Here at Reisterstown we are always training to keep on top of all the functions we might have to perform. We spent a couple of hours tonight going through rope rescue training with probationary and new members to the company. This is something we don’t have to use often and so is good to practice.
It appears that we are going to get more ice and snow coming in the next 24 hours:
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING
TO 6 PM EST MONDAY...
* PRECIPITATION TYPE...FREEZING RAIN...SLEET...AND HEAVY SNOW.
* ACCUMULATIONS...UP TO ONE TENTH INCH OF ICE...FOLLOWED BY 4 TO
8 INCHES OF SNOW.
* TIMING...RAIN CHANGES TO FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET FROM NORTH TO
SOUTH THIS EVENING THEN BECOMES HEAVY SNOW LATE TONIGHT THROUGH
* TEMPERATURES...FALLING INTO THE LOWER 30S THIS EVENING...THEN
DROPPING INTO THE LOWER 20S OVERNIGHT AND MONDAY.
* WINDS...NORTH 10 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS TO 25 MPH LATE TONIGHT AND
* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL DUE TO ICE AND SNOW THROUGH MONDAY.
BOTH THE MONDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON RUSH HOURS WILL BE
AFFECTED. POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE WITH THE COMBINATION OF
ICE AND HEAVY SNOW.
Please be safe over the next few days, do not travel if at all possible and clear a 3 foot area around the closest fire hydrant to your house.
Tonight we had a good practice session on how to deploy hose from our engine on the main floor up a staircase and down a hall to a room. Not all fires and hose deployments are simple so this was good practice for all in how to work around corners and up stairwells.
Please come and support your community by giving blood at the Community Blood Drive on March 1.
*** Note: The Blood Donor Clinic has been changed to Northminister Presbyterian Church at 705 Main Street, Reisterstown, MD. ***
This morning started very early for some of us at the fire station. The calls started coming in just before 5am due to the ice and rain. In all we ran 29 suppression calls in Reisterstown, Owings Mills and down into Randallstown. E413 was transferred to Station 18 in Randallstown as their station was out on a fire. Most of the calls were to do with downed wires due to the weight of the ice on trees but there were a couple of medical calls as well. The calls slowed down around 3pm this afternoon.
February 13 9am – 6pm
February 14th 7am – 7pm
Dozen Red Roses $25
2 Dozen Pastels $30
Heart Shaped Balloons $5
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Last night RVFC participated in ice rescue training with companies 31, 50 and Gamber’s dive unit. A 30 minute in-station powerpoint was presented first describing how to secure the scene and methods of rescue. Then all companies (including E412, E413, S414, SU418, U419 and M415 from 41) went to the Department of Natural Resources game farm off of Gwynnbrook Road in Owings Mills for practical ice rescue training. A whole was cut in the 8″ thick ice and volunteers in wet suits went into the water and then were rescued.
Early this morning stations were alerted for an apartment fire in Randallstown with people trapped. S414 was on the initial assignment and as soon after the first engine arrived command called for a second alarm. E412 and E413 were dispatched on the second alarm. S414 crews searched the third floor and also setup exterior and interior lighting. Engine crews helped with fire extinguishment. Several hours afterward command requested multiple pickup trucks to take the frozen hose and equipment back to surrounding stations. U419 was dispatched and two more firefighters went down to help with the equipment. In all, 16 firefighters from Reisterstown were at the scene on four pieces of apparatus.
Pictures courtesy of B Barnes and C Jones.
Last night S414, SU418 and 4 other Baltimore County units were requested by Carroll County to respond to a second alarm building fire in Eldersburg. Personnel from S414 and SU418 were requested to go to the roof of the building to assist with suppression and overhaul. Station 41 equipment was onscene for approximately 2 hours before we were cleared.
This morning we did ladder training with Glyndon and T404. This was done to give some of our newer members experience climbing a 100′ ladder to climb up to a building on the ladder.
Photos courtesy of C Hewitt.