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Olney Days

A weekend filled with fun & games, fire truck rides, fireworks (some provided by Zambelli, some provided by mother nature herself), and last but not least... a parade.


Sandy Spring V.F.D. participated in another successful Olney Days celebration this year, thanks to everyone who came out to join in the festivities, support our department, and watch the parade!!!


     
Sandy Spring Units Lined Up For Parade

Sandy Spring Units Lined Up For Parade

Fireworks by SSVFD's Own MFF Paul Brubacher of Zambelli Fireworks

Fireworks by SSVFD's Own MFF Paul
      Brubacher of Zambelli Fireworks



 

Busy Evening For Sandy Spring ATV Crew...

Monday, April 6, 2015  At approximately 1730 hrs. (5:30pm) a brush fire was reported at Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg. Units arriving on scene reported a large brush fire, and requested additional resources. Multiple units including Engines, Brush Engines, and Brush Trucks were sent. Special requested on this incident was Sandy Spring’s ATV-740 Bravo, one of two ATVs Sandy Spring keeps in its fleet. Unique to other ATVs in the county, ATV-740 Bravo is a firefighting unit equipped with a 115 gallon tank and positive displacement pump. Being small and agile, it can reach many places even 4x4 Brush Trucks cannot. Additionally, it is equipped with a small portable suction pump it can use to draw water from creeks and ponds to refill its tank, making it self-sufficient. Upon arrival, ATV-740 Bravo assisted with extinguishment and mop up of hot spots before returning to service several hours later.

Once made available in quarters, it wasn’t long before assistance was again requested on another large brush fire in Clarksburg. Again, ATV-740 Bravo responded, and went to work on extinguishment and mop up. The ATV crew was on scene until approximately 0230 hrs. (2:30 am).

The cause of both fires is under investigation, and no injuries were reported as of this writing…

Photos by Lt. Bonita and Dep. Chief Dinowitz.

     



 

Chief Emeritus, George W. Brown Jr. Honored By GOCA

Monday, March 9, 2015  On Sunday March 8, 2015 the Greater Olney Civic Assoc. honored Chief George Brown by presenting him with the Ron Berger Olney Heritage Award.

Chief Brown began his fire service career in 1958 at the Clinton Volunteer Fire Dept. in Prince George's Co. After serving in Vietnam in 1962-63 as a medic with the 101st Airborne, he joined the Silver Spring Fire Dept., Followed by the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad where he rose through the rank of Chief. After moving his family to Olney in 1980, he joined the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Dept. after settling in, in 1981. He was appointed as Deputy Chief in 1987, and elected Chief in 1991. He served as the department's chief for 21 years, and was awarded the title of Chief Emeritus upon stepping down. He still continues to serve as the Deputy Chief.

The officers and members of the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Dept. wish to congratulate Chief Brown, as well as the other recipients of this years GOCA awards.




     
2015 GOCA Award Recipients

2015 GOCA Award Recipients

Chief Emeritus, George W. Brown Jr. Accepts the Ron Berger Olney Heritage Award

Chief Emeritus, George W. Brown Jr.
      Accepts the Ron Berger Olney Heritage
      Award



 

2 Alarm Fire in Co. 4's First Due

Friday, February 27, 2015  At approximately 0515hrs. (5:15am), companies 4 & 40 were alerted for a reported house fire on Norwood Rd. in Sandy Spring.

Units arrived, and reported “heavy smoke showing from the roof”. Chief-704 Charlie (Deputy Chief Baker) took command, joined by Battalion-704. Additional resources were requested to include the RID, a Task-Force, and a Second Alarm.

Included in the additional resources was Canteen-740, MAB-726, and Montgomery County Fire Investigators. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Photos provided by Chief Kelley, Capt. Dinowitz, and Lt. Bonita…



     



 

Senate Democratic Leaders on Homeland Security Funding

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 



Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kelley speaks at the Senate Democratic Leaders on Homeland Security Funding conference. 

Click HERE to see the video



   


 

Airboat Responds to Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station

On Sunday September 21st, a little after 3:00pm a fire was reported at 16101 Frederick Rd. at the Montgomery County Recycling Center and Transfer Station. To handle the smoke conditions in such a large facility, Command requested an airboat respond for ventilation... Airboat-704 was dispatched, and responded to assist. Although an airboat's primary function is for water and ice rescue, the large prop provides an excellent tool for just such incidents. It can clear a large structure of smoke in minutes, as apposed to hours using conventional ventilation methods. Airboat-704 operated for approximately 20 minutes, then returned to service.

     
Airboat-704 ventilates smoke following a fire at the Montgomery County Transfer Station.

Airboat-704 ventilates smoke following a
      fire at the Montgomery County Transfer
      Station.

Capt. Mark Lamb mans the operators seat keeping the throttle at the exact RPM required.

Capt. Mark Lamb mans the operators seat
      keeping the throttle at the exact RPM
      required.



 

Company 704 Runs PIC at 21000 block of New Hampshire Avenue at Rocky Glen Drive





On September 1, 2014 at approximately 1600 hours, Medic 704 and Engine 704 were alerted for a Personal Injury Collision at the 21000 block of New Hampshire Avenue at Rocky Glen Drive. Units found a single vehicle into a tree.  The driver was transported by Medic 704 to a local trauma hospital.




Photos by MFF Smith.




     



 

In Memoriam... Life Member, President Emeritus Thomas C. Rhodes

It is with great sadness, the officer's and members of the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department announce the untimely passing of Life-Member, and President Emeritus Thomas C. Rhodes on the evening of Sept. 1, 2014.

"Proud of Our Past... Focused on The Future" this is the motto President Rhodes set when he took office and began to lead the department through many changes and improvements. Tom served as the department's president from 1992 through 2002. His accomplishments during his tenure are far too great to list at this time. However, most notable is his tireless work in the design and construction of Fire Station-4 which stands in his name.

As Sandy Spring commemorates it's 90th anniversary, Tom will be greatly missed. However, his legacy will continue as we continue to focus on our future.
 

Please CLICK HERE for an article by The Gazette.


     
President Emeritus Thomas C. Rhodes

President Emeritus Thomas C. Rhodes



 

Sandy Spring Fire Chief: Fundraising Calls Are Phony





Please CLICK HERE to read a Gazette.net article about phony phone calls asking for donations.

Please Note: SSVFD Does NOT Solicit by phone!

   


 

Longtime Sandy Spring Fire Member Takes Presidential Role

Monday, August 18, 2014 



Please CLICK HERE to read a Gazette.net article about SSVFD’s newly elected President!  

 Picture courtesy of The Gazette. 

   


 
 
 

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