Potomac Valley Fire Company

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.



9/11 Remembrance Parade

Thursday, September 11, 2014  On Thursday evening members of company 11 attended the 12th Annual September 11th Remembrance Parade in Boonsboro. As the 1 Year Anniversary of September 11th approached, the members of the First Hose Company of Boonsboro Company 6/8 wanted a  way to remember the events of that tragic day and to honor those who lost their lives. Since the 1st parade this event has grown to over 50 participants in this year’s parade.

The parade started at 6:30 and proceeded through downtown Boonsboro where participants proceeded under a large American flag hung from the ladders of Truck 6 (Boonsboro) and Truck 3 (Shepherdstown WV).

 After the parade concluded, Fire/Rescue and Police participants attended the 9/11 Remembrance Dinner at station 6 to remember those who lost their on that tragic day and to Honor the 343 Firefighters who gave their life so that others may live.

 A special THANK YOU to the First Hose Company of Boonsboro and the Town of Boonsboro for hosting the parade and dinner.

 Company 11 attended the 9/11 Remembrance Parade & Dinner with both Engine's 11-1 & 11-2.


Lt. J Martin, Sgt. D Warfield, Sgt C Payne, Operator B. Hunter

for representing the Potomac Valley Fire Company. 






Thursday, September 11, 2014   Today as a Nation we pulse and remember that tragic day 13 years. The flags at station 11 have been lowered in remembrance of 9-11, this evening members of company 11 will be attending the 9-11 Remembrance Parade in Boonsboro along with other Fire Companies throughout Washington County.

On September 11, 2001 343 fellow Firefighters lost their life and thousands of fellow rescue workers have become sickened from working days and weeks at the site of the twin towers.Today is not any different then any other day, the dedicated members of the Potomac Valley Fire Company will be on duty, protecting the citizens of Washington County, but today like every 9-11, we do so with heavy hearts and we will




Box 11-2

Sunday, September 7, 2014  Box 11-2 Sunday, September 7, 2014 16:00 Hrs, Washington County Emergency Communications Center began receiving calls for a house on fire in the 18100 Block of Morgan Pine Rd in company 11’s First Due. At 16:01, Box 11-2 was sounded for heavy smoke coming from a house. Shortly after dispatch, communications advised units of multiple calls reporting house on fire with live ammo going off inside. Based on this information, the Working Fire & Tanker Task Force assignment was alerted. Lt. 8 (responding from Co. 11’s area) arrived on scene moments later to find a 1 story, single family home with heavy smoke showing. D/C 11 (R. Gray) arrived and established Morgan Pine Rd Command. Engine 11-2 under direction from A/C 11 arrived and stretched a line with the engine driver preparing for folding tank operations to the rear of Engine 11-2. The crew from Engine 11-2 with Lt. 8 entered the structure where they found heavy smoke and heat, as they proceeded down the hallway crews were met by fire coming down the hallway. Loudoun County Engine 616 arrived and set up behind Engine 11-2 with Loudoun Tanker 623 (running as Tanker 616) setting up behind Engine 616 as a nurse tanker and dropped their Folding Tank between Engine 11-2 and Engine 616. Engine 11-2 along with Loudoun County Engine 616’s crew began an aggressive fire attack. Interior advised heavy fire conditions with fire in multiple rooms and extending into the attic. Frederick County Truck 5 arrived on scene, accessed the driveway on the “Alpha” side and positioned their ladder on the roof where their crew began to open up the roof. Morgan Pine Command requested a fill site to be established at a hydrant on Sandy Hook Rd and for Engine 84 to drop their crew off on the scene and the driver to proceed to the Dargan boat ramp and establish a secondary fill site from the Potomac River. Engine-Tanker 11 arrived on scene, dumped their tank water into the folding tank and began the Tanker Shuttle. As Tankers from the Tanker Task Force began to arrive, they proceeded up Morgan Pine Rd, dropped their water into the folding tank and joined in the Tanker Shuttle Operations. As additional units began to arrive, their crews were placed into service assisting with fire attack, Rapid Intervention Team, Conducting a primary and secondary search of the structure, ventilation and controlling utilities. Medic 19-1 and Frederick County Ambulance 199 setting up a rehab sector in the front yard. Rehab Unit 255 & Air Unit 252 staged in a neighboring yard and set up for operations. The fire was placed under control in just under an hour. Crews continued to operate on scene for an extended amount of time. The Fire Marshals arrived on scene and began their initial investigation. At 18:13 hrs Morgan Pine Command began to scale back the incident, Command held Companies 11, Loudoun 616, the Air and Rehab units until all bottles had been filled and all crews were rotated through Rehab. Crews from companies 11 and 616 assisted the Fire Marshals with their investigation and finished the Overhaul Operations. Command was terminated at 19:31 and the scene was turned over to the Fire Marshals Office. At this time the investigation is still on going. No occupants were injured during the incident; one firefighter was treated for minor injuries on the scene. Company 11 Units: Support 11-7, Engine 11-2, Engine-Tanker 11, 8FP11-1 & 8FP11-2 Additional units: Washington County - Sharpsburg Fire Co. 1, Boonsboro Fire Co 6/8, Sharpsburg EMS Co. 19, Washington County Emergency Service (EMS 1820, Air Unit 252, Rehab unit 255, Washington County Special Operations Division Co. 20) Frederick County - Brunswick Fire Co. 5, Jefferson Fire Co. 20, Brunswick Rescue Squad Co.19 Loudoun County VA - Dept. of Fire & Rescue Co 616 Jefferson County Wv - Friendship Fire Co. 1 ( Harper's Ferry), Bakerton Fire Co. 7, Shepherdstown Fire Co. 3 Special Thank You to the crew from Shepherdstown Engine 3 for filling in at station 11 and "Protecting the Valley" after being released from the scene.



