Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company

 

BUSY START TO THANKSGIVING WEEK FOR PVFC

The Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company had a busy start to the Thanksgiving week, responding to several working incidents. On Monday, November 21, Engine 321 & Tower 323 responded to the 3600 block of Kelox Road in Woodlawn for a reported house fire with rescue (Box 33-08).  BCoFD Engine 2 (Pikesville career) arrived with smoke showing and requested the working fire assignment. Engine 321’s crew assumed Rapid Intervention duties and the Tower’s crew assisted with searching the first floor along with opening up for the engine companies. Units from PVFC remained on the scene for just over an hour. Shortly after returning from the house fire, PVFC’s Engine, Squad, and Medic responded to the report of a Tractor Trailer crash on the Inner-loop of Interstate 695 between Reisterstown Road & Park Heights Avenue, Box 2-60. Company 32 found two cars and a tractor trailer all badly damaged with multiple injuries. BCoFD HazMat 114 (Brooklandvile career) was special-called to assist with motor oil clean-up.


On Tuesday night, November 22, the Engine & Squad were alerted just before 8pm to a reported kitchen fire in a townhouse in the 8200 block of Vosges Road in Randallstown, Box 18-15. Multiple callers to 911 were reporting that the fire was spreading and possibly venting out the windows and a person was possibly trapped on the second floor. BCoFD Engine & Truck 18 (Randallstown career) arrived with fire showing and quickly requested the working fire assignment. Company 32 assisted with opening up, ventilation, and searches which proved to be negative. Medic 325 was also special called and remained on the scene for over an hour.



     



 

TIPS FOR A SAFE THANKSGIVING

Pikesville friends and neighbors - we wish you all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

As you plan your Thanksgiving menu don’t forget about fire safety.

Did you know Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? The number of home fires doubles on Thanksgiving across the country. So, let’s add a pinch of fire safety to the menu.

Keep these safety tips in mind as you prepare your meal.

Turkey:

If you are roasting your turkey, make sure you set a timer. This way, you won’t forget about the bird as you watch the parade or football.

If you are frying your turkey,

  • Use a fryer with thermostat controls. This will ensure the oil does not become overheated.
  • Thaw your turkey completely. Ice on the bird will cause the oil to splatter.
  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil. If you do, the oil will overflow when you add the turkey causing a fire hazard.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer.
  • Also, always use the fryer outdoors.
Stuffing and Potatoes:

Stand by your stove when you are boiling your potatoes or frying onions for stuffing. It is best to stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling or broiling. If you are in the kitchen, it is easier to catch spills or hazardous conditions before they become a fire.

Vegetables:

  • Keep the area around the stove clear of packaging, paper towels, and dish cloths; anything that can burn.
  • Be sure to clean up any spills as they happen.
  • Be prepared. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire.
  • Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove so you don’t bump them.
By following these safety tips, you will have a delicious and fire safe Thanksgiving.




     



 

Chizuk Amuno Tzedakah Congregation

Many thanks to Rabbi Deborah Wechsler from Chizuk Amuno Congregation, whose children chose the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company to donate their tzedakah. They children presented us with their donation and enjoyed a visit and tour of the firehouse, as well as a fire engine ride. Many thanks for this warm and comforting gift!.

     



 

PVFC RESPONDS TO HOUSE COLLAPSE

Friday, September 9, 2016  On Friday afternoon September 9, Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Squad 322 and PVFC’s Confined Space Team were alerted for a reported house collapse with people trapped in Owings Mills in the 100 block of Oakmere Road.  First arriving units from Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Company (Engine 312) and BCoFD Medic 56 confirmed a collapse of a single-story house under renovation with two workers trapped in the middle of the structure between two I beams.  Multiple career and volunteer fire units worked together to devise a rescue plan, stabilize the structure and extricate the workers, both of whom were transported via Maryland State Police helicopter to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma center.  The incident is under investigation by the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration.



     



 

PVFC RESPONDS TO CRASH INVOLVING BALTIMORE COUNTY POLICE OFFICER

Wednesday, August 31, 2016  Shortly before 6 pm on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company IV325 was responding to assist fire department & police department units on a call when they came upon a crash at the intersection of Old Court Road and Seven Mile Lane. The crash involved a civilian vehicle and Baltimore County Police Department 4th Precinct patrol car #426, which was also responding to that same call.  IV325 transported the police officer to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore; BCoFD Medic 2 transported two civilians to Northwest Hospital.  The crash is being investigated by the BCoPD Crash Team.  

