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Chief Will Rosenberg90
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Jayden Edwards56
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Dave Williams43
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Kevin Jones38
Sgt. Brian Leschke33
Lt. Michael Seifert, Mike Hayden, Matt Barlow31
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Dave Williams62
Brian Leschke45
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Will Brush15
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       With so many of our citizens using home medical oxygen therapy, and the amount of injuries and deaths occurring related to such use every year in both Maryland and nationwide, State Fire Marshal Brian S, Geraci is offering several safety tips to prevent a tragedy by fire while using oxygen.  “All citizens need to be aware of the potential hazards involving medical oxygen use.   Oxygen itself is not flammable, however, an oxygen enriched environment can cause materials to ignite more readily and burn at a faster rate than normal,” stated Geraci “Please consider these safety tips to ensure individuals using oxygen therapy and those around them are protected from the effects of fire”.

          If oxygen is in use the amount (concentration) of oxygen in the air and around furniture, clothing, hair and bedding materials is increased making it easier for a fire to start and spread, thus increasing the potential for serious burn injuries or death.  The following safety tips will help prevent a fire from occurring in an oxygen enriched environment.

  • Never allow the use of an open flame such as candles, lighters, matches, wood stoves, gas stoves, grills or even toys that create sparks when oxygen is in use.

  • NEVER allow smoking in or near an oxygen enriched environment.

  • Petroleum based products including oils, grease and lotions can self-ignite in the presence of high oxygen concentrations.

  • If you use oxygen and insist on smoking, establish a “Ten Minute Rule”.  Turn off the oxygen supply and wait 10 minutes for high concentrations of oxygen to dissipate before going outside to smoke.

  • Post “No Smoking-Oxygen In Use” signs both inside and outside your home.

  • Ensure working smoke alarms are tested monthly.

  • Practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room at least twice a year.

Make sure you are well aware of how to use the oxygen therapy equipment.  Ask your doctor, nurse or medical equipment company as many questions as you need to fully understand the continued safe use of all oxygen equipment and accessories.




Friday, March 6, 2015 

            In anticipation of daylight saving time (DST) beginning in the early morning hours of March 8th, Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Comapny (FVFAC) and the Maryland State Fire Marshal are urging all citizens to “Change Your Clock – Change Your Battery” in both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in their homes.  Recognizing that working smoke alarms and CO detectors double a family’s chance of surviving a home fire and/or unsafe carbon monoxide levels, the State Fire Marshal says Daylight Savings Time is a great opportunity for families to change the batteries.  “Please take the little time required to help ensure the safety of your family and friends by maintaining these early warning life saving devices.”

           A new Maryland law became effective on July 1, 2013 involving the “battery only” type of smoke alarms used in 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/hush button feature temporarily disables the alarm so the occupant can ventilate the space from mild smoke conditions typically created during some cooking operations.  The use of these alarms eliminates the need to replace the batteries during the 10 year life of the alarm. 

           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 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.

           Smoke alarm technology has advanced greatly in recent years. The newest devices, including those that are battery powered only, are able to be wirelessly interconnected within your home, produce distinctly different sounds for nuisance activations or fire emergencies, incorporate voice directives, and more. (Use the link below for more info)

           Along with insuring that you have working smoke alarms and CO detectors, 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 Geraci.




FVFAC Responds to Fires, Crashes Throughout Region

Monday, March 2, 2015                 The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. closed the month of February just as we have started the month of staying busy! This past week FVFAC members responded to numerous fires and motor vehicle crashes.

               These incidents include: Feb, 24- MVC's at  MD 152 @ MD 147 (5 A.M.) and MD 152 @ Club Rd. (6 P.M.). Both of these crashes resulted in patients transported to a trauma center in Baltimore. Feb. 25 saw the FVFAC assist the Bel Air VFC at Harford Mall due to an odor of burning inside the Macy's store. An investigation determined that a roof top heating unit had malfunctioned. On Feb. 26 FVFAC responded with Engine 1311, Truck 1331, and Tanker 1321 to assist our Baltimore County Mutual Aid partners in the the Long Green area on a dwelling fire in the 13000 block of Long Green Pike. Units were out approximately one hour with extinguishment and related operations due to an apparent electrical fire. Friday evening, Feb. 28 saw FVFAC Truck 1331 respond to a dwelling fire on McComas Road in the Monkton (Hereford VFC district) area of Baltimore County. This fire involved the attic and roof of the home and was quickly extinguished by first arriving crews. As February drew to a close, FVFAC EMS personnel responded to assist the Kingsville VFC on a MVC at Bel Air Rd. and New Cut Rd. at approximately midnight Saturday night. Just before 8 A.M. March 1 FVFAC responded to investigate a residential automatic fire alarm activation in the 1700 block of Carrs Mill Ct. in Fallston. Chief 13-1 (Bob Stanton) arrived to find heavy smoke in the structure and requested a first alarm assignment. Units from Bel Air, Joppa-Magnolia, Jarrettsville and Kingsville (Balt. Co.) VFC responded and assisted to extinguish a fire in the area of the floor structure around and below the first floor fireplace of the two story dwelling. Then the snow/sleet/freezing rain began...and FVFAC was dispatched for an overturned vehicle on MD. 152 at Stoneybrook Rd. Due to the location of the vehicle, weather conditions, and injuries to the occupants of the car a response of the Harford County Technical Rescue Team was requested to assist in bringing the patient to the roadway prior to being transported to a trauma center in Baltimore by ambulance.

