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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
 

FVFAC, MUTUAL AID AGENCIES TOUR COLONIAL PIPELINE SITE

Monday, April 13, 2015                Members of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. along with representatives of the Jarrettsville VFC, Long Green VFC, Harford County Hazardous Materials Response Team, Harford County Sheriffs Office, and Harford County DES toured the Colonel Pipeline Bel Air Compressor Pump Station on Charles Street in Fallston.  The pipeline stretches from Texas to New York and transports approximately 1million gallons of petroleum products daily. Through cooperative efforts such as this industry, responders, and emergency planners continue to work to keep our communities safe. The Officers and Members of FVFAC wish to thank Colonial Pipeline and their employees for their hospitality and commend their attitude toward cooperative safety for our members and area citizens.

     
Classroom Session

Classroom Session

FVFAC and other personnel learning from Colonial staff

FVFAC and other personnel learning from
      Colonial staff



 

FVFAC, SURROUNDING COMPANIES BUSY WITH MULTIPLE BRUSH, WOODS FIRES

courtesy Scott Blankenship, FVFAC

courtesy Scott Blankenship, FVFAC

Sunday, April 12, 2015                Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. and other surrounding fire companies have been busy throughout the day battling woods and brush fires in the area. After handling a motorcycle crash on Baldwin Mill Road involving personal injuries which sent patients to a local hospital and a trauma center shortly before 2 P.M., Fallston VFAC units were dispatched to the area of Bel Air Rd. and Reckord Rd. for a report of a field fire. Units arrived to find a multi-acre woods and brush fire over a mile from the paved road. Access to the fire was a challenge, as only ATV's and SUV's could be used to shuttle personnel and equipment to the fire scene. Assistance from Kingsville, Bel Air, Joppa-Magnolia, Whiteford Volunteer Fire Companies, Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department, and the Perry Hall Station of the Baltimore County Fire Department was dispatched due to requests for specialized equipment and manpower. No injuries were reported and the fire was declared extinguished after approximately 2 1/2 hours. 

                  At approximately 7:30 P.M. Bel Air and FVFAC units were again dispatched for a field fire in the 1100 block of Red Pump Rd. Units arrived with a fire in the wooded area that was contained in approximately 30 mins. 

                  With the current weather conditions we are experiencing your local volunteer fire companies urge all homeowners and recreational users of our wooded areas to be constantly vigilant concerning all ignition sources in wildland areas. Please do not discard smoking materials or ashes from cooking fires in any combustible material. Do not conduct any open burning in windy conditions and always have a water source (hose) close by to control any sparks or embers. 

   


 

WEATHER CONDITIONS PROMPT OUTDOOR BURNING CAUTION

Friday, April 10, 2015                 The National Weather Service is once again forecasting fire weather conditions that require citizens to postpone any outdoor burning this weekend. Breezy conditions, higher temperatures, and dropping humidity levels will create conditions that are favorable for rapid spread of wildfires.  Last weekend conditions saw firefighters throughout the region respond to several multi-acre brush and woods fires. Please postpone any outdoor burning activities until weather conditions improve and use caution disposing of any smoking materials or ashes from fireplaces and grilles.   

     
Green Rd fire 4/6/2015

Green Rd fire 4/6/2015

(photos courtesy Tom Weigle)

(photos courtesy Tom Weigle)



 

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES FOR FVFAC

Annie's Playground "EGGstravaganza" crowd (courtesy of Christine Sullivan)

Annie's Playground "EGGstravaganza"
      crowd (courtesy of Christine Sullivan)

                     This weekend the Officers and Members of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. have been very active in the Fallston community! Our members have hosted Girl Scouts for a station tour and fire safety presentation, appeared at the Annie's Playground "EGGstravaganza!", provided other community services, and of course...responded to fire and EMS emergency calls throughout the area. Please see our Facebook page for details (https://www.facebook.com/FVFAC?fref=ts) and more pictures of our Easter weekend activities ! Thanks to all of the FVFAC personnel that assisted in these events ! 

   


 

SEE YOUR AREA FIRST RESPONDERS AT ANNIE'S PLAYGROUND "EGG-STRAVAGANZA"!!!

           Visit  Annie's Playground ( http://www.anniesplayground.net ) on Saturday April 4 from 10 A.M. til 1 P.M. for their 10 Year Anniversary Celebration. Easter Egg Hunt, Helicopter Egg Drop, and more activities for children!!!  Harford County Sheriffs Office (including K-9 demo) and your local Fire and EMS agencies will be present also. See Annie's Playground link above for further info.  SEE YOU THERE!!!! 

     


 

For Sale....

2004 Ford E-350    63,200 miles

2004 Ford E-350 63,200 miles

By sealed bid....Bids due April 3, 2015.

