Potomac Valley Fire Company

Snow on the way

Snow for Wednesday

Snow for Wednesday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 


Washington County Dept. of Fire and Emergency Service



WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH ...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY
MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE ...SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS ...POTENTIAL FOR FIVE INCHES OR MORE.

* TIMING ...WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

* TEMPERATURES ...UPPER 20S TO LOWER 30S ABOVE 1000 FEET. LOWER TO
MIDDLE 30S BELOW 1000 FEET.

* WINDS ...BECOMING NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 20
MPH.

* IMPACTS ...ROADS MAY BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY ...INCLUDING
INTERSTATES 81 ...70 ...83 ...66 AND 64. THIS MAY HAVE A
SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON HOLIDAY TRAVEL PLANS FOR WEDNESDAY. HEAVY
AMOUNTS OF WET SNOW MAY CAUSE DOWNED TREES THAT LEAD TO AN
ENHANCED THREAT FOR POWER OUTAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS ...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW ...SLEET ...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.




   


 

THANK YOU

Sunday, November 23, 2014 23:30 The Potomac Valley Fire Company would like to send out a special THANK YOU to the members of the Funkstown Fire Company for providing a standby crew on Saturday evening while our members worked our Fall Gun Bonanza. During the evening the crew from company 10 (Funkstown)  handled a Personal Injury Collision on Route 340.





THANK YOU


Deputy Chief Eric Fraley


Duncan Ludwig


Matt Bowman


Dereck Bish


(Funkstown Fire Company)





   


 

Fall Gun Bonanza

Sunday, November 23, 2014 23:00 The Potomac Valley Fire Company would like to THANK everyone who attended and supported our Fall Gun Bonanza. Without the continued support from our community the Potomac Valley Fire Company would not be able to purchase the much needed equipment to serve our community. The support shown made this years Fall Bonanza a great success.


Our member work tirelessly over the days leading up to this event to ensure we provide a great meal, great atmosphere and a great time for you. Thank you to all our members who worked to the point of exhaustion this week to put on the bonanza as well as the daily business and needs of the company. Saturday was a busy day for company 11. The day started at 6am with some of our dedicated members showing up to begin cooking and cleaning the station for the bonanza, crews handled a detail to assist with the JFK Run along the towpath, responded to 3 emergency calls throughout the day, worked the bonanza, cleaned up after the event and finally at midnight our members headed home. 





     
Henry Ingram leading us in a prayer and blessing the food

Henry Ingram leading us in a prayer and
      blessing the food

Kristen McCoy & Roy Tarmon working the front table

Kristen McCoy & Roy Tarmon working the
      front table



 

Busy Saturday Continues

Sunday, November 23, 2014 14:00 As the Fall Gun Bonanza preparations were in full swing and all units clear of the standby and PI, it wasn't long before company 11 units were back on the road.


Shortly after 2pm, Company 11 was alerted for an Unknown Odor in a structure in company 11's first due area. Company 11 responded with Engine 11-2 (5 personal) and Engine-Tanker 11 (2 personal).  Crews from company 11 joined crews from E8-1 and Truck 5 with a search of the structure. Crews found a leaking gas (Propane) service line to the home. The homeowner was advised to contact their service company and units went in service.





Units:


Engine 11-2, Engine-Tanker 11 (Potomac Valley)


Engine 8-1 (Boonsboro)


Truck 5 (Brunswick)


     



 

Ut & ATV detailed to the JFK Run

Sunday, November 23, 2014 06:00 Saturday morning Utility 11 with ATV 11 were detailed to Lock 34 (company 11's First Due) to assist with the JFK Run along the C&O towpath.  During the standby ATV 11 handled two  calls for assistance (Minor Injuries). While operating on the detail, 2 crews remained in station to set up for the Fall Gun Bonanza and handled a call for a Personal Injury Collision on Chestnut Grove Rd.


Unit:


Utility 11 w/ ATV 11


     



 

Busy Saturday for Company 11

Sunday, November 23, 2014 06:00 Saturday was lining up to be a busy day for the members of company 11. The day started off with Utility 11 and ATV 11 being detailed to Lock 34 to standby for the Annual JFK Run on the towpath from 6am til Noon. During the standby ATV1 handled two emergencies (minor injuries).


At 7am, members began to arrive at the station to start cooking, cleaning the station and setting up for the Fall Gun Bonanza. Shortly after 11 am, with the Utility/ATV still on the detail and members working hard around the station, Company 11 was alerted for a Personal Injury Colision on Chestnut Grove Rd.


Shortly after Utility returning from the standby, Company 11 was alerted for an Unknown Odor in a structure in Company 11's First Due area. Company 11 was assisted by Engine 8-1 (Boonsboro) and Truck 5 (Brunswick).


With all the cooking, cleaning and set up finished, the doors opened at 4pm and the Fall Gun Bonanza began. During the event the standby crew from Funkstown (Co. 10)  handled a call for a Personal Injury Colision on Route 340 at 6:20 Pm.





The busy day for the members of Company 11 concluded shortly before midnight with the Bonanza finished up, the station cleaned up and put back together. The Potomac Valley Fire Company would like to thank everyone who attended and made this years Fall Gun Bonanza a great success and to the members of co. 10 (Funkstown) for filling in at station 11.





   


 

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


WE GOT IT FROM HERE


   


 

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.

 Units:

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)



 
 
 

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