Church Hill Volunteer Fire Company


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.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015  The Church Hill Volunteers had a steady end of the month running several fires, gas leaks and MVC's.

Early Monday morning, Rescue Local 05-14 was alerted for a vehicle accident with rollover. A private transport ambulance was on scene providing care upon arrival of Company 5 units. Company 5 also ran an odor of gas in Northbrook later in the morning.

On Tuesday, another MVC was alerted for Route 213 and Route 19, just south of town. Engine 52 & Paramedic 500 evaluated the occupants who refused treatment.

On Thursday March 26th, Brush Box 05-12 was dispatched for a brush fire in the area of 323 Roundtop Road in Chester Harbor. Units from Church Hill & Chestertown arrived to find a property owner conducting an illegal burn of structures and debris, one of which a 2-story dwelling. Additional units were requested and the fires were extinguished. Notification to the SFM and MDE were made.

Also on Thursday, Engine 55 was alerted to transfer to Caroline County while units operated in Denton on a fire. Shortly after going en route, Engine 55 was pulled into the scene on the 2nd alarm. The engine crew relieved initial fire attack crews and assisted with various duties on the fireground.

On Friday, Company 5 and 4 responded on Rescue Box 05-02 for a dump truck rolled over with reported entrapment on Route 405. Engine 52 arrived and utilized a roof ladder to assist the driver out of the vehicle. The driver refused treatment. When clearing the MVC, Box 05-03 was alerted for a barn fire at 1100 Bridgetown Road. That call was marked good intent. 

Sunday the 29th brought a response to Route 301 NB prior to Hope Road for a crash involving a bus with fire. Units from Company 4 arrived to a car vs bus with both vehicles well involved. Engine 52 assisted with extinguishment. Trooper 6 flew one patient to a local trauma center. Other occupants of the bus self extricated and were uninjured.

In total, between Sunday the 22nd and Sunday the 29th, Company 5 responded on 17 fire incidents: 6 structure boxes, 4 MVC's, 3 inside gas odors, 2 brush/grass fires and 2 local alarms. Numerous medical incidents were also handled by Paramedic 500. Several photos were obtained from various social media sites.

MVC w/ Bus on Route 301

MVC w/ Bus on Route 301

Illegal burn on Roundtop Road

Illegal burn on Roundtop Road



Wednesday, January 28, 2015  The Officer’s and Members of the Church Hill Volunteer Fire Department regretfully and respectfully announce the passing of our oldest Life Member. Bernard ‘Col.’ Ross Rhodes Sr., 88, of Church Hill, MD, died January 27, 2015 at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. His obituary follows:

Mr. Rhodes was born on March 15, 1926 in Centreville, MD, son of the late Harry Bernard Rhodes and Helen Ross Rhodes.

Mr. Rhodes was a lifelong resident of Church Hill, where he owned and operated an electrical, plumbing and air conditioning service, Ross Rhodes Sales & Service for many years. He was also a Town Commissioner.

He was a Life Member of the Church Hill Vol. Fire Department, where he joined in 1950 and served many years as Chief Engineer. Both of Mr. Rhodes’s sons, Ross, Jr. and Greg were previous members of the Fire Department as well.

Along with his sons, several nephews of Mr. Rhodes, Charles Rhodes, Jr., Kevin Rhodes, Keith Rhodes and Christopher Rhodes were previous members of our department as well. One nephew, Kenneth Rhodes remains an active member and is currently the Fire Department President. A long standing Fire Service family, the Rhodes’ have definitely earned their place in the history of the Church Hill Volunteer Fire Department. The Colonel, as he was affectionately known by many will be greatly missed by all.

A viewing will be held on Friday, January 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech, 118 W. Cross St., Galena, MD, and on Saturday, January 31 from 10 to 12, where funeral service will begin at 12 Noon. Burial will be in Church Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be offered to the Church Hill Vol. Fire Co., P.O. Box 66, Church Hill, MD. 21623 or Tuckahoe Steam & Gas Assoc. Inc., P.O. Box 636, Easton, MD 21601.




Wednesday, January 21, 2015  Shortly after mother nature dropped 2-3" of snow around Church Hill, units from Company 5 were alerted for an MVC with multiple patients at Church Hill Road and Clabber Hill Road. E52 & PM500 responded on the run, arriving to find a loaded passenger van that was rear ended. Twelve occupants were triaged, with six reporting injuries but all declining to be transported. The assignment was scaled back to both units and the remaining EMS units were returned.

While operating, Rescue Local 0512 was alerted for a single car off the road on Fey Road. Kent Engine 6 and Kent Paramedic 8-2 responded, as well as Engine 52 from the first incident. Engine 6 found one patient with minor injuries and held the assignment.