Engine-Tanker on 12 Box

Photo by the Herald Mail

Photo by the Herald Mail

Saturday, August 30, 2014  1;24 Pm company 11 was alerted for the Engine-Tanker as part of the initial alarm on a House Fire on Taylors Landing Rd in company 12's First Due area. While units were en-route, Washington County Emergency Communications Center began receiving additional information leading them to believe there was a working fire. At 1:26 Pm, the Working Fire Assignment was started, Moments later Captain 1 arrived to find a 1 story single family home with fire showing from the "Alpha" & "Bravo" sides. Based on the initial scene size-up from Captain 1, a Tanker Task Force was requested.

Crews from Washington County and Jefferson & Berkeley County West Virginia worked to control the fire with the fire being placed under control in a little under 30 minutes.


Units: Engine-Tanker 11





Sept. 6, 2014

Sept. 6, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014  That's right, the Potomac Valley Fire Company Breakfast's are back..

All you can eat BREAKFAST

September 6th, 2014


      Pancakes, Eggs,Sausage,

         Sausage Gravy, Coffee

                   Milk and Juice

        All for just a $6 Donation

                Come on out
             support your local

  Volunteer Fire & Rescue personnel



Back to School Safety

Be on the Lookout

Be on the Lookout

Monday, August 25, 2014  That's right, Summer is winding down and that means School's are back in session. The Potomac Valley Fire Company would like to wish everyone a safe and happy school year and would like to remind everyone to PLEASE use caution on the roadways.


·         Be alert and slow down. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Put down your phone and never text while driving.  Looking away from the roadway for just two seconds doubles the chance of being involved in a crash.
·         Passengers should wear a seat belt and/or ride in an age and size-appropriate car safety seat or booster seat. Children of all ages are safest when properly restrained in the backseat of a vehicle.
·         Exercise extra caution as you head out to work and be on the lookout for school buses. Many bus routes or schedules change each year and you may encounter a school bus or stop where you may have never seen one before.
·         Scan between parked cars. Nearly 40 percent of child pedestrian fatalities occurred between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., mostly at non-intersection locations, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Children can quickly dart out between parked cars or other objects along the roadway. Motorists should pay close attention not only at intersections, but along any residential roadways where children could be present.
·         Take extra time when making a right turn on a red light and be on the lookout for pedestrians.
·         School Zones: Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and around schools. Be alert to children as you back your vehicle out of your driveway or exit your garage.
·         Expect delays near schools, plan ahead and allow extra time to reach your destination.
·         Safety on the road is especially important for “new” drivers that may be driving to high school for the first time.

Reminders for Parents and Children:

·         Be realistic about your child’s pedestrian skills. Children are not always aware of their surroundings and may dart into traffic assuming drivers will see and stop for them. Carefully consider whether your child is ready to walk to school or wait for the bus without adult supervision and walk the route with your child beforehand.
·         Teach children to always cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks and look left, right and left again before crossing. Children may have difficulty gauging the distance and speed of an approaching car, and may not recognize and react to potentially hazardous situations.
·         If traveling to school by bike, obey the rules of the road and wear a helmet. Not only is it the smart thing to do, it is also the law in Maryland.
·         Be sure that your child knows his or her phone number and address, your work number and when to call 911 for emergencies.
·         Only drive or park in authorized areas when picking up or dropping off students at school.
·         Be a good neighbor. Respect private property and always be on your best behavior while waiting for the bus.

School Bus Safety – What Motorists Should Know:

All motorists are required by law to stop when the red lights on buses are flashing. Passing a school bus when the red lights are flashing is not only illegal it is also one of the biggest threats to student safety. Motorists should be aware that the red flashing lights and the stop sign may be engaged shortly after the amber lights are on. Vehicles traveling in the same direction as the bus are always required to stop. In Maryland, the law states that vehicles must come to a complete stop on both sides of the roadway if there is no physical divider or barrier. Violations can result in a citation and fine.



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