Busy Sunday night

Last night there were numerous calls including several with people trapped. It began around 10:30pm last night for a car over the guard rail in Bulter’s area (49 box). A single vehicle with one occupant landed on its roof over a guard rail and the driver was trapped inside.  Squad 414 and several other apparatus including Butler’s engine were assigned to the call. Squad 414 was the first suppression piece to arrive.  The crew from the squad stabilized the vehicle and helped to extricate the driver.  The driver was taken to a local area hospital with minimal injuries.

After this there was an electrical fire in Carroll County which the Engine and Squad were both alerted.  The Engine was cleared of the call but the Squad went up into Carroll County to assist on the call.  Shortly after the Squad was back in service at the station there was a water rescue box in which a vehicle crashed into a pond in Chestnut Ridge’s area (50 box). The Squad was alerted for this call along with dive teams and the USAR team from Station 17.  After this call there was another collision with entrapment in 41’s first due at the intersection of Route 30 and I795.  This was followed by a collision on I795 south bound. And then this morning the Engine was alerted for a dwelling fire in Liberty Road’s area (46 box).

Multiple entrapments on Hanover Pike

This morning two vehicles collided on Hanover Pike in Boring.  It originally came out as a rollover but was upgraded to a rescue box with entrapment.  Both vehicles had one trapped, Squad 414 worked on the vehicle that had one heavily entrapped and Special Unit 418 worked on the other vehicle. Engine 413, Engine 19, Engine 56 and Engine 422 all responded due to the type of collision and that a trooper was called. The GO team was called (including a physician) but was then cancelled.

Shed fire in Boring

Approximately 10:30pm last night Station 41 and surrounding stations were alerted for a Fire with Hazmat because of a shed fire with a vehicle and drums inside. Engine 412 arrived shortly after Engine 422 and setup an attack on the fire and exposure protection of a building immediately beside the fire.  Command decided to let the fire burn due to the significant destruction of the shed before arrival. Engine 412 and Squad 414 cleared 2 hours after arrival.


Dwelling fire with rescue in Reisterstown

This morning around 1am a call came in for a dwelling fire on Blake Ct.  Engine 412, Squad 414, Special Unit 418 and Utility 419 responded along with apparatus from surrounding companies.  Engine 412 had numerous reports of one person trapped from neighbors. Crews from E412 pulled handlines off and crews from 412 and E56 rescued one person from inside the house.  Crews were on scene for approximately 4 hours to extinguish the fire.  The person rescued from the house was transported to Northwest and then transfered to Bayview.

Pictures courtesy of FF/EMTs Borgmann and Bosley.

MVC at Glyndon and Sacred Heart

Today there was a motor vehicle collision at Glyndon at Sacred Heart Lane. It originally came out as an MVC but when IV415 arrived they requested a Rescue Assignment as one was trapped in the vehicle.  S414, and others, were dispatched to extricate the patient from the vehicle.

Fire Safety Detail at Glyndon Elementary

Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company organized a fire safety demonstration for the kindergarten classes at Glyndon Elementary school.  They did well as they new what to do if their clothes caught on fire (stop, drop, and roll) and what to do if there was smoke in the house (get down low on the floor and move out of the house). They got to go through the engine and one of the teachers donned our bunker gear.

First Responder for a Chainsaw Injury

A worker was cutting up a tree with a chainsaw and cut his leg. Carroll Medic 139 and Squad 414 were called to the scene to tend to the injuries. A trooper was called given the location and depth of the injury. Engine 413 handled the landing site.

Fire Prevention Week


It’s 3 a.m. You and your family are sound asleep and awake to the beeping smoke alarm. You are tired and confused from the effects of the smoke. You know you need to get to safety, but when you head for the front door, you find that escape route is blocked by fire that is spreading by the second.  What do you do?

While this scenario is one I hope you never have to encounter, the statistics tell us that many people do every day. According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds in 2010. That added up to 369,500 home structure fires, which caused 13,350 injuries and 2,640 deaths. We also know that most fatal fires kill one or two people. However, in 2010, 19 home fires killed five or more people, resulting in 101 deaths.

The numbers are scary, but there is something you can do to help ensure your family’s safety should a fire break out in your home: Have Two Ways Out!

The Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company is teaming up with NFPA during Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, 2012, to urge residents to “Have Two Ways Out!” This year’s theme focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.

Only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. And of the three-quarters of Americans who do have an escape plan, less than half actually practiced it. As we saw in the scenario above, fire is unpredictable. Seconds and minutes can mean the difference between life and death. We want to ensure that Reisterstown residents know what to do if a fire breaks out in their home. Preparation is an important part of being able to deal with an emergency and it is crucial you take steps to prepare your family for the potential of a home fire by having an escape plan and practicing it.

Although preparing for the unexpected is difficult, reviewing the information below and taking action based on it to plan for a fire could save lives.  Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company recommends the following tips for planning your family’s escape:

If you have children and want to make this a family activity

  • Make a map of your home. Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room.
  • Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they’ve escaped. Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on your escape plan.
  • Write the emergency telephone number for the fire department on your escape plan.
  • Sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape drill with everyone living in your home.
  • Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and practice the drill twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday.

If your family is all adults:

  • Walk through you home and identify two ways out of each room.
  • Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they’ve escaped.
  • Make sure everyone knows the emergency number for your local fire department.
  • Practice your escape drill twice a year.

To learn more about “Have Two Ways Out!” visit NFPA’s Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org.