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            The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued recalls on 120 VAC to USB port power adapter/chargers that are used to charge handheld devices. The recalls affect several manufacturers products. Details can be found by clicking on the links below. Please check any USB type chargers you may have in your home for inclusion in these safety recalls.


Gemini USB-A/C Chargers

Gemini USB-A/C Chargers

Lifeguard Press USB-A/C  Set

Lifeguard Press USB-A/C Set



               On Saturday July 12 members of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. (FVFAC) and the Bel Air Volunteer fire Co. (BAVFC) squared off in a Rib Eating Challenge sponsored by and held at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant on Bel Air Road in Fallston. As may have been expected, the 11:30 A.M. start of the event was delayed due to the response of the competing teams to emergency calls, for a vehicle fire and motor vehicle crash on Grafton Shop Road. Once the personnel from Engine 1311 and Engine 315 returned from the calls, the competition began!

                The format for the Challenge was a "Relay" event, wherein each team member must completely clear their plate of a rack of Texas Roadhouse ribs before the next member of their team can start eating. The participants were motivated throughout the event by the support of company members, family, and friends to be the first team to have all six participants finish their ribs. At the end of the event the Bel Air Volunteer fire Company prevailed with a time of 41 minutes to the Fallston VFAC time of 48 minutes.

                The FVFAC congratulates the BAVFC Texas Roadhouse Rib Challenge Team on their win, but we are already looking forward to a rematch!

                 In addition to sponsoring the Rib Challenge, Texas Roadhouse is donating 10% of the proceeds from customers presenting a Rib Challenge Flyer to their server after the event to the two Volunteer Fire Companies.  

                The FVFAC and the BAVFC would like to take this opportunity to say "THANK YOU !" to the management and staff of the Fallston Texas Roadhouse restaurant for inviting us to this event, and for their generous ongoing support of the Volunteer Fire and EMS Service in Harford County! 

(Complete gallery of photos courtesy of Christine M. Sullivan at the link below) 

photos courtesy of Christine M. Sullivan, FVFAC

photos courtesy of Christine M.
      Sullivan, FVFAC

BAVFC and FVFAC Rib Challenge Teams and TEXAS ROADHOUSE Staff

BAVFC and FVFAC Rib Challenge Teams and




At approximately 1230 hours on Sunday June 29, 2014 Fallston VFAC and surrounding companies were dispatched to the 2900 block of Winchester Way in the Powder Mill development for a report of a dwelling fire. Chief Will Rosenberg arrived on the scene within three minutes of the call being dispatched and reported heavy black smoke coming from the chimney of a 2-story wood frame single family dwelling. Information received from the homeowner, and confirmed by crews entering the structure was that the fire was in the basement of the dwelling. As firefighters from Engine 1311 advanced an attack line and extinguished the fire other personnel checked the structure for fire extension and handled control of utilities. The only extension from the equipment fire was to structural components in the ceiling of the basement. Personnel cleared the scene in approximately 45 minutes. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters reported.


Again at approximately 1830 hours on Thursday July 3, 2014 in the wake of severe thunderstorms in the area, FVFAC and nearby companies responded to a report of a dwelling fire in the 2600 block of Gunpowder Farms Road. Arriving firefighting crews found that the homeowner was at home during the recent thunderstorm when they heard several loud booms, and their lights flickered. Approximately ten minutes later, the homeowner smelled smoke and went to the basement of the two story wood framed dwelling to investigate. There, they found the basement charged with smoke which was coming from above the ceiling.  After removing ceiling tiles and locating the fire the homeowner used a portable fire extinguisher to contain the fire. Upon further inspection it was discovered that the fire had traveled along the wooden structural components of house.  To insure complete extinguishment of the fire, firefighters used saws to remove portions of the floor in the kitchen area above to expose and extinguish all remaining smoldering fire. Investigators from the Office of the State Fire Marshal responded and determined that a lightning strike ignited the fire in the void space between the floor and ceiling. Damage was estimated at $7000.00. There were no injuries reported.

The FVFAC urges all homeowners to take this opportunity to TEST YOUR SMOKE ALARMS!! In both of these recent fires the occupants were at home when the fires began. In one case, a neighbor was the first to see the fire and to assist the homeowner as there was no working smoke alarm on the level of the home where the fire originated. In the other, the fire originated above the ceiling and the smoke alarm activated only after the smoke had traveled out of the void space and into the room where the detector was located. Working smoke alarms give you the best chance of escaping an incipient (early stage) fire, and when coupled with residential fire sprinklers give you an assurance that a small fire can be contained and your path to safety will be protected. 

