The past 24 hours have proven to be busy for your Leonardtown Volunteers.
At 13:19 hours on April 17, 2017, Company's 1, 7, 5, 13, 19, 79, 59, and the Medic Unit were alerted to the Breton Bay Golf Course for an aircraft crash. Squad 1 and Engine 11 responded shortly after dispatch. Squad 1 was first to arrive on scene finding a United States Army UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter that had crash landed on the third hole of the golf course. Chief 1B established the command and Chief 1A assumed the command upon his arrival on the scene. One member of the flight crew was able to self-extricate from the aircraft. Two other members of the flight crew were trapped and a heavy extrication commenced. After further assessment, it was determined that one member of the flight crew was deceased. The third member of the flight crew was extricated from the aircraft and was flown to a local shock trauma center by Maryland State Police Trooper 7 along with the flight crew member who self-extricated. Once the extrication was complete units remained on scene to aid police and army officials who were securing the scene and beginning an investigation.
*The officers and members of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department would like to send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the member of the flight crew who perished in the crash. We would also like to send our best wishes to the rest of the flight crew in hopes that they make a full recovery. We thank you for your service to our nation.*
At 07:44 hours on April 18, 2017, Company 1 was dispatched to 24241 Point Lookout Road for a commercial vehicle fire. Engine 11 and Tanker 14 responded shortly after dispatch. Units arrived on scene to find a school bus that was heavily involved in fire. The crews from Engine 11 and Tanker 14 began an aggressive attack and extinguished the fire shortly thereafter. The bus driver was able to safely evacuate all students from the bus resulting in no injuries.
At 10:21 hours on April 18, 2017, Company's 7, 2, and 1 were dispatched to 26230 Loveville Road for a structure fire. Chief 7A arrived on scene, established the command, and found a workshop that was heavily involved in fire. Engine 73 and Tanker 24 arrived on scene shortly after and began a defensive attack on the fire. Tanker 14 was next to arrive and assisted with the fire attack. The fire then began to spread to adjacent brush, trash piles, and piles of tires. Command requested additional units to establish a water supply and assist with the fire attack. The fire was placed under control around 11:00 hours and Company 1 units returned to service at 11:17 hours.
*The Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank all units that provided fill-in crews for the various St. Mary's County Fire Departments during the duration of this incident.*
Addition News Articles:
School Bus Fire article courtesy of thebaynet.com:
Workshop Fire article courtesy of thebaynet.com:
Helicopter Crash article courtesy of foxnews.com:
Helicopter Crash article courtesy of cnn.com:
*Please see other local and national news sources that reported on the helicopter crash.