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ONE OF THREE INJURY CRASHES ON AREA HIGHWAYS THIS WEEK
The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company (FVFAC) responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash in the 3100 block of Bel Air Road this morning. At 0655 hours (12/30/2013) Harford County 911 dispatchers received a report of a motor vehicle crash involving a car and a commercial truck with one victim trapped, possibly under one of the vehicles. Responding FVFAC units requested additional rescue units based on information provided by 911 call takers and dispatchers bringing units from the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company (Baltimore County) to the scene also. First arriving units found a passenger car and a box truck had collided in the southbound lanes of Bel Air Rd. (U.S. 1) south of Reckord Road. EMS personnel rapidly determined that the driver of the car, who was trapped in the wreckage, had unfortunately succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the truck was treated by FVFAC EMS personnel on scene and transported to a regional trauma center by Maryland State Police (MSP) aviation division helicopter. After a lengthy investigation by MSP Crash Scene Reconstructionists, FVFAC and Kingsviile VFC crews worked together to separate the vehicles and complete the extrication of the victim.
The Officers and Members of the Fallston and Kingsville Volunteer Fire Companies would like to express their sympathy and condolences to the friends and family of those involved in this tragic incident.
Personnel from the FVFAC responded to several other crashes on state maintained highways in the Fallston area this week. On Thursday, December 26 at approximately 1000 hours units responded to a crash at MD. 152 (Fallston Road) and Pleasantville Road after a brief, heavy snow squall passed through the area. One patient was transported by ambulance to a local hospital from this crash.
And on Saturday, December 28 at approximately 1900 hours FVFAC units responded to a two vehicle crash at MD. 152 and MD.147 (Harford Road). In this crash, a total of three patients were transported by FVFAC ambulances to a local hospital. All of these crashes are being investigated by the Maryland State Police.
As we enter the New Year's Holiday the members of the FVFAC ask that all of our citizens utilize safe practices during this Holiday. This includes cooking safety, insuring that homes are equipped with working smoke and CO alarms, maintaining live Christmas trees safely as they reach the end of their usefulness, and also safe driving practices.
NFPA Christmas Tree Safety Video
As the Christmas and Holiday Season is in full swing, the Officers and Members of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company (FVFAC) ask you to take a few moments to review the attached safety messages and video to help you insure a safe holiday season for your family, friends, and loved ones. Too often we hear of tragic fires and other incidents at this time of year that could have been prevented if someone would have looked, checked, read instructions, or asked questions before adding decorations or placing ornaments in and around their homes.
Please visit other websites and FB pages for additional info to keep this a fire safe season for all!
www.nfpa.org National Fire Protection Association
www.usfa.fema.gov United States Fire Administration
Harford County Fire & EMS Association facebook page
SANTA RUN 2013 COMPLETED!
The men and women of the Fallston Volunteer Fire & Ambulance Company (FVFAC)wish to thank the Fallston community for your overwhelming support of Santa Run 2013. Having you brave the weather to come out and see Santa, hearing your kind wishes, and your generous donations make our holiday season as enjoyable as we hope your is.
A big "THANK YOU" to Santa Claus for taking time out of his busy schedule to be part of a FVFAC tradition since 1977!
In addition to Santa handing out candy canes to the kids, our firefighters handed out recruitment fliers to many teens and adults. Even if you didn't receive a flier, we hope that you will consider becoming a member of the FVFAC. Stop by the station at any time to see what we're all about.
Again, Seasons Greetings to all, and have a happy and safe New Year.
The FVFAC is looking for your feedback and input on our Santa activities. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts on what you liked or would like to see changed as we plan for our 2014 Santa activities! Thank you!
Capt. Kevin Hartlove, FVFAC
NFPA Thanksgiving Fire Safety Video
Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment!
The kitchen is the center of every home and safety must be adhered to when preparing the family feast. On Thanksgiving Day a lot of activities are going on and friends and family are in the home. The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company and the Maryland State Fire Marshal want your holiday to be a safe one. “Holidays are a time of celebration. Please follow these simple guidelines to ensure a fire safe Thanksgiving Day holiday” states Maryland State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci.
· Make sure your smoke alarms are working properly by testing them. Additionally, ensure your guests are aware of all available exits if a fire would occur and have them meet at a designated location outside.
· The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
· Establish: A “Kids & Pets Free Zone” around any area where hot foods or drinks are prepared. Have activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during this busy time. Provide games, puzzles, books, etc. outside of the kitchen to keep them busy. Kids can get involved with preparations with recipes that can be made outside of the kitchen. Just in case, ensure you turn handles inward on the stove and countertop to avoid spills.
· Be alert while cooking; avoid consuming any alcoholic beverages while preparing the meal.
· Keep a lid nearby when you are cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it has cooled.
· Keep anything combustible - oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, etc. away from the stovetop.
· Eliminate clutter in the kitchen. A clean work area allows for better efficiency and less chances for mishaps.
· Keep matches and lighters out of reach of curious children’s hands.
· Do not leave lit candles unattended or in places where they could be knocked over by children or pets.
Turkey Fryer Safety
· Many turkey fryer appliances can be easily tipped over, allowing for hot oil spillage. Ensure you place them on a hard, level and non-combustible outdoor surface.
· Do not place a turkey fryer under an overhang or temporary roof. A flare up can easily ignite materials above the appliance.
