Lutherville Volunteer Fire Co.

Baltimore County Station 30

Averaging over 2,000 runs annually with well over 100 working incidents, Lutherville’s volunteers provide Fire, Technical Rescue & EMS first response in a 45 square mile response area serving the communities of Lutherville, Timonium, Towson, Stoneleigh and Ruxton. Known for their distinctive white, gold & black paint scheme, Lutherville operates two engines, a reserve engine, utility vehicle (EMS first response), a 4x4 off-road EMS rescue) and the infamous Squad 303, a 10 ton crane equipped heavy rescue squad.

Squad 303 - 2008 Pierce Velocity/National Crane

The latest generation of the infamous Lutherville crane equipped heavy rescue squads, it features a National Series 400 10 ton crane, 30 kw hydraulic generator, 20,000 lb. front mounted winch, 9,000 lb. portable winch with receivers on both sides /rear and a light tower. It’s equipment complement includes a Holmatro® CORE rescue tool system with multiple spreaders, cutters and rams and a full set of air bags. Due to its’ strategic location at the junction of Interstates 695 and 83, Squad 303 covers a first due rescue response area of 45 square miles encompassing 13 communities in Central Baltimore County. In addition, it also responds on fire boxes assigned as either a rescue (squad) or floodlight unit. Due to the unique capabilities of its’ 10 ton crane, it has been special called to incidents in the City of Baltimore and surrounding counties in both Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Squad 303 - 2008 Pierce Velocity/National Crane

Entering service in 2009, Squad 303 represents the latest generation of crane equipped heavy duty rescue squads operated by Lutherville over the past 37 years. Previous rigs included a 1981 Mack MC/Saulsbury walk-in squad (the first of five crane equipped squads built by Saulsbury) and a 1972 Ford C/Saulsbury crew cab squad. Shortly after the current squad was delivered to the local dealer for prep, the ’81 Mack, which now serves the Newport Township (IL) Fire Protection District, was wrecked after being struck from behind on the interstate by a drunk driver. Despite considerable damage to the walk-in box (the crane remained intact), the rig was sent out to be repaired so it could be sold (the profits were used towards the $1,000,000 cost of the new rig).

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Engine 307 (Retired) - 1975 Mack CF-600 1250 gpm/500 gal.

Engine 301 (Retired) - 1946/1948 Dodge/Oren 750 gpm/300 gal.

Found sitting behind Lutherville’s firehouse, this rig was lettered for Mitchener’s Crossroads FD of Franklinton, North Carolina. After searching for this rig’s specs and history, I came across a Facebook posting on an Oren apparatus fan page showing this rig after which I was able to get its’ colorful history from the current owner ( a life member of Lutherville VFC) who planned to begin restoring it in 2014.


While the cab/chassis is a 1946 vintage, the body was not completed and delivered by Oren until 1948. Originally equipped with a 300 gallon tank, it was upgraded in the late 1950’s with a 750 gallon tank which caused it to be slower and unable to stop. It was then sold to an apparatus dealer in South Carolina who in turn sold it to the newly formed Kittrell, North Carolina VFC in 1962 after which it was eventually acquired by the Mitchener’s Crossroads FD. After serving the department, it was sold to a member who stored it outside for several years before selling it to a civilian who planned to convert it to a flatbed. Mechanical work got the engine running again at which time the owner found a 1946 Dodge that already had a flatbed so he decided to sell it. A gentleman in Virginia notified Lutherville of the truck’s location and the present owner took a road trip with his wife to confirm it was indeed their truck. Sixty two years and several owners later, the original ID (“301”) was still hand painted on the dashboard!! The rig was purchased for him by his wife in 2008, hauled back to Lutherville and was due to be moved into the fire company’s storage garage to begin the restoration process. This rig definitely reinforces my motto of “Every Fire Truck Has A Story”!!

Special thanks to Captain Steve Weatherby for his assistance in positioning Squad 303 for photos and providing background information on this “unyque” apparatus. Special thanks are also extended to life member Bob Harvey for providing the detailed history of Engine 301.