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Brian Leschke12
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John Richter6
Andrew Ward6
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THE OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF THE FVFAC EXPRESS OUR SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCES TO THE HARFORD COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE AS WELL AS THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF SENIOR DEPUTY PATRICK DAILEY AND SENIOR DEPUTY MARK LOGSDON

 

     
Sr. Deputy Patrick Dailey EOW 2/10/2016

Sr. Deputy Patrick Dailey EOW 2/10/2016

Sr. Deputy Mark Logsdon EOW 2/10/2016

Sr. Deputy Mark Logsdon EOW 2/10/2016



 

FVFAC BLIZZARD OPERATIONS- JANUARY 23-24

             The FVFAC along with the other member companies of the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association staffed our stations and equipment beginning Friday January 22 in preparation for the record breaking blizzard that moved through the region. FVFAC members, as well as HCVFEMSA EMS Foundation employees, and Maryland National Guard personnel have been at our stations throughout this event and remain on duty as we enter the recovery phase of the operation.

              FVFAC units were dispatched to approximately a dozen emergency fire and EMS calls during the storm. Utilizing a pre-planned response policy the appropriate four wheel drive units equipped with a winch, plow, and other equipment responded to assist fire and EMS units as needed.

               As we move through the recovery phase of the event please heed the warnings that our emergency response partners have been providing. These may be found on the following Facebook pages: FVFAC-  https://www.facebook.com/FVFAC/?fref=ts  ,  Maryland Emergency Management Agency- https://www.facebook.com/MDMEMA/?fref=ts , and the Harford County Department of  Emergency Services-  https://www.facebook.com/HarfordCoEM/?fref=ts  .

                 

     
Clearing the response driveway

Clearing the response driveway

Loading equipment on National Guard unit

Loading equipment on National Guard unit



 

FOR UPDATES ON BLIZZARD INFO AND SAFETY TIPS SEE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

FVFAC facebook page link    https://www.facebook.com/FVFAC/?fref=ts

   


 

OPERATIONAL OFFICERS IN PLACE FOR 2016

           The FVFAC operational officers for 2016 are settling into their positions. Elections were held Monday January 4th and all necessary appointments were completed this past weekend. The list of officers includes: Chief of Department- Will Rosenberg; 1st Assistant Chief- Jason Tarbell; 2nd Assistant Chief- Timothy (Randy) Blevins; EMS Assistant Chief- Michael Kalck; Safety Officer- Timothy Holt; Fire Captains- Jon Martin, Steve Hull, Scott Blankenship; EMS Captains- Chris Aycock, Stacey Gail; Fire Lieutenants Amanda Puleio, Kevin Hartlove, Michael Siefert, Jonny Lewis, Andrew Selig; EMS Lieutenants- Lisa Rosenberg, John Richter; Fire Sergeants- Nick Stutleberg, John Hefner, Brian Leschke, Brandon Scalchunes; EMS Sergeant- Kris Walinski, Tiffany Jones, Jenna Streib, Becky Gibbons, Jenn Chenworth.  Congratulations to these officers! The future of the FVFAC is bright!

   


 

2016 FVFAC ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS SELECTED

           The full slate of FVFAC Administrative Officers for 2016 have been selected through the annual election and appointment process. These members will oversee the business affairs of the FVFAC, interpret the Company By-laws, preside over Company meetings, oversee various committees, and perform other duties as required.

            The officers are: President- Chris Gibbons, Vice President- Alex Pafel, Treasurer- Kim Weber, Recording Secretary-Whitney Nigrin, Corresponding Secretary- Joe Fellner, Associate Directors- Scott Blankenship, Matt Barlow, Bob Griffith, and Mike Hayden.

            The 2016 Board of Directors will include the above Administrative Officers as well as Chief Will Rosenberg, Assistant Chief (Fire) Jason Tarbell, and Assistant Chief (EMS) Michael Kalck.  

