Potomac Valley Fire Company

Box 11-8

Friday, December 12, 2014  12:55 Hrs


Box 11-8 was sounded for a reported Farm House on fire across from the Pleasant Valley Elementary School on Rt 67 (Rohrersville Rd). EMS 1820 having just cleared a call was on Rt 67 in the area at the time of dispatch and arrived on scene within 2 minutes.  EMS 1820 arrived in the 1700 Block of Rohrersville Rd to find a 2 story early 1800's Farm House with smoke showing, the homeowners were out front and advised all occupants were out and accounted for. EMS 1820 requested a Tanker Task Force and the Safety Assignment. Lt 11 (Support 11-7) arrived minutes later and established Rohrersville Road Command.


Engine 11-2 (A/C Otzelberger) took the first in position, laying out 400 Ft of supply line from Rt 67 up the driveway and taking position on the  Alpha/,Bravo corner. Engine 11-2's crew along with EMS 1820 stretched a hose line through the front door where the crew encountered heavy fire conditions. Shortly after entering the structure Command advised heavy fire showing from first floor on the Delta Side, withing seconds the conditions throughout the structure rapidly changed causing the crew to make a quick exit.


With the crew out of the structure, Command advised of a defensive fire attack. Frederick Truck 5 arrived and positioned on the Alpha side of the structure beside E112 and prepared for Ladder Pipe operations once a Water Supply was established. Folding Tanks were dropped on Rt 67 at the entrance to the driveway. Tankers on the Tanker Task Force dropped their water into the Folding Tanks and proceeded to  Engine 11-1's Sandy Hook Rd where the Tankers would be filled from a fire hydrant. Due to the Continued issue's with the fire hydrants on Rt 67 and the Closure of the Brownsville Pond by the state, the hydrant on Sandy Hook Rd (5 miles away) was the closest water supply source. 


Crews on scene continued to operate numerous large lines, portable monitors and Truck 5's Ladder Pipe  to knock the bulk of the fire. Due to the age, construction and modifications to the Farm House, crews had to work through multiple layers of heavy timber adding to the difficulty reaching hiding fire and adding  to the rapid fire spread through out the void spaces between the multiple layers of the walls.


Crews operated for just under 2 hrs to control the fire, with extended overhaul operations to ensure the fire was out. Crews operated on scene for 6 hrs, knocking the fire, overhaul operations and assisting the State Fire Marshals Office with their investigation.


Thankfully there were no injuries to the occupants, but the initial fire attack crew (E11-2 & EMS 1820) suffered minor burns and were treated at a local medical facility. The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.


Being weeks away from Christmas, this fire is devastating to the family and has put a damper on the Christmas spirit. Currently the Potomac Valley Fire Company is working with closely with the family to ensure they have everything they need to get back on their feet and enjoy their Christmas. stay tuned to the Potomac Valley Fire Company website (www.PotomacValleyFire.Com) for information on ways to help the family. Thank you.





The Potomac Valley Fire Company would like to THANK the following Companies for assisting on the incident.


Boonsboro Fire Co 6/8, Boonsboro EMS 69, Sharpsburg Fire Co.1,


Sharpsburg EMS 19, Brunswick Fire Co.5, Jefferson Fire Co.20, Bakerton Fire Co.7,  Citizens Fire Co. 2, Middletown Fire Co. 7, Luckettsville Fire Co. 10, Lovettsville Fire Co. 12, Independent Hose Co. 1, Independent Fire Co. 4, Mt Aetna Fire Co 16, Clear Spring Fire Co. 4, Washington County Special Ops, Washington County Rehab 255 & Air Unit 251, Washington county Emergency Services EMS 1820, 1801, Safety 100, State Fire Marshals Office.


Special Thanks to Hagerstown City Engine 5 for filling in at station 11.