                  The FVFAC would like to THANK all of our mutual aid companies for their help on several of these and other calls during the week. Together we strive to provide emergency services to the citizens throughout the area in a seamless manner.

                   Photos courtesy of various VFC facebook pages...

MD 152 & Club Rd.

MD 152 & Club Rd.

Harford Mall

Harford Mall



                As the temperatures have dropped fire departments across the region are seeing an increase in calls for fires in the home. Some of these fires have originated in the chimneys and other heating components of the homes. Chief Will Rosenberg of the FVFAC and the State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci are stressing the importance and value of insuring your safety by having chimneys and flues properly inspected. 

          As we depend on multiple types of heating sources to stay warm inside our homes these systems must be continually maintained to insure safe operation. “Elements of home heating continue to be a significant factor in dwelling fires in Maryland,” according to the State Fire Marshal.  “Following the attached guidelines, we can work together to reduce the number of residential fires.. 

           Please follow and share these basic guidelines to protect yourself and your loved ones from the effects of a heating system fire.


·         Ensure that your chimneys and flues are inspected and maintained annually or more frequently if used as the primary heating source.

·         Never use a flammable liquid to start a fire in a fireplace or heating device. Only use combustible materials like newspaper, kindling wood or approved commercially available fire starting products to safely create a fire in a fireplace or woodstove.

·         Use properly sized fireplace screens or enclosures.

·         When disposing of your cooled ashes, do not use paper or plastic containers to remove them. Instead, use a metal container.  Ashes will insulate hot embers long after the fire is considered out. Place the metal container outdoors and away from decks, etc. to prevent a fire from starting in an unattended area.

·         Make sure fuel burning stoves and heaters are installed according to local fire codes and the manufacturer’s instructions.

·         Have your home furnace inspected and serviced annually.

·         Check portable electric heaters for frayed or damaged wires. Ensure the heater is clean and placed on a flat level surface.  Use only heaters that are “listed” by an approved testing laboratory (UL, FM, etc.) and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

·         Do not use extension cords or multi-outlets with portable electric space heaters.  The extension cord or strip outlet may overheat and cause a fire.

·         If you use kerosene fuel fired heaters, use only “K-1” kerosene fuel.  Never fill the unit inside, remove it to the exterior after it has cooled before refueling.

·         Open a window enough to provide proper ventilation when using a fuel fired heater.

·         Keep combustibles (furniture, curtains, clothing, paper goods, etc.), at least three feet from all heat sources. Combustibles placed too close to a heater can ignite easily.

·         Provide a non-combustible protective barrier to keep children and pets from making contact with any heating appliance.                                                                            

·         Fuel burning appliances can produce the deadly, tasteless and odorless gas known as carbon monoxide.  Install and maintain CO alarms inside your home to provide an early warning of dangerous carbon monoxide levels if you have any fuel fired appliances.

·         Always turn off portable heating equipment when leaving the room or area for extended periods.  Portable heaters should never be operated unattended


     Along with these heating tips, check to make sure your smoke alarms are in good working order.  “Routine maintenance and safe operation of heating equipment combined with properly installed and operating smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are a life-saving combination for all Marylanders,” stated Geraci.  Fallston residents who need smoke alarms replaced or have questions about the proper use of smoke alarms in their home should contact the FVFAC at 410-638-4890 or by email at








          The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company is looking for new members to help serve the community. You may ask "What can I do to help the volunteer fire company" We would ask…Well, what can't you do?!? Our members do the things you expect, for example; respond to medical emergencies, fight fires, rescue citizens trapped in various types of incidents, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The training and equipment required to become an Emergency Responder is generally free of charge to our members through the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, FEMA, the National Fire Academy, and other agencies. However, if you do not wish to become an Emergency Responder we can still use your help as we also do much more in the community!

