High Winds Bring High Call Volume to Station 31

The last 24 hours have been extremely busy for all units in Baltimore County.  And the volunteers at OMVFCo have experienced a high amount of emergency calls.  Crews from station 31 have responded to approximately 20 calls since the wind storm began, most of which have been weather related.  These have included several reports of downed trees and electrical wires.  Below are photos from some of these incidents. 

Wednesday Afternoon Overturned Vehicle on Reisterstown Road

On February 7th, 2018, just before 1:30pm, units from OMVFCo, Garrison, Glydon, and Reisterstown were alerted for a possible motor vehicle crash with rescue.  Callers to 911 stated that a vehicle had flipped over and that someone was trapped, near the intersection of Reisterstown Road and Pleasant Hill Road.

The patient was extricated and transported to a local hospital for treatment.


Owings Mills Townhouse Fire

Just after 1:00pm on Friday, December 15, 2017, units from OMVFCo, Garrison, Franklin, Glyndon, Chestnut Ridge, and others, were alerted for a townhouse fire on Gwynnswood Road in Owings Mills.  First arriving units found smoke and fire coming from the 2nd story and roof.  A working fire assignment was quickly dispatched, and crews remained on the scene for 3+ hours.  

Photos and video courtesy of William Montgomery

Saying Goodbye to FF/EMT Jon Hickey

Several members of Station 31 attending the fun

On November 30, 2017, EMT/FF Jon Michael Hickey tragically lost his life.  Jon was a member of OMVFCo from 09/26/2011 - 01/30/2017.  Several members from OMVFCo attended his funeral on December 7th.

At the request of the Hickey family, Jon’s memorial service was recorded.  We understand that a lot of Jon’s friends and colleagues are in the fire department and may not have been able to attend his funeral due to work.

December 7th Fatal Crash on Painters Mill Road

On December 7, 2017, just before 5:30pm, units from OMVFCo and surrounding stations were alerted for a serious car crash at the intersections off Painters Mill Road at Grand Central Avenue. Truck 313, Engine 312, and Ambulance 315 responded.  

After an investigation, Baltimore County Police released the following information:

"... police responded to the location after a 2003 Ford Taurus struck a concrete median while traveling southbound on Painters Mill Road. After hitting the median, the Ford continued into a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am which was traveling on Grand Central Avenue. The driver of the Grand Am was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. The driver was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. He has been identified as Charles Layne Taylor, 54, of the unit-block of Byers Court, 21133. Crash investigators are continuing their inquiry into the crash at this time."


Its December, and you know what that means? 


Our plan this year is to stop at common areas where large groups of people can gather to see Santa. We cannot make it to every street, this way we can give everybody an equal opportunity to see Santa by having our community come to him.

It's important to note that Santa cannot get down from the fire engine. His large belly makes it tough to get up and down. If needed, one of our firefighters can pass a message to him.

Let us know your there, flashlights and flashing porch lights helps. 

There are some streets that we just can't get down easily. If your neighborhood is listed for that night and you hear sirens, try to get out to a larger road to see Santa. Especially for dead-end streets and tight courts.

If you have a special need for Santa to visit your home, please send us a private message and we will TRY to accommodate requests. Santa is pretty busy this time of year. We ask for a donation of your choice to the fire company to do this.  


Sometimes we have to take Santa on emergency calls with us. If we can, we will get right back out after the call. If not, stay posted to Facebook for updates on makeup dates. 

Don't forget that tree sales are still going on at the fire station. Stop down if you need a tree.

Santa clause will begin his visits around 6:00PM and he will finish around 8:30PM.  

The streets listed are meant to give the general neighborhoods, and not be a full list. If we were on your street before, there is a good chance you'll see Santa again.

The dates are as follows:

monday, December 18th:

Enchanted Hills, Pleasant Ridge, Allyson Garden Apartments, Morning Side Apartments, Garrison Forest Apartments, Bradbury, Garrison View

Tuesday, December 19:

Tollgate Road, Ritters Lane, Cedemere Lane, Gentlebrook, Hewitt Farms, Painter Mill Apartments, Gates of Owings Mills Apartments, McDonogh Township

Wednesday, December 20:

New Towne Blvd., Fitch Hill, Central Park, Lockard Drive, Middle Mill, Meadows Farms, Parker Farms, Hollington Condos, Upper Mill, Lower Mill, Paragon Way

Thursday, December 21st:

Hammershire, High Falcon, Academy Lane, Gwynnbrook Ave, Ashley Way, Richmar Apartments, Garrison Forest Rd (between Gywnnbrook Ave and Chrondall Lane)

Friday, December 22nd:

Samuel Owings, Briar Woods Apartments, Chase Mill, Meadow Mills, Owings Choice, Mill Run Circle, Grand Central Ave


Thanksgiving is next week. Let's make it fire safe by sharing the following safety messages.


As you plan your Thanksgiving menu don’t forget about fire safety. 

Did you know Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? The number of home fires double on Thanksgiving. So, let’s add a pinch of fire safety to the menu.

Keep these safety tips in mind as you prepare your meal.


If you are roasting your turkey, make sure you set a timer. This way, you won’t forget about the bird as you watch the parade or football. 


If you are frying your turkey:

  • Use a fryer with thermostat controls. This will ensure the oil does not become over heated. 
  • Thaw your turkey completely. Ice on the bird will cause the oil to splatter. 
  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil. If you do, the oil will overflow when you add the turkey causing a fire hazard. 
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer. 
  • Also, always use the fryer outdoors. 

Stuffing and Potatoes:

Stand by your stove when you are boiling your potatoes or frying onions for stuffing. It is best to stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling or broiling. If you are in the kitchen, it is easier to catch spills or hazardous conditions before they become a fire.


  • Keep the area around the stove clear of packaging, paper towels, and dish cloths; anything that can burn. 
  • Be sure to clean up any spills as they happen. 
  • Be prepared. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire. 
  • Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove so you don’t bump them.

By following these safety tips, you will have a delicious and fire safe Thanksgiving. Let the firefighters have dinner with their families, not yours.