     



 

Why I choose to Volunteer

Volunteer Now

Volunteer Now

Friday, December 12, 2014  Here in Washington County, the Fire & Rescue Service is 80% Volunteer. Chances are when you call 911, those men & woman who show up are volunteers.


But what if you called 911 and no one showed up?


Thanks to those willing to VOLUNTEER, the citizens of Washington County our protected.


But over the years the number of those volunteering across the county has decreased, Washington County is not any different.


The Potomac Valley Fire Company is 100% and depends on those in our community to give their time to volunteer.


So, Why do people VOLUNTEER?


Here for yourself: http://youtu.be/3NElApXA-1g





The Potomac Valley Fire Company is always looking for those interested in serving the community.


There are positions for everyone: Firefighter, EMT, Paramedic, Fire-Police,  Administrative, Fund Raising and more...


To join the the Potomac Valley Fire Company or to learn more,


Click on the Join Today





   


 

Santa Breakfast

Sat. Dec 6, 2014

Sat. Dec 6, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 


BREAKING NEWS:


Saturday, December 6, 2014


Santa is coming, Santa is coming, Santa is coming


The Potomac Valley Fire Company just received a special phone call from the North Pole. On Saturday December 6, Santa will be out conducting some final test ruins for his Christmas Eve journey and heard the hard working members of the Potomac Valley Fire Company will be holding one of their famous breakfasts.


Knowing these men and women and the great meals they put on, Santa has asked if he  can park his reindeer and sled inside our engine bay, while he meets the men and women of the PVFC and the amazing supporters who come out to support the fire companies fund raisers.


Santa will be bringing his list and checking it twice, seeing who's naughty and  who's nice.


Santa will be at the station from 7:30 - 11


come out and see Santa, enjoy some great food and support your local volunteer's.


Menu:


Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, Sausage Gravy, Coffee, Milk, Juice


Doors open at 7am








   


 

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2014  The Potomac Valley Fire Company would like to wish everyone a Happy & Safe Thanksgiving. Please be careful while traveling the roads today and enjoy the time with family and friends.


We also ask that your please take a moment to pray for the safety of those who are out on the front lines protecting us at home and over seas. The sacrifices made by our Firefighters, Police Officers and Soldiers day in and day out go above and beyond, Today many of those will once again sacrifice time with their loved ones to protect, serve and ensure that we get to enjoy Thanksgiving and if in need they will be there. As you sit down today with family and friends, Please take a moment to pray for their safety and Thank them for their sacrifices.








   


 

Box 11-5

Tuesday, November 25, 2014  Shorty after noon, Box 11-5 sounded for the house fire on Sandy Hook Road. Support 11-7 (Lt. Martin) arrived on scene with nothing showing from the exterior. Firefighter from 11-7 and Paramedic 1820 made entry into the structure to find that there was a kitchen fire that extended into the walls. Crew from Frederic Ambulance 19-8 stretched a handline to division 1 off of Frederick Tanker 905. Frederick E/T 204 assisted 19-8's crew while E-11-2 took position on the hydrant. After crews checked division 2 and the basement, fire deemed to be contained to the kitchen area. Crews performed overhaul operations and Fire Marshal was contacted. Upon completion of overhaul, command released crews, holding E/T 11 and Support 11-7 until arrival of power company. Crews operated on scene for just under 2 hours. Potomac Valley: E-11-1, E-11-2, E/T-11, S-11-7 Rohrersville: E-8-1, Support 8-0 Loudoun Heights: E-626, T-626, Bat.-602 Brunswick: T-905, A-198 Jefferson: E/T-204, RS 20 Friendship (Harpers Ferry): T-1 Citizens (Charles Town): E-2-1, L-2 Sharpsburg Fire: RE-1-1 Sharpsburg EMS: P-19-2 Bakerton: E-7-1 (Transfered for Co. 11 after being released from the fire scene) Wash. Co. DES: P-1820 WCVFRA: Safety 100

   


 

Snow on the way

Snow for Wednesday

Snow for Wednesday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 


Washington County Dept. of Fire and Emergency Service



WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH ...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY
MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE ...SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS ...POTENTIAL FOR FIVE INCHES OR MORE.

