Potomac Valley Fire Company

9/11 Remembrance Parade

Thursday, September 11, 2014  On Thursday evening members of company 11 attended the 12th Annual September 11th Remembrance Parade in Boonsboro. As the 1 Year Anniversary of September 11th approached, the members of the First Hose Company of Boonsboro Company 6/8 wanted a  way to remember the events of that tragic day and to honor those who lost their lives. Since the 1st parade this event has grown to over 50 participants in this year’s parade.

The parade started at 6:30 and proceeded through downtown Boonsboro where participants proceeded under a large American flag hung from the ladders of Truck 6 (Boonsboro) and Truck 3 (Shepherdstown WV).

 After the parade concluded, Fire/Rescue and Police participants attended the 9/11 Remembrance Dinner at station 6 to remember those who lost their on that tragic day and to Honor the 343 Firefighters who gave their life so that others may live.

 A special THANK YOU to the First Hose Company of Boonsboro and the Town of Boonsboro for hosting the parade and dinner.

 Company 11 attended the 9/11 Remembrance Parade & Dinner with both Engine's 11-1 & 11-2.


Lt. J Martin, Sgt. D Warfield, Sgt C Payne, Operator B. Hunter

for representing the Potomac Valley Fire Company. 






Thursday, September 11, 2014   Today as a Nation we pulse and remember that tragic day 13 years. The flags at station 11 have been lowered in remembrance of 9-11, this evening members of company 11 will be attending the 9-11 Remembrance Parade in Boonsboro along with other Fire Companies throughout Washington County.

On September 11, 2001 343 fellow Firefighters lost their life and thousands of fellow rescue workers have become sickened from working days and weeks at the site of the twin towers.Today is not any different then any other day, the dedicated members of the Potomac Valley Fire Company will be on duty, protecting the citizens of Washington County, but today like every 9-11, we do so with heavy hearts and we will




Box 11-2

Sunday, September 7, 2014  Box 11-2 Sunday, September 7, 2014 16:00 Hrs, Washington County Emergency Communications Center began receiving calls for a house on fire in the 18100 Block of Morgan Pine Rd in company 11’s First Due. At 16:01, Box 11-2 was sounded for heavy smoke coming from a house. Shortly after dispatch, communications advised units of multiple calls reporting house on fire with live ammo going off inside. Based on this information, the Working Fire & Tanker Task Force assignment was alerted. Lt. 8 (responding from Co. 11’s area) arrived on scene moments later to find a 1 story, single family home with heavy smoke showing. D/C 11 (R. Gray) arrived and established Morgan Pine Rd Command. Engine 11-2 under direction from A/C 11 arrived and stretched a line with the engine driver preparing for folding tank operations to the rear of Engine 11-2. The crew from Engine 11-2 with Lt. 8 entered the structure where they found heavy smoke and heat, as they proceeded down the hallway crews were met by fire coming down the hallway. Loudoun County Engine 616 arrived and set up behind Engine 11-2 with Loudoun Tanker 623 (running as Tanker 616) setting up behind Engine 616 as a nurse tanker and dropped their Folding Tank between Engine 11-2 and Engine 616. Engine 11-2 along with Loudoun County Engine 616’s crew began an aggressive fire attack. Interior advised heavy fire conditions with fire in multiple rooms and extending into the attic. Frederick County Truck 5 arrived on scene, accessed the driveway on the “Alpha” side and positioned their ladder on the roof where their crew began to open up the roof. Morgan Pine Command requested a fill site to be established at a hydrant on Sandy Hook Rd and for Engine 84 to drop their crew off on the scene and the driver to proceed to the Dargan boat ramp and establish a secondary fill site from the Potomac River. Engine-Tanker 11 arrived on scene, dumped their tank water into the folding tank and began the Tanker Shuttle. As Tankers from the Tanker Task Force began to arrive, they proceeded up Morgan Pine Rd, dropped their water into the folding tank and joined in the Tanker Shuttle Operations. As additional units began to arrive, their crews were placed into service assisting with fire attack, Rapid Intervention Team, Conducting a primary and secondary search of the structure, ventilation and controlling utilities. Medic 19-1 and Frederick County Ambulance 199 setting up a rehab sector in the front yard. Rehab Unit 255 & Air Unit 252 staged in a neighboring yard and set up for operations. The fire was placed under control in just under an hour. Crews continued to operate on scene for an extended amount of time. The Fire Marshals arrived on scene and began their initial investigation. At 18:13 hrs Morgan Pine Command began to scale back the incident, Command held Companies 11, Loudoun 616, the Air and Rehab units until all bottles had been filled and all crews were rotated through Rehab. Crews from companies 11 and 616 assisted the Fire Marshals with their investigation and finished the Overhaul Operations. Command was terminated at 19:31 and the scene was turned over to the Fire Marshals Office. At this time the investigation is still on going. No occupants were injured during the incident; one firefighter was treated for minor injuries on the scene. Company 11 Units: Support 11-7, Engine 11-2, Engine-Tanker 11, 8FP11-1 & 8FP11-2 Additional units: Washington County - Sharpsburg Fire Co. 1, Boonsboro Fire Co 6/8, Sharpsburg EMS Co. 19, Washington County Emergency Service (EMS 1820, Air Unit 252, Rehab unit 255, Washington County Special Operations Division Co. 20) Frederick County - Brunswick Fire Co. 5, Jefferson Fire Co. 20, Brunswick Rescue Squad Co.19 Loudoun County VA - Dept. of Fire & Rescue Co 616 Jefferson County Wv - Friendship Fire Co. 1 ( Harper's Ferry), Bakerton Fire Co. 7, Shepherdstown Fire Co. 3 Special Thank You to the crew from Shepherdstown Engine 3 for filling in at station 11 and "Protecting the Valley" after being released from the scene.



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



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