Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company



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.




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 

The 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.




Tuesday, December 23, 2014  As many in our community know, PVFC member Andrew Groman, a Baltimore police officer, was shot and wounded last week in the line of duty. A Go Fund Me webpage has been set-up to collect donations to support Andrew and his family while he continues to recover at Shock Trauma. We encourage you to make donations in whatever amount you are comfortable giving, and to please help spread the word of this page and the effort.





Sunday, December 21, 2014  On Sunday evening, December 21, several Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company members continued what has become an annual tradition by visiting the Hanukkah House on Greenspring Avenue.  Members lit the Menorah candles and led tours for children on Engine 321.  The Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company wishes everyone in our community a happy holiday season!




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.



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