Two Entrapment Incidents

by Matt Jorge

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Units from Rescue 2 responded to two separate entrapment incidents on Saturday November 15. At approximately 1400 hours, Rescue Squad 742, Ambulance 742C, and Engine 705 were dispatched to the area of Connecticut Avenue and Veirs Mill Road for the report of a vehicle collision. E705 found the incident at Connecticut Avenue and Adams Drive, and the squad arrived shortly afterwards to find a single occupant trapped. The crew of four got to work and stabilized the car, popped the door, and removed it completely for the EMS crew to evaluate and transport the patient.

A short time later, at 1630 hours, RS742B was alerted to a personal injury collision at Georgia and Hewitt Avenues. Engine 725 arrived on location to find a two car collision and alerted the squad that they had entrapment. The squad arrived to find a T-bone collision with one trapped and got to work taking off the the passenger side. The patient was extricated shortly afterwards, and was transported to a local trauma center.

RS742 Crew: Capt. Kris Hoxha, Capt. Nick Hrabak, FFII Julio Deras, FFII Chat Halambre

A742C Crew: FFIII Tommy Wyble, FFII Jess Herrera, EMT Candidate Razan Humeida


Entrapment Outside of Rescue 2

by Matt Jorge

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At approximately 1745 hours on Tuesday, September 30th, members of the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad heard the sound of a large crash outside of the building on Georgia Avenue.  Upon looking to see the cause, they saw a 2 vehicle collision with an SUV rolled onto its side in the middle of the intersection at Georgia Ave and Arcola Ave.  The crew for Rescue Squad 742B mounted up and pulled out to the intersection while calling in the accident with one overturned.  Medic 742B and Paramedic Engine 718 were added to the call.  The overturned SUV had 2 occupants still trapped inside.  RS742B’s officer called for an additional EMS unit to assess and transport the other patients involved in the crash,  which brought A705 (Kensington VFD) to the scene.  Chief 742 (Dempsey) established command.  RS742B’s crew stabilized the vehicle with Paratech struts, chains, a cable come-along, and cribbing.  The occupants were assessed and covered for the extrication by PE718′s crew.  Hydraulic Hurst tools were utilized to cut the A, B, C, and D posts of the passenger side of the SUV (upward facing) and removed the back hatch.

After the windshield was removed using a reciprocating saw, the roof was flapped down to expose the 2 remaining occupants allowing them to be safely removed from the vehicle.  Several patients were transported to the local trauma center for evaluation.  The squad crew was able to clean up from the accident scene just in time to run a house fire in Downtown Silver Spring.

C742: Chief Dempsey

RS742 Crew: Capt. Brett Russell, MFF Ruphin Nguelie, FF Johnny Ruvolo

M742B Crew: FF/P Chris Sim, PMIC Vibeka Mikkelson


Silver Spring House Fire

by Matt Jorge

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At approximately 2040 hours on Friday September 26, Rescue Squad 742B was dispatched to the house fire with Engine 716 on scene reporting a working fire. RS742B responded with a crew of four and arrived at the address to find fire on the first floor and E716 working on extinguishing it. The RS742B crew split into two teams and searched the first and second floors of the house, with zero visibility and moderate heat, and also assisted the truck companies with ventilation. The squad crew completed a secondary search, controlled utilities and was placed in service shortly afterwards.

Rescue Squad 742B Crew: Cpt. Todd Sniffin, FFIII Stefhan Dassoulas, FFIII RJ Samaroo, FFII Chat Halambre


Rescue Squad Assists Hospital ER

by Matt Jorge
On Tuesday, Sept. 2nd around 2300 hrs, former WVRS member MFF Bill Macuch from Aerial Tower 719 called the station to request assistance from Rescue Squad 742B with removing a hard metal ring from a patient at a local hospital Emergency Room.  AT719 had been requested to assist the ER staff with removing the ring after their attempts to utilize a standard ring cutter were unsuccessful.  AT719′s crew attempted several other methods to cut and remove the ring but were making slow progress with their available tools.
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RS742B was added to the service call and reported to the ER with a butter knife from the station, the air cart, and whizzer saw.  Lt. Riedman sacrificed one of his extrication gloves and cut the finger off of it to cover the rest of the patient’s hand and then positioned the butter knife between the ring and the patient’s finger.  Capt. Russell operated the whizzer saw while FF Ruvolo operated the air supply.  AT719′s crew assisted with cooling the ring during the cutting operation by pouring cool water from a syringe on the ring as it was cut. AT719′s officer was an excellent liaison between the fire/rescue crews and the ER staff during the noisy and unorthodox ER operations.  The ring was successfully cut in several places which allowed the crews to grab the ends of the ring with hemostats and the ring was then easily pulled apart and off the finger.  The patient expressed extreme gratitude and relief as the 6 hour ordeal to remove the ring was finally over.
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RS742B Crew:  Capt. Brett Russell, Lt. David Riedman, FF Johnny Ruvolo