· Partially frozen turkeys can cause a spill over and cause a flare up. Thoroughly thaw the turkey before cooking.
· Turn off the burner before placing the turkey in the container. Re-ignite the burner after you are sure it is safe to do so.
· Constantly monitor the temperature of the oil. It can easily reach temperatures to the point of combustion.
· Be careful not to overfill the fryer. Follow manufacturer’s guidelines for proper filling levels.
· The handles and lid will get dangerously hot. Use well insulated potholders or oven mitts.
· Never leave the fryer unattended while cooking. Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher on hand. Do not use water in an attempt to extinguish a grease fire.
Following these simple guidelines for fire and life safety, will help to ensure a tragedy free holiday meal. Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!
Halloween Safety Tips
Jack-O-Lanterns are ushering in Halloween all across the region, as the State Fire Marshal and your Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company recommend several fire and life safety tips to help everyone enjoy a safe Halloween. “Planning ahead can help make this and every Halloween fire safe. Taking simple fire and life safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can prevent fires and avoid needless burn injuries” states Fire Marshal Brian Geraci.
The FVFAC and OSFM provide these sensible Halloween fire safety tips:
· Pick costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure costumes are short enough to prevent tripping and ensure masks don’t block vision.
· Consider adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat containers for greater visibility.
· Purchase only costumes, wigs and props labeled flame-resistant or flame-retardant. When creating a costume, choose materials that will not easily ignite if it comes in contact with heat or flame.
· Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or as part of their costume.
· Use flashlights or glow sticks as alternatives to candles or incandescent lights when decorating walkways or yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters whose costumes may brush against the decoration.
· Always supervise children as they go trick-or-treating.
· Remember to keep exits clear of decorations ensuring nothing blocks escape routes from the home.
· Instruct children to stay away from open flames or other heat sources. Be sure children know how to stop, drop and roll in the event their clothing catches on fire. (Stop immediately, drop to the ground, covering your face with your hands, roll over and over to extinguish the flames).
· If you are walking with pets, consider using a leash with reflective material attached.
· Instruct children who are attending parties at others’ homes to locate the exits and plan how they would get out if an emergency would occur.
· When decorating inside the home, consider using battery operated candles instead of burning regular candles to help eliminate the potential of a fire occurring.
· Do not overload electrical outlets and extension cords. Excessive use of extension cords may cause overheating and also become trip hazards.
· Replace frayed, cracked or otherwise damaged electrical cords.
· Don’t overload electrical circuits. (Please use link below to NFPA.org for more info)
The State Fire Marshal offers one additional tip that could well be the most important. “Make sure your home is equipped with working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. These devices are some of the most effective fire safety tools in preventing injury or death from fire and carbon monoxide,” according to State Fire Marshal Geraci.
Members of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company (FVFAC) visited the Fallston Child Care Center earlier this month as part of our annual Fire Prevention Month activities. Firefighters and EMT's, under the direction of Captain Kevin Hartlove, showed the children fire and EMS equipment and apparatus and talked with the children about fire safety. FVFAC members visit several area pre-schools and other groups each year to deliver fire and life safety tips and to familiarize our citizens, of all ages, of our operations.Photos courtesy of Valeree Imperiale, Fallston Child Care Center
Capt. Hartlove talking with the students
Shortly after 5:00 A.M. on Friday October 25, 2013 Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company (FVFAC) units responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash with injuries on Bel Air Road near Wilgis Road. Arriving units found a vehicle overturned and utility pole broken off. Two occupants of the car were transported to an area trauma center by ambulance for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Assisting the FVFAC on the scene were: Bel Air VFC, MSP, HCSO, BGE.
photos courtesy of Garrett Stefan
September 27, 2013 - The Fallston Volunteer Fire and
Ambulance Company proudly placed in service a 2013 Pierce 105’ Heavy Duty
Aerial Ladder to be known as Truck 1331.
This unit is built on a Pierce Velocity chassis and is powered by a 600
horsepower Cummins diesel engine. It carries a full complement of truck company
equipment as well as Hurst Hydraulic Rescue Tools and meets NFPA, Harford
County, and Baltimore County Ladder Truck Standards.
The Truck 1331 Replacement Committee, under the direction of
Assistant Chief Randy Blevins, worked many hours to design this apparatus in
order to have a unit that will meet the anticipated increased demand for truck
company operations in and around the Fallston area. This unit, the second
generation aerial device for the FVFAC, replaces a 1997 Spartan/Quality/Aerial
Innovations 75’ quint that has found a new home with the Poland Volunteer Fire
Company of Herkimer County, N.Y.
Truck 1331 is stationed at the FVFAC Carrs Mill Road
Station. Please feel free to stop by and tour the new unit, as well as
additional equipment at this station. In addition, FVFAC will be holding a
Public Safety Open House on Saturday, October 12 from 10:00 A.M to 3:00 P.M.
This would be an excellent opportunity to view our equipment, talk with FVFAC
members, and possibly pick up a membership application to join the FVFAC!
The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company (FVFAC) will be holding additional 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. Sessions scheduled for October include:Sunday October 13, 2013 from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at Debbie's Mane Concern Hair Salon located at 2011 Klein Plaza Drive in Forest Hill.Saturday October 19 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the Savory Deli Mart located at Fallston Road (MD. 152) and Baldwin Mill Road (MD. 165).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.
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.
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