TODAY IS THE DAY !!!!! FOOD TRUCK THURSDAYS RETURN TO FALLSTON!!!!!
Triple J Food Co.
BricknFire Pizza Company-Mobile
410 Empanadas, LLC
Boss Burger llc
The Sweet Greek Grill
JD’s House of Bacon
Miss Twist Ice Cream
TODAY IS THE DAY !!!!! FOOD TRUCK THURSDAYS RETURN TO FALLSTON!!!!!
On January 4, 2021 the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company held the annual Election of Operational and Administrative Officers. In order to be eligible to be elected to an operational position members must have met training requirements set forth by the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association as well as additional requirements as a FVFAC member. Administrative officers must meet FVFAC requirements for their respective position. Positions that are not filled through the election process may be filled by appointments carried out by the Board of Directors (for Chief Officers and Board members) and/or Senior Level Officers (for remaining positions).
For 2021 the Operational Officers of the FVFAC are:
The 2021 Administrative Officers of the FVFAC are:
Congratulations to all of the elected and appointed 2021 FVFAC Officers!
BE VIGILANT OF FIRE SAFETY AS WE SETTLE INTO THE WINTER SEASON AND ENJOY UPCOMING HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES SAFELY
The Fallston VFAC and State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci want to remind everyone to check for fire safety within their homes as well as where they work. “Fire and life safety is everyone’s responsibility. By testing smoke alarms and CO detectors, keeping exits clear of obstructions, and maintaining fire alarms and fire sprinkler systems, we can all avoid injury or death from the effects of fire,” stated the State Fire Marshal.
To ensure your best chances of surviving a fire not only during the Holidays but every day, the State Fire Marshal offers the following tips on both escaping a fire and preventing one to begin with.
These tips will help you to ensure a safe and fire free Holiday season. For more information contact your local fire department or go to
Shortly before midnight on Tuesday December 15, 2020 the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co., along with other area Volunteer fire Companies were alerted to assist the Jarrettsville VFC for a reported dwelling fire in the 3400 block of Widows Care in the Quiet Inheritance development. First arriving units reported the dwelling to be fully involved. Personnel quickly determined that all occupants were safely out of the structure and a defensive firefighting operation was initiated. Additional large capacity tankers were requested to the scene as this area is not served by public water and fire hydrants. One firefighter was reported to have suffered a hand injury while involved in the rural water operation, no other injuries were reported. Investigators from the Office of Maryland State Fire Marshal were also requested to determine the cause and origin of the fire. As of this time the fire cause was preliminarily determined to be accidental due to discarded ashes. The OSFM reports that “A family member initially heard a noise and later observed a fire in the area of rear porch and rapidly spreading upwards on the side of the home. A family of five and two dogs were able to safely evacuate the home and call 911.”
The fire was declared under control in approximately 90 minutes with apparatus remaining on scene until 0315 hours. The property loss was estimated to be $600,000 including contends of the structure.
The FVFAC and the OSFM urge homeowners to remember that you should …”Treat ALL ashes and coals as ashes, even when you think they had time enough to cool. Take care to dispose of them wisely. Your house, deck or garage are unsafe locations for storing ashes while they cool and have been the site of many recent and devastating fires both locally and nationally. Store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep it outside and at least 10 feet from your home or nearby buildings. The FVFAC and the Office of the State Fire Marshal recommend the following:
Please be sure to practice these procedures and pass this information on to family and friends who may have fireplaces, woodstoves, or other devices that generate ashes!
FVFAC units on this call included Engine 1312, Tanker 1321, Truck 1331, and Chief Officers.
photo credits FVFAC members and JVFC.
Rural Water operations using 2 “Port-A-Ponds” Cleaning and checking equipment after the fire
We began our 2020 Santa visits through the FVFAC district last night. The weather curtailed Santa’s travels so we will be making up some ground this evening!
Please watch our Facebook page for updates and tracking Santa’s progress through our area. Remember that this year we are not able to access every dead end street, court, etc. and therefore we ask that you assemble at an intersection that we can drive through to see Santa and Mrs. Claus!!! Please follow Santa’s progress through the Glympse App link on our Facebook page.
And of course…Social distancing and masks are the order of the day….err, evening! Happy Holidays!!!!
photo credit Dave Smith, FVFAC
DECEMBER 3, 2020—UPDATE!!!!
It is the most magical time of year for our members to bring joy to our community. Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves, and reindeer made the journey to
The Officers and Members of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. along with the Maryland State Fire Marshal want you to follow these guidelines to keep you, your family, and friends safe this Thanksgiving holiday.
The kitchen is the heart of every home during the holiday seasons. Fire and Life Safety must be the first recipe to follow when preparing the family feasts. On Thanksgiving Day a lot of activities are occurring with friends and family in the home. “Holidays are a time of celebration. Please follow these simple guidelines to ensure a fire safe Thanksgiving Day meal,” states Maryland State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci.
· Make sure your smoke alarms are working properly by testing them NOW. Additionally, ensure that 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 three foot, “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 also be involved with preparations with recipes that can be made outside of the kitchen area. Just in case, be sure you turn handles inward on the stove and countertop to avoid spills.
· 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, and then 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.
. Maintain a three foot safety zone around any portable heating device. Keep the zone free of combustible materials, and block children and pets from getting to close.
