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May4354
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Total330560
 
Fire Top Ten
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NameCalls
Chief Will Rosenberg124
Capt Jason Tarbell90
FF John Hefner85
EMS Asst Ch Matt Barlow61
Lt Mike Seifert58
FF Kevin Jones55
Asst Chief Bob Stanton49
Lt Scott Blankenship44
EMS Sgt Brian Leschke43
FF Mike Hayden41
 
EMS Top Ten Responder
NameCalls
John Richter92
Brian Leschke90
Dave Williams76
Zachary Hopkins46
Julie Adams32
Brendan Scalchunes31
Josh Burkins30
Tim Holt28
Christos Poneres24
Bob Griffith20
 

RECENT DWELLING FIRES IN FALLSTON

 TWO FIRES CAUSE MINOR DAMAGE TO HOMES


At approximately 1230 hours on Sunday June 29, 2014 Fallston VFAC and surrounding companies were dispatched to the 2900 block of Winchester Way in the Powder Mill development for a report of a dwelling fire. Chief Will Rosenberg arrived on the scene within three minutes of the call being dispatched and reported heavy black smoke coming from the chimney of a 2-story wood frame single family dwelling. Information received from the homeowner, and confirmed by crews entering the structure was that the fire was in the basement of the dwelling. As firefighters from Engine 1311 advanced an attack line and extinguished the fire other personnel checked the structure for fire extension and handled control of utilities. The only extension from the equipment fire was to structural components in the ceiling of the basement. Personnel cleared the scene in approximately 45 minutes. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters reported.

 

Again at approximately 1830 hours on Thursday July 3, 2014 in the wake of severe thunderstorms in the area, FVFAC and nearby companies responded to a report of a dwelling fire in the 2600 block of Gunpowder Farms Road. Arriving firefighting crews found that the homeowner was at home during the recent thunderstorm when they heard several loud booms, and their lights flickered. Approximately ten minutes later, the homeowner smelled smoke and went to the basement of the two story wood framed dwelling to investigate. There, they found the basement charged with smoke which was coming from above the ceiling.  After removing ceiling tiles and locating the fire the homeowner used a portable fire extinguisher to contain the fire. Upon further inspection it was discovered that the fire had traveled along the wooden structural components of house.  To insure complete extinguishment of the fire, firefighters used saws to remove portions of the floor in the kitchen area above to expose and extinguish all remaining smoldering fire. Investigators from the Office of the State Fire Marshal responded and determined that a lightning strike ignited the fire in the void space between the floor and ceiling. Damage was estimated at $7000.00. There were no injuries reported.


The FVFAC urges all homeowners to take this opportunity to TEST YOUR SMOKE ALARMS!! In both of these recent fires the occupants were at home when the fires began. In one case, a neighbor was the first to see the fire and to assist the homeowner as there was no working smoke alarm on the level of the home where the fire originated. In the other, the fire originated above the ceiling and the smoke alarm activated only after the smoke had traveled out of the void space and into the room where the detector was located. Working smoke alarms give you the best chance of escaping an incipient (early stage) fire, and when coupled with residential fire sprinklers give you an assurance that a small fire can be contained and your path to safety will be protected. 

     
Gunpowder Farms Rd.   courtesy Capt. Tarbell FVFAC

Gunpowder Farms Rd. courtesy Capt.
      Tarbell FVFAC

Winchester Way       courtesy JMVFC

Winchester Way courtesy JMVFC



 

HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR SMOKE ALARMS ?

           Have you checked your smoke alarms recently? Not just that they are functional, but that they are also located properly based on recent Code changes? Take a look at the adjacent infographic to insure proper placement of your smoke alarms (Click on the infographic or use the link at the bottom of the fullstory). Please remember to share this info with your friends and family!

        If you need additional information, or assistance obtaining or installing the required 10 year smoke alarms contact your local Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Company. Links to all local Companies are in our "LINKS" section on the left of the page.


   


 

FALLSTON VFAC RESPONDS TO AREA CRASHES

photo courtesy of Kevin Hartlove, FVFAC

photo courtesy of Kevin Hartlove, FVFAC

The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. (FVFAC), along with surrounding Volunteer Fire and EMS companies responded to multiple vehicle crashes today (June 17, 2014). At approximately 12 noon the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company (Baltimore County) and FVFAC Fire and EMS units were dispatched to the intersection of Fork Road and Brinton Road in Kingsville for a two vehicle collision. Fallston Ambulance 1391 transported one adult female from this incident to a local hospital for evaulation of non-life threatening injuries. Shortly thereafter, at approximately 2 P.M. FVFAC and Bel Air VFC Fire and EMS units were alerted for another two vehicle collision at Harford Road and Connolly Road in Benson. Again, FVFAC Ambulance 1391 transported one adult to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment of non-life threatening injuries. These are two of five calls that FVFAC EMS handled today.

As we enter the summer season your local First Responders ask that all drivers utilize safe driving practices, always staying alert for changing traffic patterns and vehicles entering or turning into the highway in your path. 

