Just after midnight, Harford County 911 received a call reporting a dwelling fire in the 2500 block of Crestview Drive in Fallston. Initial reports from the caller indicated a basement fire with heavy smoke in the residence. The caller also stated that he was still trying to get his family members out of the dwelling. Harford County Fire Dispatch upgraded the assignment to a Fire/Rescue Box. Jacksonville’s Engine 473 joined other units Fallston, Bel Air, Jarrettsville, and Kingsville. Minutes after dispatch, Engine 1311 arrived and reported smoke showing from a 1 1/2 story wood frame dwelling. After a brief investigation, crews determined that there was fire showing from the basement window and all residents were out of the structure. The crew from Engine 1311 advanced a hoseline through the front door and proceeded to the basement to knock the fire. As additional units arrived, crews from Bel Air, Jarrettsville, and Jacksonville stretched back-up hoselines, performed ventilation, and checked for fire extension. The fire was contained within 20 minutes by the crews initially dispatched.
At approximately 2330 hours on Thursday, units from the first battalion were alerted for reports of an apartment fire at Milestone Manor Apartments in Cockeysville. Jacksonville’s Engine 473 responded on the first alarm. While units were still en-route, dispatch advised that multiple calls had been received with reports of the building engulfed in flames and people trapped. A fire-rescue assignment and working fire profile were then dispatched. Engine 17 arrived on location minutes later reporting heavy fire through the roof. Command was established and a second alarm was requested. Engine 473 arrived a few minutes later and laid 400 feet of 5 inch supply line to Scott Adam Road and St. David Court. The crew on E473 then assisted units with search and rescue and working to keep the fire under control in the exposure buildings. Meanwhile, a third and fourth alarm were dispatched bringing Jacksonville’s E471. Once the fire was knocked in the exposure buildings, master stream devices and ladder pipes were used to knock down the fire in the building of origin as the roof and floors had collapsed. Jacksonville units cleared at approximately 0300 hours. Other crews operated on the scene for a few more hours assisting investigators and wetting down hot spots. The final count of apartment units damaged by fire, smoke, and water was 39.
Jacksonville Units: E471, E473
Around 1600 hours, Jacksonville Volunteers were alerted to reports of an accident involving a motorcycle on Jarrettsville Pike near Sunset Lane. Engine 473 and IV 475 responded on the initial call along with the EMS Supervisor. Units arrived minutes later to find a single motorcycle occupant that had lost control and struck a guardrail. After a brief assessment, the medevac helicopter was requested. This brought Long Greens Engine 382 to handle the landing site in a field nearby. The patient was packaged and transported to the trauma center and all units cleared by 1636 hours.
Jacksonville Units: E473, IV475
Other Units: E382, EMS7
See video of the State Police Medevac Helicopter landing courtesy of the Long Green Volunteer Fire Company:
Just before 1800 hours, units from Jacksonville and Long Green were dispatched to a report of a car versus a telephone pole on Hydes Road. While still enroute, the call was upgraded to a rescue assignment, bringing additional units including Jacksonville’s Engine 471. SU387 arrived to find that a car had struck a pole and had come to rest on the side of the road. After being on location for a few minutes the rescue assignment was cancelled. Units from Station 38 and IV 475 handled patient care.
Jacksonville Units: IV475
Other Units: E382, U386, SU387
At 1451 hours, Jacksonvilles Engine 473 and IV 475 responded to multiple reports of a car accident in the 2800 block of Papermill Road. Units arrived minutes later to find a single vehicle that had lost control coming around a turn and struck a vehicle parked at a store near the road. The parked vehicle was pushed approximately 25 feet into the woods. Despite significant damage, the single occupant of the other vehicle was outside of the car prior to arrival. They were treated, packaged, and transported to the local trauma center. While E473 was awaiting police to control traffic, a second minor accident occurred in the backup.
Jacksonville Units: E473, IV475
Just after 1530 hours, units in the first battalion were alerted for a reported dwelling fire on Milldale Court in Long Green's first due area. Jacksonvilles Engine 473 responded on the initial call. Long Greens Engine 382 arrived on location minutes later and reported fire through the roof. A working fire assignment and tanker strike team were requested. Upon arrival, E473 dropped a 5 inch supply line and proceeded to the scene. Between E382 and E473, four hand lines were placed into service. The bulk of the fire was knocked in about 15 minutes. A total 20,000 gallons of water was used. Units remained on scene until about 1900 hrs.
Jacksonville Units: E473, M475
At approximately 1345 hours, Northern Baltimore County units were alerted to a reported building fire at Browns Junkyard on Old York Road in Maryland Line’s first-due area. Jacksonville's E473 responded on the first alarm assignment. Harford County Chief 10 was the first to arrive reporting a 50 ft x 100 ft building fully involved and requested a second alarm. Upon arrival, E473’s crew was directed to extend a protection line to the rear of the structure, where the bulk of the fire was. At this point, due to the extent of the fire spread and significant hazards present, exterior-only firefighting was ordered. Crews from Baltimore, Harford, and York Counties operated on the scene until the evening.
Jacksonville Units: E473
Early Saturday afternoon, the Jacksonville Volunteers were dispatched to a report of a brush fire in the 2600 block of Stockton Road. Engine 473 and Brush 472 responded on the call instantly thanks to another call made directly to the station a minute prior. Units arrived minutes later to find approximately an acre of grass in a large field that was rapidly spreading. Medic 475 joined the other units at the scene to assist. Personnel worked to knock down the outer perimeter of the fire then to wet down and rake up hot spots. Units cleared approximately 30 minutes after arriving.
Jacksonville Units: B472, E473, M475
Just after 1400 hours on Thursday, units were dispatched to a reported car accident in the area of Manor Road and Jarrettsville Pike. Engine 473 and Medic 475 responded on the initial call. Both units arrived minutes later to find a single vehicle in the 15200 block of Manor Road that had lost control, struck an embankment, and overturned onto its roof. The sole occupant was out of the vehicle prior to arrival. After a brief evaluation, the driver was transported to a local hospital. The engine crew assisted the medic performed general accident cleanup.
Jacksonville Units: E473, M475
Just after 1600 hours on Tuesday, the Baltimore County 911 Center received a call reporting a house fire in the 4800 block of Hydes Road in Long Green’s first-due area. Minutes later, the dwelling fire assignment was dispatched. Jacksonville Engine 473 responded on the initial call along with other units from the surrounding area. Minutes later, Engine 382 and Engine 473 arrived to find a 2 ˝ story farmhouse with heavy smoke showing. Additional equipment was immediately requested including Jacksonville’s Tanker Support Unit 474. Crews worked to battle intense fire conditions inside the entire house. Water shuttles were set up from both the Hydes Recreation Field and Station 38 underground water tanks. After over an hour, the fire was placed under control. Throughout the incident, additional personnel from Jacksonville and other companies responded to assist crews already on the scene. Initial units remained on location for approximately four hours performing salvage and overhaul operations. Jacksonville’s Engine 471 remained at the station with a standby crew.
Jacksonville Units: E471, E473, TSU474, SU476, U477