Potomac Valley Fire Company

Baltimore City LODD

Rest In Peace

Rest In Peace

Thursday, November 13, 2014  Today we send our thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and members of the (Baltimore City Fire Dept.) for their lost of Lt. James Bethea today.

Today, Fire Service members from Baltimore, Maryland and around the country are carrying heavy hearts as we pause to remember our Fallen Brother. Please take a moment to pray for Lt. Bethea and please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

RIP Lt. Bethea




Veterans Day

We Salute You

We Salute You

Tuesday, November 11, 2014  Today as a Nation we pause to remember all who have served to defend our nation and to keep us free. We ask that please take a moment today to think about those who never made it home and take a moment to THANK a Veteran and shake their hand.

To all the Veterans out there, The members of the  Potomac Valley Fire Company Salute you and thank you for all that you have done and all that you have given.



Mountain Fire turn into a Firefighter Rescue

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 20:38 On Tuesday night October 28, Company 11 had just finished up Truck Training at station 11 with the crew from Boonsboro Truck 6, when Company 11 was special requested by Jefferson County WV to assist on a Mountain fire.Utility 11 w/ ATV 11 responded with 4 personal (Sgt. Chip Warfield, Sgt Charlie Payne, Firefighter Bobby Hunter, Firefighter  Ben Rohrer). While en-route, Command requested additional brush trucks, Tankers and manpower to assist due to the fire being located in extremely rough terrain and hard to reach area of the Harper’s Ferry Historical Park. Company 11 was alerted for the Engine-Tanker and additional manpower, this brought Support 11-0, Support 11-7 and Engine-Tanker 11 to the scene with 6 additional personal (Chief Eric. Gray, A/C Roger Otzleberger, Capt. Arnold Martin, Lt. Jeff Martin, FireFighter Paul Perkins, FireFighter Robbie. Ecton). Utility 11 & ATV11  arrived on scene and reported to the Command post. Command advised the crew to split into two groups, two crew members took ATV 11 to recon the area and locate the edge of the fire, the second crew was instructed to pull additional lines into the woods. The second crew pulled a leader line, High-rise pack and forestry line off Jefferson Engine 1-2 and stretched it into the woods. After a few minutes the two company 11 crews met up with each other and realizing the dangerously conditions (Think smoke, rough terrain, steep cliff drop off and limited access to the wind driven fire) the decision to back out of the woods was made. The two crews reported to the Command Post where Command was informed of the dangerous situation. During this report a MAYDAY was declared when a radio transmission from a downed Firefighter was made. The downed firefighter reported he was injured and had fallen over the cliff, landing approximately 80-100 Ft below on a small ledge.

Command immediately advised all crews to evacuate the woods and report to the Command Post. Having a downed and injured firefighter, Command turned to company 11 and its rope rescue gear carried on Utility 11 to take on the rescue. Command advised all units and Jefferson County Communications that Washington County utility 11’s crew was being activated as the RIT Team and preparing to enter the woods. Hearing the mayday, the additional company 11 units that were responding advised Command they were minutes out and where going to utility 11's location to assist in the rescue operation. Having a large scale rescue operation and the urgency of the rescue operation, additional resources were requested. While the crews from company 11 (Chief Gray,A/C Otzelberger, Sgt. Warfield, Sgt. Payne, Firefighter Rohrer and Firefighter Hunter) were gearing up, they were joined by 1 Firefighter from Jefferson Company 7 (Bakerton),  Bob Faas,  2 Firefighters from Jefferson Company 5 (Blue Ridge Mountain), Firefighter Rusty Dignazio & Firefighter DJ Rodriguez and 2 Firefighters from Berkeley County WV company 80 VAFD (Veterans Affairs Fire Dept. Martinsburg), Firefighter Scott Sanders, Firefighter Wesley Mendoza. The rescue crew proceeded into the woods and began working through the extremely rough and unstable ground to reach the last know location of the downed firefighter. Confirmation was made of the downed firefighter’s location and the Rescue Team began to recon the area and form a rescue plan. Rigging was set up and a A/C 11 (Otzelberger) was lowered down approximately 80ft to the downed firefighter location. A/C 11 assessed the area and additional crew members repelled down with supplies and began to stabilize the downed firefighter and plan an evacuation route. Once the firefighter was stabilized and an evacuation plan was formed, additional supplies and crew members were lowered down. The decision was made to lower the downed firefighter the remaining 50 feet to the ground below instead of a hoisting operation to hoist the firefighter back up the 80+ foot cliff. While crews from above worked to reach the downed firefighter, additional crews worked from the lower side along the train tracks and small farm lanes to reach an area where the down firefighter could be transported out.

