Independent Hose Company

2018 Incidents
Jan 172 414
Total 172 414

Apparatus stats
Apparatus 2018 2017 2016
Engine 147 1616 1644
Tower 27 403 439
Tanker 7 49 44
Ambulance 414 4616 4544
Brush 55 109
Canteen 2 28 36
ATR 6 52 53
Other 3 80 96

Previous Stats
Fire EMS
2017 1918 4616
2016 1892 4544
2015 1882 4244
2014 1742 4331
2013 1466 3633
2012 2158 3807
2011 1884 3659
2010 1751 3601

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Welcome to the Official Website

for the

Independent Hose Company

Fire & Rescue Station #1


The Independent Hose Company is Frederick County Maryland's Fire & Rescue Station #1. We are Maryland's oldest volunteer Fire Company in continuous operation having been instituted in 1818.

We are celebrating our 200th anniversary in 2018. Check out our on-line store for our commerative coin that is being sold to help fund the various celebration activities.

We perform the following services for our community: Volunteer & Career Integrated Team, Fire, Rescue and EMS Services, Advanced Technical Rescue, Home of "Tower 1 & Canteen 1", Fire-EMS-Rescue support to Ft Detrick and Community Event Support.

We are also the home for MEDIC-1 which provides 24/7 ALS services for the citizens of Frederick City and County. This unit is staffed 24/7 by Fulltime  Paramedics.

We have rich history as Maryland's oldest volunteer fire station in continuous operation. We have many awards and memorabilia on display in our station. Stop by for a visit.

No Caption The Next Step in FireFighter Safety Initiated by Independent Hose Company

Assistant Chief Bobby Wells, March 17

The Independent Hose Company has taken firefighter safety to the next level. There are new unit identifiers place on every Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) at station 1. The identifiers are located on the front shoulder harness and the back strap of the SCBA. The company decided to purchase these to increase firefighter safety on emergency incidents. The identifiers glow in the dark to help ... (Full Story & Photos)

Independent Hose Company in the new with a successful turnout.

Assistant Chief Bobby Wells, February 27
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Great Training Coming Up

Assistant Chief Bobby Wells, February 13

MFRI and the International Association of Fire Chiefs is presenting great training in Frederick County,

BeyondHosesandHelmetsStrategyandTacticsofLeadingaVolunteerorCombinationFireRescueOrganization Being Held March 3rd and 4th

For Chief Officers there is the Maryland Chief Officers Seminar also being offered March 3rd and 4th.

Register at under Seminars

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House Fire in the Hillcrest Community

Assistant Chief Bobby Wells, January 27

Around 7:30 in the evening, Company 1 and other city units were alerted for a house fire in the Hillcrest area. Engine 11 arrived on the scene with fire showing from the second-floor bedroom. For the safety of the firefighters entering the building, a rapid intervention dispatch was sent immediately. Engine 11 crew advanced a hose line through the garage to the second floor. Fire was starting to extend ... (Full Story)

No Caption First due Condo fire

Assistant Chief Josh Sherwood, December 13

At 2042, Engine 22 was traveling south on RT-15 when they saw fire coming from the Condo building at 104 Mercer Ct. Engine 22 advised communications and Box 1-2 was sounded. Company 1 units arrived to find heavy fire showing from a ground floor patio area. Communication advised of 3 possible trapped victims on the upper floors. The engine crew stretched a line and begun fire attack while the tower ... (Full Story & Photos)

Commercial building fire in Brunswick brings Tower 1 and the Canteen

Assistant Chief Josh Sherwood, December 13

Just around noon the box was dropped for Brunswick at the Wing and Pizza Shack on Souder Rd for smoke coming from the building. Company 5 units arrived to find a brush fire to the rear with extnsion into the building. The fire quickly extended into the roof and Chief 5-1 requested the RIT and fire task force bringing Tower 1 on the fire task force. The canteen was later added to assist with rehab. ... (Full Story & Photos)

Courtesy of Trevor James
Courtesy of Trevor James

No Caption Townhouse Fire in Frederick Brings Company 1

Assistant Chief Bobby Wells, December 06

Units responded for a reported townhouse fire. When units arrived on location they had fire showing on the Charlie side of the structure. Tower 1 was dispatched on the initial alarm handling ladders, utilities, and roof work. Engine 11 and Canteen 1 was dispatched on greater alarms. Strong work by all involved who mitigated the incident. Our thoughts are with those who had fire loss.

Courtesy pictures ... (Full Story & Photos)

2nd Due Truck on Working Fire

Assistant Chief Bobby Wells, December 04

Around 2300 in the evening, units from company 1 were dispatched to the 6700 Block of English Muffin Way for a commercial building fire. DFRS units arrived with multiple vehicles on fire with extension into the building. Tower 1 responded as the 2nd due truck and Engine 11 as the 4th due Engine. Personnel worked diligently to mitigate the incident. The origin and cause is being investigated by the ... (Full Story & Photos)

Courtesy of Jerry Dorsey
Courtesy of Jerry Dorsey


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