Potomac Valley Fire Company

Thoughts & Prayers

Rest in Peace Chief

Rest in Peace Chief

Tuesday, October 6, 2015  This morning the members of the Potomac Valley Fire Company with heavy hearts send our thoughts & prayers to the Family of Chief Lester Bussard, his family & to the Sharpsburg EMS.  Last week Chief Bussard suffered a stroke and has been in critical condition. Crews from around Washington County have been staffing station 19 to allow their career staff & volunteers to provide an around the clock bedside visual & support to Chief Bussards family.  At 7:00 Am this morning news spread across the county of Chief Bussards passing.

The passing of Chief Bussard has hit the Potomac Valley Fire Company extremely  hard as not only is Sharpsburg EMS our neighboring company, provider of EMS service to the Potomac Valley Fire Co., Employer of some of our volunteers, but Chief Bussard was a great friend to the Potomac Valley Fire Company as a profession but also on a persona level. 

Today we will carry on in your name Chief, continue to serve our community but it will be with heavy hearts.

Rest Easy Chief, We will take it from here



Breakfast - Canceled

Thursday, October 1, 2015  Due to the possibility of severe weather, The Potomac Valley Fire Company Breakfast has been canceled. The safety of our faithful supporters is are top priority. Thank you for everyones support and understanding. Please keep an eye out on this page & www.PotomacValleyFire.Com for our next Breakfast and other company events.



Keep Co. 19 in Your Prayers

Thought & Prayers

Thought & Prayers

Tuesday, September 29, 2015  The Potomac Valley Fire Company is asking our followers to keep the Sharpsburg EMS family & the family of Chief Bussard in your thoughts & prayers. Chief Bussard suffered a stroke early this morning and is currently a Coma.

Currently crews from around Washington County are providing coverage at company 19 so the career staff can join company 19's  volunteers at the hospital where an around the clock bedside visual and support for the family.

The Potomac Valley Fire Company & Sharpsburg EMS have a close working relationship, not only is Sharpsburg EMS one of our neighboring companies, they are responsible for EMS service to half of our response area, both companies conduct some joint fund raisers and even some of our members are even employeed and volunteer with Sharpsburg EMS.

Our membership send it's thoughts and prayers to the family of Chief Bussard and the Sharpsburg EMS personnel.



Final Flight Remembered

Sept, 28, 2008

Sept, 28, 2008

Sunday, September 27, 2015  In the early hours of September 28th, 2008, Pilot Stephen H. Bunker, Trooper First Class/Flight Paramedic Mickey C. Lippy and Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department Emergency Medical Technician Tonya M. Mallard were killed in a helicopter crash while performing a medical evacuation of two critically injured teenagers from Charles County, Maryland. A ground search was initiated and the wreckage was found in Walker Mill Regional Park. Pilot Bunker, TFC Lippy, EMT Mallard and one of the patients were killed in the crash. The second patient survived the crash and was severely injured. We will never forget our Fallen Heroes.




Friday, September 11, 2015 



Thoughts & Prayers

RIP Paramedic Harrison

RIP Paramedic Harrison

Monday, August 24, 2015  Early this morning the fire & rescue service lost one of our own. The Potomac Valley Fire Company, Inc. has the Community Rescue Service of Hagerstown (Washington County Co. 75), the Baltimore County Fire Dept and the family of Hubert "JR" Harrison in their thoughts & prayers.

Rest in Peace Brother Harrison



Wildfire claims 3 more Firefighter

Friday, August 21, 2015 
As wildfires are continuing to sweep across the west leaving a path of destruction the US Forest Service and firefighter across the country are morning the tragic death of 3 Us Forestry Service members while working to stop the spread of a wild fire in Washington State and a fourth is listed in critical condition after being overtaken by the fire.

The Members of the Potomac Valley Fire Company, Inc. send their Thoughts and Prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of our fallen. Please keep the thousands of forestry personnel working across the country to extinguish the dangerous wildfires in your thoughts and prayers.



