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Monthly Calls
MonthFireEMS
Jan4475
Feb4383
Mar4970
Apr5573
May4880
Jun3671
Jul
Aug
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Oct
Nov
Dec
Total275452
 
Fire Top Ten
Responder
NameCalls
Deputy Chief Jason Tarbell 123
Chief Will Rosenberg100
Sgt John Hefner 78
Jayden Edwards66
Asst. Chief Jon Martin53
Dave Williams51
Lt Andrew Selig46
Kevin Jones44
Matt Barlow41
Capt. Michael Seifert40
 
EMS Top Ten Responder
NameCalls
Dave Williams80
EMS Asst. Chief Mike Kalck71
Brian Leschke57
Andrew Ward44
Jayden Edwards36
Mike Hayden33
EMS Sgt. Jenna Streib24
Joe Fellner22
Will Brush, Dan McKinney16
EMS Capt. Stacy Gail16
 

HEAT AND HUMIDITY- HOW TO COPE WITH IT

            Air Quality Alert! The heat and humidity will combine to produce a heat index for the next few days near 100 degrees or more! Continued exposure to these conditions are sufficient to cause adverse health outcomes for the elderly, anyone with underlying medical conditions, and also pets. Tolerating these extreme conditions begins with common sense...perform outdoor chores early in the day before high temps are reached, stay hydrated, wear light clothing.

            There are many sources for additional information related to coping with the heat. The Harford County Health Department has information on heat related illnesses and other topics. The Harford County Public Library system in conjunction with Harford County Department of Emergency Services  has opened their doors to serve as cooling centers during the hottest parts of the day.

              Don't forget to call or stop to visit family, friends, and neighbors who live alone or have difficulty with transportation. They should be staying in a cool environment and keeping themselves hydrated even if they are not overly active. While traveling remember to never leave anyone or pets in a closed vehicle with no air conditioning. Temperatures rise very quickly inside a closed vehicle and effects can be deadly.

              Follow our Facebook page for more info and updates on the current heat wave.

   


 

Passing of Life Member John E. Wilson Sr.

John E. Wilson Sr.

John E. Wilson Sr.

              The Officers and Members of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company regretfully announce the passing of Life Member John E. Wilson Sr. on Sunday July 17, 2016. John served the FVFAC and the Greater Fallston Community for over three decades in many positions including EMS Captain. The FVFAC could depend upon John to be there, in his role as primary apparatus operator for the last twenty years that he was an active member, either standing by at the station during the day, or coming from home at night, to insure that the FVFAC carried out its' mission to the community and surrounding areas. 

               John was the beloved husband of the late Rita Wilson; devoted father of John E. Wilson Jr. and Janet Lee von Bank. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother Frank Wilson. 

                Family and friends will honor John's life at Evans Funeral Chapel- 3 Newport Drive, Forest Hill, MD. on Wednesday, July 20 from 2-4 P.M. and 7-9 P.M.  A Fire Department Memorial Service will be held at 8 P.M. A funeral service will be held beginning at 10 A.M. at the Evans Funeral Chapel on Thursday July 21, 2016 with interment at Highview Memorial Gardens. 



   


 

FVFAC and Mutual Aid Companies Handle Serious Crashes

              The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company along with surrounding mutual aid companies and other agencies handled two serious motor vehicle crashes along the U.S. Route 1 corridor in Fallston this week.

               On Tuesday July 12 shortly after 8 A.M. the Bel Air VFC and FVFAC were dispatched for a motor vehicle crash with injuries involving a delivery truck and a passenger vehicle in the 1300 block of Bel AIr RD. (U.S. Business 1). The call was quickly upgraded to a rescue assignment as Harford County 9-1-1 received information that one subject was trapped in the passenger vehicle. Units from BAVFC arrived and confirmed the information given. Crews from BAVFC Rescue 351 and FVFAC Rescue 1351 worked to displace the drivers door in order for EMS to access the patient. Based on the initial patient assessment by EMS Maryland State Police Aviation Command was requested for rapid transport of the patient to a regional trauma center after extrication was completed. The adult male was determined to have serious but non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the delivery truck was not injured. The investigation of the cause of the crash is being handled by troopers from the Maryland State Police-Bel Air Barracks.

