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 AWARDED FIRE ACT GRANT

Thursday, August 7, 2014  The Church Hill Volunteer Fire Company just received word that we were awarded a Fire Act Grant to purchase new NFPA 2013 Compliant Scott Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus. This grant in the amount of $263,654 will replace our current 32 SCBA along with 64 new cylinders and NFPA 2013 compliant facepieces. We are thankful for receiving this much needed grant to continue to provide our membership with the safest and most current protective equipment. The membership would like to thank Past Chief Fran Jester for his hard work and diligence on preparing submitting and following up with the grant process. Below is the press release from Senator Mikulski's Office; Mikulski, Cardin Announce Federal Funding to Purchase Life-Saving Firefighting Equipment in Queen Anne's County August 6, 2014 WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced the Church Hill Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded $263,654 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase life-saving firefighting equipment. As the Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senator Cardin is a member of the Finance Committee. "I know how important this funding is to Maryland communities – often it's the difference between life and death. First responders protect our homes and communities, and the federal government has a responsibility to protect them by providing them with the tools they need to do their jobs safer and smarter," Senator Mikulski said. "Every day when our first responders report for duty, they don't know what they will face. That's why I fight every year for the equipment, training, and staffing our protectors and communities deserve." "When we are running away from danger, our first responders are running toward it," said Senator Cardin. "Every time the Church Hill Volunteer Fire Company responds to a call, they should have the right equipment to do the job and get home safely. The ability to get in and out of smoke-filled structures is important to the safety of first responders and the community. This federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security is going to save lives and property in Queen Anne's County. " The Church Hill Volunteer Fire Company will use the competitive award to purchase 32 new sets of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) to replace old SBCA that are non-compliant with National Fire Protection Association standards. SCBA enable first responders to breathe in smoke-filled environments to keep them safe in the line of duty. Church Hill Volunteer Fire Company will also purchase spare face masks and spare oxygen tanks. For more information, please contact Francis Jester at 410-758-6552. AFGP grants fund firefighting equipment, personal protection equipment, training, firefighting vehicles, firefighter/first responder safety projects, and staffing recruitment and retention, as well as public fire safety education. Since 2001, Maryland fire departments and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) units have received over $141.5 million in fire grant funding, just over $2 million of which has gone to fire departments and EMS units in Queen Anne's County.

   


 

STATION GETS MUCH NEEDED UPGRADES

Tuesday, August 5, 2014  Over the past several weeks our station has received some much needed upgrades. We've purchased and received new lockers, the building has received a new paint job on the interior, the men's bathroom is being renovated currently and the new floors will be completed by the end of the week.


These upgrades have so far given the station a whole new look and we will continue to build on that with the new floor and completion of the bathroom. On Monday, the floor resurfacing process began. The pictures attached are of the work completed so far. We will continue to update the website until the finished product is completed.


These projects would not be possible without the support from our community and that of the County Commissioners. The generous donations and the capital funding we have received has been put to good use and we appreciate that support greatly.


     



 

ANOTHER ENTRAPMENT AT PRICE STATION

Friday, July 25, 2014  The 05-81 rescue assignment was alerted at 15:27, for an MVC with entrapment at Route 301 Southbound and Price Station Road. Chief 5 arrived on scene reporting a two vehicle MVC with two occupants still in one vehicle. Engine 55 and Special Unit 59 (in place of Engine 52, which was out for repairs) arrived on scene and began work on extricating the driver. Rescue 4 arrived and assisted with extrication. Crews completed a sidewall removal to allow for better access. Rescue 6 and Kent County Rescue 6 assisted with cleanup of debris. Two patients were flown to Shock Trauma by MSP aviation. Chief Williams had Price Station Command.

     



 

CONGRATULATIONS CHIEF WILLIAMS

Wednesday, July 16, 2014  The Church Hill Volunteer Fire Department would like to congratulate Chief Tyler Williams and girlfriend Taylor on the birth of their son, Aiden Wade Williams. Aiden entered this world at 8:20pm tonight measuring in at 8lbs 11oz. Mother and baby are doing well. The members look forward to the day that Aiden proudly follows in his father's and grandfather's footsteps and joins the ranks of the department. Next company level drill: diaper changing.

