Church Hill Volunteer Fire Company
 
 
 
 

WELCOME TO THE HOME OF THE CHURCH HILL VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY, INC.

The Church Hill Volunteer Fire Company is one of nine volunteer fire departments located in Queen Anne's County, Maryland. Station 5 located at 316 Main Street houses eight pieces of apparatus that are staffed by a 100 percent volunteer force, providing Fire, Rescue & Emergency Medical Service. Our members have prided themselves with aggressive firefighting tactics, enhanced rescue operations, quality emergency medical services and a dedication to service.

CHVFD ANNUAL SANTA RUN

Monday, December 8, 2014  It's that time of year when Santa Claus makes his way through our area neighborhoods to check on all of the fine people and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Please see our attached flyer for the dates in which we will conduct our Annual Santa Run.


We have created an additional Facebook page (Church Hill Santa Run) to be able to provide up-to-date information as we give Santa a ride through the area. The flyer has a QR Code for our website.


We'll be looking for you in the next couple of weeks. We know Santa is excited to see everyone, so until then be thinking of what you want Santa to bring you. See you soon!


 


   


 

THOUGHTS & PRAYERS TO THE EAST & THE NORTH

Sunday, December 7, 2014  The Officers and Members of the Church Hill Vol. Fire Dept. are sending our thoughts and prayers to our Brothers and Sisters of the Bowers Vol. Fire Co. in Kent County, DE and the Belvedere and Wilmington Manor Fire Companies in New Castle County, DE.


Brittany Ford, a Junior Member from Bowers Vol. Fire Company died on Friday as a result of injuries she sustained after being struck by a vehicle.


Dan Callaway, a Firefighter/EMT from Belvedere Vol. Fire Company and a previous Junior Member with Wilmington Manor Fire Company is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle while attempting to assist another motorist that was involved in a traffic accident on I-95.


We pray for the immediate family and Fire Department family of Brittany Ford for their loss and we pray for a speedy recovery for Dan Callaway. Both of these incidents were very tragic. We cannot preach enough about paying attention while driving.


 


     



 

A SALUTE TO PEARL HARBOR - A DAY OF INFAMY

Sunday, December 7, 2014  On this day, we remember and honor the more than 2,400 Americans who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and give thanks for those who fought to defend our freedom.

     



 

MORNING STARTS OFF BUSY FOR COMPANY 5

Tuesday, November 25, 2014  Shortly after 0630, Local Box 05-12 was dispatched for a house fire reported out at 305 Longfellow Drive in the Chester Harbor community. Engine 55 found a dryer fire with smoke condition in the dwelling.


While operating on the fire, Rescue Local 05-83 was alerted for an MVC involving a tractor trailer at Route 301 near Barclay Road. Kent Engine 6 was diverted to the MVC and Special Unit 59 and Paramedic 500 responded from quarters. Units arrived to find a tractor trailer off the roadway. Engine 55 cleared the fire, returned to quarters for Engine 52 and responded to the MVC. MDE and Company 1's support trailer were requested for a fuel leak and pump off.


While still operating on the MVC, the Tower Ladder responded to Kent County Box 60-03 for a structure fire at 4657 Cliff City Road. Kent Engine 6 also responded back to their first due from the MVC. Both units arrived and investigated fire around a wood-stove pipe. The Tower Ladder cleared after 30 minutes.


Three other first due medicals were also handled in the first due with the Special Unit.


     



 

OFFICIAL CEREMONY HELD FOR PARAMEDIC 500

Tuesday, November 25, 2014  Today, members of the Church Hill Volunteer Fire Company, led by Chief Tyler Williams, hosted the official "Grand Opening" ceremony of Paramedic 500. Queen Anne's County DES staff officers were also present along with County Commissioners Dumenil, Olds and Simmons. EMS Director Kevin Carson led the commissioners on a tour of the station, highlighting recent improvements and upgrades to the facility. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Paramedic 500 was dispatched on it's fourth call of the day - a traumatic hand injury. The Church Hill Volunteer Fire Company is proud to partner with the DES and we thank the QAC Commissioners for their support of this project. Photos are provided by QAC DES.

     
EMS Director Carson leads Commissioners Simmons, Olds and Dumenil on a tour of the fire station.

