Potomac Valley Fire Company

2015 PVFC Breast Cancer Shirts

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 


The Potomac Valley Fire Company  2015 Breast Cancer T-Shirts.





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MSFA Recognized Members of Co. 11

Monday, July 27, 2015  On Monday evening during the monthly membership meeting for the PVFC, David Keller III (Maryland State Firemen's Association President) & Dale Hill ( Washington County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association President) were in attendance to present certificates and recognize 10 members of company 11 for their Outstanding Act of Heroism during an incident on October 28, 2014 where these members rescued a downed firefighter during a mountain fire in the Harper’s Ferry Historical Park in Jefferson County, WV.




On that October night in 2014, shortly after 21:00 hrs. Company 11 units (Utility 11 w/ATV 11, Engine-Tanker 11, Supports 11-0 & 11-7) arrived on the scene of the mountain fire. Moments after being deployed into the woods a Mayday was declared for a downed firefighter who had fallen 80+ feet down into a ravine. Command immediately asked the crew from Company 11 (who had all their rope rescue equipment with them on Utility 11) to re-deploy as the rescue group. Personnel from Company 11 were joined by 3 additional Rescue Technicians from Jefferson County & 2 from the Veterans Affairs Fire Dept. in Martinsburg, WV.

The rescue crew proceeded into the woods and began working through the extremely rough and unstable terrain to reach the last known location of the downed firefighter. Confirmation was made of his location and the Rescue Team began to recon the area and form a rescue plan. Rigging was set up with 2 personnel being lowered down into the ravine. The 2 person crew with Rescue & EMS equipment were lowered down and began to stabilize the firefighter.  Two additional personnel and equipment were also lowered down to assist. They began to formulate a plan for evacuation. After stabilizing the firefighter the decision was made to lower him the remaining 30+ feet to the ground below instead of using a hoisting operation to hoist the firefighter back up the 80+ foot cliff. While crews were working to rescue the downed firefighter, other crews who were working to extinguish the fire began making their way from the lower side of the cliff along the train tracks and a small farm lane to reach an area where the down firefighter could be safely transported out to an awaiting EMS unit.

The rescue crews worked for a little over 2 hours to stabilize and extricate the injured firefighter who thankfully only suffered non-life threating injuries.

The Potomac Valley Fire Company is proud of the outstanding job and team work demonstrated by all personnel involved in this rescue operation.


Members recognized:


Chief Eric Gray


D/C Arnold Martin


A/C Roger Otzelberger Jr


Capt. Chip Warfield


Lt. Jeff Martin


Sgt. Charlie Payne


Sgt. Robert Ecton


FF. Bobby Hunter


FF. Ben Rohrer


FF. Paul Perkins




     
Chief E. Gray, A/C R. Otzelberger Jr, Lt. J Martin, Sgt C. Payne, Sgt R. Ecton, FF. B. Hunter, FF. Ben Rohrer (Not Pictured, D/C A. Martin, Capt. Chip Warfield, FF. P Perkins)

Chief E. Gray, A/C R. Otzelberger Jr,
      Lt. J Martin, Sgt C. Payne, Sgt R.
      Ecton, FF. B. Hunter, FF. Ben Rohrer
      (Not Pictured, D/C A. Martin, Capt. Chip
      Warfield, FF. P Perkins)

Chief Eric Gray

Chief Eric Gray



 

Company Picnic

Saturday, July 25, 2015  On Saturday afternoon members of company 11 took a few hours to relax, enjoy the weather and enjoy a day out with each other away from the daily business of the fire company at the 2nd Annual company picnic at the South County Regional Park on Chestnut Grove Rd (Co. 11 first due). During the afternoon members enjoyed some great food, had a pick up softball game and yes even the big kids joined the little ones in a few squirt gun battles and on the play ground. To ensure coverage for our citizens Support 11-7 & Engine 11-2 were staffed at the park and available if needed. Thank you to the Picnic committee for another great picnic and for all the hard work that goes into putting on this event.

     
2015 PVFC Picnic

2015 PVFC Picnic

E11-2 staffed

E11-2 staffed



 

Mutual Aid - 3 Alarm Fire

Thursday, July 23, 2015 

At 3:15 am a commercial structure fire was reported in neighboring Historic Harper's Ferry WV. Upon arrival, units from Jefferson County WV company 1 (Friendship Fire Co of Harper's Ferry) found heavy fire conditions involving multiple structures. At 3:35 A.m. a 2nd Alarm was sounded bring Engine 11-2 to the scene. Shortly after the arrival of Engine 11-2, a 3rd alarm was sounded bringing additional manpower to the scene. Due to the advanced fire, Heavy fire conditions, the tight historic streets, crews had a tough time extinguishing the fire and worked overnight and into the morning. Departments from 5 Counties in 3 States responded to this fire. By 9am the fire was under control but units worked throughout the morning and into the afternoon extinguishing remaining hotspots, conducting overhaul operations and assisting the Fire Marshal’s Office with their investigation. In all 4 buildings (housing 8 businesses) were heavily damaged in this fire.

