Remember this weekend - it's time to set your clocks forward, and it's also time to change your smoke detector batteries. Help keep your family safe! We would rather meet you "out and about" in the community and not during a tragedy at your house.
The Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company held its 118th Annual Banquet on February 7, with installation of newly-elected executive line new officers, recognition of members achieving significant accomplishments, and presentation of company awards. Leading PVFC in 2015 will be President Phil Goldsmith, and for a second consecutive year Captain Adam Goodman. (Check here for a full list of 2015 Executive and Line Officers). A special tribute was held for Life Member William Cosden, Jr., whose family accepted his 60-year pin posthumously. On the supression side, Lt. Josh Schumer was named the company's top fire responder (582 calls), and former Captain Glenn Resnick also reached the "500 club" (524 calls), while newly-elected Board of Directors member Matthew Whitehead was named the PVFC Firefighter of the Year. On the EMS side, newly-elected Treasurer Dalia Alexra was named the company's EMS Provider of the Year. PVFC continues to be one of Baltimore County's busiest volunteer companies, with more than 3,400 fire and medical calls for service in 2014.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Monday evening February 23, Pikesville Volunteer Fre Company Squad 322 and other westside fire units were dispatched to a reported house fire in the area of Dogwood Road and Wrights Mill Road (Fire Box 18-7) in the Windsor Mill area. While units were enroute, Fire Dispatch advised that they were receiving multiple calls to 911. First arriving units reported heavy fire in a dwelling and called for a Tanker Strike Team due to a lack of hydrants in the area.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Shortly after 9 am Monday, February 16, Pikesville Volunter Fire Company units were alerted for a reported crash at the intersection of Stevenson Road and Woodvalley Drive (Box 2-6) involving a Lexus SUV and a minibus transporting senior citizens. Squad 322 was the first unit on scene and advised dispatch that the minibus was on its side with multiple occupants trapped and requested an ALS Strike Team. PVFC crews from the Squad, Tower 323 and Utility 329, assisted by BCoFD stations 14, 18 & 19, removed 10 occupants from the bus, including some who had been in wheelchairs. Multiple medic units, including PVFC Medic 325, transported a total of 15 people to various hospitals, one of whom was in serious condition. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Department Crash Team.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Shortly after 4am on Friday February 6th, Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Engine 321 & Squad 322 were alerted to respond to the report of a house fire in the 8400 block of Merrymount Drive in Randallstown. First arriving Engine 18 (Randalstown career) arrived with fire showing from the Bravo side of a 1- story house. Squad 322 arrived moments later asnd the crew assisted with throwing ladders and opening up for the engine companies while Truck 18 (Randallstown career) searched the dwelling. Engine 321 assisted with setting up the initial water supply followed by setting up R.I.T. Units remained on the scene for over two hours with extensive overhaul, no injuries were reported.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Baltimore County emergency personnel are reminding parents and children about the dangers of winter following a tragedy last weekend. A 13 year-old boy, one of 4 children who fell through ice while walking on a Lansdowne pond they thought was frozen, has died. Firefighters advise never walking on top of a pond, stream, or any other body of water that is covered by ice. While the ice may look stable, it is not. Walking on the ice could lead to tragedy. Parents should speak with their children about the dangers of walking on ice.
Monday, January 26, 2015
The Pikesville Volunteer
Fire Company wishes to thank BGE for its recent generous gift of almost $10,000
to provide much-needed equipment for our apparatus. PVFC was one of 48
nonprofit safety and emergency preparedness, response and recovery
organizations to receive a total of $310,000 in grants through BGE’s Emergency
Response and Safety Grant program.This grant will allow us to
replace obsolete atmospheric metering equipment and
acquire a battery-powered positive pressure ventilation fan. Our existing meters are in poor condition, no
longer able to be calibrated and parts are no longer available. Additionally,
we currently lack the ability to monitor for hydrogen cyanide gas, which has
been found to be a significant health risk to firefighters. The battery-powered
fan will allow us to provide ventilation to hazardous atmospheres without
adding petroleum fumes from a gas powered motor or utilize household electric
current. This enhances our ability to respond to emergencies, including
those involving natural gas releases. PVFC responds to over 3,000 calls for emergency
service each year--medical emergencies, fires, motor vehicle crashes, hazardous
material releases and other emergencies. We also provide technical rescue
services throughout Baltimore County as well as neighboring jurisdictions.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company wishes to pass along our condolences, thoughts and prayers to our colleagues at the Box 234 Association (Rehab 156 / 157) on the passing of the wife of Captain Kurt Jakobson. Deborah on so many days and nights graciously lent her husband to firefighters and police officers across Baltimore County to help make sure they were cared for with the "Coffee Wagon" while engaged in firefighting and law enforcement duties.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Sunday morning's icy weather kept Pikesville
Volunteer Fire Company crews busy with multiple emergency calls. Around
7:30 a.m., Squad 322 was dispatched for a motor vehicle
crash on interstate 795 Northbound, followed shortly with Tower 323 beiong
dispatched for a crash involving an MTA bus at the Milford Mill Metro station
with multiple injuries. After clearing the I-795 call, Squad 322 was then
dispatched to a crash in Randallstown with one vehicle on its side and two
people trapped, followed by a response back to I-795 where a vehicle lost
control approaching the earlier crash and struck a Baltimore County Police
officer. Due to an extreme shortage of medics across the county, Squad
322 transported the police officer, who had minor injuries, to an area
hospital. PVFC later responded to another crash with a vehicle on its
side and people trapped in Pikesville at Stevenson Road & Englemeade Road.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company sadly announces the passing of 60-year Life
Member Bill Cosden on January 15 at age 85. Bill's daughter and
grandchildren are career and volunteer firefighters in Baltimore
County. Bill was active around PVFC, and could often be found
supervising Bingo on the weekends, untll just a few years ago when his health
started failing. Bill joined PVFC in October of 1954 and was the second
longest-serving member of the company at the time of his passing. Funeral
service inforfmation can be found at:http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/baltimoresun/obituary.aspx?pid=173883991. Cosden's fire company service will be
recognized at PVFC's upcoming banquet in early February.
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