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10 Hose Receives Mutual Aid On 2 Alarm Blaze in Woodbridge Apartments
Lightning Strike Sparks Two Alarm Blaze Displacing 74 People
On the evening of August 22nd, Washington County was had a severe thunderstorms roll through the area. Shortly after 20:00 hours, Washington County 911 began receiving 911 calls reporting a building fire at Woodbridge North Apartments at 11565 Robinwood Drive, just east of Hagerstown. Washington County pre-alerted Box 10-8 for the call at 20:08 hours, as numerous calls reporting the blaze began to flood the 911 Center. Captain Eddie Carpenter of Washington County Special Operations was in the area and radioed into dispatch that he had heavy fire conditions, with fire through the roof and requested the Safety Assignment to be started.

Several witnesses stated they heard a loud bang and felt the building shake just before the fire alarm system activated, while others reported seeing lightning strike the building. All residents in the apartment building were able to quickly evacuate as the fire quickly spread across the roof and through the attic. Heavy smoke could be seen against the night sky as crews approached the scene. Hagerstown’s Engine 3 and Truck 1 were the first units to arrive, finding a three-story apartment building in the process of being evacuated, with the roof fully engulfed in flames. 

Captain Trayer Stoops from Hagerstown Fire Department arrived on the scene and established Robinwood Drive Command. Paramedic 75-1 conducted a 360 of the building for command, finding heavy fire showing on side Charlie, as Engine 3’s crew had evacuation group and worked to assist the occupants exiting the building, while Truck 1 worked with the Engine operator to set up for aerial operations. Command called for the Evacuation Tone to be sounded and called for all personnel to evacuate the structure. Command announced that crews would be operating in a full defensive mode, and requested the 2nd Alarm to be started.

Firefighters battling the 2 Alarm blaze were hampered by poor water pressure issues while working to establish ladder pipe operations. Command assigned Battalion Chief Grimm as Water Supply supervisor and requested a Tanker Task Force to assist with Water Supply operations. Heavy fire conditions ripped through the third floor destroying the entire top floor of the structure. Command reported at 20:45 hours that Ladder Pipe Operations were in place, the full roof had collapsed, and they had heavy fire throughout the 3rd Division. With the heavy fire conditions, a second Tanker Taskforce was requested to the scene to assist with water supply operations. 

Nearly 100 Firefighters battled the flames Tuesday night for just over an hour before the flames were able to be brought under control by three Aerial Trucks conducting Ladder Pipe Operations. The bulk of the fire on Division 3 was knocked by 21:11 hours, at which time firefighters were able to re-enter the structure, switching to an offensive operation. With the bulk of the fire knocked, several tankers on the assignment were able to be released from the incident by Command.

Firefighters did a complete search of the building for victims which came up negative. Upon completion of their search, firefighters began conducting overhaul operations opening the walls looking for extension, and hosing down hot spots. At 23:13 hours, all crews were pulled from the building and Command had the Aerial Trucks conduct a full Hydraulic Overhaul of the 3rd Division.

The third floor of the apartment building was completely destroyed by the flames, and the first and second floor apartments sustained heavy smoke and water damage. All occupants that were home at the time of the blaze were able to safely evacuate that night. One resident was transported to Meritus Medical Center due to a previous medical condition and has since been released from the hospital. A team of multiple organizations are working with the American Red Cross to assist the residents displaced by the fire. The Seventh-Day Adventist Church opened its doors that night and Washington County Commuter came out to transport the residents to the Church, where Red Cross set up their operations. Food donations from Noralli’s Pizza, Fed Ex, and State Farm were received by the emergency responders, along with other donations received from Star Community Center, Hub City Vineyard Church and other individual donations received at Seventh-Day Adventist Church. A “Go Fund Me” page has also been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/woodbridge-apartments-fire-relief.

A team of investigators from the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office were on the scene late Tuesday night and returned the next morning to continue their investigation to determine a cause of the devastating fire. The point of origin in the 37-unit apartment building has been determined and the cause was confirmed to be due to a lightning strike. Investigators reported the lightning struck the roof which immediately set the roof and the attic on fire. The alarm and sprinkler system for the building did activate, but the fire started on the roof and in the attic that was not sprinklered. State Fire Marshals also confirmed that all 74 residents have been accounted for, and other then the one occupant transported for a pre-existing medical issue, no other injuries were reported Tuesday night as a result of the fire. 

Emergency personnel from over 20 departments across Washington County responded to the 2 Alarm Blaze. Funkstown Fire Co.10 received assistance on Box 10-8 from Hagerstown Fire Department Command Staff, Independent Junior Engine 3, Pioneer Hook & Ladder Truck 1, First Hagerstown Hose Engine 1, Antietam Fire Special Unit 32, South End Fire Engine 5, Mt. Aetna Fire Co.16, Halfway Fire & EMS Co.26, Leitersburg Fire Co.9, Smithsburg Fire Co.7, Long Meadow Fire Co.27, Maugansville Fire Co.13, Boonsboro Fire Co.6, Sharpsburg Fire Co.1, Fairplay Fire District 12, Clear Spring Fire Co.4, Community Rescue Service Co.75, Washington County Special Operations 20, Washington County DES Command Staff, Washington County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Safety Officer 204, Washington County Air Unit 25, Washington County Rehab Unit 255, Washington County Fire Police, Washington County Sheriff Department, and Hagerstown City Auxiliary Police. Additional assistance was received from several departments out of Frederick County Maryland and Jefferson County West Virginia who responded with units to cover the area while crews were committed on the call. Some of those departments from Frederick County transferring in that night were Brunswick EMS Co.19, Myersville Fire Co.8, Independent Hose Co.1, Thurmont Fire Co.10, and Jefferson County Blue Ridge Mountain Fire Co.5.
(Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com)
 
10 Hose Responds to assist on 2 Alarm Blaze in Hagerstown
2 Alarm Fire Displaces 46 Residents And 15 Animals In Hagerstown
On the morning of June 12th, Hagerstown Fire Department was alerted, along with crews from Longmeadow Fire Department and Community Rescue Service for a reported Apartment Building Fire on Little Elliott Drive in the Hagerstown’s North End. Washington County 911 received calls reporting the apartment building on fire at 12911 Little Elliott Drive. Units due on the Box were dispatched out on the assignment at 05:07 hours Monday Morning.

Hagerstown's 2nd Battalion, Chief Mark Cleck, marked up on the call Monday morning as additional calls continued to come into Washington County 911 reporting heavy fire conditions. Washington County advised Chief Cleck of the additional reports and immediately started the Safety Assignment to assist crews responding on the call. 

Firefighters responding on the assignment were able to see heavy smoke from a distance as they approached the scene. Chief Cleck arrived reporting a three story apartment building with heavy fire showing from the roof. Chief Cleck immediately established command and requested the 2nd Alarm started. Firefighters had heavy fire on side Charlie of the structure from the ground floor to the roof. During initial size up it was reported that all occupants of the apartment complex were able to evacuate the building prior to fire departments arrival on the scene. Firefighters worked to attack the blaze as interior crews worked to conduct a quick search of the building which confirmed that everyone was out of the building.

Firefighters pulled multiple attack lines and quickly worked to establish Ariel operations to attack the blaze. Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control getting a significant knock down on the flames on side Charlie of the building within 15 minutes of their arrival on the scene. Firefighters were then able to make entry to make an interior attack to extinguish the flames. Firefighters were committed on the scene for several hours conducting extensive overhaul operations Monday morning.

The Hagerstown Fire Marshals are still currently investigating the early morning blaze. The origin was found to be on the exterior of the building around the 2nd Floor rear balcony, but they are still working to determine a cause. The sprinkler system and fire alarm system for the complex activated during the fire giving residents of the complex extra time to safely evacuate the building. Two injuries were reported during the early morning incident involving one occupant who was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation and one firefighter who was transported to Meritus Medical center for check-up after sustaining minor injuries.

The firefighter’s quick actions were able to contain the blaze to the involved 12 unit building without major extension to the attached building. Apartments 2, 6, and 10 sustained the most damage during the fire while the remaining apartments were subject to smoke and water damage. Residents affected by the fire gathered at the Courtland Apartments Community building that morning where the American Red Cross along worked with the 46 displaced residents who needed assistance. The Washington County Humane Society was also requested to the scene to assist with 15 displaced animals from the incident.

Over 60 emergency responders were on the call Monday from multiple departments. Hagerstown Fire Department responded with units from First Hagerstown Hose Engine 1, Antietam Engine 2, Independent Juniors Engine 3, Western Enterprise Engine & Truck 4, South End Engine 5, Pioneer Hook & Ladder Truck 1 and City Fire Marshals Office. Hagerstown received additional assistance from Longmeadow Fire Co.27, Community Rescue Service Co.75, Maugansville Fire Co.13, Leitersburg Fire Co.9, Funkstown Fire Co.10, Halfway Fire Co.26, Franklin County’s Waynesboro Tower 2, Washington County Special Operations 20, Washington County DES Director Hayes (1800), Washington County Air Unit 25, Washington County Rehab 255, Washington County Fire Police, Hagerstown City Police, and Hagerstown City Police Auxiliary. All Fire Department Units were clear of the scene shortly after 12:30 hours that afternoon.
(Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com)
 
10 Hose Helps Out At Children's Village
Washington County Children's Village Holds 26th Annual Kids Alive Fest
Hagerstown, MD - On May 20th, the public was invited to attend the 26th Annual “Kids Alive Fest,” held at Children’s Village in Hagerstown. This annual event is supported by multiple organizations to help promote the "Children’s Safety Village" on Mt. Aetna Road, just off the Dual Highway. The event features displays and demonstrations by Law Enforcement, Fire Companies, Emergency Medical Services and several other safety oriented organizations within Washington County.