          We provide:

A meeting place in our building for community groups and family events. These events need fire company members to be present as a liaison to handle housekeeping and other needs.

          We deliver:

Fire and Life Safety, Injury Prevention, and other Community Risk Reduction Programs to groups throughout the area. These events need fire company members to handle scheduling, supplies, etc. in addition to delivery of the outreach program.

          We utilize:

The internet, social media,  and mass mailing to reach our customers. We need fire company members to post articles, reply to inquiries, correlate information and coordinate delivery of mailings.

          We hold:

Fundraising events, Bingo, Public Fire and Life Safety Education, etc. We need fire company members to set up, clean up, work the kitchen, call bingo, cook and more.

          We maintain our facilities:

To provide all of these services. We need fire company members to sweep, mop, change light bulbs, cut grass, clean equipment; etc;

          Each of these tasks your volunteers perform supports your community and your fire company. However, there are only a limited number of hours in the day. With calls for emergency service increasing, training requirements needing to be met and administrative meetings needing to be attended, our emergency responders are finding less time available to handle these supporting roles. Joining the volunteer fire service as a firefighter or EMT is an excellent way to serve in your community and learn a new career.

          Currently, our Emergency Response Personnel are also filling many of these roles in addition maintaining their training, duty hours, meetings, drills, etc. These “behind the scenes” jobs generally do not involve being away from your family and loved ones on weekends and holidays and are not physically demanding.  A partial list of these committees and tasks include:

          Apparatus Maintenance       Buildings & Grounds              

          By-Law Committee             Community Outreach

          Community Risk Reduction      EMS Billing

          Fund Drive                           Grant Writing  


          Hall Rental                           High School Parking Permits

          Historian                              IT Committee

          LOSAP-Pension (Statistics)       Membership (H.R.)       

          Reflective Address Signs           Safety Committee

          To begin the membership application process, stop by the Carrs Mill Road station any day or evening to tour the station, speak with an officer, and pick up an application. Or you can go to our website Main Page ( click on "Become a Member" in the column to the left. A copy of the membership application may be downloaded from there. Our Membership Chairperson can be reached by e-mail at Or, you may call the "Membership Hotline" at 410-808-1966 and leave your contact information. A membership committee representative will be in touch with you shortly to discuss the benefits of joining the Fallston Volunteer Fire & Ambulance Company.





Always allow 36" clear area around space heaters (courtesy OSFM).

Always allow 36" clear area around space
      heaters (courtesy OSFM).





NFPA Winter Heating Safety

With colder temperatures here this is the time to check your home heating and safety systems !

The Officers and Members of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company (FVFAC) urge homeowners to take a few minutes to perform required maintenance checks and service on your furnaces, pellet stoves, wood stoves, fireplaces and chimneys now. Cold weather is here and these systems need to be operating efficiently for continued use through the season. 

A few minutes of yard work (a great family activity!) to remove dried leaves and other vegetation from around your house and other structures that could pose a fire hazard is also recommended. Pellet stoves often have vent pipes (chimneys) that extend through an exterior wall and heat or sparks from these can ignite leaves, pine needles, or other dried materials along the walls of your home. Your roof should be checked for accumulations of leaves also, especially around your chimney. Always have a qualified individual handle any work that involves climbing ladders or accessing your roof. 

This is also the time to check, replace, or obtain your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. The technology and requirements for these life saving devices has changed and you should be aware of these changes.

Scroll through our previous stories and archives for winter and other fire safety tips. Additional winter fire safety information can be found at



FVFAC Announces the Passing of John C. Behrmann

Wednesday, January 7, 2015                   It is with deep regret that the Officers and Members of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company announce the death of Life Member and Past President John C. Behrmann.

                 John passed away peacefully January 7, 2015 at home. Funeral arrangements are as follows:  Viewing at the E. G. Kurtz and Son Funeral Home, 1114 Baldwin Mill Road in Jarrettsville from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Monday January 12, 2015 with a Fire Department Memorial Service to be held on the same date at 8:00 P.M. Funeral service to be held at the Kurtz Funeral Home beginning 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday January 13, 2015 with interment following at Highview Memorial Gardens, 3433 Fallston Road. John's friends and family are invited to gather after the graveside ceremony at the Fallston Volunteer Fire Company on Carrs Mill Road to celebrate John's life.    




                 The Officers and Members of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company offer our deepest condolences to the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company during this tragic time.



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