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                The members of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. (FVFAC) responded to several incidents during this past Thanksgiving holiday week. Starting on Tuesday morning FVFAC Fire and EMS personnel responded for an injured worker from a tree trimming incident in the 2800 block of Pleasantville Road. The worker was standing on the ground while a tree was  being cut by co-workers. Part of the tree fell on him causing serious injuries. The patient was assessed, treated, and packaged for transport by FVFAC members and turned over to MSP Aviation for transport to a trauma center.

                 Tuesday evening FVFAC was dispatched to cover for the Joppa-Magnolia VFC at their Old Mountain Road station (House1) while JMVFC and area Volunteer Fire Companies fought a dwelling fire on Windstream Way.

                 Thursday night FVFAC handled a possible chimney fire on LaSalle Road. Personnel investigated using thermal imaging equipment and a visual inspection of the flue and found no hazards.

                 After handling several other calls including vehicle crashes, automatic fire alarms, and various medical emergencies Wednesday through Friday, Saturday afternoon the FVFAC was dispatched as part of a Tanker Strike Team to a dwelling fire on Jarrettsville Pike in the Jacksonville area of Baltimore County. FVFAC Tanker 1321 responded along with Jarrettsville VFC units from Harford County to assist our Baltimore County Volunteer and Career brothers and sisters in extinguishing this fire.

                On Sunday evening shortly before 8:00 P.M. FVFAC and surrounding Volunteer Fire Companies were dispatched to a building fire in the 1300 block of Boggs Road. Fallston, Bel Air, Jarrettsville, and Kingsville VFC arrived and battled a fire in a 2 story structure containing a three bay garage on the first floor. The Harford County Hazardous Materials Response Team was requested to the scene due to the possibility of hazardous materials being involved in the fire. This incident is under investigation by Harford County Sheriff's Office and the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

                 The Officers and Members of the FVFAC urge all residents and visitors to the area to drive safely and utilize fire safe practices throughout the remaining Holiday Season! 

Pleasantville Rd. fly-out..courtesy Tim Holt

Pleasantville Rd. fly-out..courtesy Tim

LaSalle Rd...courtesy Tim Holt

LaSalle Rd...courtesy Tim Holt



Cadets training with portable extinguishers

Cadets training with portable

               Did you know that High School Seniors in Harford County are able to learn the basics of firefighting, hazardous materials response, and emergency medical services through their school curriculum? The Harford County Board of Education and the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association have partnered to provide a vocational program for seniors to obtain the entry level training, experience, and credentials which enable students to move forward to a career in emergency services upon graduation from High School. Classes are held each day at the University of Maryland-Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute North East Regional Training Center in Harford County. If you are interested in obtaining additional information on the Cadet Program please contact Mr.John Richter, Cadet Program Coordinator, at or 443-903-8098.




NFPA Thanksgiving Fire Safety Video

                   The kitchen is the heart of every home, and safety must be the first recipe to follow when preparing the family feast.  On Thanksgiving Day a lot of activities are occurring with friends and family in the home.  “Holidays are a time of celebration. Please follow these simple guidelines to ensure a fire safe Thanksgiving Day meal,” Maryland State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci asks.  

·        Make sure your smoke alarms are working properly by testing them.  Also ensure that your guests are aware of all available exits if a fire or other emergency would occur and have them meet at a designated location outside.

·        Did you know that the leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking?  Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.

·        Establish a three foot (36") “Kids & Pets Free Zone” around any area where hot foods or drinks are prepared.  Be sure to have activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during this busy time.  Provide games, puzzles, books, etc. outside of the kitchen to keep them busy.  Kids can also be involved with preparations with recipes that can be made outside of the kitchen area.  Just in case, ensure that you turn the handles on all pots and pans inward on the stove and counter top to avoid spills of hot foods.

·         Always keep a lid nearby when you are cooking to smother small grease fires.  Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the burner, and then leave the pan covered until it has cooled.

·        Keep anything that is combustible - oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, etc. away from the stove top and other heating elements. 

·        Eliminate clutter in the kitchen.  A clean work area allows for better efficiency and less chances for mishaps.

·        ALWAYS keep matches and lighters out of reach of curious children’s hands.

·        Do not leave lit candles unattended or in places where they could be knocked over by children or pets.


Turkey Fryer Safety


·        Many turkey fryer appliances can be easily tipped over, allowing for hot oil spillage.  Ensure you place them on a hard, level and non-combustible outdoor surface. 

·        Do not place a turkey fryer under an overhang or temporary roof.  A flare up can easily ignite materials above the appliance.

·        Partially frozen turkeys can cause a spill over of oil and result in a flare-up.  Thoroughly thaw the turkey before cooking.