EMS Director Carson leads Commissioners
      Simmons, Olds and Dumenil on a tour of
      the fire station.

Fire Chief Tyler WIlliams and DES Chief Kevin Aftung celebrating the opening of Paramedic 500 as CHVFD members and DES personnel look on.

Fire Chief Tyler WIlliams and DES Chief
      Kevin Aftung celebrating the opening of
      Paramedic 500 as CHVFD members and DES
      personnel look on.



 

MVC AT 301 / PRICE STATION

Saturday, November 22, 2014  Engine 52, Engine 55, Paramedic 500 and Chief 5 responded to Route 301 and Price Station road for another MVC. Two patients were transported to a local facility by Paramedic 500. No hazards were found and the engine companies returned once the patients were transported. Chief Williams had the command.


     



 

CHVFD AND QAC EMERGENCY SERVICES PARTNER TO BRING A PARAMEDIC UNIT TO CHURCH HILL

Wednesday, November 19, 2014  The Church Hill Volunteer Fire Department has entered into a partnership with the Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services to house a paramedic crew at the fire station. In early 2012, the department began exploring options to supplement our daytime staffing with paid personnel. Increased demands on EMS volunteers, an increase in call volume and personal and work obligations of our members led us in this direction. Unfortunately, this issue is not just a localized issue, but one facing volunteers all across the country.

With the support of the Commissioners of Queen Anne’s County, funding was allocated to the Department of Emergency Services for the hiring of daytime EMS staffing for Church Hill. Through this collaborative effort, the new personnel will utilize the Church Hill ambulance and fire station to respond to calls twelve hours a day, seven days a week. Response times in the northern portion of Queen Anne’s County will be significantly reduced with the addition of this service. By joining forces, hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars were saved in facility and apparatus expenses.

The full impact of this venture was realized on Wednesday, November 19th when “Paramedic 500” officially began service at 7am. The officers and members of the Church Hill Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank the Commissioners of Queen Anne’s County and the Department of Emergency Services for their continuing support of this partnership.

     



 

POSSIBLE CHIMNEY FIRE ON WALNUT STREET

Saturday, November 15, 2014  While units were operating on a rollover MVC on Route 301, Box 05-01 was sounded for a possible chimney fire at 217 Walnut Street in downtown Church Hill. Engine 55 & Ambulance 5 cleared and responded from the MVC, while Engine 51, Tower Ladder 5, Tanker 5 and Brush 5 responded from quarters. Units arrived to a 2 story single family dwelling with nothing apparent. A crew was sent in to investigate further, as the call came from a passer-by. Additional responding units were staged. After checking the residence with a TIC the situation was placed under control and units returned.

     



 

TRACTOR TRAILER ROLLOVER - ROUTE 301 NORTHBOUND

Saturday, November 15, 2014  Rescue Box 05-83 was alerted for a tractor trailer rollover on Route 301 northbound prior to Barclay Road bringing Companies 5, 6 and QA EMS. Chief 5 arrived with conditions as reported and confirmed the truck was hauling produce. Engines 52 & 55 arrived and assessed for any additional hazards. All occupants of the vehicle were self-extricated and refused any medical treatment. Ambulance 5 & Special Unit 59 remained on scene to assist. An oil leak was mitigated and Company 1 was requested for the support trailer to pump off the truck's saddle tanks. While awaiting the arrival of the pump off trailer, Engine 55, Ambulance 5, and Rescue 6 diverted to a chimney fire in downtown Church Hill. Once the saddle tanks were emptied, the scene was turned over to MSP. Chief Williams had Barclay Road Command.

     



 

BARN FIRE ON BRIDGETOWN ROAD

Wednesday, November 12, 2014  Companies were dispatched on Box 05-03 for a barn fire at 1100 Bridgetown Road. Chief 4 arrived first, reporting a 40x80 barn 100% involved. Engine 55 arrived on scene and went to work, pulling several lines in the process. Tower Ladder 5 was positioned for master stream operations and a water supply was established. Additional arriving companies assisted with extinguishment and tankers were placed in the water shuttle. Crews operated for several hours on scene. Brush 5 and Tanker 5 also responded from quarters. Chief 4 (Palmatary) had Bridgetown command.

     



 
 
 

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