Saturday, January 28, 2012 2022
At 2022Hrs on Saturday, January 28, 2012, E704, M704, A724, T725, RS715, PE725, Batt 4, and Chief 704-B responded for a Personal Injury Collision involving a vehicle that had overturned several times and was off the road in the trees.
Photo by Deputy Chief Lilly
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Co 40 responded to collision involving a parked vehicle. The driver involved refused treatment however a parked vehicle and brick mailbox were destroyed.
Officers and Members of the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department proudly
accepted delivery of a new inflatable rescue boat. The new craft was
manufactured in Friendsville, Maryland by Demaree Inflatable Boats (D.I.B.) and
was delivered to Station 4 on Tuesday December 27.
new boat is a 17 Ft. Flat Bottomed Chesapeake Model and is powered by a Mercury
Opti-Max 80 Horse Power Jet Outboard. The flat bottom and jet outboard will
allow the craft to operate in very shallow waters such as those found in the
far north end of the Triadelphia Reservoir, as well as in swift or moving
currents such as those found in the Potomac River.
to many in the area, Sandy Spring VFD provides emergency response to many
bodies of water. These include the Patuxent River, Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge
Reservoirs, Lake Hallowell, Lake Needwood, and Lake Bernard Frank. In addition,
members of the department’s Special Operations Division make up a component of
the Montgomery County River Rescue and Tactical Services (RRATS) Team. These
members are highly trained and certified in Swift Water, Ice, and High Angle
Chesapeake replaces a 15 Ft. 1995 Avon Inflatable V Bottomed boat that has
served the department well for 17 years. Many thanks to Dave Demaree, Greig
Johnson and the rest at DIB who assisted in the project, as well as to Chief
Jim Seavey of the Cabin John Park Vol. Fire Dept. and MCFRS Master Firefighter
Larry Simmons for your advice and guidance!Photos courtesy of Tommy Brown.
On Thursday December 15th at 00:46 hours units
were alerted to a possible house fire in the 18000 block of Bilney Drive. Engine
740 and Ambulance 740 responded from Station 40 and arrived on the scene to
find a two story single family home with fire showing from the rear and through
the roof. Engine 740 advanced an attack line into the house and got a quick knock
on the fire. Chief 704 assumed command shortly after Engine 740 arrived on scene.
Units operated on scene for about two and a half hours. Ambulance 740 assumed the initial 2-out and then was reassigned to assist with rehab.
Additional units from Stations 04 and 40 included Canteen 740, Engine 704, and
Pictures courtesy of www.ldvfd.org
Friday, December 02, 2011, at 1547 hours, Sandy Spring VFD units… Medic 704,
Rescue Squad 704, Aerial Tower 740, Boat 704, Air Boat 740, Chief 704, and
Chief 704 Echo, along with Battalion Chief 704 and Special Ops Chief 700
responded to the report of a missing person on the Triadelphia Reservoir. Units
responded to the Greenbridge Boat Ramp (Montgomery County side), where the
person was last reported to be.
704 arrived on scene and established command. Boat 704 launched and went to the
point last seen. Air Boat 740 launched second, conducted a search, and was
assigned water group by command. Other boats utilized for the search was Boat
729 (Germantown), Boat 731 (Rockville), Howard County Boat 11, and Howard
County Boat 5.
Spring VFD’s new All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV 740) was utilized for searching the
many miles of trails and shoreline that surround the Reservoir.
units on scene included: Brush 740, Canteen 740, Command Post 727, Recon
731, Boat Support 729, Howard County Engine 111, Howard County Medic 115,
Maryland State Police Helicopters Trooper- 2 and 3, Montgomery County Police
Emergency Service Unit (ESU) Trucks 1 and 2, ESU Supervisor, WSSC Police and
workers, and MNCPPC Police Mounted Patrol
And Rescue continued late into the evening, as SSVFD and GVFD personnel are
trained in waterborne night operations. The shore based search operations also
continued late into the night.
continued under a unified command structure for almost two weeks involving
several teams and agencies until the missing person’s remains were recovered.
Many search and recovery techniques were deployed to include Forward Looking
Infrared (FLIR), Thermal Imaging, Sonar, Side Scan Sonar, Under Water Cameras,
Public Safety Divers, K-9, Water Borne K-9, SAR Teams, Aircraft, and much, much
Spring would like to thank all involved in the search and recovery operations,
especially the WSSC employees who gave of their time and efforts to bring their
would also like to remind citizens that it is important to not only have the
proper PFDs on board but that wearing them while on the water is just as
important!Photos (Courtesy of Thomas Kelley and Fire Fighter Phillip Smith, unless otherwise noted: Click HERE
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Thursday, October 13, 2011
County Fire-Rescue was alerted for a reported gas leak at 7595 Montevideo Rd.
