2018 - A Year in Review
 
By Mechanicsville Volunteers
January 16, 2019
 

2018 was a very busy year for the MVFD Volunteers.
This was our second busiest year ever with a total of 907 incidents, in 2016 we had 931.

The following is the call type break down for 2018 with some other statistics.
372 Rescue / EMS type incidents (181 accidents)
177 Fire type incidents
158 Hazardous Conditions (Fluids, washdowns, wires/trees down)
81 False Alarm incidents
65 Service calls
32 Good Intent Calls
22 Other

Incidents by Apparatus:
Engine 21: 43
Engine 23: 327
Engine 24: 43 Tanker 24: 69
Rescue Engine 22: 107
Rescue Squad 2: 293
Tanker 2: 83
Brush 2: 175
Car 2: 69
Command 2: 57
UTV2: 10

In addition we had number of routine fill ins to assist other Departments, Fire Prevention Events as well as other Community Interaction events.

We responded to 22 working fires as well as 11 vehicle extrication's and 9 carbon monoxide incidents.

Dispatched for mutual or automatic aid 188 times.
Received automatic or mutual aid on scene of a call 71 times

Average dispatch to enroute. 03:01
Average dispatch to arrival. 10:25
This time reflects a first due area of 76 square miles plus numerous responses to areas in Charles, Calvert, and Prince Georges County.
Average time spent scene of an incident: 34:15

Total Hours Spent on Incidents: 2733:49
Total Hours for Training Code: Business Meeting: 1664:00
Total Hours for Training Code: Collateral: 804:30
Total Hours for Training Code: Committee Meeting: 531:00
Total Hours for Training Code: Drill: 6165:00

Totals for all selected Training Codes 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2018
106 personnel
9370:20

The following is a list of some events for the Department by Month for 2018.

The month of January resulted in several fires. The Company also held its annual Banquet and the 2018 Officers were sworn in.

In February the Company responded on a technical rescue incident where a tractor trailer drove into a house which resulted in several trapped occupants.

In March we conducted a rope rescue drill using our Arizona Vortex Tripod system utilizing the roof anchors on our station.
This also allowed us to use some of our new rope rescue equipment we received in a grant from Firehouse Subs.

The Company responded on several working fires in April, including 3 in Charles County in 3 days.

In May 4 members graduating from the SMCPS Fire/Rescue program, receiving several certifications in the process.

The Department also had strong showing at the 2018 Southern Maryland VFA Convention.
Best Appearing Fire Truck (25+ years old, In-Service)
2nd Best Appearing Rescue Engine
Best Appearing ATV/UTV
Best appearing Junior Fire Chief
Best Appearing Company Overall in the Association (3 pieces or more).

Fire Prevention Officer, Teresa Palmer was presented with the David Gott Fire Prevention Award, Board of Director.
Henry Fowler was presented with 50 Years of Service certificate.
Board of Director Bobby Johnson was inducted into the SMVFA Hall of Fame.

In June the Company triple pulled to the 7-03 box. Engine 23, Tanker 24, Rescue Squad 2.

July included several fires as well as the loss of Board of Director / Member William "Hoof" Mattingly.

August included a cancer prevention initiative with Fire Wipes and new particulate filter hoods.
We had a strong showing at several different locations for National Night Out.
Several units also responded on a challenging horse rescue.

Moving into the fall new iPads with secure docks were mounted in every Engine, both Chiefs vehicles and the Rescue Squad.
Paired with Active911 and the On Scene Explorer software it places a vast amount of information at the fingertips of the unit officer.
Our new paper map books of the first due are in progress. These will show every address, hydrant, building connection, layout distances and special notes.

In September we held our 2nd Annual 5k which despite the rain was a success.

In October Engine 23 gave firetruck rides at Bowles Farm and then on Halloween we held our Boo Thru in which over 350 children passed thru our firehouse!

In November of 2018 the Department upgraded its inventory to six new MSA 4XR gas meters. One on every engine and two on Rescue Squad 2.
This system also has an automatic calibration system that standardizes and simplifies ensuring our meters are always properly calibrated.

In December our apparatus committee researched, discussed, designed and sent off the specification for bid to to replace Engine/Tanker 24.

 
Units: Company 2
 
Mutual Aid: Charles, Calvert, Prince Georges County, SMCSO, SMECO, Metcom.
 
Structural Collapse after a tractor trailer stuck an occupied home.
Structural Collapse after a tractor trailer stuck an occupied home.
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Rescue Squad 2 on this extrication in Clements.
Rescue Squad 2 on this extrication in Clements.
House Fire on Woodburn Hill Rd
House Fire on Woodburn Hill Rd
 
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Rescue Squads 2 and 1010 on a collision.
Rescue Squads 2 and 1010 on a collision.
 
Empty hosebed after a sawmill fire.
Empty hosebed after a sawmill fire.
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Engine 23 with the draft, supplying the fireground.
Engine 23 with the draft, supplying the fireground.
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Vehicle vs. structure
Vehicle vs. structure
Tankers 2 and 24
Tankers 2 and 24
 
Rescue Engine 22 responded on two incidents while on a fill in at Dunkirk VFD.
Rescue Engine 22 responded on two incidents while on a fill in at Dunkirk VFD.
One trauma patient was flown after this December collision.
One trauma patient was flown after this December collision.
 
One patient was pinned in this extrication on Three Notch Rd.
One patient was pinned in this extrication on Three Notch Rd.
Engine 23 was first arriving on this house fire in Loveville. This helmet camera show crews about to make entry.
Engine 23 was first arriving on this house fire in Loveville. This helmet camera show crews about to make entry.
 
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"Taking a Stance Against Bullying"
"Taking a Stance Against Bullying"
 
James Road Sawmill Fire
James Road Sawmill Fire
One trauma patient was flown from this accident.
One trauma patient was flown from this accident.
 
Utilizing our new rope rescue equipment we received in a grant from Firehouse Subs.
Utilizing our new rope rescue equipment we received in a grant from Firehouse Subs.
Decoy Way House Fire
Decoy Way House Fire
 
New MSA Altair 4XR gas meters and calibration / charging station.
New MSA Altair 4XR gas meters and calibration / charging station.
Rescue Squad 2 assisting a citizen thru flood waters.
Rescue Squad 2 assisting a citizen thru flood waters.
 
This map shows incident locations for 2019. We respond to incidents in three other counties. Charles, Calvert, and Prince Georges.
This map shows incident locations for 2019. We respond to incidents in three other counties. Charles, Calvert, and Prince Georges.