The Battalion TV: Prince George's County (MD) Fire/EMSJun 07, 2021
previously on the
fireand ems went to a structure
firewith the injured safety officer learned more about tower training with captain jesse constantino took a tour of the
battalionwith the chief of Battalion Donnie Fletcher and were on the scene of a structure fire that saved two lives in this webisode, we stopped by the Capitol Heights Fire Station to meet with Lt. Kathleen Marcel and learn more about how the department Prince George's County firefighters have been able to raise awareness about breast cancer. Kathleen Marcel Acting Lieutenant of the First Church. county fire department our special events unit i became a firefighter because i had a little trouble in high school and had to do some community service so i joined the local volunteer team back home and really enjoyed the camaraderie, the atmosphere family and helping people.
Before he had cancer he was stationed at Silver Hill Station 29 in the medical unit. I was there approximately during the battle when I was eight years old. I was taking a shower and I found a lump so I called my doctor and I went in and I saw her and then I sent her a mammogram and then they found bad results and I went to get an ultrasound right away and then they came the radiologist came in and said I needed get a biopsy right away and things didn't look good. I did not do it. I took a lot of time off to work.
I continued working. I only took three to five days off after treatment and then when I had surgery I took two weeks and two months off to recover and every other time I was at work I couldn't. Sitting down I needed to be up and do something. Prince George's County Fire and Emergency Department has done a lot for our breast cancer awareness. We have two fire trucks in the medical unit which is pink. They do all kinds of public events and stuff when I did. the announcement that I had cancer to the department them um the outpouring of support was just incredible um phone calls text messages facebook messages um people bringing food preparing food for me and my husband offering me transportation well the doctor told me I was cancer free cancer, I was very Elated, there is no better news in the world when I was cleared to return to work.
It was a relief. I can't sit at home doing nothing, so work gives me purpose. Early detection is important because from the moment I found my lump. By the time I started the treatment that started, it had actually doubled in size, so if I had done it later to have a totally different result, a message to people for early detection would be: "Trust your bodies , trust yourselves, you know." yourself if something doesn't feel right get it checked stop hurting your back designed to prevent first responders back injuries and extend careers the walking board is the newest innovation in patient extraction it is a dolly designed specifically for transporting people who must remain supine on their backs, allows first responders to carry their patients to safety instead of carrying them.
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battalionchief, Mike Linski, I'm the leader or one of the members of the Prince of Orange County, pipe and drum man, and I'm coming here to practice for a little bit because I'm still not very well. at the security officer's quarters jim geron catches up on emails between calls my name is jim geron I am the operational security officer for the prince george county fire emergency department and this would be my 20 years working and serving to the citizens of Prince George's County and I was selected as one of the first safety officers about three years ago late in the afternoon a call comes in, it's a structure fire on the other side of the county, we ride with safety officer Jaron , one of those guys who didn't grow up with a legacy of having parents and brothers in the fire service.
I actually wanted to be a doctor first, so at a pre-med meeting in college, one of the instructors said he needed some volunteer time, so I found out I had a friend in high school whose dad was in college. beltsville volunteer fire department board of directors so I got an application and I applied and luckily I had some really good mentors there and that's where I started my career you know once I got into that unit and I was able to start helping people without spending years and years in medical school, you know, right out of college in high school, I really developed a passion for it and I really enjoyed riding in the ambulance and then I started there.
It was a real call at my station where one of the career firefighters was understaffed and I was at the station but had no firefighting or emergency medical training and during that call we lost the girl in a house fire. house, the two firefighters. I made brave attempts or several firefighters made brave attempts to rescue this girl and when I woke up from the bunk room, I said to myself, "You know if I'm going to be here if I'm going to be in this ambulance I have to be in everything that comes out that door I have to make a difference in whatever comes out that door first, whether it's the engine or the ambulance, I just need to be trained to be able to do everything while I'm on the way to the remote officer's area.
Akokic security, Jerome, quickly briefs us on the current conditions at the fireground. um, it's a hydrogen-free area, water supply with multiple tankers, oh yeah, the cactus hill that goes down next to Marshall Road, standby crews work additionally with the tanker, not the tanker at this time do you have any instructions after a 40 minute drive we arrived on scene in the remote area of akukeek fire departments across the country they're really reviewing the new cosmis usa vulcan frame boost feel comfortable yeah man I like that room on the top yeah I make it super lightweight I can feel the arch support I like the straps I like them I can I put my hands on them, they are like part of the boot sewn very low, they feel good even up. they fit well they feel good yes I like these you can see them on www because they have a 100 three year no hydrant warranty in this rural area and as remote as they are fire conditions like this will really test anyone department.