   


 

Watervale Road MVC Sends One to Trauma Center

Courtesy FVFAC Capt. Jason Tarbell

Courtesy FVFAC Capt. Jason Tarbell

Sunday, June 15, 2014  On Sunday June 15, Fallston VFAC units were dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash with entrapment located in the 1200 block of Watervale Rd at approximately 7 A.M. On arrival emergency personnel found a single vehicle off the road and overturned in the water. The driver was already out of the vehicle at the time Fire and EMS crews arrived on scene. After assessing the condition of the patient Fallston VFAC EMS transported her (an adult female) to a local trauma center by ambulance for further evaluation and treatment of non-life threatening injuries.   The cause of the crash in being investigated by the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

   


 

BUILDING FIRE AT THE FALLSTON BURGER KING

 At approximately 0830 hours Sunday June 8, 2014 Harford County Fire Dispatch alerted the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company (FVFAC) along with surrounding companies for a reported building fire at the Burger King restaurant in the 300 block of Mountain Rd. (Md. 152) at the intersection of Bel Air Rd. First arriving FVFAC Chief Will Rosenberg reported heavy smoke from the roof of the structure. Units from the Kingsville (Baltimore County), Bel Air and Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Companies also responded on the one-alarm fire and worked to rapidly control and extinguish the fire. The fire was contained to the exhaust ductwork and the roof structure around the exhaust opening.  Other agencies assisting on the scene included BG&E, Harford County Health Dept., and the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM).  There were no injuries reported to employees, customers, or firefighting personnel. The  OSFM is investigating to determine the cause and origin of the fire and a dollar loss value. 

UPDATE 6/9/2014- Based on a preliminary investigation by the OSFM this fire originated in the ventilation system above the broiler. Damage estimates to the structure and contents are approximately $600,000.00. 

     

photos courtesy of Doug Heckner

photos courtesy of Doug Heckner



 

FVFAC and OSFM OFFER TIPS ON BURN INJURY PREVENTION

Monday, June 2, 2014   “Children rely on our ability to protect them from burn injuries through our knowledge and experience. Please take the necessary steps required to prevent these horrible injuries from occurring by following the safety tips provided,” stated State Fire Marshal Geraci.  The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company along with the State Fire Marshal offer the following safety tips to help protect you and those you love from needless burn injuries in the home and outdoors:  

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

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

·        Do not leave lit candles unattended.

·        Replace damaged electrical cords on appliances.

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

·        Remain with children when fire pits, chimineas 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 being done.

·        When using the stove, keep handles 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, it is too hot for a child.

·        Always supervise children in the bath.

 

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

 

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

   


 

OUTDOOR SAFETY TIPS FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Friday, May 23, 2014   With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, families across the region will venture outside – to our parks, to visit friends and family, or maybe just to their own backyard.  Increased outdoor activities also result in an increase of outdoor fire risks; therefore the FVFAC and State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci want to provide a few common-sense tips that will help you and your family enjoy a safe holiday weekend and summer season.  “These tips will help reduce the chance of a tragedy that could ruin an otherwise fun-filled time of the year,” according to the State Fire Marshal.  

            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 – retighten 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 starter fuel!  Fire can easily follow the stream of fluid back to the container and possibly cause an explosion.

¨  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 or on a porch, deck, or balcony says the State Fire Marshal.  “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 be the cause of an explosion with devastating results.”

 

            With warmer weather, public fireworks displays attract thousands of spectators every year.  These licensed and inspected events afford our citizens a safe and pleasurable way to celebrate.  Often times however, persons are tempted to use illegal fireworks or legal fireworks.  The following tips can help you to enjoy fireworks – safely!

 

¨  Plan to attend one of hundreds of licensed and inspected public fireworks displays held annually across Maryland.

¨  Remember, the only fireworks allowed for personal use in Maryland are snap n’ pops, party poppers, black snakes, gold-labeled sparklers, and ground-based sparkling devices. 

¨  If allowing children to participate, they should only use legal fireworks with close adult supervision.  Make sure to keep sparklers away from the body and loose fitting clothing.  Read and follow the instructions on the sparkler package!  Sparklers burn at approximately 1,200°F.

¨  Never mix alcohol and fireworks.  The combination could be deadly.

¨  Fully extinguish remains of fireworks in water before disposal.

¨  All fireworks are banned in Baltimore City, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County.  The town of Ocean City along with Howard County and Harford County has specifically prohibited Ground-based Sparkling Devices.

 

By following these simple safety tips, we can all avoid injury and enjoy a wonderful holiday and summer season.      

