Potomac Valley 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


National Fallen Firefighter's Weekend

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:


Firefighter'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.



Fire Prevention Detail

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 to

Engineer B. Hunter, Firefighter B. Rohrer, Capt A. Martin

for taking Engine 11-2 to the Fire Prevention day



New MD State Law



Saturday, October 4, 2014  October 1, 2014


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.



Welcome to our Newest Member

Monday, September 29, 2014  Tonight at the Monthly Membership Meeting the members of the Potomac Valley Fire Company voted in Ronald Burgess Jr to Active Membership status.

On behalf of the members of the Potomac Valley Fire Co. We would like to welcome you to Company 11.



By-Law Committee Meeting

Monday, September 29, 2014  Reminder

 By-Law Committee Members

There will be a Special Meeting on 

Tuesday, October 14 @ 7 pm

All Committee Members must attend



340 PI

Saturday, September 20, 2014 23:11 Saturday night units were alerted for a PI on Rt 340 @ Rt 67. Units arrived to find a heavily damaged vehicle in the Eastbound lanes of Rt 340 with the single occupant in the median strip. Crews also found a motorcycle on the shoulder of the Westbound lanes of Rt 340 under the Rt 67 overpass with two occupant.  A company 11 Firefighter (POV) began to assess the occupant of the Eastbound vehicle, with EMS 1820 assessing the two occupants of the Westbound vehicle.

Engine 11-2 arrived and blocked all lanes of Eastbound 340 due to the large debri field & 8FP11-2 shut down lanes of Westbound 340. Crews from Loudoun County 616 and Frederick County 19 assisted with both East and Westbound sides of the incident. After assessing all potential patients, 3 patient refusals were obtained and the incident was scaled down. Engine 11-2, Loudoun Engine 616 assist with traffic control, fluid spill and the tow company while Frederick Ambulance 198 assist the State Police with the occupant of the Eastbound vehicle. Support 11-0 (D/C 11) and 8FP11-2 provided traffic control and assisted the occupants of the motorcycle.


Support 11-0 (D/C R. Gray), Engine 11-2, 8FP11-2 (Potomac Valley)

EMS 1820 (Washington County Emergency Services)

Loudoun County Ambulance 616, Engine 616 (Loudoun County Fire/Rescue)

Frederick County Ambulance 198, Rescue Squad 19 (Brunswick Rescue Co.)




Pump Testing

Saturday, September 20, 2014  Saturday morning each of the 4 Engines at station 11 ( E11-1, 11-2, ET-11, E11-4) were placed out of service throughout the day and taken to the Hagerstown Fire Dept. Training Center for Annual Pump Testing.  Each year the pumps on these engines have to be tested to ensure that they are working correctly and meet the guidelines and standards set by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency).

Thank you, to those members who assisted in getting each Engine up to the Training Center and a special THANK YOU to Dick Hopkins for conducting the testing.



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