Wednesday, October 29, 2014
On Tuesday night with training underway, Company 11 was special requested to Jefferson WV to assist on a Mountain
fire. Shortly after the arrival of Utility 11 & ATV 11 (Sgt. Charlie Payne, Sgt Chip Warfield, FF Ben Rohrer,
FF Bobby Hunter) a MAYDAY was sounded for an injured Firefighter who had
fallen over the edge of the cliff and landed approximately 80Ft below.
Utility 11 carrying Rope Rescue gear immediately went from fire suppression
to Rescue Operations. All crews were pulled from the woods at the time
of the mayday. Just prior to the Mayday
company 11 was alerted for additional manpower bringing Support 11-0,
Support 11-7 and the Engine-Tanker 11 ( Chief Eric Gray, A/C Otzelberger, Capt. Arnold Martin, Lt. Jeff Martin, FF Robert Ecton and FF Paul Perkins).
Receiving word of a mayday, the additional company 11 units that were
en route proceeded to utility 11's location to assist in the
rescue of the injured Firefighter. Chief Gray, A/C Otzelberger, Sgt Payne, Sgt Warfield, FF Hunter,
FF Perkins entered the woods with 2 Firefighters/Rescue Techs from Jefferson
Company 5 (Blue Ridge Mountain) and 3 Firefighter/Rescue Techs from Berkeley County
WV company 80 VAFD ( Veterans Affairs Fire Dept Martinsburg) and began
setting up for a rope rescue. Crews worked for 2 hours to stabilize and
remove the fallen firefighter from the mountain. Where he was
transported by Maryland State Police Helicopter to a local Trauma Center
for evaluation. The fire suppression Operation was deemed to dangerous
and crews never re entered the woods. US Park officials are on scene
and will stay over night to monitor the situation. No homes, structures
or lives are in danger at this time.
Outstanding job by the members of company 11 and by our brothers from company
5 and 80 tonight in rescuing our fellow firefighter..Job well done guys. The Potomac Valley Fire Company send out their thoughts and prayers and ask that you Please pray with us for a speedy recover
for our injured brother. .,,, Thank you.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The member of the Potomac Valley Fire Company would like to Congratulate Kristen McCoy & Jeff Martin for all the long hours and hard work they put in over the last year on their way to obtaining their Paramedic Status.
We are proud of you and congratulations to the newest State of Maryland Paramedics:
Firefighter/Paramedic Kristen McCoy
Lieutenant/Paramedic Jeff Martin
Nov. 1, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
All you can eat Breakfast
November 1, 2014
7:30 10:30 am
Sausage Gravy, Coffee
Milk and Juice
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Tonight’s weekly drill focused on basic Ground ladder operations
and Aerial Ladder introductions for our new members. Currently some of these new
members are working towards their riding status and preparing for the
Pre-Essential class. For next week’s drill we are looking to have one of our
neighboring companies bring their Ladder Truck over so these members can see
what tools & equipment Ladder Trucks carry, overall Ladder Truck Operations,
climb the ladder and to see a Ladder Truck in operations. This will also give
our other members the opportunity to conduct some advanced Truck Company
Operations which being an all Engine Company station, we don’t get to do much
of. Giving not only our newer members the opportunity to see a Ladder Truck in
Operation but giving the other members the opportunity to refresh their Truck
Company Operations gives our members another tool for our tool box of
Currently on a structure fire in the first due area of the
Potomac Valley Fire Company, The average response time for a ladder truck is
10-12 minutes for our closest Ladder Trucks to reach the scene. During the
initial moments of a fire, the all Engine Company PVFC, members have to be well
trained in not only Engine Company Operations but Truck Company Operations as
well. During the initial moments of a structure fire, our members must be able
to handle many of the operations that a Ladder Truck crew would due until the
arrival of a Ladder Truck and crew.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 7:22 pm
After returning form the prior incident on Hoffmaster Rd, the crew from Engine 11-1 had just sat down for dinner after washing and refueling Engine 11-1 when the second call of the evening came in. At 7:24 pm, Companies 11 & 8 were alerted for a possible arson in progress in the 1800 block of Sandy Hook Rd. At 7:23 Company 11 went en-route with Engine 11-2, Engine-Tanker 11, Support 11-0 (Chief E. Gray) and Support 11-7. While en-route, Chief 11 was notified by Washington County ECC, that this was a possible domestic dispute and the Sheriffs Dept. was en-route. Chief 11 advised all units to reduce their response to routine and stage away from the scene until the Sheriffs department could advise. At 20:02 Hrs, Chief 11 was advised the scene was secure per the Sheriffs Dept. and units could proceed in. Company 11 arrived to find a small outside fire, after a brief conversation with the Sheriffs Deputies and the home owner the fire was extinguished. Having unconfirmed that this fire was related to the dispute, the scene was turned over to the Washington County Sheriffs Dept. Company 8 was placed inservice with Company 11 clearing the scene shortly there after.
