Independent Hose Company

2022 Incidents
Jan 183 403
Feb 120 383
Mar 174 412
Apr 156 376
May 147 416
Jun 168 369
Total 948 2359

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

Previous Stats
Fire EMS
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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Oct 01, 2022

Welcome to the Official Website

for the

Independent Hose Company

Fire & Rescue Station #1

Celebrating Over 204 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 having been instituted in 1818. We celebrated our 200th anniversary in 2018.

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

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. 

If you would like to donate to IHC, you can use the Donate button below or check out our Online Store where you will find IHC memorabilia for sale as well as 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.





EMMITSBURG, MD -- It's 110 flights of stairs--or 2,220 steps. And it symbolizes the route taken by 343 members of the FDNY killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb honors those who selflessly gave their lives that day so others might live.

Each NFFF 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb completes the fallen firefighters' journey. These events help sustain NFFF counseling and support programs for all families of firefighters who succumb to line-of-duty deaths.

For more information: 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb






No Caption IHC Units respond to large field fire in Adamstown

Lieutenant / Director Andrew Wood, September 29

Brush 16, Engine 11, Tanker 1, and Utility 1-1 (in place of the Canteen which is out for services) responded on the the large Field Fire in Adamstown today. Here are a few pictures, photos by IHC member FF Handley... (Full Story & Photos)

Passing of Retired Battalion Chief Fortney

Lieutenant / Director Andrew Wood, August 09

It is with great sadness that we share the news of BC Fortney's passing.

BC Fortney was not only a tremendous influence on many IHC members, but also members across the whole county, Volunteer and Career.

The thoughts and prayers of the entire membership of the Independent Hose Company are with the friends and family of BC Fortney.... (Full Story & Photos)

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No Caption Engine 11 Update 8/2/2022

Lieutenant / Director Andrew Wood, August 02

Engine 11 is moving along through the build process. Cab is painted, body is painted, and progress is being made on the pre-wire!!!!! Enjoy these pictures, if you want you can follow along at Patriot's website ... (Full Story & Photos)

New Engine 11 body production has started

Lieutenant / Director Andrew Wood, July 07

Independent Hose Company has partnered with Patriot Fire to engineer, design, and build our new E-One Engine. E-One has started the building of the body for Engine 11. Here are some pictures of the progress so far. (Full Story & Photos)

Driver's side of the engine body.
Driver's side of the engine body.

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Lieutenant / Director Andrew Wood, July 07

Independent Hose Company worked with DPC Emergency Equipment on our new ambulance project. This resulted in a PL Custom Emergency Vehicles Titan medium-duty ambulance being ordered. Here are some pictures of the nearly completed A19. Looks great now and will look even better once our graphics are completed!!... (Full Story & Photos)

Washington DC 150th Anniversary Parade

Lieutenant / Director Andrew Wood, May 15

Members S. Hurst Sr., A. Jacobs, C. Scire, C. Droneburg took Romeo to Washington D.C.'s 150th anniversary parade.... (Full Story & Photos)

Washington D.C.'s 150th Anniversary Parade
Photo credit S. Hurst Sr.
Washington D.C.'s 150th Anniversary Parade Photo credit S. Hurst Sr.

No Caption Firefighter of the Year brought home by one of our own.

Lieutenant / Director Andrew Wood, April 29

On April 26th 2022 Samantha Sutterman was awarded Firefighter of the Year by Frederick County Department of Emergency Services. Congratulations Sam!!! You bring credit upon yourself, Independent Hose Company, and the entire fire service. ... (Full Story & Photos)

1893 Hose Reel "Romeo" is Best is Show!

Firefighter III/EMT-B Bobby Wells, February 26

IHC won top prize “Best in Show” with “ Romeo” the 1893 Hose Reel, in Kissimmee Florida at the Society Preservation and Appreciation Antique Fire Apparatus. Members who made the long trip were Steve Hurst Sr., AJ Wachter, Rich Lyons, Zach Whitmore, Drew Jacobs. Life Member Rick “Skullhead” Synder traveled from his residence in Florida to assist. Thanks to you all!! Great Job!!... (Full Story & Photos)

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