Children’s Village was first started back in 1986 and was made a reality after the hard work of local businesses, local elected officials and First Responders from across the county who began working to establish what everyone knows today as "Children’s Village of Washington County," which opened its doors in 1990. Children’s Village is an educational facility that operates in partnership with the Washington County public schools, local police departments, Fire and Rescue Companies, County and Municipal Governments, and multiple local businesses to work towards the education of safety to children. 

This year’s “Kids Alive Fest” had a Super Hero theme, asking people to come out and visit the village as their favorite super hero. Several Marvel and DC Super Heroes were seen walking around the grounds, along with a few princesses and even a firefighter or two. Children enjoyed visiting multiple displays that were available at this year’s event. The kids were enjoying the day climbing all over the fire trucks and checking out the helicopter that was on display. 

One of the demos included this year was the 9-1-1 simulator that was on display at the Washington County Division of Emergency Services Mobile Command Center. Kids were able to use the simulator and talk with one of the Washington County 911 dispatchers, who educated them on what information they need to know most when calling 911.

One of the most popular displays was the visit to Pappy’s House. Pappy’s House is an actual home that burned nearly 26 years ago, displacing a Hagerstown family in the early 90’s. The kids look forward to their tour and always seem to learn something new each time they visit. Kids from all around the County get to tour the house when they visit Children’s Village and hear the story of what happened that night in Pappy’s House, and what lessons we can learn from that tragic night.

Funkstown Volunteer Fire Company personnel were on hand assisting with several displays from their recruitment booth to their Fire Hose Station, where the kids got to play firefighter by spraying a hose and putting out a fake house fire. At noon, they were assisted by firefighters from Maugansville Fire Company as they worked together to put on an auto extrication demo behind Pappy’s House. 

Multiple organizations were on hand this year, including the Maryland Masonic Child I.D. Program (MD CHIP). This program is sponsored by the Hagerstown Mason Lodge #217. They work with the community to register children for free so that information is available in the event that they go missing. 

Several families stopped in to take advantage of this free service that was provided Saturday in between demonstrations being held throughout the day. The other groups that were involved helping to make the event such a success were the Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services K9 Unit, who put on a great demo for the kids; Department of Natural Resources, who promoted their Boaters Safety Program, the “Safe Kids of Washington County” through Meritus Medical Center, Washington County Health Department, the Mental Health Center of Western Maryland, Priority Partners MCO, Washington County Family Center, Safe Place Advocacy Center, Washington County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association REV Program and Middletown Valley Bank.

First Responders that were on hand giving tours of their apparatus were from Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. 10, Maugansville Goodwill Fire Co. 13, Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co. 9, Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Co. 27, South Hagerstown Fire Engine-5, Hagerstown Pioneer Hook & Ladder Truck-1, Smithsburg EMS Co. 79, Washington County Rehab Unit-255, Hagerstown City Police Department and Life Net-81 from Hagerstown Regional Airport. 

Special assistance was received by Washington County Fire Police who handled traffic control, the Downsville Ruritan Club and the Williamsport Lions Club who came out to supply food to the visiting patrons, Blue Gray Towing who donated the car that was used by Funkstown Fire Company for the auto extrication demo.
(Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com)
 
10 Hose Conducts Prom Promise Drill @ South Hagerstown High School
Firefighters Help With Prom Promise 2017 At South Hagerstown High School
One the morning of May 19th, smoke filled the air as two mangled vehicles sat along South Potomac Street after a collision with multiple patients entrapped and one lying motionless on the ground. Units arrived on the scene with over 100 bystanders watching as emergency crews worked to save lives.

The gruesome scene that morning was luckily nothing more than a demonstration put on for this year’s Prom Promise at South Hagerstown High School. The Prom Promise is a campaign started back in 1990 by Nationwide Insurance, where students actually sign a contract promising not to use alcohol or drugs during prom night to cut down on the number of fatal accidents that happen during prom season.

Local emergency personnel teamed up with staff at South Hagerstown High School to put on this mock accident demonstration for 2017. Over 100 students gathered in the parking lot of South Hagerstown High School to watch several of their fellow students and teachers take part in a realistic portrayal of what emergency crews do on the scene of some of these horrific accidents that happen around prom season. Crews no longer just focus on impaired driving; they also work to promote distracted driving as well because of the increased accidents caused by texting.

Student watched firefighters work to cut several of their fellow students out of two mangled vehicles as a helicopter cirled above them. Firefighters worked to extricate the injured as the Medical Examiner (Coroner) arrived and attended to the student who lied on the ground motionless who had already “died” as a result of her injuries. Some students watched in shock as the coroner placed her into the body bag realizing how fast they can lose their friends in a blink of an eye. Others were emotional as the the distraught family was told by the coroner that their daughter had passed away. 

Deputy Chief Keplinger from Funkstown Fire Company narrated the event walking the crowd of students through the steps as they were happening and how things work of an emergency incident like this. During the extrication, Life Net 81 flew overhead and landed to the rear of the crowd to fly out one of the injured patients. Firefighters were able to free the first entrapped patient within 10 minutes as Life Net personnel approached the scene. 

Once removed from the vehicle students watched as paramedics prepared the most seriously injured student for transport by the helicopter crew from Life Net. Life Net personnel along with several firefighters wheeled the stretcher with the patient up to the helicopter as firefighters continued to extricate the remaining “patients” still trapped in the vehicles. 

Demonstrations like this educate many of the consequences of making bad decisions on prom night! To others, it serves as a reminder of how precious life is and how easily it can be taken away. This accident resulted in two deaths, three transports, and one arrest for Driving Under the Influence. Students watched everything unfold right in front of them from the work of the emergency crews, the job of the Coroner, to one of their fellow students being placed in handcuffs after failing the field sobriety test. 

Deputy Chief Keplinger mentioned an incident to the crowd that occurred just two miles away five years ago, when Williamsport High School lost two of their students on Prom Night to a horrific accident in 2012. The accident was not due to driving under the influence or even texting and driving. It was just an unfortunate situation of going too fast on a back road and losing control. That is a night none of the First Responders that were there have ever been able to forget. The loss of two young lives is just one of many scars First Responders deal with on a daily basis.

After the completion of the outside demonstration by Fire and EMS, all the students returned to the school auditorium for the lecture part of this year’s Prom Promise given by Senior Trooper William Talbert of the Maryland State Police. Students were shown photos from real teen involved accidents and he worked to stress to them the importance of making good judgement calls while driving during this year’s prom, or any other time they are behind the wheel.

This year’s demonstration involved Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co.10, Hagerstown South End Engine 5, Community Rescue Service Co.75, Air Methods Life Net 81 stationed at Hagerstown Regional Airport, Fulton County Pennsylvania’s Deputy Coroner Robert Fleegle, Maryland State Police Trooper William Talbert, South Hagerstown Staff, and Student Volunteers. 

(Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com)

 
10 Hose Responds to assist Clear Spring on Working House Fire
House Destroyed After Smoldering Charcoal Embers Cause Blaze
Clear Spring, MD - On the morning of May 18th, Washington County 911 received a call for a fire on Draper Rd. near Clear Spring. Emergency crews due on Box 4-6 were dispatched out on the assignment at 6:20 A.M. that morning.

Clear Spring EMS Paramedic 49-2 was one of the first units to respond and reported smoke showing as they pulled out of Station-49 on Cumberland Street. Chief Mike Reid of Clear Spring Fire could also see the smoke off in the distance and requested a Tanker Task Force to be started due to the rural location of the call, along with a State Fire Marshal and the County Safety Assignment.

Clear Spring Engine 4-2, with Deputy Chief Zachary Reid riding officer, was the first-in Engine to find a single-story rancher with heavy fire conditions. Deputy Chief Reid reported that he had fire throughout the house and established Draper Road Command. Firefighters deployed three attack lines off of Engine 4-2, working to attack the blaze while waiting for additional units to arrive. Firefighters' initial attacks were hampered by a limited water supply until the tankers that were due on the assignment were able to arrive.

Washington County-1801, Assistant Director Dave Chisolm, arrived on the scene and reported to Deputy Chief Reid, who passed Chisolm command. Deputy Chief Reid was assigned Division I Operations with interior crews. 

Firefighters were able to do a quick search of the home, confirming that everyone was out of the structure and then focused all efforts on fighting the blaze. Firefighters working Division I were working to gain control of the blaze as conditions appeared to be deteriorating. 

The incident Safety Officer, Kevin Lewis, reported to command that he observed heavy fire in the basement and called for Division I to be evacuated until it could be controlled. Firefighters quickly pulled out from Division 1 as a secondary crew made entry into the basement to attack the blaze. They were able to get a quick knock within five minutes. Crews quickly re-grouped and re-entered Division I, and were able to get the fire under control by 7:04 A.M.

Emergency crews were committed on the scene for several hours that morning. Due to the heavy damage, firefighters conducted overhaul operations for over three hours, soaking down hot spots and putting out flare-ups that kept reigniting. Command reported fire department operations complete and units on the call were able to wrap-up equipment and began clearing the scene shortly after 11:00 A.M. that morning. Maryland State Fire Marshal John Ray (FM 23) remained on the scene for several more hours conducting his investigation into what caused this devastating fire.

The State Fire Marshals released a report later that day explaining that the cause was determined to be accidental in nature. The family at the residence was cooking on a grill the night before and the grill was accidentally knocked over, causing several smoldering charcoal embers to spill onto the ground underneath the porch. The family thought that the embers were extinguished after they put water on it that night, but apparently the embers were still smoldering which caught the porch on fire.

The family was able to safely evacuate the residence that morning. The fire caused $350,000 in damage between the structure and contents that were lost. No injuries were reported, but one of the family’s dogs was lost in the fire. The displaced residents are currently receiving assistance from other family members. 

