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Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. Fire Urges Residents to
“Have Two Ways Out!”
The Fallston VFAC is teaming up with NFPA during Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, 2012, to urge residents to “Have Two Ways Out!” This year’s theme focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.
Chief Will Rosenberg of the FVFAC says “Fire is unpredictable and moves faster than most people realize. Having a tried and true escape plan with two ways out is essential to ensuring your family’s safety should fire break out in your home.” He recommends the following tips for planning your family’s escape:
· Make a map of your home. Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room.
· Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they’ve escaped. Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on your escape plan.
· Write the emergency telephone number for the fire department on your escape plan.
· Have a grown-up sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape plan with everyone living in your home.
· Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and remind grown-ups to have your family practice the plan twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday.
The Fallston VFAC will be hosting our annual Public Safety Open House on Saturday October 13, 2012 from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. at the Carrs Mill Road Station next to the Fallston High School. There will be fire trucks, rescue vehicles and other emergency services displays, a Moon Bounce for the kids and a live action automobile extrication demonstration.
During Fire Prevention Week we will be promoting “Have Two Ways Out!” through educational, family-oriented activities, where residents can learn more about the importance of fire escape planning and practice, as well as the power of prevention.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in the area visit www.hcvfa.org or the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Assoc Facebook page. To learn more about “Have Two Ways Out!” visit NFPA’s Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org.
Friday, September 14, 2012
For the second time this month FVFAC was asked to preform a Flag Detail for the funeral of another local police officer who lost his life. Truck 1331 assisted by Tower 332 from Company 3 (BAVFC) set up at the entrance to Bel Air Memorial Gardens for the Funeral of Officer First Class K9 Patrol Charles Armetta of the Aberdeen Police Department.Officer Armetta was killed in a freak accident in the early morning hours on Saturday, September 08, 2012. This was not a line of duty death. Officer Armetta is survived by his wife Heather, their 1 year old daughter
Adrianna, his mother and father, three brothers, and one sister. The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company extend our condolences to the family of Officer Armetta and his extended family at Aberdeen Police and his friends. He will be truly missed and may he Rest in Peace.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Truck 1331 along with Tower 332 from Company 3 (BAVFC) participated in a Flag Detail at Bel Air Memorial Gardens to help honor a fallen Sheriff Deputy Harford County Sheriff's Office Corporal Charles B. Licato #553, age 34 of Cecil
County, MD died in the line of duty, in a single car motor vehicle crash that occurred in the 4800
block of Conowingo Road in Darlington, MD shortly after 2:00 am on Thursday,
September 6, 2012.
Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company extend their condolences to our
brothers and sisters serving with the Harford County Sheriff's Office at the
loss of one of their own. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Corporal Charles Licato severd with the FVFAC for a short
period of time. Corporal Licato was an ambulance driver and helped out with hall
rentals. Corporal Licato's years of service will not be forgotten. May you rest
in peace and watch over your brothers and sistersPhotos by: Capt. Brandon Ruble (BAVFC) , HCSO
Friday, August 17, 2012 06:53
FVFAC responded to the 2200 Blk of Connolly Rd for a 10-50 PI. Units arrived to find a 4 door sedan that struck a tree and landed on its roof. Driver of the vehicle was self extricated and was taken to a local area hospital for related injuries.Units: R1351, A1393, CH13-2, CH13-9Photo By: Sgt. Garrett Stefan
Thursday, August 16, 2012 11:11
FVFAC was dispatched to Fallston Rd and Watervale Rd for a 10-50 Motor Vehicle Collision with Rescue. HCSO arrived first on scene with a 2 vehicle accident and one patient. Shortly after FVFAC units arrived and conducted fire department operations. Patient extricated was taken to local hospital for injuries.Units: R1351, A1391, U1399, U1371Photos by: Sgt. Garrett Stefan
Saturday, August 11, 2012 08:48
The Fallston Vol. Fire and Ambulance Company was alerted along with the Jarrettsville Vol. Fire Company to respond to 3400 Blk of North Furnace Rd. for a dwelling fire. Upon arrival Engine 712 found a one story single family home with fire showing from the front of the house. Fire was found to have extended to the walls and up to the attic and was completely extinguished by 09:31.Crews from Jarrettsville, Fallston, and Bel Air worked on scene performing ventilation, salvage and overhaul.Fallston Units On-Scene: CH13, E1311(CH 13-1 on board), E1312Photos by: Jarrettsville Vol. Fire Company
Sunday, July 15, 2012 20:11
400blk of Hemingway Street was the scene of a one alarm dwelling fire. BAVFC
equipment was on the scene within minutes of dispatch and reported fire through
the roof of a split level single family structure. The fire was placed under
control within 10 minutes by 40 firefighters from Bel Air and Fallston. There
were no injuries and there was no one home at the time of the fire. The cause
