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It seems as though Company 47 personnel are spending more time on major incidents throughout the county at night than they are sleeping. Saturday morning at approximately 0530 hours, units were dispatched for the report of an apartment fire. Less than two minutes later as they arrived on the scene, a working fire assignment was requested. Included on the working fire profile was Air Unit 478. Minutes later, a second alarm was requested by command. The fire was knocked down quickly by crews and was reported under control within thirty minutes. The crew on the air unit filled numerous bottled and cleared shortly afterwards.

Jacksonville Units: AU478


For the second Thursday night in a row, personnel from Jacksonville spent over two hours on a hazardous materials related incident. Utility workers had been working through the evening in an attempt to repair a large water main break that had occurred earlier in the day. It was during this attempted repair that a large gas line was struck while crews were digging. Cockeysville’s Engine 391 was dispatched to assist the BGE crews who were on scene with a “gas leak outside.” Utility crews worked for hours shutting down water and electricity in the area and preparing to go into the hole in the middle of the road and clamp the gas line to restrict flow and allow for repair. At approximately 0120 hours, Air Unit 478 was dispatched with units from the surrounding area when E391 asked for a full fire box assignment. The air unit arrived and was directed by command to approach as close as possible. At this point in time, a steady stream of gas was shooting out of the ground approximately 30 feet. BGE crews operated under the protection of multiple engine crews wearing full turnout gear and SCBA operating multiple hand lines. It took approximately 20 minutes from when crews began working directly with the gas line until it was shut down. Personnel from the Jacksonville re-filled the air bottles of those who had used them and cleared the incident approximately 2.5 hours after the initial dispatch.

Jacksonville Units: AU478


Late Thursday night, Jacksonville’s air unit was alerted to respond and assist units that had been on the scene of a major hazardous material spill on Interstate 83 since early afternoon. At approximately 1:30pm, units from Hereford and other companies had been dispatched to assist a truck driver who had heard small explosions and reported a chemical spill in the rear of the box truck he was driving. The units arrived at the scene and advised that the truck was carrying hazardous waste that was being transported by a defense contractor. The truck contained a total of 72 drums – some empty, but most containing oxidizing solution and a neutralizing agent. An apparent chemical reaction caused one of the drums to over-pressurize and rupture. Hazardous materials personnel from Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Harford County, and Pennsylvania worked together with crews from Maryland State Police, Baltimore County Police, Maryland State Department of Transportation, Baltimore County Roads, and multiple private companies. Crews had to remove and re-pack most of the drums and then load them into a large truck for transportation away from the scene. The northbound side of the interstate was closed for over 12 hours.

Jacksonville Units: AU478


At approximately 2210 hours Tuesday night, units from Hereford and surrounding companies were dispatched for the report of a dwelling fire with people trapped on Miller Rd. Engine 473 responded on the first alarm assignment with five personnel. As units were approaching the scene, a large glow and column of smoke was reported and a tanker strike team was requested. Engine 471 then responded with four personnel. Minutes later, as Engine 442 arrived on the scene reporting over 50% involvement, a working fire profile was requested. Jacksonville's units joined crews on the scene working to make an aggressive interior attack with four separate hand lines in an attempt to keep the fire from the unburned side of the house. A tanker shuttle was put into operation to bring water to the scene. Both of Jacksonville's engines remained at the scene for over two hours performing salvage and overhaul operations. Engine 471 cleared the incident at approximately 0130 hours and returned to Station 47. Engine 473 cleared the incident shortly afterwards and was sent to Hereford's station to fill-in for Co. 44 units until they cleared at approximately 0230 hours.

Jacksonville Units: E471, E473


At 0151 hours, units from Long Green and the surrounding area were dispatched for a report of a house on fire in the area of Harford and Notchcliff. While units were still en-route, police units reported a fully involved dwelling. BC11 requested a tanker strike team as units were still responding. Engine 10 arrived minutes later in the 10700 block of Harford Road to find a two story dwelling less than ten feet from the roadway with heavy fire showing. Two additional engines were requested to assist with a long relay to the nearest hydrant due to limited access. Jacksonville's Engine 471 laid its entire 1000 feet of 5'' supply line to the scene. A total of four handlines were in operation as crews worked for hours to extinguish the fire and perform overhaul operations.

Jacksonville Units: E471


Just after 0830 hours on , units from the Northern portion of the Central Battalion were dispatched for reports of a building fire in the 500 block of Quaker Bottom Road. Minutes later, Car 41 arrived at location and reported fire showing. He immediatly requested a Working Fire assignment and a Tanker Strike Team. Units arrived and established an adequate water supply using a relay from a nearby pond. The fire was quickly knocked down. Units remained at location approximately nother hour performing overhaul operations.

Jacksonville Units: E471

Other Units: E493, E1, E494, AU248, E431, TT488, E503, E451, S533, AU426, C41, E14, E442, TOW17, TT446, YSU394, E391, SU393, TSU444, YSU491, E101, E60, E471, EMS23, M395, E441, DC5, TT454, E392, E301, E17, E452, TSU504, M535, U397, E302, FID3, REH153, REH154, REH155


Late Saturday night, Engine 471 was alerted to respond to the report of an attached garage on fire on Patterson Farm Road in Jacksonville's first due area. Engine 471 and 473 along with units from other stations responded quickly and reported a large column of smoke and a glow in the sky from approximately two miles away. A tanker strike team was immediately requested. Units arrived on the scene to find a single-story dwelling that was heavily involved. Command was established by the officer of E471 and a working fire assignment was requested. Crews pulled multiple hand lines into the structure and commenced an aggressive attack. A tanker shuttle was started with other units to bring water to the scene. Approximately 10 minutes after fire department arrival, the fire had consumed such a large portion of the house that the roof was showing signs of collapse. The evacuation signal was sounded and crews left the structure immediately. Personnel then performed exterior attack operations with five hand lines. Less than two minutes later, the entire roof gave way. Crews were then given the order to resume interior operations. The fire was quickly knocked down and the house was ventilated. Crews worked for approximately three hours performing additional salvage and overhaul operations and assisting investigators. Approximately thirty personnel from Jacksonville responded on seven pieces of apparatus. Additional companies on the scene included Long Green, Kingsville, Fallston, Cockeysville, Providence , Texas, Jarrettsville, Lutherville, and others.

Jacksonville Units: E471, E473, TSU474, M475, SU476, U477, AU478


Early Friday night, units from Jacksonville and neighboring companies were dispatched for a motor vehicle accident with people trapped in the area of Sweet Air Road and Baldwin Mill Road. Initial reports advised that a vehicle had ran down an embankment and a small child might be injured. Engine 473 responded in less than one minute and was followed closely by Medic 475. Units arrived on the scene to find a tow truck that had slid approximately 30 feet off of the roadway and collided with a utility pole. Command was established by the officer of Engine 473 as crews began investigating. It was discovered that all occupants had climbed out of the vehicle prior to the arrival of fire department units. The rescue assignment was cleared. Station 47 units operated on the scene for approximately 20 minutes attending to victims of the accident and assisting Baltimore County Police.

Jacksonville Units: E473, M475


This past Friday afternoon, units from Jacksonville were alerted for the report of an auto fire in the area of Sweet Air Road and Baldwin Mill Road. Engine 473 responded immediately and arrived minutes later to find a fully-involved 2001 Ford F-150. Engine 471 also responded to assist personnel. Crews quickly knocked the fire down and performed overhaul operations. The units cleared within 30 minutes.

Jacksonville Units: E471, E473


 
 
 
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