Over 50 responders from multiple jurisdictions in both Maryland and Pennsylvania responded to assist on the incident. Clear Spring VFC Co. 4 responded out, receiving assistance from Williamsport Fire & EMS Co. 2, Maugansville Goodwill Fire Co. 13, Hancock Fire Co. 5, Fairplay C.V.F.C. District 12, First Hose Fire Company of Boonsboro Co. 6, Hagerstown’s Western Enterprise Engine-4, Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. 10, Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Co. 27, Clear Spring Ambulance Co. 49, Halfway EMS Co. 26, Washington County Special Operations-20, Washington County EMS 18-11, Washington County Division of Emergency Services Command Staff, Washington County Air Unit-25, Washington County Rehab Unit-255 and Washington County Fire Police. 

Mutual Aid assistance came in on the fire from Franklin County, PA from Mercersburg (MMPW) Fire Co. 9 and Greencastle Rescue Hose CO. 3, who responded in on the Tanker Task Force Assignment. 

Additional assistance was received in the way of transfers from Berkeley County’s Bedington Fire Co. 40, who transferred to Williamsport Fire & EMS with an Engine Tanker and Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Co. 27, who transferred to Clear Spring Co. 4 with an Engine that was later pulled to the scene to assist with overhaul operations.
(Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com)
 
10 Hose Responds to assist Williamsport On Extrication
Firefighters Extricate Truck Driver From The Cab Of His Overturned Truck
On early morning of April 15th, Washington County 911 had a report of a tractor trailer overturned just north of the West Virginia Line. Emergency crews from Williamsport Fire & EMS were alerted for a personal injury accident on Interstate 81 in the area of Exit 1 at 00:03 hours Saturday morning. Williamsport crews were quick to respond arriving within minutes after dispatch. Paramedic 2-8 was the first unit to arrive confirming they had a tractor trailer on its side.

Williamsport Paramedic 2-8 evaluated the scene and immediately requested additional assistance from Washington County Special Operations 20 and Washington County EMS 18-11. Williamsport Rescue Engine 2 arrived on the scene as Paramedic 2-8 worked to evaluate the incident. Emergency crews had one occupant still trapped in the truck with a substantial fuel leak from the overturned truck. Rescue Engine 2 immediately established Interstate 81 Command and crews went to work to stabilize the truck to prepare for extrication.

Rescue Engine 2 had a 2005 Volvo Tractor Trailer that was north bound on Interstate 81 when the truck lost control striking the Maryland Route 68 Bridge then leaving the road-way through a guardrail and down the embankment crossing Maryland Route 68 and coming to rest on its side. Firefighters were faced with a prolonged extrication time hampered by an active diesel fuel leak from the truck. Command saw the need and requested an additional Rescue Squad to the scene to assist. 

Firefighters from Williamsport Fire & EMS, Washington County Special Operations 20 and along with Funkstown Rescue Squad 10 worked vigorously Saturday morning to free the trapped operator of the truck. The operator appeared to have extensive injuries from the accident, so Command made the request for aviation to be started to the scene. The trapped driver was classified as a Priority 1 Category “A” Trauma by EMS personnel of Paramedic 2-8. Firefighters worked to cut the cab up the truck open, finally freeing the trapped occupant at which time Command reported extrication complete at 01:03 hours that morning.

Once the occupant was freed from the wreckage, EMS was able to quickly do a full evaluation of the patient and quickly package them for transport. The patient was transported by Paramedic 2-8 to Williamsport Station 2 where Maryland State Police Trooper 3 was staged for the incident. Patient care was transferred over to Paramedics on Trooper 3 and the patient was then transported to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Once the patient was clear of the scene, firefighters worked to mitigate all remaining hazards including the large fuel spill. Fire department operations were able to be wrapped up around 02:19 hours at which time Williamsport crews were able to leave. Special Operations 20 remained on the scene for an additional hours assisting with the remaining spillage from the accident. The ramp to Interstate 81 North remained closed for several hours while towing crews worked to clear the remaining wreckage. 

Williamsport Fire & EMS Co.2 worked the incident with help from Funkstown Fire Co.10, Washington County Special Operations 20, Halfway Fire Co.26, Maryland State Police Aviation Division Trooper 3, Washington County Division of Emergency Services EMS 18-11, and Washington County Fire Police.

(Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com)

 
10 Hose Responds on Box 10-16 fore Working Garage Fire with Extension
Garage Fire Spreads, Causing Severe Damage to Jefferson Blvd. Home
Funkstown, MD - On March 15th, the Funkstown Fire Company was alerted at 6:15 P.M. on Box 10-16 for a reported structure fire at 20346 Jefferson Boulevard, east of Hagerstown. Funkstown responded out, along with crews from Hagerstown FD and Community Rescue Service for what was reported to be a fire in a residential garage. 

As Assistant Chief Mackrell of Community Rescue reported heavy smoke showing from Jefferson Boulevard and Antietam Drive, Washington County received additional calls reporting that the fire was spreading into the house. Dispatch advised units that they were in the process of upgrading the assignment.

Funkstown Chief Eric Fraley responding on the call monitored the reports dispatch was receiving and immediately requested the Safety Assignment started with the upgrade of the call. Community Rescue’s Rescue Squad-75 was the first unit on the scene to find heavy smoke coming from side "Alpha" of the residence, with the garage fully involved. 

Engine-3 out of Hagerstown arrived and took position on side "Alpha" of the structure and began fire attack. Crews were initially faced with a limited water supply with no nearby hydrants. Chief-10 immediately requested a tanker task force started for water supply operations. Funkstown Engine 10-1 arrived on the scene and reverse laid over 800-feet of supply line to establish a good water source from a hydrant on Greenhill Drive.

Firefighters had heavy fire conditions that quickly spread from a small fire in the attached garage into the first and second floors of the house. Crews worked to gain control of the blaze for nearly 45 minutes. Command reported to dispatch that they had the fire knocked down at 7:09 P.M. 

Firefighters continued to hunt for hot spots and worked to extinguish the fire they still had in the walls of the house. Crews worked for just under one hour before the fire was able to be reported knocked down and deemed under control.

Firefighters were committed on the scene on Jefferson Boulevard for over four hours that evening. Due to the amount of fire, crews conducted extensive overhaul operations to ensure that they had the fire extinguished while awaiting the arrival of the State Fire Marshal, who was called in to investigate the fire. 

The cause of the devastating blaze has not yet been determined and is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Damages to the house were estimated to be around $250,000. All occupants were able to safely evacuate the house without injury and are currently receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.

Over 50 Emergency Responders responded out to the incident. Funkstown Fire Co. 10 responded out with Independent Juniors Engine-3, Pioneer Hook & Ladder Truck-1 and Community Rescue’s Rescue Squad on the initial reports of the garage fire. 

Additional assistance was received by Longmeadow Fire Co. 27, Antietam Fire Engine-2, Smithsburg Fire Co. 7, Leitersburg Fire Co. 9, Maugansville Fire Co. 13, Mt. Aetna Fire Co. 16, Washington County Special Operations-20, Community Rescue Medic-75, Smithsburg EMS Medic-79, Washington County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Safety Officer-101, Washington County Air Unit-25, Washington County Rehab-255 and Washington County Fire Police. 

(Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com)

 
10 Hose Responds to MVC on Interstate 70
MVA Shuts Down I-70 and Sends Eight to Area Hospitals
On the evening of February 17th, Washington County 911 received multiple reports of a serious accident on Interstate 70 in the area of the 36 mile marker. Calls reported multiple vehicles involved including a tractor trailer in the median strip. Emergency crews from Washington and Fredrick Counties were dispatched out to the East Bound lane at 20:44 hours as additional calls continued to pour into the 911 Center.

Washington County’s 911 received reports of multiple vehicles involved including one vehicle rollover with another vehicle possibly on fire. Units responding were updated as additional reports were received from multiple passer-bys. Community Rescue’s Paramedic 75-1 made the request to have Aviation on stand-by due to the seriousness of the reports that had been received. Troopers from the Maryland State Police arrived prior to Fire and EMS to find multiple patients and immediately requested through their dispatch for three additional medic units to be started to the scene.

Frederick’s Rescue Engine 83 out of Myersville Fire was the first unit on the scene to confirm they had a tractor trailer and a Dodge pickup truck in the median both with heavy damage and a Dodge Caravan on its side on the East Bound Lane. Chief James Sprecher from Community Rescue arrived and immediately established Interstate 70 Command as arriving crews worked to evaluate the scene. Emergency crews arrived to find ten patients total between four vehicles. One patient was in serious condition and categorized as a Priority 1 Category “A” Trauma. With that report to Command Aviation was immediately requested by Command. Upon the arrival of Mount Aetna’s Engine 161, Command was past to Mount Aetna’s Deputy Chief Richard Fleming and Chief Sprecher took over as the EMS Operations Supervisor. 

Fire and EMS crews from multiple agencies worked together as a team to triaging all patients and were able to quickly prepare them all for transport. The EMS Operations Supervisor reported all patients clear of the scene at 21:44 hour. Seven patients were transported by ground to Meritus Medical Center with moderate injuries. The Priority 1 patient was flown out by Maryland State Police Aviation Division’s Trooper 3 to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Two other patients were in a Jeep Cherokee on the west bound side that was struck by the tractor trailer but were uninjured and did not require any EMS services.

Several fire department units remained on the scene assisting Maryland State Police with lighting until Maryland State Highways C.H.A.R.T. was able to arrive and take over assisting the investigators on the scene. Deputy Chief Fleming turned all aspects of the incident over to Maryland State Police and State Highways and remaining fire department units cleared the scene with the exception of Rehab Unit 255 who remained behind supplying canteen services to Fire Police and Maryland State Police Investigators on the scene.

Interstate 70 remained closed until the early morning hours on Saturday. Special investigators from Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division were called in to assist the Reconstruction Unit that was on the scene investigating what caused Friday night’s accident. Maryland State Police have not released an official cause of the accident which is still currently under investigation.

