Around 1200 hours, Station Lieutenant Tyrome “Pee Wee” Boderick with the assistance of some eager to learn how to cook helpers made lunch. On the menu were Ruben Sandwiches, Sauerkraut and Homemade Crab Soup. It was a hit and only took approx. 45 minutes (with one interruption for an emergency run) to complete.

Ruben Sandwiches: Fresh sliced rye bread, thin sliced corn beef, swiss cheese slices (melted by oven)

Homemade Crab Soup: Mixed vegetables, fresh lump crab meat, beef bouillon cubes, stewed tomatoes, misc. seasoning, old bay seasoning. Cooked until near boil, then simmer for 35 minutes.

Sauerkraut: Dietz and Watson brand. Heated until served.

This morning…

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Today started as most days do, the sun came-up, we ran a few calls and business as usual. Tower Ladder 33 had to be picked-up from a local repair shop and was brought back to Company 33. It was out this week and the end of last for the annual Maryland State Police DOT inspection and to have some minor repairs completed. The work this time was completed by M and M. This contractor has been near and dear to Kentland for many years. They provide quality work in a timely manor. Once the rig was back in quarters, it was thoroughly checked out and placed back in service with our fire communications center.

Also, members completed the daily “heavy” housework. This included cleaning the Watchdesk area and laundry room. Some took the downtime this morning to make some minor repairs to equipment. Others spent the morning paying personal bills and filling-in their rookie books.

Good Morning, Kentland

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

After waking up for a small fire in a 20 house and a couple of accidents, the fellas sure could use a pick me up. Luckily, a few of our members make a point of picking up donuts and coffee on the way home from their shift work jobs. Whether it’s Dunkin Donuts or our local favorite Rolling Pin, nothing hits the spot like a fresh cup of joe and a pastry. Too bad the boys are still waiting this morning…

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.

Tonight’s dinner was prepared by Fire Chief Tony Kelleher, President Donald Aker, First Acting Man Christopher Rutter, Firefighter Jim “Happy” Griswald, Firefighter Oleg Pelekhaty and a few others. On the menu was flat iron steak sandwiches on a garlic bread roll, homemade pasta salad and green beans. A special horseradish sauce was also made. With our home football team, the Washington Redskins playing in our first due tonight (FedEx Field) it was extremely busy as well.

Flat Iron Steak Sandwiches: Thin sliced steak, seasoned with spices, vinegar and olive oil. Grilled for 10 minutes each side (low heat). Placed on a garlic spread roll (made from butter, garlic and steak rolls). Provolone cheese to top off and placed into the oven for an additional five minutes.

Homemade Pasta Salad: Penne Regatta pasta, boiled until soft. Chilled and then add red,green,yellow peppers, green onions, balsamic dressing, seasoned pepper, kosher salt and fancy parmesan cheese. Mix until all ingredients are well distributed.

Green Beans: Steam the green beans in water and apple cider vinegar for approx. 15 minutes. Add salt if desired.

The area we serve is one that has a lot of security features. Especially when responding to commercial building fires, etc. Today members drilled on techniques used to cut padlocks and chains when utilizing a saw. Members were taught to use a pair of vise grips to steady the chain. This allows the firefighter cutting to have a smooth operation. It also makes for quick work of the chain or lock by reducing the cut time. Time is always crucial, especially when dealing with metal “I” beam roof supports. The longer it takes us to gain access, the more chance of structural (roof) failure. This has been the unfortunate demise of firefighters killed in the line of duty across the United States.

As one blogger brought to our attention, when dealing with small gauge chain or lock, it is normally only necessary to utilize one person with a set of bolt cutters. However, the object of todays drill was to simulate a heavy duty lock and or large gauge chain securing a roll down gate/door.

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.

For lunch today Firefighter Eric Martinez prepared a quick meal consisting of tuna salad sandwiches and various side items. The tuna salad was prepared using white tuna fish, red onions, celery, mayonnaise and different seasonings.

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.