At 1612 hrs. the tones dropped once again for the First Due Rescue Box. Queenstown units headed out again to Route 50 and Route 301 for the MVA. Rescue 3 Engines 3233 and the Chief arrived to find two vehicles involved. After assessing the patients Command 3 L. Anthony requested 2 MSP Aviation units for transport. MSP Troopers 6 and 1 arrived and were loaded up for transport to area trauma facilities. A total of 19 QVFD Volunteers responded on this call for service.
At approx. 1415 hrs. today Rescue 3 was alerted for the MVA in the area of Hibernia Rd. and Rt. 18. First arriving units found 1 van off the road on its side against a tree. An extended extrication insued with both Rescue 4 and Rescue 3 participating in freeing the patient. The patient was extricated and turned over to awaiting EMS personnel for the transport via MSP Trooper 6. Queenstown had 8 volunteers on the scene and cleared in approx. 1 hour.
Around 1500 hours today the tones dropped for the House Fire at 408 Friendship Dr. in Centreville. The volunteers from Queenstown hit the street with Engines 32 and 33 Rescue 3 Tanker 3 and the Chief. Units from Company 4 arrived on the scene with Heavy Fire showing and requested a 2nd. alarm. QVFD units arrived and assisted in extinguishment and overhaul. Units cleared approx. 2 hrs. later.
The officers and members of the Queenstown Volunteer Fire Department wish to congratulate Asst. Chief Thomas Nelson on his appointment to the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Good Luck with your new career.
Earlier today the tones dropped for the Rescue Assignment in the 3-8 box alarm area. Units were sent to Routes 50 and 301 for the MVA with entrapment. Rescue 3 arrived to find 2 vehicles involved. All patients were triaged immobilized and transported to local hospitals. MSP Trooper 6 transported one patient. Units cleared in approx. 1 hour.
Queenstown Volunteer Fire Department Line Officers for 2008 are as followsChief – Lonnie Anthony1st. Asst. Chief – Thomas Nelson2nd. Asst. Chief – Frank RussumCaptain – J.C. Lewis1st. Lieutenant – Terry Pinder2nd. Lieutenant – Scott McClymentSergeant – Jeff Lewis
The Officers and Members of the Queenstown Volunteer Fire Department would like to send their deepest condolences to Captain John Lewis and his entire family due to the passing of his father John Edward Lewis.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Rescue 3 was alerted today for the MVA at Route 301 and Perlee Rd. Units arrived to find one vehicle off the road. One patient was removed from the vehicle and transported to the hanger of MSP Trooper 6 by PM40. Queenstown had a total of 12 volunteers respond to this incident.
Rescue 3 took a trip down to Kent Island today to standby for the Kent Island VFD who were dedicating their new station. The new station located at 1610 Main St. is a state of the art facility. Drive thru apparatus bays Training Community and Bunk rooms are some of the many highlights of their new quarters. Check out kivfd.org for more info. The Queenstown VFD congratulates Kent Island on this impressive project.
Each year fires occurring during the holiday season claim the lives of over 400 people injure 1650 more and cause over 990 million in damage. According to the United States Fire Administration USFA there are simple life-saving steps you can take to ensure a safe and happy holiday. By following some of these outlined precautionary tips individuals can greatly reduce their chances of becoming a holiday fire casualty. Selecting a Tree for the HolidayNeedles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches and the needle should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground. If many needles fall off the tree has been cut too long has probably dried out and is a fire hazard. Caring for Your TreeDo not place your tree close to a heat source including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree causing it to be more easily ignited by heat flame or sparks. Be careful not to drop or flick cigarette ashes near a tree. Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times. Disposing of Your TreeNever put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or woodburning stove. When the tree becomes dry discard it promptly. The best way to dispose of your tree is by taking it to a recycling center or having it hauled away by a community pick-up service. Holiday LightsMaintain Your Holiday Lights -Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires bare spots gaps in the insulation broken or cracked sockets and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory. Do Not Overload Electrical OutletsDo not link more than three light strands unless the directions indicate it is safe. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Make sure to periodically check the wires – they should not be warm to the touch. Do Not Leave Holiday Lights on Unattended. Holiday Decorations -Use Only Nonflammable Decorations. All decorations should be nonflammable or flame-retardant and placed away from heat vents. Never Put Wrapping Paper in a Fireplaceit can throw off dangerous sparks and produce a chemical buildup in the home that could cause an explosion. Artificial Christmas TreesIf you are using a metallic or artificial tree make sure it is flame retardant. Candle Care -Avoid Using Lit Candles. If you do use them make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. Never leave the house with candles burning. NEVER put lit candles on a tree.Do not go near a Christmas tree with an open flame – candles lighters or matches. Finally as in every season have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home test them monthly and keep them clean and equipped with fresh batteries at all times. Know when and how to call for help. And remember to practice your home escape plan.
Around 0200 hrs. this morning Station 3 was alerted for the MVA on Route 301 at John Brown Rd. Rescue 3 Ambulance 30 the Brush truck and the Chief arrived to find one tractor trailer off the road into the woods. The truck had lost its load of plywood into the slow lane of 301. The driver had already been able to get out of the truck and he was transported to a local hospital by A-30.
Around 1300 hrs. today the tones dropped for the MVA with one trapped at Route 50 and Route 213. QVFD volunteers hit the street with Engine 33 Rescue 3 and the Ambulance. Units arrived to find multiple vehicles involved and one victim still trapped in their car. Rescue 3 went to work to extricate the victim who was transported to a local trauma center by MSP Trooper 6.
During heavy storms that swept through the shore tonight QVFD members responded to several calls two of which were house fires in Grasonville. Units arrived on the first in the 2-10 box and quickly contained a small fire. While racking up from this communications advised to standby for another. This time we were heading to the 2-16 box in the Prospect Bay Community. Units arrived with smoke showing. Volunteers from several surrounding depts. made quick work of a cockloft that had been struck by lightning.
The Queenstown Volunteer Fire Department is currently seeking interested young adults to become members in our Junior Firefighter program. If you are between the ages of 14-16 and are interested in becoming a firefighter or EMT give our Chairperson Shelly Nelson a call at the firehouse for all of the details.
The officers and members of the Queenstown VFD would like to send our deepest condolences to the Ritchie VFD on the passing of Life Member Joe Humphreys. Here on the shore Most will remember Joe for all of his hard work with Maryland Fire Equipment company. Joe was a true friend to all of the fire service.