On Saturday, February 19, 2011 – Flourtown responded along with Barren Hill (Station 29), Lincoln Fire Company, Oreland Volunteer Fire Company, Wyndmoor Hose Co. #1, Wissahickon Fire Co. and Fort Washington Fire Company along with other support units to an explosion and fire at the PECO sub-station located at 551 Bethlehem Pike. Because of the energized nature of the structures and equipment, priority was placed on PECO securing the equipment and electricity prior any fire suppression could take place. Units were on location from 12:33 until 15:05.
BALTIMORE COUNTY FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY TRAPPED IN MULTI-FAMILY DWELLING FIRE
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Flourtown Fire Company has a unique connection with the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company, as former Flourtown Firefighter Dave Wilmot runs with them, and was present at this fire and at the hospital where Firefighter Mark Falkenhan was taken. Dave is the son of former Flourtown Chief and Life Active Member Bob Wilmot, Jr. who is still quite active with our fire company and often supplies us with the photographs users see throughout this website. The members of Flourtown Fire Company join all our fellow firefighters in Balitmore County, the Wilmots and the Falkenhan family in our condolences at this most difficult time. The following is the announcement from The Secret List www.FirefighterCloseCalls.com
It is with deep regret that we advise you of the Line of Duty Death of Baltimore County FF Mark Falkenhan, 43. Mark was killed [the evening of 1/19/11] after becoming trapped and calling a mayday in a multi-family dwelling fire and suffering massive burns. FF Falkenhan had recently left as a career Baltimore County FF to take a position with the United States Secret Service. However, he was an active member of Baltimore County’s Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company (Station 30), a part of the Baltimore County FD. Mark was also an Instructor with MFRI, the Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute. He leaves his wife and 2 children, ages 10 & 13 behind. More to follow.
As always, our most sincere condolences to all affected.
More on this tragedy.
Initial reports at 11:57 am of heavy smoke coming from the basement of 1250 Pinetown Road in Upper Dublin had Fort Washington Fire Company and units from Roslyn Fire Company, Oreland, and Flourtown Fire Company respond. Flourtown Fire Company’ Squad 6 was initially dispatched as a FAST unit and Engine 6 and Utility 6 were requested for additional resources and personnel. The fire advanced from the basement to all three floors of the large home and personnel were sent to the roof to open up particularly hot spots.
For more on the fire and other pictures (by Bob Wilmot, Jr.) see Philly Fire News
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Station 6 (Flourtown) and Station (29) dispatched on box 32-28 for the commercial building fire. Chief 6 went en-route and was advised by county that roofers were doing work on the building and the building was filling with smoke and possibly had fire in the wall. County also advised that the alarm company was on the phone and was reporting a smoke detector activation for the building. Upon arrival Chief 6 had smoke showing from the area the roofers had been working in. Engine 6 arrived and pulled an 1-3/4 and went to open up the exterior wall. Ladder 6’s crew went to the interior to open up and check for extension in the wall. Fire was found in the wall and extinguished as the crew’s opened up. 29′ s crew assisted with ventilation and checking for extension to the 3rd floor.