Archives for August 2015

Tower 3 runs 14 Box

On 8-28-2015, Tower 3 was alerted to assist company 14 on a house fire. Tower 3 arrived and assisted on the fire ground with various tasks before being placed in service. (photos from Carroll County Fire and Weather Watch)



Alpha Fire Company Needs Your Help!!

Earlier this morning at approximately 1105 hours, Alpha Fire Company was dispatched for a residential structure fire at 34 North Queen Street in Littlestown Borough. Initial crews arrived on-scene and encountered heavy smoke and fire conditions at this address. After the initial first few minutes we would soon realize the residence was that of one of our own members.

Mr. Raymond Boyd is an active volunteer firefighter at Alpha. He lived with his mother at the residence. Raymond, his mother, and the family dog were fortunate enough to escape the blaze. However, numerous cats perished in the fire. The structure suffered significant damage to the interior of the house. The residents lost all of the contents.

Alpha Fire Company is spearheading a drive to assist our fellow firefighter and his family in their time of need. A GoFundMe page has been established to provide financial support. It can be found here: In lieu of an online donation, anyone can drop off cash or gift cards of any kind (Walmart, Target, Visa, etc.) at the fire station. We kindly ask you put your monetary or gift card donation in an envelope marked “Attention Raymond Boyd Drive”. You can place your envelope in the mailbox on the front of the station at 40 East King Street Littlestown, PA. We are also collecting items for the family. Clothing is one of the biggest needs at this time. Julie wears a medium shirt and size 7 pants. Raymond wears a medium shirt, medium/large shorts, and 28-30 pants. We would like to collect clothing for different seasons as we wind down summer time and head into fall. Julie has also recently been preparing for the arrival of her granddaughter. Numerous baby items were lost in the fire including a crib, stroller, diapers, and numerous girl’s infant clothing. We’d like to help replace these items too. Alpha will also be collecting house furnishings since their living room and kitchen sustained the most damage. If dropping off these items please call ahead to ensure someone is there to receive your items.

It should also be noted that this young man once again put aside his personal ordeal to assist others in need. Not less than 4 hours after losing his home to a fire, Raymond was responding on a fire engine to assist another Littlestown resident with their house fire. It is times like these that the fire department rallies around one of our own to show them they are not alone in their ordeal. We are kindly asking the community and other emergency service providers and organizations to do the same as we come together for Raymond and his family.

Should you have any questions or need further information please contact Alpha Fire Company at 717-359-4212 or Fire Company President Steve Laughman at 717-577-4795 or

When Westminster Fire Company runs into Pleasant Valley, they work often side by side with our brothers and sisters from Alpha. If you would like to drop a donation off to Westminster Fire Company please feel free! Address is 28 John Street Westminster MD, 21157 attention Lt 3-5 (Price) 410-848-1800.

Engine and Medic run Rollover

On 8-22-2015, Engine 31 and Medic 39 were alerted for a vehicle collision with rollover. Units arrived to find a pick up truck involved in the rollover. Units evaluated one patient and cleared shortly after.



Parade to Honor WW2 Veterans

Members from Westminster Fire Department had the honor and privilege to be part of a parade at Carroll Lutheran Village to honor WW2 Veterans. Thank you for allowing us to participate and WE ALL thank you for your service!!




Company Pride!

Members spent most of the day on 8-14-2015 washing, waxing, and cleaning the interior of the apparatus.


Head on Collision with Ejection

On 8-11-2015, Engine 31 and Medic 38 were dispatched for a vehicle collision in the area of Rt. 27 and Kate Wagner Road. Units arrived finding two vehicles head on with one patient partially ejected. Units began patient care and requested aviation for one patient. Engine 33 responded to handle the landing site but aviation was cancelled due to the weather and medics transported to a local trauma center.


Another Rescue on Rt. 27

On 8-14-2015 during early rush hour, Engine 31 and Medic 38 were dispatched to the area of Rt. 27 and Old Manchester Road for a vehicle collision. Units arrived to find 2 vehicles in the roadway with one trapped. Lt. 3-3 (Bangerd) set up command and requested a squad, a second medic unit, and aviation. Engine 31 stabilized the vehicle and removed the door gaining access to the patient. Engine 33 responded on the assignment and set up a landing site at the airport.



Box 3-31

Less than 3 hours after returning from a shed fire in the same area, E33 and E31 were responding for another shed fire in the area of School House Avenue. Units arrived with a large shed with multiple exposures and requested the working fire dispatch. (Pictures from FF J. Tyler and Carroll Fire Wire)











50 Years of Service!

During the company meeting on Wednesday, August 5th, member Jerry Dell was honored by the company, as well as the Maryland State Legislature for 50 years of service to the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Company #1. Congratulations Jerry!

Pictured: President Dan Plunkert (left), Jerry Dell (Center), and Joe Ebaugh (right)

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3-13 Rescue

During the monthly meeting, units were dispatched to the intersection of Route 482 and Route 27 for a vehicle collision with one trapped. Engine 31 arrived and advised of one trapped. Chief 3-1 arrived and established the command. Engine 33 assisted on scene and then went to establish a landing zone. Engine 33 handled the LZ for both troopers. Engine 31 with the assistance of Rescue Squad 4 (Manchester) working on extricating the patient. The passenger side of the vehicle was removed along with the roof. The dash was then lifted allowing access to the patient. IMG_0084IMG_0088IMG_0085IMG_0093