   


 

2015 SANTA VISITS - A RECAP

 To the Fallston Community:


On behalf of myself and the entire Fallston Volunteer Fire Company, we hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.

Santa Runs have been a time honored tradition with our department, and in my last five years of running the program, we have been able to assist Santa with seeing every child and family in the Fallston community. Due to your continuous generosity, we have been able to keep this tradition alive – and we thank you! We appreciate the support and look forward to assisting Santa in the years to come.

In addition to Santa Runs, we host numerous events at the fire house throughout the year. We encourage you to check out our Facebook page and website. We hope to see you and your family at the firehouse!


Again, we hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe 2016!


Thank you.

Lt. Michael Seifert





   


 

FVFAC RESPONDS TO SEVERAL INCIDENTS TO START THE NEW YEARS WEEKEND

           Members of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company (FVFAC) responded to several calls on Wednesday December 30. The day started with a report of a motor vehicle crash in the 2700 block of Greene Lane in the Glen Elyn area just before 8 A.M..  FVFAC units arrived to find a tractor and dump trailer that had overturned while unloading mulch at a business location. The driver was evaluated on the scene by FVFAC EMS and Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association  personnel, and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. The Harford County Hazardous Materials Response Team also responded to contain and mitigate hazards from any fluids that may have leaked from the vehicle. Shortly before noon FVFAC EMS and HCVFEMSA were dispatched to the 1600 block of Ingleside Road for an injured subject. Further information gathered by the Harford County 911 calltaker revealed that the injured subject was still on a roof, 15 feet above ground. Additional units from the FVFAC were dispatched to assist with patient packaging and removal from the roof. This patient was also transported to a local hospital by FVFAC ambulance. At 7:45 P.M. FVFAC was alerted for a motor vehicle crash with injuries on Harford Road at the Baltimore County Line. Units from the Kingsville VFC were already dispatched on the call and advised that they could handle the incident, FVFAC units cleared and returned to station. At 8:37 P.M. FVFAC units were again dispatched for a motor vehicle crash with injuries on Harford RD. at MD. 152. At this scene 3 ambulances from FVFAC and the Kingsville VFC transported patients for treatment to local hospitals and a regional trauma center. 

             On Thursday December 31 at 2:37 P.M. the Bel Air VFC and FVFAC were alerted for a motor vehicle crash on U.S. 1 north of the intersection with Harford RD. Chief 3 arrived to find a single vehicle off the roadway that had struck several trees. One patient was removed from the vehicle by BAVFC and FVFAC personnel and transported to a regional trauma center by BAVFC ambulance from this crash.  Traffic on southbound U.S. 1 was stopped for approximately 15 minutes to allow emergency crews to work at the scene. 

              The Officers and Members of the FVFAC would like to wish everyone a SAFE and HAPPY NEW YEAR Holiday! Please keep the safety of yourselves, your family, and friends a top priority as you celebrate over this weekend!

     
Greene Ln. photos courtesy of Jeff Molner

Greene Ln. photos courtesy of Jeff
      Molner



 
 

HOLIDAY FIRE SAFETY

THE OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF THE FVFAC AND OUR STATE FIRE MARSHAL REMIND ALL TO...   “BE VIGILANT OF FIRE SAFETY AS WE SETTLE INTO THE WINTER SEASON AND ENJOY HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES SAFELY” 

         Chief Will Rosenberg and State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci remind us to check for fire safety where we live, where we work and even where we attend other events.  “Fire and life safety is everyone’s responsibility - by testing smoke alarms and CO detectors, keeping exits clear of obstructions, and maintaining fire alarms and fire sprinkler systems, we can all avoid injury or death from the effects of fire,” stated the State Fire Marshal.




          To ensure your best chances of surviving a fire, the FVFAC and the State Fire Marshal offer the following tips on both escaping a fire and preventing fires.


·        Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure they are working properly. Remember, the effects of toxic smoke and gases can quickly overcome your ability to think clearly.  Every second counts when escaping a fire.

