Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Winter appears to have released its grip on the area which has allowed construction to move forward on the Station 40 addition. All efforts will be focused on getting the second floor walls up and the roof on, which will allow for finish work to progress on the first floor of the addition. The first floor area of the addition will allow us to seperate the gym, kitchen, and tv room, which currently overlaps one another. The second floor area will eventually allow us to expand and update the current bunkroom, which over the years has gotten a bit too cozy.
SSVFD thanks our community whose continued contributions over the years allows us to tackle projects such as this.
Crews were alerted at 0814hrs. Wednesday December 25th for a report of a house fire with one burned. Units enroute, spotted a column of smoke in the area the fire was reported, and called for assistance prior to arrival. Truck-725 arrived on scene at 10 Narrows Ct. and reported heavy fire conditions on the first floor. Additional units were requested bringing the response to 2 Alarms.
Two firefighters sustained burns while fighting the fire and were transported to the Med-Star Burn Unit. Both are reported to be okay.
Cause of the fire is unknown as of this writing, special thanks to Chief A. M. Kelley (SSVFD) and Chief J. Heflin (KVFD) for the photos, and to FF Eanes for the factual information.
View from Side Alpha showing fire on
View from Chief Kelley's Dash-Cam
En-Route to the fire shows the column of
smoke which prompted units to call for
additional help prior to arrival.
The Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire
Department would like to remind everyone to make sure we can see your house
numbers. Please visit the Montgomery County Fire Rescue Public Education Page HERE to make sure you meet
all of the criteria so we can find you in an emergency!
On Saturday, October 26, 2013 Sandy Spring VFD held its
annual awards banquet in the Oak Room at Fire Station 4.
Chief Mike Kelley and President Michael Valente extend their congratulations,
and present to you those who went above and beyond their call of duty in the
It was with deep regret that we acknowledged the recent passing of Life Member Frank
Fones A table with a symbolic place setting, a single toll of the bell , and a
moment of silence, were carried out in his honor.
Since Sandy Spring is staffed by both volunteer and career personnel, the first
two awards have two categories. This enables the department to recognize those
who serve in each of these vital capacities.
The “Officer of the Year” awards were presented to Career Captain Bruce Gibbs,
and Volunteer Captain Nancy Thornton.
The award for ”Firefighter of the Year” was presented to Career Master Firefighter
Steven Pifer, and Volunteer Firefighter Philip Smith.
The recipient of the “Bruce E. Newcomer Emergency Medical Services Provider of
the Year” award is EMT Kelly Robinson.
The recipient of the “Junior Member of the Year” is
Life Membership is an honor bestowed on those who have maintained an active
membership within the department for 10 years. The member achieving life
membership in 2013 is EMS Lieutenant Mark Himes.
The Top 10 Responders for 2012 (in ascending order) are Fire Fighter Philip
Smith, EMT Kelly Robinson, Fire Fighter Jennifer Soda, Fire Fighter Brian Park,
EMT Jacqueline Earp, Fire Fighter Brendan Bonita, Fire Fighter Thomas Gordon,
EMS Lieutenant Mark Himes, Deputy Chief George W. Brown, Jr., and Fire
Fighter Eli Fuhrman.
Deputy Chief Brown (Fire Chief in 2012) presented his 2013 “Chief’s Award” to Fire
Fighter Brendan Bonita.
President Valente presented his “President’s Appreciation Award” to John
Linder, Vice President Musgrove, and Michael Thornton.
The Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary’s “Sarah Dantz Award”,
which is their highest award, went to Roseanne Fones.
The Auxiliary’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” was presented to Deborah Cullen.
The Auxiliary Member who achieved Life Membership was Jim Mills.
The highest honor this department can bestow on a member is the “Spencer J.H.
Brown Sr. Award”.
This award is presented to one member per year for outstanding service and
dedication to the department, and is so named after our Past Chief, Spencer J.
H. Brown, Sr. Chief Brown, or “Pop Brown”, as he was affectionately known, was
instrumental in building, not only the Sandy Spring V.F.D., but other
departments in Montgomery County as well. Mr. Brown helped to organize the
Laytonsville District VFD, the Damascus VFD, as well as the Fifth District VFD
in neighboring Clarksville in Howard County.
“Pop” Brown’s legacy in the volunteer fire service in our area, and his
dedication, compassion, knowledge, and enthusiasm that he brought forth, only
goes to show the size of the shoes an individual needs to fill to even be
considered for such a prestigious award.
For outstanding dedication and service to the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire
Department, and thus to the citizens of the Sandy Spring, Ashton, Brookeville,
and Olney areas, the recipient of the “Spencer J. H. Brown, Sr. Award” for 2012
is Deputy Chief George Brown.
Congratulations to all of the award winners, and to all of those who serve, and
dedicate their lives to keep our communities, our homes, and our families safe!