     



 

PVFC RESPONDS TO WORKING RESCUE IN WOODLAWN

Monday, August 8, 2016  On Monday afternoon August 8, the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company responded to a reported motor vehicle crash with reported entrapment in Woodlawn at St. Lukes Lane & Brompton Road (Rescue Box 3-15).  According to the Baltimore County Police Department, a 2nd Precinct unit attempted to pull over a vehicle but the driver fled, and the vehicle crashed; the officer did not pursue.  Firefighters arrived and confirmed one patient was trapped; one car was on the sidewalk and a second car was in the front yard of a house. PVFC Squad 322’s crew extricated one patient, who was transported along with two other patients to area hospitals.

     



 

PVFC RESPONDS FIRST-DUE TO FIRE AT STATE POLICE BUILDING

Tuesday, August 2, 2016  In the early evening of August 2, Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company units along with other westside companies were alerted for a reported building fire at the Maryland State Police headquarters on Reisterstown Road.  PVFC Engine 321 initiated a split lay from the building's driveway and reported smoke showing from Side Alpha, with black smoke coming from a basement level exhaust vent. When firefighters opened the basement-level door, thick black smoke and heat was observed ans command requested a Working Fire assignment.  Firefighters from Engine 321 stretched an attack line to the basement to extinguish the fire.  Engine 2 completed the split lay from Station 32, and the water supply was secured by Engine 19.  Engine 2 was assigned Basement Division and operated with Engine 321, Squad 322 and Truck 18.  Engine 18 was assigned Division 1 and operated with Engine 19 and Truck 313.  Truck 13 was assigned Division 2 and operated with Engine 312.  Engine 14 established RIT and maintained it throughout the incident.  EMS1 was assigned Safety, assisted by EMS 5.  T18, T313, T13 and S322 assisted with search, ventilation and utilities.  The fire was contained to a basement level storage room with heat extending into the basement hallway.  Significant smoke spread throughout the basement, with moderate smoke spreading to the upper levels.   All units operated for approximately an hour, with several units held for extensive ventilation. The scene was turned over to the Office of the State Fire Marshal to conduct their origin and cause investigation.  Cause was determined by OSFM to be an electrical failure of a portable fan.

     



 

PVFC RESPONDS TO FIRST-DUE HOUSE FIRE

Tuesday, July 26, 2016  Shortly before 10 p.m. on July 26, 2016, Baltimore County 911 received a phone call reporting a fire in a house at 816 Smoke Tree Road before the caller hung up. BCoFD Engine 2 and Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Engine 321 and Tower 323 were dispatched. While those units were enroute, additional information was received reporting a kitchen fire at the location, and a full fire box assignment was dispatched, bringing PVFC Squad 322 and other units. Engine 2 arrived with heavy fire showing from a 2-story house and immediately requested a Working Fire Dispatch. Firefighters encountered heavy fire and smoke conditions in the house and made an aggressive attack to quickly knock the fire. The cause and origin are under investigation by the Fire Investigation Bureau, and the American Red Cross was requested to assist with several displaced people.

     



 

SQUAD 322 RESPONDS ON ATR RESCUE

On Monday morning June 6, Baltimore County career and volunteer firefighters, including a crew on Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Squad 322, worked side by side in a challenging extrication to free a patient who had driven his car more than 50 feet down a ravine.  BCoFD Engine 2 & Medic 10 were initially dispatched for a motor vehicle crash in the area of a pond at Clarkview Road and Falls Road but were unable to find a crash.  Engine 2 eventually located the incident at the end of Clarkview Road in a business park, where a vehicle had driven over the parking lot curb and more than 50 yards down a rugged incline. Engine 2’s officer called for a rescue assignment, bringing the Advanced Tactical Rescue (ATR) team from Station 17 in addition to other units. Firefighters worked off Tower 17 to access the patient, which was made more difficult due to the terrain being wet and slippery from heavy rains.  Firefighters brought the patient up the hill via a Stokes rescue basket, and he was transported via Medic 10 to University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.



     



 

ENGINE, SQUAD & MEDIC RESPOND ON FIRST-DUE HOUSE FIRE

Sunday, May 8, 2016  Around 1:30 p.m on Mother's Day afternoon Sunday May 8, fire units on Baltimore County's westside including Engine 321, Squad 322 and Medic 325 from Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company were alerted for a reported house fire with someone possibly trapped in the 900 block of Scotts Hill Drive (Fire Box 2-18).  BCoFD Engine 3 arrived with heavy smoke showing from a 1-story single family house and firefighters advanced a hoseline to the rear; firefighters from Engine 321 took a second line through the front door while other crews threw ground ladders, searched the home and raised BCoFD Truck 18's aerial to the roof. Firefighters made an aggressive attack and were able to quickly bring the fire under control. No injuries were reported. 

     

 


 
 
 

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