Independent Hose Company

2023 Incidents
Jan 123 427
Feb 125 381
Mar 145 400
Total 393 1208

Apparatus stats
2022 2021 2020
Engine 1942 1875 1851
Tower 223 216 103
Tanker 82 71 60
Ambulance 4828 4767 4316
Brush 133 54 67
Canteen 15 16
ATR N/A N/A 41
Duty Officer 249 254

Previous Stats
Fire EMS
2022 1942 4828
2021 1964 4767
2020 1925 4316
2019 2042 4762
2018 1812 4755
2017 1918 4616
2016 1892 4544
2015 1882 4244
2014 1742 4331
2013 1466 3633
2012 2158 3807
2011 1884 3659
2010 1751 3601

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May 28, 2023

Welcome to the Official Website

for the

Independent Hose Company

Fire & Rescue Station #1

Celebrating Over 205 Years of Service !


The Independent Hose Company is Frederick County Maryland's Fire & Rescue Station #1. We are Maryland's oldest volunteer Fire Company in continuous operation, instituted in 1818. We celebrated our 200th anniversary in 2018.

Our Volunteer & Career integrated team provides Fire, Rescue, and EMS Services, and community event support. We are the home of "Tower 1 & Canteen 1". We also provide Fire, Rescue, and EMS support to Ft Detrick.  

 As Maryland's oldest continuously operated volunteer fire station, we have a very rich history. We have many awards and memorabilia on display in our station, stop by and see our displays.

If you would like to donate to IHC, you can use the Venmo QR Code or the PayPal donate button below or check out our Online Store where you will find IHC memorabilia for sale and an option to donate.  Your donation is greatly appreciated and helps us to provide high-quality fire suppression, emergency medical care, and rescue services to our community.


We Fondly Remember

Past Chief & Life Member

Clarence "Smokey" Rinehart





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             Thank you for your support of Our

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Your Support is Very Much Appreciated!





Deputy Chief Bobby Wells, May 14

Members from Independent Hose Company 1 in conjunction with United Steam Engine 3 took advantage of live fire training in the rain. The purpose of the training was to allow sets and reps of new operational policies to better protect firefighters. Training evaluations included teamwork utilization, company officer decision-making, organization of command and control, and individual skill competency. ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Deputy Chief Bobby Wells, May 14

Members take advantage of learning historical firefighting applications. The Fire Museum of Maryland shows the rich history of the fire service and its advancements over time. The Independent Hose Company #1 values this history of being over 200 years in existence. If you want to learn more about historical firefighting in Maryland visit If you want to challenge yourself ... (Full Story & Photos)

IHC Tanker 1 transfers to Sykesville

Firefighter III/EMT-B Andrew Wood, April 04

IHC transfers to Sykesville fire company with Tanker 1. Sykesville units were on an 8 alarm brush fire in Baltimore county. While Tanker 1 is helping other jurisdictions IHC Volunteers and DFRS personnel staff Engines 11 and 12!!... (Full Story & Photos)

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Firefighter III/EMT-B Andrew Wood, March 25

Members from IHC, and E12 support the High School Cadet class with their Fire 1 Burns this past week!!... (Full Story & Photos)

Small fire in the first due

Firefighter III/EMT-B Andrew Wood, March 23

On Tuesday Engine 11 and Engine 12 run as the 1st and 2nd due engines on the 1-8 box. Units found fire in the bathroom and worked for about 15 minutes before returning to service... (Full Story & Photos)

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Deputy Chief Bobby Wells, March 05

During a busy weekend, Independent Hose Company #1 is taking time to do some advanced training with entanglement scenarios across all three shifts to include career and volunteer participation Topics included discussion on a related line of duty death with entanglement issues, tool selection, crew rescue techniques, and self-rescue techniques. The training prepared and enhanced our capabilities in ... (Full Story & Photos)

First due complex incident

Deputy Chief Bobby Wells, March 05

The Independent Hose Company had responded first due to a complex incident yesterday in Frederick County. Units from the Independent Hose Company included Engine 11, 12, Tower 1, Tanker 1, Brush 16, Ambulance 18, 19, Canteen 1, and Duty 1. This incident would not have been controlled as quickly as it was without the help of everyone who responded near and far. The incident included a tanker truck ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Lieutenant / Director Andrew Wood, October 14

Brush 16, Ambulance 19, Chief 1-1 and Frederick City Police provided support for the Frederick High as they played Linganore tonight under the lights.

Good job Frederick High on your win over Linganore!!!... (Full Story & Photos)


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