Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Monday, July 27, 2015
On Monday evening during the monthly membership meeting for the PVFC, David Keller III (Maryland State Firemen's Association President) & Dale Hill ( Washington County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association President) were in attendance to present certificates and recognize 10 members of company 11 for their Outstanding Act of
Heroism during an incident on October 28, 2014 where these members rescued a downed firefighter during a mountain fire in the Harper’s Ferry
Historical Park in Jefferson County, WV.
On that October night in 2014, shortly after 21:00 hrs. Company
11 units (Utility 11 w/ATV 11, Engine-Tanker 11, Supports 11-0 & 11-7) arrived
on the scene of the mountain fire. Moments after being deployed into the woods a
Mayday was declared for a downed firefighter who had fallen 80+ feet down into
a ravine. Command immediately asked the crew from Company 11 (who had all their
rope rescue equipment with them on Utility 11) to re-deploy as the rescue
group. Personnel from Company 11 were joined by 3 additional Rescue Technicians
from Jefferson County & 2 from the Veterans Affairs Fire Dept. in Martinsburg,
The rescue crew proceeded into the woods and began working
through the extremely rough and unstable terrain to reach the last known
location of the downed firefighter. Confirmation was made of his location and
the Rescue Team began to recon the area and form a rescue plan. Rigging was set
up with 2 personnel being lowered down into the ravine. The 2 person crew with Rescue
& EMS equipment were lowered down and began to stabilize the firefighter. Two additional personnel and equipment were
also lowered down to assist. They began to formulate a plan for evacuation. After
stabilizing the firefighter the decision was made to lower him the remaining
30+ feet to the ground below instead of using a hoisting operation to hoist the
firefighter back up the 80+ foot cliff. While crews were working to rescue the
downed firefighter, other crews who were working to extinguish the fire began making
their way from the lower side of the cliff along the train tracks and a small
farm lane to reach an area where the down firefighter could be safely transported
out to an awaiting EMS unit.
The rescue crews worked for a little over 2 hours to
stabilize and extricate the injured firefighter who thankfully only suffered
non-life threating injuries.
The Potomac Valley Fire Company is proud of the outstanding
job and team work demonstrated by all personnel involved in this rescue
operation.Members recognized:Chief Eric
GrayD/C Arnold Martin A/C Roger Otzelberger Jr Capt. Chip WarfieldLt. Jeff MartinSgt. Charlie PayneSgt. Robert EctonFF. Bobby HunterFF. Ben RohrerFF. Paul Perkins
Chief E. Gray, A/C R. Otzelberger Jr,
Lt. J Martin, Sgt C. Payne, Sgt R.
Ecton, FF. B. Hunter, FF. Ben Rohrer
(Not Pictured, D/C A. Martin, Capt. Chip
Warfield, FF. P Perkins)
Chief Eric Gray
Saturday, July 25, 2015
On Saturday afternoon members of company 11 took a few hours to relax, enjoy the weather and enjoy a day out with each other away from the daily business of the fire company at the 2nd Annual company picnic at the South County Regional Park on Chestnut Grove Rd (Co. 11 first due).
During the afternoon members enjoyed some great food, had a pick up softball game and yes even the big kids joined the little ones in a few squirt gun battles and on the play ground. To ensure coverage for our citizens Support 11-7 & Engine 11-2 were staffed at the park and available if needed.
Thank you to the Picnic committee for another great picnic and for all the hard work that goes into putting on this event.
2015 PVFC Picnic
Thursday, July 23, 2015
At 3:15 am a commercial structure
fire was reported in neighboring Historic Harper's Ferry WV. Upon arrival,
units from Jefferson County WV company 1 (Friendship Fire Co of Harper's Ferry)
found heavy fire conditions involving multiple structures. At 3:35 A.m. a 2nd
Alarm was sounded bring Engine 11-2 to the scene. Shortly after the
arrival of Engine 11-2, a 3rd alarm was sounded bringing additional manpower to
the scene. Due to the advanced fire, Heavy fire conditions, the tight historic
streets, crews had a tough time extinguishing the fire and worked overnight and
into the morning. Departments from 5 Counties in 3 States responded to this
fire. By 9am the fire was under control but units worked throughout the morning
and into the afternoon extinguishing remaining hotspots, conducting overhaul
operations and assisting the Fire Marshal’s Office with their investigation. In
all 4 buildings (housing 8 businesses) were heavily damaged in this fire.