·        Turn off the burner before placing the turkey in the container.  Re-ignite the burner only after you are sure it is safe to do so.

·        Constantly monitor the temperature of the oil.  It can easily reach temperatures to the point of combustion.

·        Be careful not to overfill the fryer.  Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for proper filling levels.

·        Remember that the handles and lid will get dangerously hot.  Use well insulated potholders or oven mitts.

·        Never leave the fryer unattended while cooking.  Keep an all-purpose (ABC) fire extinguisher on hand.  Do not use water in an attempt to extinguish a grease fire.


The FVFAC and State Fire Marshal ask that you follow these simple guidelines for fire and life safety to help to ensure a tragedy free holiday meal.  Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!




Friday, November 21, 2014                  Please be aware that there will be several planned activities occurring simultaneously Saturday November 22 in and around the Fallston area. The Fallston Recreation Council will be holding the Boys Fallston Cup Soccer Tournament at nine- that's right -9- different venues throughout the area starting Friday evening and continuing through Sunday afternoon. The Fallston United Methodist Church will be holding their Christmas Bazaar from 9 AM to 2 PM on Saturday. And, the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co along with neighboring Fire Companies will be holding a live fire training exercise on Red Pump Road beginning at 8 AM and continuing into the afternoon.  For further info on this event please see the FVFAC and Bel Air VFC Facebook pages on Saturday.

                 The FVFAC urges all motorists to drive safely, and be aware of the added traffic volume and possible delays due to these events. Anyone interested in the training and operations required of our Volunteer Fire Companies may stop at the live fire exercise to see your local first responders at work.  Please have a safe weekend!




Sunday, November 16, 2014                Units from the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. (FVFAC) as well as numerous mutual aid companies battled a fully involved dwelling fire Sunday afternoon. The first alarm assignment was dispatched at 1300 hours (1:00 P.M.) after Harford County 911 received several calls reporting a house on fire in the area of the 2900 block of Beechwood Lane.  As units left their respective fire stations a large column of smoke was visible to all responders. First arriving units from FVFAC declared a working fire, reported that the single family dwelling was fully involved, and that personnel would be performing defensive operations only. Ladder pipe and multiple hoseline operations were initiated at this time. 

                As the area where the fire was located is a "non-hydrant" area (not served by public water) additional resources above the first alarm and working fire dispatch were requested to establish a  tanker shuttle operation. Large capacity tankers from FVFAC, Kingsville, Level, Hereford, Norrisville, and Fawn Grove VFC's were dispatched as well as Special Units from Jarrettsville and Level VFC's which responded and established tanker filling sites at fire hydrants at locations on Milton Avenue and Bel Air Road. A total of 72,000 gallons of water was delivered to the fire scene through the tanker shuttle, the majority of which was completed within two hours after arrival of the first units.

                With the fire declared under control at 1411 hours (2:11 P.M.) the Incident Commander (Chief 13-2 R. Blevins) began to scale back the resources on scene and release mutual aid units. The last units cleared the scene of firefighting operations at approximately 1730 hours (5:30 P.M.)

                  There were no injuries reported at the scene to emergency personnel or civilians. The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is investigating the cause and origin of the fire. The OSFM has estimated total losses at $500,000. Fire companies that responded to this incident include FVFAC, Bel Air VFC, Joppa-Magnolia VFC, Jarrettsville VFC, Level VFC (Harford County Vol. Fire and EMS Assoc.), Kingsville VFC, Long Green VFC, Hereford VFC, Perry Hall Sta 55, Division Chief 1 (Baltimore County Fire Department), and Fawn Grove VFC (York County, PA.) Assisting and supporting fire suppression efforts were Harford County Vol. Fire and EMS Assoc Fire Police personnel, Harford Co. Sheriff's Office, Bel Air VFC Auxiliary Rehab Unit, OSFM, and BGE. 

                (For additional photos see the following Facebook Pages....Fallston Vol Fire Co, Kingsville VFC, Level VFC, Jarrettsville VFC, Bel Air VFC, Maryland Fire News.)

courtesy Mark Ensor BAVFC

courtesy Mark Ensor BAVFC

courtesy Justin Beale and Capt. Bill Vanarsdale, JMVFC

courtesy Justin Beale and Capt. Bill
      Vanarsdale, JMVFC



Rest in Peace Lt. James E. Bethea

Rest in Peace Lt. James E. Bethea

           The Officers and Members of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company express their deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Lt. James Bethea and the Members of the Baltimore City Fire Department. 





