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Asst Chief Jason Tarbell46
Chief Will Rosenberg41
Lt. Josh Burkins36
Sgt. John Hefner24
Matt Barlow24
Jayden Edwards23
Gary Zamerski20
Asst Chief Scott Blankenship18
Sgt. Brendon Scalchunes18
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Dave Williams47
Colin Zamerski44
EMS Asst Chief Michael Kalck30
Brian Leschke26
Isabelle Staab22
EMS Sgt. Andrew Ward21
EMS Lt. Jenna Strieb20
Andrew Burkins16
EMS Sgt. Jon Acker13


               On Saturday March 18, 2017 the Officers and Members of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co., Inc. (FVFAC) held their annual Awards Banquet and Installation of Officers for 2017. In addition to the swearing in of fire company officers for 2017, members of the FVFAC were recognized for their service to the citizens of Fallston and Harford County during 2016. Attendees also took the opportunity to remember two Life Members of the FVFAC both of whom were fixtures in the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Service, Past EMS Captain John E. Wilson and Past President and Fire Chief William Vanarsdale that passed away during 2016.     

           Administrative awards for 2016 were presented by FVFAC President Chris Gibbons. They included the President’s Awards which are given to members have gone above and beyond to carry out the tasks needed to maintain and promote the FVFAC both internally and externally in administrative capacities. The awardees were Dan McKinney, Rachel Brush and Will Brush. These members performed numerous tasks, mostly behind the scenes, to provide services to the membership of the FVFAC.

          Operational awards for 2016 included EMS Officer of the Year which was presented to EMS Assistant Chief Michael Kalck and Fire Officer of the Year which was presented to Assistant Chief Jon Martin. These awards are voted on by the respective operational crew members each year. These officers have steadfastly performed their duties at a high level and continue to serve as Chief Officers of the FVFAC.    

             Two members were awarded EMS Rookie of the Year for 2016, EMT Michael Hayden and EMT Andrew Ward. Both of these members dedicated significant effort and time insuring prompt and efficient EMS responses to the Fallston community throughout the year. The FVFAC Firefighter of the Year award for 2016 was presented to Fire Apparatus Driver Operator Mark Pilachowski. Mark is recognized as a member that the FVFAC can depend upon who is willing to sacrifice many hours each year driving and operating our fire and EMS units.     

            The top fire responders for 2016 include Jason Tarbell, Will Rosenberg, Jon Martin, Jon Hefner, Jayden Edwards, Dave Williams, Matt Barlow, Kevin Jones, and Andrew Selig.

          EMS top responders for 2016 include Dave Williams, Michael Kalck, Jenna Streib, Brian Leschke, Andrew Ward, Michael Hayden, Jayden Edwards, Jonathan Acker, and Dan McKinney, and Joe Fellner.

            The FVFAC would like to extend special THANKS to Uncle's Hawaiian Grindz for catering the event and to our own Christine M. Sullivan Photography for once again using her talent to record our events.               

 (photos courtesy of Christine Sullivan)   

Top 10 EMS- EMT Jenna Streib presented by EMS Chief Michael Kalck

Top 10 EMS- EMT Jenna Streib presented
      by EMS Chief Michael Kalck

Presidents Award presented by President Chris Gibbons to Dan McKinney

Presidents Award presented by President
      Chris Gibbons to Dan McKinney



Monday, February 20, 2017           The mild weather we have experienced this month has brought an early start to the outdoor fire season. These incidents are described by many terms - woods, brush, natural cover, and/or wildland-urban interface fires. They can be as challenging, and at times, more challenging than structural firefighting. These fires often involve areas that are not readily accessible by road apparatus, requiring additional manpower to be brought to the scene as well as ATV type firefighting equipment in order to access the fire. In the Fallston area, the majority of our water sources for firefighting needs are ponds, rivers,.and cisterns. Therefore, we often need to call on additional water resources also for these types of fires. 

           As you go about your outdoor activities during the upcoming Spring season, we ask that all of our area residents pay particular attention to outdoor fire hazards. Not only do these fires, which generally could be prevented create challenges for the fire service, these fires have also threatened residential and other structures as they burn uncontrolled prior to fire service arrival at the scene.

           NFPA has information available for homeowners related to outdoor fire safety which can be found here   By following these guidelines you may help to prevent a wildland fire in your community! 

1600 blk. Fallston Rd.  2/18/2017

1600 blk. Fallston Rd. 2/18/2017

800 blk. Kary Lou Cir.  2/19/2017

800 blk. Kary Lou Cir. 2/19/2017



         Each year in January the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company holds their annual Election of Officers. In order to be eligible to be elected to an operational position members must have met certain training requirements as well as additional requirements based on their level of activity during the past year(s). Operational positions that are not filled through the election process may be filled by appointments carried out by the Board of Directors and/or Senior Level Officers. Administrative Officer positions are filled through the same process.