* TIMING ...WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

* TEMPERATURES ...UPPER 20S TO LOWER 30S ABOVE 1000 FEET. LOWER TO
MIDDLE 30S BELOW 1000 FEET.

* WINDS ...BECOMING NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 20
MPH.

* IMPACTS ...ROADS MAY BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY ...INCLUDING
INTERSTATES 81 ...70 ...83 ...66 AND 64. THIS MAY HAVE A
SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON HOLIDAY TRAVEL PLANS FOR WEDNESDAY. HEAVY
AMOUNTS OF WET SNOW MAY CAUSE DOWNED TREES THAT LEAD TO AN
ENHANCED THREAT FOR POWER OUTAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS ...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW ...SLEET ...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.




   


 

THANK YOU

Sunday, November 23, 2014 23:30 The Potomac Valley Fire Company would like to send out a special THANK YOU to the members of the Funkstown Fire Company for providing a standby crew on Saturday evening while our members worked our Fall Gun Bonanza. During the evening the crew from company 10 (Funkstown)  handled a Personal Injury Collision on Route 340.





THANK YOU


Deputy Chief Eric Fraley


Duncan Ludwig


Matt Bowman


Dereck Bish


(Funkstown Fire Company)





   


 

Fall Gun Bonanza

Sunday, November 23, 2014 23:00 The Potomac Valley Fire Company would like to THANK everyone who attended and supported our Fall Gun Bonanza. Without the continued support from our community the Potomac Valley Fire Company would not be able to purchase the much needed equipment to serve our community. The support shown made this years Fall Bonanza a great success.


Our member work tirelessly over the days leading up to this event to ensure we provide a great meal, great atmosphere and a great time for you. Thank you to all our members who worked to the point of exhaustion this week to put on the bonanza as well as the daily business and needs of the company. Saturday was a busy day for company 11. The day started at 6am with some of our dedicated members showing up to begin cooking and cleaning the station for the bonanza, crews handled a detail to assist with the JFK Run along the towpath, responded to 3 emergency calls throughout the day, worked the bonanza, cleaned up after the event and finally at midnight our members headed home. 





     
Henry Ingram leading us in a prayer and blessing the food

Henry Ingram leading us in a prayer and
      blessing the food

Kristen McCoy & Roy Tarmon working the front table

Kristen McCoy & Roy Tarmon working the
      front table



 

Busy Saturday Continues

Sunday, November 23, 2014 14:00 As the Fall Gun Bonanza preparations were in full swing and all units clear of the standby and PI, it wasn't long before company 11 units were back on the road.


Shortly after 2pm, Company 11 was alerted for an Unknown Odor in a structure in company 11's first due area. Company 11 responded with Engine 11-2 (5 personal) and Engine-Tanker 11 (2 personal).  Crews from company 11 joined crews from E8-1 and Truck 5 with a search of the structure. Crews found a leaking gas (Propane) service line to the home. The homeowner was advised to contact their service company and units went in service.





Units:


Engine 11-2, Engine-Tanker 11 (Potomac Valley)


Engine 8-1 (Boonsboro)


Truck 5 (Brunswick)


     



 

Ut & ATV detailed to the JFK Run

Sunday, November 23, 2014 06:00 Saturday morning Utility 11 with ATV 11 were detailed to Lock 34 (company 11's First Due) to assist with the JFK Run along the C&O towpath.  During the standby ATV 11 handled two  calls for assistance (Minor Injuries). While operating on the detail, 2 crews remained in station to set up for the Fall Gun Bonanza and handled a call for a Personal Injury Collision on Chestnut Grove Rd.


Unit:


Utility 11 w/ ATV 11


     



 
 
 

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