                 On Wednesday July 13 just after 4 P.M. the FVFAC was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash with injuries in the 300 block of Mountain RD. (MD 152) just south of Bel Air RD. This call was also quickly upgraded to a rescue assignment as callers to the 9-1-1 center reported that one driver appeared to be heavily entrapped and seriously injured. The head on crash involved a pick up truck and a van front box truck. FVFAC Medic 1393 was returning from a previous call and was on Bel Air RD when dispatched arrived first and confirmed one patient trapped with a vehicle fire. At this time Joppa-Magnolia VFC Engine 812, Chief 8, and Chief 8-1 responded to assist units en route. Rescue 1351 arrived and worked to extinguish the vehicle fire and begin extrication of the trapped driver of the box truck along with additional arriving crews. Due to the severity of the collision, number of injured patients, contents of the box truck, and weather conditions additional resources were requested to the scene including BAVFC Rescue 351, Chief 3-1, Rehab 388, and Medic 395, Kingsville VFC Squad 483 and Medic 485, Harford County Haz Mat Team, Maryland Department of the Environment, FVFAC Ambulance 1391, EMS CHief 13-9, and FVFAC Fire Police, Maryland State Highway Administration, HCVFEMSA PM 13.  Tragically, despite the efforts of emergency personnel the driver of the box truck was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver of the pick up truck was transported by FVFAC 1391 to a regional trauma center with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The box truck contained various chemicals and other products used in auto cleaning and detailing, which were mixing and spilled onto the roadway.This crash is also being investigated by troopers from the Maryland State Police-Bel AIr Barrack. 

     
1300 blk.Bel Air RD courtesy BAVFC

1300 blk.Bel Air RD courtesy BAVFC

300 blk. Mountain RD.   courtesy Jeff Molner

300 blk. Mountain RD. courtesy Jeff
      Molner



 

CELEBRATE THE 4TH OF JULY -- SAFELY!!!

            As the 4th of July holiday weekend begins the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company and the Maryland State Fire Marshal want you to be prepared to recognize hazards that may be presented, and remain vigilant to unusual activities or behaviors.

             No other holiday period presents as many varied fire and life safety hazards as the 4th of July historically does. Travel safety, proper grilling procedures, use of fireworks, and weather related hazards are all likely to be encountered by anyone celebrating the holiday.

             Grilling safety tips are available from several sources. Propane and charcoal grills can be unsafe if not properly used per manufacturer's instructions, and are also illegal to be used on or under any balcony, under any overhang, or within 15 feet of any townhouse, apartment building, condominium building, other multi-family dwelling or commercial structure/building. Several home fires in the region each year, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages, are caused by the use of grills on or near decks and porches.

             Fireworks also present dangers to personal safety and can lead to unintended fires. Consumer fireworks are regulated by the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Be sure to check their website, facebook page, or other informational sources prior to purchasing or using any fireworks. Attending one of many public fireworks display throughout the region is the safest way to enjoy aerial displays for the holiday.

             Always be certain to stay hydrated when celebrating outdoors.Avoid over consumption of alcohol. And be sure to keep a weather radio or other NOAA alerting device handy to be aware of any suddenly developing weather hazards that may affect your area.

              By following simple safety guidelines that are readily available by clicking on the links in the article above you can enjoy the 4th of July holiday with family and friends safely and injury free!   

   


 

"VFC STRONG"...REALITY SHOW SPOTLIGHTS HARFORD COUNTY RESPONDERS

Engine 1312 Covering Abingdon VFC

Engine 1312 Covering Abingdon VFC

Sunday, June 26, 2016            A local production company has created a reality show which highlights the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS service! The premier of "VFC Strong" aired Saturday evening on WMAR-ABC Channel 2 focusing on the Bel Air and Abingdon Volunteer Fire Companies. 

          This show allows the public to have a glimpse into the Volunteer Fire and EMS Companies of Harford County, and the entire Volunteer Emergency Services network.The faces, names, and fire companies that you see may change but the activities, training, and commitment to the community and each other are consistent and uniform throughout the Volunteer Fire Service. 

           The Officers and Members of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. encourage you to take a few minutes to watch this episode of VFC Strong. We hope that this will allow you to have a better understanding of who we are, what we do, and why we are there for you-the citizens of our communities. Use the embedded links above to view an interview the executive producer of the show Rick Otenasek, and also the premier episode from Saturday. You may even see someone you know!

   


 

FVFAC MEMBERS ATTEND FHS COMMENCEMENT

L-R Chaplain Mike Hayden, FF Dan McKinney (back), FF Jayden Edwards, FF John Hefner   (photo courtesy Dan McKinney)

L-R Chaplain Mike Hayden, FF Dan
      McKinney (back), FF Jayden Edwards, FF
      John Hefner (photo courtesy Dan
      McKinney)

           FVFAC members recently attended the Class of 2016 Fallston High School Commencement ceremony which was held at the Harford Community College APGFCU Arena to help celebrate the culmination of high school accomplishments by several FVFAC members. The FHS graduating seniors include FF Jayden Edwards, FF Zach Hopkins, FF Andrew Ward, and FF Mason Ledbetter. Each of these grads participated in the Harford County High School Fire and EMS Cadet Program as part of their senior year academic requirements. They have each completed studies in various courses including Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Hazardous Materials Operations, and Rescue Technician.  The successful completion of these classes enables members to obtain Fire Service Professional Qualifications certification in various Fire and Rescue disciplines as they pursue careers in public safety. 

