Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company


Thanksgiving Fire Safety

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires across the country? The average number of home fires on Thanksgiving Day is normally double the average number of fires in homes all other days. Here are some tips to help keep our community safe and ensure everyone can have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

• Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking - frying, broiling or boiling -  at high temperatures.
• Make your cooking area safe. Move things that can burn away from the stove. Turn pot handles toward the back so they can’t be bumped.
• Watch what you’re cooking. Use a timer when roasting a turkey or baking. 
• Be prepared. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire. 
• Stay awake and alert while you’re cooking. If you see smoke or the grease starts to boil in your pan, turn the burner off. 
• Prevent burns. Wear short sleeves when you cook, or roll them up. Don’t lean over the burner. Use potholders and oven mitts to handle hot cookware.

If you are frying a turkey this Thanksgiving here are additional safety tips:

• Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
• An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.
• Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
• Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
• The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.








Monday, November 16, 2015  Shortly after 130am on November 16, Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company was alerted with other westside units for a dwelling fire in the unit block of Shadwell Court in the Milford Mill area. As units called enroute, Fire Dispatch advised they were receiving multiple calls and there were possibly people trapped. BCoPD arrived with a "big fire" and occupants jumping out the 2nd floor windows. BCoFD Engine 3 (Woodlawn carer) arrived to find a middle of the group rowhome with fire showing from both floors and initiated a transitional attack. A working fire assignment and 2nd alarm were immediately requested. Squad 322 arrived behind BCoFD Truck 18 (Randallstown carer) on Side Charlie and immediately began to throw ladders to the second floor and roof, then proceeded to check the Bravo exposure for fire extension. After observing the firewall had done its job and held the fire to one unit, Squad 322's crew was reassigned to Division 2 of the main fire building and assisted crews with suppression and overhaul. The Squad was released around 0400.




Thursday, November 5, 2015  Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Engine 321 and Tower 323 operated for several hours on a multiple alarm daytime fire in Towson on Thursday, November 5.  BCoFD Engine 1 (Towson career station) initially responded for a reported Automatic Fire Alarm around 11:45am in the 1000 block of Rolandvue Avenue (Box 1-2). Upon their arrival, Engine 1 was met with heavy smoke showing from a large three story balloon frame structure that was built in the early 1900s and the officer immediately requested a full fire box assignment. Due to the size of the house, lack of fire apparatus access, and a stubborn moving fire; a second alarm was requested, bringing Pikesville's engine and tower, among other equipment, to the scene. PVFC's firefighters worked for hours, assisting with ladders, fire extinguishment, and various other tasks. During this fire Squad 322 ran multiple fire boxes and other calls while the Engine & Tower were committed in Towson.




Friday, October 16, 2015  Shortly before 6pm on Friday, October 16, Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Engine 321 had just cleared a response for a non-emergency fire alarm when they responded with other westside units for a reported building fire at the Milford Mill Swim Club (Fire Box 3-13) on Milford Mill Road.  First arriving units reported heavy fire and smoke showing from a 2-story vacant building, which was destroyed by the fire.  The swim club has been vacant for many years.




Sunday, October 11, 2015  Congratulations to PVFC's Glenn Resnick, who was recently installed as President of the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association.  Glenn is the 10th member of Pikesville VFC to serve as president of the BCVFA, which was organized in 1907. Upon taking office, Glenn was presented with an engraved gavel by PVFC Historians Sharon Bull and J. W. Berryman, Jr. on behalf of the membership of PVFC. 

Glenn has been a volunteer firefighter for 33 years, 31 of which have been spent at PVFC, including two stints as Captain (for 8 years and 7 years).  He also served in multiple leadership and executive positions with BCVFA. 

Other BCVFA Past Presidents who were members of PVFC included Lee Sachs, (who served 2 consecutive terms), John W. Berryman, Sr., P.G. Zimmer, W. H. Smith,  F. H. Newell, Charles R. Stallings, Wm. A. Chenowith, Howard Kellar and Smith Stathem. 

Additionally, five PVFC members received recognition at the annual BCVFA meeting for having 50 active LOSAP years of service - John W. Berryman Jr., Stu Carter, Michael W. Purcell, Everett W. Purkins, and Smith N. Stathem, Jr. During the annual Baltimore County Fire Service Memorial Service, the passing of two longtime PVFC members who  died during the last year was recognized - William D. Cosden, Jr. and Norman W. Schilling.




Monday, September 28, 2015  Shortly before 1 am on Monday, September 28, Baltimore County Fire Department Engine & Medic 2 were alerted for a vehicle crash on Old Court Road in the area of Scotts Hill Drive in Pikesville. Engine 2 arrived and reported a passenger car had struck a utility pole and was on its side, with one victim's arm trapped underneath the car.  Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Squad 322 was alerted for Rescue Box 2-11, and upon arrival its crew worked with BCoFD Truck 18 to stabilize the Ford car, after which firefighters used spreaders to free the victim's arm from beneath the vehicle.  Victim were transported to an area hospital for treatment. Also on scene were Battalion Chief 22, EMS 5 and Medic 19. The crash is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crash Team.




Monday, September 21, 2015  Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Tower 323 responded with other units to a significant crash on the Beltway on Monday afternoon. Initial reports called in to 911 reported at least one person was trapped in a vehicle. BCoFD EMS1 arrived first, reported the crash was on the Inner Loop of I-695 between exits 19 (I-795) and 20 (Reisterstown Road) and reported the crash involved two passenger vehicles, a bus (no students onboard) and a dump truck. Bystanders pulled the subject from the car prior to firefighters' arrival. A total of 3 patients were transported to area hospitals, including one to a local trauma center.




Tuesday, August 18, 2015  Shortly after 9 am on August 18, PVFC Engine 321 was alerted for a reported automobile fire in the 1000 block of Kingston Road in the Sudbrook Park community.  Upon arrival, firefighters found a well-involved minivan and extinguished the fire.




Wednesday, June 3, 2015  Shortly after 11 am on June 3, Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Medic 325 was dispatched to a 2-30 box, at the intersection of Glengyle Avenue & Reisterstown Road, for an injured construction worker. As more information was obtained,  it was learned that the worker was located in a ditch about 10 feet below the ground with a possible leg fracture. Immediately, the working high angle technical rescue box was dispatched bringing PVFC Squad 322 and Utility 329, and multiple rescue units from around the county to the scene. Firefighters performed a technical rescue and the patient was extricated from the hole and safely treated for his injuries by on-scene paramedics before being transported by M325 to Sinai Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.




Recently, Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Life Member Rick Holden retired from a long career with the Baltimore County Fire Department. A celebration event was held at Station 14 in Brooklandville, where FF Holden was stationed.



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