343 firefighters lives lost… attempting to save others’ lives

Thirteen years ago today was the largest loss of firefighters lives in one incident in the United States.  343 firefighters lost their lives attempting to save others’ lives.

A list of the firefighters can be found on Wikipedia. Please go to that list, look through it and say a prayer for the families of these brave people.

There are also hundreds upon hundreds who have succumbed to illnesses since 9/11 for the work they did on scene after the initial collapses.

Never Forget…


Crash on Worthington Road

Yesterday S414 was dispatched, along with apparatus from Glyndon and Franklin fire stations, for a car that crashed into a pole on Worthington Avenue.  T404 out of Glyndon arrived first and confirmed one person was trapped in the vehicle.  They requested a Trooper to fly the patient to Shock Trauma but the helicopters were grounded due to weather.  Crews from S414 and T404 cut the roof off to get better access to the patient and then had to push the dash with a hydraulic ram to free the patient.  Unfortunately the patient did not make it.  Crews from Reisterstown were on scene for a short time longer and then cleared.

Bicycle into a car

Yesterday afternoon a child was riding a bicycle and hit a moving vehicle.  The child was treated by crews from U419 and E412 along with M56 and EMS5.  It was determined that the child needed to be flown to shock trauma due to his injuries.

Carroll County crash

On Saturday August 23rd Rescue Squad 414, Engine company 412 and Special unit 418 responded for Mutual aid rescue alarm in Carroll county on MD route 140. First units arrived to find two car MVC with one patient trapped and one ejected. S414 arrived first and completed a complex extrication. The rescue squad took take the roof, the drivers door and then pushed the dash to free the patient.  Units from Reisterstown were assisted by Gamber engine 134 and Reese Rescue

Squad 9. Units were available in under an hour.

Car and trash truck crash on Westminster Pike

Reisterstown E412 and S414 were dispatched for a report of a car into the back of a trash truck.  S414 arrived to find an occupant of the car heavily trapped.  The call was immediately upgraded to a heavy rescue box which brought T313, S322 (Pikesville) and S303 (Lutherville, for the crane).  The trash truck was lifted using air bags and S303′s crane and then S322 slowly pulled the car out from under the truck.   Crews were on-scene for approximately 90 minutes.  The patient was transported to Shock Trauma.

Two vehicle crash near Carroll County Line

On August 2nd 2014 around 0135 hours units were alerted for a 1050PI with person trapped in front of the Full Moon Bar and Grill. Squad 414 responded and arrived first to find one patient trapped. The squad crew, aided by Engine company 412, cut the roof off  to extricate the patient and turned then over care to EMS.  Crews were ready for service a little under an hour.

Photos courtesy of J Jeffers

Dwelling fire in Glyndon

On July 20th 2014 at 1515 hours units were alerted for a dwelling fire in the area of Preserve way. Engine 412 and Rescue Squad 414 responded promptly with staffed 9 volunteers. Initial crews arrived to find fire through the roof command then sounded the working fire. Engine 412 was the third arriving engine and the crew stretched the second handline to the rear. Rescue Squad 414 arrived and assumed first due special service functions opening up for interior crews and conducting searches. All units from Company 41 were held for 3 hours for extensive overhaul before becoming ready for service.

Fire at BGE Substation

On 7/13/14 units from Reisterstown were alerted for a transformer fire in the area of Cockeys Mill Rd and I-795. Engine 412 responded first arriving to find a 16,000 gallon transformer on fire at the BGE sub station. Engine 412 struck the fire box and established command. This brought Squad 414 and Engine 413 to the scene among many other apparatus from surrounding companies. Once the power was secured to the sub station by BGE the fire was extinguished by the aid of a crash rescue truck out of BWI Airport. Units were on scene and operated for approximately 2 hours before being ready for service.

Photos courtesy of J Jeffers