Sunday, May 17, 2015
Shortly before 12 noon on Sunday, May 17, Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company members were dispatched with other westside fire units for a reported house fire in the 3000 block of Karendale Court (Fire Box 3-1). Units arrived with heavy fire showing and requested a Working Fire Dispatch, followed by a second alarm. Crews were able to contain the fire to the house of origin, which sustained heavy damage.
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Improperly discarded coal ashes caused a house fire in Pikesville on Sunday, May 3 that could have been much worse. Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Engine 321 and Squad 322 responded with other fire department units to a 911 call reporting a brush fire threatening a structure in the 3500 block of Autumn Lane (Fire Box 2-12). Engine 321 arrived with nothing evident, however bystanders directed firefighters to a house on Long Meadow Road, where they found a the deck of a home heavily involved in fire with extension to the home's siding. Crews from E321 and BCoFD Engine 2 extended a hose line to the rear of the dwelling and put a rapid knock on the fire. As a result, the interior of the house was spared from fire damage. The cause of the fire was the result of charcoal ashes from a grill placed in a box and left on the deck.
On Sunday, April 19th, 7 Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company members participated in a Swiftwater Rescue Operations Class in the Gunpowder River. Although the Pikesville area does not contain significant waterways, some areas are susceptible to inland flooding as a result of rainfall. The skills practiced in the Gunpowder River will allow PVFC members to better respond to persons trapped or stuck as a result of swiftwater environments.
Did you know that your old clothes, shoes, purses, stuffed toys, and more can benefit your local volunteer fire company?Drop off your unwanted clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes, and stuffed toys in the shed located in the parking lot at the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company. The more you drop off, the more we make!Jump-start your spring cleaning and support your volunteers!
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.
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