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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!  

   


 

FVFAC COMPLETED SANTA'S VISITS ON TIME!!!

              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 

   


 

SANTA RUNS TO START THURSDAY DECEMBER 1ST!!!!

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.  

   


 

FALLSTON WEEKEND EVENTS, POTENTIAL TRAFFIC ISSUES

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! 

   


 

CHANGE YOUR CLOCK-CHANGE YOUR BATTERY!!!


MAINTAIN WORKING SMOKE ALARMS AND CO ALARMS



         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.      

   


 

CLOSE YOUR DOOR!!!

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

               

   


 

FVFAC ANNUAL PUBLIC SAFETY OPEN HOUSE

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)

   


 

(James) Larry Ward January 11, 1974 - August 29, 2016

                On Monday, August 29, 2016 Larry Ward, past member of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company and a 19 year veteran officer of the Baltimore County Police Department, passed away suddenly at the age of 42. Larry was an active member of the FVFAC for several years prior to being hired by Baltimore County. In 1995 Larry was a FVFAC Top Ten Fire Responder, having responded on more than half of the fire calls FVFAC was alerted for that year. Larry also held the office of Fire Sergeant for several years at FVFAC. On the fire ground Larry could always be depended upon to carry out his duties and responsibilities competently, and he had the ability to lead as well as be a role model for our younger members. Larry will remembered for his efforts on several incidents in FVFAC history including the Tremors Nightclub fire (September 2001), the Mullins Landfill Tire Fire (August 1995), and the Fallston Denny’s kitchen fire (circa 1993). Larry also was known to work diligently on community projects, such as the FVFAC Haunted Trail, once a major FVFAC fund raiser and well known Halloween attraction.


               Larry was the cherished son of Brenda and the late Gary Grant; caring brother of Linda Hoffmann and husband David; and loving uncle of Brian, Brittany, Keely, and Henry Hoffmann. He is also survived by many other family members and caring friends.


               Larry’s life will be honored at the Evans Funeral Chapel – Bel Air, 3 Newport Dr. (near MD. Routes 23 & 24 – Forest Hill) on Friday, September 2, from 3-5 P.M. & 7-9 P.M., where a funeral service will be held on Saturday September 3 at 1:00 P.M. Interment to take place on a later date.

     
photo courtesy of Christine Sullivan

photo courtesy of Christine Sullivan



 

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.




     


 
 
 

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