This evening (Monday Sept. 3, 2018) at 7:54 P.M, Frederick County MD Emergency Communications Center begain recieving calls reporting a possible downed Airplane in the are of Route 340 and the Frederick/Washington Line. Frederick requested Boat 11 and EMS 1812 from Washington County to assist.
While units were en-route, the incident location was changed due to additional 9-11 calls. The updated location was changed to the Washington County side of the line with the location possible being on the Potomac River in the area of the Rt. 340 bridge. Having updated information, additional units from Washington County were started.
Units from Washington and Frederick county begain searching along Route 340, the C&O Towpath and the Potomac River. Chief 11 (R. Otzelberger Jr.) Established the Washington County Command for the Washington County side, Frederick County Battalion 901 established the Frederick County Command on the Fredrick County side.
During the 4 hour search, crews searched by ” Land, Air and Sea (River) ” using Emergency Vehicles, Boats, and Helicopters.
Emergency personnel from 4 Counties (Washington, Frederick Counties in Maryland, Jefferson county W.V & Loudoun County V.A) searched along and in the Potomac River from Lock 34 down to the Camp Ground in Brunswick and the Shenandoah River from the Potomac River at the Point in Harpers Ferry up to the Bull falls area.
As of 11:30 P.M, there was no visible signs or indications of a downed Aiplane. Crews were in contact with the Fredrick Airport Tower, the Hagerstown Airport Tower and the Martinsburg Airport Tower along with other Federal Air Agencies during the search. Having no confirmation of a downed airline, the search was called off. Units went in service at 11:48 P.M.
Potomac Valley Units:
Support 11-1 w/ BT 11-1, Utility 11 w/ Bt 11, Support 11-0 (Chief 11), Brush 11 (Deputy Chief 11 – E. Gray), Support 11-7 (Captain 11 – C. Payne), 8FP11-1, 8FP 11-2 (Co. 11 Fire-Police)