Schools in, Use Caution

Use Caution

Use Caution

Friday, August 21, 2015 



2 Alarm Fire end with a Murder Suicide

Monday, August 10, 2015  This Morning a few minutes after 8, units from Fredrick County MD & Loudoun County VA. Were alerted for and responding to a reported house fire on South Virginia Ave in Brunswick (right behind Brunswick Ambulance Co. 19). Units arrived to find a 2 story home (converted into 4 apartments) with heavy fire showing. Initial reports advised of possible people trapped. Engine 51 (Brunswick), Engine 612 (Loudoun Co) and personnel from company 19 began a search of the structure and initial fire attack. Chief 5 arrived on scene and requested a Safety Assignment and a 2nd alarm at 8:18.

At 8:19 Engine Company 11 was alerted to assist on the 2nd alarm. Engine 11-2 (A/C Otzelberger Jr), Support 11-7 ( D/C A. Martin) responded. Units arrived and staged on West Potomac St.  just south of the incident scene and their personnel reported to the Command Post for assignment. Crews from company 11 joined personnel from Frederick County MD, Loudoun County VA, Jefferson County WV. and our Washington County  "South County" partners from the First Hose Company of Boonsboro 6 & 8. Crews operated on scene for just shy of 3 hours.

During this incident, Washington County ECC received a call reporting a Personnel Injury Collision on Keep Tryst Rd in Company 11's first due. PD units arrived in the area of the Weverton boat ramp turn around to find a single car with two Priority 4's (DOA) from an apparent murder suicide. Keep Tryst road was blocked off at RT. 340 & at Sandy Hook Rd for most of the afternoon for the Police investigation. Not long into the investigation, the identification of the 2 priority 4's were known and linking them to the 2 alarm fire just an hour before in Brunswick.

During the fire numerous families lost everything they owned and during this tragic incident linked to the fire a family lost a family member. The Potomac Valley Fire Company sends their thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by these tragic events this morning.  

Crews on scene of the fire made an aggressive fire attack and limited the fire spread. 2 neighboring homes suffered damage from the fire, 2 additional structures received minor heat damage and thankfully the Brunswick Vol. Ambulance Company building was spared.


Company 11 Units:

Engine 11-2 & Support 11-7 (5 personnel)



Search on the Potomac River

Saturday, August 8, 2015  On Saturday afternoon Washington County Emergency Communications Center received a call reporting an adult man in a blue life Jacket floating down the rive in the area of Lock 34. Units from Company 11 reported to Lock 34 were Support 11-7 (D/C A. Martin, FF. B Hunter), Support 11-1 w/ BT 11 (Chief Gray, Sgt C. Payne & FF. A. Coblentz)) proceeded down the tow path to the area of the Harper's Ferry train bridge and cross over where D/C 11 established the "Potomac River Command". The remaining crew from company 11  Pre-paired and launched Boat 11. Boat 11 (Chief Gray, Sgt Payne) proceeded up stream towards the point in Harper's Ferry where Jefferson County Boat 7 (Bakerton) was preparing to launch.  Both Boats worked their way south through the crowed River. Crews worked their way down stream, stopping and checking with the estimated 500+ rafters & tubers on the water while Trooper 3 (MD State Police) searched from the air, making 4 passes over head. After an hour of searching by both ground (on foot & by vehicle along the towpath), by Boat on the water, by air with Trooper 3 and talking with the hundreds of rafters & tubers who saw and heard nothing, the incident was declared an good intent call.  Once Boats 11 & 7 were off the river the "Potomac River Command" was terminated and units began to go in service.

During this time of the year, the Potomac River has an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 rafters and tubers floating down stream with the numerous Tubing & Rafting companies in the area and calls of this nature is not uncommon. Most of the time passersby on the roadways see people out of their tubs or rafts and call 9-11.



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