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FVFAC VISITS LOCAL PRE-SCHOOL FOR FIRE PREVENTION MONTH

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

Capt. Hartlove talking with the students



 

EARLY MORNING CRASH SENDS 2 TO TRAUMA CENTER, CLOSES BEL AIR ROAD

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

photos courtesy of Garrett Stefan



 

FVFAC PLACES NEW TRUCK 1331 IN SERVICE

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!

     



 

COMMUNITY CPR EDUCATION EVENTS IN OCTOBER

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.

   


 

SEPTEMBER BINGO DATES AT FVFAC

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.
 

   


 

BLOOD DRIVE PLANNED BY CRASH SURVIVORS TO BE HELD AT FVFAC

Two young Fallston men are looking to show emergency responders how grateful they are after members of local Volunteer Fire and EMS Companies helped save their lives. 

January 30, 2013 was by all accounts, a “good” day at the Fallston VFAC. The daytime EMS crews responded to six calls throughout the Fallston, Bel Air, and Joppa areas with both Volunteer and EMS Foundation personnel staffing the medic units, transporting several patients to area hospitals. After 6 P.M., the night time Volunteer only crews took over, and things seemed to settle down. Then, at 8:30 P.M. Harford County 911 dispatched Fallston VFAC units to a report of a motor vehicle crash involving multiple injuries and entrapment at Fallston Road (MD. 152) and Connolly Road. The first FVFAC emergency personnel arrived on the scene at 8:33 P.M., immediately performed a size-up of the scene and, realizing the serious nature of the incident, requested additional EMS units and other resources. This brought additional FVFAC as well as Bel Air VFC units to the scene.

According to media reports, Maryland State Police stated a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by a 22-year-old male was westbound on Connolly Road when it failed to stop and ran through the stop sign. At the same time, an Isuzu SUV was headed north on MD Route 152 through the intersection when the Chevrolet pickup hit the SUV on the passenger side. Josh Wilson, 19 years old at the time was driving the Isuzu. He and his passenger, Brendan Weinhold (both of Fallston) were both injured. Wilson was trapped in his vehicle.



Wilson was listed in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore following the crash. "At that time, Josh received more than 15 units of blood, which saved his life," A facebook page dedicated to the blood drive states.

Wilson and Weinhold now want to thank the members of the Fallston and Bel Air volunteer fire companies as well as the team at shock trauma for everything they did that night.

With the actions taken by the emergency responders that night in mind, the Fallston teens are coordinating with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive to be held from 2 P.M. to 8 P.M. on Thursday, August. 22 at the Fallston FVFAC Hall, located at 2201 Carrs Mill Road.



"It was the EMTs from the Fallston Fire House that first responded at the scene of Josh's accident. They performed the steps that kept Josh alive long enough for him to get to Shock Trauma," the blood drive's dedicated facebook page states.

The event is open to everyone in the community who wishes to show their support for the local volunteer fire companies by donating blood.

In order to make donations as convenient as possible, those wishing to donate blood can reserve their time by logging onto the American Red Cross website here.

Members of the Volunteer Fire and EMS Companies who responded to this incident will also be on hand at the blood drive to meet and speak with these two young men and their families, and the community.  



Please make an effort to attend and donate to this blood drive. You will also be able to speak with your community first responders and meet the co-organizers to hear their story.  

   


 

FVFAC TO HOLD EMS COMMUNITY OUTREACH EVENTS

The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company (FVFAC) will be holding several 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.
These sessions will be Saturday August 10 and Saturday August17 at the 7-11 Store located at Fallston Road (MD. 152) and Pleasantville Road. The time of the events will from 10:00 A.M to 1:00 P.M. 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.


   


 

NEW MARYLAND SMOKE ALARM LAW NOW IN EFFECT

A new Maryland law, effective July 1, 2013, requires homeowners to upgrade their smoke alarms to the latest technology when replacing their older units. Smoke alarms have a life expectancy of not more than 10 years. When replacing your outdated smoke alarms, a new smoke alarm with a sealed, 10 year battery will be required. In addition, there are new requirements on where smoke alarms are to placed and the number of smoke alarms per level of your home. The accompanying information handouts cover all of the new requirements.   If you have further questions, please contact your local Fire Department of the Office of the State Fire Marshal http://www.mdsp.org/Organization/OfficeoftheStateFireMarshal.aspx

       
MD SMOKE ALARM INFO

MD SMOKE ALARM INFO

NEW MD. SMOKE ALARM LAW



 

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GRILLING THIS WEEKEND??? A MUST READ FOR GRILLING FIRE SAFETY!!!

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.  

 

 



     


 
 
 

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