Company 11 crews worked through the night on a house fire in the 14500 block of Black Ankle Road in Mount Airy. Co 11 units responded on the first alarm, along with multiple units from both Frederick & Carroll counties. Quint 11 crew assisted with…Read More
The Walkersville Volunteer Fire Company was first due for a water rescue on the Monocacy River at Devilbiss Bridge on Sunday, July 22nd, 2018.
Units were dispatched for a full Swift Water Rescue assignment around 3pm July 22nd – 2 subjects in the water hanging on trees after their boat capsized. Units responded on TAC Channel, along with Deputy Chief Chad Barrick, Battalion 902, and Chief 24. Deputy Chief Barrick was first on the scene and confirmed 2 victims in the water, hanging on the trees – at which point he established Devilbiss Bridge command. Command assigned Battalion 902 Boat Division under the bridge and prepared to launch the boats. Quint 11 was assigned to take position on the bridge in order to reach the victims with the Quint basket. Quint 11’s crew set up and deployed a rope and life ring to the first victim. Ground Units from the ATR Team threw a rope to the victim with the life ring and were able to pull him ashore. Quint 11 extended the basket approx. 85 feet to the second victim and were able to pull him into the basket to safety. Chief 24 assisted with safety measures during the operation. Both victims were rescued within 10 minutes of unit arrival. Both victims were checked by EMS personnel and refused treatment on the scene.
The below write-up is an excerpt from an article written by Jeremy Arias of the Frederick News Post. Photos courtesy of Trevor James.
“Fire and rescue personnel pulled off a daring rescue Sunday after two men were stranded on the Monocacy River during a downpour.
Bystanders called 911 around 3 p.m. to report two men clutching tree branches in the river near the Devilbiss Bridge Road bridge, struggling to stay above the surging current, said Capt. Chris Morlan, with the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services. The men embarked on the river in a canoe from where they lived just upriver from the bridge despite the heavy rain and dangerous conditions on the water, Morlan said.
“It was raining during the flood stage and let’s just say they didn’t make it very far,” Morlan said. “… It was certainly very ill-advised.”
Neither of the men was wearing a life jacket or any other flotation device, Morlan said.
While the men capsized together, they ended up in different spots on the river, Morlan said. The first man was close enough to the shore and the base of the bridge that firefighters used throw bags to get a safety ring to him and pull him ashore, Morlan said.
The second man was farther from shore, so rescuers used Quint 11, a combination engine and ladder truck based in Walkersville, Morlan said.”Read More
Montgomery County Dairy Farmer Laurie Savage of Dickerson, and Maryland Dairy Princess Sydnie Grossnickle of Walkersville, Frederick County, celebrated June Dairy Month by supporting the Great American Milk Drive. The national retail campaign, a partnership between National Dairy Council™, Feeding America° and Milk Processor and Education Program (MilkPEP), encourages shoppers to donate at the store checkout to help get milk to local food banks. “As a dairy farmer, it’s hard to imagine not having wholesome, nutritious milk on our tables to fuel our families,” said Laurie. “Knowing that we can…Read More
At approximately 7:20 a.m. this morning, a collision between a school bus and another vehicle occurred at the intersection of the Walkersville High and Elementary Schools’ entrance and Woodsboro Pike. School Administration and Emergency Personnel promptly responded to the scene. Representatives of FCPS Department of Transportation School Administration and Emergency Personnel promptly responded to the scene. Representatives of FCPS Department of Transportation quickly followed. At the time of the accident, four individuals were on the bus; including two students, the bus driver, and a bus assistant. At this time, authorities…Read More
by Jailen Reid Taylor Walkerville’s class of 2018 took their final step and graduated at Mount Saint Mary’s at two o’clock on Thursday afternoon May 31st. The Walkersville community and family were very pleasedRead MoreRead More