has been attributed to a lightening strike from a storm cell that had passed
through the area. Units on Scene: CH3, CH3-2, CH13, CH13-2, E311, E312, E313, E315, E1311, E1312, R351, R1351, A391Story By: BAVFC Photo By: BAVFC
Sunday, July 1, 2012 14:55
On July 1, 2012 at 14:55 Company 13 was alerted for a 10-50 PI located in the 2200 Block of Bel Air Rd. Upon arrival Chief 13-2 found a two vehicle collision with an entrapment of one patient . By 15:06 a second BLS unit was requested and Fire suppression units from Fallston and Bel Air were on scene working on extrication. At 15:12 extrication was complete and patients were transported to local Baltimore area hospitalsUnits on Scene: CH13-2, T1331, R351, A1391, A1393
On Friday June 1, 2012 Harford County experienced a bout of severe weather which tested the response capabilities of many agencies and organizations in the area. At approximately 1800 hours (6:00 P.M.) Harford County Fire Dispatch (the Emergency Communications Center) broadcast a Tornado Warning issued by the National Weather Service due to a severe thunderstorm which was indicated to have “rotational signatures” on radar. This storm was due to pass through Fallston heading to the northeast into the Bel Air area of Harford County. Shortly after, a tornado later rated as an EF1 (86 to 110 mph) was spawned causing severe structural damage and physical injury within its 1.25 mile path. The core of the damaged area was centered along and near Bel Air Road between Mountain Road (Maryland 152) and the Bel Air Bypass/Harford Road (Maryland 147) intersections.
Shortly after announcing the tornado warning, fire dispatchers began taking calls for automatic fire alarm activations as well as trees and wires down in this area. As the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company (FVFAC) and the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company (BAVFC) units were responding to these calls, units were also dispatched to the area of Parsonage Lane and Bel Air Road for a report of a structural collapse with injury and entrapment. BAVFC Assistant Chief 3-2 (Snyder) was flagged down by citizens directing him to a building collapse on West Grove Avenue just off of Bel Air Road and Milton Avenue in the vicinity of the one of the original dispatch locations. Chief Snyder arrived to find several victims on the ground and one trapped beneath debris of a 20’ x 10’ cinderblock structure. At this time additional fire, EMS, and rescue resources were requested. The victims were rapidly extricated and triaged. It was determined that there were four total injuries, two of which required transport while the others refused transport. One subject was taken to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and the other was taken to Franklin Square Hospital, both by ambulances.
Additional responding engines, ladders, medics and technical rescue personnel were directed to stage at locations along Bel Air Road on either end of the damaged area. They were sent to specific areas by the Incident Commander (Bel Air Chief of Department E. Hopkins) to check structures for hazards and injured occupants as needed. Fortunately no further reports of injury requiring transport by EMS were received. Based on damage assessments by local, state and national authorities ranging from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to the National Weather Service there were 11 residences which received minor damage, two commercial structures were destroyed, and several commercial buildings sustained damage such as roof and window damage. The majority of residential impacts were within the Woodbridge Manor development, as well as the Fallston Crossing development.
It is important to mention that the resources of the FVFAC, the BAVFC, and their mutual aid partners, including those from the Aberdeen Proving Ground and Baltimore County Fire Service were very deeply committed on the scene. At one point there was an alarm and a half of apparatus and personnel in staging. This amounts to at least six engines and a ladder truck as well as additional EMS units. The Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association Technical Rescue Team resources which responded to this incident scene represented nearly every Volunteer Fire and EMS Company in Harford County. At the same time the remaining Volunteer Fire and EMS Companies across Harford County provided staffing in their stations as well as re-locating units to cover empty stations to support those who were operating on the Bel Air Road incident or were handling other calls in the Fallston/Bel Air areas.
Agencies represented at the unified command post for this incident, (other than Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS resources) or having equipment and personnel on scene to assist include: Maryland State Police, Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, Maryland State Highway Administration, Harford County Government -County Executive David Craig and Staff, Harford County Emergency Operations, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, Harford County Hazardous Materials Team, Harford County Department of Inspections, Licenses, and Permits, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, Verizon. The Harford County Emergency Operations Center in Hickory was partially activated to assist in the coordination of the response to this incident. Chief Officers from BAVFC and FVFAC and other personnel performed Command Staff functions on scene.
There are a variety of photos available for viewing from a variety of media outlets. We have attached a few links for these sites. In addition to these, other media outlets on scene coverage was provided by WMAR-TV (Ch.2), WRC-TV (Ch.4 Wash.,D.C.), WABC-TV (Ch.9 Wash.,D.C.), WBAL-TV (Ch.11), WJZ-TV (Ch.13), WBFF-TV (Ch.45).
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