Potomac Valley Fire Company

2017 Volunteer Challenge

Wednesday, April 26, 2017  Come out and enjoy the 2017 Volunteer Challenge 

Saturday,  May 6

Valley Mall - Hagerstown MD

Come out and enjoy a day supporting your local volunteer Fire and Rescue Companies, leaen about volunteer opportunities,  cheer on your local volunteers during the Firefighter Challenge, Meet your local Volunteers and more.....

     



 

Co. 11 responds to 2 Alarm Fire

Monday, April 24, 2017 


Shortly after 10:30 P.M our Mutual Aid partners in Frederick County MD (Brunswick) were responding to a reported Structure Fire on W. Potomac St in Brunswick. Having units en-route the call was quickly upgraded to a Working Fire with possible people trapped. A Working fire dispatch was immediately dispatched quickly followed by the 2nd Alarm. Engine Company 11 was alerted for the 2nd Alarm bring Engine 11-2 with 5 personnel while a second crew remained in the station to handle any additional calls for service.   


Engine 11-2 and additional units alerted on the 2nd Alarm arrived on scene and staged in front of Rescue Company 19 and awaited an assignment. Crews alerted on the First Alarm made an quick and aggressive fire attack and search of the structure for the reported trapped occupants. Having a quick knock of the fire, Command held the 1st Alarm units and the Working Fire Assignment units to conduct overhaul and assist the Fire Marshals with their investigation. Engine 11-2 returned to service at 11:30 PM.








     



 

Warm Easter Day Brings start to River Rescue Season

Sunday, April 16, 2017 


Easter Sunday with temps in the 80's brought crowds of people out to enjoy the Appalachian Trails, the Towpath and a few tempted the Potomac River. Shortly before 10 PM Sunday night a call came in reporting 3 people stranded on the Potomac River in the area of "Bass Rock".


Boats from company 11 (Potomac Valley) reported to the South 340 launch point and prepared to launch, boats from Bakerton company 7 prepared to launch from the "Point" in Harper's Ferry WV and crews from company 8 (Boonsboro) proceeded to the West Virginia side of the Potomac in the area of "Bass Rock" and accessed the river by trail to get a vantage point. 


Having confirmation of the location both Boats from Company 11 & 7 launched and headed towards "Bass Rock".  Three occupants were found on the rocks and were retrieved by boats from company 11 & 7. All three refused medical treatment and were transported by boats to the "Point" in Harper's Ferry.





   


 

Work Detail on the Appalachian Trail

Saturday, March 4, 2017  This morning crews from both the Potomac Valley Fire Company (Company 11) and the First Hose Company of Boonsboro (Company 6 & 8) in a joint effort to better improve access to areas of the Appalachian Trail. Crews worked for a few hours on both the new access point off of Miller Ave and also on the access point off of Weverton Rd. During the day crews installed a gate off of Miller Ave, trimmed back trees to ensured both access trails leading to the Appalachian Trail were accessible by emergency equipment (Emergency Vehicles & ATV's). During the day crews also took time to review and update the response assignment, staging locations and emergency access for certain emergency units. 


We would also like to THANK Himes Store for allowing us to park some of our emergency apparatus in their side parking lot as well as providing crews with Lunch.


     



 

Large Brush Fire in Co. 1's Area

Friday, February 24, 2017  Short after 5pm tonight, Company 11 (Brush 11, Engine-Tanker 11, Utility 11 w/ ATV 11) were alerted to assist Company 1 (Sharpsburg) with a large brush fire in the 18100 Block of Horseshoe Bend Rd. Deputy Chief 1 first arriving on scene found a large (2 acre) field/woods fire rapidly spreading and requested a "Brush Task Force".  Crews from Companies 1, 11, 8, 6, 12, Jefferson County WV 3 & 7 worked for just under an hour to control the fire, with units remaining on scene for an additional hour to hit remaining "Hotspots". 







   


 

Fire/Rescue Recruitment Day - Boonsboro H.S

Wednesday, February 22, 2017  Today members of the Potomac Valley Fire Company joined the Washington County Fire/Rescue Association Recruitment Division and Representatives from the Boonsboro Fire Company & Sharpsburg Area EMS at Boonsboro High School for a day of Recruitment.