For additional information contact:

            EMS Assistant Chief John Richter

            Cell phone- 410-688-7295

            Email- 13597@fvfac.org

     


 

STATE FIRE MARSHAL AND FVFAC PROMOTE MEDICAL OXYGEN FIRE SAFETY

       With so many of our citizens using home medical oxygen therapy, and the amount of injuries and deaths occurring related to such use every year in both Maryland and nationwide, State Fire Marshal Brian S, Geraci is offering several safety tips to prevent a tragedy by fire while using oxygen.  “All citizens need to be aware of the potential hazards involving medical oxygen use.   Oxygen itself is not flammable, however, an oxygen enriched environment can cause materials to ignite more readily and burn at a faster rate than normal,” stated Geraci “Please consider these safety tips to ensure individuals using oxygen therapy and those around them are protected from the effects of fire”.

          If oxygen is in use the amount (concentration) of oxygen in the air and around furniture, clothing, hair and bedding materials is increased making it easier for a fire to start and spread, thus increasing the potential for serious burn injuries or death.  The following safety tips will help prevent a fire from occurring in an oxygen enriched environment.


  • Never allow the use of an open flame such as candles, lighters, matches, wood stoves, gas stoves, grills or even toys that create sparks when oxygen is in use.

  • NEVER allow smoking in or near an oxygen enriched environment.

  • Petroleum based products including oils, grease and lotions can self-ignite in the presence of high oxygen concentrations.

  • If you use oxygen and insist on smoking, establish a “Ten Minute Rule”.  Turn off the oxygen supply and wait 10 minutes for high concentrations of oxygen to dissipate before going outside to smoke.

  • Post “No Smoking-Oxygen In Use” signs both inside and outside your home.

  • Ensure working smoke alarms are tested monthly.

  • Practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room at least twice a year.


Make sure you are well aware of how to use the oxygen therapy equipment.  Ask your doctor, nurse or medical equipment company as many questions as you need to fully understand the continued safe use of all oxygen equipment and accessories.





     


 

CHANGE YOUR CLOCK ---CHANGE YOUR BATTERY!!!

Friday, March 6, 2015 

            In anticipation of daylight saving time (DST) beginning in the early morning hours of March 8th, Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Comapny (FVFAC) and the Maryland State Fire Marshal are urging all citizens to “Change Your Clock – Change Your Battery” in both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in their homes.  Recognizing that working smoke alarms and CO detectors double a family’s chance of surviving a home fire and/or unsafe carbon monoxide levels, the State Fire Marshal says Daylight Savings Time is a great opportunity for families to change the batteries.  “Please take the little time required to help ensure the safety of your family and friends by maintaining these early warning life saving devices.”



           A new Maryland law became effective on July 1, 2013 involving the “battery only” type of smoke alarms used in 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 in each sleeping area, per National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommendations. 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.

           Smoke alarm technology has advanced greatly in recent years. The newest devices, including those that are battery powered only, are able to be wirelessly interconnected within your home, produce distinctly different sounds for nuisance activations or fire emergencies, incorporate voice directives, and more. (Use the link below for more info)

           Along with insuring that you have working smoke alarms and CO detectors, Home Escape Plans are another way you can avoid injury or death in their homes.  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 detector signals a potential hazard in the home.  “Changing the battery in your smoke alarms and CO detectors, along with developing and practicing a home escape plan, are two of the best ways to protect your loved ones and yourself from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning,” stated Fire Marshal Geraci.

                    



   


 

FVFAC Responds to Fires, Crashes Throughout Region

Monday, March 2, 2015                 The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. closed the month of February just as we have started the month of March....by staying busy! This past week FVFAC members responded to numerous fires and motor vehicle crashes.

               These incidents include: Feb, 24- MVC's at  MD 152 @ MD 147 (5 A.M.) and MD 152 @ Club Rd. (6 P.M.). Both of these crashes resulted in patients transported to a trauma center in Baltimore. Feb. 25 saw the FVFAC assist the Bel Air VFC at Harford Mall due to an odor of burning inside the Macy's store. An investigation determined that a roof top heating unit had malfunctioned. On Feb. 26 FVFAC responded with Engine 1311, Truck 1331, and Tanker 1321 to assist our Baltimore County Mutual Aid partners in the the Long Green area on a dwelling fire in the 13000 block of Long Green Pike. Units were out approximately one hour with extinguishment and related operations due to an apparent electrical fire. Friday evening, Feb. 28 saw FVFAC Truck 1331 respond to a dwelling fire on McComas Road in the Monkton (Hereford VFC district) area of Baltimore County. This fire involved the attic and roof of the home and was quickly extinguished by first arriving crews. As February drew to a close, FVFAC EMS personnel responded to assist the Kingsville VFC on a MVC at Bel Air Rd. and New Cut Rd. at approximately midnight Saturday night. Just before 8 A.M. March 1 FVFAC responded to investigate a residential automatic fire alarm activation in the 1700 block of Carrs Mill Ct. in Fallston. Chief 13-1 (Bob Stanton) arrived to find heavy smoke in the structure and requested a first alarm assignment. Units from Bel Air, Joppa-Magnolia, Jarrettsville and Kingsville (Balt. Co.) VFC responded and assisted to extinguish a fire in the area of the floor structure around and below the first floor fireplace of the two story dwelling. Then the snow/sleet/freezing rain began...and FVFAC was dispatched for an overturned vehicle on MD. 152 at Stoneybrook Rd. Due to the location of the vehicle, weather conditions, and injuries to the occupants of the car a response of the Harford County Technical Rescue Team was requested to assist in bringing the patient to the roadway prior to being transported to a trauma center in Baltimore by ambulance.

