Just before 1am on Wednesday, August 6, Public Safety Communications struck out the box alarm for Route 1 and Main Street for the reported house on fire. Truck 10, Chief 10, and Chief 10A responded on the call with a total of seven volunteers. While en-route, communications advised that they were receiving numerous addresses on the call.
The Laurel VFD has started a monthly training day where we bring together rookies from all duty nights and do a fire and EMS training 'circuit'. This week, members focused on ground ladders, lay out, forcible entry, and attack lines. The new EMS members practiced with the stair chair, cot, hare traction splint, and using station mapbooks.
Shortly after 2000hrs on Saturday, August 2nd, the phone at Station 10 rang advising the crew to mount up on the truck for a house fire with reported entrapment in Co. 49's area. Less than a minute later, the box alarm was dispatched to the 13700-blk of Engleman Dr, sending companies from Laurel, Beltsville,and Savage to the scene.
Just after the start of duty crew on Wednesday, July 30, Engine 103 was alerted to the 7600-block of Old Muirkirk Road for a reported house on fire. Engine 103, Chief 10, Chief 10A, and Chief 10B responded with a total of 10 volunteers. While en-route, Public Safety Communications advised they were receiving several calls reporting a vacant house on fire.
The Laurel VFD recently signed a contract with Seagrave Fire Apparatus for the purchase of a new 105' Apollo II rearmount tower ladder. The unit will be built on their Marauder-II chassis. Delivery is expected early spring of 2015.
On the morning of July 6th, at approximately 0915hrs, Engine 104 and units from surrounding companies were alerted to Courtland Pl, in the Ashford section of town, for a reported basement fire in a townhouse. Engine 104, Chief 10, and Chief 10A responded with a total of nine volunteers. Engine 104 arrived on the scene of a two story end of the group townhouse with smoke showing.
It's with deep sadness and regret to inform the LVFD membership that Mabel Litchfield, beloved wife of our Chaplin Litchfield, passed on June 6, 2014. Please have Hiulbert, David, and their family in your thoughts and prayers. Arrangements are as follows:
Viewing: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Donaldson's Funeral Home from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm.