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Deputy Chief Jason Tarbell 174
Chief Will Rosenberg131
Sgt John Hefner 103
Jayden Edwards84
Dave Williams71
Asst. Chief Jon Martin69
Kevin Jones63
Matt Barlow61
Lt Andrew Selig60
Capt Mike Seifert52
EMS Top Ten Responder
Dave Williams135
EMS Asst. Chief Mike Kalck98
Brian Leschke,75
Andrew Ward72
Mike Hayden50
Jayden Edwards48
EMS Sgt. Jenna Streib32
Joe Fellner26
Dan McKinney23
Will Brush21


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)



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!  



(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: 



Fallston High School Student Parking Permits.....


       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

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




            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



            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!   



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