Multiple agencies from Washington and Frederick Counties responded out to Friday night’s accident. Companies responding on the call were Mount Aetna Fire Co.16, Myersville Fire & EMS Co.8, Funkstown Fire Co.10, Middletown Fire Co.7, Community Rescue Co.75, Smithsburg EMS Co.79, Halfway Fire & EMS Co.26, Boonsboro EMS Co.69, Frederick County Battalion 902, Frederick Medic 1, MSP Aviation Division Trooper 3, and Washington County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association Safety Officers 204, 207 & 107. Special assistance was supplied to the incident by Washington County Rehab Unit 255, Washington County Fire Police, Hagerstown City Police Auxiliary Unit, Maryland State 

(Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com)

 
10 Hose Responds to assist Longmeadow on Working Apartment Building Fire
On December 21st, Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Company was alerted with multiple departments for an apartment building fire at 13:36 hours. Units due on Box 27-2 were dispatched to 521 Antietam Drive just off of Eastern Boulevard. Washington County 911 received multiple calls reporting Wednesday afternoon’s blaze north east of the city limits for Hagerstown.

Units responding could see heavy black smoke billowing from the area. With the reports coming into dispatch Washington County immediately started the County Safety Assignment. Hagerstown Engine 3 arrived on the scene to find a two story structure with heavy fire showing on sides’ alpha, bravo and delta of the structure. Firefighters quickly pulled hose lines to attack the blaze but were faced with heavy fire conditions keeping them from making entry to the structure. Assistant Chief Smiley from Longmeadow Fire arrived on the scene with Quint 27 and assumed Antietam Drive Command and advised all units this would be a defensive attack only.

Firefighters were advised by neighbors upon their arrival that several occupants may still be in the building. Crews were preparing to make entry as firefighters were already preparing for their defensive attack when Battalion Chief Grimm reported to command that he had confirmation that all occupants were out of the structure. Firefighters were then able to concentrate on the fire attack. Firefighters were making progress but had to exit the structure due to lack of water.

Multiple hose lines were pulled to attack the blaze as crews struggled to establish a rural water supply. A supply line had to be hand laid across the railroad tracks. Washington County 911 worked with CSX to have train traffic operations shut down while crews were on the scene battling the fire. Once a good water supply was established, crews reentered the structure and were able to gain control knocking a large amount of the fire on division one within minutes. 

Firefighters were committed on Antietam Drive for over two hours Wednesday. Crews had the fire knocked down a little before 14:00 hours, but remained on the scene conducting salvage and overhaul operations for over an hour. Fire crews on Antietam Drive were able to begin wrapping up operations shortly after 15:00 hours once overhaul operations were complete. Assistant Chief Smiley terminated command at 15:36 hours and remaining units on the scene began clearing.

State Fire Marshals responded Wednesday to investigate what caused the fire. Fire marshals believe the fire to be the result of unattended cooking. Two adults and seven children were displaced by the blaze and are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross and Star Community Closet of Hope Program. Reports show that there were no smoke alarms inside the apartment building which was a total loss. The damages to the building and its contents were estimated to be around $100,000. Luckily no injuries were reported during the incident.

Over 60 Fire & EMS personnel responded out on Wednesday’s fire. Longmeadow Fire Co.27 responded with Hagerstown Independent Juniors Engine 3, Hagerstown Antietam Fire Engine 2, Hagerstown Pioneer Hook & Ladder Truck 1, Hagerstown Fire Department Battalion Chief Grimm and Fire Chief Lohr, Leitersburg Fire Co.9, Maugansville Fire Co.13, Smithsburg Fire Co.7, Funkstown Fire Co.10, Greencastle PA Rescue Hose Co.3, Halfway Fire Co.26, Washington County Special Operations 20, Washington County Division of Emergency Services Assistant Director Hart, Washington County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Safety Officer 101, Community Rescue Co.75, Washington County Air Unit 25 and Washington County Rehab Unit 255. Additional assistance was received from Waynesboro, PA Co.2 and Thurmont Fire Co.10 who both responded to fill in at stations 27 and 7 while crews were committed on the scene.

(Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com)

 
10 Hose Responds to assist Boonsboro on Working House Fire
On December 11th, tragedy struck the community of Boonsboro in Washington County when a fire ripped through a home on Lanafield Circle. At 14:17 hours that Sunday afternoon, Washington County 911 dispatched units out on Box 6-1 for a reported house fire with possible entrapments. A local neighbor tried to reach the occupant inside the residence but they had problems opening the door to get inside the home. Neighbors could see flames inside the home as they were trying to gain access to the resident inside. Heavy smoke poured from the house as neighbors continued to try and gain access as firefighters arrived on the scene. 

Firefighters arrived to find a single story rancher with heavy fire showing at 322 Lanafield Circle. Firefighters had reports that there was one occupant still inside the structure. Firefighters worked to gain entry as Chief Oley Griffith from First Hose of Boonsboro arrived and assumed Lanafield Command. Firefighters were unfortunately hampered by hoarding conditions inside the residence making access to the home difficult and adding to the fire’s fuel load. Firefighters worked diligently to rescue the occupant and extinguish the blaze. 

Firefighters worked to battle the blaze for over thirty minutes before bringing the blaze under control. Command reported the fire knocked down around 14:57 hours but advised they would be holding all units for extensive overhaul operations. Firefighters were committed for several hours on the scene well into Sunday evening as State Fire Marshal arrived to begin their investigation that afternoon. 

Officials confirmed one victim was found deceased inside the home along with several family dogs. Two people lived in the residence at 322 Lanafield Circle, but only one victim was reported to be in the home by officials. There has been no confirmation if the victim was one of the two residents or not. The identity of the victim found inside the home has not yet been released. No other injuries were reported during Sundays incident.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation by State Fire Marshals and no cause had been released as of Tuesday afternoon. The victim’s remains have been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore to determine a cause of death. Damages to the home and its contents were estimated to be around $100,000. Parts of the home were considered unsafe due to the amount of damage done by the fire. 

Over 70 Fire and EMS personnel from Washington and Frederick Counties responded out to the tragic incident in Boonsboro Sunday afternoon. Command was able to release a majority of units on the call around 17:00 hours that afternoon once the fire was confirmed to be out. The remaining crews on the scene provided assistance to State Fire Marshals until late Sunday evening. All personnel on the call were able to clear the scene shortly before midnight that night.

The First Hose Company of Boonsboro Fire Co.6 responded out Sunday with mutual aid assistance from Washington County Crews from Boonsboro’s Rohrersville Fire Co.8, Sharpsburg Fire Co.1, Funkstown Fire Co.10, Mt. Aetna Fire Co.16, Boonsboro Rescue Co.69, Sharpsburg EMS Co.19, Community Rescue Co.75, Washington County Division of Emergency Service’s Mobile Command Center 1 with DES Command Staff, Washington County EMS1812, Washington County Air Unit 25, Washington County Rehab 255, Washington County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Safety 207 and Washington County Fire Police. Boonsboro received additional assistance from Frederick County, MD units out of Myersville Fire Co.8 and Middletown Fire Co.7.

(Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com)

 
10 Hose Responds to Vehicle Fire On Sharpsburg Pike

A Funkstown woman was charged with second-degree arson Sunday after she allegedly set fire to her car while it was parked Saturday at the park and ride at 10525 Sharpsburg Pike near Hagerstown, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said.

Diane D. Fulk, 58, also was charged with two counts of malicious destruction of property, according to a fire marshal's office news release.   Deputy state fire marshals said that Fulk set fire to her 2008 Kia four-door sedan at the park and ride at about 10 a.m.

The fire caused an estimated $12,000 in damage to her car and about $250 in damage to a 2015 Chevrolet pickup truck that was parked nearby, the release said.   Fulk was taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown for a medical evaluation, authorities said.  Fulk was served with a criminal summons Sunday.

Maryland State Police assisted with the investigation, the release said.

(Story by: heraldmailmedia.com)

 
 
10 Hose Responds to 2 Alarm Building Fire Near Meritus Medical Center
On November 21st Washington County 911 took an early morning call reporting a structure fire out off of Medical Campus Road east of Hagerstown. The 911 call came in from a subject leaving Meritus Medical Center advising a building near Yale Drive was on fire. Emergency crews from multiple departments were quickly dispatched out on Box 10-3 at 02:50 hours for a building on fire in the area of Medical Campus Road and Yale Drive. Washington County 911 received several calls reporting a building fully engulfed in flames. 

Washington County Dispatch advised units responding that reports were still coming in reporting heavy fire conditions. With the information dispatch had received, they immediately initiated the County Safety Assignment on the box. Hagerstown Engine 3 arrived at 11370 Caring Pathway Lane to find a 16,400 square foot structure still under construction with heavy fire through the roof. 

Chief Pifer from Funkstown Fire Company 10 arrived directly after Engine 3 and assumed command. Chief Pifer reported he had a fully involved structure with heavy fire conditions and advised crews would be operating in a defensive mode from the exterior only. Firefighters worked vigorously to conduct an exterior attack using hand lines and deck guns as crews worked to establish an adequate water supply. Once established, Command had crews work to place ladder pipe operations in place using all three Ladder trucks he had on the scene from Hagerstown, Halfway and Longmeadow Fire Companies.

Firefighters from multiple jurisdictions were working hard to control the blaze as flames shot high above the structure. Command recognized the need for additional resources and requested the 2nd Alarm started. Over 75 emergency personnel from over 20 different agencies responded out to the early morning tragedy. High winds fueled the early morning fire hampering firefighter’s efforts to quickly gain control. Firefighters worked battling the blaze for nearly three hours before bringing the fire under control to the point where firefighters were able to make entry to the building. Firefighters worked for an additional two hours once the fire was knocked down conducting extensive overhaul operations. 

