Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company


Sunday, November 30, 2014 

On Sunday morning November 30, Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company members staffing Engine 321 & Squad 322 joined Baltimore County Fire Department Engine 2 "D" shift, under the command of Captain Gibney, for a "Back to Basics" training at the Milbrook Park Apartments.  Engine 2 "D" shift has been coordinating this battalion training for several days, with Battalion 2 companies rotating through. The training focused on deploying extended hoseline lays at fires involving apartment complexes, with firefighters reviewing the hoseline configuration on both pumpers and practicing a hose evolution from the street to the furthest apartment in the complex.  One of the key pieces of information shared was: "Take your time. Work together. Communicate."




Tuesday, November 25, 2014  On Sunday November 23, PVFC members spent the morning at the Carroll County Fire & Rescue Training Center working on their quarterly Confined Space Rescue certification. The team sat participated in a lecture discussing all elements of technical rescues, followed by running through multiple drills. The training was for both the Confined Space Entry team as well as members that assist with such tasks as setting up ropes, assisting with specialized equipment, and the on-going outside operations to ensure rescues are running promptly and safe for both the rescuers and those in need of rescue. Company 32 trains on a frequent basis on various elements of technical rescues in order to stay proficient.




Wednesday, November 19, 2014  Shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday, November 19, the tines sounded at Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company requesting Squad 322 to respond to a reported house fire on Hazel Street in Lansdowne (Fire Box 36-1), an area where the Squad is the third-due rescue company. First arriving units from BCoFD Station 5 (Halethorpe career) found heavy fire and smoke shoiwng from a 2-story house and quickly requested the working fire assignment. After a 15-mile response, the Squad crew was assigned the basement division. With hoarding conditions throughout the house, the crew cautiously made their way to the basement, conducted searches and assisted with fire attack. Squad 322 remained on the scene for more than 3 hours before clearing.




Wednesday, November 12, 2014  Shortly before 6 pm Tuesday, November 11, as PVFC Engine 321 was returning to quarters from a call on Slade Avenue, Baltimore County fire dispatch alerted units for a reported vehicle crash with injuries at Park Heights Avenue & Old Court Road.  Captain Goodman advised E321 would handle that call, and as they were responding, additional information provided to 911 indicated the crash was more than a mile north on Park Heights Avenue, in the area of Greenspring Valley Road, and a victim was now reported trapped.  Rescue Box 19-4 was dispatched, bringing Squad 322 as well as units from stations 2 (Pikesville career), 19 (Garrison career), and 31 (Owings Mills VFC) to the scene.  Car 605 (BCoFD Medical Director) arrived first, followed seconds later by Engine 321, and units confirmed a crash involving 2 cars with 1 driver trapped.  Firefighters from Engine 321, Squad 322 and Truck 313 worked side-by-side to extricate the driver of a Honda.  BCoFD Medics 2 & 19 transported the victims to area hospitals.  The crash is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Department.



Monday, October 6, 2014  At 9:40 p.m. Monday, October 6, Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Squad 322 was alerted with other Baltimore County Fire units for a reported serious crash in the 11000 block of McCormick Road in Hunt Valley involving a car and a dump truck.  Company 39 units from Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Company were first on the scene and reported the car was on fire under the truck with victims trapped.  Firefighters quickly discovered the car had been torn in half by the force of the collision, and the car's two occupants were deceased.  According to Baltimore County Police, the initial investigation has indicated that a 1998 Acura CL had been traveling south-bound on McCormick Road south of Wight Avenue. A 2001 Western Star dump truck was traveling north-bound on McCormick Road approaching Wight Avenue. The Acura crossed the centerline onto north-bound McCormick Road and collided with the dump truck head-on. The 19 and 20-year-old occupants of the car were declared deceased at the scene. The driver of the dump truck was not injured. This incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crash Team.




