Independent Hose Company

2015 Incidents
Jan 148 359
Feb 189 371
Total 337 730

2015 Calls
Apparatus Total to Date
Engine 323
Tower 82
Tanker 6
Ambulance 730
Brush 15
Canteen 2
Other 16

Previous Stats
Fire EMS
2014 1742 4331
2013 1466 3633
2012 2158 3807
2011 1884 3659
2010 1751 3601

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Website Visitors
August 25, 2009
Visitors Today
Mar 27, 2015


Welcome to the Official Website

for the

Independent Hose Company

Fire & Rescue Station #1


The Independent Hose Company is Frederick County Maryland's Fire & Rescue Station #1. We are Maryland's oldest volunteer Fire Company in continuous operation having been instituted in 1818.

We perform the following services for our community: Volunteer & Career Integrated Team, Fire, Rescue and EMS Services, Advanced Technical Rescue, Home of "Tower 1 & Canteen 1", Fire-EMS-Rescue support to Ft Detrick, Child Car Seat Inspections and, Community Event Support.

We are also the home for MEDIC-1 which provides 24/7 ALS services for the citizens of Frederick City and County. This unit is staffed 24/7 by Fulltime  Paramedics.

We have rich history as Maryland's oldest volunteer fire station in continuous operation. We have many awards and memorabilia on display in our station. Stop by for a visit.

2015 Officers Appointed

EMS Lieutenant Nathan Martin, February 11

Today the Independent Hose Company Board of Directors approved the following members to act as appointed Line Officers of the company. They will serve together with the elected Line Officers of the company for the 2015 term. Congratulations to all.

Chief Rodney Masser
Deputy Chief Dwayne Ausherman
Deputy Chief Brian Grossnickle

Assistant Chief Bobby Wells
Assistant Chief Josh ... (Full Story)

Small Fire in Downtown Frederick City

Assistant Chief Bobby Wells, January 17

Around 1:30 pm today, Engine 12 and Tower 1 responded to a report of a house fire on Madison Street in Company 3’s area. Units arrived on scene and had smoke showing from the dwelling. Company 3 investigated and found a small fire in the closet on side Charlie. Company 1 and other units was standing by on side Alpha per command. All occupants were out of the house, no injuries were reported, and units ... (Full Story)

Busy Saturday

Deputy Chief Dwayne Ausherman, October 11

IHC crews were engaged on two significant incidents today on an All Volunteer Staffing Day. The first was a rollover accident on Rt 40.

The next was a working fire box in Company 2's area. Engine 12 (4th due) and Tower 1 (2nd due) were on the initial alarm and Rescue Engine 11 responded on the Rapid Intervention Dispatch.

Strong work by all!... (Full Story & Photos)

First due apartment fire

Assistant Chief Josh Sherwood, July 29

At 12:20 in the afternoon, units were dispatched for box alarm 1-8 for the apartment fire at Hickory Hill apartments. Fire arriving Rescue Engine 11, found a 3 story apartment building with smoke showing from the Alpha side second floor. The officer off the Rescue Engine found occupants on both the alpha and Charlie sides that needed to be rescued from windows and balconies. Chief 1-1 arrived to ... (Full Story & Photos)

Door Pop with Flyout

Lieutenant Matt Lyons, July 23

Just after 1500 hours on July 23, IHC crews were dispatched to Route 40A at Mount Philip Road for the motor vehicle collision. One of the occupants complained that they were having chest pains. Chief 3 arrived first and established incident command, reporting two vehicles off the roadway, one requiring a door pop. IHC's Rescue Engine (RE) -11 arrived and went to work stabilizing and cutting the ... (Full Story)

Rescue Engine and Engine company assist with a cut job in 12's area

Assistant Chief Josh Sherwood, July 16

Just after 8 in the morning, units from 12 and 1 were alerted for the vehicle accident with entrapment on Mt. Phillip Rd at Teal lane. Chief 1-1 (Ausherman) arrived to find 2 SUV's head on with one trapped in the vehicle. Engine 12 was added to the call to make staffing for Engine 122 who was driver only. The Rescue Engine arrived to stabilize the vehicle and removed the drivers door to gain access ... (Full Story & Photos)

Company extrication training

Assistant Chief Josh Sherwood, June 28

Members went to the junk yard to refine extrication skills and learn new technices.... (Full Story & Photos)

Sink Hole With Dog Rescue

Deputy Chief Dwayne Ausherman, March 30

AT 0727 Company 1 was dispatched for service call to assist a home owner with her dog in a small hole. Rescue/Engine 11 arrived on the scene and found a small sink hole at the back of the apartment building. Rescue/Engine 11 requested the ATR Team to assist. Chief 1-3 arrived on the scene and established command. The ATR Team arrived and began assessing the sink hole. Crews placed ground pad ... (Full Story & Photos)


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