Potomac Valley Fire Company

Mountain Fire turn into a Firefighter Rescue

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 


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


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.



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