This fire was a great example of the
working relationship that departments from Jefferson County & Berkeley
County WV. Loudoun County VA, Frederick County & Washington County MD have
and how well our mutual aid agreement works.
Remembering our Fallen Heroes
Friday, July 17, 2015
The Potomac Valley Fire Company remembering our Fallen Heroes who were lost this week (4 Marines, 1 Navy Sailor lost in Tennessee, and the Fire Fighter from Baltimore City MD FD) with heavy hearts and flags out front of the station at Half-Staff.
Thank You Gov. Hogan
Friday, July 10, 2015
The Potomac Valley Fire Company would like to thank Governor Hogan for taking another step in protecting public safety workers Maryland. Today Governor Hogan signed a bill into law that makes assaulting a public safety workers (Firefighters, EMT,'s paramedics, Police officer) a FELONY offense in the state of Maryland. Thank you Governor Hogan, and the Maryland Legislature for your continued support for public safety workers.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Washington County is under a Tornado Watch......Please keep an eye in the sky and stay tuned to your local Radio & TV stations as the afternoon and evening.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Tonight members of company 11 gathered at the station for their weekly training night. Tonight's drill focused on basic operations on Brush 11, Drafting operations with Brush 11, flowing multiple lines off of brush 11 and testing the GPM of the pump.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
On Tuesday afternoon company units were alerted for a PI (Personal Injury Collision) on Chestnut Grove Rd in company 11's first due. While units from companies 11, 69 & EMS 1820 were en-route, Washington County Advised of a single car off the roadway with the occupant to reported out of the vehicle. A/C 11 (Otzelberger) arrived on scene to confirm a single vehicle into a tree and the lone occupant out of the vehicle. A/C 11 (Otzelberger) advised Washington County Communications that EMS 1820 and Support 11-7 may go in-service and to hold Medic 69-1 & Engine 11-2. Engine 11-2 arrived and provided traffic control and a blocking unit while Medic 69-1 crew provided patient care. Units remained on scene until 3:52 where the scene was turned over to the Washington County Sheriffs office. Units:A/C 11 (Otzelberger), Support 11-7 (D/C Martin), Engine 11-2, 8FP11-2
Saturday, July 4, 2015
As the Independence Day celebrations continued throughout
the day, a little after 5pm Brush 11 headed over to the Antietam
National Battlefield in company 1 (Sharpsburg) to assist with the
fireworks display. After a short briefing and grabbing some dinner
(Thanks to Co. 1).Brush 11 along with Engine 10-5 (Funkstown)
proceeded to the area of the main stage where the Maryland Symphony
Orchestra was preforming and the Maryland National Guard were preparing
for the show. While staging at the main stage crews met many of those
who came to see the fireworks, including many of our local & state
politicians. Just prior to sunset, Brush 11 left the main
stage area and proceeded down through the battlefield to stage along
with units from company 8 (Boonsboro - Brush 8, Gator 8, Engine 8-4) in
the area of launch site and operated under the Maryland State Fire
Marshal on site.During the show one member from Brush 11
& one from Brush 8 staffed Gator 8 and patrolled the fields around
the launch point after numerous fireworks failed to reach max height
showering down embers. The additional personnel from Brush 11 and Engine
8-4 stood by at the launch site to ensure safety during the show. After
the fireworks had concluded, crews from companies 11 & 8 continued
to standby until all discharge tubes, ignition systems and all
unexploded fireworks were cleared by the Maryland State Fire Marshal on
scene. Having an all clear by the Fire Marshal, units cleared the launch
site with Brush 11 returning to the main stage area until "Battlefield
Command" advised all civilians clear of the ground and all Fire &
Rescue units were cleared and could go available. Brush 11 cleared the standby shortly after midnight.
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