This fire was a great example of the working relationship that departments from Jefferson County & Berkeley County WV. Loudoun County VA, Frederick County & Washington County MD have and how well our mutual aid agreement works. 




     



 

Remembering are Fallen Heroes

Remembering our Fallen Heroes

Remembering our Fallen Heroes

Friday, July 17, 2015  The Potomac Valley Fire Company remembering our Fallen Heroes who were lost this week (4 Marines, 1 Navy Sailor lost in Tennessee, and the Fire Fighter from Baltimore City MD FD) with heavy hearts and flags out front of the station at Half-Staff.

   


 

Thank you Governor Hogan

Thank You Gov. Hogan

Thank You Gov. Hogan

Friday, July 10, 2015  The Potomac Valley Fire Company would like to thank Governor Hogan for taking another step in protecting public safety workers Maryland. Today Governor Hogan signed a bill into law that makes assaulting a public safety workers (Firefighters, EMT,'s paramedics, Police officer) a FELONY offense in the state of Maryland.

Thank you Governor Hogan, and the Maryland Legislature for your continued support for public safety workers.


   


 

Tornado Watch in effect

TORNADO WATCH

TORNADO WATCH

Thursday, July 9, 2015  Washington County is under a Tornado Watch......

Please keep an eye in the sky and stay tuned to your local Radio & TV stations as the afternoon and evening.

   


 

Tuesday Night Training

Tuesday, July 7, 2015  Tonight members of company 11 gathered at the station for their weekly training night. Tonight's drill focused on basic operations on Brush 11, Drafting operations with Brush 11, flowing multiple lines off of brush 11 and testing the GPM of the pump. 


     



 

Chestnut Grove PI

Tuesday, July 7, 2015  On Tuesday afternoon company units were alerted for a PI (Personal Injury Collision) on Chestnut Grove Rd in company 11's first due.  While units from companies 11, 69 & EMS 1820 were en-route, Washington County Advised of a single car off the roadway with the occupant to reported out of the vehicle.


A/C 11 (Otzelberger) arrived on scene to confirm a single vehicle into a tree and the lone occupant out of the vehicle. A/C 11 (Otzelberger) advised Washington County Communications that EMS 1820 and Support 11-7 may go in-service and to hold      Medic 69-1 & Engine 11-2.  Engine 11-2 arrived and provided traffic control and a blocking unit while Medic 69-1 crew provided patient care.


Units remained on scene until 3:52 where the scene was turned over to the Washington County Sheriffs office.





Units:


A/C 11 (Otzelberger), Support 11-7 (D/C Martin), Engine 11-2, 8FP11-2











     



 

Standby at the Antietam National Battlefield

Saturday, July 4, 2015 





As the Independence  Day celebrations continued throughout the day, a little after 5pm Brush 11 headed over to the Antietam National Battlefield in company 1 (Sharpsburg) to assist with the fireworks display. After a short briefing and grabbing some dinner (Thanks to Co. 1).


Brush 11 along with Engine 10-5 (Funkstown) proceeded to the area of the main stage where the Maryland Symphony Orchestra  was preforming and the Maryland National Guard were preparing their Howitzer for the show. While staging at the main stage crews met many of those who came to see the fireworks, including many of our local & state politicians.


Just prior to sunset, Brush 11 left the main stage area and proceeded down through the battlefield to stage along with units from company 8 (Boonsboro - Brush 8, Gator 8, Engine 8-4) in the area of launch site and operated under the Maryland State Fire Marshal on site.


During the show one member from Brush 11 & one from Brush 8 staffed Gator 8 and patrolled the fields around the launch point after numerous fireworks failed to reach max height showering down embers. The additional personnel from Brush 11 and Engine 8-4 stood by at the launch site to ensure safety during the show.


After the fireworks had concluded, crews from companies 11 & 8 continued to standby until all discharge tubes, ignition systems and all unexploded fireworks were cleared by the Maryland State Fire Marshal on scene. Having an all clear by the Fire Marshal, units cleared the launch site with Brush 11 returning to the main stage area until "Battlefield Command" advised all civilians clear of the ground and all Fire & Rescue units were cleared and could go available. Brush 11 cleared the standby shortly after midnight.


     



 
 
 

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