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On Wednesday, units from Hereford and Parkton responded for a report of a woods fire in the area of Weisburg Road and Bernoudy Road. Engine 441 arrived to find approximately 5 heavily wooded acres on fire. Numerous additional units, including Jacksonville’s Engine 473, were requested immediately. After several hours of battling the fire through the hills and deep into the woods, dozens of crews assisted by the Maryland Forestry Service were able to bring the fire under control by using portable tanks, cutting fire lines, and creating trails in order for brush units to gain better access to the fire. A total of 15 to 20 acres had been burned by the time the fire was under control.

Jacksonville Units: E473

Other Units: E441, E442, B443, TSU444, TT446, SU448, E60, B60, M60, E451, E452, B453, U457, E391, E392, SU393, TSU394, U397, E493, E494, TSU491, B492, REH154, REH155, BC1, HCE711, HCE712, HCE714, HCB742, HCE1012, HCB1042, YCE581

Early Friday morning, Jacksonville was dispatched for a reported vehicle into a telephone pole. Paramedic 475 arrived at the intersection of Sweet Air Road and Green Road to find a blue 1970 Pontiac Catalina convertible in a field with one patient heavily trapped and the steering column impaled the patient’s chest. Engine 473’s crew quickly arrived and began extrication. Extrication time was approximately 45 minutes. A helicopter was requested because the patient had many life-threatening injuries, but was unavailable due to the weather. Paramedic 475 consulted and made a rapid transport to the trauma center. A total of nine personnel from Jacksonville operated on the scene with an additional two personnel standing by at the station.

Jacksonville Units: E473, M475, SU476

Just after 2pm, Station 47 was alerted for the report of a car that had crashed into a building and caused a fire. The call was upgraded to a fire-rescue box with people trapped inside. Upon arrival, Engine 471 found no fire or entrapment, but called for the building inspector and ATR team due to the possibility of building collapse. The building inspector was later cancelled by command. The ATR team deemed the building safe with no structural damage. One customer was injured and transported by Cockeysville's ambulance.

Jacksonville Units: E471, TSU474, U477

Other Units: TOW17, ATR17, IV395, EMS7, T297, M17

Early Wednesday afternoon, Jacksonville units were alerted for the report of a car accident with people trapped on Jarrettsville Pike. E473 arrived to find a pickup truck that had lost control on the wet road, rear-ended a car, and then severed a pole that landed on the same car. As the crew investigated, it was found that everyone had gotten out of the cars. The rescue box was cancelled. The engine and IV unit handled three patient refusals. Total staffing on the scene was seven, total standing-by at the station was five.

Jacksonville Units: E471, IV475

Late Saturday afternoon, Jacksonville’s ambulance was alerted for one of the BLS strike teams requested on an incident on I-95. While still en-route, command reported that they had more than five separate accidents within a large stretch of the southbound side. IV475 responded and made its way south from MD-152. They came upon one accident involving approximately 15 vehicles and a tractor-trailer. Command at that location was being handled by a chief from Harford County. He advised the crew from Jacksonville that the units they had at that location were sufficient. Since all the southbound lanes were blocked, our unit had to turn around and proceed into oncoming traffic back to Mountain Rd. The crew decided that the best way to make it to accidents further south would be to head south in the northbound lane of the interstate. IV475 then went further down where there was a second, smaller accident involving three cars that was being handled by other units. The crew then proceeded further south to where on of the MD State Police helicopters had landed in the middle of the highway. EMS1 had command of an incident involving approximately twenty cars and two tractor trailers. The crew assisted other personnel on the scene with triaging patients. IV475 then transported 4 patients to the hospital. All in all, there were over 17 separate accidents within a 10-mile stretch of the interstate. Over 90 vehicles were involved. The southbound side of the highway was closed until early Sunday morning. The apparent cause was sunlight shining off of rain, sleet, and hail that had fallen. Over fifty people were injured and transported by units from over four different counties to numerous hospitals. There were a number of critical patients transported to Shock Trauma hospital by medevac helicopters. There were no fatalities.

Jacksonville Units: IV475

An October 15th fire destroyed a local general store in Parkton, injured three firefighters and knocked out phone service for a large portion of northern Baltimore County. A building fire was dispatched at 0243 hours at the Little Gunpowder Falls General Store and Delicatessen in the 18800 block of Frederick Road. Engine 442 arrived to find a three-story wood frame building with heavy fire showing. A four-inch supply line was laid from a dry hydrant about 300 feet from the fire. This allowed units to draft water from the Little Falls River. A working fire profile was requested while Engine 442's crew forced entry into a steel door on the delta side. Once they gained entry, a line was advanced into the building. Crews worked together to gain access to upper floors and make an aggressive fire attack. Three firefighters suffered minor injuries. Medical units transported them to local hospitals, where they were treated and released. The decision was made by the Division Chief shortly thereafter to suspend all interior operations and switch to exterior operation with master streams. This continued for about three hours until the fire was completely brought under control. The fire damaged a main fiber optic line, knocking out cell and land line phone service to residents across northern Baltimore County until later that night.

Jacksonville Units: E471

Other Units: E441, E442, B443, SU448, E451, E391, E392, TSU394, E17, SQ533, E494, TOW17, IV535, M60, EMS7, HCE712, E714, YCSQ61, YCE581, CCT2, REH153, REH154, REH155

This years wine tasting was even more successful than last year. The weather was also much nicer. Once again, all of the proceeds benefited the fire company. Thanks to Henry's for catering and Bradley's Wine and Spirits for organizing the event and supporting us once again.

On Tuesday, units from Northern Baltimore County were dispatched for a reported dwelling fire on Gifford Lane, directly behind the Hereford fire station. As Engine 442 was pulling out of the station, it was obvious that the house was on fire and a tanker strike team was requested. Numerous units from nearby stations responded, including Jacksonville’s E471 and E473. E442 laid a supply line from the end of the driveway and advised dispatch that fire and heavy smoke was showing from the eaves of the house. First arriving crews made entry and attacked the fire from the front in an effort to push the fire back out the rear. Crews from other companies worked to pull additional hand lines to try and knock some of the fire from the exterior. Engine 441 laid 1,000 feet of supply line from the 40,000 gallon underground cistern located at the Hereford station. Other engine companies worked to complete the lay and set up for drafting and relay operations. It took about 30 minutes to get the fire under control. Crews were on the scene for approximately 2.5 hours. Investigators determined that the fire was started when lint in a dryer vent ignited. The exterior of the house then caught fire along with the storage shed next to the house.

Jacksonville Units: E471, E473

Staring early Saturday morning, cars began lining the back field of the firehouse. Station 47 hosted a car show sponsored by the Mustang Club of Maryland. There was a pit beef sale as well. Prizes were awarded for various categories. We would like to thank the MCOM and all the participants who came out for this fun day.

On a quiet Saturday morning at the Hunt Valley light rail station, a train operator called 911 in a panicked voice. "I have just had a rider tell me that someone is coughing and smells something funny in one of the cars," she said, adding "this is a drill." With those words uttered shortly after 8am, a full-scale emergency preparedness exercise was launched. Designed by the County's Office of Emergency Management to gauge the county's readiness for a mass-causality disaster, the drill depicted a mock explosion and chemical leak in a Maryland Transit Authority light rail car. Jacksonville's ambulance and air unit joined over 20 agencies, including Baltimore and Howard County Fire Departments, police, private ambulance companies, and local hospitals in the drill. Staging was set up around 4am and the incident continued throughout the day.

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