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


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

The Fabulous Hubcaps

by jgruber


The Fabulous Hubcaps will be performing at the Ballroom at Wheaton Glen on Saturday July 19th at 8:00 pm. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are $30.00

Order tickets by e-mailing or call 301-966-0050 more information

Click on the link for more information


Working Fire In Burtonsville and Beltway Accident with Entrapment

by Matt Jorge

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At approximately 1815 Sunday afternoon, RS742B was dispatched on the Rapid Intervention Dispatch for the report of a townhouse on fire in Burtonsville. As RS742B was enroute, they were alerted that they were being moved up to the initial Squad company thus being in charge of search and rescue as well as controlling utilities. RS742B responded with a crew of five, and made entry into the townhouse with moderate fire on the first floor, and conducted a primary search with poor visibility and moderate heat. During RS742B crew’s search of the basement, a crew member located an incapacitated cat and removed it to safety . RS742B crew completed a primary and secondary search, and also controlled all utilities in a timely manner. There were reportedly 17 cats in the structure at the time of the fire, the rescued cat was treated by Montgomery County Animal Control.

On the same shift in the early morning hours, RS742B was dispatched to a Personal Injury Collision involving Maryland State Police (MSP) with patients trapped.  Upon arrival, crews confirmed that a jack-knifed tractor trailer had struck two vehicles in the shoulder, including an MSP cruiser.  RS742B and T716 worked to extricate the trapped driver by removing the two driver side doors and the B  Post.  The powerful Hurst MOC Ultra hydraulic cutters (which are only carried on Rescue Squads) had to be utilized to cut through the luxury SUV’s reinforced door hinges.  Both the extricated patient and the State Trooper were transported to the hospital.  The beltway remained shutdown for several hours to mitigate a large fuel spill from the tractor trailer.

RS742B crew: Captain Adam St. John, FFII Roger Marks, FFII Julio Deras, FFII Chat Halambre, FFII Juan Alfaro

Rescue Day and Open House

by jgruber

Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad
Rescue Day & Open House
Sunday June 8, 2014
1200 pm to 4:30 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:

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

Demonstrations will include:

• CPR Demonstration
• Auto Extrication
• ATV Rides
• PEPCO Electrical Emergency Trailer
• Bike Team and Bike Safety

Take a photo with Smokey the Bear

Balloon Animal and Balloon Twisting

One pinned off I-495

by Matt Jorge

At approximately 1330 hours on Saturday May 17, Rescue Squad 742B was dispatched to the outer loop of the Beltway for a report of a vehicle into the woods. RS742B arrived on scene first and found a single vehicle that had become airborne, left the beltway, and was resting on its side approximately 30 feet from the roadway with its single occupant pinned. Understanding the complexities of an intricate extrication such as this, RS742B requested a second squad for assistance, and RS741B (BCC) was dispatched. The crew of three from RS742B started stabilizing the vehicle with a tieback system to a nearby tree. and with help from the crew of Engine 754, also quickly prepared the hydraulic equipment necessary for the extrication. The crew cut the roof, seat, and the steering wheel of the car, then utilized the hydraulic spreaders (Jaws of Life) and cable come-a-long to free the victim. The patient was transferred to a backboard and was lifted to the road surface using a rope system built by the BCC squad crew. The patient was then transported to a local hospital for treatment. All crews working together on scene resulted in a speedy extrication and the mitigation of a challenging incident involving a complicated vehicle extrication and low-angle rescue.

RS742B Crew:

Chief Mark Dempsey, Deputy Chief Erik Karlsons, FFII Chat Halambre

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Pictures courtesy of Deputy Chief Erik Karlsons and MCDOT.

President Thomas C Brown

by Jacob DeGlopper


Thomas C. Brown, P.E.


Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad

December 17, 1960 – April 19, 2014

April 19, 2014 – The members of the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad mourn the loss of President and Life Member Tom Brown. His untimely passing leaves an immense hole in our hearts and our organization. Tom joined the Rescue Squad as a cadet member in July 1978 and became an active member in December 1978.  He fulfilled many roles during his 36 years of continuous service. Tom rose through the ranks, serving as a Fire Rescue Sergeant, Fire Rescue Lieutenant and ending his front-line service as a Fire Rescue Captain and Duty Officer.

Tom received numerous commendations for his dedicated service to the community. He was the recipient of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Gold Medal of Valor and the Maryland Fireman’s Association Colburn Trophy Award for his actions in saving the life of a fellow firefighter in a high-rise office building fire in July 1983.

Tom served the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad as its President for 21 years. During this time the Rescue Squad continued to evolve and serve a growing Wheaton Community.

In November 2013 Tom presided over the dedication of the new Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad Building. It was through Tom’s sacrifice, dedication and perseverance that the new building is serving the needs of our community. Tom was the driving force in all aspects of planning, construction and implementation for the new building.

Later this month Tom is scheduled to be recognized by the Wheaton-Kensington Chamber of Commerce as their Citizen of the Year.  This award is for his long term dedication of the community.

The members of the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad will fondly remember Tom as a brother Firefighter-EMS Provider and as a cherished leader of our organization.

Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad Chief Mark Dempsey has offered the following about Tom. “Tom was the heart and soul of the Rescue Squad. His visionary leadership helped to shape the Rescue Squad into one of the premier Fire Rescue departments, not only in Montgomery County and the State of Maryland, but nationwide. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed”.

Final Service Arrangements

Viewing: St John the Evangelist Catholic Church

10103 Georgia Ave Wheaton, MD

Friday April 25, 2014 1500-2000 hrs.

Funeral Mass: St John the Evangelist Catholic Church

10103 Georgia Ave Wheaton, MD

Saturday April 26, 2014 1100 hrs

Internment to Follow – Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Aspen Hill, MD

Reception – WVRS Hall 2400 Arcola Ave, Wheaton, MD



Working house fire in Silver Spring, 1981

Ballroom at Wheaton Glen information

by Jacob DeGlopper

For all those who have been looking for information on the banquet hall in the new station, the website is now live at

Two Pinned at Georgia & Dexter

by Matt Jorge

Around 0330 hours on the morning of Sunday 1/26/14, Rescue Squad 742 was dispatched along with Ambulance 742E for a PIC at Georgia Ave and Dexter Ave. RS742 arrived and reported a car into a tree with two priority 1 patients pinned inside. RS742 used hydraulic rescue tools to remove the door, roof, and push the dashboard off of the patients pinned inside. Both patients were extricated and packaged in less than 15 minutes and transported to local hospitals.

Squad Crew: Captain Adam St. John, MFF Aaric Wright, FFII Chat Halambre and observer Olexa Horbachevsky.
M742: Captain Gam Wijetunge, EMS Provider Mike Mathis, FFII Mark Reddish and EMS Jose Cortez
A742E: FFIII Andrew Jacobs, EMS Provider Dominique Parker, EMS Candidate Toby Jorrin, Geoff Herman

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