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MVA w/Rescue- SRT 152 & Choate Rd- 1309 Box

Thursday, March 21, 2013 01:01 After midnight Thursday, The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of State Route 152 and Choate Rd. With law enforcement already on scene, Units arrived to find an overturned SUV with one (1) subject trapped. Around 01:25 the extrication was successful and complete. The patient was taken to a Baltimore area hospital for their injuries.

Photos by: Sgt. Garrett Stefan

FVFAC crews at work

FVFAC crews at work


341 Box Dwelling Fire-Locust Ln

Sunday, March 3, 2013 23:08 Late Sunday night The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company was alerted to assist The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company with a Dwelling Fire in the 300 Blk of Locust Ln. Upon arrival of the first unit, a report of a well involved garage with extension to the rest of the rancher style home was given. Over 40 firefighters from different local agencies responded and worked to help control and extinguish the fire. The cause was determined to be a vehicle fire in the garage.

Units: E311, TW332, E315, E313, E1311, E1312, E814, E411, EBC482, R1351, DCH3, CH3-2, CH13,CH13-1, CH8-1




1305 Box MVA w/Rescue SRT152 & Connolly Road

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 20:30 Late Wednesday evening the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company was dispatched to a Motor Vehicle Accident with reports of entrapment at State Route 152 and Connolly Road. Upon the arrival of emergency personnel, It was confirmed that one person was trapped in one of the two vehicles that were involved. Crews from the Fallston and Bel Air Fire Companies worked diligently to rescue and attended to the patients on scene. Patients were transported to Baltimore area trauma centers and local hospitals.

Photos by: Chief William Rosenberg




     As the temperatures have dropped, a rash of home fires has occurred throughout the region during this winter cold snap.  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 William E. Barnard are stressing the importance and value of insuring your safety by having chimneys and flues properly inspected.  “The warmth of a fireplace or woodstove in the home should be an enjoyable experience, however, all too often the proper inspection process is overlooked, which can lead to tragedy.  Citizens should take the necessary steps to ensure their safety by having chimneys properly inspected and maintained to protect themselves from the dangers of a home fire”, stated Barnard. 


            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.

·         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 Barnard.  Fallston residents who need smoke alarms replaced or have questions about the proper use of smoke alarms in their home should contact Captain Kevin Hartlove at 410-638-4890.







             The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company received a visit Wednesday from Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. Comptroller Franchot was in Harford County to recognize the efforts of volunteers in the educational community as well as in our public safety organization. First, the Comptroller stopped at Edgewood High School to present volunteer Tina Mike with the inaugural Golden Apple Award for Harford County. This new award program is designed to recognize outstanding volunteers, organizations and individuals within the Maryland public school system. Ms. Mike is being recognized for her work in providing and advocating for financial literacy education for Harford County students.

            Comptroller Franchot then travelled to the Youth’s Benefit Elementary School in Fallston, a top priority on the county’s Capital Improvement Program for school construction. Here, he toured the school and spoke with staff and school support groups to see firsthand the needs of the children in our community.
           Afterwards Franchot, accompanied by Harford County Sheriff Jesse Bane, Harford County Councilman Joe Woods, and council staff members stopped at the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company Carrs Mill Station to present a citation to the Fallston VFAC commemorating the fire and EMS company’s years of service to the community. The Comptroller met with members of the FVFAC, toured the station, and talked about the challenges of providing a volunteer emergency service in today’s society.
          The Officers and Members of FVFAC would like to say “THANK YOU” to Comptroller Franchot for taking the time to visit Harford County and to recognize the work and dedication of our VOLUNTEERS !



