Election Day in Landover

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

On a gloomy Election Tuesday, the members were determined to carry out their civic duty. Despite being kept busy all day with a barrage of calls, including a cut job and an 8 house fire, members maintained two crews and visited the Kentland Community Center in the Rescue Engine to cast their ballots. As live in members of Co 33, most of us are registered Prince George’s County voters, and our polling place is just a few blocks from the station we call home.

Clean-up and line-up

Monday, November 3, 2008

Clean-up: After the evening meal, the members of Company 33 performed their normal clean-up routine for the entire house. Each day, in addition to cleaning the common areas, we focus on one specific area of the house, such as the kitchen, laundry room, weight room, etc. With our compliment of members, it usually takes about 20 minutes to thoroughly clean the station each and every day.

Line-up: Every night at 1900 hours, members are required to meet in the front portion of the engine bay for the daily company Line Up. Line up consists of communicating with the members on the floor that night, allows the officers to relay messages and gives solutions to any problems that might arise. It is also useful for planning and staffing.

Recently, the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. purchased a 2008 Seagrave Pumper. Last week the unit went to our local dealer to have some additional equipment mounted and warranty work done. Today Fire Chief Tony Kelleher, Deputy Chief Pat Mann and Pipeman Timothy Moore made a trip to Elkridge, Maryland and met with the dealer. Some questions were answered about placement and an inspection of the work already completed was done. Around Company 33, First Acting Man Christopher Rutter and Firefighter Oleg Pelekhaty worked to fix some equipment in need of minor repair.

Monday morning

Monday, November 3, 2008

This morning the members began to complete minor projects around the station. One of which included replacing the vanity counters in the mens bathroom. A County contractor was also in quarters to finish hooking-up our newly installed emergency generator. Besides the small projects, members gathered to read the newspaper, partake in debates and talk about the upcoming presidential election tomorrow. The morning checks were also completed and rope and chains on the Rescue Engine were tested and inspected.

Daily apparatus and equipment checks

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The members riding on the apparatus at Station 33 are tasked with completing daily and weekly check outs for equipment. On Sundays, each member must check out the tools specific to his riding position. Throughout the week, members continue to complete checks, but also have specific tools that are assigned on each day. For example on Monday’s the specific check out task pertains to the ropes on Tower Ladder 33 and the ropes/chains on Rescue Engine 33. The members take individual pride in their equipment and are also taught to gain trust in it as well.

A squadsman checks out the portable hurst hydraulic pump.

A squadsman checks out the portable hurst hydraulic pump.