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Chief Will Rosenberg41
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FALLSTON TEEN SERIOUSLY BURNED AFTER ILLEGAL FIREWORK EXPLODES

Sunday, July 5, 2015              As many area families were enjoying the 4th of July holiday attending public fireworks displays Saturday night, Fallston VFAC responded to the 1800 block of Brickhouse Lane shortly before 10:00 P.M. for a report of a subject burned by fireworks.

            The incident occurred at 9:50 PM as a teenager and her family were observing an illegal fireworks display in front of 1802 Brickhouse Lane. EMS personnel from the Fallston VFAC and the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Foundation responded and located a 15 year old female patient with burns to various areas of her body. She was treated on the scene by paramedics and transported by ambulance to the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Burn Unit in Baltimore.  

             Investigators from the Office of the State Fire Marshal determined that the homeowner, Jeffrey S. Hoffmann (51) was igniting both ground based and aerial fireworks when a stray aerial firework did not launch properly and exploded in the front of the girl as she was sitting on the ground approximately 25 feet away. In an effort to provide medical aid, the teen’s father placed her in the homes swimming pool. She was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Burn Unit with 2nd Degree Burns to approximately 9% of her legs and fingers.

              At the conclusion of the investigation, Deputy State Fire Marshals determined the aerial fireworks that injured the teen were purchased in Pennsylvania. Investigators issued Hoffman criminal citations totaling $500.00 for the discharge and possession of fireworks without a permit.

             As stated in previous FVFAC website and Facebook page articles the use of illegal fireworks is a dangerous practice! With illegal fireworks so readily available just across the state line we see injuries and property damage every year during the 4th of July holiday from the use of these items. We urge all citizens to refrain from providing and attending any display of illegal fireworks for the safety of your friends and loved ones. 


             “Every year Marylanders are injured by fireworks. By acting responsibly, we can help eliminate injuries. I would again, highly suggest the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend one of the many public displays throughout the state” stated Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci.


   


 

4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY FIRE SAFETY

            Now that we are into the 4th of July holiday weekend, State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci is suggesting that all citizens use proper fire and life safety practices when choosing how to enjoy the outdoors. For the upcoming 4th of July, attend only approved public fireworks displays. “I would highly suggest the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend one of the many public fireworks displays throughout the state.” stated Geraci.  To help our citizens enjoy a safer summer season, the State Fire Marshal offers several ways to enjoy fireworks while avoiding injury:



·        Consider only attending the public fireworks displays scheduled throughout the area this year. Leave fireworks to the professionals.


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


·        Purchase the fireworks in the location where you intend to discharge them. Check with the local municipality 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.”

      In addition, be sure to follow all safety procedures when entertaining family and friends this summer. Grilling safety is a priority. Remember to NEVER grille on a porch or balcony! Grilles should only be used 15 feet or more from any structure. You must be sure that there are no overhead obstructions when grilling to eliminate the chance of unintended ignition of structures or trees. And always dispose of ashes in a metal container, never place them in a combustible container or within a structure awaiting disposal.

        For additional fire and life safety information check out www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/holidays/fireworks  and www.facebook.com/MarylandStateFireMarshal.







     
courtesy Christine Sullivan

courtesy Christine Sullivan

NFPA 4th of July Fireworks Safety



 

BURN INJURIES ARE PREVENTABLE !!!

       

           Burn injuries, like accidents, are preventable events. The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company and the Office of the State Fire Marshal urge you to follow these safety tips to protect yourself and your loved ones from the painful experience of burn injuries.

      “Children rely on our ability to protect them from burn injuries through our knowledge and experience. Please follow the safety tips we have provided,” stated State Fire Marshal Geraci. 


       The following safety tips will help protect you and those you love from needless burn injuries in the home and elsewhere:

 

·        Teach children that matches and lighters are tools and not toys. Teach them to not touch them and to tell an adult if they find them within reach to have them removed.

·        Store all flammable liquids, chemicals and cleaners out of reach of children. Consider installing child-proof locking mechanisms on the cabinet doors.

·        Do not leave lit candles unattended. Use battery powered devices whenever possible.

·        Replace damaged electrical cords on appliances, and follow safe practices when using extension cords.

·        Keep all hot items and any electrical devices out of reach of children and away from edges of counters and tables.

