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.

COMPANY LEVEL DRILL ON MECHANICAL ADVANTAGE SYSTEMS

Tuesday, March 8, 2016  Members trained at the fire station tonight on mechanical advantage systems. Led by Captain VanZant, members discussed appropriate use, advantages, disadvantages and practiced setup of 3 to 1 and 4 to 1 systems.


     



 

ENGINE AND TOWER LADDER OPERATE ON CENTREVILLE FIRE

Tuesday, March 1, 2016  Engine 55 and Tower Ladder 5 operated on Box 0401 early this morning for a multi-residential house fire at 101 S. Liberty Street in Centreville. The Tower Ladder positioned on the alpha/bravo corner and opened up while the engine crew was assigned to assist with fire attack. Nine members operated for several hours before being released.


     



 

ENGINE 55 COVERS FOR JOPPA MAGNOLIA DURING HARFORD COUNTY LODD FUNERAL SERVICES

Sunday, February 14, 2016  Engine 55 staffed with 5 volunteers traveled to Harford County Sunday morning to cover for the Joppa Magnolia Fire Company while they prepared for and attended funeral services for a fallen police officer. Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey was a lifetime member of the Joppa Magnolia Fire Company and was shot and killed in the line of duty along with Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon. On the way over, the Engine Company came upon a vehicle fire as well as an MVC involving a tour bus on I-95. The crew extinguished the vehicle fire and popped the passenger door on the bus for access. Engine 55 responded on several runs with the other companies standing-by at JMVFC's "Fort Hanson" station. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen deputies.


     



 

ENGINE AND TOWER LADDER RESPOND TO GAS LEAK AT CHESTERTOWN ACME

Tuesday, January 26, 2016  Engine 52 and Tower Ladder 5 responded on Kent County Box 6001 for a gas odor inside the Acme Supermarket at 711 Washington Ave. Crews confirmed an odor inside the structure which had not yet been evacuated. Engine 52's crew evacuated the store and Tower Ladder 5 positioned on side alpha. After further investigation, a broken propane line feeding an HVAC unit was found on the roof. The store was ventilated and units returned.

   


 

PICK UP TRUCK ROLLOVER ON GRANNY BRANCH ROAD

Monday, January 25, 2016  Companies 5, 4 and QAC EMS responded on Rescue Box 0515 for an MVC with rollover at Granny Branch Road and Flat Iron Square Road. Engine 52, Engine 55 and the Chief responded on the run. Units arrived in the area, ultimately locating the incident further down Granny Branch Road. One patient was evaluated by Paramedic 500 and Rescue 4 was placed available. Chief Williams had the command. Company 5 operated for 30 minutes.

     



 

WINTER STORM JONAS KEEPS CREWS BUSY

Sunday, January 24, 2016  Due to winter storm Jonas, our members staffed the fire station from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening. We were accompanied by a two-person humvee crew from the Maryland National Guard. Space in the fire station was certainly at a premium. Crews took in two accidents, several service-type calls (stranded motorists, etc.) and 8 medical calls. Paramedic 500 was staffed for the entire event, proving to be a vital asset. Special thank you to the members and their families for your dedication to the department and the citizens of Queen Anne's County.

     



 

STORAGE BUILDING FIRE WITH POSSIBLE HAZMAT IN KINGSTOWN

Wednesday, January 13, 2016  The structure assignment was dispatched to 6732 Church Hill Road in the 0512 box for a reported structure fire with possible hazmat, bringing Church Hill, Chestertown, Crumpton, Sudlersville and QAC EMS. Units arrived to find a large metal storage building with heavy smoke showing. Kent Engine 68 and Engine 55 made an attack on the fire, while a water supply was established. The dispatched address is a nursery with a furniture refinishing business on site, however upon further investigation no hazardous materials were found to be involved. Several lines were stretched and the fire was knocked down. Kent Tower 6 was utilized to extinguish pockets of fire in the areas unreachable by ground. Other companies were utilized for overhaul or staged on scene. Kent County Chief 6 (Neal) had command. Eight firefighters staffing Engine 55, Tanker 5 and Special Unit 59 responded on the run. Photos courtesy of Ken Young Photography.


     



 

ENGINE AND TANKER RESPOND ON KENT COUNTY HOUSE FIRE

Saturday, January 9, 2016  Engine 55, Tanker 5 responded on Box 6002 for a dwelling fire located at 7860 Chester Court, near the Chestertown Country Club. Upon arriving, units from Chestertown encountered a fire in the rear of the single story residence. Engine 55 assisted with overhaul and the tanker was placed in the water shuttle. As the Engine Company was taking up, a call for an odor of gas in a residence was received a block away from the fireground. Engine 55 and the transfer companies handled this incident, with it being deemed a good-intent call.



   


 

FIRE IN A CHICKEN HOUSE: 1905 SUDLERSVILLE ROAD

Thursday, January 7, 2016  Box 0506 was alerted for a chicken house on fire at 1905 Sudlersville Road. Paramedic 500 was first to arrive, reporting smoke showing. Engine 55 deployed an 1.75" water line and made entry into the structure, finding fire near the ventilation fan and extinguished the same. Tankers 5 & 6 supplied the Engine. Quint 6 was assigned to assist with overhaul. The incident was scaled back and units cleared the scene within an hour. Chief Williams had Sudlersville Road Command.


   


 

ANNUAL BANQUET AND INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS

Saturday, January 2, 2016  The Church Hill Volunteer Fire Department annual banquet and installation of officers was held tonight at the firehouse. A delicious meal was prepared by Helen Todd Catering and music was provided by DJ Eddie Hitt. President Rhodes, Fire Chief Williams and EMS Director Carson spoke of accomplishments in 2015 and the vision into the future. Attendees included town and county dignitaries and several officers of our neighboring counterparts. Awards were presented (see below) and the 2016 officers were installed by Jeff Thompson.

Officers for 2016:

President – Kenneth Rhodes
Vice President – John Griffin, Jr.
Secretary – Cole Coursey
Assistant Secretary – Rosemarie Lobley-VanZant
Treasurer – Sandy Reed
Assistant Treasurer – Francis Jester

Fire Chief – Tyler Williams
Assistant Fire Chief – Stephen Hurlock
Assistant Fire Chief – Brian Trossbach
Captain – Brett VanZant
Captain – Robert Finck
Lieutenant – Jason Yiannakis
Lieutenant – Dale Whitby

Chief Engineer  - John Griffin, Jr.
Assistant Chief Engineer – Brian Collins

EMS Director – Kevin Carson

2015 Awards

Firefighter of the Year – Dale Whitby
Top Responder – Cole Coursey
Training Award – Cole Coursey
Chief’s Award – James Henderson
Officers Award – Stephen Hurlock
Lifesaving Award (Unit Citation) – Tyler Williams, Kevin Carson, Stephen Hurlock, Jason Yiannakis, James Henderson, Tyler Meekins, Cole Coursey, Shawn Rideout



     



 
 
 

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