Rescue Squad Open House and Rescue Day

by jgruber

Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad
Rescue Day & Open House
Sunday October 5, 2014
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Come join the Volunteers of the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad in Celebrating Rescue Day 2014 at their new station located at 2400 Arcola Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902 (across from the Wheaton Library)

Activities will include:

• Moon Bounce
• Tours of the New Rescue Squad Station
• Rescue Squad Truck and Ambulance Tours
• 911 Call Trainer
• Practice on the Hose Line
• Dress like a Fire/Rescuer
• Hose Line Activities

Demonstrations will include:

• CPR Lucas Device Demonstration
• Auto Extrication
• ATV Rides
• Child Safety Seat Station
• Vehicle Extrication Demonstration – 2:00 pm


Radio King Orchestra

by jgruber

Saturday September 27, 2014 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm
$50.00 per person Dinner and Concert/$25.00 per person for show only
Ballroom At Wheaton Glen 2400 Arcola Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902
For Tickets and Information call 301-966-0050 or rmarks@wvrs.org


House Fire in Company 21′s First Due

by Matt Jorge
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On the morning of Saturday, August 30th, just after 0500 hours, Rescue Squad 742B and surrounding units from Kensington and Rockville were alerted to a house fire on the 4400 block of Bennion Road.  Units were advised that there had been multiple 911 calls reporting the rear of the house on fire.  RS742B was able to see a column of smoke from Veirs Mill Road while responding to the call.  RS742B arrived on the scene shortly after the initial engine companies and began their search of the home for occupants. The addition to the rear of the home was fully involved with fire, which was also extending into the original home.  The homeowner advised that all occupants were out of the house, but that there was still a dog and a cat inside the structure.  During their search of the house, the rescue squad crew performed ventilation and controlled the utilities.  A cat was found by RS742B’s officer and was brought outside to safety.  The dog was found shortly after by one of the engine crews and was also rescued.  RS742B crew operated on the scene and performed overhaul after the search was completed and utilities controlled.  Medic 742B also operated on the scene in the rehab section. Wheaton units remained on scene for approximately 2 1/2 hours before returning to service.
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RS742B Crew:  Capt. Todd Sniffin, Capt. Brett Russell, FFII Julio Deras
M742B Crew:  EMS Master Stuart Resnick, PMIC Kenny Lacayo, EMS Candidate Vanessa Mendez, EMS Candidate Gustavo DoAmaral

Working House Fire on Eardley Court

by Matt Jorge

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At approximately 2015 hours in the evening of Saturday August 9, Rescue Squad 742B was dispatched to the 15000 block of Eardley Court for a house fire, with the occupant stating that her kitchen was on fire. Company 25 arrived on the scene to find an end of the row townhouse with the fire located in the basement of the structure. Company 25 got to work with Engine 725 advancing a line from side Charlie to extinguish the fire, while T725 started a primary search. The RS742B crew was assigned secondary search, along with searching the adjacent units and helping the initial units check for fire extension. The crew completed all assigned tasks and was placed in service shortly afterwards.

RS742B Crew: Deputy Chief Erik Karlsons, FFII Chat Halambre, FFII Johnny Ruvolo

Photograph courtesy of EMT Geoff Herman


Working Apartment Fire

by Matt Jorge

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At approximately 2020 hours on the evening of Friday August 8, Rescue Squad 742B was dispatched to the 3000 block of South Leisure World Boulevard for the report of an apartment fire. Company 25 arrived on scene first and reported a working fire on the second floor of the building and requested the Rapid Intervention Dispatch be assigned. RS742B, responding with a crew of six, split into two teams, with one team searching the fire apartment, and the second team going to the floor above the fire. The crew conducted a primary and secondary search of the affected and the neighboring units, and also managed to control utilities in a timely manner. The fire was brought under control with minimal extension, and RS742B cleared shortly afterwards.

RS742B Crew: Chief Mark Dempsey, Captain Todd Sniffin, FFIII RJ Samaroo, FFII Julio Deras, FFII Chat Halambre, FFII Kenneth Lacayo

Photo courtesy of Paramedic Chris Sim


Working House Fire

by Matt Jorge

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At approximately 0950 hours on the morning of Saturday July 12, Rescue Squad 742B was dispatched to a reported house fire on the 3300 block of Harrell Street in Company 18′s first due area. Chief 705 arrived on scene first and reported a working fire, and requested the Rapid Intervention Dispatch be added to the assignment. RS742B arrived on scene and found a one story single family residence with smoke showing and fire located toward the rear of the structure. RS742B crew made entry through Side Alpha and completed the primary search while AT718′s crew went to basement and controlled utilities. The fire was brought under control quickly with minimal damage to the structure.

RS742B crew: D/C Jacob Deglopper, Cpt. Todd Sniffin, FFII Chat Halambe, FFII Julio Deras
Photos courtesy of EMT Nik Reineke