIO Mark Brady show the crew of E.846 making entry while TK.837 begins to open up. In Mark’s video you’ll also see companies arrive to the rear as the first line makes its attack on the fire. Engine 833 was assigned to run their line to the second floor and check for extension, which was found there and in the attic.

The results of the searches were negative and it reportedly took 20 minutes to extinguish the fire. More photos can be found here, “Townhouse Fire – 600 Block of Harry S. Truman Drive

Read Kentland’s post about Box 46-26.

Key Skill Areas for Engine Companies
How does your engine company measure up?
Robertson, FireRescue Magazine/FirefighterNation.com 31 January 2014

The Difference between the Back-Up Line and the Second Attack Line
The back-up line & the second attack line may appear to have similar jobs, but they don’t
Kirby and Lakamp, FireRescue Magazine/FirefighterNation.com 16 October 2012

Know the Role of the First-Due Truck Company
Understanding basic first-due truck company operations
McCormack, FireRescue Magazine/FirefighterNation.com 1 April 2010

Expect Fire
DeStafano, FireEngineering.com 6 February 2014

On the Line: Second Due is Second to None
DeStafano, FireEngineering.com 7 May 2013

Water Supply Tactics: Expect the Unexpected
Rossi, FireEngineering.com 19 July 2013



Bill Carey is the online public safety news and blog manager with PennWell Public Safety, or more specifically FireRescue Magazine/FirefighterNation.com, JEMS.com, LawOfficer.com and FireEMSBlogs.com. Bill started in the fire service, as a third generation firefighter in 1986, on the eastern shore of Maryland and then continued after moving to Prince George’s County. He served as a volunteer sergeant and lieutenant at Hyattsville. Bill’s writing has been on Firehouse.com, Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine, FirefighterNation.com, the Jones and Bartlett 2010 edition of “Fire Officer: Principles and Practice”, The Secret List and Tinhelmet.com. His recent writing on firefighter behavioral health has been nominated for 2014 Neal Award for Best Subject-Related Series.

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