Gunpowder Farms Rd.   courtesy Capt. Tarbell FVFAC

Gunpowder Farms Rd. courtesy Capt.
      Tarbell FVFAC

Winchester Way       courtesy JMVFC

Winchester Way courtesy JMVFC



            Now that we are into the summer season, State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci is suggesting that all citizens use proper fire and life safety practices when choosing how to enjoy the outdoors. For the upcoming 4th of July, attend only approved public fireworks displays. “I would highly suggest the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend one of the many public fireworks displays throughout the state.” stated Geraci.  To help our citizens enjoy a safer summer season, the State Fire Marshal offers several ways to enjoy fireworks while avoiding injury:

·        Consider only attending the public fireworks displays scheduled throughout the area this year. Leave fireworks to the professionals. Check the Maryland State Fire Marshal website at: for listed public fireworks displays throughout the state.


     For those individuals who insist on the use of legal consumer fireworks:

·        Purchase the fireworks in the location where you intend to discharge them. Check with the local municipality to determine what fireworks are considered legal for use in that area.

·        Read and follow label warnings and instructions.

·        Do not allow small children to use fireworks.

·        Do not consume alcoholic beverages while using fireworks.

·        Have a bucket of water or hose available

·        Fully extinguish remains of fireworks in water before disposal.


      “Fireworks have been a long tradition of the 4th of July holiday celebrations. Please make safety your number one priority so everyone can enjoy the holiday season.” adds the State Fire Marshal. “By acting responsibly, we can help eliminate fireworks injuries in Maryland.”

      In addition, be sure to follow all safety procedures when entertaining family and friends this summer. Grilling safety is a priority. Remember to NEVER grille on a porch or balcony! Grilles should only be used 15 feet or more from any structure. You must be sure that there are no overhead obstructions when grilling to eliminate the chance of unintended ignition of structures or trees. And always dispose of ashes in a metal container, never place them in a combustible container or within a structure awaiting disposal.

        For additional fire and life safety information check out , , and


NFPA 4th of July Fireworks Safety



           Have you checked your smoke alarms recently? Not just that they are functional, but that they are also located properly based on recent Code changes? Take a look at the adjacent infographic to insure proper placement of your smoke alarms (Click on the infographic or use the link at the bottom of the fullstory). Please remember to share this info with your friends and family!

        If you need additional information, or assistance obtaining or installing the required 10 year smoke alarms contact your local Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Company. Links to all local Companies are in our "LINKS" section on the left of the page.




photo courtesy of Kevin Hartlove, FVFAC

photo courtesy of Kevin Hartlove, FVFAC

The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. (FVFAC), along with surrounding Volunteer Fire and EMS companies responded to multiple vehicle crashes today (June 17, 2014). At approximately 12 noon the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company (Baltimore County) and FVFAC Fire and EMS units were dispatched to the intersection of Fork Road and Brinton Road in Kingsville for a two vehicle collision. Fallston Ambulance 1391 transported one adult female from this incident to a local hospital for evaulation of non-life threatening injuries. Shortly thereafter, at approximately 2 P.M. FVFAC and Bel Air VFC Fire and EMS units were alerted for another two vehicle collision at Harford Road and Connolly Road in Benson. Again, FVFAC Ambulance 1391 transported one adult to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment of non-life threatening injuries. These are two of five calls that FVFAC EMS handled today.

As we enter the summer season your local First Responders ask that all drivers utilize safe driving practices, always staying alert for changing traffic patterns and vehicles entering or turning into the highway in your path. 



Watervale Road MVC Sends One to Trauma Center

Courtesy FVFAC Capt. Jason Tarbell

Courtesy FVFAC Capt. Jason Tarbell

Sunday, June 15, 2014  On Sunday June 15, Fallston VFAC units were dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash with entrapment located in the 1200 block of Watervale Rd at approximately 7 A.M. On arrival emergency personnel found a single vehicle off the road and overturned in the water. The driver was already out of the vehicle at the time Fire and EMS crews arrived on scene. After assessing the condition of the patient Fallston VFAC EMS transported her (an adult female) to a local trauma center by ambulance for further evaluation and treatment of non-life threatening injuries.   The cause of the crash in being investigated by the Harford County Sheriff's Office.




 At approximately 0830 hours Sunday June 8, 2014 Harford County Fire Dispatch alerted the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company (FVFAC) along with surrounding companies for a reported building fire at the Burger King restaurant in the 300 block of Mountain Rd. (Md. 152) at the intersection of Bel Air Rd. First arriving FVFAC Chief Will Rosenberg reported heavy smoke from the roof of the structure. Units from the Kingsville (Baltimore County), Bel Air and Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Companies also responded on the one-alarm fire and worked to rapidly control and extinguish the fire. The fire was contained to the exhaust ductwork and the roof structure around the exhaust opening.  Other agencies assisting on the scene included BG&E, Harford County Health Dept., and the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM).  There were no injuries reported to employees, customers, or firefighting personnel. The  OSFM is investigating to determine the cause and origin of the fire and a dollar loss value. 