   


 

BOAT FIRE AT CAMP PECOMETH

Wednesday, July 16, 2014  Church Hill volunteers were up early this morning for Marine Box 05-13 for a boat fire at Camp Pecometh, located at 136 Bookers Wharf Road. Engine 55 arrived on scene at 05:31 with a docked 20' boat, 100 percent involved with extension to the pier. A 3" leader line was stretched and the crew operated a 1.75" line to knock the fire, which was extinguished within several minutes. Fire Boat 1 arrived on scene but was not utilized. Sorbent boom was used around the pier to control runoff from the boat, which was then brought on shore for investigation purposes. Engines 55 & 32, Brush 5, Tanker 5 and Special Unit 59/Support Trailer 5 responded on the run. Assistant Chief Hurlock had Pecometh command with seven volunteers operating for 90 minutes.

     



 

FF/EMT TRENGO DEPLOYS TO MIDDLE EAST

FF/ EMT Trengo

FF/ EMT Trengo

Thursday, July 10, 2014  The Church Hill Volunteer Fire Department would like to extend our well wishes to Firefighter / EMT Kyle Trengo as he embarks for the Middle East today as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. This will be the second tour to the Middle East for FF Trengo, a member of the 175th Maryland Air National Guard. This deployment is expected to last at least 6 months. Be safe brother and we will see you when you return!

   


 

FIRST DUE BUILDING FIRE IN PRICE

Sunday, June 29, 2014  Commercial Box 05-02 was alerted for a structure fire at 121 Rabbit Hill Road at the Price Community Center. Chief 5 arrived on scene with a one and a half story building with a working fire in the attic area. The crew of Engine 55 deployed a 1 3/4 line through side alpha and attempted to access the attic area. Tower Ladder 5 positioned on the Alpha/Delta corner for vertical ventilation. The only access to the attic from the interior was found in the ceiling and entered via a ground ladder. Once access was gained to the attic, both crews conducted a coordinated attack on the fire. Additional units from Goodwill, Sudlersville and Goldsboro assisted with overhaul and other fireground tasks. Company 5 units operated for just over 3 hours assisting the State FM with investigations. Twelve volunteers from Church Hill responded on the run. Chief Williams had Rabbit Hill Road command.

     



 

STATION UPGRADES

Thursday, June 19, 2014  Recently, the Board of Directors approved several projects and enhancements to the station aimed at preserving the functionality of our sixty-four year old facility. Improvements include cleaning and repainting of walls and ceilings in the engine room, updated restroom facilities, new engine room flooring and an upgraded IT network. Preparations are also being made for the housing of a daytime Advanced Life Support crew which will staff Ambulance 5 - a partnership between the Church Hill Volunteer Fire Department and QAC Department of Emergency Services. All work is being performed by locally owned companies.

Our vision for the future still remains centered on expanding and further upgrading our current station and apparatus to meet the rapidly expanding needs of our citizens and visitors. This, however, can not be accomplished without the continued support of our residents and business owners. THANK YOU to all of you that have supported us.

     



 

ONE OVERTURNED AND TRAPPED ON BARCLAY ROAD

Thursday, June 19, 2014  Rescue Box 05-05 was dispatched for a vehicle overturned and one trapped in front of 501 Barclay Road. The assignment brought Company 5, 6 and QAC EMS. As units began arriving in the reported area, nothing could be located. After additional information was received, the incident was determined to be in front of 3501 Barclay Road - approximately 8 miles away. Engine 52 completed a sidewall removal on the vehicle and extricated one patient who was turned over to EMS. The patient was later transported BLS to Kent General in Dover, DE. Firefighter Nicholson from Company 6 had Barclay Road Command. Five volunteers staffing Engine 52 and Special Unit 59 responded, along with the Chief.

     



 

KITCHEN FIRE: 212 FREDERICK DRIVE, CENTREVILLE

Wednesday, June 18, 2014  Box 04-01 was sounded at 18:28 for a kitchen fire at 212 Frederick Drive, located in Centreville. Paramedic 4 arrived and reported smoke showing from the Alpha side. Engine 55 arrived behind Company 4 units and stretched a secondary 1.75" handline from Engine 44 to side Charlie and assisted with overhaul of the kitchen area. Five volunteers responded on the run. Engine 55 was released after about an hour.

   


 
 
 

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