Tuesday, January 20, 2015  Box 0401 was dispatched at 03:52 for a multi-residential dwelling fire at 140 Pennsylvania Avenue in Centreville. The assignment brought Engines 44, 32, 55, 85, Tower 4, Tower Ladder 5, Rescues 4 & 3 and QAC EMS. Paramedic 400 arrived and reported a fire held by the sprinkler system on a 3rd floor rear balcony and smoke on the #2 and #3 floors. E41 arrived a stretched a line to the fire area. E55 arrived next, with the crew assisting E41. Truck 2 was positioned on side alpha and E85 set up on side charlie for lighting and assisted with evacuations. Minimal extension was found in the soffit and was quickly extinguished. After a check of 1st floor businesses, only minor water damage was found in a maintenance closet as a result of the sprinkler activating. The cause of the fire was determined to be a short in an extension cord, which ignited nearby painting material and chemicals. This fire is a good example of the importance of sprinkler systems in both commercial and residential settings. Assistant Chief Hurlock from Company 5 had Pennsylvania Avenue Command.




Saturday, January 17, 2015  Near the end of an in-house duty night, Tower Ladder 5 was alerted on the first alarm for an explosion with fire at CreaFill Fibers in Worton, Kent County. Chestertown units arrived on scene with fire showing from the roof area of a production building. The ladder crew was put to work extinguishing fire in exterior filter units. Engine 55 and Tanker 5 were picked up on the 2nd alarm and responded with five members. Company 5 operated on the fire ground for 2 hours. Thank you to Goldsboro for covering our first due while we were out.




Saturday, January 17, 2015  Engine 52 and Engine 55 staffed with nine volunteers responded on Rescue Box 04-09 this afternoon for one overturned at Church Hill Road and Brick School House Road. Paramedic 40 arrived confirming the same and reported pole and wires down in the road. Engine 52 and Engine 55 operated for 1 hour. Officer 402 (Bloodsworth) had Church Hill Road command.

Engine 55 cleared the accident scene to respond to Chester Harbor with Paramedic 500 for a penetrating trauma. The patient was transported to a local facility.




Friday, January 16, 2015  Rescue Box 0514 was dispatched at 14:52 for a motor vehicle crash involving a bus at Route 213 and Flat Iron Square Road bringing Companies 5, 4, 6 and numerous EMS units. The incident location was soon updated to Flat Iron Square Road and Granny Branch Road. Engine 52, Special Unit 59 and Paramedic 500 arrived at the corrected location finding a loaded school bus vs a passenger car. Crews began triage procedures and determined there to be approximately 10 patients and an additional BLS unit was requested. In total, 8 students were transported to Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and 2 patients from the passenger car were flown to Shock Trauma. Engine 52 handled the LZ on Piper Court. Other responding fire suppression units were placed in service. In addition to Company 5 units, Rescues 4 & 6, Medic 40, Paramedics 600, 400, 300 and EMS-3 all responded. Captain Yiannakis had Command with seven Church Hill members responding.




Sunday, January 4, 2015  Tower Ladder 5 responded early this morning on Kent County Box 60-7 for a dwelling fire at 24891 Lambs Meadow Road, in Butlertown. The Tower crew assisted the units from Kent County with overhaul and extinguishment of the 1 story single family residence. The crew returned to the hilltop after 1 hour. Photos courtesy Chestertown VFC.




Saturday, January 3, 2015  Our annual Banquet and Installation of Officers was held this evening at the fire station. Numerous members, guests and dignitaries were in attendance. President Kenneth Rhodes served as master of ceremonies, catering was provided by Helen's catering and DJ services by John Hurley. New fire, EMS and auxiliary officers were installed by CHVFD member and MSFA Past President Phil Hurlock. Also during the program, our restored 1931 Studebaker fire engine was presented to the members an guests. A committee of members has been working in-house on restoring this piece for several years and it has now come to fruition. 

The following awards were presented:

Firefighter of the Year - C. Cole Coursey

Top Responder - Shawn R. Rideout
Outstanding Young Firefighter - John P. (Jake) Griffin, III
Training Award - C. Cole Coursey
Officer of the Year - Jason E. Yiannakis
Chief's Award - Philip M. Hurlock
EMS Top Responder - Brett M. VanZant
EMS Directors Award - Mark A. Verdonck

We thank the Sudlersville Fire Company for providing a stand-by crew during the event. 




Friday, January 2, 2015  Companies 5, 6 & EMS units alerted on Rescue Box 0582 for an MVC with rollover on Route 301 near Roberts Station Road. While responding, the incident was updated to Route 301 & Price Station Road. Engine 52 & EMS units arrived to a two vehicle incident, with one on its side. The engine company assisted EMS with patient care, and aviation was requested. Engine 65 handled the LZ for Trooper 1 in the southbound lanes. Units operated for one hour. Assistant Chief Hurlock had the command.



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