Maryland State Fire Marshals responded to the scene Monday to begin their investigation into what caused the early morning blaze. The building was a new facility known as Doey’s House which was being constructed for Hospice of Washington County. The building was to be equipped to provide end-of-life care to clients of Hospice. The construction schedule had the building set to be completed in December of 2016. The building was a total loss with damages estimated to be around $3.5 million dollars. No injuries were reported during Monday’s incident. State Fire Marshals have not yet released a cause and are still investigating the incident.

Funkstown Fire Co.10 responded out receiving assistance from Independent Juniors Engine 3, First Hagerstown Hose Engine 1, Mt. Aetna Fire Co.16, Halfway Fire Co.26, Leitersburg Fire Co.9, Antietam Fire Engine 2, Leitersburg Fire Co.9, Longmeadow Fire Co.27, Boonsboro Fire Co.6, Smithsburg Fire Co.7, Maugansville Fire Co.13, Williamsport Fire Co.2, Fairplay Fire Co.12, Washington County Special Operations 20, Community Rescue Co.75, Smithsburg EMS Co.79, Washington County Air Unit 25, Emergency Rehab Unit 255, Washington County Division of Emergency Services, Hagerstown Police Auxiliary and Maryland State Fire marshal office. Additional assistance was received by Clear Spring Fire Co.4, Greencastle, PA Rescue Hose Co.3 and Sharpsburg Fire Co.1 who responded and handled station transfers covering calls for units committed on the call.

(Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com)

 
10 Hose Responds to House Fire on Peacock Trail
In the early morning hours of Sunday, October 23rd firefighters were alerted on Box 10-17 for a house fire at 11830 Peacock Trail east of Hagerstown. Washington County 911 received the call from the residence reporting they had a fire in the living room and that all occupants were out of the house. 

Firefighters arrived to find a single story rancher with smoke showing. Crews were able to confirm that all occupants were out of the house and accounted for with the exception of the family dog that was missing. Captain Russell Daiello of Hagerstown Fire Department arrived and assumed command as crews prepared to initiate there interior attack.

Crews made entry and were hampered by heavy smoke making it a challenge to locate the fire. Once found firefighters were able to conduct an aggressive interior attack getting a quick knock down on the fire. Once knocked crews began checking for further fire extension in the walls and the floor. Command confirmed fire under control at 6:48 hours. 

The damages from Sunday mornings fire are estimated to be around $75,000 between the structure and it’s contents. Deputy Chief Jerry Keplinger from Funkstown Fire commended the occupants for closing the doors containing the fire to the living room area. All occupants were able to safely escape the fire. No injuries were reported but the family dog was lost that morning.

Over 50 emergency personnel responded out to Sunday’s fire. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the blaze. A cause has not yet been released at this time. The American Red Cross was also called in to the scene to assist the family that was displaced by the blaze. 

Funkstown Fire Co.10 responded out receiving assistance from Independent Juniors Engine 3, Antietam Fire Engine 2, Pioneer Hook & Ladder Truck 1, Leitersburg Fire Co.9, Smithsburg Fire Co.7, Longmeadow Fire Co.27, Washington County Special Operations 20, Community Rescue Co.75, Smithsburg EMS Co.79, Washington County Air Unit 25, Washington County Rehab 255, Washington County DES, Washington County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Safety Officers, Hagerstown Police Auxiliary, Washington County Fire Police, Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the American Red Cross.

(Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com)

 
10 Hose Attends First Hagerstown Hose Parade

In 2015 members of the First Hagerstown Hose Company celebrated their 200th Anniversary with planned events and their 200th Anniversary Banquet. In October of 2015 a large parade for First Hagerstown Hose was scheduled for Fire Prevention Week with over 50 pieces of apparatus registered to attend. On October 1st in 2015 the pending parade had to unfortunately be canceled due to severe impending weather for that weekend. 

On October 9th of 2016, months of work finally came to light as First Hose was able to finally hold their 200th Anniversary Parade to kick off Fire Prevention Week. Over thirty pieces of apparatus from the Tri-State area lined up along Oak Hill Avenue north of the Antietam Fire Company where units were checking in for the day’s event.

Over 25 units came out in show of support of First Hagerstown Hoses Parade. Captain Royce stated this parade was a long time coming and was happy with the turn out they had Sunday. The event was hampered by the fact that a majority of units initially scheduled to attend were at Memorial Activities being held in Emmitsburg, MD at the Fallen Firefighters memorial as well as the initial threat of severe weather. The area was initially under a Hurricane Watch earlier in the week due to Hurricane Matthew which wreaked havoc in Florida. Luckily parade participants faced temps in the mid to upper 60’s with sunny skies. It was perfect weather for a parade in downtown Hagerstown!

This parade is the first Fire Prevention Parade to be held in Hagerstown in nearly 30 years since the old Firemen Parades held back in the mid 80’s. Some of the early parades consisted of apparatus only from the City of Hagerstown which grew into a large scale event with apparatus coming out from all over Maryland! Captain Royce stated that to some this parade may have appeared small but over 25 pieces to come out for a parade of this type the same day as the Fallen Firefighters memorial is a success in our book!

The companies and apparatus that were able to attend were First Hose Company’s 1946 Fox, HFD Captain 33 Joey Chojnacki, HFD Engine 1, HFD Engine 2, HFD Engine 3, HFD Engine 4, HFD Engine 5, HFD Truck 1, HFD Truck 4, HFD Utility 3, Leitersburg Rescue Engine 9-1, Funkstown Engine 10-1, Potomac Valley Engine 11-2, Washington County Special Operations Rescue Squad 201, Longmeadow Quint 27, Washington County Rehab 255, Montgomery County’s Cabin John Park Fire Company Antique Engine, Franklin County Greencastle Rescue Hose Engine 3-1, Franklin County St. Thomas Engine 18-1, Brush 18, and Antique Hose Reel; Fulton County Needmore Tanker 55 and Brush 55, Morgan County Great Cacapon Engine 2-1, Maryland Forestry Unit 55, Hagerstown Police Auxiliary Car and Utility, and a Pumper privately owned by Mr. Shawn Layton of St. Thomas PA. The First Hose Company is grateful to you all for your support!

(Full Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com)

Funkstown Fire Company walked away with Best Appearing 1250GPM Pumper

 
10 Hose Responds to assist Hagerstown on House Fire
On Wednesday October 5th, Hagerstown firefighters were awakened early for a reported house fire on Radcliffe Avenue. Washington County 911 received the early morning call from a passer-by reporting a house on fire. Units were quickly dispatched on Box 5-1-3 for a house on fire in the 300 block of Radcliffe Avenue. Captain Daiello of Hagerstown Fire Department’s 2nd Battalion marked up directly after dispatch and was advised by dispatch that they had received several calls reporting heavy fire conditions with possible entrapments. Captain Daiello immediately requested the Safety Assignment to be started.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire on side Charlie of 367 Radcliffe Avenue engulfing the first and second floors. First in units reported fire through the roof as Captain Daiello arrived and assumed Radcliffe Command and began sizing up the scene. Multiple hand lines were deployed as firefighters worked to establish ladder pipe operations. Firefighters were battling the blaze from the exterior when they had a flash over occur on the first floor of the structure. No injuries were reported as a result of the flash over. Command advised dispatch of the flash over and reported all personnel were to remain outside the building at that time. Crews continued to battle the blaze in a defensive mode. 

Firefighters worked to gain control with multiple hand lines and ladder pipe operations for over 30 minutes before getting a significant knock down on the blaze around 05:52 hours. Once knocked down, ladder pipe operations were able to be suspended allowing firefighters to re-enter the structure. Command advised all occupants of the structure were accounted for but had crews complete a full search of the entire structure.

Fire department crews were committed on the scene for several ours conducting overhaul operations as Hagerstown City Fire Marshals worked the scene investigating the cause of the fire. A majority of units were able to be released shortly after 07:30 hours while Command held Engine 3 and Truck 1 along with Rehab Unit 255 on the scene to support the Fire Marshals Office. Radcliffe Avenue remained shut down for nearly five hours until the remaining personnel on the scene were able to clear.

Two occupants were home at the time of Wednesday morning’s fire. The house had working smoke detectors which alerted the occupants allowing them to escape the blaze prior to fire departments arrival. One occupant sustained minor injuries but refused treatment by EMS on the scene. Fire Marshal Doug Dehaven requested American Red Cross started to assist with 4 adults that were displaced that morning. No other injuries were reported but multiple pets were unaccounted for after the incident.

The residence at 367 Radcliffe Avenue sustained heavy fire damage during Wednesday morning’s incident. The neighboring residence along with a garage and a vehicle also sustained heat damage from the fire. The fire appears to have begun on the back porch at 367 Radcliffe. The Hagerstown City Fire Marshals have not yet released a cause of the early morning fire which is still under investigation.

Hagerstown firefighters from Independent Juniors Engine 3, Antietam Fire Engine 2, First Hagerstown Hose Engine 1, Western Enterprise Engine & Truck 4, Pioneer Hook & Ladder Truck 1 responded out receiving assistance from Funkstown Fire Co.10, Washington County Special Operations 20, Washington County DES Director Dave Hays, Community Rescue Service Co.75, Washington County Air Unit 25, Washington County Rehab Unit 255, Hagerstown City Police and Hagerstown Police Auxiliary Unit. Crews from Longmeadow Fire Co.27, Greencastle Rescue Hose Co.3, and Leitersburg Fire Co.9 also responded in to Hagerstown to assist in covering the area while crews were committed on the fire scene.

(Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com)

 
10 Hose Responds to Serious Accident on Beaver Creek Road
On the afternoon of September 18th, Fire and EMS crews in Washington County were dispatched out for a personal injury accident east of Hagerstown. Washington County 911 received reports of a single vehicle off the roadway into parked vehicles. Funkstown Fire along with Community Rescue was dispatched out to 817 Beaver Creek Road for a reported vehicle rollover with entrapments at 14:48 hours. Washington County received reports from area residents that a single vehicle left the roadway striking several parked vehicle in a driveway which were pushed into the residence.

