Potomac Valley Fire Company

Serious crash on Chestnut Grove Rd

Monday, July 21, 2014  15:56 (3:56) Hrs

Company 11  and neighboring companies were alerted for PIC (Personal Injury Collision) in the 4100 blk of Chestnut Grove Rd with possible entrapment. EMS 1820 arrived on scene to find a single vehicle into a tree, one trapped and multiple pediatric patients inside.

Engine 11-2 arrived on scene and with both Rescue Squad still minutes out, the crew began stabilization and initial extrication of the pinned occupant. Based on the severity of the crash and numerous patients, EMS 1820 requested 2 additional ALS (Advanced Life Support) units. As additional units began arriving, crews assisted in extricating the patient, patient care and setting up the LZ (Landing Zone).

Medic 19-1 & Medic 29, transported 2 patients (ages 12 & 14 years old) to the Landing Zone where Maryland State Police Trooper 3 transported them to Johns Hopkins Baltimore. Ambulance 198 transported a 5 year old female to Maritus medical Center in Hagerstown for a check up, Medic 69-2 handled to patient refusals (ages 8 & 43).

Once all patients were transported and the incident was under control, the scene was turned over to the Washington County Sheriffs Office for investigation with all Fire & Rescue units returning to service.

News Coverage:




Potomac Valley 11 - Support 11-0 (D/C 11), Support 11-7, Engine 11-2

Boonsboro Fire 6/8 - Chief 6, Engine 81, Engine 84

Boonsboro EMS 69 - Medic 69-2

Sharpsburg EMS 19 - Medic 19-1

Williamsport Fire/EMS 2 - Medic 29

Brunswick Ambulance Co. 19 - Ambulance 198, Rescue Squad 19

Washington County Emergency Service - EMS1820, EMS1801, Safety 100, Special Operations Rescue Squad 20

Maryland State Police - Trooper 3

Washington County Fire-Police 8FP11-2, 8FP1-3



Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers Wanted

Volunteers Wanted

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 

Do you have what it takes?

Get Involved, Volunteer Now


The Potomac Valley Fire Company is staffed

24 hours a day - 7 days a week – for 46 years

100% by Volunteers


The Potomac Valley Fire Company is always looking for new people who are looking to volunteer. There are opportunities within the fire company for everyone. Checkout some of the opportunities awaiting you.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Responding Members Opportunities

First Responder

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)



Special Training: Water Rescue, Rope Rescue, Search & Rescue


Non-Responding Member Opportunities


Support Staff

Special Positions





State Tuition Benefits

LOSAP (Retirement/Pension)

Free Training

Career Path Potential

New experiences

New friends

Pride & Fulfillment

And more……




If interested in learning more about the Volunteer Opportunities with the

Potomac Valley Fire Company

Please feel free to stop by the firehouse the last Monday of the Month or any Tuesday night after 7:00 p.m. to talk with some of our members, Take a tour of the station, and see how you can serve.



Storms = Box Alarm & Wire calls

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 18:22 At 18:22 Hrs, with heavy storms rolling through the south county, Washington County ECC received a call reporting a house fire on Seven Days Lane (Box 11-4). Chief 11 arrived on scene with a smoke detector sounding on the second floor and the homeowners reporting a recent power surge possible storm related. After a quick check of the structure, Chief 11 advised of no smoke or fire and requested Engine 11-2 to continue in with the remainder of the box alarm to go in-service. Engine 11-2 conducted a secondary search of the structure finding no evidence of smoke or fire, removed the activated smoke detector and the home alarm system reset itself. Chief 11 & Engine 11-2 returned to service at 18:54 Hrs. Company 11 Units: SU 11-0 (Chief 11), Engine 11-2, Engine-Tanker 11 Having the storms exiting the area, Washington County ECC began getting swamped with Wire's & Tree's down throughout the county, Company 11's area was no different. At 19:50 Hrs, Companies 1 (2nd Call) and 11 were alerted for a Tree down on wires in the 4200 Blk of Mills Rd (Co. 1's area). Chief 11, Brush 11 & Engine 11-1 responded on the call. Chief 11 arrived in the area where he was met by a County Roads Truck advising he had already removed the tree and there were no other hazards. Chief 11 advised all units to reduce their response to non emergency while he checked further. After arriving at the location, Chief 11 advised hazard had been removed and units could go in-service. Company 11 units: SU 11-0 (Chief 11), Brush 11, Engine 11-1 At 21:48, Company 11 was back on the road again with another Tree/Wires down call in the 4000 Blk of Southbend Lane (Co. 1's area). Chief 11 arrived on scene to find a downed tree and wires across the roadway. Washington County ECC was advised of the situation a notification to the power company. Company 11 Units: SU 11-0 (chief 11), Brush 11



Severe Weather Alert

Severe Weather Alert

Severe Weather Alert

Tuesday, July 8, 2014  The National Weather Service has issued a Thunderstorm Watch for the Washington County area until 8pm.



