Potomac Valley Fire Company

Engine-Tanker on 12 Box

Photo by the Herald Mail

Photo by the Herald Mail

Saturday, August 30, 2014  1;24 Pm company 11 was alerted for the Engine-Tanker as part of the initial alarm on a House Fire on Taylors Landing Rd in company 12's First Due area. While units were en-route, Washington County Emergency Communications Center began receiving additional information leading them to believe there was a working fire. At 1:26 Pm, the Working Fire Assignment was started, Moments later Captain 1 arrived to find a 1 story single family home with fire showing from the "Alpha" & "Bravo" sides. Based on the initial scene size-up from Captain 1, a Tanker Task Force was requested.

Crews from Washington County and Jefferson & Berkeley County West Virginia worked to control the fire with the fire being placed under control in a little under 30 minutes.


Units: Engine-Tanker 11





Sept. 6, 2014

Sept. 6, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014  That's right, the Potomac Valley Fire Company Breakfast's are back..

All you can eat BREAKFAST

September 6th, 2014


      Pancakes, Eggs,Sausage,

         Sausage Gravy, Coffee

                   Milk and Juice

        All for just a $6 Donation

                Come on out
             support your local

  Volunteer Fire & Rescue personnel



Back to School Safety

Be on the Lookout

Be on the Lookout

Monday, August 25, 2014  That's right, Summer is winding down and that means School's are back in session. The Potomac Valley Fire Company would like to wish everyone a safe and happy school year and would like to remind everyone to PLEASE use caution on the roadways.


·         Be alert and slow down. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Put down your phone and never text while driving.  Looking away from the roadway for just two seconds doubles the chance of being involved in a crash.
·         Passengers should wear a seat belt and/or ride in an age and size-appropriate car safety seat or booster seat. Children of all ages are safest when properly restrained in the backseat of a vehicle.
·         Exercise extra caution as you head out to work and be on the lookout for school buses. Many bus routes or schedules change each year and you may encounter a school bus or stop where you may have never seen one before.
·         Scan between parked cars. Nearly 40 percent of child pedestrian fatalities occurred between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., mostly at non-intersection locations, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Children can quickly dart out between parked cars or other objects along the roadway. Motorists should pay close attention not only at intersections, but along any residential roadways where children could be present.
·         Take extra time when making a right turn on a red light and be on the lookout for pedestrians.
·         School Zones: Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and around schools. Be alert to children as you back your vehicle out of your driveway or exit your garage.
·         Expect delays near schools, plan ahead and allow extra time to reach your destination.
·         Safety on the road is especially important for “new” drivers that may be driving to high school for the first time.

Reminders for Parents and Children:

·         Be realistic about your child’s pedestrian skills. Children are not always aware of their surroundings and may dart into traffic assuming drivers will see and stop for them. Carefully consider whether your child is ready to walk to school or wait for the bus without adult supervision and walk the route with your child beforehand.
·         Teach children to always cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks and look left, right and left again before crossing. Children may have difficulty gauging the distance and speed of an approaching car, and may not recognize and react to potentially hazardous situations.
·         If traveling to school by bike, obey the rules of the road and wear a helmet. Not only is it the smart thing to do, it is also the law in Maryland.
·         Be sure that your child knows his or her phone number and address, your work number and when to call 911 for emergencies.
·         Only drive or park in authorized areas when picking up or dropping off students at school.
·         Be a good neighbor. Respect private property and always be on your best behavior while waiting for the bus.

School Bus Safety – What Motorists Should Know:

All motorists are required by law to stop when the red lights on buses are flashing. Passing a school bus when the red lights are flashing is not only illegal it is also one of the biggest threats to student safety. Motorists should be aware that the red flashing lights and the stop sign may be engaged shortly after the amber lights are on. Vehicles traveling in the same direction as the bus are always required to stop. In Maryland, the law states that vehicles must come to a complete stop on both sides of the roadway if there is no physical divider or barrier. Violations can result in a citation and fine.



Transfer to Jefferson Co. Wv.

Friday, August 15, 2014 9:45 PM Just before 8 pm, Company 11 was requested by Jefferson County West Virginia to transfer an Engine to their Company 2 (Citizens Fire Company) in Charles Town. Units from Jefferson County and surrounding area's were operating on a working structure fire in the Summit Point area of Jefferson County. The crew from company 11 cleared the transfer at 9:53pm.


