Friday morning July 11th, 2014 at 03:48 hours the La Plata Volunteers along with surrounding companies were alerted to the possible “Working townhouse fire” at 2588 Hatteras Cir in Waldorf. Truck Co.1 was on the air immediately after dispatch with 5 personnel. While responding Charles County Communications updated the responding units that an off-duty firefighter was on the scene and reported a “Working Fire” With this information, Engine 11 requested and was granted permission to “run the box”. Engine 11 responded shortly thereafter . Truck Co.1 arrived on scene as the “First Due Truck” right behind E-123 from Co.12 and went to work throwing ladders and performing a primary search of the structure. Truck Co.1 “cleared the bed” and threw all the ground ladders carried on the ladder truck with the exception of (1) 35′ extension ladder. All total, Truck Co.1 threw 153′ of ground ladders consisting of (1)35′, (1)28′, (1)24′ & (1)16′ extension ladder; (1)20 & (1)16′ roof ladder; and (1)14′ combination ladder. Engine 11 arrived on the scene and took position in the rear with their own hydrant, along with Prince George’s Truck 832. Shortly after units arrived on the scene, due to deteriorating conditions and the stairs from the first to second floor burning through; Command sounded the “Evac tones” and ordered all units out of the structure. After re-grouping outside and coming up with another plan of attack, units re-entered the structure utilizing ground ladders to access the second floor. Truck Co.1 was given multiple assignments throughout the incident, including a primary search of the fire building and its exposures, checking both exposures for fire extension, and opening up and assisting with overhaul. After the fire was declared under control, Command held Engines 32, 123, 11, 101 and Truck Co.1 and 832 to perform overhaul and assist the Fire Marshall. Truck Co.1 returned to service almost four hours after the initial dispatch at 0742hours. Thanks to Fairfax County Truck Co.411 and St. Mary’s Engine 72 for filling in at our quarters while units operated on the incident.
Mutual Aid Units Engines 33, 123, 22, 101, 824, 829, Trucks 11 & 832, Rescue Squad 840