RIP Paramedic Harrison
Monday, August 24, 2015
Early this morning the fire & rescue service lost one of our own. The Potomac Valley Fire Company, Inc. has the Community Rescue Service of Hagerstown (Washington County Co. 75), the Baltimore County Fire Dept and the family of Hubert "JR" Harrison in their thoughts & prayers.Rest in Peace Brother Harrison
Friday, August 21, 2015
As wildfires are continuing to sweep across the west leaving a path of destruction
the US Forest Service and firefighter across the country are morning the tragic
death of 3 Us Forestry Service members while working to stop the spread of a
wild fire in Washington State and a fourth is listed in critical condition
after being overtaken by the fire.
The Members of the Potomac Valley Fire Company, Inc. send their Thoughts and
Prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of our fallen. Please keep the
thousands of forestry personnel working across the country to extinguish the
dangerous wildfires in your thoughts and prayers.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015
This Morning a few minutes
after 8, units from Fredrick County MD & Loudoun County VA. Were alerted
for and responding to a reported house fire on South Virginia Ave in Brunswick (right behind
Brunswick Ambulance Co. 19). Units arrived to find a 2 story home (converted
into 4 apartments) with heavy fire showing. Initial reports advised of possible
people trapped. Engine 51 (Brunswick),
Engine 612 (Loudoun Co) and personnel from company 19 began a search of the
structure and initial fire attack. Chief 5 arrived on scene and requested a
Safety Assignment and a 2nd alarm at 8:18.
At 8:19 Engine Company 11
was alerted to assist on the 2nd alarm. Engine 11-2 (A/C Otzelberger Jr),
Support 11-7 ( D/C A. Martin) responded. Units arrived and staged on West Potomac St.
just south of the incident scene and their personnel reported to the Command
Post for assignment. Crews from company 11 joined personnel from Frederick County
Jefferson County WV.
and our Washington County "South County"
partners from the First Hose Company of Boonsboro 6 & 8. Crews operated on
scene for just shy of 3 hours.
During this incident,
Washington County ECC received a call reporting a Personnel Injury Collision on
Keep Tryst Rd
in Company 11's first due. PD units arrived in the area of the
Weverton boat ramp turn around to find a single car with two Priority 4's
(DOA) from an apparent murder suicide. Keep Tryst road was blocked off at
RT. 340 & at Sandy Hook Rd
for most of the afternoon for the Police investigation. Not long into the
investigation, the identification of the 2 priority 4's were known and linking
them to the 2 alarm fire just an hour before in Brunswick.
fire numerous families lost everything they owned and during this tragic
incident linked to the fire a family lost a family member. The Potomac Valley
Fire Company sends their thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by
these tragic events this morning.
Crews on scene of the fire
made an aggressive fire attack and limited the fire spread. 2 neighboring homes
suffered damage from the fire, 2 additional structures received minor heat
damage and thankfully the Brunswick Vol. Ambulance Company building was spared.
Company 11 Units:
Engine 11-2 & Support
11-7 (5 personnel)
Saturday, August 8, 2015
On Saturday afternoon Washington County Emergency Communications Center received a call reporting an adult man in a blue life Jacket floating down the rive in the area of Lock 34. Units from Company 11 reported to Lock 34 were Support 11-7 (D/C A. Martin, FF. B Hunter), Support 11-1 w/ BT 11 (Chief Gray, Sgt C. Payne & FF. A. Coblentz)) proceeded down the tow path to the area of the Harper's Ferry train bridge and cross over where D/C 11 established the "Potomac River Command". The remaining crew from company 11 Pre-paired and launched Boat 11. Boat 11 (Chief Gray, Sgt Payne) proceeded up stream towards the point in Harper's Ferry where Jefferson County Boat 7 (Bakerton) was preparing to launch. Both Boats worked their way south through the crowed River. Crews worked their way down stream, stopping and checking with the estimated 500+ rafters & tubers on the water while Trooper 3 (MD State Police) searched from the air, making 4 passes over head. After an hour of searching by both ground (on foot & by vehicle along the towpath), by Boat on the water, by air with Trooper 3 and talking with the hundreds of rafters & tubers who saw and heard nothing, the incident was declared an good intent call. Once Boats 11 & 7 were off the river the "Potomac River Command" was terminated and units began to go in service.During this time of the year, the Potomac River has an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 rafters and tubers floating down stream with the numerous Tubing & Rafting companies in the area and calls of this nature is not uncommon. Most of the time passersby on the roadways see people out of their tubs or rafts and call 9-11.
Friday, August 7, 2015
At 10:43 am, Company 11 was alerted to assist on Box 1-1 (Sharpsburg). Medic 19-2 (Sharpsburg EMS) arrived on scene and advised of a light haze in the structure. Engine 11-2's took the 2nd due engine company position and assisted Engine 1-1 with a search of the structure while Engine 11-1 arrived 3rd and staged. Crews found a burned up washer machine in the basement.
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.
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