Potomac Valley Fire Company

Soup & Sandwich Sale

Feb, 28 2015

Feb, 28 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 

Potomac valley fire company, Inc.            

Saturday, February 28, 2015         

11:00 Am – 2:00 Pm                   


Tired of all the cold and snow?

 Let us warm you up with our

Homemade Soups and Hot Sandwiches




Chicken Corn or Bean Soup                 

Steamers and Hotdogs



Dine –In or bring your own container for Take Out




Trauma Pt & Thank you letter

Tuesday, February 10, 2015  Saturday morning as our first breakfast fund raiser of 2015 was coming to an end,  Company 11 personnel were alerted by an neighbor of an injured person with traumatic injuries across from the station. As further information was passed on, D/C 11 advised Washington County Communications of a possible Amputation across from station 11. Crews from Company 11, 19 (Sharpsburg EMS) & EMS 1820 (Wash. Co Emergency Service) arrived to find a patient with life threatening injuries from a chainsaw accident. Crews  Thankfully do to the quick actions of those on scene and at the treatment at the hospital, the patient is recovering from the injuries suffered.

The Potomac Valley Fire Company sends our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery to not only our patient, but to a great neighbor and part of our small and tight knit  community of ours. Below is a letter that we received today.

" I have to give another shout out to the Potomac Valley Fire Co. and the Sharpsburg Area EMS. The surgeons at Union Memorial in Balt. told us that due to the artery damage I had this was a life threatening situation and the first responders "COULD NOT HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB" of stabilizing my condition. These words came from one of the top hand centers in the world. You men and women from Dargan Maryland, and Sharpsburg Md. should be proud of each other and all us citizens around you should be proud of you and appreciate all you do. To everyone who may read this, I have to let you know that these great people are all VOLUNTEERS ... Their hard work and dedication comes from the heart! I encourage everyone to take a look at your local departments and donate or pitch in where or when you can, even if it's just attending some of the fundraisers from time to time. Your life can change in a second, and I can tell you without a doubt who'll be there when you need them. GOD BLESS the men and women who give their time and life to pubic service! "




March, 28 2015

March, 28 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015 


Come out the 1st  MONEY BINGO of 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Door open at 11:30, Games start at 1:00

* Kitchen will be open from before and during games



Trish - 301-432-8377   or  Vicki - 301-606-6990



Job Announcement

Thursday, February 5, 2015    Job Announcement

Part-Time Paid Apparatus Operator/Firefighter

The Potomac Valley Fire Company, Inc is seeking qualified applicants to fill several part-time Operator/Firefighter positions.


Minimum Requirements:

·         High School Graduate or Equivalent

·         Valid Maryland Class B Commercial or Non-Commercial drivers license or other state equivalent

·         Three years experience driving a Class “A” Fire Apparatus (Pumper)

·         Copy of  “Full-Term” driving record from the Motor Vehicle Administration

·         Emergency Vehicle Operator Course

·         MFRI Pump Operator

·         MFRI or Pro Board Firefighter I

·         MFRI or Pro Board Hazardous Materials Operations

·         Current MFRI First Responder

·         Current CPR / AED Certification

·         Skills and abilities to operate and maintain firefighting apparatus and equipment

·         Preferred qualifications: FF II, EMT, Swift Water Rescue, Fire Officer I, II, Rescue Tech


Candidates must be able to pass:

·         A background check

·         Washington County physical

·         Drug and alcohol test


Duty Schedule:

Operators will be scheduled for weekly coverage:

Monday – Friday

08:00 – 16:00 Hours (Except holidays)

Additional scheduling opportunities may become available  

(Severe Weather, Decreased Volunteer staffing, Events, etc)


 Duties to include:

·         Response to emergency calls

·         Equipment and apparatus maintenance

·         Station duties

·         Pre-emergency analysis

·         Fire prevention details

·         Record keeping and data entry

·         Other duties as assigned



Duty Location:

Potomac Valley Fire Company      

2202 Dargan School Rd.

Sharpsburg, MD. 21782



Open to all qualified applicants except current members of the Potomac Valley Fire Company.



                Paid workman’s comp

Partial uniforms provided

No other benefits are offered with this position



            Starting at $10.00 – 12.00 Hr. (Based on Qualifications)


Start date:

Expected to start coverage in March 1, 2015


What to File:

Applicant should submit a resume and required additional supporting documentation / training certifications. Filing deadline is February 20, 2015.



How to apply:

           Please send resume and package via U.S mail to:

Paid Driver/Firefighter

Potomac Valley Fire Company, Inc.

2202 Dargan School Rd

Sharpsburg, MD 21782









An equal opportunity employer:

Potomac Valley Fire Company, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not condone or tolerate discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national orgin, age, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.














Welcome to the PVFC

Wednesday, February 4, 2015  During the Monthly meeting for January, we received two applications for membership. Both of these applicants come to the PVFC with prior Fire & Rescue experience. The Potomac Valley Fire Company would like to welcome to our company: Chris Myers Chris Ellis The Potomac Valley Fire Company is always looking for those who would like to serve as either an Administrative, Support or as a responding member. No training or experience required. What are you waiting for? JOIN TODAY Contact or stop by our station today and see what your missing out on.



Icy River Rescue

Photo by : Capt. Warfield, PVFC

Photo by : Capt. Warfield, PVFC

Saturday, January 31, 2015  On Saturday afternoon with temps in the 20's and gusty winds making the outside temperature in the teens, Company 11 and surrounding companies were alerted for a River Rescue on the Potomac River.

