Potomac Valley Fire Company

TORNADO WATCH IN EFFECT

WEATHER EMERGENCY

WEATHER EMERGENCY

Monday, April 20, 2015 


WEATHER EMERGENCY...





Monday, April 20, 2015


Washington 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 Night Training

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. 


 


     



 

Mutual Aid Mountain Fire

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

Br 11 Crew heading into the woods



 

Thank You

Thank You

Thank You

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.


   


 

A Company 11 First

Monday, April 6, 2015  The Potomac Valley Fire Company Inc. is making company history. For the first time in the 49 year history of the Potomac Valley Fire Company Inc. the company will not be 100% staffed by volunteers. The Potomac Valley Fire Company is pleased to announce the hiring of (4) Paid Firefighter/Drivers to assist in handling the daily duties of the fire company. The staff will be on duty from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Thursday.

In 2014 having an ever increasing call load, combined with the decreasing number of volunteers available to respond during weekdays (due to work hours, Family responsibilities, etc.), the membership of the PVFC began looking into way to continue serving our community with the service they expect and deserve. Over the last 6 months a lot of long hours and sleepless nights were racked up, but in the end it paid off and here we are.

As of this morning (Monday, April 6, 2015) at 8.00 A.M, the Potomac Valley Fire Company Inc. welcomed their first employees as they reported to duty.  After a morning of scheduled duties (Apparatus and equipment checks, Station work and studying up on the apparatus, maps and station guidelines) the afternoon proved the decision to hire was a great decision and the right one.

Shortly before 3:30, with Chief Gray in-house reviewing company operations with FF  Myers, Engine companies 11 & 8 (Boonsboro-Rohrersville) were alerted for a brush fire in the 19600 block of Frog Eye Rd. Firefighter Myers along with Chief Gray responded in Brush 11.  Brush 11 & Engine-Tanker 11 (A/C Otzelberger) operated on scene for 2 hrs. before clearing. While en-route back to the station, at 5:23 P.M again units were alerted for a brush fire, this time on the Maryland Heights over look. Brush 11 and Utility 11 w/ ATV 11 operated on the Appalachian Trail in the area of the Maryland Heights Overlook Access Trail for 2 1/2 hrs containing and extinguishing the woods fire. What a great start to a new chapter in the History of the Potomac Valley Fire Company, Inc. We look forward to a great working relationship with our "First" paid staff here, Would you please help us welcome to the Potomac Valley Fire Company:


FF/Driver Dave Myers

FF/Driver Kyle Boedecker

FF/Driver Rich Grant

FF/Driver Brett Kile




   


 

Saturday Training on the Appalachian Trail

Sunday, April 5, 2015 

On Saturday morning shortly after sunrise, some members of Company 11 began cook up the companies famous breakfast for this year’s Easter Breakfast, while other members were preparing to head out for a day of training. 

Just after 8am, members loaded up Engine 11-2, Utility 11w/ ATV 11 and Support 11-0 headed over to station 8 (Boonsboro's - Rohrersville station) to meet up with our "South County" neighbors from Boonsboro and members from our mutual aid partners with the Brunswick Ambulance Co and Brunswick Fire Co.

The focus of today's training was to located all trail access (Public & Private) along the Appalachian Trail between Gapland (Co. 8's area) and Weverton Cliffs (Co. 11's area), Open these access trails, get our responders use to operating on the trails, Gather GPS coordinates, mapping these areas, locating area's for Hoisting operations for MSP Trooper (Helicopter) and locate any problem area's that may hamper rescue operations.

Locating and accessing patients along the trail during an emergency can be a challenge. Today’s training gave all of the companies and personnel valuable experience and provided all companies involved another tool in their tool box. Potomac Valley and Boonsboro will be taking the valuable information gained from today's training and coming up with a Pre-plan or Action plan for emergency response for the area of the Appalachian trail between Gapland and Weverton.

Today's training was not the first time these companies have conducted joint training on the Appalachian Trail, Each year joint training takes place on the Appalachian Trail at Maryland Heights (Co 11's area) or between Gapland & Weverton Cliffs. Numerous multi-company drills are in the works at this time.

We would like to THANK everyone who participated in this drill and a SPECIAL THANK YOU goes out to Gary Himes and the staff at Himes Country Store on Weverton Rd for taking care of us with a great lunch and use of their parking lot & trail access. 




     
Group photo @ the Ed Garvey Shelter

Group photo @ the Ed Garvey Shelter



 

Recruitment is looking up

Monday, March 30, 2015  In 2011 the membership of the Potomac Valley Fire Company set out on an effort to boost the number of volunteer members. In early 2012 the PVFC was contacted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) & some of Maryland's State Delegates congratulating them on being awarded a 2011 SAFER Grant. Since being awarded the SAFER grant the PVFC has been advertising the need for Volunteers with signs, banners, our yearly newsletter and here on PotomacValleyFire.Com We would like thank all of you who stopped by the station for an application, joined our family and have taking this job to heart. The PVFC was founded by members of the community who were wiling to give their time to volunteer and as we approach our 50th Anniversary members of our community are still giving what little free time they have to volunteer and continue the tradition. As our grant is in its final year and coming to an end, this does not mean the end to our recruitment effort. The Potomac Valley Fire Company is always looking ahead and looking to continue and improve our service to our community and those who pass through the area each day.

   


 

Open House / Recruitment Day

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015 





Sunday, April 12, 2015


10 Am - 5 Pm





Come out for a day of family fun at the Potomac Valley Fire Company.


*Meet our volunteers who serves the community, 24 Hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, When our community calls these are the Men & women who there.


* Take a tour of the Firehouse


*See how you can help your community by volunteering with the PVFC


and much more.








   


 

Garretts Mill Rd Brush Fire

Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:01 After the tragic events on Valley earlier in the day, the South County wasn't done with the PVFC. At 12:01 a call came into the Washington County Emergency Communications Center reporting a large brush fire endangering structures in the 19300 blk of Garretts Mill Rd.


EMS 1820 arrived on scene to find a large field fire rapidly spreading towards a structure and a heavily wooded area. Having limited access the larger apparatus were staged out on Garretts Mill Rd with their personnel and all brush trucks proceeding back. Crews were ale to quickly contain the fire spread keeping it from reaching any structures and the wood line. Crews worked for just under  an hour and a half to extinguish the fire.











     
Photos by FF. Rohrer (PVFC)

Photos by FF. Rohrer (PVFC)



 

Tragic Morning

Thursday, March 19, 2015  This morning shortly after 8am, Company 11, Co 8 (Boonsboro), EMS 1820 & Frederick Ambulance Co. 19 were alerted for a Possible Suicide in the 600 blk of Valley Rd in Company 11's first due. As additional information was obtained from a Washington County Sheriff on scene reporting multiple victims shot, Washington County Emergency Communications Center added additional resources to the call.


Despite a heroic effort by all companies involved all 3 shooting victims died from their injuries.


The members of the Potomac Valley Fire Company would like to send our thoughts & prayers to the family, friends and neighbors of those who were lost this morning and a thank you to all of the rescue crews involved in this incident.








   


 
 
 

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