1361 Box MVA w/Rescue- Bel Air Rd

Vehicle after Extrication

Vehicle after Extrication

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 20:19 Late Wednesday evening, the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company was dispatched for a 10-50 with Rescue in the 2400 Block of Bel Air Road. The Maryland State Police were on scene providing Law Enforcement support and advised incoming fire and EMS units of a 2 vehicle collision  with one entrapment just in front of the "Texas Roadhouse/McDonald's" exit. Once on scene units found one out of the two vehicles involved with extensive damage to the driver's side causing entrapment.  Fire department personnel started to work diligently in getting the patient extricated. Within 13 minutes, the extrication was complete and the patient was transported to a local area hospital.



FVFAC Announces the Passing of Chaplain Edwin J "Ed" Geisendaffer Sr.

Ed and Bobbie Geisandaffer

Ed and Bobbie Geisandaffer

        With deep regret The Officers and Members of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company announce the death of Life Member Edwin J. “Ed” Geisendaffer, Sr.

        Ed passed away peacefully on December 13, 2012 after a courageous battle against an unbeatable foe. Ed was 72 years of age at the time of his passing.  Ed will be remembered as the beloved husband for 47 years of Roberta “Bobbie” (nee Kirby) Geisendaffer; loving father of Rebecca “Becky” Heise and the late Edwin J. “Jack” Geisendaffer, Jr.; devoted grandfather of Aubrey Heise; dear brother of, Lawrence Geisendaffer and wife Norma, Robert Geisendaffer and wife Hope, and Ted Geisendaffer and wife Pat; Brother-in-law of, Pastor Charles Lashley and wife Verna, and Ron Kirby and wife Anne Also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

        Ed served the Fallston community as a member of the FVFAC since January of 1975. Most recently Ed served honorably as the Chaplain of the FVFAC. Previously he had held positions of Vice President and as a Director of the Fire Company.  Ed devoted many hours to his fellow Fallston community residents driving FVFAC ambulances, caring for others in their time of need. 

Funeral Arrangements are as follows:


Date: Monday, December 17, 2012

Times:  14:00 – 16:00 and 19:00 – 21:00

Location:  Mt. Zion United Methodist Church

1645 E. Churchville Road, Bel Air MD 21015

In lieu of flowers contributions in Ed’s name may be made to Children of Zion Village, at the address above. 


Fire Department Memorial Service

Date: Monday, December 17, 2012

Time:  19:30

Location: Mt. Zion United Methodist Church

1645 E. Churchville Road, Bel Air MD 21015



Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Time:  11:00

Location: Mt. Zion United Methodist Church

1645 E. Churchville Road, Bel Air MD 21015



*Following the Funeral*

Location: Mt. Zion Cemetary 

1645 E. Churchville Road, Bel Air MD 21015



*Following the Interment*

Location: Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company

2201 Carrs Mill Road, Fallston MD 21047



BC 47-13 Box Working Dewelling Fire

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 23:32 Around 23:30 Wednesday night, FVFAC was requested by Baltimore County FD through automatic aid to assist with a working dwelling fire in the 5600 blk of Sweet Air Road. Originally called to send 2 Engines and a Truck, FVFAC also sent a Tanker and was ask to send a Rescue and Medic unit which were later canceled by command. Units and crews were on scene as late as 06:00hrs.

Photos by: Lt. Kevin Hartlove



Bel Air Rd & Wilgis Rd 10-50 PI w/Multiple Vehicles

Monday, December 3, 2012 16:27 It was late afternoon when the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company was alerted for a 10-50 PI with Rescue on Bel Air Road just past Wilgis Rd. Upon arrival of the first units it was discovered there were 4 vehicles involved and several patients that needed EMS care. After a quick check of all vehicles, Command determined there was no rescue and additional EMS units were requested. A893 from Joppa Magnolia Vol. Fire Co. assisted with a transport of one patient to a local area hospital. A1391 and A1392 transported to local trauma centers. MSP and HCSO was on scene as Law Enforcement. The accident caused major delays in the normal evening commute. FVFAC Fire Police was on scene to divert traffic and close roads. This is one of many accidents occurring in the area. Drivers and citizens are reminded to obey all traffic signs, laws, and devices. Also to be diligent of speeds and other drivers actions.



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