Just like all other major metropolitan areas, the D.C. metro area (PG County specifically) has it's fair share of homeless people. They have to live somewhere though, right? I came across this little setup just last week. We got a call for a brush fire back in the woods up behind a liquor store. Much to our suprise a column could be seen as we turned out of the station. On arrival, instead of brush, we had a small wooden shack off. There was also a tent and a tarp nearby. It was quite a setup. The shack appeared to have carpet in it along with a bench made of full paint cans and actually stood up quite well to the fire. There were some full paint cans and a small supply of canned foods in the shack as well. There were copious amounts of junk such as garbage, cans and bicycles lying around but an ingenuitous set up regardless. Fun stuff.
I am a live-in volunteer at the West Lanham Hills VFD Co. 28 in Prince George's County, MD. We are an aggressive company that runs over 4500 calls a year.
This blog is about what we see and hear out there on the streets as well as what we learn in-house. It is a training tool. It is also about my growing and maturing into a fireman and the experiences and lessons learned along the way. We all run into some crazy stuff out there...some more than others. I believe that we fall under the "more than others" category so I would like to share my/our experiences with you. Here, I will tell it and show it like it is, I just hope that everyone takes something back to their own houses with it. Stay frosty out there gents and thanks for stopping by.
P.S. be sure to check out the links below. They have proven useful many times for us on the firegrounds, there is always something to be learned.
*Please note that this page does not in any way reflect the ideas or opinions of the West Lanham Hills VFD organization or it's members. This blogpage is not directly associated with the WLHVFD website.*