          The Officers and Members of the FVFAC would like to congratulate all of our graduating seniors on the successful completion of their high school studies, and wish them good fortune in all of their future endeavors.



   


 

FVFAC BINGO SUNDAY... JUNE 5 .... DOORS OPEN AT NOON .... BRING A FRIEND!

 

   


 

MEMORIAL DAY FIRE SAFETY

Grills placed to closely to ordinary combustibles and structures can result in catastrophic results.

Grills placed to closely to ordinary
      combustibles and structures can result
      in catastrophic results.

             The Memorial Day weekend is a time for remembrance of those that gave the supreme sacrifice in honor of our Country.  Families throughout Fallston and across Maryland will venture outside to their backyards to spend quality time together.  However, increased outdoor activities also result in an increase of outdoor fire risks. Therefore the Fallston VFAC and the Office of the State Fire Marshal are providing a few common-sense tips that will help citizens enjoy a safe grilling season.

 

     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 that all connections are tight.  Check all connections with soapy water. The appearance of bubbles indicates leaks, re-tighten leaking connections.

·        Make sure grease is not allowed to drip onto the propane supply 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.  Be sure that you remember to save the instructions for later reference!

    Outdoor Cooking Safety Tips for Charcoal Grills:

·        Use only a small amount of charcoal liquid starter fuel. Remember that 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 more starter fuel!  Fire can easily follow the stream of fluid back to the container you are holding causing an explosion and potential serious bodily harm.

·        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.  Only transport ashes in a metal container. We have documented many building fires that were caused by improperly disposed ashes.

      Please be reminded that in other than one and two family dwellings, no use or storage of hibachis, grills or other similar devices used for cooking shall be located on any balcony, under any overhanging eaves or other objects or within fifteen feet of any structure. These restrictions apply to multi-family dwellings such as townhomes, apartments, and condominiums. 

      With any outdoor style cooking equipment, never be tempted to use them inside – not even in a garage with the door open or on a porch or a balcony.  “Outdoor 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 result in an explosion with devastating results,” stated State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci.  “Please celebrate the Memorial Day holiday weekend as safely as possible”.














 

   


 

EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT IMPROVEMENTS AT CROSS ROADS STATION

             Improvements recently completed at the Cross Roads Station of the FVFAC by a local Boy Scouts of America Troop will provide our members with an excellent area to relax and enjoy the fellowship within our community and our fire company. Life Scout DJ Winters, a member of BSA Troop 899, chartered by the Fallston United Methodist Church, lead the effort for the improvements to the fire station to complete his Eagle Scout Project. Under the leadership of DJ, Scouts from Troop 899 reworked the main entrance flower bed and the area around the flag pole including the installation of new outdoor lighting to illuminate the American Flag. As part of the  project the Scouts also designed and constructed two 12’ picnic tables for FVFAC members' use. Now that DJ fulfilled these requirements he is required to complete his Eagle Scout workbook, attend Scoutmaster Conference and a Board of Review. Once these tasks are completed DJ will then be promoted to the rank of Eagle Scout. DJ's goal for his Eagle Scout Project was to successfully work within a local community group that was serving the needs of the Fallston community.

                The improvements to our station completed under the leadership of DJ are greatly appreciated by the FVFAC. The work performed by the Scouts will help create an excellent environment for our members who are Volunteering their time to the FVFAC and the Fallston community.     

 

     
photos courtesy Mike Hayden, FVFAC

photos courtesy Mike Hayden, FVFAC



 

WILLIAM VANARSDALE SR. OCTOBER 10, 1947 - MAY 9, 2016

             The Officers and Members of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company regretfully announce the passing of Life Member, Past Chief and Past President William (Bill) Vanarsdale Sr. on May 9, 2016.

             In his years of service to the FVFAC Bill held many positions which helped to form what the FVFAC is today. Bill worked on several committees including the Crossroads Station Building Committee (1990) which established the FVFAC in the Upper Crossroads area, the Carrs Mill Station Building Committee (1993) which enabled the FVFAC to move from the original three bay fire station to the current main station which is the center of the Company's operations today, and the Apparatus Committee (1996) which replaced five major Fire and EMS units at one time. Bill held the positions of Chief of the Department (1989-1990) and President of the FVFAC (1991 & 2000) guiding both the operations as well as the administrative functions of the Company. In addition Bill served terms as Assistant Fire Chief and Associate Director for many years. Bill was honored as a Life Member of the FVFAC for his years of dedicated service to the Company, the Fallston community, and the Harford County Fire and EMS service.  Bill was a mentor to many who have served as Chiefs and other officers with the FVFAC as well as  other Harford County Volunteer Companies including his son William, who is currently the Chief of the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company.

           Bill is survived by his wife Diane, sons William (Jr.) and Jeremy. Family and friends are encouraged to attend Bill's viewing and funeral service which will be held at the McComas Funeral Home in Bel Air, MD.  (click link for details). 



   


 
 
 

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