                  The FVFAC would like to THANK all of our mutual aid companies for their help on several of these and other calls during the week. Together we strive to provide emergency services to the citizens throughout the area in a seamless manner.

                   Photos courtesy of various VFC facebook pages...




     
MD 152 & Club Rd.

MD 152 & Club Rd.

Harford Mall

Harford Mall



 

WINTER HEATING AND HOME FIRE SAFETY

                As the temperatures have dropped fire departments across the region are seeing an increase in calls for fires in the home. Some of these fires have originated in the chimneys and other heating components of the homes. Chief Will Rosenberg of the FVFAC and the State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci are stressing the importance and value of insuring your safety by having chimneys and flues properly inspected. 

          As we depend on multiple types of heating sources to stay warm inside our homes these systems must be continually maintained to insure safe operation. “Elements of home heating continue to be a significant factor in dwelling fires in Maryland,” according to the State Fire Marshal.  “Following the attached guidelines, we can work together to reduce the number of residential fires.. 

           Please follow and share these basic guidelines to protect yourself and your loved ones from the effects of a heating system fire.

 

·         Ensure that your chimneys and flues are inspected and maintained annually or more frequently if used as the primary heating source.

·         Never use a flammable liquid to start a fire in a fireplace or heating device. Only use combustible materials like newspaper, kindling wood or approved commercially available fire starting products to safely create a fire in a fireplace or woodstove.

·         Use properly sized fireplace screens or enclosures.

·         When disposing of your cooled ashes, do not use paper or plastic containers to remove them. Instead, use a metal container.  Ashes will insulate hot embers long after the fire is considered out. Place the metal container outdoors and away from decks, etc. to prevent a fire from starting in an unattended area.

·         Make sure fuel burning stoves and heaters are installed according to local fire codes and the manufacturer’s instructions.

·         Have your home furnace inspected and serviced annually.

·         Check portable electric heaters for frayed or damaged wires. Ensure the heater is clean and placed on a flat level surface.  Use only heaters that are “listed” by an approved testing laboratory (UL, FM, etc.) and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

·         Do not use extension cords or multi-outlets with portable electric space heaters.  The extension cord or strip outlet may overheat and cause a fire.

·         If you use kerosene fuel fired heaters, use only “K-1” kerosene fuel.  Never fill the unit inside, remove it to the exterior after it has cooled before refueling.

·         Open a window enough to provide proper ventilation when using a fuel fired heater.

·         Keep combustibles (furniture, curtains, clothing, paper goods, etc.), at least three feet from all heat sources. Combustibles placed too close to a heater can ignite easily.

·         Provide a non-combustible protective barrier to keep children and pets from making contact with any heating appliance.                                                                            

·         Fuel burning appliances can produce the deadly, tasteless and odorless gas known as carbon monoxide.  Install and maintain CO alarms inside your home to provide an early warning of dangerous carbon monoxide levels if you have any fuel fired appliances.

·         Always turn off portable heating equipment when leaving the room or area for extended periods.  Portable heaters should never be operated unattended

 

     Along with these heating tips, check to make sure your smoke alarms are in good working order.  “Routine maintenance and safe operation of heating equipment combined with properly installed and operating smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are a life-saving combination for all Marylanders,” stated Geraci.  Fallston residents who need smoke alarms replaced or have questions about the proper use of smoke alarms in their home should contact the FVFAC at 410-638-4890 or by email at pio@fvfac.org.

     
CHIMNEY RELATED FIRES CAN SPREAD RAPIDLY

CHIMNEY RELATED FIRES CAN SPREAD RAPIDLY

NEVER USE PLASTIC OR PAPER CONTAINERS FOR ASHES

NEVER USE PLASTIC OR PAPER CONTAINERS
      FOR ASHES



 
 
 

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