Independent Hose Company

2017 Incidents
Jan 131 369
Feb 151 367
Mar 150 369
Apr 180 337
May 142 359
Jun 139 362
Jul 144 365
Aug 180 392
Sep 150 408
Oct 183 434
Nov 185 397
Dec 183 457
Total 1918 4616

2017 Calls
Apparatus Total to Date
Engine 872
Tower 199
Tanker 30
Ambulance 2528
Brush 34
Canteen 13
ATR 31
Other 46

Previous Stats
Fire EMS
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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Independent Hose Company

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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.

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)

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)

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Courtesy of Trevor James
Courtesy of Trevor James

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)

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)

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Courtesy of Jerry Dorsey

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)

Tanker and Canteen assist company 14 with a barn fire

Assistant Chief Josh Sherwood, November 29

Around 11am units from around Carol Manor and the south end of the city were alerted for the barn fire. Units from company 14 arrived to find a large pole barn with total fire involvement filled with farm machinery. The tanker task force was requested bringing Tanker 1 to the call. Canteen 1 was later added to assist with Rehab. Good job to all on the call for confining the fire to the building ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Lieutenant Nathan Martin, November 25

At 1520 hours, station 1 was alerted for a reported basement fire on the 7400 block of Skyline Drive. Crews arrived on scene to heavy smoke conditions coming from the basement. E11 made the initial attack and was quickly backed up by E12's, and the fire brought under control. Crews remained on scene to extinguish hot spots and ventilate as needed.

Photos by Trevor James... (Full Story & Photos)


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