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BLOOD DRIVE PLANNED BY CRASH SURVIVORS TO BE HELD AT FVFAC

Two young Fallston men are looking to show emergency responders how grateful they are after members of local Volunteer Fire and EMS Companies helped save their lives. 

January 30, 2013 was by all accounts, a “good” day at the Fallston VFAC. The daytime EMS crews responded to six calls throughout the Fallston, Bel Air, and Joppa areas with both Volunteer and EMS Foundation personnel staffing the medic units, transporting several patients to area hospitals. After 6 P.M., the night time Volunteer only crews took over, and things seemed to settle down. Then, at 8:30 P.M. Harford County 911 dispatched Fallston VFAC units to a report of a motor vehicle crash involving multiple injuries and entrapment at Fallston Road (MD. 152) and Connolly Road. The first FVFAC emergency personnel arrived on the scene at 8:33 P.M., immediately performed a size-up of the scene and, realizing the serious nature of the incident, requested additional EMS units and other resources. This brought additional FVFAC as well as Bel Air VFC units to the scene.

According to media reports, Maryland State Police stated a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by a 22-year-old male was westbound on Connolly Road when it failed to stop and ran through the stop sign. At the same time, an Isuzu SUV was headed north on MD Route 152 through the intersection when the Chevrolet pickup hit the SUV on the passenger side. Josh Wilson, 19 years old at the time was driving the Isuzu. He and his passenger, Brendan Weinhold (both of Fallston) were both injured. Wilson was trapped in his vehicle.



Wilson was listed in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore following the crash. "At that time, Josh received more than 15 units of blood, which saved his life," A facebook page dedicated to the blood drive states.

Wilson and Weinhold now want to thank the members of the Fallston and Bel Air volunteer fire companies as well as the team at shock trauma for everything they did that night.

With the actions taken by the emergency responders that night in mind, the Fallston teens are coordinating with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive to be held from 2 P.M. to 8 P.M. on Thursday, August. 22 at the Fallston FVFAC Hall, located at 2201 Carrs Mill Road.



"It was the EMTs from the Fallston Fire House that first responded at the scene of Josh's accident. They performed the steps that kept Josh alive long enough for him to get to Shock Trauma," the blood drive's dedicated facebook page states.

The event is open to everyone in the community who wishes to show their support for the local volunteer fire companies by donating blood.

In order to make donations as convenient as possible, those wishing to donate blood can reserve their time by logging onto the American Red Cross website here.

Members of the Volunteer Fire and EMS Companies who responded to this incident will also be on hand at the blood drive to meet and speak with these two young men and their families, and the community.  



Please make an effort to attend and donate to this blood drive. You will also be able to speak with your community first responders and meet the co-organizers to hear their story.  

   


 

FVFAC TO HOLD EMS COMMUNITY OUTREACH EVENTS

The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company (FVFAC) will be holding several EMS Community Outreach events in the Fallston area to allow our citizens an opportunity to become familiar with newly approved Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) “Hands Only” protocols. These information sessions will provide you with information on current CPR guidelines that will be taught in upcoming initial classes and re-certification for CPR, as well as the instructions that our 9-1-1 call takers will be giving to callers reporting a cardiac arrest incident prior to the arrival of first responders.

FVFAC members will be providing blood pressure screening, “Hands Only” CPR training, and other EMS related information sessions at these events.
These sessions will be Saturday August 10 and Saturday August17 at the 7-11 Store located at Fallston Road (MD. 152) and Pleasantville Road. The time of the events will from 10:00 A.M to 1:00 P.M. Other dates and locations will be posted as they are scheduled.
Please make an effort to attend one of these very worthwhile sessions to become familiar with the new CPR protocols, have your basic health needs assessed, and learn more about your local Volunteer EMS operation.


   


 

NEW MARYLAND SMOKE ALARM LAW NOW IN EFFECT

A new Maryland law, effective July 1, 2013, requires homeowners to upgrade their smoke alarms to the latest technology when replacing their older units. Smoke alarms have a life expectancy of not more than 10 years. When replacing your outdated smoke alarms, a new smoke alarm with a sealed, 10 year battery will be required. In addition, there are new requirements on where smoke alarms are to placed and the number of smoke alarms per level of your home. The accompanying information handouts cover all of the new requirements.   If you have further questions, please contact your local Fire Department of the Office of the State Fire Marshal http://www.mdsp.org/Organization/OfficeoftheStateFireMarshal.aspx

       
MD SMOKE ALARM INFO

MD SMOKE ALARM INFO

NEW MD. SMOKE ALARM LAW



 

FHS STUDENT PARKING PERMITS 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR- SEE LINK TO LEFT FOR UPDATED INFO!!



   


 

GRILLING THIS WEEKEND??? A MUST READ FOR GRILLING FIRE SAFETY!!!

NFPA Grilling Safety

           A dwelling fire in the 900 block of Pentwood Ct. in Bel Air earlier this week has been determined to have originated as a result of improperly disposed coals from a charcoal grill on the rear deck of the townhome. This fire caused nearly $500,000.00 in damage to a total of three town homes and displaced several residents (see attached media release from OSFM).

                As summer is in full swing, residents throughout Harford County will be involved in outdoor activities. At the shore, visiting our parks, or maybe just to their own backyards. Increased outdoor activities also result in an increase of outdoor fire risks; therefore the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. are providing a few grilling fire safety tips that will help you enjoy a safe summer season. 

 



      Outdoor Cooking Safety Tips for Gas Grills:

¨  Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders should always be transported in the upright position on the floor of the vehicle with all windows open.  Never transport cylinders in the trunk of a car.  Remove the cylinder from the vehicle as soon as possible.