in Jessup, MD. Upon arrival firefighters found high levels of gas in a very
large structure. Quick thinking by one of the officers, they contacted
Montgomery County and requested an airboat for ventilation. Airboat-740
responded, checked in with command and was instructed to report to Side Bravo
of the structure. The airboat was
backed up to a loading dock and began positive pressure ventilation (PPV) of
the warehouse. Sandy Spring’s crew vented for approximately 5-10 minutes in
this location, and then moved to a second loading dock. They continued venting
for another few minutes there. Command advised that the Lower Explosive Levels
in the building were reading zero, and that the airboat could return to
service. Several on scene were amazed at how quickly the gas was vented from
such a large structure. As of this writing the cause is under investigation.
the event you think you have a gas leak, if safe to do so, quickly turn off any
sources of ignition and exit the structure immediately! Call 9-1-1 from another
location and DO NOT re-enter the structure until the utility company or
emergency personnel can ensure it is safe!
Video by Savage Firefighter Tyler Jones
Sunday, September 11, 2011
At 1644 hours Sandy Spring units were alerted for a report of two “Inner Tubers” missing on the Patuxent River in Rocky Gorge. Boat 704, Airboat 740, Howard County Boat 11, Strike Team 730, and Maryland State Police Helicopter “Trooper-8” filled out the water rescue card for this incident. Additional units included Medic704, Rescue Squad 704, Engine 724, Engine 715, Rescue Squad 715, Battalion Chief 701, Montgomery County Police Department Emergency Services Unit, Utility 717, and the Howard County Special Operations Chief. The original call was dispatched at Route 108 (Ashton Road) and Tucker Lane. Company 4 units responded to that location and made contact with the 911 caller. Battalion Chief 704 set up command in the same location and assigned Chief 704 as the Ednor Road Division. It was reported that two individuals, an 18 year old female and 14 year old male had missed their “Take-Out Point,” thus prompting the 911 call. Water assets were re-directed to Ednor Road at Brown’s Bridge to launch and begin checking the river. Howard County Boat 11 and Boat 704 launched to check up and down stream on the river. Airboat 740 was placed on the ramp as the Safety Boat. As units searched, Medic 704’s crew located one of the individuals walking up Tucker Lane. They confirmed the identity of the individual and confirmed that the second “Inner Tuber” was safe. With all reported missing accounted for, command placed all units in service.
Thankfully this incident had a good outcome. “Tubing” can be fun; but hazardous! Remember to have a “Float Plan” and an alternate meeting place should you miss your “Take-Out Point”. Means of communications such as cell phones, or “family talk” radios are always helpful. Respect the water, and always wear a proper personal floatation device!
Click HERE for more photos by Fire Fighter Phil Smith and Lieutenant Mark Lamb.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
the constant rain and widespread flooding, Sandy Spring’s Special Operations
Division has been providing Swift Water Assets for approximately 40 hours, and
counting at this writing.
Thursday morning, at 0445hrs. Sandy Spring and Montgomery County units were
alerted for a report of stranded motorists in high water at 1901 Brighton Dam
Rd. in Brookeville, MD. Engine 740 (Lt. Anderson), arrived to find two vehicles
with one confirmed occupant on the roof of one vehicle and unknown occupants in
the second. Engine 740 also advised incoming units that the water was “Rapidly
Rising!” Chief 704(G. Brown), Chief 704 Echo, Airboat 740, Boat 704, Strike
Team 734, and Special Ops Chief Goldstein made up the Water Rescue package for
this incident. In addition, Medic 704, Rescue Squad 704, Ambulance 740, and
Battalion 704 responded to assist.
Brown set up the River Right and River Left Divisions while Chief Goldstein set
up the Upstream Observers and Downstream Safeties. Sandy Spring Swift Water
Rescue Technicians and Strike Team 734 personnel entered the water and found
the first vehicle to be abandoned and unoccupied. They then continued on to the
second vehicle and rescued the male occupant and returned him safely to shore
where he refused medical treatment. Once again another successful rescue from
the swift waters of the flooded Hawlings River.
Spring members would like to again remind the public that driving or crossing
flooded roadways is dangerous and should be avoided. Remember the slogan… “Turn
Around-Don’t Drown!”Click HERE to see more photos!
Photos unless otherwise stated were provided by George
Smith of the Montgomery Sentinel
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Engine 740 was dispatched just after 1800 hrs for the house
on fire in the 3600 block of Pimlico Place. Battalion 704 confirmed they had a
working fire. Engine 740 arrived on scene and secured Engine 725's water supply
and the crew from Engine 740 advanced a 300' line through the front of the
house and worked with Aerial Tower 718. Units cleared after 2000 hrs. Canteen740
was also on scene.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Please click HERE to see more photos from National Night Out
held at the Old Montgomery General Hospital Grounds. Thanks to all who
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