July 31, 2014 - The Issue
* Heatstroke, also known as hyperthermia, is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children.
* It occurs when the body isn't able to cool itself quickly enough and the body temperature rises to dangerous levels.
* Young children are particularly at risk as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult's.
* When a child's internal temperature gets to 104 degrees, major organs begin to shut down. And when that child's temperature reaches 107 degrees, the child can die.
* Because of this, and because cars heat up so quickly – 19 degrees in 10 minutes – tragedies can happen faster than you think.
* Symptoms can quickly progress from flushed, dry skin and vomiting to seizures, organ failure and death.
* Since 1998, at least 605 children across the United States have died from heatstroke when unattended in a vehicle.
o 52% - child "forgotten" by caregiver
o 29% - child playing in unattended vehicle
o 18% - child intentionally left in vehicle by adult
* Heatstroke deaths by year:
o In 2013, 43 children died.
o In 2012, 34 children died.
o In 2011, 33 children died.
o In 2010, 49 children died.
* Heatstroke deaths have been recorded in 11 months of the year in nearly all 50 states.
"Top Safety Tips"
* Heatstroke can happen anytime. Anywhere.
* We don't want to see this happen to any family. Safe Kids is asking everyone to help protect kids from this preventable tragedy.
* Safe Kids wants everyone to ACT.
o A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you're not in it so kids don't get in on their own.
o C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you're not following your normal routine.
o T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.
June 08, 2014 - The Providence Volunteer Fire Department Station 29 dedicated its new Engine on Saturday, June 7, 2014. An educational event was held for the children and the Chick-fill-a cow attended. The dedication was well attended by the community, and members of the fire house. Councilman Todd Huff and Council candidate Laurie Taylor Mitchell also attended the event.
May 23, 2014 - On the evening of Friday May 23, 2014 just before midnight, the Providence Volunteers along with surrounding companies were alerted for a 38-07 rescue assignment on Dulaney Valley Rd. Truck Company 297 promptly responded with 6 volunteers. Engine 382 was first on scene followed by Engine 473 with giving an updated status of having one vehicle vs. tree with one patient heavily entrapped, the chief from Jacksonville established command. The chief from Jacksonville began by stabilizing the vehicle before the special services arrived.Squad 303 and Truck 297 arrived shortly after beginning extrication. Squad 303 operated on the driver’s side of the vehicle using their portable pump with cutters and spreaders. Truck 297 stretched two 100ft pre-connected hydraulic lines with the spreader, cutters, and a combie tool and began operations on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. Crews worked together to remove the vehicles doors and roof to safely extricate the patient.
Crews operated on scene for approximately an hour and a half before returning to service. Great Job done by all.
May 12, 2014 - We are pleased to announce that we are hosting our FIRST ANNUAL Golf Tournament !!
The tournament will be held on June 2, 2014 at the Hunt Valley Golf Club.
There will be prizes, contests, and raffles. Lunch will be provided.
$400 per Foursome!
The registration form is attached. You may mail in your registration fee with the form to the Fire house, or you may use Paypal.
Contact the Event Chairman Len Schneider at email@example.com or 443-992-8800 for questions.
April 24, 2014 - While most were enjoying time on Easter with family members, crews from 29 were battling a 2 alarm blaze in Mays Chapel. Engine 292 was alerted as part of the working fire assignment and Truck 297 as part of the second alarm to Box 17-03.
While en route, command advised that units where to switch to a defensive attack due to deteriorating interior conditions, and after utilizing Tower 17's ladder pipe to knock down the heaviest fire, sent units back in to make an aggressive stop. Upon arrival Engine 292 was put to work in the bravo exposure assisting Engine 2(Pikesville) open up the walls extinguish the fire. After exiting the exposure dwelling, command sent the crew of Engine 292 back into the main fire building to relieve crews and again extinguish any remaining fire. As the crew from Engine 292 performed its duties, Truck 297 emptied its ladder bed and laddered all sides of the dwellings involved and then went to the roof to assist with ventilation and extinguishment.
For the duration of this large incident, a standby crew attended Engine 291 in station and responded on a medical emergency. Units were on scene of the 2nd alarm approx 4.5 hours
April 05, 2014 - On April 5, 2014 at 11:31hrs the Providence Volunteers were alerted for an apartment fire in Towson off of Kenilworth Drive. Engine 292 and Truck 297 immediately responded and while en route, first arriving units from Station 1 (Towson) stated that they had smoke showing from a 2 story apartment building and immediately requested the Working Fire Assignment.
Engine 292 arrived shortly thereafter and was assigned to RIT (Rescue Intervention Team), Truck 297 laddered side Charlie of the building, ventilated, and helped with the overhaul and salvage operations. Crews from Providence were on scene for approximately two hours.
Job well done by all companies on scene!
Photo Credit to: Howard Berliner and Jack Carroll
March 31, 2014 - We have been truly honored to host Chief Jesse Jones and Assistant Chief Sam Moore of the Rose Hill Vol. Fire Dept. (Dozier, AL) for the weekend. The crew made the 900+ mile journey to purchase a set of Holmatro rescue tools that we were selling. The tools will be carried on their Engine 1 (former "Engine 291"), and will greatly enhance auto extrication capabilities in their area.
While at Providence, our brothers from Rose Hill rode with us on several calls, including a first due working rescue on the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), and were also able to take part in some training opportunities.
Despite the gloomy weather, many new friendships have been forged, and many experiences have been shared, truly exemplifying the "BROTHERHOOD" of the fire service!
March 30, 2014 - At 830am, Station 29 was alerted to respond to the report of a overturned vehicle with entrapment on the inner loop of Interstate 695 between Providence Rd and Loch Raven Boulevard. Truck 297 and Engine 292 immediately responded with 8 volunteers. Truck 297 and Engine 292, the first arriving units on scene, encountered a overturned SUV with the driver trapped in the vehicle. The crew from Truck 297 immediately went to work stabilizing the vehicle and extricating the patient. Truck 297 with the assistance of Squad 303 (Lutherville) removed the driver’s side doors and post. The patient was then packaged and transported to a local hospital for evaluation.
Great Job to all the crews operating on scene, Job well done!
Photo Credit to: Lutherville VFC