·        Check exits from your home and any place you go to ensure you will be able to get to safety.  Blocked exits resulting from improperly placed chairs, tables or even holiday decorations can result in the delay of getting out quickly and safely.  Be vigilant of these safety concerns whether at church, school or even your local favorite eatery.

·        When using portable unvented fuel-fired heaters, such as kerosene heaters, make sure to use only the recommended fuel specified in the owner’s manual and NEVER use gasoline.  Note: Portable kerosene heaters are banned for use in Baltimore City.

·        If you find it necessary to use an electric space heater, use only one that has been approved by an authorized testing laboratory such as UL., and plug it directly into a properly rated wall outlet.

·        Keep all portable space heaters at least three feet away from anything combustible.

·        If heating equipment fails, do not use kitchen stoves or ovens to supply heat.  These devices are not designed for that purpose and the chance of a fire improves greatly.


·        When using fireplaces, woodstoves or pellet stoves please be sure these heat sources have been installed and properly serviced by trained technicians according to state and local codes, allowing them to work at peak efficiency and lower the risk of an unintended fire or other catastrophic failure.

·        Please be sure you have the chimney cleaned and inspected before use. 

·        Never leave candles burning unattended.  Extinguish the flame before leaving the room.

·        Prevent fires from starting on the stove by staying in the kitchen and monitoring all cooking. If a fire would occur in a pot or pan on the stove, calmly place a lid on it and turn off the burner.  Allow it to cool before removal from the stove.

·        If using a turkey fryer, please follow all safety precautions and manufacturer’s instructions, using the fryer only outdoors on a concrete surface. 

·        If you are using a cut tree for Christmas, special precautions need to be observed: Select a tree with green needles that do not remove too easily from the branches. The trunk should be sticky to the touch.  Place the tree in a location away from heat sources and add water every day during the recommended two-week life span while on display.

·        Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.  Ensure all candles are placed well away from tree branches.  The use of battery operated candles is recommended to prevent fires.

·        Dried out trees can ignite more readily.  Remove the tree shortly after the holiday and place outdoors for disposal.

·        Inspect holiday lighting for frayed or damaged wiring and check for cracked sockets.  Replace older light strands with new sets as they become worn.  Follow manufacturer’s guidelines when attaching additional strands.

·        Always unplug or switch off all holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.

·        Holiday lights are temporary seasonal decorations that should be limited to 30 days use.

·        If a fire occurs inside your home, close the doors behind you as you exit to the outside, call 911 and never go back inside the home.  Tell arriving first responders if anyone is still inside.

NFPA Holiday Fire Safety video link 



Please enjoy a fire safe holiday season with your family and friends!

 

   


 

FALLSTON VFAC RESPONDS TO CHRISTMAS EVE FIRE

           At 2235 hours Christmas Eve night the Fallston VFAC was alerted to assist the Baltimore County Fire Department on a working structure fire. Truck 1331 was dispatched on the Working Fire Assignment to a dwelling fire in the 10000 block of Gunridge Circle in the Perry Hall area. Shortly after, at 2248 hours, the Incident Commander requested a Tanker Task Force which resulted in FVFAC Tanker 1321 and Engine 1311, and Jarrettsville VFC Special Unit 781 being dispatched. As FVFAC units arrived our crews were assigned various duties. Truck 1331's crew was assigned to assist with operations within  the fire building. Tanker 1321 dropped it's port-a-ponds at the intersection of Bel Air Rd. & Miller Rd. for the rural water dump site operation, dumped it's 3,000 gallons, and then began to shuttle water from a hydrant south of the fire location with tankers from Kingsville and Hereford VFC. Engine 1311 was used to draft water from the port-a-ponds and provide water supply to the fire scene. The fire was quickly contained by crews from the around the area. The last FVFAC unit cleared the scene shortly before 0100 hours on Christmas Day. No injuries were reported to residents or fire personnel. 

     

photos courtesy of Mike Seifert

photos courtesy of Mike Seifert



 
 
 

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