Support 11-0 (Chief E. Gray)
Engine 84 (Boonsboro Fire)
EMS 1820 (Washington Co Emergency Service)
Wash. Co Sheriffs Dept.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Wednesday afternoons storms bring a little rain and wind, but just enough for a few tree's in the are to come down. At 5:10 pm, a citizen pulled into the station and advised of a large tree down across the roadway and wires in the 1300 Blk of Hoffmaster Rd. Having Brush 11 & Engine 11-4 out of service, Engine 11-1 handled the call.
Engine 11-1 advised Washington County ECC of the citizens report and requested to be held on the call. Engine 11-1 arrived to find a large tree down across the roadway and bringing down utility lines. Washington County ECC was advised of the situation and road closure, County Roads & utility companies were requested by Engine 11-1.
County Roads arrived on scene at 5:37 and was assisted by Engine 11-1's crew with removal of the tree and the opening of the road. Washington County ECC was notified of the tree removal, roadway being opened, the need for the utility companies to still come out and check their lines and equipment.
Engine 11-1 returned to service at 6:10 pm.
Engine 11-1 on Hoffmaster Rd
Saturday, October 11, 2014
This weekend is the National Fallen Firefighters Weekend in Emmitsburg Maryland. Each year members of the Fire Service from around the country travel to Emmitsburg to remember those who died in the line of duty (LODD) and support the families of those "Who Gave All" who are in attendance.This year 98 names will be added to the memorial. For more information on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, Please check out:www.Firehero.orgFirefighter's Prayer
When I am called to duty, God,
wherever flames may rage,
give me strength to save a life,
whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child
before it is too late,
or save an older person from
the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert,
and hear the weakest shout,
quickly and efficiently
to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling,
to give the best in me,
to guard my friend and neighbor,
and protect his property.
And if according to Your will
I must answer death's call,
bless with your protecting hand,
my family one and all.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
On Wednesday morning members of Company 11 headed over to the Pleasant Valley Elementary School for Fire Prevention Week. Members discussed Fire Safety and Prevention, Home Escape Plans, Proper Use of 9-11, Went over Smoke Detectors, Stop Drop & Roll, Showed them what a Firefighter looks like in their gear so they would not to be scared, Gave a tour of Engine 11-2 and allowed the children to spray water. Each Class spent the day going over Fire Prevention & Safety with their teachers as well as the activities with the members of company 11.The Potomac Valley Fire Company would like to THANK the Pleasant Valley Elementary School Principle, Teachers for allowing us to come by and teach such an important lesson. Fire Prevention & Safety is something we all should know, teach and follow daily and not just during Fire Prevention Week.Thank You toEngineer B. Hunter, Firefighter B. Rohrer, Capt A. Martin for taking Engine 11-2 to the Fire Prevention day
NEW MD LAW
Saturday, October 4, 2014
October 1, 2014NEW MARYLAND LAW:Maryland's Move Over law will now
include TOW TRUCKS as well as police, fire, and emergency rescue
personnel. Please help spread the word and keep everyone safe out on our roadways.
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