Independent Hose Company

2014 Incidents
Fire EMS
Jan 182 366
Feb 145 291
Mar 0 367
Apr 0 359
May 0 369
Jun 0 0
Jul 0 0
Aug 0 0
Sep 0 0
Oct 0 0
Nov 0 0
Dec 0 0
Total 327 1752

2014 Calls
Apparatus Total to Date
Engine 229
Tower 55
Tanker 8
Ambulance 1752
Brush 15
Canteen 4
Other 32

Previous Stats
Fire EMS
2013 1466 3633
2012 2158 3807
2011 1884 3659
2010 1751 3601

Web Counters
Website Visitors
August 25, 2009
Visitors Today
Jul 24, 2014


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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 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, Child Car Seat Inspections and, Community Event Support.

We are also the home for MEDIC-1 which provides 24x7 ALS services for the citizens of Frederick City and County. This unit is staffed 24x7 by Fulltime  Paramedics.

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

Rescue Engine and Engine company assist with a cut job in 12's area

Assistant Chief Josh Sherwood, July 16

Just after 8 in the morning, units from 12 and 1 were alerted for the vehicle accident with entrapment on Mt. Phillip Rd at Teal lane. Chief 1-1 (Ausherman) arrived to find 2 SUV's head on with one trapped in the vehicle. Engine 12 was added to the call to make staffing for Engine 122 who was driver only. The Rescue Engine arrived to stabilize the vehicle and removed the drivers door to gain access ... (Full Story & Photos)

Company extrication training

Assistant Chief Josh Sherwood, June 28

Members went to the junk yard to refine extrication skills and learn new technices.... (Full Story & Photos)

Braddock Heights Fire

Sergeant Charles Huebner, March 11

12 Box was dispatched on Willowtree Drive for an outside fire that has spread to the car port. By the time Company 12 arrived on scene fire had spread to the roof. Tower 1 was the first due truck, who went interior and opened ceiling. Rescue Engine 11 was the third due engine and set up the Rapid Intervention Team. Fire was knocked, Tower 1 assisted in overhaul. Company 1 went in service.... (Full Story & Photos)

Landed Two Helicopters

Sergeant Charles Huebner, March 08

Around 0945, Company 20, Company 3 and Company 1 were dispatched for a vehicle accident with ejection on 340. Two were pronounced dead on scene. While crews assisted in patient care in the 4 patients trapped in the three vehicles, Rescue Engine 11 shut down 340 to land Trooper 3 and Life Net. Which flew three patients out and one taken by ground. Crews had a debriefing and went in service.... (Full Story & Photos)

Courtesy of Frederick News Post
Courtesy of Frederick News Post

Daylight Savings Time!

Chief Rodney Masser, March 07

Change your Clock, Change Your Smoke Detector Battery or Replace if Needed!

As Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, March 9, at 2:00 a.m., the Independent Hose Company, and the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services encourages citizens to spring into action by changing clocks, replacing batteries in smoke alarms, testing all alarms, and developing a family escape plan.

If you ... (Full Story & Photos)

Please Help Clear Fire Hydrants!

Chief Rodney Masser, February 14

Please HELP Fire Departments, and clear snow away from fire hydrants! ... (Full Story & Photos)

IHC Tower 1 and RE11  responding to a house fire during 02/13/2014 snow storm.
IHC Tower 1 and RE11 responding to a house fire during 02/13/2014 snow storm.

Valentines 2014 Snow Event For Frederick, Maryland

Chief Rodney Masser, February 14

The Independent Hose Company (IHC) was in full storm mode, with over 18" to 24" of snow in most areas in Frederick County. IHC was able to work with our partners and DFRS leadership to ensure extra volunteer and career staffing was maintained at the station for the duration of the event. Stay safe, winter is not over yet!

Together in service!... (Full Story & Photos)

ATR Team Uses Polar Temperatures for Ice Rescue Training

Chief Rodney Masser, January 26

The following is from WHAG News Reporter Kirstin Garriss

FREDERICK, Md. - Members of Frederick County's Advanced Technical Rescue Team took advantage of the polar temperatures on Saturday to conduct their annual ice rescue training session.

"We want to be prepared to respond quickly and adequately and exercise our equipment and train with it so we know we're prepared to respond," said Chris Kunkle, ... (Full Story & Photos)


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