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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.  






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.




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: 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 :




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! 




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 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! 




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.


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




At approximately 3:20 P.M. Tuesday afternoon Fallston VFAC was dispatched to the 1600 block of Angleside Rd. for an investigation of smoke in the area. Engine 1311 arrived moments later and met the caller who reported an odor of smoke throughout the neighborhood. Further investigation revealed a well advanced woods and natural cover fire located in the area between Angleside Rd. and Fallston Valley Drive. As the OIC (Lt. Longo) was able to observe significant fire and and a large column of smoke from this area additional resources were immediately requested. All units were directed to access the fire from Fallston Valley Drive. In this area there are several single family dwellings within 100' of the woodline. Units from Fallston, Bel Air, Kingsville (Balt. Co.) and Long Green (Balt. Co.) Volunteer Fire Companies as well as Maryland Department of Natural Resources brought the fire under control within an hour and stayed on scene to 'mop up" for an additional period of time.


Photos courtesy of BAVFC

Photos courtesy of BAVFC


1305 Box- Building Fire Reckord Rd

Friday, March 29, 2013 14:00  On Friday March 29, 2013 around 2 pm the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company were dispatched for a reported building fire in the 800 block of Reckord Road.  First arriving units found a large 30'x50' two story detached garage with multiple exposures.  Firefighters from Fallston, Bel Air, Jarrettsville, Kingsville (BCOFD) and Long Green (BCOFD) deployed multiple attack lines to extinguish the structure on fire and protect the house and other garage that were in close proximity.  The 1-alarm incident was brought under control in an hour bringing 40 firefighters from Harford and Baltimore Counties. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Story by: Chief Robert Stanton

Photos: Pending



FVFAC Awarded AFG Grant

Sunday, March 24, 2013   The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company (FVFAC) proudly announce that we have been notified by U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski’s office of our selection to receive a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) in the amount of $278,711.00. This grant will be utilized to replace forty Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) used by our responders. Additionally through the sale of the existing SCBA currently in use FVFAC should be able to cover the 5% matching funds required by the guidelines of the grant program. “By replacing our existing SCBA which are more than ten years old, FVFAC responders will have access to the latest technological advancements in breathing apparatus which relates to a safer environment for our members to perform our work” states FVFAC Chief Will Rosenberg. Benefits of the newer SCBA include longer duration working time in a hazardous atmosphere, advanced Personal Alert Safety System (PASS) devices, and better vocal communication when using the air masks. “These innovations will help us to see that “everyone goes home”, which is the most important thing we do for our personnel” Rosenberg said.
The awarding of this grant is the culmination of an extensive amount of work by many people. The vast majority of the “front end” work for the grant application process was carried out by FVFAC Assistant Chief Robert Stanton and our grant writer. Without this initial work, and the efforts of several other officers and administrative staff of FVFAC “behind the scenes” helping to forward requested information and working on the online registration, this grant would have not been possible. This grant is the largest that the FVFAC has received, tripling our prior high award, and will allow FVFAC to continue our solid financial platform while moving forward with other projects. 



MVA w/Rescue- SRT 152 & Choate Rd- 1309 Box

Thursday, March 21, 2013 01:01 After midnight Thursday, The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of State Route 152 and Choate Rd. With law enforcement already on scene, Units arrived to find an overturned SUV with one (1) subject trapped. Around 01:25 the extrication was successful and complete. The patient was taken to a Baltimore area hospital for their injuries.

Photos by: Sgt. Garrett Stefan

FVFAC crews at work

FVFAC crews at work


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