If interested in joining the Potomac Valley Fire Company please click on the JOIN TODAY link of the Potomac Valley Fire Company website or stop by the station Tuesday evenings at 7pm. We are always looking for new members to not only assist in responding to emergency calls, but to all so help in day to day Administrative duties, Fund Raising and many other areas.


     



 

1st River Rescue of the Year

Sunday, February 19, 2017  This afternoon at 16:12 (4:12PM) Company 11 and surrounding units were dispatched for a River Rescue on the Potomac River between the Route 340 Bridge and the Train Overpass. The callers advised a Red Kayak was overturned and pinned up against the rocks near the Maryland Shoreline.  Support 11-1 entered the Towpath to access the 340 boat launch. Boats from Frederick (Brunswick Ambulance Co.) reported to the Weverton Boat Launch and Jefferson County Boat 7 reporting to the "Point" in Harper's Ferry and prepared to launch, the remaining units reported to the Diner and staged. After a search of the area and further information obtained, the search was called off and units were placed in service. 


After meeting with DNR (Maryland Natural Resources Police)  both Boats 11 & 11-1 launched with 4 personnel on board to attempted to retrieve the Kayak from the rocks. After numerous attempts  to retrieve the Kayak, the retrieval attempts were called off due to dark. Units (Boats 11 & 11-1 ) returned on Tuesday afternoon and successfully retrieved the Kayak. The Kayak was turned over to DNR for continued investigation.


Company 11 Units: Support 11-1 w/Bt 11-1, Brush 11 w/ Bt 11, Engine 11-2, Support 11-0, Support 11-7


     



 

Busy Saturday Continues

Saturday, February 18, 2017 14:06 After an early morning Structure Fire, Noon EMS call company 11 was alerted for a Brush Fire on Harper's Ferry Rd. Brush 11, Engine-Tanker 11, Support 11-0 (Chief 11) responded. Chief 11 & D/C 11 arrived to find a fast moving 1/2 acre field fire. Brush 11 accessed the field where two lines were pulled (Booster line & Forestry line) to stop the spread of the fire. Quick work by crews on scene keep the rapid fire spread from reaching the hillside leading into the mountain. Crews operated on scene for am hour to extinguish the fire and hitting remaining Hot Spots.











     



 

Co. 11 Clears House on Working Fire

Saturday, February 18, 2017 05:53 At 05:53 this morning the Washington County Emergency Communications Center started receiving calls for a House fire on Red Hill Rd in the Keedysville area of the County (Sharpsburg Fire Co. 1's First Due area). Chief 6 (Griffith) arrived to find  a 2-story single family house fully involved with numerous spot fires in the wooded area surrounding the house. Due to the area being in a heavily wooded area with numerous spot fires, Command requested a Brush Fire assignment. Initial crews were split into two crew and operations, 1 crew began and made a quick knock on the structure fire while the second crew worked to contain and extinguish the Brush fires. All fire (Structure & Wooods) were extingushed within 20 minutes, with crews continuing to mop up hot spots for an additional 2 hours.


Company 11 responded with Engine 11-2, Engine-Tanker 11, Brush 11 w/ ATV 11, Support 11-0 (Chief 11). * Support 11-7 diverted to station 11 while en-route to get Brush 11 out.


Thank you to Loudoun County Engine 626 for Filling in at Station 11








     
Engine 11-2 approching the scene

Engine 11-2 approching the scene



 

3rd Working Fire in the last 5 Days

Tuesday, February 7, 2017  At 0:50 A.m (12:50 A.m) Tuesday morning Engine-Tanker 11 was requested to assist Jefferson County units on a working Barn Fire on Persimmon Lane in Shepherdstown WV. The crew from ET-11 operated on scene  for a little over 2 hours before being placed in-service by Command. This was the 3rd working fire that Company 11 has responded and operated in the last 5 days, 2 in Jefferson County WV and the other in Frederick County MD.


   


 
 
 

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