The rescue crews worked for a little over 2 hours to stabilize and remove the downed firefighter from the mountain to an awaiting medic unit. The injured firefighter was taken to a local hospital with thankfully with non-life threatening injuries. After the Mayday was called and rescue crews had entered the woods, a decision was made by the Command staff to suspend the Fire Suppression Operation due to it being deemed too dangerous to have crews operating in the woods. Once the Rescue Operation was concluded no crews reentered the woods. After a briefing with the US Park officials, CSX Rail Officials, Fire Department officials and with no homes, structures or lives in danger and with the fire located in sparse area of Park land the scene was turned over to the US Park Service, Park Rangers stayed on scene overnight to monitor the situation.

 Outstanding job and job well done by the members of the Potomac Valley Fire Company 11, Company 5 (Blue Ridge Mountain, Jefferson County WV.) and Company 80 (Veterans Affairs Fire Dept. Martinsburg, Berkeley County WV.) during the rescue of one of our fellow firefighter.

* At the time of this article being wrote, the injured firefighter has been released from the hospital and recovering at home. We send our best wishes and prayers for a speedy recover.

 * The Potomac Valley Fire Company would like to THANK everyone who worked on the scene, from Command, Suppression crews, EMS crews, Washington County Rehab Unit 255, and to the Williamsport Fire Company 2, for transferring into station11 with Engine-Tanker 2.


Co. 11 - Utility 11, ATV 11, Support 11-0, Support 11-7, Engine-Tanker 11 (10 personal)



11 Engine Co. & Truck Training

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 18:00 On Tuesday evening members from company 11 met at the station for some weekly Truck Training. Over the last few weeks some of our companies newest members have been learning about ground ladder's, Ladder  placement on fire grounds and of course ladder trucks.

Tonight the South County Engine Company (Potomac Valley) and the South County Truck (Boonsboro) teamed up for a night of training. The crew from Truck 6 gave us a tour of the Truck, showed us where things are stored, explained to our newer members what the Truck and equipment does and to end the training allowed our new members to climb the ladder.

Unfortunately training was cut short when company 11 was alerted to assist Jefferson County West Virginia on a large mountain fire in the Harper's Ferry Historical Park. Shortly after company 11 was alerted so was the crew from Boonsboro.

We would like to THANK the crew from Boonsboro for bringing over Truck 6.

Thank You to Capt. Joe Forsythe, Firefighter Travis Nalley from Boonsboro Fire


Capt. Joe Forsythe (Co. 6)

Capt. Joe Forsythe (Co. 6)



Tuesday, October 28, 2014 


2004 Ford F550/Pierce Contender

Asking price $80k / OBO

Mileage 9,762        Manual Transmission     4x4                           

750 GPM Hale Pump   200 Gal Tank   Foam System  

(2) Tele-Scoping Scene Lights

Rear Slide Out Tray

(3) Upper Storage Trays/Bins

Great Condition, Low mileage

For further information, Questions, Pictures

Please Contact:

Potomac valley Fire Company

Fire Chief Eric Gray EricGray@PotomacValleyFire.Com

Mechanic Andy Coblentz   AndyCoblentz@PotomacValleyFire.Com

Firefighter Bobby Hunter BobbyHunter@PotomacValleyFire.Com`           

Call the station: 301-432-2130




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



All You Can Eat Breakfast

Nov. 1, 2014

Nov. 1, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014  All you can eat Breakfast November 1, 2014 7:30 10:30 am Pancakes, Eggs,Sausage, Sausage Gravy, Coffee Milk and Juice All for just a $6 Donation Come on out & support your local Volunteer Fire Company



Tuesday Night Drill Night

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 knowledge.

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.



Possible Arson in the "Hook"

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. Units: Engine 11-2 Engine-Tanker 11 Support 11-0 (Chief E. Gray) Support 11-7 Engine 84 (Boonsboro Fire) EMS 1820 (Washington Co Emergency Service) Wash. Co Sheriffs Dept.



Storm brings wire/trees down

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

Engine 11-1 on Hoffmaster Rd


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