Around 12:21 hours on Tuesday (July 29) Frederick County Fire & Rescue units were toned out for High-Rise Box 1-8 at the Hickory Hill Apartments off of Key Parkway in Frederick City. Firefighters from Company 1 (Independent) and Company 4 (Citizen Truck) arrived to find smoke showing from the three-story apartment building. Occupants were trapped on the 3rd level of the unit and firefighters used ground ladders to perform rescues of up to 10 occupants from the building. Chief 1 had command and ordered a rapid intervention dispatch bringing Middletown Rescue Engine 74, Ambulance 38 (being staffed by Brunswick Vol Amb. Co. 19), Medic 1, and Jefferson Engine 201 to the scene.
Rescue Squad 2 (Junior Fire Company) and Rescue Squad 6 (Emmitsburg) as well as units from Fort Detrick (Engine 501), Urbana (Tower 23), Jefferson (Engine Tanker 204), Braddock Heights (Engine 122), New Market (Engine 152), and Middletown (Rescue Engine 74) were also dispatched on the initial alarm.
Photos include one of the rescues being performed by firefighters from Co. 1 and Co. 4 courtesy of my friend Lieutenant Kelly Lowery, and a shot of a firefighter performing ventilation courtesy of David Clark. I arrived after the rescues occurred and took overhaul and apparatus shots.
One additional note – Jefferson and Emmitsburg companies were detailing at Company 3 (United) in downtown Frederick today while Co. 3 members took part in the funeral for long-time member and firefighter Mark Fisher. New Market was filling in at Company 31 as their members were also taking part in the funeral detail. Thanks to Lieut. Lowery for the full rundown of the units and dispatch assignments.