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.

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.

     



 

FIELD FIRE ON JOHN POWELL ROAD

Friday, October 31, 2014   Companies 5 & 6 were alerted on Brush Box 05-06 for a field fire on John Powell Road. Brush 5, Engine 55, Tanker 5 and Special Unit 59 responded, along with units from Company 6. Brush 5 arrived on scene confirming a working field fire and requested the Brush Task Force be started, bringing Company 4, 7, Kent 2 and Caroline 700. Units worked for two hours to contain and extinguish the fire. Firefighter Whitby had command.

     



 

CREWS STAY BUSY AT RT301/PRICE STATION ROAD - 4 CRASHES IN 5 DAYS

Friday, October 31, 2014  Over the past 5 days, the 05-81 box has kept Church Hill crews fairly busy. Our volunteers have responded to 4 motor vehicle crashes at Route 301 SB & Price Station Road in the past 5 days. Most of which have been minor in nature. This morning at 08:03 the assignment was alerted and crews arrived to find one trapped. Engine 52 & Rescue 4 completed the extrication. While operating at this intersection yesterday morning, a second crash was alerted in our first due at Route 213 and Roundtop Road. Paramedic 600 came upon the crash in heavy fog conditions while transporting a patient to Chestertown. Kent Engine 6, Kent Rescue 6 and Kent Ambulance 8 handled the two car crash. Engine 52 cleared the first assignment and responded but was canceled prior to arrival.

     



 

ENTRAPMENT ON BARCLAY ROAD

Tuesday, October 21, 2014  Engine 52, Paramedic 5 & Chief 5 responded on Rescue Box 05-05 for an MVC with entrapment on Barclay Road at Hollingsworth Road. Initial reports had the incident in Company 6's area but was later updated to the Hollingsworth Road intersection. Chief 5 arrived, reporting a two vehicle head on incident with one patient trapped. Engine 52 arrived next and began work to extricate the victim, completing the same in ten minutes. The victim and a second patient in the vehicle were then turned over to Paramedic 600 and ultimately flown to a trauma center.  Paramedic 5 and Ambulance 60 transported two additional patients to Shore Medical Center Chestertown. Units were on scene for 2 hours assisting MSP with lighting and traffic control. Chief Williams had Barclay Road Command.


     



 
 
 

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