Happy Independence Day

Friday, July 4, 2014  The Potomac Valley Fire Company

wishes everyone

a Safe and Happy

Independence Day




Thursday, July 3, 2014  During the June Membership Meeting the Potomac Valley Fire Company had two "Probationary Members" who had met all of the fire company probationary membership requirements. These members were brought up to the membership for vote for full membership status. Both of these members have been an outstanding addition to the fire company and we welcome them to full active members status. CONGRATULATIONS Vanessa North Robert Ecton



Have a Safe 4th of July

Have a Safe 4th of July

Have a Safe 4th of July

Tuesday, July 1, 2014  As the 4th of July fast approaches, The Potomac Valley Fire would like to remind everyone to have a safe and enjoyable 4th.

* Be prepared for extremely hot and humid temperatures. Please drink plenty of water,     wear light clothing, stay out of direct sun light as much as possible.

* Be prepared for rain with the potential for strong to server storms. Tune into your local weather station before heading out to enjoy the fireworks or gatherings.(Current Tropic Storm of the coast of Florida, possible approaching the area by Friday)

* Expect heavy traffic on local roadways.

* Expect detours in the area of local parades, events & firework displays.

* In many counties throughout Maryland fireworks are illegal, Check local firework laws.

* Fireworks Safety - It is best to leave fireworks to the professionals. During the 4th fireworks send an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2012 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 31% were to the head.

* Do not let children handle any fireworks (Sparklers included) The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 15-24, followed by children under 10.

* Fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage. This years with the high heat and dry conditions in the days leading up to the 4th, the fire danger risk is extremely high.

* On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.

* Be on the look out for Emergency works during your travels. Please obey the "Maryland Move Over Law" and help keep public safety workers safe.......

The Potomac Valley Fire Company wishes everyone a safe and happy 4th of July, Please stay safe.



Remembering our Fallen Hotshots

Monday, June 30, 2014  Today is the one year anniversary of the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona that claimed the lives of 19 Hotshot Firefighters from Prescott, AZ.

This Sunday, July 6th, is the 20th anniversary of the South Canyon Fire in Colorado that claimed the lives of 14 Hotshot Firefighters on Storm King Mountain.

As we get into the heat of the summer, across the country Thousands of "Hotshots" (Wild land Firefighter's) will suit up and head towards the smoke from large & devastating wild fire's.

This week the Potomac Valley Fire Company, remembers those who have died in the line of duty as they served as Wild land Firefighters and pray for a safe return and wild land season to those who again this summer will be on the front lines.



Thank You Picnic Committee

Saturday, June 28, 2014  On Saturday, June 28 Members of the Potomac Valley Fire Company & Special Quest gathered at Chestnut Grove Park for the 2nd Annual Potomac Valley Fire Company Picnic. As special THANK YOU to the Picnic Committee for all their hard work and for putting on another great event. Picnic Committee Committee Chair: LaCrysta Payne Committee: Jeff Hewett Jeanne Gray Trish Kneessi Adam McMillen Kristen McCoy



Rohrersville Road MVC

Monday, June 9, 2014  Engine Company 11 and 8, Frederick Rescue Squad 19 and Ambulance Company 19, Paramedic 1820 and MSP Trooper 3 was alerted for a mvc at the intersection of Rohrersville Road and Garretts Mill Road. Units arrived on scene to find a 2 vehicle rear end collision. 11-7(Firefighter Hewett) took command and Paramedic 1820 was out checking for injuries. Paramedic 1920 advised that aviation would be needed and also second ALS transport unit. Frederick Ambulance 209 and Frederick Medic 20 was added to the call. As other units arrived on scene, they assisted Paramedic 1820 in patient care with E-11-2 establishing a landing zone for Trooper 3 close to the scene. After further evaluation, the need was found for a third BLS ambulance. Loudoun County Ambulance 6-26 was alerted. Total of 3 patients were transported with one patient being transported via Trooper 3 to Childrens National Medical Center, one patient transported by Frederick Ambulance 209 and Medic 20 to Meritus Medical Center Trauma E.R. and one patient transported via Loudoun County Ambulance 6-26 to Frederick Memorial Hospital E.R. Company 11 units remained on scene assisting MSP with their investigation.



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