·        Remain with children when fire pits, chiminea or bonfires are in use.  The coals will remain hot for hours after a fire is extinguished.  Ashes act as an insulator and hot coals can easily cause burns to exposed skin.

·        Establish a kid-free zone where young children can be watched but remain safely away from where cooking is taking place, inside or outside of the home.

·        When using the stove, keep handles of pots and pans turned inward to eliminate being easily knocked to the floor.

·        Do not handle hot items while holding young children.

·        The water in a child’s bath should not exceed 104 degrees.  Set your water heater at 120 degrees or below to help prevent scald injuries.

·        Before placing a child in the tub, test the water temperature by moving your hand through the water.  If the water feels hot to you, it is too hot for a child.

·        Always supervise children while in the bath or tub.

 

     In addition, ensure you have properly installed and working smoke alarms; plan and practice your home fire escape plan and know two ways out of every room, plus include a specific location outside for family members to meet.

 

For more safety tips located in online resources please check the following websites: www.mdsp.org/firemarshal; www.safekids.org; www.fema.gov; www.burnprevention.org; www.homesafetycouncil.org

   


 

OPEN BURNING BAN NOW IN EFFECT FOR HARFORD COUNTY

Sunday, June 7, 2015  Open burning not allowed between June 1 and September 1.
As in past years, a seasonal open burning ban is now imposed in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George's counties and Baltimore City.

The ban includes open burning that is primarily used as a form of disposal of certain waste materials by individuals, farmers, and developers.

The burning of any material, without possessing a lawfully issued open burning permit and producing such a permit for review when duly requested by a law enforcement officer or representative of the fire department, shall be illegal in Harford County during this period.     

The ban does not affect backyard barbecue grilling or open fires for recreational purposes, such as campfires.

For additional information see  http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Air/AirQualityCompliance/Pages/Programs/
AirPrograms/air_compliance/index.aspx

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RECENT FVFAC TRAINING AND RESPONSES

Tuesday, June 2, 2015                The Officers and Members of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company have had a productive and busy past few days. On Friday May 29 members spent the morning inspecting and testing several dry hydrants in and around the district, allowing new drivers to train under the watchful eye of experienced pump operators. The ability to obtain water from these dry hydrants in a prompt and efficient manner is not only a requirement to be cleared to drive fire apparatus but is paramount to a successful outcome on our fireground as most of our district is not served by public water (fire hydrants). 

                 On Saturday members of FVFAC along with members of the Bel Air VFC, Jarrettsville VFC and Fawn Grove (York County, PA.) VFC participated in a live fire training exercise using an acquired structure in the 3000 block of Charles Street. Firefighters were able to train under the watchful eye of certified instructors in as realistic an environment as possible. This training is conducted in accordance with National Fire Protection Association Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions (NFPA 1403). The structures used for these "house burnings" must meet strict guidelines related to ownership, demolition permits, structural integrity, removal of hazards, etc. In addition there are mandated instructor to student ratios, water supply requirements, and prior student training requirements. While many FVFAC members were attending this training other VOLUNTEERS attended the station to host a fire safety themed child's birthday party as part of our community risk reduction and outreach program.    

                   Early Sunday morning at approximately 2 A.M. FVFAC and Bel Air VFC units were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash with persons trapped on Baltimore Pike (Business Route 1) near Old Joppa Road. First arriving BAVFC units confirmed two passengers trapped as a result of a single vehicle crash which appeared to be a car versus guardrail and utility pole type crash. Fire and EMS crews from Bel Air and Fallston worked together to remove the doors, roof, seats and to displace other vehicle components to access and extricate the front and rear seat passengers of the vehicle. Both victims were treated by EMS on scene and transferred to Maryland State Police Aviation Command EMS to be flown to a regional trauma center for treatment of serious injuries. The driver was transported by Bel Air EMS to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

                  As FVFAC members were preparing to attend the monthly membership meeting on the evening of Monday June 1 flash flood warnings were posted for the region. Just before 7 P.M. Harford County DES dispatched FVFAC and other area rescue crews to a report of a vehicle in high water on Bel Air Road near Milton Avenue. While this call proved to not be of a life threatening situation, high water on area roadways was a hazard once again for late rush hour commuters. 

                  These are just a few of the activities that the VOLUNTEER members of the FVFAC regularly perform to promote fire and life safety in the Fallston community. If you are interested in becoming a member of your local emergency response organization PLEASE contact our Membership Committee by clicking on the "Become A Member" link on the left of this page.