           For 2017 the Operational Officers of the FVFAC are:

Chief Will Rosenberg

Deputy Chief Jon Martin

Assistant Fire Chiefs Jason Tarbell & Scott Blankenship

Assistant EMS Chief Michael Kalck

Fire Captains Amanda Puleio, Andrew Selig, & Michael Seifert

EMS Captains Paul Masserelli & Stacey Gail

Fire Lieutenants Josh Burkins & Nick Stutelberg

EMS Lieutenants Bob Griffith & Jenna Strieb

Safety Officer Hobart Howell 

           In addition several members were appointed to Sergeant positions to support and assist the above named officers. Sergeant positions are also utilized similar to an internship to bring members along in various capacities while working closely with higher ranking officers and others.

          The 2017 Administrative Officers of the FVFAC are:

President Chris Gibbons

Vice President H. Alex Pafel

Treasurer Kim Weber

Corresponding Secretary Joe Fellner

Recording Secretary Whitney Nigrin

Associate Directors Bob Griffith, Matt Barlow, Mike Hayden

              Congratulations to all of the elected and appointed 2017 Officers!

Note-  A full listing of all officers may be found on our Members page.



The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company Needs YOU!!!

              Have you thought about joining a vibrant and dynamic organization that exists solely for the benefit of your family, friends, and community? The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company is that organization. And we need YOU now! 

               The FVFAC is in need of new members to continue our history of providing emergency services and other benefits to the Greater Fallston Community. Did you know that just about 70% of all firefighter positions in the U.S. are filled by Volunteer Firefighters? Volunteer Fire and EMS departments save taxpayers in Harford County MILLIONS of dollars in taxes each year through the absence of payroll and other personnel costs. Only by recruiting and retaining members from our community can we continue to provide services that improve the safety of our citizens and help to maintain the quality of life that we enjoy in the Fallston area.

                Watch the recruiting video attached to this page. As stated, there are no barriers- age, gender, career- that will keep YOU from joining the FVFAC and making a difference in your community. After you watch the video click on the "Become a Member" link to the left of the page to see more info on the activities we perform in the community and to print a Membership Application. Then, stop by the Carrs Mill Road Station to talk with members and take a tour of the station as you drop off your application. You will be amazed at how your involvement in the FVFAC will allow you to make a difference!  




              The 2016 Santa Visits by the FVFAC were completed in what may have been a record breaking time frame. Santa begins his tour of Fallston on or soon after the 1st of December each year and strives to stop in each and every neighborhood of our district. This year Santa and his crew only faced one night of weather cancellation and our call volume was not too excessive to slow the jolly old fellow from making his rounds. Our members enjoy seeing all of you during these visits, and we also are able to derive benefits such as area familiarization, driver training, etc. for our crews during the tours of the community!

               Captain Michael Seifert once again handled the duties of coordinating FVFAC personnel, Santa, and his helpers in order to bring Santa to your neighborhoods. This alone is a monumental task that Capt. Seifert seems to have perfected for us! Captain Seifert would like to send the following message to you....

" On behalf of myself, the Officers, and all of the Members of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company we would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! During the month of December we appreciate that we are able to spread the joy of the holiday season and bring smiles to the children of the Fallston community by bringing Santa around to every neighborhood in the area. This is a time honored tradition that I have been proud to be in charge of for the past 5 years. With the help of the members of FVFAC and Santa himself, we were able to be out in the community every night as planned so that Santa was able to visit everyone on our route. Along with the continued support through donations we received from the community, we are able to keep this tradition going every year. Again, I hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday season and look forward to seeing everyone next year.

Merry Christmas !
Captain Michael Seifert 




Thursday, December 1, 2016                  YES!! The annual trek of Santa visiting the neighborhoods of Fallston will begin tomorrow, Thursday, December 1st. Santa will be heading out around 6:30 P.M. and will stay on his route until 9:00 P.M. as long as weather and emergency calls do not interfere with his progress. Listen for the sirens and look for the flashing lights that will signal his arrival in your community.

                 Santa will be very busy, with visits planned for the areas near Bel Air Rd and Mountain Rd, as well as parts of the Glen Elyn community Thursday. Check our website and facebook page daily for updates on his progress as he tries to visit each street in our district.  




courtesy Fallston Soccer

courtesy Fallston Soccer

                    As many of you are aware the Fallston Cup Soccer Tournaments are held over two back-to-back weekends in November each year. The Girls Tournament will be starting Friday evening November 11, 2016 with games under the lights at the Fallston Rec Turf Field and will continue Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 12-13) at eleven venues throughout the region. Over 200 teams have registered for each of these weekends in recent years. This will bring many families to our roadways that may not be familiar with the area, and will greatly increase activity not only at the rec fields and complexes, but also at the commercial areas in the region.  

                    In addition, on Sunday November 13, 2016 at Noon there will be a charity flag football event at Fallston High School to benefit cancer research.  Click on the embedded link for more info on this worthwhile event.  

                     Please come out and support these events this weekend as well as the Boys Fallston Cup next weekend. Events like these are what make the Fallston Community a great place to live! 





