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First due rescue with 2 trapped
Saturday, July 26, 2014 
On July 26th, around 5pm, the Level Volunteers were alerted for a 10-50 PI w/ Rescue. Moments later both Chief 1 and Chief 1-1 arrived to find a 2 vehicle MVC in the intersection of Paradise Rd and SRT 155, and advised 2 patients were entrapped. R-151 w/4 and A-191 arrived just moments later, split crews and went to work. The rescue crew quickly placed struts and box cribbing on the overturned vehicle while EMS personnel checked for injuries on other victims. Crews were able to remove both driver side doors to extricate the patients. Both extricated patients were taken to area hospitals via land, while one other patient was taken by Trooper 1. E -111 and E-113’s crew also assisted in checking for injuries and rescue operations. Crews operated on-scene for approximately one hour with 16 Volunteers while additional personnel were staffing equipment at the station.

Engine 111 attends Fundraiser
Thursday, August 7, 2014 
Thursday evening Engine 111 w/5 loaded up and headed to Sweet Frog in Bel Air for a fundraiser for Chief Lloyd of the Joppa-Magnolia Fire Company. Chief Lloyd was diagnosed with Brain Cancer in 2009 and has been fighting the battle since. The fundraiser was put on to assist with medical bills for the Chief.

2 working fires for the Volunteers
Monday, July 7, 2014 
The Level Volunteers responded to 2 working fires on Monday. Around 1pm, Level was alerted for 1 engine as a part of working Fire/Rescue box 216 in the Unit Block of Grant Street. Engine 211 was on scene with a 1 story SFD with fire showing with reports of people trapped. Engine 113 made the response. The crew was placed in the manpower pool and assisted crews with moping up. All searches proved negative. MSFMO was on scene and handling the investigation. Then again around 11pm, the Level Volunteers were heading back to Aberdeen for the second working Fire/Rescue box of the day. This time Medic 291 was on scene on Roberts way in the 214 box with a 2 story SFD with fire through the roof. There was a vehicle in the driveway and no one outside so the box was quickly upgraded. Engine 113 arrived and was instructed by command to advance a 3rd handline into the structure via a ground ladder to the second floor. The crew assisted Aberdeen units with opening up and knocking all visible in the attic area. MSFMO is also investigating this fire. Units cleared a short time later. Also at appox 7pm the Volunteers were alerted for Engine, Tanker and Supply to assist Darlington on a reported dwelling fire in the 1200Blk of Anderson Ave. The box was placed in service by the first arriving engine.

Grant Street fire, picture courtesy of Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department
   Grant Street fire, picture courtesy of
      Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department
Roberts way fire courtesy of Harford Fire Blog
   Roberts way fire courtesy of Harford
      Fire Blog
Passing of a Charter Member
Friday, July 4, 2014 
Dorothy C. “Dot” Worthington February 10, 1925 – July 4, 2014... Dorothy (Dot) Curry Worthington, charter member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Level Volunteer Fire Company passed away peacefully at the age of 89 in her home on July 4th after a long illness. She is predeceased by her husband, Lawrence William Worthington, charter member of the Level Volunteer Fire Company. She is survived by her five children, Janet Martin, Frank Worthington, Sr., Ann Polk, Mary Ross, and Paul Worthington. She is also survived by her sisters, Bessie Bowman and Helen Hoshall who are also charter members of the Ladies Auxiliary. Dot joined the ladies auxiliary in May 21st, 1953. Dot held the office of Historian in 1985. She devoted countless hours helping the auxiliary. In 2013, she received a service award for 60 years of service to the auxiliary. She sought no glory or reward, just the satisfaction of knowing that she was giving back some of the blessings that God had given her. Dot was a ray of sunshine and she will be missed. She was a special friend, someone who we welcomed into our Level family, spent time with, and laughed with. Until we meet again. The Viewing will be held at McComas Funeral Home, Abingdon 1317 Cokesbury Rd. Abingdon, MD US 21009 on Thursday July 10th 2014 from 2pm-4pm and again from 7pm-9pm. Funeral will be held at the same place on Friday July 11th 2014 at 10am. Interment will follow at Churchville Presbyterian Church Cemetery 2844 Churchville Road Churchville, MD US 21028.

Dorothy Worthington Obituary
2 Engines and Supply to Dublin
Friday, June 27, 2014 
Shortly after 1pm Level was alerted for Engine and Supply to fire box 993 @ Dublin Elem School for the reported building fire. Engine 113 was on the street within seconds and was advised of an outbuilding to the rear of the school with flames and smoke visible. Ambulance 991 went on scene with a 1 story brick outbuilding with smoke showing from the roof. Engine 113 arrived 3rd due and backed up initial crews while the driver ran a supply line to the first due engine and threw ground ladders to the roof of the structure. Darlington, Level and Bel Air crews made quick work of the fire and overhauled as needed. Engine 112 was alerted on the working fire dispatch. Them, along with Supply 181 were cleared when command held the assignment to the 4 engines on the scene. Engine 113 operated on scene for appox 45 minuets before clearing.

Engine and Chief go to work in the 208 box
   LT Jackson Helmet Cam
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 
Engine 111 and Chief 1 were enroute to a transfer at Abingdon Fire Company while their units were on a working house fire in the 411 box. While enroute fire box 208 was dispatched, engine advised of their location and was picked up on the box. Engine 211 arrived with a 3 story middle of the group townhome with heavy fire on the 3rd floor and through the roof, with extension to the adjacent homes. Chief 1 arrived right behind E211 and assisted initial crew with advancing a handline. Engine 111 arrived and quickly went to work in the fire building opening up and knocking fire. Crews work for appox 2 hours opening up and checking for hidden fire. Cause of both fires was found to be lightning strikes for the passing storm.

Large Animal Rescue in Churchville
Sunday, March 30, 2014 
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 @

First Due Large Gas Leak
Thursday, March 27, 2014 
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 
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 for more information.

Engine and Chief to another working fire
Sunday, March 2, 2014 
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

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