Additional photos available on FVFAC facebook page (photos courtesy of FVFAC members).

     
Eng 1312 Operating at the Woodsbrook Dry Hydrant

Eng 1312 Operating at the Woodsbrook Dry
      Hydrant

Charles Street Live Fire Training

Charles Street Live Fire Training



 

FVFAC TO HOLD LIVE FIRE TRAINING EXCERCISE SATURDAY MAY 30

courtesy of Christine Sullivan

courtesy of Christine Sullivan

 The FVFAC and other area fire companies will partake in a live fire training exercise Saturday May 30 beginning at approximately 8 A.M. in the Upper Crossroads area utilizing an acquired structure. The training event will result in non-emergency fire apparatus traffic in the area throughout the morning and afternoon, however this will not result in any roadway closures. You may also observe smoke in the immediate area of the exercise, again this should not cause problems for any residents of the area. Specific location information will be posted on our facebook page after 8:30 A.M. Saturday morning.  Feel free to come and view this training event during the morning and early afternoon. A safe area for observers will be established. Please follow any and all instructions from fire personnel at the event. 

   


 

GRILLING SAFETY

         As summer temperatures arrive, families throughout the area will venture outside – either to the beach, the mountains or maybe just to their backyard.  Increased outdoor activities also result in an increase of outdoor fire risks; therefore the Fallston VFAC and the Office of the State Fire Marshal are providing a few common-sense tips that will help everyone enjoy a safe grilling 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  for later reference!

 

        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.  Only transport ashes in a metal container.

 

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.  “Outdoor 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,” states State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci. By following these simple safety guidelines you can help to insure a safe and enjoyable summer grilling season for yourself, your friends, and your family!

(click on the link below for NFPA's Grilling Safety Video) 



     


 

MUTUAL AID TO BALTIMORE CITY, FROM BALTIMORE COUNTY AND OTHERS

Tuesday, April 28, 2015               Monday evening seemed to be the start of another normal week at the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company (FVFAC). Members were staffing the station, our officers were attending the scheduled monthly officer's meeting, and other members were attending to family events in the community. As the evening news was concluding, it soon became evident that the upcoming hours would be likely to present extreme challenges for area emergency service agencies.

             By 10 P.M. what had started as a localized disturbance in the Mondawmin area of Baltimore City resulted in episodes of civil disobedience throughout the City. As a result, Baltimore City asked for statewide assistance from area law enforcement and fire/EMS agencies. At approximately 3:30 A.M. Tuesday morning FVFAC and Bel Air VFC were dispatched to re-locate units to the Old Town Station of the Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD). Engine 1311 and Tower 331 joined other mutual aid units from throughout the state at the Old Town Station and were given their deployment assignments. For approximately 24 hours Engine 1311 was stationed in the quarters of BCFD Engine 42, Medic 6, and Battalion Chief 4 located at 4522 Harford Road in the Lauraville section of the City. The Fallston "day shift" crew was relieved at the City station at 7 P.M. by a "night shift" crew from FVFAC before Engine 1311 returned to Harford County at 4 A.M. Wednesday morning.

              While Engine 1311 was covering areas of Northeast Baltimore, other FVFAC units responded to another multi-acre woods fire in Fallston on Tuesday. This late afternoon fire was located in the Gunpowder State Park along Guyton Road near Bottom Road. Units from FVFAC, Bel Air, Joppa-Magnolia, Jarrettsville, Abingdon, Level, Norrisville Volunteer Fire Companies in Harford County; the Kingsville, Long Green, and Jacksonville Volunteer Fire Companies in Baltimore County; and the Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department responded to this fire or covered Fallston VFAC stations. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources also responded to oversee the final extinguishment of the fire. This fire presented several challenges for fire crews including limited access and hilly terrain necessitating the requests for specialized equipment and additional personnel. Also, this area is not served by public water ( fire hydrants). Special Unit 1381 drafted from the adjacent river to supply engines and other units during fire extinguishment operations. The last units cleared this fire scene at approximately 8 P.M. The fire did not involve any structures and no injuries were reported.

               Again, the importance of our mutual aid and automatic aid policies played an important role in the prompt and efficient delivery of emergency services in the region on this day. Not only FVFAC and Bel Air VFC, but also the Kingsville VFC had re-located an engine to Baltimore City during Tuesday afternoon. Interoperability with and interdependence on our mutual aid partners is now part of the daily routine in the fire service. Without it, we could not provide the services that our citizens require.

