At 1500 hours on Monday, units from 47 and surrounding companies were alerted for a motor vehicle accident with people trapped. While units were still enroute, a Harford County Fire Chief advised that he was on the scene and reported one patient trapped. Jacksonville's Engine 473 and IV 475 arrived within minutes arrived to find a two-vehicle MVC with two patients, one of them trapped. Crews on scene requested a Maryland State Police Helicopter for the patient still trapped in her SUV. A second medic unit was also requested for the patient in the other vehicle. Crews worked for about 30 minutes freeing the patient from her SUV. She was then taken to the trauma center by medevac. IV 475 transported the second patient to another trauma center.
Jacksonville Units: E473, IV475, SU476, U477
Other Units: BC1, TOW17, SQ303, E391, M395, U397, EMS7
Shortly after 0200 hours on Saturday, fire stations on the west side of the county were called to the Port City Press on Greenwood Road in Pikesville for a reported tractor trailer on fire. Engine 2 arrived minutes after dispatch and reported a tractor trailer against a wall of the building was fully involved. Command was established and a working fire assignment was requested, bringing Jacksonville’s Air Unit 478 after there was no response from the first-due air unit. Firefighters had to use saws and other cutting tools to open the trailer in order to access the fire. There was minor extension into the building. Units remained on the scene for some time working to extinguish the fire, remove smoke from the building, and perform salvage and overhaul operations in the structure.
Jacksonville Units: AU478
Other Units: E2, E321, E18, E19, E311, TOW323, T18, SQ322, BC22, M2, T13, E14
On a cold and rainy Friday morning, Station 47 responded to a mutual aid request for the report of a bedroom fire on Campbell Road in Fallston’s first due area. First arriving units reported a working dwelling fire. Command requested a second alarm at 0836 hours. The fire was knocked at 0846 hours. Personnel from Jacksonville assisted approximately fifty other firefighters from Fallston, Bel Air, Jarrettsville, and Kingsville operating a total of seven engines, one tower, one truck, a medic unit, a draft unit, two tanker trucks, and an air cascade unit. Crews remained on the scene for extensive salvage and overhaul until almost lunchtime. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental. Damage estimates were approximately $250,000.
Jacksonville Units: E473
As it approached late afternoon on Monday, Towson's Engine 101 was dispatched to investigate an odor of smoke in an apartment complex on Treeway Court. E101 arrived and reported heavy smoke and fire showing and requested a fire box. Moments later, a working fire profile was dispatched, bringing Air Unit 478. As the fire conmtinued to progress, command quickly requested a second alarm. A third alarm was requested minutes later as the fire spread across the roof of the garden style apartment building and into additional units. After clearing a call in Providence's first-due, Jacksonville's Paramedic 475 was picked up as the fifth medic requested to the scene of the fire. Units operated on the scene for several hours. The crew on the air unit filled numerous bottles while the medic unit was in staging and eventually moved to the scene to assist with rehab.
Seven of Jacksonville's firefighters had the opportunity to join others from Hereford and Jarrettsville at a house burning on Sunday. After assessing the cost of a demolition, the homeowners of a house off of Jarrettsville Pike donated the house for the fire department to use for training. Approximately 30 participants divided into crews and practiced various evolutions from approximately 7am until lunchtime. A large pond on the property was used as a water source. It was a good experience for all of those involved, both new and experienced. After all crews had practiced extinguishing various fires throughout the house, the fire was allowed to consume the entire dwelling. The members from Jacksonville would also like to especially thank the Ladies Auxiliary of the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company for providing breakfast in the early morning and a delicious lunch at the end of the day.
Jacksonville Units: E471, AU478
Other Units: SU448, TSU444, HCE711, HCE712, HCE713, HCE714, HCAU761, HCSU781, HCM791
At 1439 hours on Saturday, Engine 57 was alerted for an investigation in the ore handling area of the Mittal Steel Co. This property is a large industrial steel manufacturing Company formerly known as Bethlehem Steel. E57 arrived and advised that they had a four story building with fire showing from the fourth floor. The call was quickly upgraded to a working building fire assignment. After no response from the first-due air unit, Jacksonville’s Air Unit 478 responded. A second alarm was also requested. Crews from the first alarm advanced two pre-connects into the building and worked to knock down the fire. All crews from the first two alarms were committed with many additional tasks required so a third alarm was requested by command. Units were on the scene for many hours doing extensive overhaul. The air unit filled dozens of bottles and eventually made the long trip back to the station.