As units hit the road, Communications advised Chief 11 of a victim reportedly clinging to a rock just north of the Route 340 bridge.  Chief 11 arrived in the area to find a single victim sitting on a rock between the two Rt 340 bridge crossings and established the "Potomac River Command". Boat 11-1 launched and proceeded up river battling the frigid air and water temps. Due to the extreme temps and the condition of the victim, Chief 11 advised units of a switch to due a rapid  extrication of the patient by Trooper 3's hoist.

Boat 11-1 staged just down stream of the rock as a safety, while Trooper 3 was over head and in position to hoist. Due to the conditions being faced, Boats 19 (Frederick) & 20 (Wash. Co Special Ops) launched to support Boat 11-1 as a safety for both the hoist operation as well as for the safety of the crews operating on the water. Engine 11-1 (Driver Only) and Engine 84 responded to the intersection of Keep Tryst Rd & Sandy Hook Rd to set up an LZ for Trooper 3. A rapid hoist operation was conducted by Trooper 3, with the victim on board  Trooper 3 headed to the LZ to complete the hoist operation. Once the hoist was completed the victim was then transported by Trooper 3 to Frederick memorial Hospital with a priority 1 hypothermia patient.

Once all boats were safely on shore,  Command was terminated and units began to go in service.

This incident shows the conditions that the members of the Fire & Rescue Service face daily and how unforgiving the Potomac River can be, specially when the temperatures are near or below freezing. Hypothermia can happen in a matter of seconds. Please use extreme caution when out on the river and don't take the increased risk when the temps are at or near the freezing level.

Thank you to all those who assisted on this incident and a special THANK You to the Maryland State Police Aviation Division and crew of Trooper 3.



Fill in for Co, 6/8

Congratulation Co. 6 & 8

Congratulation Co. 6 & 8

Saturday, January 31, 2015  On Saturday evening 4 members of company 11 headed over to Boonsboro to provide coverage for our neighbors while the members of Boonsboro Companies 6 & 8 attended their Annual Banquet.

Congratulations to the First Hose Company of Boonsboro on their 185th Anniversary.



Busy Stretch for Co. 11

Jan 14 - 18

Jan 14 - 18

Monday, January 26, 2015 

The New Year started fairly slow for the Potomac Valley Fire Company, but that soon changed. The action heated up from Jan. 14 – Jan 18 when the members of the Potomac Valley Fire Company responded to a dozen calls for service.

1/14 – 3:04 Pm – Aspen Dr. – Trouble Breathing

1/15 – 12:20 Am – Chestnut Grove Rd – Hemorrhage

- 12:38 Am – Ginseng Ln. – Abdominal Pains

  - 1:35 Am – Tree Top Ln. – Trouble Breathing

 - 2:15 Pm – Garretts Mill Rd – Chest Pains

- 4:19 Pm – Frog Eye Rd – Traumatic Injuries

- 6:11 Pm – Morgan Pine Rd – Stroke

1/16 – 7:40 Pm – Mt Lock Hill Rd – Medical Emergency

- 7:59 Pm – Kaetzel Rd (Co. 8) – House Fire

1/17 – 2:37 Pm – Arthur Ln. – Medical Emergency

1/18 – 9:14 am – Harper’s Ferry Rd – Back Pain

 - 4:37 – Arthur Ln. – Cardiac Arrest



Looking for something new in 2015?

Join Our Ranks Today

Join Our Ranks Today

Wednesday, January 7, 2015  Looking for something new in 2015? Want to make a difference? Looking to help your community? The Potomac Valley Fire Company, Inc. is actively recruiting both experienced and inexperienced individuals who wish to serve as a volunteer Firefighter, EMT, Administrative Support, Fund Raiser and more. As a member with the Potomac Valley Fire Company, Inc., you gain superior experience in the fire service by working with the members of the fire company, who have great pride in helping the community, by being the best we can be. It is also a very rewarding opportunity for anyone who is dedicated, hardworking, caring and compassionate. We are looking for individuals who have a desire and passion in their heart to give back to the community and to be a part of an organization that is a home away from home. As long as you have the desire, we will help you with the rest. Membership opportunities are available for First Responder, Firefighter, EMT, Special Operations - Equipment Driver/Operator , Boats, Rope , Trail and other Special Rescues. We are also looking for those who can assist with Administrative Duties, Fund Raising, Recruitment, Marketing & Promotions. Mechanical and much more… *Are you a former Member of the Potomac Valley Fire Company? Come on back, a lot has changed, and the future looks bright. We would love to have you back. Visit Us at www.PotomacValleyFire.Com - Call Us at 301-432-2130 or visit Us at 2202 Dargan School Rd, Sharpsburg , MD 21782 Feel free to stop by the station (Evenings are best time) to meet with our members, Take a tour of the station, and see how you can serve your community today.



Maryland LODD

RIP Captain/Paramedic Steciak

RIP Captain/Paramedic Steciak

Wednesday, January 7, 2015  The Potomac Valley Fire Company sends their Thoughts & Prayers to the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company & the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department on their tragic loss yesterday of Captain / Paramedic Erik Steciak. Captain/Paramedic Steciak was killed in the Line of Duty yesterday while operating on the scene of an accident. Please keep Captain/Paramedic Steciak, His family and his fellow Fire/Rescue family in your thoughts & prayers as they work through this tragic event.



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