Training – House Burning provides life-like critical training for our firefighters

On Sunday May 30, we conducted a live training evolution on Tannery Road in Westminster.  Despite the cold temperatures and periodic rain, 50 firefighters and support personnel from 6 of our mutual aid companies participated in the training.  We were able to conduct 18 evolutions in 5 hours, giving the participants the opportunity to expand their knowledge. Several junior members participated in the training, while they were not allowed to enter the house, they were given an opportunity to work with the hose lines from the exterior. In the fire service, there are limited opportunities for live training, so we would like to thank the owners of the property for allowing us to utilize the house on the property. To allow all members and career staff to participate, Adam County Station 20 (Alpha) from Littlestown, covered our first due area, providing emergency services to the citizens of Westminster. This training would not have been possible without the support of instructors and a Safety Officer to ensure the safety of everyone who participated.  Training is a necessary part of the job and is ongoing to ensure that we provide exemplary service to the citizens of Westminster and our neighboring companies.

Early morning two-alarm fire injures one firefighter

Saturday morning – April 18, 2020 by Kevin Dayhoff Westminster Fire Department PIO and Chaplain.

An early morning two-alarm fire in a commercial building in the 1000 block of Baltimore Blvd. – Rte 140, injured one firefighter. The first call came in to the Emergency Communications Center at 2:18 a.m., for a report smoke coming from the side of building and fire being observed.

Units from Reese and Westminster fire departments were first on the scene in a steady light rain – with Reese taking command. Upon arrival firefighters preliminarily found a fire perhaps coming from the basement of the one-story commercial building. The building is reported to be under renovation.

Perhaps as many as 50-75 firefighters responded from Carroll County and Baltimore County. The fire was determined to be under control at 3:57 a.m. Although units remained on scene until 5 a.m. for clean-up and the help the fire marshal’s investigation. Preliminary observations indicate extensive damage to the interior of the building.

Baltimore Gas and Electric, the Maryland State Police, and the State Highway Administration also responded.

One 45-year-old volunteer firefighter with 25-years’ experience was injured fighting the fire. He was transported to Shock Trauma.

According to a release by the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal, “A Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company (firefighter) sustained minor injuries after falling through the floor.”

By mid-day on Saturday, the Reisterstown Fire Department released a statement on the department website that said, “The injured firefighter is home recovering from minor injuries. We would like to thank everyone who has reached out to check on the firefighter.”

In a phone interview later in the afternoon, Reisterstown Fire Chief Craig Hewitt said that the firefighter, “was released from Shock Trauma this morning after some tests and observation. He has returned home and is recuperating from minor injuries. He is in good spirits. He is expected to recover and be back to work soon.”

The fire remains under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Reese fire department PIO Robin Stansbury contributed to this story.

The work never ends at the fire service

Westminster Fire Company Chaplain and PIO Kevin Dayhoff December 8, 2018

Westminster Fire Co. Firefighter – EMS provider Josh Gursky, back-left; Lt. Kim Darby, and Treasurer Caroline Babylon, right, run hose through a cleaning sleeve after the Bowersox Road fire on Thur., Dec. 6, 2018.

The work never ends at the fire service. Cleaning-up and putting away the hose and equipment after the Bowersox Road fire on Thursday, December 6, 2018 took hours. https://www.facebook.com/kevindayhoff/posts/10215325437662770

https://patch.com/maryland/westminster/work-never-ends-fire-service

Related: Thank you for the station fill-ins Dec. 6, 2018 during the Bowersox Rd fire

The men and women of the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 would like to thank the Lineboro fire company tanker crew and the Sykesville medic unit from Carroll County, the Emmitsburg tower crew from Frederick Co, and the engine unit from Lisbon for filling-in at station 3 on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

That afternoon, firefighters from the Westminster fire company were helping New Windsor, Winfield, Westminster Taneytown, Union Bridge, Manchester, Reese, Pleasant Valley, Mount Airy, Libertytown, Gamber, and Sykesville on the Bowersox Road fire. http://www.westminstervfd.org/2018/12/08/wfd-thank-you-for-the-station-fill-ins-dec-6-2018-during-the-bowersox-rd-fire/

Related: No one injured in Bowersox Road blaze

Carroll County Times writers Catalina Righter and Jon Kelvey have the full story on the fire… Winfield fire chief estimates two-alarm blaze did $300K worth of damage to home

Firefighters put out hot spots at the scene of a house fire in the 1600 Block of Bowersox Road in Westminster Thursday. Photos by (Dylan Slagle/Carroll County Times

By Catalina Righter, Jon Kelvey Carroll County Times

It took firefighters from Winfield, New Windsor and at least 10 other fire companies more than an hour to control a house fire Thursday in the 1600 block of Bowersox Road.

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“I will tell you that had it been a newer home, it would have been sprinklered, and the fire would have been controlled by the sprinkler system,” Davis added, noting the structure was built before the requirement for sprinklers in new residential construction. “The fire would have been controlled by probably one or two sprinkler heads with probably minor damage.”

Read the entire story here: https://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/cc-new-windsor-house-fire-20181206-story.html

No one injured in Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 Bowersox Road blaze

Carroll County Times writers Catalina Righter and Jon Kelvey have the full story on the fire here: https://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/cc-new-windsor-house-fire-20181206-story.html

Winfield fire chief estimates two-alarm blaze did $300K worth of damage to home

Firefighters put out hot spots at the scene of a house fire in the 1600 Block of Bowersox Road in Westminster Thursday. Photos by (Dylan Slagle/Carroll County Times https://www.carrollcountytimes.com/multimedia/photogalleries/cctnews-firefighters-battle-bowersox-road-fire-20181206-photogallery.html

By Catalina Righter, Jon Kelvey Carroll County Times

It took firefighters from Winfield, New Windsor and at least 10 other fire companies more than an hour to control a house fire Thursday in the 1600 block of Bowersox Road.

[…]

“I will tell you that had it been a newer home, it would have been sprinklered, and the fire would have been controlled by the sprinkler system,” Davis added, noting the structure was built before the requirement for sprinklers in new residential construction. “The fire would have been controlled by probably one or two sprinkler heads with probably minor damage.”

Read the entire story here: https://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/cc-new-windsor-house-fire-20181206-story.html