Engine 11-2, Support 11-7



Early Morning Rollover with Entrapment

Saturday, August 9, 2014 5:03 Am On Saturday morning at 5:03 am, Units were alerted for a Personal injury Collision on Route 340 at the Potomac River Bridge. Loudoun County Engine 616 arrived to find a two vehicle collision, one vehicle over turned and sitting on its roof (Pickup truck), the second vehicle (Car) with heavy frontend damage and a single occupant trapped inside. Captain 11 (Support 11-7) arrived on scene and established the Potomac River Bridge Command. Engine 616 began to stabilize the car and preparing for the extrication with EMS 1820 initiating patient care. Frederick County Ambulance 198, Ambulance 209 & Medic 20 began patient care of the occupant of the pickup truck. Having limited space on the bridge with 1-lane of traffic each way, Engine 11-2 diverted to the LZ (Landing Zone) at Keep Tryst Rd & Sandy Hook Rd (1 block off of Rt. 340), Frederick Rescue-Engine 52 also staged just off of the bridge on Rt. 340 to allow room for Frederick County Rescue Squad 19 to position on the bridge to assist with extrication. Frederick Ambulance 198 transported a single patient to the LZ where Trooper 3 transported to Shock Trauma in Baltimore, Ambulance 209 & Medic 20 transported a single patient to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown. Once Trooper 3 was en-route to Shock Trauma, Engine 11-2 cleared the LZ and returned to the Potomac River Bridge to assist with clean-up, the remaining units went in-service when ready. Route 340 Command was terminated at 7:21 am. Units: Support 11-0 (D/C R. Gray), Support 11-7 (Capt. A. Martin), Engine 11-2 (A/C R. Otzelberger) - Potomac Valley Fire Co. EMS 1820 (Washington County Emergency Services) Engine 616 (Loudoun County Va.) Amb 198, Amb 199, Rescue Squad 19 (Brunswick Amb. Co.) Rescue-Engine 52, Car 5 (Brunswick Fire) Ambulance 209, Medic 20 (Jefferson Fire. Co.)



Donations for Local Family

Tuesday, August 5, 2014  UPDATE:

*Thank you to all who have made a donation. Currently the family is going through all of the donations to what their further needs will are. At this time the Potomac Valley Fire Company is not taking anymore collections. Again we would like to THANK the community for all of their support and donations over the last week.


The Potomac Valley Fire Company would like to thank all of you who have already donated clothing & School items for a local family who lost everything during a devastating fire early Saturday morning in Knoxville. The Potomac Valley Fire Company is continuing to collect items. If you would like to donate clothing or school items, Please contact: Kristen McCoy Potomac Valley Fire Company 240-203-1912 or you can bring your items by the Firehouse, Located at: 2202 Dargan School Rd, Dargan MD. THANK YOU



Busy Week in "The Valley"

Busy 7 Days from Co. 11

Busy 7 Days from Co. 11

Monday, August 4, 2014  The last 7 days has keep the members of company 11 very busy with 12 calls ranging from Medical Emergencies to Working House Fire.

Monday 7/28:

14:22 Hrs

19400 Block of Elk Ridge Dr 

Outside Fire

Support 11-0 (D/C 11), Engine-Tanker 11

Wednesday 7/30:

10:35 Am

3200 Block of Chestnut Grove Rd

Chest Pains

Co. 11, 19, EMS 1820

Thursday 7/31:

14:32 Hrs

Rt 340 & Keep Tryst Rd

Brush Fire

Units: A/C 11, Support 11-0, Support 11-7, Brush 11, Loudoun County Engine 616

16:34 Hrs

Cindy Dee Dinner (Keep Tryst Rd)

Outside Fire

Support 11-7 (Lt 11), Brush 11, Loudoun Co Engine 616

Saturday 8/2:

02:44 am

House Fire

19800 Block of Norstar Lane (Box 11-8)

Su11-0 (D/C 11), Sup 11-7 (Capt & Lt 11), Engine 11-2 (Chief 11), Engine-Tanker 11

09:05 Hrs

Assist the Police

Maryland Heights

Support 11-7 (Capt A. Martin), Utility 11 w/ ATV 11 (D/C R. Gray), Gator 20, RS20

14:45 Hrs


Hoffmaster Rd / Harpers Ferry Rd

Support 11-7, 8FP11-2

EMS 1820, Frederick A19-7

15:08 Hrs

Medical Emergency

Lock 34 (on the C&O towpath)

20:00 Hrs

Rekindle - Piles smoldering

19800 Block of Norstar Lane

Support 11-7 (Capt 11), Engine-Tanker 11

Sunday 8/3:

1700 Block of Rohrersville Rd

Cardiac Arrest

Co. 11, 8, EMS 1820, Frederick A197

15:36 Hrs

19300 Block of Keep Tryst Rd

Medical Emergency

Monday 8/4:

21:21 Hrs

Water Rescue

Harpers Ferry Rd & Canal Rd



BREAKING NEWS ..9:00 am 8/2/14

Saturday, August 2, 2014 09:00 Units from Company 11 are currently working an Police Incident on Maryland Height. Within seconds of pulling back into the station after an early morning House Fire in the 11-8 Box area, Company 11 was requested to assist police on Maryland Height with ATV 11. At this time, we have no other information. We ask that if traveling along the Potomac River on Sandy Hook Rd between Keep Tryst Rd & Hapers Ferry Rd, that you please use caution.



