Monday, March 4, 2013
On the evening of Monday March 4th, Fire &
EMS crews in Washington County were dispatched out on Box 26-5 for a reported
House Fire on Harwood Road in Halfway. A neighbor next door advised he heard
a smoke alarm sounding and then began smelling smoke. Units approaching the scene could see heavy smoke coming from the rear
of the structure. Crews arrived to find fire showing on the Charlie side of the
structure. Chief Dattilio of Halfway arrived and assumed command, requesting the working fire assignment bringing Rescue Engine 2. Upon
evaluation of the incident Command found they had a working kitchen fire that
had spread to the outside of the building.Crews from Halfway and
Hagerstown were first crews in to attack the blaze. Firefighters were able to
conduct an aggressive attack knocking the fire down within 10 minutes of their
arrival on the scene. The State Fire Marshal’s Office FM26 “Ed Ernst” responded
to investigate the cause of Monday evening’s fire. Crews remained on the scene
for approximately an hour and a half conducting over haul operations and
assisting the FM26 where ever needed.The State Fire Marshal’s Office
reports that the blaze was caused by a toaster in the kitchen area. The fire
started and quickly spread up the siding on the outside of the back of the house
causing $20,000 in damages to the structure and approximately $5,000 in damages
to the contents in the house. No one was home at the time the fire started and
no injuries were reported.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
On February 26th, Fire & EMS crews from
Williamsport Fire & EMS were alerted at 14:43 hours with Halfway EMS and
Washington County Special Operations 20 for a personal injury collision on
Lappans Road in the area of Lock Tender Lane. Dispatchers at the Washington
County E.C.C. took reports of a three vehicle accident involving a Washington
County School Bus. One caller reported one occupant still in the vehicle with a
large fluid spill.Crews responding were faced with some icy road
conditions as sleet was falling that afternoon. Williamsport arrived on the
scene to find a black Toyota Truck into the back of a Washington County School
bus with a Gray Subaru into the back of the pick-up lodged up under the vehicle.
Williamsport crews were able to quickly evaluate the situation to find a large
fluid spill along with only two injured subjects. One occupant was confined to
the pick-up truck but was quickly able to be freed from the vehicle by
Williamsport firefighters.Williamsport and Halfway Fire & EMS
providers worked to package both patients for transport as other firefighters
contained the fluid spill awaiting the arrival of Special Operations 20.
Williamsport and Halfway quickly packaged both patients classified as Priority 2
and Priority 3 Category “C” Traumas and transported both to Meritus Medical
Center with non-life threatening injuries. Out of 17 students and 1 bus driver
on the bus, none were reported to be injured.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Just after 0700hrs Washington County 911 Dispatch
received a call reporting heavy black smoke to the rear of 110 North
Conococheague Street in Williamsport. The caller advised them that her house was
also filling with the smoke from outside. Crews were quickly dispatched out on
Box 2-1 at 07:20 hours that morning. Williamsport Rescue Engine 2 was able to
see heavy smoke showing as they approached the scene. Lieutenant Nokes of
Company 2 immediately requested the Working Fire Assignment as they arrived.
Crews found heavy fire on side Charlie of the structure as they began their
initial attack on the blaze. Chief William Ball from Company 2 arrived and
assumed Command after a quick size up and face-to-face with Lieutenant Nokes.
Firefighters worked to control the fire, but the fire found its way through a
cock loft area and rapidly spread to different parts of the structure. At 07:48
hours Chief Ball requested a Second Alarm struck.As heavy smoke
encompassed the Williamsport area, crews continued to work diligently to gain
control of the blaze. Firefighter’s main game plan at this point was to keep the
fire contained to the main fire building. At 08:15 Chief Ball requested a third
alarm and Level 2 Staging was established at Company 2’s quarters on Brandy
Drive east of the incident. All hands continued to work to bring the blaze under
control when Assistant Chief Kopp declared a May-Day after seeing a firefighter
go down and become separated from his crew at 08:27 hours. RIT was immediately
sent in to assist, but luckily the firefighter was able to self-extricate
himself from the debris and rejoin his group quickly with no injuries.
Firefighters continued on their quest to gain control as the building was
deteriorating around them. After observing this, Command called for all
buildings to be evacuated at 09:54 hours. It was later declared at 10:19 hours
by Command that the Main Fire Building was off limits to all personnel due to
the structural integrity being compromised. Around 11:00 hours, crews were
seeing less smoke coming from the building showing signs that their efforts were
working. It took four hours reaching a total of Five Alarms before bringing the
fire under control which was reported to dispatch by Command at 11:20 hours.
Firefighters remained on the scene for several hours conducting salvage
and over haul operations working to extinguish the remainder of the fire.
