Fire Below! The Importance of the 'Basement Check'
Crews need to check for hidden dangers below

An interesting piece from a new contributor, and coincides with a recent local (county) fire below

Fort Washington House Fire
Cautious Action Prevents Firefighter Injury

Just after 8:00 AM, Monday, January 5, 2009, Firefighters and Paramedics from the Fort Washington area were alerted to a house fire. Fire/EMS units from Fort Washington, Oxon Hill, Accokeek, Allentown, Clinton and Charles County Bryans Road responded to the 13100 Block of Larkhall Circle and arrived to find a 2-story, with basement, non-sprinklered, single family home with smoke showing.

The first arriving units were the engine and paramedic unit from Fort Washington. As the engine crew established a water supply and crews donned their personnel protective equipment, the paramedic crew performed a circle check of the structure - More in the link.

Courtesy Mark Brady, PGFEMS PIO