Jacksonville Units: AU478
As done in past years, Jacksonville hosted a car show sponsored by the Mustang Club of Maryland. This year, the event was organized as a memorial to Mary Ann Shockley, who had died of breast cancer. All proceeds went towards this cause.
A few hours before midnight on Friday, Jacksonville’s Volunteers were dispatched as the second engine company for a reported building fire on Carroll Road in Hereford’s first-due area. Engine 473 responded on the initial assignment. While still enroute, Dispatch provided updates that multiple calls had been received for a large glow in the sky, smoke throughout the area, and a hay barn on fire. After reaching a straightaway with a clear view on the way to the incident, it was evident that the structure was well-involved with fire. At that point, the officer on E473 requested a tanker strike team. This brought Jacksonville’s Engine 471 and Tanker Support Unit 474 along with numerous additional companies. E473 was the first unit on the scene, arriving approximately six minutes after dispatch. Chief 47 established command, reported a two-story barn that was fully involved, and requested a working fire assignment. Due to the rapid progression of the fire, an interior attack was impossible. The initial crew pulled a 2.5 inch “blitz” line and advanced it to protect exposures and began knocking the fire. The next arriving units worked to establish a draft site at a pond on the property and worked to get water to the scene. While an adequate water supply was established, the crew from 47 along with others from 44 and 39 advanced numerous other large attack lines. An aggressive exterior attack took place for the next eight hours as dozens of personnel worked through the night to get the fire under control. A bulldozer was requested to remove and break up large bales of hay that were hard to extinguish. Units finally cleared at approximately 6:30 a.m. but ended up returning to the scene for a re-kindle the next evening where crews spent an additional five hours working to extinguish small fires. Companies on the scene included Hereford, Jacksonville, Cockeysville, Texas, Jarrettsville, Lutherville, and Long Green.
Jacksonville Units: E471, E473, TSU474
The Jacksonville Volunteers teamed up with a number of organizations on Saturday for the "North County Safety Day." Agencies present included the Baltimore County Office of Emergency Preparedness, Baltimore County Police, Maryland State Police, Jacksonville Optimists, and Girl Scouts of America. Citizens young and old gathered for tours of a state trooper's talking car, an ambulance, medevac helicopter, and an assortment of fire trucks. In addition, MSP presented a seat belt demonstration. The BCVFA Fire Safety Trailer was also open for children to learn about fire prevention and safety. Multiple presentations on crime trends in the area, internet security, and other safety topics were covered by the Girl Scouts. The member's of Station 47 also utilized a fire demonstration prop from the Long Green Volunteer Fire Company which allowed children to use a real fire hose to "put out" a fire. Visitors enjoyed pit beef, ham, and turkey along with hot dogs and other food and drinks.
Multiple units were dispatched a few minutes after 5:00 p.m. on Thursday for the report of a motor vehicle accident with rollover on the bridge in the area of Dulaney Valley Road and Loch Raven Drive in a 29-7 box. Engine 381, Utility 298, and Medic 11 responded on the initial call. At the same time, Engine 101, Truck 1, and Medic 14 were dispatched for the report on a vehicle overturned in the area of Dulaney Valley Road and I-695. Minutes later, dispatch advised units on both of those calls that they were the same incident, gave an updated location of the bridge at Dulaney Valley Road and Jarrettsville Pike, and upgraded the call to a Haz-Mat assignment due to reports of a propane truck flipped over. The initial units arrived soon afterwards to find a head-on collision involving a septic truck and a propane truck. Dispatch was advised that a propane truck had flipped on its side over a guardrail and a two tanker strike teams were requested along with MDE due to the hazard. Jacksonville 's E471, TSU474, SU476, U477, and AU478 responded with the tanker strike team that approached from the North while another tanker strike team approached from the South. Units from the various hazardous materials units on the scene determined that the best method for removing the propane would be to burn it off. This would mean setting up and maintaining a protective perimeter for over eight hours. After evaluating the water situation and the number of units committed to a tanker shuttle, two boats from Bowley's Quarters were requested to draft water directly adjacent to the scene. The majority of the units slowly broke down their equipment and cleared, leaving units from 14, 21, 29, 38, MDE, Rehab, and M11 on the scene for a total time of over 12 hours until they cleared at approximately 0530 hours.
Jacksonville Units: E471, TSU474, SU476, U477, AU478