Tragic Accident in the First Due Claims the Life of a Friend

The Westminster Fire Co extends its sympathy to the family of Jeannie Vogel of JeannieBird Baking Co who died in today’s traffic accident.

Friday evening, February 19, 2016

By the men and woman of the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department

The Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Company No.1 extends its sympathy to the family and loved ones of Jeannie Vogel of the JeannieBird Baking Co., our neighbor on Main St in Westminster, who died in today’s traffic accident.

Ms. Vogel was a lovely person who steadfastly supported the Westminster community and the Westminster Fire Department. We lift Jeannie and her family, co-workers, and friends into our hearts and pray for comfort and healing at this terrible time. She will be greatly missed.

We also say a prayer for the firefighters, EMS personnel, state highway workers, and police officers who left their homes in the middle of night to respond to this terrible accident. They fought the fire, freezing temperatures, ice, and multiple dangers of the accident this morning at Rt. 27 and Kate Wagner Road.

God of earth and air, water and fire, height and depth, we pray for those who work in danger, Who rush in to bring hope and help and comfort when others flee to safety, Whose mission is to seek and save, serve and protect, and whose presence embodies the protection of the Good Shepherd.

Give them caution and concern for one another, so that in safety they may do what must be done, under your watchful eye. Support them in their courage and dedication that they may continue to save lives, ease pain, and mend the torn fabric of lives and social order. Amen.

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2 O2 cascade systems and 2 positive pressure fans are for sale. Please Contact Chief Starry at 410-848-1800 and make an offer!!!

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Fully Involved Dwelling 6-16 Box

Company 6 was dispatched for an investigation of fire in the woods in the area of Leppo Road and Old Hanover Road. Shortly after responding, Carroll upgraded the call to now a reported house fire. Units arrived to find a 2 story dwelling fully involved. Engine 33 assisted in fire attack and water supply.

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Company Stays Busy With the Blizzard

Company 3 handled numerous calls throughout the blizzard. Crews were maintained from Friday morning until Monday morning making sure everything was staffed and able to respond to all calls for assistance.

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Some Stats for Company 3

Stats for the year 2015

7,660 total calls

Top ten responders responded on 3,350 of these calls

1,408.5 hours of training

10,332.17 hours of standby

Triple Flyout


Engine 33 and medic 37 were dispatched to the area of Route 140 and Cranberry Road for a vehicle collision involving a motorcycle. While Enroute, a second medic unit was added due to numerous calls advising 2 patients. Units arrived finding a motorcycle that had struck a pedestrian with all 3 patients suffering from serious injuries. Command requested a 3rd transport unit and Engine 92 (Reese) to set up a landing site. A total of 2 helicopters were requested to fly all 3 patients to Maryland Shock Trauma.

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1 Trapped one Rt. 140

Company 3 handled a serious accident one Rt. 140 near Rt. 31. Engine 31 and Medic 38 were dispatched to the area for a vehicle collision with reported entrapment. Units arrived to find one patient trapped and requested and additional 3 ALS transport units as well as aviation for one patient. Units stabilized the vehicle and began extrication. Squad 6 arrived and assisted with the final parts of extrication. Engine 63 handled the landing site for the trooper at the air port.

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Bus Accident on Route 27

Engine 33, Medic 48 (Manchester), Medic 49 (Manchester), Medic 28 (Hampstead), Engine 91 (Reese), and Rescue Squad 9 (Reese) were dispatched to Rt. 27 and Old Manchester Road for a reported bus accident involving a loaded school bus. Engine 33 arrived and advised of one school bus off the road and Lt 3-5 (Price) setting up Rt. 27 command. After a quick triage of the students and others involved, the assignment was scaled back to Engine 33 and the two medics from Manchester.

During this incident, numerous other car accidents and medical calls were dispatched in Westminster’s first due. Thank you to the mutual aide companies that assisted in handling those calls!

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Girl Scout Cookie Detail

Engine 31 and Duty 3 with a crew of 6 volunteers participated in an Girl Scout rally on 9-27-2015. Engine 31 was there for display as kids were able to learn about fire prevention, sit in the fire truck, and try on some of the fire gear. At the end of the day, the troops graciously donated 5 cases of girl scout cookies for the firehouse to enjoy.

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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)

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