10/14/11 79 W - + 5 - 5 Video Fuego Inestable

For your Friday morning enjoyment, here's an extended video clip of truck work from a three-alarm fire Prince George's County, MD. See this Statter911 posting for more information, including reader comments which are uniformly positive. Interesting observation by one reader about side-mounted versus through-body ladder storage. It does make a difference in access, when other vehicles or objects are parked close! Happy Friday, and remember to leave room for the truck at the building.

It’s not what you call it Truck, Ladder, Squad, Engine or Rescue its how you staff it, notice the staffing on truck 12 alone this will save lives “people in side or firefighters” Can’t wait till we stop turning the blind eye to staffing and stand up and say this is the min. no less. Hats of to College Park for a nice turnout. Did take some time to put water on the fire but dont know what all the other sides looked like just think what time frame it would have taken a 3 man engine with one left at the pump panel to do the same task. Guess the study done by the IAFF and PGFD did make since glad they are excepting no less. http://www.iaff.org/10News/042810FireStu..
R-3 Duck (Email) - 10/15/11 - 12:07

R-3 PG only requires 3 for the engine and the special services are 4. I can guarantee you this fire was after 3 p.m. because of how many are on the truck. Alot of companies here in P.G. have career guys and some houses have them only 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Currently most of the houses only have 4 paid guys and if the ambulance goes out theres onl 2 for the suppression pieces. We are getting better though now that we have new county commissioners that like the emergency services we can hire to fill spots that should have been filled 3-4 years ago. But this is a typical fire for P.G. the county usally runs 2-3 fires a week in garden apartment buildings throughout the whole county. But good work was made by all the crews operating on this one. The companies you see in the video are 12(college park) and tower 7(riverdale) the second and third due trucks on the first alarm.
PGtruckie (Email) - 10/16/11 - 03:02

Looks like the Chief took a nasty fall off of Trk.12.. ( right at the 10 minute mark )
Galax,VA - 10/16/11 - 19:36

Imagine sending enough units on a first alarm apartment fire and not treating it as a house fire?
TrucksGalore - 10/17/11 - 22:55

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