UPDATE 6/9/2014- Based on a preliminary investigation by the OSFM this fire originated in the ventilation system above the broiler. Damage estimates to the structure and contents are approximately $600,000.00. 


photos courtesy of Doug Heckner

photos courtesy of Doug Heckner



Monday, June 2, 2014   “Children rely on our ability to protect them from burn injuries through our knowledge and experience. Please take the necessary steps required to prevent these horrible injuries from occurring by following the safety tips provided,” stated State Fire Marshal Geraci.  The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company along with the State Fire Marshal offer the following safety tips to help protect you and those you love from needless burn injuries in the home and outdoors:  

·        Teach children that matches and lighters are tools and not toys.  Instruct them to not touch them and tell an adult if they find them within reach.

·        Store all flammable liquids, chemicals and cleaners out of reach of children or install child-proof locking mechanisms on the cabinet doors.

·        Do not leave lit candles unattended.

·        Replace damaged electrical cords on appliances.

·        Keep all hot items and anything electrical out of reach of children and away from edges of counters and tables.

·        Remain with children when fire pits, chimineas or bonfires are in use.  The coals will remain hot for hours after a fire is extinguished.  Ashes act as an insulator and hot coals can easily cause burns to exposed skin.

·        Establish a kid-free zone where young children can be watched but remain safely away from where cooking is being done.

·        When using the stove, keep handles turned inward to eliminate being easily knocked to the floor.

·        Do not handle hot items while holding young children.

·        The water in a child’s bath should not exceed 104 degrees.  Set your water heater at 120 degrees or below to help prevent scald injuries.

·        Before placing a child in the tub, test the water temperature by moving your hand through the water.  If the water feels hot, it is too hot for a child.

·        Always supervise children in the bath.


     In addition, ensure you have properly placed and working smoke alarms; plan and practice your home fire escape plan and know two ways out of every room and include a specific location outside to meet.


For more safety tips located in online resources please check the following websites:;;;;




Friday, May 23, 2014   With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, families across the region will venture outside – to our parks, to visit friends and family, or maybe just to their own backyard.  Increased outdoor activities also result in an increase of outdoor fire risks; therefore the FVFAC and State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci want to provide a few common-sense tips that will help you and your family enjoy a safe holiday weekend and summer season.  “These tips will help reduce the chance of a tragedy that could ruin an otherwise fun-filled time of the year,” according to the State Fire Marshal.  

            Outdoor Cooking Safety Tips for Gas Grills:

¨  Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders should always be transported in the upright position on the floor of the vehicle with all windows open.  Never transport cylinders in the trunk of a car.  Remove the cylinder from the vehicle as soon as possible.

¨  Ensure all connections are tight.  Check all connections with soapy water. The appearance of bubbles indicates leaks – retighten leaking connections.

¨  Make sure grease is not allowed to drip onto the hose or gas cylinder.

¨  Store the cylinder (including those attached to barbecues), outdoors in a shaded, cool area out of direct sunlight.

¨  Read thoroughly and follow manufacturer’s instructions for gas grill use.  Save the instructions!


Outdoor Cooking Safety Tips for Charcoal Grills:

¨  Use only a small amount of charcoal starter fuel. A little goes a long way! Consider using charcoal that does not require starter fuel for ignition. 

¨  Once a fire has been started, never add starter fuel!  Fire can easily follow the stream of fluid back to the container and possibly cause an explosion.

¨  Use great caution in disposing of ashes.  Ashes may contain live coals that can start a fire if not disposed of properly.  The safest method is to wet the ashes thoroughly with water before emptying the barbecue.



With any outdoor cooking equipment, never be tempted to use them inside – not even in a garage or on a porch, deck, or balcony says the State Fire Marshal.  “Charcoal grills produce carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless, and poisonous gas which even in small quantities can cause injury or death. LPG cylinders that develop a leak indoors can be the cause of an explosion with devastating results.”


            With warmer weather, public fireworks displays attract thousands of spectators every year.  These licensed and inspected events afford our citizens a safe and pleasurable way to celebrate.  Often times however, persons are tempted to use illegal fireworks or legal fireworks.  The following tips can help you to enjoy fireworks – safely!


¨  Plan to attend one of hundreds of licensed and inspected public fireworks displays held annually across Maryland.

¨  Remember, the only fireworks allowed for personal use in Maryland are snap n’ pops, party poppers, black snakes, gold-labeled sparklers, and ground-based sparkling devices. 

¨  If allowing children to participate, they should only use legal fireworks with close adult supervision.  Make sure to keep sparklers away from the body and loose fitting clothing.  Read and follow the instructions on the sparkler package!  Sparklers burn at approximately 1,200°F.

¨  Never mix alcohol and fireworks.  The combination could be deadly.

¨  Fully extinguish remains of fireworks in water before disposal.

¨  All fireworks are banned in Baltimore City, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County.  The town of Ocean City along with Howard County and Harford County has specifically prohibited Ground-based Sparkling Devices.


By following these simple safety tips, we can all avoid injury and enjoy a wonderful holiday and summer season.      



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