Crews arrived on the scene to find what looked like chaos. They found four vehicles involved with one overturned and one into the front of the house. Community Rescue’s paramedic 753 arrived first and reported multiple entrapments. Per Chief Pifer of Funkstown Fire Company 10, Hagerstown Truck 1 was started to the scene to assist with extrication. Deputy Chief Drawbaugh from Halfway who was enroute as Safety Officer 204 arrived directly after Paramedic 753 and assumed Beaver Creek Road Command and immediately requested aviation to be started. 

Two occupants in their teens were traveling west on Beaver Creek Road in a Lexus at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control leaving the road way. They struck a parked vehicle in a driveway causing a domino effect damaging three parked vehicle and the house. The vehicle struck the first vehicle forcing into two other vehicles including a pick-up which was forced into the front of the house. Upon evaluation, Command advised they had One Priority 1 Category “A” Trauma and one Priority 2 Category “C” Trauma both entrapped in the overturned vehicle. 

As firefighters worked to begin extrication of both patients, Washington County Special Operations were started per Command to evaluate and stabilize the damage to the residence involved. Firefighters quickly conducted a rapid extrication of both patients freeing both within 10 minutes of unit’s arrival on the scene. After extrication both patients were packaged and re-evaluated by Community Rescue crews and were now both classified as Priority 1 Category “A” Traumas. Lieutenant 75 gave report to Trooper 3 for both patients as Paramedics 753 and 755 began transport to the landing zone established by Hagerstown Engine 3 just off the Dual Highway. Upon arrival Trooper 3 was on the ground and care of both patients was transferred over to Trooper 3 and they lifted off transporting both to Shock Trauma.

After removal of both patients crews began wrapping up equipment as Command worked to down size crews on the scene. Command was terminated at 15:35 hours that after noon. Funkstown Fire crews remained on the scene with Sheriff’s Department Deputies until all hazards were able to be removed from the scene. The Washington County Sheriff Department is currently conducting an investigation of Sunday’s accident. The occupants of the vehicle were both non-licensed drivers who both sustained serious injuries from the accident. They were transported to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma where they were their current condition is unknown. No other injuries were reported as a result of the incident. Washington County Building Inspectors were called out to the scene to inspect the residence struck which was deemed structurally sound.

Funkstown Fire Co.10 responded out with crews from Pioneer Hook & Ladder HFD Truck 1, Independent Juniors HFD Engine 3, Washington County Special Operations 20, Community Rescue Service Co.75, Maryland State Police Aviation Troopers 3, and WCVFRA Safety Officers Deputy Chief Jamie Drawbaugh (Safety 204) & Troy Loyd (Safety 101).

(Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com)

 
10 Hose Responds to Electrical Fire on Bethlehem Court
On Friday May 6th Washington County 911 received a call from 425 Bethlehem Court reporting a fire in the residence. Emergency crews were immediately dispatched out on Box 10-19 at 22:49 hours. Crews from Funkstown, Hagerstown and Halfway were quick to respond to Friday night’s incident within minutes after dispatch.

Funkstown Engine 10-1 was the first to arrive on the scene to find smoke showing. Funkstown firefighters were able to make quick entry to find fire in the kitchen. Engine 10-1 reported they had a working kitchen fire and Deputy Chief Steven Pifer from Company 10 immediately requested the Safety Assignment started. Crews from Funkstown and Hagerstown were able to work together to conduct an interior attack resulting in a quick knockdown of the fire. 

Forty four responders from multiple agencies responded out Friday night to assist Funkstown Fire Company 10 on the fire. After the fire was reported knocked down around 23:00 hours, firefighters worked for nearly an hour conducting overhaul operations and hitting hot spots. 

Fire department operations began winding down around midnight at which time Command released a majority of units from the scene. Several first in units remained committed on the scene while awaiting the arrival of the State Fire Marshal requested by Command. Command was terminated at 02:10 Saturday morning at which time remaining units were able to clear the scene.

One family was displaced by Friday night’s blaze. The cause of the fire was found to be a result of an electrical malfunction which started in the living room area of the residence. Damages were estimated around $50,000 in structural damage and $10,000 to the contents of the residence. One resident was transported to Meritus Medical Center for minor injuries sustained from the night’s incident.

Funkstown Fire Co.10 responded out with assistance from Halfway Fire & EMS Co.26, South Hagerstown Fire HFD Engine 5, Independent Juniors HFD Engine 3, Community Rescue Co.75, Boonsboro Fire Co.6, Washington County Special Operations 20, Washington County Air Unit 25, Washington County Emergency Rehab 255, Hagerstown Fire Department Battalion Chief Adam Hopkins, and Franklin County Mont Alto Fire Co.5 who was transferred into the area covering for Long Meadow Fire Co.27.

(Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com)

 
10 HOSE RESPONDS TO INTERSTATE 70 FOR AN INJURED PERSON

Person injured on I-70 had jumped from U.S. 40 overpass

Posted on Apr 17, 2016 by Julie E. Green

Maryland State Police confirmed Sunday that the reason a section of eastbound Interstate 70 near Hagerstown was closed Saturday night was because a person jumped from the U.S. 40 overpass onto the roadway.

State police would not provide further details, including whether the person survived.

Emergency officials responded to the report of an injured person in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 on Saturday evening, according to a Washington County 911 supervisor.

The supervisor said there was “police activity” on the interstate in the area of the U.S. 40 bridge, also known as National Pike. The call came in at approximately 7:08 p.m., he said.

A Maryland State Police helicopter was called to the scene, but was canceled, the supervisor said.

At least one lane of traffic and the shoulder on the eastbound side of the highway east of Hagerstown were closed shortly before 7:30 p.m., according to the Maryland Department of Transportation’s website. The highway reopened by 8:30 p.m.

(Story by: Julie Greene of heraldmailmedia.com)

 
10 HOSE RESPONDS A SECOND TIME TO HOUSE FIRE ON ORIOLE CIRCLE
On April 14th, Washington County 911 took reports of smoke coming from a residence on Oriole Circle where crews responded for a house fire back on the eleventh. Funkstown Fire was dispatched out for a reported rekindle at 12:19 hours along with Hagerstown Engine 3 and Truck 1. Shortly after dispatch State Fire Marshal Carl Witmer “FM25” was coming through the area reporting heavy smoke in the area. Washington County immediately upgraded the assignment to a full box.

State Fire Marshal Witmer arrived on the scene reporting he had heavy smoke coming from the structure at 17203 Oriole Circle with visible flames rapidly spreading from the first floor area to the roof. Washington County initiated the Safety Assignment as Safety 204 “Deputy Chief Drawbaugh from Halfway Fire” arrived on the scene and established Oriole Circle Command. Command was able to complete a quick size up and confirmed he had heavy fire through the roof upon his arrival and crews would be operating in a defensive mode.

Initial fire attack was mainly exterior with Wagon Pipe and operations and multiple hand-lines as Hagerstown Truck 1 prepared to place their Ladder Pipe into service. Firefighters battled the rapidly growing blaze from the exterior. Upon arrival on the scene at 13:27 hours, command was transferred to Assistant Chief Paul Neal of Company 10 and Deputy Chief Drawbaugh resumed his duties as Safety 204. 

Upon transfer of Command crews had a bulk of the fire knocked but still had active fire on both divisions. All crews that made entry were pulled from the structure to conduct Ladder Pipe Operation due to fire was still building. After sweeping the building with the Ladder Pipe crews finally had a good knockdown and were able to reenter the structure and begin overhaul operations at 14:08 hours.

Firefighters from Funkstown and Hagerstown stayed on the scene with State Fire marshal’s in to the early evening hours. Crews responded out Monday to the same residence for a fire that started in the garage area and was deemed arson. That day it was estimated that the fire caused $11,000 in damages. Thursday’s fire which appears to have been intentionally set in the living room and was more extensive and is reported to have caused $100,000 in structural damage and an additional $20,000 to its contents.

Funkstown Assistant Chief Paul Neal terminated command at 17:50 hours that evening as remaining fire crews were clearing while State Fire marshal’s remained on the scene into the evening. State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst “FM26” advised that an accelerant dog was called in to assist on the investigation. He stated both incidents are still under investigation.

Over 40 firefighters responded out to Thursday’s incident. Funkstown Fire Co.10 received assistance from Independent Juniors Engine 3, Long Meadow Fire Co.27, Smithsburg Fire Co.7, Leitersburg Fire Co.9, Washington County Special Operations 20, Community Rescue Co.75, Washington County Air Unit 25, Emergency Rehab 255, WCVFRA Safety Officers and Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.

(Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com)

 
10 HOSE RESPONDS TO HOUSE FIRE ON ORIOLE CIRCLE
On Monday April 11, Washington County 911 received calls reporting smoke coming from a house on Oriole Circle. One call came in from an Allegheny Power employee in the rea working. Emergency crews on Box 10-17 were dispatched out at 12:39 hours for the house fire.

Independent Juniors Engine 3 was the first arriving unit to smoke showing from side Alpha. With Engine 3’s report the Safety Assignment was immediately started to the scene. Safety 204 “Deputy Chief Jamie Drawbaugh from Halfway Fire” arrived and assumed command until arrival of Chief 10 advising he had a 2 story residence with a working fire. Firefighters from Engine 3 initiated an aggressive offensive attack stretching an inch and three quarter line to the garage and attacking the fire as additional firefighters arrived. Firefighters were able to gain control of the fire within 15 minutes of their arrival.

Firefighters were able to make a quick stop on the fire. Fire was reported knocked down on division one at 12:56 hours. At 13:00 hours Chief Casey Snoke of Company 10 arrived on the scene and assumed command from Safety 204. Command evaluated what he currently had and began releasing units holding crews that were in a committed position.