Box 11-8 Heavy Fire Showing

Saturday, August 2, 2014 02:44  A 11-7 busy Saturday Kicked Off early, When at 02:44 Box 11-8 was sounded for a House Fire 19803 Norstar Lane. Washington County advised units responding that the caller was reporting smoke and fire showing. EMS 1820 advised communications that a large glow in the sky was visible from station 8 and requested the Worrking Fire and Tankwr Task Force assignments to be started. Minutes later EMS 1820 arrived to find a 2 story single family home with heavy fire conditions. This home is located back a long gravel driveway approximately 3/4 of a mile off of Rt 67. Support 11-7, Engine 81 and Truck 5 arrived and proceeded up the driveway.  Support 11-7 (Capt. A Martin) established Norstar Command.  Command advised the next in Engine and Tanker to proceed up the driveway and supply Engine 81. A Tanker shuttle was placed in operation with a dump tanks set up at Norstar and Rt 67 and a fill site at a fire hydrant 4 miles away on Sandy Hook Rd. D/C 11 (R. Gray) established  water Supply Division and Lt. 11 (J. Martin) taking Operations. Numerous hand lines were stretched from Engine 81 and placed in-service on all sides of the structure while the crew from Truck 5 positioned and prepared for ladder pipe operations once a steady water supply was in place. Once a water supply was established and with good flow, the crews using numerous handlines and the ladder pipe began to make good progress on the fire. Unfortunately,  due to the heavy fire conditions upon arrival and during the initial stages of this incident the house was a total loss. Crews worked for 2 hours to knock the fire and to get it under control. Due to a full collapse of the structure, crews continued to operate on scene til shortly after 7am, when Command began clearing some units. Norstar Lane Command advised Washington County that the fire was under control and would be holding, Company 11 (Su 11-7, Engine 11-2 & Engine - Tanker 11), 8 (Engine 81),  Loudoun County Tanker 626 and Rehab 255, all other units can go in service when ready. 


Potomac Valley: Support 11-0, Support 11-7, Eng 11-2, Eng - Tanker 11

Boonsboro Fire: Support 6-0, Support 8-0, Engine 8-1, Light Unit 8, 8FP83

Sharpesburg Fire: Engine - Tanker 1

Support 26-0 (Halfway)

Support 16-7 (Mt Aetna)

Safety 100 (Wash. Co Volunteer Safety Officer)

Washington County Emergency Service: EMS 1820

Wash. Co Special Ops: RS 20, Support 20-03, Support 20-04, Skid 20

Washington County Emergency Services: Rehab 255, Air 252

Loudoun County Va: Engine 616, Tanker 626 (Loudoun Heights)

Engine 602, BC 602 (Loudoun Co. Fire/Rescue)

Jefferson County Wv: Res -Eng 1, Tanker  1 (Harper's Ferry)

Utility 2 (Citizens), Utility 3 (Shepardstown), Tanker 7 (Bakerton),

Engine 52 (Blue Ridge Mountain), Tanker 4 (Independent)

Frederick County: Truck 5, Tanker 5, Utility 5 (Bruinswick Fire)

Ambulance 197 (Bruinswick Rescue)

Engine - Tanker 204, Rescue Squad 20, Medic 20 (Jefferson)

Tanker 7, Utility 7 (Middletown)

Engine 31 (United Fire Co.) - Transfer to station 11

FM 26

*The Potomac Valley Fire Company sends it's Thoughts & Prayers to the family after this devastating fire this morning on Norstar Lane in Knoxville. The family has lost everything they had in this fire.

 If you are interested in helping this family with clothing donations, Please contact:

Kristen McCoy

POTOMAC Valley Fire Company





Busy Tuesday Continues

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 18:00 Every Tuesday, the members of company 11 gather at the station around 7pm to conduct monthly training, this Tuesday was no different. This evening there was a lot going on around the station, meetings, Administrative work, placing in service some of the new SCBA's and conducting weekly training. A few of the members worked on new SCBA's (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) bottles (lettered, numbered and stripped) and placed them on the necessary units. While other members worked on Administrative duties, enrolling and scheduling new training classes and courses at station 11 and others conducted training. Having a handful of new members joining up over the last few months, Capt. A. Martin gathered these new members for some in -house training and worked on getting these members ready for their riding status test. These members have been working the last few weeks with senior members of the company on their "Probation" packet and preparing them for up coming classes & Training. This weeks training was reviewing all of the equipment stored and the operations of Engine-Tanker 11 & Brush 11. Having learned all about their PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), the difference between each piece of apparatus and their operations, and the equipment carried on each piece and there use, these new members will soon be testing for their riding status..



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