¨  Ensure all connections are tight.  Check all connections with soapy water. The appearance of bubbles indicates leaks, re-tighten leaking connections.

¨  Make sure grease is not allowed to drip onto the hose or gas cylinder.

¨  Store the cylinder (including those attached to barbecues), outdoors in a shaded, cool area out of direct sunlight.

¨  Read thoroughly and follow manufacturer’s instructions for gas grill use.  Save the instructions!

 

    Outdoor Cooking Safety Tips for Charcoal Grills:

 

¨  Use only a small amount of charcoal starter fuel. A little goes a long way! Consider using charcoal that does not require starter fuel for ignition. 

¨  Once a fire has been started, never add more starter fuel!  Fire can easily follow the stream of fluid back to the container causing an explosion and potential serious bodily harm.

¨  Use great caution in disposing of ashes.  Ashes may contain live coals that can start a fire if not disposed of properly.  The safest method is to wet the ashes thoroughly with water before emptying the barbecue.

  

With any outdoor cooking equipment, never be tempted to use them inside – not even in a garage with the door open or on a porch or a balcony.  “Charcoal grills produce carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless, and poisonous gas which even in small quantities can cause injury or death. LPG cylinders that develop a leak indoors can cause an explosion with devastating results,” stated Acting State Fire Marshal Flanagan.

 

Fire and burn injury tragedies can occur to anyone not using proper and safe practices when grilling. Through the efforts of the NFPA and with the cooperation of ESPN sports anchor Hannah Storm, the FVFAC presents the attached video of one such experience. This incident could have easily ended with a much different outcome, Ms. Storm is very lucky to have survived and to have recovered as well as she has. Please take a few minutes to view her story and heed the warning to always read the manufacturer’s instructions and to employ safe practices when grilling.  

 

 



     


 

JULY BINGO DATES AT FVFAC

The FVFAC and Fallston Lions Club hold monthly BINGO events at the Carrs Mill RD. Station. Please come out and support these two community based organizations. See the attached flyer for more info.

   


 

LOCAL FIRE OFFICALS AND THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL SUGGEST ATTENDING PUBLIC FIREWORKS DISPLAYS

With the arrival of summer your local fire departments as well as the State Fire Marshal are suggesting that citizens should attend only properly licensed public fireworks displays. “I would suggest the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend one of the many public fireworks displays throughout the state.” stated Fire Marshal William Barnard.

        To help Marylanders enjoy a safer summer season, the State Fire Marshal offers several ways to enjoy fireworks while avoiding injury:

 

          Consider attending one of the numerous public fireworks displays scheduled throughout Maryland every year. Leave fireworks to the professionals. Check the Maryland State Fire Marshal website at: www.mdsp.org/firemarshal for listed public fireworks displays throughout the state.

              For those individuals who insist on the use of consumer fireworks:

 Purchase the fireworks in the location where you intend to discharge them. Check with the local jurisdiction to determine what fireworks are considered legal for use in that area.

 Read and follow label warnings and instructions.

 Do not allow small children to use fireworks.

 Do not consume alcoholic beverages while using fireworks. 

 Have a bucket of water or hose available

 Fully extinguish remains of fireworks in water before disposal.

          “Fireworks have been a long tradition of the 4th of July holiday celebrations. Please make safety your number one priority so everyone can enjoy the holiday season.” adds the State Fire Marshal. “By acting responsibly, we can help eliminate fireworks injuries in Maryland.”

          For additional information on public fireworks displays and laws related to the use of fireworks please see the following :

http://mdsp.org/firemarshal

http://facebook.com/MarylandStateFireMarshal 

www.nfpa.org



   


 

2013 AMBULANCE CLUB

The FVFAC 2013 Ambulance Club Fund Drive letters arrived in your mail last week. Each spring, we send these letters to residents of the Fallston Community to acquire donations which cover the expenses of our EMS Operations. The Officers and Members of the FVFAC would like to say THANK YOU for your support! Without your help we could not provide the level of service required with in a primarily VOLUNTEER setting.

Please note that we did discover a "typo" in the letter after mailing. The second  "bullet point" after the third paragraph should read "You will not be obligated to pay for any service not covered by Medicare, your insurance, or any 3rd party payer."

For a full recap of our EMS Billing Program see the link on the left of our main page, and THANK YOU for your continued support! 

   


 

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

Your Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company is scheduled to make appearances at two of our favorite community based public events later this month. On Saturday April 13 from 10 A.M. til 2 P.M. we will have personnel and equipment at the Fallston Recreation Council Baseball (and Softball) Bash to celebrate Opening Day of the 2013 spring season! The event will be held at the Rec Council/Senior Center complex and will feature additional activities and attractions. Please see the www.fallstonrec.com website for more information. 

Then, on Friday evening April 26 from 4 P.M. to 8 P.M. FVFAC members will again look forward to seeing you at the Youth's Benefit Elementary School Spring Bazaar. This has been one of the more popular community events for us in the past due to the number of Fallston area residents that we are able to reach at a single venue.There will be games, a D.J., basket raffle, food, and more!

Please come out to support these important and worthwhile events in our community and visit with your local VOLUNTEER first responders! 

   


 

RED FLAG WARNING WEATHER CONDITIONS TO AFFECT AREA

The National Weather Service has placed our area under a "RED FLAG WARNING" for Wednesday afternoon. This warning indicates that there is an extreme increased danger for wildfires in our region.

From NWS  "A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL OCCUR SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL."


The FVFAC urges all citizens to heed this warning and help us maintain the safety of our community by eliminating all outdoor fires during this period. Red Flag Warnings are not common in this area and historically have been precursors to periods of extreme fire activity in the DelMarVa region.

Follow all updates to this warning on www.noaa.gov.

     



 
 
 

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