Over 50 emergency responders responded out for the house fire on Oriole Drive Monday afternoon. No injuries were reported during the incident and it was confirmed that no one was inside the house. The American Red Cross was started out to the incident to assist the family affected by the blaze. Maryland State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst “FM26” responded out to the scene to investigate the cause which was deemed to be arson. The fire started in the garage area of the residence causing an estimated $11,000 in damages to the residence. The incident is still under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Funkstown Fire Co.10 responded out receiving assistance from HFD Independent Juniors Engine 3, Antietam Fire Engine 2, Smithsburg Fire Co.7, Leitersburg Fire Co.9, Mt. Aetna Fire Co.16, Long Meadow Fire Co.27, Halfway Fire Co.26, Pioneer Hook & Ladder Truck 1, Washington County Special Operations 20, Community Rescue Co.75, Smithsburg EMS Co.79, Washington County Air Unit 25, Washington County Rehab Unit 255, WCVFRA Safety Officer 204, American Red Cross, State Fire Marshal FM26 and Washington County Fire Police.

(Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com)

 
10 HOSE RESPONDS TO ASSIST HFD ON 2 ALARM FIRE
2 Alarm Fire displaces 27 residents damaging 4 structures in Hagerstown

On Monday March 22nd, Hagerstown Fire Department responded out for a Structure Fire in the 100 block of East Baltimore Street. Washington County 911 was processing multiple calls at 19:00 hours as Captain 33 (Joseph Chojnacki) of HFD 3rd Battalion was in the area on Baltimore Street reporting he had heavy smoke coming from a building and advised that he needed the full box with the safety assignment. HFD Companies were immediately dispatched out on Box 1-3-4 quickly followed by the Safety Assignment.

Captain Chojnacki assumed Command and reported that he had a 2 Story Multi-Family building with Heavy Fire on Side Charlie and requested the 2nd Alarm to be started. Firefighters responding in faced heavy smoke throughout the area along with heavy fire conditions. Firefighters initiated an aggressive attack but were quickly pulled from the structure. Command requested the evacuation tone sounded at 19:15 at which time crews went into a defensive mode on the fire ground using Deck Guns and Ladder Pipe Operations to battle the blaze. 

Emergency crews from multiple departments responded into the City of Hagerstown to support HFD Companies during Monday night’s blaze. Firefighters worked to contain the blaze until 21:59 hours at which time Command reported fire was knocked down. With the fire knocked, Command was able to begin releasing a majority of the units on the scene.

Over 75 Fire and EMS personnel responded out to Mondays evening’s incident. Additional assistance was received from The American Red Cross to assist with the 22 Adults and 5 Children that were displaced that night. 11 of those displaced were living in the upstairs area of the main fire building. A temporary shelter was set up at the Hagerstown Wells House across the street where The Red Cross Representatives were able to meet with those who were displaced and assist them.

Hagerstown City Fire Marshals were on scene that night to begin their investigation. Fire crews remained on the scene all night watching over the scene extinguishing hot spots and rekindles. City Fire Marshals remained with Fire Department crews throughout the night and well into the day investigating the cause of the blaze. All Fire Department personnel were clear of the scene at 18:20 hours the next day. No injuries were reported, and the City Fire Marshal’s Office is still looking into a cause. It was confirmed that four building sustained damage. The main fire building was the Laber’s Office Furniture Building also known to many in Hagerstown as the old Juvenile Sales Building from years past.

Firefighters from all 6 fire companies in the City of Hagerstown responded out from First Hagerstown Hose Engine 1, Antietam Engine 2, Independent Juniors Engine 3, Western Enterprise Station 4, South End Engine 5 and Pioneer Hook & Ladder Truck 1. HFD received in county assistance that evening from Funkstown Fire Co.10, Halfway Fire Co.26, Long Meadow Fire Co.27, Maugansville Fire Co.13, Leitersburg Fire Co.9, Washington County Special Operations 20, Community Rescue Co.75, Smithsburg EMS Co.79, Washington County Air Unit 25, Washington County Rehab 255, Hagerstown City Police and Auxiliary Police as well as The American Red Cross. 

Additional assistance was receive from out of county mutual aid departments consisting of Greencastle PA Fire & EMS Co.3, Waynesboro PA Fire Co.2, Fountaindale PA Fire Co.3, Shepherdstown WV Fire Co.3, Bedlington WV Fire Co.40, and United Fire & EMS Co.3 from Frederick County MD.

(Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com Photos Courtesy of WCVFRA Photo Team)

 
10 HOSE RESPONDS TO ASSIST HFD ON 2 ALARM FIRE
On November 20th, Washington County 911 received a call reporting a House Fire in the 600 block of Frederick Street in Hagerstown. At 12:34 hours Hagerstown Fire Department crews were dispatched to 613 Frederick Street for a House Fire on Box 465 with possible entrapments. Washington County Rescue Squad 20 arrived on the scene directly after dispatch to find a two story residential structure with smoke showing. Battalion Chief Adam Hopkins immediately requested the Safety Assignment started on the assignment.

Chief Hopkins arrived on the scene and assumed Frederick Street Command. Crews arrived to find all occupants had safely been evacuated from the building as firefighters began their interior attack. Firefighters were faced with a quickly spreading fire. The fire which began in an electrical fixture in a first floor bathroom that spread into the walls quickly spreading further into the second floor and attic areas of the duplex. Firefighters confirmed they had fire on the second division and a working fire in the attic upon entry.

Firefighter worked to contain the blaze which was traveling through the walls making it extremely difficult with the building’s balloon construction. Crews had a bulk of the fire knocked on Division Two within 15 minutes of the incident while crews on Division Three reported they still had fire in the floor area. After evaluating the scene with a heavy amount of smoke still coming from the structure, Command requested a Second Alarm struck requesting all units to stage at the Training Academy Parking lot Frederick Street.

Firefighters continued to search for the fire that was in the walls on Divisions two and three. Command gave the order to open up all the walls on the second floor to find the fire. Firefighters worked to overhaul all three divisions of the structure for just over two hours before the scene was confirmed under control at which point command began releasing units pulled in on the second alarm assignment. Remaining unit continued over haul operations until shortly after 14:40 hours at which time Command released a majority of remaining units on the scene. Command later deemed fire department operations complete terminate command around 16:00 hours at which time all remaining units began wrapping up their operations to clear the scene.

The house at 613 sustained heavy damage from the fire in the walls. No injuries were reported from the incident. Eight occupants were displaced by the blaze. The Hagerstown Chapter of the American Red Cross was called in to assist those families displaced. All fire department units were clear of the scene by 16:38 hours that afternoon.

Over 60 firefighters responded out to Friday afternoon’s fire. Hagerstown crews from First Hagerstown Hose, Antietam Fire, Independent Juniors, Western Enterprise, South End Fire and Pioneer Hook & Ladder responded out receiving mutual aid assistance from Community Rescue Co.75, Funkstown Fire Co.10, Maugansville Fire Co.13, Longmeadow Fire Co.27, Williamsport Fire Co.2, Washington County Safety 204, Washington County Special Operations 20, Washington County Air Unit 25, Washington County Rehab Unit 255, Washington County Fire Police, Hagerstown City Auxiliary Police and the Hagerstown Chapter of the American Red Cross.

(Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com)

 
10 HOSE RESPONDS TO ASSIST BOONSBORO ON FATAL FIRE
On October 27th Washington County 911 received a call about smoke coming from a house in the 100 block of Lakin Avenue in Boonsboro. While taking the call the caller reported that they could see flames now coming from the house. Crews from Boonsboro were immediately dispatched out at 10:17 hours on Box 6-9 to 116 Lakin Avenue for a House Fire. Crews arrived on the scene shortly after dispatch to find heavy fire on Side Alpha of the structure. 

Crews were delayed in initial operations due to downed power lines that were still charged. Firefighters worked to control the blaze from the exterior as much as possible until power was secured. Once secured, crews were able to go to work on an interior attack of the blaze. Crews battled the blaze for over an hour before they were able to bring it under control. Command reported the fire knocked down at 11:38 hours that morning. 

Firefighters remained on scene for several hours conducting overhaul operations. Over fifty Fire and EMS providers responded out to the Boonsboro blaze that morning. Crews remained on the scene until early afternoon. Command reported Fire Department Operations complete at 15:29 hours at which time remaining crews on the scene began to clear the incident.

The house at 116 Lakin Avenue sustained heavy damage from the fire. One resident was found deceased by firefighters inside the residence. The cause of death has not been released. The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental but is still under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. 

Boonsboro Fire Co.6 & 8 received assistance from Sharpsburg Fire Co.1, Williamsport Fire Co.2, Funkstown Fire Co.10, Mt. Aetna Fire Co.16, Boonsboro EMS Co.69, Sharpsburg EMS Co.19, DES EMS 1820, Washington County Special Operations 20, Washington County Air Unit 25, Washington County Emergency Rehab 255 and the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Boonsboro also received Mutual Aid from Frederic County out of Middletown Fire Co.7, Myersville Co.8, Braddock Heights Co.12, Wolfsville Fire Co.21 and Jefferson County’s Shepherdstown Fire Co.3.

(Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com)

 
10 HOSE RESPONDS TO ASSIST HFD ON WORKING RESIDENTIAL FIRE
On October 24th, Washington County 911 took a call reporting a residential fire in the 1000 block of Pope Avenue off of Wilson Boulevard in the South End of Hagerstown. Reports were coming in reporting smoke coming from the building at 1010 Pope Avenue. The assignment for Box 4-5-3 was dispatched out at 10:01 for a reported “House On Fire”. As units were marking up additional calls were coming in reporting fire showing from the roof of the building. With the additional information the Safety Assignment for HFD was immediately struck.

Units responding could see a column of smoke from the downtown area of Hagerstown. Battalion Chief 3 “Adam Hopkins” arrived on the scene reporting a two story multi-family structure with heavy smoke showing from the attic area and assumed Pope Avenue Command. Hagerstown City Police were already on the scene attempting to assist in evacuation of the structure as Fire Crews arrived. Firefighters quickly attempted an interior attack entering the structure trying to locate the fire. 