               The Officers and Members of the FVFAC offer our prayers and support to all Fire/EMS and Law Enforcement personnel operating in the City of Baltimore during these challenging times. By far, the majority of citizens within the City are also extremely supportive of these public servants. During our time in the City on Tuesday many citizens offered words of encouragement and support to us and the crew of Engine 42. FVFAC would like to give a huge THANKS! to B.C. 4- K. Haag, Capt. Jenkins and the entire shift at Engine 42 for their hospitality and camaraderie; and also to the other units of the 4th Battalion that made sure we had the tools we needed.  






     
Engine 1311 @ Station of BCFD Engine 42

Engine 1311 @ Station of BCFD Engine 42



 

FVFAC RECEIVES IMPROVED ISO COMMUNITY CLASSIFICATION

Friday, April 24, 2015                   The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company (FVFAC) has once again improved its' Public Protection Classification (PPC) grade through a review of our structural fire suppression capabilities by the Insurance Services Office Inc. (ISO).

                 The PPC grade is based on an evaluation by ISO of: Needed Fire Flows (theoretical amount of water necessary for fire suppression), Emergency Communications (9-1-1, dispatching, and telecommunications), Fire Department (equipment, staffing, training, community risk reduction, etc.), and Water Supply (hydrants and alternative water supplies).

                   To help establish appropriate fire insurance (casualty and homeowners) premiums for residential and commercial properties, insurance companies need reliable and up to date information about a community's fire protection services. The PPC rating from ISO provides that information by collecting data about the quality of public fire protection in more than 47,500 fire protection areas across the United States. In each of those protection areas, ISO analyzes the relevant data and assigns a Public Protection Classification — a grading from 1 to 10. Class 1 generally represents superior property fire protection, and Class 10 indicates that the area’s fire suppression program does not meet ISO’s minimum criteria. Most U.S. insurers of home and business properties use ISO’s PPC when calculating premiums. In general, the price of insurance in a community with a good PPC is lower than in a community with a poor PPC, assuming all other criteria are equal. Statistical data on insurance losses bears out the relationship between excellent fire protection-as measured by the PPC program- and low fire losses. 


                     The PPC community rating classification for the Fallston VFAC is now a Class 3/3Y .  This is an improvement over our previous Class 4/9 which was assigned by ISO in 2010 (see http://www.fvfac.org/news/fullstory/newsid/118609). The improved Class 3 rating is applicable for all properties within five (5) road miles of a FVFAC fire station and within 1,000 feet of an ISO creditable water supply (fire hydrant, dry hydrant, etc.). The Class 3Y rating is for those properties within five (5) miles of a FVFAC fire station but beyond 1,000 feet of a creditable water supply. 

                     "The efforts of all those personnel involved with the data collection, record keeping, and delivery of services of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company are to be commended for helping achieve our Class 3 rating. To improve a Fire Department's rating from a Class 7 to a Class 3 in less than six years illustrates the level of professionalism, dedication and planning that the current and recent leadership of the FVFAC have instilled in our Officers and Members" stated FVFAC Chief Will Rosenberg. Throughout the U.S. less than 6% of all the more than 48,000 Fire Departments rated by ISO are Class 3 Fire Departments. Only 4% (11)  of the 268 Maryland Fire Departments are rated as Class 3 (from ISO website-   http://www.isomitigation.com/ppc/1000/graphs/MD.html). The improved rating was earned with a Total Credit of 79.18 out of a possible 105.5 points placing FVFAC just 0.82 points out of a Class 2 rating.

                      The improved PPC rating achieved by FVFAC should be reflected through the reduction of insurance premiums for those property owners in the Class 3 areas of our district. Please contact your insurance agent to determine if your insurer utilizes the ISO PPC for underwriting purposes. For additional information related to the FVFAC PPC Rating contact FVFAC Chief Will Rosenberg or PIO Dave Williams at pio@fvfac.org.To learn more about ISO and the PPC program visit www.isomitigation.com.  





   


 

FOLOW FVFAC ACTIVITIES ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND TWITTER @FVFACPIO !!!

FVFAC will be at the Youth's Benefit Elementary School Spring Bazaar Friday April 24 from 4 P.M. to 8 P.M. See you there!!! 

   


 
 
 

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