     


 

UPPER CROSSROADS CRASH SENDS ONE TO TRAUMA CENTER

 At 0437 hours on the morning of 05/10/14, Harford County 911 dispatched the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. (FVFAC) to a report of a motor vehicle collision with entrapment, in the 2900 block of Fallston Road (MD. 152) in the Upper Crossroads area. The first arriving unit (FVFAC Ambulance 1391) located a single vehicle collision involving a SUV type vehicle which was off the roadway, down an embankment, and into a tree with one person trapped inside the vehicle. Upon arrival of Rescue 1351 and with assistance from Utility 1362, FVFAC personnel stabilized the vehicle and proceeded to remove the doors and roof of the SUV and displaced the dashboard to extricate the single occupant of the vehicle. Ambulance 1391’s crew continued to provide patient care and requested Maryland State Police (MSP) Aviation Division to transport the patient to a trauma center in Baltimore for treatment of severe but non-life threatening injuries. FVFAC units cleared the scene at approximately 0600 hours. Maryland State Police from the Bel Air Barrack are investigating the cause of the collision.


Units on scene: FVFAC Rescue 1351, Utility 1362, EMS Utility 1399, Special Unit 1381, Ambulance 1391, and Chief 13 (Will Rosenberg). 




(see FVFAC facebook page for additional photos) 

     



 

FVFAC AND THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL RECOMMENDS THAT YOU “SPRING” INTO FIRE SAFETY

Spring-cleaning is an annual ritual for many people! State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci suggests that Spring-cleaning can take on another meaning. “It's the ideal time to check our homes, porches, garages, sheds and yards for dangerous materials and unsafe conditions and to spend some quality time to protect our families and properties.”

Saturday, March 22, 2014 saw the Fallston Volunteer and Ambulance Co., along with surrounding Volunteer Fire Companies, respond to several fires which could have been avoided had property owners and occupants adhered to the State Fire Marshal’s advice! At approximately 4 P.M. Fallston and Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company units were dispatched for a field and woods fire on Timberlea Drive. This fire began in or near an outbuilding on the property, quickly consumed the structure, and spread to approximately five acres of wooded area and at least one additional structure due to dry vegetation and weather conditions. Equipment and personnel from the Jarrettsville, Kingsville, and Whiteford Volunteer Fire Companies were also operating on this call. Shortly after 7 P.M. Fallston units were again dispatched for a field and woods fire, this incident was located in the 2000 block of Pleasantville Road. On arrival units found an approximately one acre field fire that was approaching and endangering a house, bringing additional units from Bel Air, Jarrettsville, and Kingsville Volunteer Fire Companies prior to being controlled. This fire was the result of a recreational fire that quickly became uncontrolled due to the weather conditions. A third fire in the Glen Elyn area of Fallston a few minutes later, at approximately 7:30 P.M. on Morningside Court destroyed a wood deck and damaged the wall of a home. This incident again brought Volunteer Fire Companies from Fallston, Jarrettsville, Jacksonville, Bel Air, and Hereford to quickly control and extinguish the fire. The cause of this fire is under investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal, however it appears to be the result of unattended and misused equipment involved in a recreational or cooking fire.

Start your safety cleanup activities by taking a few minutes to plan your day.  You will want to check each room in your home, including the attic and basement.  Also, don't forget the garage, yard and storage shed.

Plan to do the following:

1.      Remove All Hazards:

                Check and correct items such as:

o    Frayed or damaged appliance cords, wiring, fuses or breakers.

o    Accumulations of rubbish, trash and yard debris. Do not begin any fire during periods of elevated temperatures, low humidity, and/or breezy winds. Frequently check National Weather Service or other weather outlets for fire weather warnings.

Remove stacks of paper and magazines and place them in recycling containers.

o    Check for water leaks, especially near electrical appliances.

o    Check for adequate clearance between heating appliances and combustibles.                                             

2.      Properly Store Flammable Liquids and Home Chemicals:

o    Make sure that gasoline and cleaning fluids are well marked and are out of the reach of children and pets.  Store in a cool, dry place outside the house.

o    Clean up work areas.  Put dangerous tools, adhesives, matches or other work items away and out of any child's reach.

o    Make sure that all chemicals are kept under lock and key and out of reach of children and pets.

3.      Check Fire Protection and Safety Equipment:

o    Test your smoke alarms and CO detectors.  Do It Now while you're thinking about it

o    Make sure all doors and windows open easily and are accessible for fast escapes.

o     Make sure your street numbers are posted properly and are clearly visible.

o    Check and make sure you have a working flashlight and battery-powered radio for the approaching storm season.

4.      Plan Your Escape:

o    Sit down with your family and make sure that everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire by designing a home escape plan.

o    Make sure you have two ways out of every room and that you have a meeting place outside the home for the whole family.

o    Practice the plan.  Even the best plan is no good if you don't practice it!

You can do a lot to protect yourself, your family and your property.  In fact, you are the key to your safety.  A little time spent on simple common sense prevention will do a lot to make your home a safer place to live!



     
courtesy HCVFEMSA

courtesy HCVFEMSA

courtesy Asst. Chief R. Blevins

courtesy Asst. Chief R. Blevins



 

NEXT FVFAC BINGO APRIL 6, 2014 Doors open at Noon, Games begin 1 P.M.

 

   


 
 
 

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