         As daylight savings time begins in the early morning hours of Sunday, November 6th, the the FVFAC and State Fire Marshal are urging citizens to “Change Your Clock – Change Your Battery” in both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in their homes.  Recognizing that working smoke alarms and CO alarms double a family’s chance of surviving a home fire and/or an unsafe carbon monoxide level, the State Fire Marshal says Daylight Savings Time is a great opportunity for families to change the batteries.  “This simple procedure can help us avoid tragedies in the place we should feel the most secure – our homes.”

          Along with working smoke alarms and CO alarms, home escape plans are another way you can avoid injury or death in the home.  By identifying at least two different escape routes, families can practice the plan together – before an emergency strikes.  Practicing the plan helps educate younger children to the danger of hazardous situations and the importance of recognizing that the sound of a smoke alarm or CO alarm signals a potential hazard in the home.  “Changing the battery in your smoke alarms and CO alarms, along with developing and practicing a home escape plan, are three of the best ways to protect your loved ones and yourself from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning,” stated Fire Marshal Brian Geraci.  These life saving electronic devices have a life expectancy of ten years for smoke alarms and CO alarms.  Please replace the units at these intervals to ensure optimal performance in the event an incident involving fire or a carbon monoxide leak was to occur.

         CLOSE THE DOOR - Keep bedroom doors closed when sleeping.  If a fire occurs elsewhere in the home, the closed door will provide additional time to escape by blocking heat, smoke and toxic gases.  If a fire occurs inside your home, close doors as you escape to help contain the fire.

         REMINDER - A new law became effective on July 1, 2013 involving “battery only” smoke alarms used in Maryland residential properties.  When these “battery only” smoke alarms have reached their 10-year life span, they need to be replaced with new long-life sealed lithium battery smoke alarms with silence/hush button features.  The silence/hush button feature temporarily disables the alarm so the occupant can ventilate the space from mild smoke conditions typically created during some cooking operations.  The use of these alarms eliminates the need to replace the batteries during the 10 year life of the alarm. 

          The new law also requires homeowners to ensure they have a smoke alarm installed on each floor and outside each sleeping area, per National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommendations.  It is recommended to install smoke alarms inside each bedroom as well.

          If your property is protected with 120 volt electric smoke alarms, they also should be replaced every 10 years with new 120 volt smoke alarms w/ battery back-up to ensure proper and timely operation in the event of a fire.  NOTE ** Manufacturers have also made available: 120 volt electric smoke alarms with 10 year lithium batteries to eliminate the need to replace batteries during the suggested life of the alarms. **

          Please observe the overhead electronic signs as you travel throughout the State this weekend.  The Office of the State Fire Marshal and all Marylanders thank the Maryland Department of Transportation and the State Highway Administration for assisting to spread the word about this life saving reminder.      




courtesy WGNS Radio

courtesy WGNS Radio

Wednesday, October 26, 2016             While this may sound like a message you would hear from our law enforcement partners, you will also be hearing it from your Fire and EMS First Responders!

            You may have noticed social media posts recently regarding the "Close Your Door" efforts put forth by many fire prevention agencies.  FVFAC is standing right along with other agencies including the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Underwriters Laboratory (UL), and others to stress the importance of closing your bedroom doors, in particular at night.  The "Close Your Door" campaign is designed to show you how a closed door can afford you time to escape from the effects of a fire as it will slow smoke spread as well as showing the effect of closed doors on fire dynamics.  One of the components needed to sustain a fire is oxygen.  Once the oxygen is removed from the "Fire Tetrahedron" or "Fire Triangle", the fire self-extinguishes.  This important factor is why it is important to have closed your doors, as they will help "suffocate" the fire and slow the spread of the flames.

              Also be sure to check your smoke alarms for proper placement and to insure that the batteries and smoke alarm itself are working and do not need replacing. A good time to schedule smoke alarm tests is when changing your clocks as we exit from Daylight Saving Time on November 6.

               For additional information on these fire and life safety tips click on the highlighted links, or contact FVFAC





photo courtesy Christine Sullivan

photo courtesy Christine Sullivan

       The Officers and Members of the FVFAC want to say Thank You! to all that stopped by on Saturday for our Annual Public Safety Open House! This event is designed to allow you to visit with your local First Responders in addition to the FVFAC. Being able to visit and talk with members of the Harford County Sheriff's Office, Office of the State Fire Marshal, Department of Natural Resources Police, Harford County Department of Emergency Services and others gives our citizens the chance to interact with many of the men and women who respond to your calls for service in a relaxed environment.

         We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the agencies which shared with us their personnel and equipment. Without their generous cooperation and participation the day would not have been such a success!

          Lastly, we hope that you were able to see some of the daily activities of the members of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and EMS Company. Being able to present events such as this, and other Community Outreach Programs are a major part of what we do. If you would like to become more involved in your community stop by and talk with our members, check the website for more information, or email our Membership Chairperson

(For photos from the Open House see Christine M. Sullivan fb page)



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