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Large Animal Rescue in Churchville
Sunday, March 30, 2014 
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On Sunday March 30, 2014 at 1324 hours the Level Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for a Large Animal Rescue at 2613 Churchville Rd. Additional information received was that a horse was trapped in a horse trailer and injured. FF/EMT Rachel Itzoe, a horse owner herself, was the first to arrive on scene. She took a position at the horse’s head and used her skills to calm the panicked horse. Captain Martin Chidsey, Sgt. Tyler Leavens and FF Paul Worthington along with his wife Barb Worthington arrived a few minutes later and also used their equestrian skills to evaluate the situation and assist in the rescue operations. Fire Department personnel found a 1200 lb horse wedged in a horse trailer with his hindquarters at head height, his front legs caught over the center divider and his head in a downward position. When the crew from Rescue 151 arrived they quickly assessed the situation and made a decision to use the Hurst Tool to cut and remove the center divider. This enabled the horse to be lowered to the floor of the trailer. The horse was now lying left to right in the trailer with his hindquarters wedged in the passenger side entry door and his head against the driver’s side entry door. Due to the weight of the horse and his panicked state crews waited for the emergency vet to arrive and sedate him for removal. Once the horse was sedated Dr. Russ Jacobson evaluated the horse and guided crews in the rescue operation. The horse, a 16 year old Quarter horse named Chance, survived the ordeal with only minor cuts and bruising. Harford County Animal Control and Harford County Technical Rescue Team members, Steven C. Hinch and Christopher Hofmeister were also on scene assisting with the rescue. Captain Clinton Polk held the Churchville Road Command until the arrival of Assistant Chief Rhonda Hinch. Additional media inquires please contact Assistant Chief Rhonda Hinch @ lifesaver911@verizon.net

 
   
   
First Due Large Gas Leak
Thursday, March 27, 2014 
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On 3/27/14 The Level Volunteers were alerted for "Contractor struck gas line" in the 2900blk of Churchville Rd(Rt.22). Engine 113 arrived on scene to find gas coming from the ground on the east bound side on Rt22. Command was established by Captain 1-1 and the road was immediately shut down. Command met with the contractor who advised they were drilling in area and they hit a 1/2" gas line. Crew donned SCBA and evacuated a home in immediate area. SHA requested to assist with traffic control. A BGE rep arrived on scene and advised it was a 4" main line hit. BGE, 113 & 112 crew began checking all houses and had residence shelter in place. Additional BGE reps showed up and advised, they didn't have a shut off close by and would be a while before gas would be secured. A 1 3/4" handline was stretched and manned by personal in full PPE & SCBA. Haz-Mat & E515 were then requested to scene. C5 also arrived and command post was set up in the rear of his buggy. C5-1 had personal branch, Car 3-1 had Haz-Mat branch, Safety 5 had safety. 2 tanker and a medic unit requested to the scene. A Blitz fire(Portable ground based nozzle) was set up and crews were pulled from area. Haz-Mat set up monitoring systems in area. Crews evacuated and check all residence in the surrounding areas. Shelter was set up @ Co.1(no residence reported there). BGE began digging up the road. Once they found leak they began to patch it. BGE secured the leak and units wrapped up and cleared a short time later.

 
   
   
Majorette Meeting
Thursday, March 6, 2014 
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Level Majorette Meeting – Sunday March 16th at 3pm. Anyone interested in joining the Level Majorettes is encouraged to attend this meeting. There is a need for teenage participants but all ages are welcome to join. Participants will be measured for uniforms, begin practicing routines, and receive information on upcoming events. Contact Rachel at rachelitzoe@yahoo.com for more information.

 
Engine and Chief to another working fire
Sunday, March 2, 2014 
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Sunday the Level Volunteers were alerted for 1 engine to respond as a part of working fire box 212 in the Unit Block of South Philadelphia Blvd. Engine 112 w/ 6(Lt Jackson) & Chief 1(Hawkins) were on the street within seconds of dispatch. Aberdeen units were on the scene with a 2.5 story SFD with fire showing from division 2. Level units arrived and quickly went to work. The crew and officer were sent to the Charlie side to conduct a search and ventilate. The driver covered E213/T1231 hydrant in case a secondary water source was needed. After the fire was knocked and the FM completed an investigation the Level Volunteers assisted Aberdeen units with overhaul and re-racking of lines. The Engine and Chief also returned to Aberdeen House 1 to assist with reloading engine 211. After Level crews swapped around and were heading to grab a quick bite to eat at a local business before returning to the station, a crew member noticed a car in the Burger King parking lot on Beards Hill Rd with Gray smoke coming from it. The Engine crew went to investigate and found a working engine compartment fire. The line men stretched the front bumper line while other crew members opened up the engine compartment and quickly extinguished the same. Once finally back in the station the crew cleaned up and returned the engine to service. Dwelling Fire: Units on scene: 211,213,215,1231,112,C1,514,512,535,BC12 Command: Chief 2 Hinch.. Auto Fire: Units on scene: 112,211,213 Command: Captain 1-1 Polk

