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.
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
Chief Emeritus, George W. Brown Jr.
Accepts the Ron Berger Olney Heritage
Friday, February 27, 2015
At approximately 0515hrs. (5:15am),
companies 4 & 40 were alerted for a reported house fire on Norwood Rd. in
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
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
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
Capt. Mark Lamb mans the operators seat
keeping the throttle at the exact RPM
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.
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
Please CLICK HERE to read a Gazette.net article about phony phone calls asking for donations.
Please Note: SSVFD Does NOT Solicit by phone!
Monday, August 18, 2014
Please CLICK HERE to read a Gazette.net article about SSVFD’s newly elected President!
Picture courtesy of The Gazette.
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
Capt. Brown and FF Roller load the
stretcher back on the ATV after
transferring care to Amb-723. Photo by
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