Remember those who gave all, for the
freedom we have today.
Friday, May 22, 2015
We ask that before everyone heads off for the extended weekend to enjoy all that the Memorial Day weekend holds for them, that you please take a moment to reflex on what this weekend is all about. Take a moment to remember all who have served in the military and made the supreme sacrifice, those who gave all, those who never made it home.As we sit and enjoy the nice weather, time with family & friends, picnics and gatherings, parades and vacations, remember those who fought for that freedom in which we share this weekend and everyday, without those who proudly laid their lives down for our freedom, we would not have all that we have.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The May Board Meeting & Membership Meeting has been moved from Monday night to Tuesday May 26 due to Memorial Day.
Photo by: Sgt. Ecton PVFC
Thursday, May 14, 2015
In the early morning hours (2:15 Am) Washington County Emergency Communications Center received a call reporting sounds of an explosion in the basement with the house filling with smoke in the 3400 block of Harpers Ferry Rd (Box 11-1). Chief 11 arrived on scene 02:21 hrs to find a working basement fire in a two story single family home. Chief 11 (E. Gray) established Harpers Ferry Rd Command and requested a Safety Assignment and a Tanker Task Force. Engine 11-2 & Engine-Tanker 1 (Sharpsburg) arrived on scene simultaneously, with Command advising Engine 11-2's crew to pull a line to the Delta side entrance on the first floor and control the fire extension, with Engine-Tanker 1 pulling a line to the Charlie Side basement entrance and attack the fire in the basement.
As additional units arrived on scene, one crew accessed the 2nd floor and a second crew was sent to the attic to check for any extension. The fire in the basement and the first floor was knocked quickly and no extension was found on the second floor and attic area. Having the fire controlled, crews began Ventilation and overhaul operations. During these operations a crew member from Engine 11-1 fell through the floor on the first floor, falling into the basement. The injured firefighter was immediately removed from the structure suffering from only minor injuries. Having visibility improving, crews discovered the house was under going heavy renovations combined with the extensive fire damage in the basement contributed to the weaken floor. The injured firefighter was transported by Medic 69-1 (Boonsboro) to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown where he was treated and released with minor injuries. Crews remained on scene until 5:12 A.M. The cause of the fire was determined by the Maryland State Fire Marshals Office to be electrical in nature.
Company 11 Units:
Su 11-0 (Chief 11-), Engine 11-1, Engine 11-2, Engine-Tanker 11, Utility 11
The Member of the Potomac Valley Fire Company would like to send our Thoughts & Prayers for a speedy Recovery to our injured Brother.
Monday, May 11, 2015
Rest Easy Brother
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
The Potomac Valley Fire Company has our fellow Firefighters with the DCFD in our Thoughts & Prayers this morning after the tragic Line of Duty Death of Lt. Kevin McRea this morning. Lt. McRea lost his life this morning while battling 2 alarm fire. May Lt. McRea, his family and his fellow DCFD Family be in your Thoughts & Prayers as the deal with Lt. McRea's untimely passing. Rest Easy Brother, We Have It From HereRest in PeaceLt. Kevin McReaDCFD
Friday, April 24, 2015
Today the member of Company 11 joined companies from throughout Washington County in saying fare well to an Fire/Rescue icon here in Washington County.
Chief Jay Grimes served the fire service for over five decades, Not only did he serve as Chief with the Williamsport Volunteer Fire-EMS, he was also a leader and visionary for many of the standards seen in todays Fire/Rescue Service in Washington County.
Along with Chief Grimes passion for the bettering the fire service he was a dedicated sales manager for Pierce Fire Apparatus, If you look around Washington County still today (including all 3 Engines here at Potomac Valley), you can see Jays work. He took great pride in each and every unit he delivered and passed that pride onto each and every member around Washington County and beyond.
It was an honor for the Potomac Valley Fire Company Inc. to attend the funeral for Chief Grimes and give such a great man and amazing send off.
Rest in Peace Chief
Monday, April 20, 2015
WEATHER EMERGENCY...Monday, April 20, 2015Washington County and surrounding area has been placed under a Tornado Watch from 3PM - 10 PM today. Strong storms will be entering the area in the late afternoon and continue into the late hours of Monday.Please stay tuned to your local TV/Radio stations for additional information.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Over the last few Tuesday nights (Drill night) the members of company 11 have taken training back to the "Basics". Having a group of newer members working on their riding status, former riding members who have joined back up and a good refresher for all, training went back to the basics with Hose line advancement, Ground Ladders positioning, Pumping, Drafting and supply operations, Proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) use , SCBA air management, Following hose lines for evacuation.
Sunday, April 12, 2015 2:28
On Sunday afternoon with the 1st Maryland Volunteer Recruitment Open House in full swing, units from neighboring Jefferson County WV & Loudoun County Va. were alerted and responding for smoke in the area of the Appalachian Trail along the Virginia / West Virginia line.
Shortly after dispatch units began advising of a large column smoke at the top of the Blue Ridge Mountain. Once units arrived, access to the area was limited and a large spreading wildfire was found. Based on this information, members of company 11 began getting ATV 11 ready and adding additional forestry equipment to the trail. At 2:28 PM, Brush 11 was alerted to assist with ATV 11 being requested at 2:39.
The crew on Brush 11 accessed the Power line right a way off of Harpers Ferry Rd (Loudoun Co) and proceeded back 2 miles to the top of the mountain where the Loudoun County Division had Command. Brush 11's crew was advised by Command to grab Brush Rakes and Bladder Bags and follow the trail back and join the "South Division" crews. ATV 11 was instructed to assist the Jefferson County units on the "North Division" where the crew began accessing the fire spread, assisting in finding access points, transporting personal and equipment).
By 7Pm the fire was contained and crews were extinguishing remaining "Hot Spots". Due to the large area of heavy woods, large down and standing trees that were still burning, Hot Shot crews were called in from the Virginia Dept. of Forestry to remain overnight to monitor the area. In total 8-10 acres along the top ridge of the Mountain had burned. Departments from around Loudoun County VA, Jefferson County WV, Frederick County MD and Washington County MD responded on the call.
Brush 11, Support 11-1 w/ATV 11 responded with a crew of 4 while a crew of 3 remained back at the station staffing the engine company. Units returned to service at 19:30 hrs.
Br 11 Crew heading into the woods
Sunday, April 12, 2015 10:00
On Sunday, April 12, the Potomac Valley Fire Company Inc. participated in the First Annual Maryland State Recruitment Day to help recruit new volunteers for Fire, Rescue and EMS companies around the state. Unfortunately, the day was cut short when company 11 was alerted to assist on a large mountain fire on Appalachian Trail along the Loudoun County Va, Jefferson County WV. line. Thank you to everyone who pitched in throughout the week and all day Saturday to prepare the station and apparatus.
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