Monday, April 6, 2020, while Company 5 personnel were operating on the scene of a cliff rescue in the Pipertown area of the mountain, Jefferson ECC struck Box 560K for the fully involved structure fire on Gingerbread Lane in Shannondale off of Gate #2. Ambulance 5-1 and ALS 5 (Lyons) leaving Jefferson Medical Center approximately 8 miles away, reported a large column of black smoke coming from the area.
Asst. Chief 5 (Royce) responded from the Loudoun Heights area from the cliff rescue and advised Jefferson to initiate a dispatch for additional tankers to respond on the box do to the report from ALS 5. Jefferson ECC advised units during their response that they were receiving reports of an exposure building catching fire, explosions and the wooded area around the structures beginning to burn.
Engine-Tanker 2 (Citizens) was the first arriving engine and confirmed the ECC's information and immediately began an attack on the fire. Operations were moved to Tac 1 as a county wide all-call was dispatched for all tankers and available manpower to report to the scene since two major incidents were in progress at the time.
Asst. Chief 6 (Harris) of the Middleway Vol. Fire Company arrived with Rescue-Engine 6 and took command of the incident.
Water Supply was established by Tanker 1 (Sharpsburg-Washington County, MD) and tanker shuttle operations were utilized. Crews made a stop on the advancing woods fire and contained the structure fire to the area of the structure.
Chief 5 (Cogle) arrived at the scene from the Loudoun Heights incident and began an investigation along with deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
Crews operated on scene for approximately 2 to 3 hours before leaving the scene.
President: Tiffany Long
Vice-Pres.: Tracy Cogle
Secretary: Suzie Weaver Day
Chaplain: Steve Lewis, Pastor
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Suzie Weaver Day
Warren Royce Sr.
Lloyd Dignazio Sr.
Lloyd "Rusty" Dignazio Jr.
Chief: Earl Cogle
Assistant Chief: Warren Royce Jr.
Captain: Lloyd "Rusty" Dignazio Jr.
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