Uncle Sam stops by Truck-740, Photo by
Monday, September 2, 2013
Members headed to Gaithersburg for the Annual Labor Day Parade. Lead off by President Valente, and Deputy Chief Brown, our apparatus lined up ready for show. Following up was Utility-740 with ATV-740 in tow, Brush-740 with Boat-740 in tow, our 1954 Mack Antique Engine, Canteen-740, Tanker-704, and last but certainly not least…Truck-740. As is customary, we headed over to the fairgrounds after the parade to partake in some good clean fun at the Annual Labor Day Fire-Rescue Picnic, and Firefighter’s Games. The games are designed around basic firefighting tactics, and some “Old School” firefighting. There is a Hook-Up Contest where firefighters compete to stretch and hook up a hose line and knock down a target, a Broken Hose competition to simulate replacing a broken section of hose line while the water is still flowing, and an old fashioned Bucket Brigade, this takes us back to the days of old, when firefighters and town’s folk responded to a neighbor’s need and lined up to extinguish a fire with buckets of water. Sandy Spring’s volunteers took first place in the games by winning two of the three competitions, the Hook-Up, and the Broken Hose… They came in second place in the bucket brigade. It must be noted here, that Sandy Spring’s team was two people short on the two events it won, and one person short in the Bucket Brigade thanks to County Councilmember Phil Andrews who jumped in to help us out. Many Thanks to Mr. Andrews! Additionally, upon returning to quarters we learned that Sandy Spring took the top award at the parade… Best Appearing Overall, making it a clean sweep for the day!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Sandy Spring members were again featured in an article, this time in the Gazette News Paper on their work on our waterways and during periods of flooding. Please take some time to read the article, and browse the photos. Remember, if you come across a flooded road… Please, Turn Around, Don’t Drown! The 5 minutes you think you will save by crossing is not worth your life!
Olney Gazette Article Click HERE
Sunday, August 11, 2013
at Sandy Spring who are members of the county’s Special Operations
Unit, The River Rescue And Tactical Services Team (RRATS) were featured
in a recent article in
the Washington Post. Please read the article, view the photos and
video, and Please Remember… Montgomery County’s waterways, especially
the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers are beautiful, but they can be deadly!!!Washington Post Article- Click HEREWashington Post Gallery- Click HEREWashington Post Video- Click HERE
Rafting with the Potomac river rescue crew
On the evening of
Thursday July 25th, 2013 Sandy Spring members headed north to Mt.
Airy, MD to participate in the Mt. Airy Volunteer Fire Company’s “Annual Gala
Parade.” Lead by Chief Kelley, Sandy Spring took 13 pieces of apparatus to
include the following…
Also joining us in
the parade was newly elected MSFA 2nd Vice President Roth, and MSFA Fire
Prevention Queen Danielle Crane.
On this evening, 13
turned out to be our lucky number! At the conclusion of the parade, members
headed over to the MAVFC Fireman’s Carnival to find out their hard work had
paid off! “Best Appearing” said the announcer over the loud speaker, “Goes to
the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Dept. of Montgomery County, MD.” Many thanks to
those who helped prepare the apparatus we took, staff the apparatus left
behind, and to those who participated! Job Well Done!!!Please click on a photo for more photos!
Photos by Connie
Somerville, Captain M. Brown
July 20, 2013
the morning, members of the River Rescue and Tactical Services Team headed down
to the U.S. Park Police Aviation Hangar known as the “Eagle’s Nest”, where the
Park Service house their helicopters, Eagle-1, and Eagle-2. The reason for
their visit was their annual re-certification in Helo-Ops, or Helicopter Hoist
Operations. Members practiced hoisting the patient litter, and themselves
should they have to evacuate an injured person from a isolated or hard to reach
location such as Mather Gorge along the Potomac, or Rocky Gorge along the
the members headed to the Potomac River in the afternoon to practice running
the heavy currents around Great Falls to hone, or maintain their skills in
operating their boats in swift water. Team members routinely operate in Class
III and IV rapids, in order to be ready should emergencies happen along the
rivers, or as often happens, major flooding during rain storms, or when
tropical depressions visit our area.
July 21, 2013
Boat-740 along with
members of the team responded to the 8500 Blk. of Snouffer School Rd. in
Gaithersburg for a report of someone in the water at Nike Missile Park. Other
units arrived on scene to discover that there was no rescue to be made due to
the apparent remains of a person floating in the pond. While the team is
primarily a “Swift Water Rescue Team”, unfortunately recovery is part of the
job as well. Members suited up in dry suits, rubber gloves, and masks, to
protect themselves, and while coordinating with Montgomery County Police,
recovered the remains of the then unidentified person with their small
inflatable boat. Team members were then decontaminated, and monitored on the
scene while they re-hydrated due to massive fluid loss while operating in dry
suits on a very hot summer day. Once cleared by the rehab and medical section,
members cleaned up, and returned to service.http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Body-Recovered-from-Montgomery-County-Pond-216356141.htmlhttp://www.mymcpnews.com/2013/07/21/police-investigate-suspicious-death-in-gaithersburg/
We are so proud to announce that Johnie Roth was elected as 2nd Vice President of the Maryland State Firemen's Association by a landslide!
Also Carole Hayden of the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department who was elected as the President of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Md State Firemen's Association.
Also Dani Crane of Kensington Volunteer Fire Department was elected Miss Fire Prevention Queen!
Congratulations to them all!
What a day for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue!
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