Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Units from Co 4 and 40 responded for a PIC Route 108 and New Hampshire Ave in Ashton. Units arrived and found a single vehicle into a tree with one occupant pinned. The patient was extricated and transported to Suburban as a trauma
is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Life Member and Past Deputy
Chief and Director Frank Fones. Frank passed away this evening, January 4,
Frank served the department since July 1964.
The Fones family will have services for Frank at the Oak Room (located at
17921 Brooke Road Sandy Spring, MD 20860) on Sunday, February 10, 2013, at 1pm.
There will be light refreshments afterward.
In lieu of
flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Sandy
Spring Volunteer Fire Department.
Monday, September 3, 2012, volunteers set out for Gaithersburg to participate
in the 74th Annual Labor Day Parade. Units included The Chief’s
Vehicle, The Duty Officer’s Vehicle, Brush740 towing Boat 740, Utility 740
towing ATV 740, Engine 740C (the department’s 1954 Mack), and Canteen 740. Sandy
Spring VFD won first place in the Parade Contest!
greeting the thousands of citizens who turned out to watch the parade, the
members headed over to the fairgrounds to compete in some Firefighters Games.
These games had been a huge Montgomery County fire service tradition in the
60s, 70s, and 80s, however as the fire service’s call loads increased, the
games became scarce during the 90s and eventually by 2000 they had disappeared
completely. Thanks to the efforts of Chief Sutton of the Laytonsville District
V.F.D. and Deputy Chief Sterling of the Cabin John Park V.F.D. the games have
started to reappear, and each year grow a little more. The games of the past
included such events as the Running or Standing Hook-Up Contest, the Battle of
the Bucket, Bucket Brigade, Tug of War, and various First-Aid Competitions.
This year’s events included variants of the Hook-Up contests where members had
to complete a hose line and knock down a target, a Broken Hose contest, and the
Bucket Brigade. While Sandy Spring did not win any events this year as it was
our first time competing in almost 20 years, great fun was had by all involved!
Congratulations to the over 50 age group who had the fastest time for the hook
up contest. Congratulations to the Laytonsville volunteers who took the trophy
for the other two events, and a big thanks for hosting the games as well! We
look forward to next year!!!
Click HERE for more photos
by Lt. Nancy Thornton
in the morning of Thursday August 16th, Sandy Spring Water Rescue
Personnel along with Howard County and Montgomery County Fire-Rescue
responded to assist Montgomery County Police Emergency Services Unit
(ESU) with a search for a missing person at Brighton Dam. An abandoned
vehicle was found in the travel lanes on the bridge with a note
indicating the occupant may have wanted to harm themselves. Rescue boats
searched the reservoir area for several hours while police searched the
shorelines above and below the dam. The search was called off, however
police continued their investigation throughout the week. Sandy
Spring and Cabin John Park volunteers who are members of the county’s
River Rescue and Tactical Services Team were already scheduled for
training on Saturday August18th and used the time to conduct additional
searches of the area. Additionally, Police officers also searched the
area around the following week.All searching thus far had come up negative until WSSC reported something in the water on Friday the 24th. Water rescue units and police returned to the scene, and recovered the remains of a person along the face of the dam.Additional Links…http://www.gazette.net/article/20120831/NEWS/708319536/1022/body-of-missing-man-found-in-brookeville-s-brighton-dam&template=gazettehttp://connectedcommunities.us/showthread.php?t=51162
Saturday May 19th members of the department’s River Rescue and
Tactical Services Team (RRATS) attended a Helo Operations Course with the U.S.
Park Police Aviation Unit. The course is designed to instruct personnel on
proper hoist operations for evacuating flood victims, or persons injured in
limited access areas where an ambulance may not be able to reach them, or where
the helicopter cannot land. Members traveled down to the Park Police Hangar at
the “Eagles Nest” in Anacostia to attend the training. This course is just a part
of the advanced training our swift water rescue technicians must take, and
re-cert each year in order to maintain proficiency in their field. Many thanks
to the pilots and crew of the U.S. Park Police Helicopter “Eagle-1”. For those
who may remember, this is the same unit who assisted in the rescue of victims
from the frozen Potomac during the Air Florida Crash in the 80s. Although the
names and faces have changed over the years, the dedication and professionalism
of the U.S. Park Police Aviation Unit continues to set the bar high!Click HERE for more photos!
Sunday, April 8, 2012
The members of the Sandy Spring Vol. Fire Department regret to announce the death of Deputy Chief Bruce Newcomer. Chief Newcomer fought a long and courageous battle with cancer. Bruce spent much of his life serving others as a paramedic with the Prince William County VA Department of Fire Rescue as well as the Sandy Spring Vol Fire Department where he progressed through the ranks during his many years of service. A funeral service was held on April 13, 2012. Chief Newcomer was laid to rest in Smithsburg, Maryland The members of Sandy Spring wish to express their deepest sympathy to the Newcomer family and ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers . Bruce you are greatly missed.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
At 1156 hours SSVFD units Engine 740 and Ambulance740
responded to Bowie Mill Road and Darnell Drive for a Personal Injury Collision
(PIC). Paramedic Engine 717 was dispatched to assist with a trauma patient. One
patient refused transport and the other was transported to Suburban Hospital as
a trauma by Ambulance 740.
Sunday March 11, 2012 at approximately 1630 hrs. ATV-740 responded to assist
units operating on a brush fire off Blunt Rd. in the Germantown Area. The ATV
Crew operated along the Western Division’s Flank ensuring the fire’s edge was
controlled. As night began to fall Command began dismissing units, the ATV was
cleared for service and returned to Company 40.
ATV-740 Bravo (Blunt Road- March 11,
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Company 4 responded to this T-bone collision involving a passenger vehicle and an equipment trailer in tow. The driver of the passenger vehicle was transported by Medic 704 to Suburban.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Amb 740 had just left quarters enroute to a call when it found a 2 car rear-end PIC that had just occured north of the station. One patient was transported BLS to MGH. A second patient was transported by Amb 717 ( upgraded by Medic 704) to suburban with a femur fracture.
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