In 2021, the Chestertown VFC responded to 577 calls for service with 664 individual unit responses. While we responded to 577 calls, not every call is a ‘Fire.’ We respond to a wide range of emergencies including motor vehicle collisions, unintentional fire alarm activations, and wires down, and yes, we respond to the occasional cat stuck in a tree. We are a 100% volunteer staffed department and our dedicated members spent countless hours of training to ensure your safety and provide the highest level of care and skill in any emergency situation to the citizens of our community. We have made it our duty to provide service for others and to act in the most professional way possible. With that, we hope for another successful year, and we thank you, our community members, for your continued support.
At approximately 10:50 am on Friday, December 24, 2021, the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company, Kent & Queen Annes Rescue Squad, Kent County EMS, along with other mutual aid companies (see below) were dispatched for the Motor Vehicle Collision – High Velocity to the 24400 block of Chestertown Road (Maryland 20), which is located near Bell Rose Lane / Earl Nicholson Road. First arriving found a single vehicle crash into a tree with two patients, one of whom was pinned behind the steering wheel. Both patients were conscious and talking, with the second patient self-extricated.
At 7:36 pm on Sunday, December 12, 2021, the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company, Kent & Queen Annes Rescue Squad, Kent County EMS, and multiple mutual aid companies was dispatched to Creafill Fibers, 10200 Worton Road for the Entrapment / Rescue. First arriving found a male patient entangled in a press machine
At 7:33 pm on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, the Chestertown VFC, Kent & Queen Annes Rescue Squad, Kent County EMS, and multiple mutual aid companies was dispatched for the Motor Vehicle Collision with Entrapment and Fire, at Quaker Neck Road and Quaker Neck Landing Road. The actual location proved to be on Quaker Neck Landing Road approximately one-quarter mile in off Quaker Neck Road.
On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at 12:36 pm, the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company, Kent & Queen Annes Rescue Squad, Kent County EMS, and multiple mutual aid companies were dispatched to Lambs Meadow Road (Maryland 298) and St. James-Newtown Road for the Motor Vehicle Collision – High Velocity – Reported as Head-On with Fire & Entrapment. First arriving found a two-vehicle, head-on type collision with two patients.
On Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at 7:59 pm, the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched into Queen Annes County as mutual aid to the 6300 block of Church Hill Road, near Milano’s Pizza, for the Motor Vehicle Collision with Injury. First arriving found a 3-vehicle crash with three (3) patients. One (1) patient was heavily trapped in their vehicle.
This week, as you pass by our fire station in the evenings, many of you may notice the front of our station and the bell illuminated in red. We are participating in the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation annual “Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters” to commemorate, and honor fallen firefighters across the nation and around the world.
At approximately 6:51 pm on Sunday, September 26, 2021, the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company, Kent & Queen Annes Rescue Squad, and Kent County EMS, along with multiple mutual aid companies, was dispatched for the “Motor Vehicle Crash – High Mechanism – Rollover” in the 27600 block of Morgnec Road (Maryland 291) near Morgnec Cut-Off Road. A 9-1-1 caller was reporting multiple patients.
The “Inside the Fire Station – Member Spotlight" this week is Darlene Neal. Darlene has been with us so long; her name is synonymous with the Chestertown VFC. She joined the fire company Ladies’ Auxiliary, as best she can recollect, somewhere about 1969. Darlene has been with us so long, most members, including this writer, a long-time Life Member, do not remember a time when she wasn’t there.
There are many moments to remember about that day. For instance, the fact that the weather today is very similar to that not so long ago day 20 years ago was extremely sobering this morning. Most people will remember exactly where they were and what they were doing that terrible day. For those that were old enough to remember the “day the world stopped turning” it will never be forgotten.
Recently, Kelley Russum was selected as our “Inside the Fire Station – Member Spotlight” to profile. Kelley joined the Chestertown VFC in 2019. Kelley comes to us from Prince Georges County, where she is the youngest of seven children. While taking care of her grandmother, she started volunteering in Anne Arundel County in 2008. In 2011, after studying at Anne Arundel Community College, she earned her Paramedic license. She worked for a private ambulance company until 2014, when she started with Queen Annes County Office of Emergency Services, working as a career paramedic.
On Monday, September 6, 2021, at 7:30 am, the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company, Kent & Queen Annes Rescue Squad, Kent County EMS, along with multiple mutual aid companies, was dispatched for the Motor Vehicle Collision with Injuries / Entrapment at Washington Avenue (Maryland 213) and Campus Avenue. The exact location proved just south of that intersection, in the 200 block of Washington Avenue, between Kent Circle & Campus Avenue.