Meanwhile the State Fire Marshal’s Office was on site working an investigation
into what caused the blaze that destroyed this historical building. State FM26
Ed Ernst later announced that the cause was traced back to a furnace located in
an outbuilding on side Charlie of the structure. The oil furnace malfunctioned
sparking a fire in the attached out building which quickly spread to the main
structure. Some Williamsport Residents were devastated by the loss of the
building. The building itself dated back to the 1800’s pre-civil war era.
Housing multiple businesses and hotels over the years, the building is best
known as “Wolfe’s On The Square” currently housing a Liquor Store at 1 West
Potomac Street and apartments on the North Conococheague Street side of the
structure. The initial caller was the only occupant in the building at the time
of the fire, and she was safely able to evacuate the structure prior to fire
departments arrival. The American Red Cross was called out to the scene and was
able to assist her since she lost everything in the fire. The building is
believed to be a total loss with damages estimated to be around $500,000.Story by William King 1st Responder News
Monday, January 21, 2013 0234
WILLIAMSPORT FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED ALONG WITH BEDINGTON FIRE CO AND HEDGESVILLE FIRE CO FOR A CAMPER FIRE IN THE 100 BLK OF BROAD LANE IN THE SPORTSMAN PARADISE SUBDIVISION IN FALLING WATERS, WV.ENGINE 2-4 & ENGINE TANKER 2 RESPONDED WITH A CREW OF 7. BEDINGTON ATTACK 40 ARRIVED ON SCENE DRIVER ONLY WITH A FULLY INVOLVED VACANT CAMPER, ATTACK 40 ESTABLISHED COMMAND 40 ADVISING THE NEXT IN UNIT TO PICK UP HIS SUPPLY LINE. ENGINE TANKER 2 ARRIVED TO SUPPLY ATTACK 40 WITH THE CREWS FROM CO.2 TO PERFORM FIRE SUPPRESSION AND OVERHAUL.OPERATIONS WERE COMPLETED AT 0409 HRS WITH ALL WILLIAMSPORT UNITS INSERVICE AND PAR.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Just before 0130hrs in the morning Engine and Rescue Company 26 were alerted to Halfway Blvd in the area of AC&T for the PIC. While units were en route, ECC reported WCSD on scene with a two vehicle head-on accident with one patient confined. With that report ECC alerted Rescue Engine 2. With a crew of 6 the Rescue Engine arrived on scene and went to work. Command reported that the vehicle was already stabilized and requested the drivers side be removed. The extrication was reported as complete 9 minutes after the arrival of the Rescue Engine on the scene. Crews assisted with patient packaging prior to returning to service.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012
At 1940 hours Engine Company 2 was alerted mutual aid to Berkeley County for the reported house trailer on fire. Engine Tanker 2 responded with 4 volunteers along with Berkeley County units from Bedington(40) and Hedgesville(30). Engine Tanker 2 was the first arriving unit to find a fully involved trailer fire. Crews stretched multiple handlines and initiated the defensive attack. Once fire was knocked down, crews began an extensive overhaul operation and finished extinguishing any hot spots. The Engine Tanker operated for approximately 3 hours before returning to service.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
At 0728 hours Engine Company 1, Engine Tanker 1 and Truck 2 were alerted for the the reported chimney fire. Just as units began to mark up, ECC filled the 12-1 box for the now reported chimney fire with extension bring Engine Company 2 along with other county units. Initial units arrived to find fire in the walls and floors in the 2 story single family house. Crews utilized saws and other various hand tools to open up and extinguish the fire. After operating for just over 2 hours command reported fire was out and units began to return to service.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Just after 0800 hrs Washington County ECC sounded box 2-1 for the reported apartment fire. Paramedic 2-8 arrived on scene just after dispatch with a 2 story apartment building with smoke showing from the eaves, establishing command. Truck 2 arrived shortly after positioning on the alpha side with their own water supply, taking the first due engine assignment. Due to reports from neighbors, crews stretched the initial 1 3/4" attack line to the charlie side and after forcing entry, made access to the fire apartment. The fire was quickly located in the living room and was extending into the kitchen. Crews knocked down the fire and performed a primary search to confirm neighbors report. As additional units arrived ventilation and overhaul were initiated. Once fire was confirmed to be held to the fire apartment, the assignment was reduced while MD State Fire Marshall conducted their investigation. Once investigation was completed, crews wrapped up and returned to service after operating approximately 2 hours.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour! With Daylight Savings Time ending, it's a good idea to replace the batteries in your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors. If you require any assistance please contact the fire station @ 301-223-9112 press 0 for on duty personnel to assist you.
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