Hello, we received it for the first time. at the scene we had heavy fires started from inside bravo it looks like it started in the garage the firefighters have several lines charged but they are having problems with the water pressure just tell me what's going on with the water supply uh actually we just don't have some water right now, I guess we are waiting for the tigers to refill with the fire burning strong inside the main structure and multiple fires burning near the propane tanks. They need to solve the water problem. The last thing they need is a propane tank exploding in this remote location while they wait in the water several firefighters work tirelessly to remove the siding and walls of the structure to ventilate the attic the water arrives just in time to cool the propane tank of metal initially when we got there they were still installing the water supply, they were doing the tanker transfers, not all the tankers were there, I think they had four or five tankers on the task and as you said there were very tight, uh, fire apparatus parked on the side of the roads and we had to keep that lane open to make sure that we could continue to get that water supply there, that we could continue to get that water to the main engine 824 so they could pump those lines .
When I first got there there were three lines in operation and they had some difficulty getting some pressure because I think they are having some volume issues with the water supply and the initial once we got there yeah okay we keep going to officer Jurong while checking on the well-being of the other members fighting the Hell as constant water is still a factory. You are not going to operate in this area. See this above. They must back off if they have to hit him from behind. I want them out of the collapse zone. Okay, just grab the foldable, um pio.
Live on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. EST, I'm joined today by Pete Parenter, who is the official public information spokesperson for neighboring Montgomery County. Stay tuned for the live training broadcast schedule on our homepage to find out who, where and when it will happen. battalion television network without hydrants and with a constant water supply an issue, we look at the parameters of the fireground to see what tactical operations are necessary to keep the water flowing. It takes a little time to orchestrate it when you know you're starting. Set up the operation because if you don't do it right the first time, you'll ruin the dog, so we try to set up the dump tank, get a circular route for the tankers from the filling site to the dump site, so they don't are crossing, we try to put the dump tank next to each other so we have two dump tanks to fill and then we'll take the dump site bumper and slow down.
The fire is reduced before you double it, you can triple it and depending on how you set them up, you can have two tankers discharging at the same time, um, if you see the Waldorf has its uh, its jet siphon on the supply hose from where they can be transferred from one. to the other, we have another tanker coming and the tankers are now moving like clockwork. We check in again at the scene of the fire. All three lines are working hard to put out the fire. Hell is pretty loud in the attic and really moving in the basement. eventually we will fill the basement with water here turn it off 11 want to run it man 11 want to run it for a long time it will just flow very fast to help prevent structural collapse firefighters flow water into the basement safely from outside the door svi trucks es A fourth-generation family-owned business based in Colorado that specializes in building custom emergency vehicles and for over 50 years SVI Trucks has produced over 1,000 emergency service vehicles that save lives every day around the world. svi trucks has earned a rock solid reputation for innovative designs and superior quality for more information visit www.svitrux.com building this particular house was challenging at best, they had knee high interior walls in the second floor, which has restricted access for us to be. able to get those hidden fire and smoke spots, especially when we can't go inside due to the deteriorated roof structure.
Also in the rear we had multiple areas of possible collapse which also blocked the only exterior basement exit entrance which We knew there could have been an interior entrance to the basement on the other side but due to the fire conditions on the roof instability , we couldn't send the firefighters inside to get into that basement, so it looks like it ended up happening. like parts of the floor had burned and started lighting up the basement, so we were having a hard time. The entrance door to the basement was right next to the heating oil in that back corner that had already started to lean. structural members, the building was dimensional lumber, so it gives the firefighters kind of a false sense of security because it was made of dimensional lumber and it will take longer to start burning them through the structural members that have a little bit more of time to trade under something that looks like it's going to collapse and that's the scenario I ran into several times, a lot of people started trading, they were looking at that fire that they knew they had to put out to get it.
The basement went out, the back end went out, but they were operating under the roof structure which was almost partially collapsing and in fact there was a point where we lost the floor joist and it almost looked like the back part of the roof was going. to collapse, so you back someone up, lean into them like this, open up, oh, you know, the rural fires that you have in non-hydrated areas are not your typical bread and butter fires, especially for urban firefighters, you know we're used to drop a hose, our hose. supply hose and hydrant, set a relay and have an abundant supply of water when we change ourtactics and we changed our way of thinking that we have limited water, so now we have to set our priorities on where that water is and what we are trying to protect.
So sometimes when we are in a rural situation, it may seem like the firefighters are letting the fire burn down a building, but in reality we are setting priorities for life, what we can use that water for the safety of life and also what We stay in reserve for emergencies because we've lost some fire trucks, um network, you know, if it gets too close or if that propane tank got full, we needed to have a water supply to protect the engines and protect our people with all Crews from the department containing the inferno tower on Brian's Road move in to finish the job.
Oh, in the end there was a massive loss of property due to the remote location of the house, but fortunately no lives were lost, the men and women of Prince George's County were able to get the job. done no matter how difficult the circumstances and no matter how remote the location you are.
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