Laurel Volunteer Deputy Chief Trey Kelso was requested by WSSC to have the Fire/EMS Department involved in their annual fire drill and full scale building evacuation. At 0930 am, WSSC activated a pull station on the fourth floor and simulated a fire requiring a total evacuation of all personnel in the 17 story high rise, including an active child daycare center. Fire/EMS units proceeded as a simulated box alarm and reported to assigned positions following the High Rise procedures outlined in PGFD General Order 6-1.
After the completion of the drill Firefighter/Medics from Laurel Station 810 provided a fire safety demonstration for the daycare center.
Fire/EMS units staffed with career and volunteer personnel participating in the drill included; Laurel Fire/EMS Station 810 (engine, medic unit) and 849 (rescue engine), Calverton Fire/EMS Station 841 (engine), Howard County Engine Company 11, Beltsville Fire/EMS Station 831 (truck), Howard County Truck 6, Montgomery County Truck 715 and Battalion Chief 886.
WSSC and the Fire/EMS Department each declared the combined exercise a success.