HERE is a sample PROBIE MANUAL for your review by the Kentland VFD Co 33, in Prince Georges County, Maryland.
The Kentland Volunteer Fire Department is comprised of two firehouses, Company 33 and Company 46. It is two of 47 volunteer fire stations that comprise the Prince George’s County Fire Department (PGFD). Company 33, arguably the busiest volunteer engine, rescue and tower company in the Nation, is the department featured on this website. It is staffed solely by a dedicated group of volunteers 100% of the time, a surprising accomplishment in today’s society of decreased volunteerism.
Station 33 is located in Landover, Maryland, just outside of the District of Columbia, approximately 5 miles from the Capital in the county of Prince George’s. Our response area includes FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskin’s and Six Flags Amusement Park*. Major roadways such as the Capital Beltway (I-495) and MD Route 50 bring commuters to and from an area of industrial complexes, garden style apartments and single-family and duplex homes ranging from new construction to over 75 years in age.
Company 33 operates one class ‘A’ engine, a mini-pumper, a combination class ‘A’ engine / heavy rescue and a 75 foot Baker-AerialScope Tower Ladder. Volunteers respond to over 7,200 emergency incidents making it quite possibly the busiest one-hundred percent volunteer fire department in the world with combined apparatus responses of almost 13,000 per year. Kentland Company 33 has also held the title of the busiest engine company in Maryland, busiest Ladder company in PG, as well as the busiest volunteer engine company in the nation as seen in Firehouse Magazine’s Annual Run Survey.
The volunteers of Kentland are made up of over 50 individuals, with 15 to 20 living at the fire house. The average experience of the department is 12 years and many of the members are paid firefighters with departments in the metropolitan area such as the DCFD, Fairfax County FD and Montgomery County FD. Kentland prides itself in providing superior service to it’s community including aggressive interior attack firefighting.
*Six Flags Amusement Park is located outside of Co. 33 primary response area (first due) in Co. 43’s first due, both Engine Co. 33 and Tower 33 are primary response services (special service)
Kentland 33 is located at 7701 Landover Road in Landover, Maryland. The station has three double bays and two single bays where all fire apparatus is stored. Living accommodations include room for 25 live-in members, 17 of which are single person rooms. The firehouse also has all the normal necessities found in a home such as a TV room, two kitchens and 4 bathrooms. In addition there is a game/workout room and offices for both operational and administrative officers. On average 15 to 20 members live at the firehouse, something unique to metropolitan DC volunteer departments. Members living at the station trade off having no living expenses (Rent, phone, electric, etc.) for staffing during their free time.
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