As firefighters worked to gain access to the attic area the situation was quickly deteriorating on the exterior as the fire was rapidly growing. Firefighters were finally able to gain access to the attic area finding heavy fire conditions. Command called for the Evacuation Tones to be sounded and all interior crews were pulled from the structure. Firefighters went into a defensive mode at this point attacking the fire with a Deck Gun mounted on Engine 1 on Side Alpha of the structure and the ladder pipe on Truck 4 to gain control of the rapidly growing blaze.

Firefighters were able to get a bulk of the fire knocked fairly quickly from the exterior. Firefighters then switched back to an offensive mode and Captain 33 “Joey Chojnacki” took a crew and re-entered the structure to continue their interior attack in the attic. Firefighters worked for over 35 minutes to extinguish the blaze. Command reported fire knocked down at 10:40 hours and that crews were beginning overhaul operations. Crews remained on the scene until well into the afternoon conducting overhaul operations as City Fire Marshals began their investigation into the cause of the blaze.

Saturday morning’s blaze destroyed all the units in the triplex structure at 1010, 1012 and 1014 Pope Avenue. A fourth residential structure at 1016 Pope Avenue sustained moderate exposure damage from the heat of the fire. Seven residents were displaced by the blaze. The Hagerstown Chapter of the American Red Cross was called in to assist the displaced families. One resident was treated at the scene for injuries and one firefighter sustained minor injuries on the call and was also treated on the scene. The cause has not yet been determined and is still under investigation by the Hagerstown City Fire Marshal’s Office.

Hagerstown Fire Department’s 3rd Battalion and Volunteer crews from First Hagerstown Hose Engine 1, Antietam Fire Engine 2, Independent Juniors Engine 3, Western Enterprise Engine & Truck 4, South End Fire Engine 5 and Pioneer Hook & Ladder Truck 1 responded out with assistance from Funkstown Fire Co.10, Washington County Special Operations 20, Community Rescue Co.75, Washington County Emergency Air Unit, Washington County Emergency Rehab, Hagerstown City Police, Hagerstown City Police Auxiliary, Washington County Fire Police and Hagerstown Chapter of the American Red Cross.

(Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com)

 
10 HOSE RESPONDS TO ASSIST MT. AETNA  ON TRUCK FIRE ON I-70
On October 24th, Washington County 911 received a call reporting a Truck Fire on Interstate 70 near the top of South Mountain just prior to the Washington County / Frederick County Line. Washington County dispatched fire crews from Mt. Aetna Fire Company 16 and requested mutual aid from Frederick County’s Myersville Fire Company 8 to respond for a Tractor Trailer Fire on Interstate 70 East Bound in the area of the 38 Mile Marker at 16:07 hours. 

As crews responded, calls continued flood the dispatch center. The scene appeared to be deteriorating as the additional calls came in to dispatch. Mt. Aetna’s Fire Chief Terry Stouffer from Mt. Aetna Company 16 could see a large column of black smoke from the bottom of the mountain as he entered the interstate from Mapleville Road at exit 35. At 16:10 Chief Stouffer arrived on the scene reporting he had a working Tractor Trailer Fire and immediately requested additional Engines and Tankers for water supply. Crews were faced with a rapidly growing fire which was beginning to spread into the trees and brush along the interstate. At this point Interstate 70 East Bound had to be shut down.

Firefighters had a Tractor portion of the truck well involved upon arrival with fire spreading into the trailer portion of the truck. The driver was able to safely exit the truck with minor injuries and no other vehicles were involved. Firefighters from Mt. Aetna, Myersville and Funkstown worked together to battle the blaze as additional crews were responding. Washington County Special Operations was called out also to assist with their Hazmat 20 unit due to spillage and runoff issues from the fire. Firefighters were able to get a bulk of the fire knocked down within 20 minutes of their arrival on the scene. The driver of the truck was transported by Myersville EMS to the hospital for minor injuries. 

At 16:51 crews were able to partially re-open the interstate allowing one land open. Fire crews remained on the scene conducting overhaul operations and assisting Maryland State Police. With operations wrapping up, at 17:36 hours Command advised full control of the scene was turned over to Maryland State Police and remaining fire units could clear the scene when ready. The Interstate remained shut down to one lane for a brief period until removal of the Tractor Trailer.

Over 30 firefighters responded out to the Saturday afternoon blaze. Mt. Aetna Fire Co.16 responded out receiving assistance from Myersville Fire & EMS Co.8, Funkstown Fire Co.10, Smithsburg Fire Co.7, Independent Juniors Engine 3 from Hagerstown, Washington County Special Operations 20 and Frederick Medic 8.

(Story by: William C. King  @ 1strespondernews.com)

 
10 HOSE RESPONDS TO ASSIST WILLIAMSPORT FIRE & EMS MCI ON I-81

On 6-1-15 at 1606 Rescue Squad 10 was alerted for a multiple vehicle accident I-81 South at Exit 1. Units on scene advised no entrapments but many patients for transport.  Almost all ambulances in the county were used for transport.  Co. 2 Williamsport first due area

 
10 HOSE RESPONDS TO MVC WITH REPORTED ENTRAPMET ON I-70
On 5-26-15 at 2002 Engine 10-1 and Rescue Squad 10 was dispatched to I-70 at the 33MM for vehicle crash with possible entrapment.  Crews arrived to find one patient with serious injuries but no entrapments. Co. 10 was assisted by Mount Aetna Fire Co and Community Rescue Service
 
10 HOSE RESPONDS WITH HFD FOR A MVC WITH ENTRAPMENT

On 5-23-15 at 1337 Rescue Squad 10 was dispatched along with HFD units to Frederick Street.  Crews arrived to find a patient still in vehicle and needed to be extricated. Crews worked side by side seamlessly and the patient was transported to the hospital.

 
10 HOSE RESPONDS ON BOX 26-10 FOR A BUILDING FIRE WITH HALFWAY

On 5-14-15 Engine 10-2 and RSQ 10 responded mutual aid for a commercial building fire at 18057 Oak Ridge Drive. Co. 10 crews assisted with extinguishment, salvage and overhaul.  While units were operating on the structure fire Co. 10 was dispatched to 20014 Rose Bank Way for an automatic fire alarm. E-10-1 and HFD E-1 arrived to find food on stove crews completed ventilation.

 
10 HOSE RESPONDS ON BOX 10-8 FOR A CONTAINED OVEN FIRE

On 5-10-15 at 1056 Box 10-8 was sounded for Quailbridge Circle for a house fire.  Chief 10 Fraley arrived on scene with a stove fire that was contained by the sprinkler system.  Crews on the assignment worked to shut off and remove the water and evacuate the smoke from the structure. Funkstown was assisted by Hagerstown Fire Dept., Mount Aetna Fire Co., Community Rescue Service and Special Operations. Ready @ 1244

 
10 HOSE RESPONDS FOR A TRACTOR TRAILER FIRE ON INTERSTATE 70
On 5-4-2015 at 19:54 we were getting ready to start a Firefighters meeting when a call came in to the 911 center for a tractor trailer fire on I-70 31MM WB. Under the direction of Captain Reynolds E-10-2 was the first to respond.  ECC advised an off duty firefighter was on scene and had reported a placard being 1993 which corresponds with a diesel fuel tanker. The decision was made to respond manpower in Rescue Squad 10 and Engine 10-5.  We were assisted by Halfway Fire Co and Mount Aetna Fire Co.  Ready @ 2205
 
10 HOSE RESPONDED MUTUAL AIDE TO SMITHSBURG FOR A WILD-LAND/STRUCTURE FIRE
On 4-29-15 @ 1443 Rescue Squad 10 responded mutual aide to Smithsburg for a large wild-land and structure fire Graham Av. Rescue Squad crew assisted with overhaul operations and general cleanup.  Ready @ 1656
 
10 HOSE RESPONDS ON BOX 10-1 FOR A BASEMENT FIRE
On 4-17-15 Box 10-1 was sounded at 0548 for a fire on Beaver Creek Road just outside Funkstown town limits.  Calls were coming into the 911 center reporting a basement fire.  E-10-1 was quick to arrive, assumed command and advanced a 1 ľ” hand-line to the outside basement entrance.  Crews making access to the basement were hampered due to heavy contents being stored in the basement.  Deputy Chief Fraley assumed command and decided it was best to back crews out and get a knock on the fire from the exterior.  This was completed within 30 minutes. Crews on scene were Funkstown Vol. Fire Co., Halfway Vol. Fire Co, City of Hagerstown Engines 3, 5 Truck 1 and Ut-3, Long Meadow, Maugansville,  Community Rescue Service.
 
10 HOSE RESPONDS MUTUAL AIDE ON BOX 26-1 TO HALFWAY FOR AN APARTMENT FIRE
On 3-4-15 the Fire Co. was getting ready for a station tour for Head Start tour of the station.  Box 26-1 17415 Fair Oaks Ct. for an apartment fire.  Units arrived on the scene and advised smoke showing alerted the safety assignment.  Assistant Chief Keplinger assumed command fire was knocked. Ready at 0930
 
10 HOSE RESPONDED OUT FOR A REPORTED CHIMNEY FIRE ON LANDIS ROAD
On 2-26-15 a Chimney Fire was called into the 911 center at 15:15 the address was on Landis Road. Fire Departments units arrived on the scene and reported they had a working Chimney fire. Lt Lohr was assigned the interior division and set to the task of ensuring the fire was contained.  Which it was a decision was made to use Chimney Chains and clean out the fireplace to ensure fire was extinguished. Funkstown Vol. Fire Co. was assisted by Hagerstown Fire Dept., Mount Aetna Fire Co. Ready @ 1548.