Tuesday, September 30, 2014  Shortly before 5 pm Tuesday, September 30, Baltimore County Fire Dispatch alerted westside units for a reported fire in the basement of a house in the unit block of Sudbrook Court in Pikesville (Fire Box 2-13).  PVFC Tower 323 arrived first finding smoke showing from the chimney, and moments later confirming a basement fire. BCoFD Engine 19 arrived moments after the Tower and stretched an attack line to the basement while the Tower crew split up, handing searches, entry, ladders, and assisting Engines 19, 18, and 3 with opening up.  PVFC Squad 322 arrived and its crew and assisted with searches. With no exterior entrance to the basement, crews were forced to fight through a cluttered stairwell and basement to knock down the fire. Extensive overhaul was also needed. No injuries were reported and crews remained on the scene for 2 hours.




Monday, September 22, 2014  Members of the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company recently met with two members of the Baltimore County Police SWAT team to review procedures for handling medical care during a tactical operation. Police and fire officials are working toward integrating emergency services during operations.




Wednesday, August 6, 2014  Shortly after 1pm on Wednesday, August 6, units from the northwest area of Baltimore County and surrounding areas were dispatched to a reported vehicle crash with an SUV wedged under the rear of a roll-off dumpster truck on Westminster Pike in front of Full Moon Bar & Grill (Rescue Box 41-8). First arriving crews from Medic 415 (Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company) confirmed a patient was trapped  and the assignment was upgraded to a Heavy Rescue, adding Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Squad 322. Upon the arrival of Squad 322, Squad 414 (RVFC), Truck 313 (Owings Mills Volunteers) and Truck 18 (Baltimore County Fire Department Randallstown career station) were working on removing the doors and roof. Squad 322's crew set-up for airbag and winch operations. Squad 303 (Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company) was special called to the scene for their crane, and upon their arrival all crews worked on lifting the truck and winching the vehicle out. The remainder of the extrication was then completed and the patient was airlifted to Shock Trauma via MSP Trooper 1. Squad 322 operated for just over an hour before clearing.




Sunday, August 3, 2014  Shortly after 8 pm Sunday, August 3, PVFC Squad 322 was alerted for the report of an apartment fire with people possibly trapped in the 3400 block of Carriage Hill Circle in Randallstown.  First arriving crews from Engine 18 found a working fire in a third floor apartment.  With fire showing and reports of people trapped throughout the building, command called for a 2nd alarm. The Squad crew was assigned to assist with searches in the original fire room, with all searches proving negative. The Squad crew then assisted with opening up and checking for extension in the fire apartment. The fire was held to the apartment of origin and the incident was scaled back to the initial alarm and working fire assignment. 




Thursday, July 3, 2014  Shortly after 5:30 am on Wednesday, July 3, 2014, Baltimore County westside fire units were alerted for a reported crash with entrapment at Stevenson Road & Interstate 695 (Rescue Box 2-12). Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Squad 322 was first to arrive and confirmed at least one patient was trapped. Witnesses reported a Honda car with 3 occupants was leaving the outer loop of I-695 via the Stevenson Road exit ramp when it crossed into the path of a Ford pickup truck that was headed northbound on Stevenson Road. The impact of the crash sent the Ford across the road into a grassy area in front of Chizuk Amuno Congregation, and caused the Honda to rotate 360 degrees and strike a highway sign before coming to rest on the median. Firefighters from Squad 322, PVFC Tower 323 and BCoFD Engine 2 (Pikesville career) used multiple rescue tools to extricate the driver of the Honda, who sustained traumatic injuries and after patient care from the crew of BCoFD Medic 19 (Garrison career) and EMS 5 was flown via Maryland State Police Trooper 1 to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in downtown Baltimore. The rearseat passenger also sustained serious injuries and was transported via BCoFD Medic 2 to an area trauma center. The frontseat passenger was transported via BCoFD Medic 18 (Randallstown) to an area hospital. The accident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Department Crash Team.



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