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.

MSFA PARADE IN OCEAN CITY

Wednesday, June 24, 2015  Today, Engine 51, our 1988 Pierce Arrow joined the rest of the state in Ocean City for the Maryland State Firemen's Association convention parade. The Engine took home two trophies.

While returning to the Hilltop, the crew from "Strictly Business" witnessed a 3 vehicle MVC on Dupont Blvd in Georgetown, DE. The Engine Company assumed a blocking position and began evaluating patients until the arrival of Delaware units.

Photos of the MVC from Georgetown Fire Company.





     



 

TOWER LADDER RESPONDS ON FATAL SUDLERSVILLE FIRE

Friday, June 12, 2015  Box 06-05 was dispatched at 01:52 for a dwelling fire in the area of Duhamel Corner Road and Busic Church Road. Tower Ladder 5 was on the initial assignment, and responded with a staffing of 5. Chief 6 arrived on scene and reported a single story dwelling well involved, with one burn patient and one occupant still in the residence. TL5 was initially assigned as the RIT team and later functioned on the interior, performing a secondary search. The victim was located deceased. The Tower crew operated for over 3 hours.

   


 

TRACTOR TRAILER ROLLOVER IN CO. 4'S AREA

Thursday, June 11, 2015  Early this morning, Engine 52 responded with 5 volunteers to Rescue Box 04-84 for a tractor trailer overturned on Route 301. Engine 52 handled the landing zone for Trooper 6.

     



 

FATAL MVC AT PRICE STATION

Sunday, June 7, 2015  Rescue Box 05-81 was dispatched for an MVC with entrapment at Route 301 southbound at Price Station Road. Engine 52 & Paramedic 500 arrived to find a tractor trailer vs a SUV with one still in the vehicle. The tractor trailer was carrying H-size CO2 cylinders and flamable paint, however no hazardous conditions were present. The crew set up for extrication, however due to the patients deteriorating condition, a rapid extrication was performed and the patient was quickly turned over to Paramedic 500. Trooper 6 landed at the scene, however the patient was ultimately transported to Queen Anne's ER as a trauma arrest, where she succumbed to her injuries. The driver of the tractor trailer refused treatment. Lieutenant VanZant had Price Station Command.

     



 

ONE EXTRICATED IN KINGSTOWN

Monday, June 1, 2015  Company 5, Kent Company 6 and EMS units responded on Rescue Box 05-12 for an MVC with entrapment at Route 213 and McGinnis Road. Lieutenant VanZant reported a two vehicle incident with one that would require extrication. Kent Engine 6 and Engine 52 performed a sidewall removal of the vehicle and the patient was turned over to Paramedic 500. A landing zone was established nearby and the patient flown to a trauma center.

   


 

PARKING LOT BLACKTOP PROJECT

Tuesday, May 19, 2015  This week, work continues on the re-paving of the firehouse parking lot. The lot was last paved over 25 years ago and was deteriorating. This project was completed with capital funding provided by Queen Anne's County. The Church Hill Volunteer Fire Department wishes to thank the QAC Commissioners for their continued support.

     



 

ENGINE 52 ASSISTS WITH PROM PROMISE AND AN MVC IN THE 4-4

Friday, May 8, 2015  Engine 52 assisted again this year in the "Prom Promise" mock MVC at Queen Anne's County High School. While wrapping up, Rescue Local 04-04 was alerted for an MVC on Route 213 near Starr Road. Engine 52 responded and assisted Company 4 with establishing an LZ and debris removal.

     



 

VEHICLE FIRE ON EWINGTOWN ROAD

Thursday, May 7, 2015  Engines 55 & 52 responded to the 200 block of Ewingtown Road for the report of a dump truck on fire. Engine 55 arrived finding a county public works tar trailer on fire and extinguished the same. The assignment was scaled back to Company 5 and Kent Engine 6. 

     



 

BUSY END OF MARCH WITH FIRES AND MVC'S

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



 

OLDEST LIFE MEMBER OF THE DEPARTMENT PASSES

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.



   


 
 
 

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