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MULTI-ACRE WOODS FIRE IN FALLSTON

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



 

341 Box Dwelling Fire-Locust Ln

Sunday, March 3, 2013 23:08 Late Sunday night The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company was alerted to assist The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company with a Dwelling Fire in the 300 Blk of Locust Ln. Upon arrival of the first unit, a report of a well involved garage with extension to the rest of the rancher style home was given. Over 40 firefighters from different local agencies responded and worked to help control and extinguish the fire. The cause was determined to be a vehicle fire in the garage.


Units: E311, TW332, E315, E313, E1311, E1312, E814, E411, EBC482, R1351, DCH3, CH3-2, CH13,CH13-1, CH8-1


Photo By BAVFC.ORG


   


 

1305 Box MVA w/Rescue SRT152 & Connolly Road

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 20:30 Late Wednesday evening the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company was dispatched to a Motor Vehicle Accident with reports of entrapment at State Route 152 and Connolly Road. Upon the arrival of emergency personnel, It was confirmed that one person was trapped in one of the two vehicles that were involved. Crews from the Fallston and Bel Air Fire Companies worked diligently to rescue and attended to the patients on scene. Patients were transported to Baltimore area trauma centers and local hospitals.





Photos by: Chief William Rosenberg


     



 

WINTER HEATING AND HOME FIRE SAFETY

     As the temperatures have dropped, a rash of home fires has occurred throughout the region during this winter cold snap.  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 William E. Barnard are stressing the importance and value of insuring your safety by having chimneys and flues properly inspected.  “The warmth of a fireplace or woodstove in the home should be an enjoyable experience, however, all too often the proper inspection process is overlooked, which can lead to tragedy.  Citizens should take the necessary steps to ensure their safety by having chimneys properly inspected and maintained to protect themselves from the dangers of a home fire”, stated Barnard. 

 

            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.

·         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 Barnard.  Fallston residents who need smoke alarms replaced or have questions about the proper use of smoke alarms in their home should contact Captain Kevin Hartlove at 410-638-4890.

     
CHIMNEY RELATED FIRES CAN SPREAD RAPIDLY

CHIMNEY RELATED FIRES CAN SPREAD RAPIDLY

NEVER USE PLASTIC OR PAPER CONTAINERS FOR ASHES

NEVER USE PLASTIC OR PAPER CONTAINERS
      FOR ASHES



 

MARYLAND COMPTROLLER PETER FRANCHOT VISITS FVFAC

             The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company received a visit Wednesday from Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. Comptroller Franchot was in Harford County to recognize the efforts of volunteers in the educational community as well as in our public safety organization. First, the Comptroller stopped at Edgewood High School to present volunteer Tina Mike with the inaugural Golden Apple Award for Harford County. This new award program is designed to recognize outstanding volunteers, organizations and individuals within the Maryland public school system. Ms. Mike is being recognized for her work in providing and advocating for financial literacy education for Harford County students.

            Comptroller Franchot then travelled to the Youth’s Benefit Elementary School in Fallston, a top priority on the county’s Capital Improvement Program for school construction. Here, he toured the school and spoke with staff and school support groups to see firsthand the needs of the children in our community.
           Afterwards Franchot, accompanied by Harford County Sheriff Jesse Bane, Harford County Councilman Joe Woods, and council staff members stopped at the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company Carrs Mill Station to present a citation to the Fallston VFAC commemorating the fire and EMS company’s years of service to the community. The Comptroller met with members of the FVFAC, toured the station, and talked about the challenges of providing a volunteer emergency service in today’s society.
          The Officers and Members of FVFAC would like to say “THANK YOU” to Comptroller Franchot for taking the time to visit Harford County and to recognize the work and dedication of our VOLUNTEERS !

   


 
 

1361 Box MVA w/Rescue- Bel Air Rd

Vehicle after Extrication

Vehicle after Extrication

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 20:19 Late Wednesday evening, the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company was dispatched for a 10-50 with Rescue in the 2400 Block of Bel Air Road. The Maryland State Police were on scene providing Law Enforcement support and advised incoming fire and EMS units of a 2 vehicle collision  with one entrapment just in front of the "Texas Roadhouse/McDonald's" exit. Once on scene units found one out of the two vehicles involved with extensive damage to the driver's side causing entrapment.  Fire department personnel started to work diligently in getting the patient extricated. Within 13 minutes, the extrication was complete and the patient was transported to a local area hospital.


   


 
 
 

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