               As Harford County Volunteer Fire Companies were handling several fire and weather related incidents during the late afternoon hours on Sunday November 2, 2014 our brother firefighters to the south worked into the evening battling multiple structure fires as a result of wind-borne burning embers from a four story warehouse fire on the east side of Baltimore City. As the original fire building collapsed, embers traveled blocks away carried by gusting winds and ignited several additional structure and outside rubbish fires. As Baltimore Fire Department resources were depleted  fighting the simultaneous fires mutual aid requests were made to Baltimore, Harford, Howard, and Anne Arundel Counties to provide apparatus and personnel to standby at the empty City stations to cover other calls for service. Units from Fallston (Co. 13), Joppa-Magnolia (Co. 8), Abingdon (Co. 4), and Bel Air (Co. 3) VFC's relocated to the City in response to the mutual aid request.  As the fires were contained and extinguished, and City units returned to available status, the mutual aid companies were released to return to their jurisdictions. Fortunately, no injuries to any responding fire personnel were reported throughout the evening. The last Harford County unit(s) returned at approximately 10 P.M. 

              Throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan Region the fire and EMS service utilizes mutual aid and automatic aid on a daily basis in our efforts to provide a prompt response by the closest available units to emergency calls from our citizens. Many areas of the country do not have mutual aid assistance available in this manner. The members of the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association greatly appreciate the assistance we receive from our neighboring jurisdictions and are ready to respond to their requests for aid at any time.

               By listening to the audio clip provided you will be able to begin to understand the challenges that were presented to the Officers and Members of the Baltimore City Fire Department in dealing with this situation. As you listen, keep in mind that this is mainly only the "Fireground" talkgroup(s). You are not hearing the "Dispatch" talkgroup unless related to this incident. The dispatchers were also dealing with all other fire and EMS calls for service throughout the City, arranging for coverage of empty stations, etc. on other talkgoups. This clip is provided courtesy of  

E. 1311 @ BFD Old Town Station  (courtesy Scott Blankenship)

E. 1311 @ BFD Old Town Station
      (courtesy Scott Blankenship)

Joppa-Mag., Fallston Units @ Old Town Station

Joppa-Mag., Fallston Units @ Old Town



NFPA Smoke Alarm Safety Tips

          As daylight savings time ends in the early morning hours of Sunday November 2nd, the Fallston Volunteer Fire & Ambulance Company along with the State Fire Marshal are urging residents to “Change Your Clock – Change Your Battery” in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your homes. Recognizing that working smoke alarms and CO detectors 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 step can help us avoid tragedies in the place we should feel the most secure – our homes.”
          A reminder that the new smoke alarm 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” or “hush button” feature on these new alarms temporarily disables the alarm so the occupant can ventilate the space if mild smoke conditions occur, such as those typically created during some cooking operations. The use of these alarms also eliminates the need to replace the batteries during the 10 year life of the alarm. (Scroll down to see previous story on this new law)
          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 “hardwired” 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. 
          Along with working smoke alarms and CO detectors, having and practicing 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 Brian Geraci.
          Please observe the overhead electronic signs as you travel throughout the state this weekend. The FVFAC, 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




           The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. (FVFAC) provides Fire Safety Education to many groups throughout the year. October, which is National Fire Prevention Month, is always our busiest time for these visits. Today our members and our HCVFEMS Foundation Paramedic visited Fallston Child Care (FCC) at Fallston Methodist Church to talk with the 2-5 year olds in their Pre-School Program. After speaking with the students, teachers, and parents on topics related to Fire Safety and Prevention the group was given a walk-around tour of Rescue 1351 and Ambulance 1391.

           FVFAC would like to say THANK YOU to the FCC staff for the opportunity to talk with their group about these important topics. Any local group that would like to have FVFAC visit and deliver a Fire and Life Safety and/or Fire Prevention program please contact Lt. Steve Hull by email at    




courtesy of Capt. Jason Tarbell, FVFAC

courtesy of Capt. Jason Tarbell, FVFAC

           At approximately 9:00 A.M. on Saturday October 18, 2014 the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. was dispatched for a motor vehicle crash in the 1800 block of Arabian Way. As units responded Harford County DES Dispatchers provided additional information that the crash involved a vehicle that had struck a building, and that the driver was believed to be trapped in the vehicle. Further information relayed to responding units indicated that the driver was able to self extricate from the vehicle and had left the scene on foot. Ambulance 1391, Rescue 1351, and Chief 13-2 arrived to find a vehicle that had left the roadway, crashed through the door of an attached garage, and exited the rear wall of the garage. Although the occupants of the home were inside the dwelling at the time of the incident, they as well as the driver of the vehicle were not reported to be injured. Representatives of the Harford County Technical Rescue Team and the Harford County Building Inspector were requested to the scene to assess the structural damage prior to removal of the vehicle. The  Harford County Sheriff's Office is handling the crash investigation. 



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