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Monthly Calls
MonthFireEMS
Jan4475
Feb4383
Mar4970
Apr5573
May4880
Jun3671
Jul4987
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Total324539
 
Fire Top Ten
Responder
NameCalls
Deputy Chief Jason Tarbell 140
Chief Will Rosenberg107
Sgt John Hefner 89
Jayden Edwards75
Dave Williams62
Asst. Chief Jon Martin55
Kevin Jones53
Lt Andrew Selig51
Matt Barlow51
Capt. Michael Seifert44
 
EMS Top Ten Responder
NameCalls
Dave Williams103
EMS Asst. Chief Mike Kalck81
Brian Leschke, Andrew Ward61
Jayden Edwards43
Mike Hayden36
EMS Sgt. Jenna Streib29
Joe Fellner25
Dan McKinney22
Will Brush,19
Christos Poneres18
 

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!  

   


 

Registration Now Open for "Prepare Because You Care" Citizen Emergency Preparedness Training

courtesy of Cecil Co DES

courtesy of Cecil Co DES

                  Find out what you need to know to protect yourself and your loved ones in a fire, cybersecurity attack, natural disaster, and other emergencies. Registration is now open for the popular “Prepare Because You Care” emergency preparedness training program for community members, developed by the Harford County Department of Emergency Services. The program’s next four-week session will be held on Wednesdays beginning September 14 through October 5 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Dept. of Emergency Services located at 2220 Ady Road in Forest Hill. The program is free; however, registration is required as space is limited and available seats fill up quickly. Participants must be over 18. 

Topics covered will include the following:



Sept. 14 - Emergency Management 101; Maryland Disaster History; Cybersecurity; Assembling a Disaster Supply Kit

 

Sept. 21 - Fire Safety in the Home; Basic Fire Suppression

 

Sept. 28 - Crime Prevention and Awareness (presented by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office)

 

Oct. 5 - Hands-Only CPR and Basic First Aid; Graduation

 

For additional class information and to register online, please visit: http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/1721/Prepare-Because-You-Care 

   


 

Fallston High School Student Parking Permits.....

ALL AVAILABLE PERMITS SOLD!! TO BE PLACED ON WAITING LIST E-MAIL APPLICATIONS TO   parkingpermit@fvfac.org      


       The start of the school year is approaching rapidly! It's that time of year to get your student parking permits for the Carrs Mill Fire Station. The initial sale will be on Tuesday August 16, 2016 from 6:00 P.M. until 9 P.M. The parking permits will be available at the Carrs Mill Station Training Room. Permit sales will be on a first come, first served basis. Either a parent or the student must be present to purchase a permit. Applications for the permits (pdf fill in forms) are on the FHS Parking Permits page/link.  The permits cost $200.00 each and are valid for the entire school year. Applications and Rules are available below and on the FHS Parking Permits page.

Questions may be directed to parkingpermit@fvfac.org

We hope that you have had a great summer. Good Luck to all and remember to stay safe in the up coming school year.




     


 

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.



   


 

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”.














 

   


 
 
 

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