 
Alisha Sullivan Photo
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Annual Banquet Video
   2014 Banquet Video
Sunday, March 2, 2014 
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Here is the video that was displayed at our 2014 annual banquet:

 
Another First Due Working Fire
Friday, February 28, 2014 
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Around 6:45pm on Friday the 28th the Level Volunteers were alerted for a Chimney Fire in the 101 Box Area. E-112 called enroute and was advised chimney fire with possible extension. E-112 arrived with a 2 story SFD with nothing evident from side "A". The crew then stretched 1 attack line inside to discover fire coming out of the wall next to the chimney with extension to the 2nd floor. Crews worked on scene for approximately 2 hrs to knock all the hotspots and conduct overhaul. Chief 1 held the Wilkinson Rd Command. Units on scene: E-112, E-113, K-121, S-181, Q-535, E-912, E-914, Chief 1, Chief 5-1. E-213 transferred to Co.1 while units operated on scene.

 
   
   
Back to Back Working fires for the Volunteers
   Go-Pro and Helmet Cam
Friday, February 14, 2014 
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Shortly after 7pm on February 14th the Level Volunteers were alerted for 1 engine to respond to the 500blk of Franklin Street in Havre de Grace for a 2nd alarm fire. Company 5 units were on the scene with a large 2 story residence/business with heavy fire showing. Another engine was also alerted to transfer to Company 5 house 1. Engine 113 was enroute shortly after alert. Engine 112 called enroute moments later for the transfer. Command then requested engine 112 to the scene. Engine 113 arrived and was instructed to secure utilities. Engine 112 arrived and was placed with RIT duties. Units cleared a short time later. Then on February 15th shortly after 5am the Level Volunteers were again alerted for 2 engines to respond for another working fire at the same address as before. Engine 113 and Engine 112 made the response again. Crews arrived on scene and went right to work advancing additional lines and opening up. Crews worked on scene for an extended period of time before clearing. Below is a video put together by the Level Volunteers from footage from the second fire. The in cab video was shot using a Go-Pro and the scene footage was shot using Lt. Jackson`s helmet cam!

 
First Due Building Fire
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 16:37
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On Tuesday 2/11 at 1637 hours, the Level Volunteers were alerted for a building fire in the 3000 block of Churchville Rd(MD Rt 22). Along with the Level Volunteers, the Aberdeen Fire Department, Bel Air Volunteer Fire company and APG Fire Department were alerted. Chief 1(Hawkins) and Engine 113 w/4(Sgt Leavens) quickly made the response. While enroute Harford County Dispatch advised they were receiving multiple calls of fire through the roof of an automotive shop. Engine 113 arrived first due with a 1 story building with Smoke Showing and established command. While the Sergeant was completing his 360, the crew stretched 1 1.75" hand line through the front door. The crew began to open up the ceiling area where the bulk of the fire was found. Chief 1 arrived and assumed command of the fire ground. E211 and E112 arrived and went straight to the roof to open up. E211 supplied water to Engine 113. T332 arrived a short time later and placed their aerial to the roof. Tanker 1221 and E213 had the RIT assignment and Tanker 121 stood by with additional water if needed. E113 crew made a quick knock on the fire and command began to scale the incident back. Crews assisted with opening up the burned areas to check for any remaining hot spots. The Maryland State Fire Marshall's office was requested to the scene for an investigation. Crews remained on scene for a short time before clearing.

 
   
   
2 Engines and a Chief to the 558 box
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 
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On Wednesday the Level Volunteers were alerted for 1 engine to respond to a possible working fire in the 558 box on Canvasback Dr. Chief 1(Hawkins) and Engine 113 W/4(Capt. Polk) made the respomse . Chief 5(Hurst) was first on scene with a 2 story SFD with fire showing from an attached garage on the delta side. Chief 1 was second on the scene and assisted Q535 on the interior of the structure. E113 arrived as the 4th engine and was assigned truck work. The crew threw multiple ground ladders to all sides of the structure, opened and cleared all windows. The crew then opened up the roof and siding area on the A/D side. 113 and 214's crew then did a through search of all divisions checking for hot spots. Crews assisted with racking up before clearing. Engine 112 was also dispatched and their crew assisted with manpower for the RIT team before clearing. Picture Credit- Christian and Jessica Griffin

 
   
   
1 Engine to the 214 box
Friday, January 31, 2014 
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Shortly after 6pm tonight, the Level Volunteers were alerted to respond 1 engine as a part of the 214 box for a reported dwelling fire. Engine 113 w/5, Captain 1-1 and Lieutenant 1 quickly made the response. Units were advised of multiple calls advising house on fire. Engine 113 arrived and laid in from a hydrant at Paradise and Eastgate and supplied E213. The crew split and began throwing ground ladders and opening the roof. E213 and E211`s crew quickly knocked a attic fire. E113`s crew assisted with salvage and overhaul of the fire floor before clearing. Units operated for a little under 2 hours. Photo Credit to Dean Nicewander and Chief 1(Hawkins)

 
   
   
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