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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. 

   


 

ATV-740 Makes Rescue At Lake Needwood

Saturday, August 16, 2014  On Saturday at 3:17 pm, as ATV-740 and Boat-740 crews were returning to quarters after their monthly river rescue training, they were dispatched to Lake Needwood for a reported injured hiker. ATV-740 arrived on scene and coordinated with Command (Chief-705-Charlie, and ECC (Dispatch) to establish the victim's location. Once the location was identified, Chief Connell directed ATV-740 onto the correct hiking path and to the patient. The victim was evaluated, loaded onto the ATV's stretcher, and transported to an awaiting EMS Unit in the parking area.

Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Dept. operates two ATV units out of Company 40... ATV-740 which is a all terrain ambulance style unit used on this incident, and ATV-740 Bravo, which is designed for fighting brush fires in hard to reach areas. Both units have proved to be invaluable to the department and the community we serve.

ATV-740 Crew on this incident... Capt. Brown (Operator), MA Custead (OIC), and FF Roller (3rd)

     
ATV-740 and Boat-740 arrive on scene for an injured hiker at Lake Needwood. Photo by Capt. Brown

ATV-740 and Boat-740 arrive on scene for
      an injured hiker at Lake Needwood. Photo
      by Capt. Brown

Capt. Brown and FF Roller load the stretcher back on the ATV after transferring care to Amb-723. Photo by Lt. King

Capt. Brown and FF Roller load the
      stretcher back on the ATV after
      transferring care to Amb-723. Photo by
      Lt. King



 

Company 40 Responds To Assist on Fire In Leisure World

On Friday evening around 8:20pm, Company 40 was alerted to respond on Box-25-9 for a report of an apartment fire. Co. 25 arrived on scene and confirmed a "Working Fire." Engine-740, Truck-740, Amb-740(Cancelled En-route), and Canteen-740 responded on the incident. Engine-740 assisted with extinguishment on the fire floor, while the Truck Crew, reported to side Charlie where personnel threw ground ladders, checked the roof, and area above the fire for possible fire spread (extension). CT-740 was assigned to "Rehab" where firefighters re-hydrate, and cool off. Co. 40 units cleared the scene around 10:30pm. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

     
Truck-740 With it\'s aerial to the roof on Side Delta... Photo by Lt. Bonita

Truck-740 With it\'s aerial to the roof
      on Side Delta... Photo by Lt. Bonita

Side Charlie (Rear) ground ladders thrown by Truck-740 with the assistance of Engine-721... Photo by Capt. Brown

Side Charlie (Rear) ground ladders
      thrown by Truck-740 with the assistance
      of Engine-721... Photo by Capt. Brown



 
 
 

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