· 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 well away from structures and combustibles. (Link to turkey fryer safety video)
· 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 result in 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 (ABC) 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!
Watch for important safety and community messages on the FVFAC Facebook page!
If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, keep track of your symptoms and contact your healthcare provider (primary care physician, etc.).
If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, follow the steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.
Stay home except to get medical care..
When to seek emergency medical attention..
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
If You Call 911 : Notify the 911 call taker that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
EMS providers will be protecting themselves as well as our patients when responding to calls during the pandemic. Our personnel will be utilizing various levels of personal protective equipment, limiting the number of crew members entering a room, building and/or interacting with patients, and performing additional patient assessments on scene to determine the best course of treatment and care for each patient that we encounter. This may include determining if the patient’s primary care or other physician has previously been contacted concerning the patient’s current symptoms.
If transported to a hospital, Covid 19 positive patients will likely experience a delay in entering the hospital due to protocols in place which require these patients to be delivered by our crews directly to an Emergency Department (E.D.) or other room rather than waiting in the E.D. corridor for a room assignment. Our EMS crews have been experiencing delays at the E.D. of up to 30 minutes during this process. In addition, due to area hospitals experiencing high patient volumes, it is possible that you may not be transported to the nearest hospital at any given time.
Transport to a hospital by EMS alone DOES NOT determine how quickly a patient is seen in the E.D.!!!
During the recent uptick in Covid 19 cases, along with seasonal health issues, area hospitals have been placed on various levels of alerts which determine which hospitals our ambulances can transport patients to at times. In the week beginning Monday November 9, 2020 through today Saturday November 14, 2020 area hospitals have recorded the following alert periods which determine the destination hospital we must select.
Hospital Yellow Alert Red Alert Re-Route
Harford County will award local Volunteer Fire and EMS Companies grants totaling $2 million to help pay their expenses due to COVID-19.
Funded by the federal CARES Act, the grants will be distributed to the twelve Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association member organizations in accordance with the Association’s established funding formulas. CARES Act money must be used for COVID-related costs and must be expended by December 30, 2020.
“Our Volunteer (Fire and EMS) Companies are on the front lines of Fire and EMS services in Harford County,” County Executive Barry Glassman said. “We know they have costs due to the pandemic and these funds will help them continue providing high quality emergency services to our community.”
Chris Gibbons, President of the FVFAC stated “The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company greatly appreciates Harford County Government’s granting of this funding source to assist with our expenses related to planning, preparation, and response due to the Covid 19 pandemic.”
For more information, contact:
Director of Governmental & Community Relations
The Officers and Members of the FVFAC along with State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci are urging everyone 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 unsafe carbon monoxide levels, the State Fire Marshal says the beginning and end of Daylight Savings Time is an excellent 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 Maryland law became effective on July 1, 2013, involving “battery only” 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 alarm’s 10-year life.
The law also requires homeowners to ensure they have a smoke alarm installed on each floor and outside sleeping areas, per National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommendations. It is recommended to place them in each bedroom as well.
If your property is protected with 120-volt electric smoke alarms, they 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.
Along with working smoke alarms and CO detectors, Home Escape Plans are another way Marylanders 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 about the danger of hazardous situations and the importance of recognizing that a smoke alarm or CO detector’s sound 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 State Fire Marshal Geraci.
Also, please remember to keep doors closed while sleeping in case a fire occurs inside your home. A closed-door will allow more time to escape or be rescued by blocking smoke, toxic gases, heat, and flames from entering your room. If making your escape from a burning building, close doors as you leave to stop additional oxygen from entering and enhancing the fire’s growth.
The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co., along with the Office of the State Fire Marshal and NFPA offer the following information to help insure that you have a fire safe Halloween this year!
As parents and caregivers continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, Halloween is still one of the most exciting nights of the year. This year’s festivities will look a little different and call for creative alternatives that are both fun and follow local COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations. But regardless of how you choose to celebrate this Halloween, State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci recommends 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”.
State Fire Marshal Geraci provides these sensible Halloween Fire & Life 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 or glow sticks 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 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 attending parties at others’ homes to locate the exits and plan how they would get out if an emergency occurred.
· 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.
State Fire Marshal Geraci 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 very effective fire safety tools in preventing injury or death from fire and carbon monoxide”
As the days get shorter and the temperatures begin to drop, we depend on multiple heating sources to stay warm inside our homes. The FVFAC along with State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci want to provide the following life safety and home saving heating safety tips. “Elements of heating resources continue to be a significant factor in home fires in Maryland,” according to the Fire Marshal. “Following these guidelines, we can work together to reduce the number of residential fires.”
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.
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The second vehicle recently placed in service is a 2020 Chevy Tahoe that will be designated as Car 1301 and assigned to Deputy Chief 13 at this time. Car 1301 will serve the Greater Fallston community as one of our command units, and is equipped with the latest technology in emergency lighting for traffic warning and visual lighting requirements. This vehicle is also equipped with Active Assailant Response Kits , Basic Life Support EMS equipment including an AED. The unit is also equipped with 5G mobile network data capabilities and WiFi to assist with connectivity during wilderness rescues/medical calls as well as providing the ability to utilize GPS and mapping software to assist in locating patients and missing persons. This vehicle was acquired in a manner consistent with the FVFAC vehicle replacement program. The previous Deputy Chief 13 vehicle was re-assigned and another vehicle was surplused based on age, mileage, and/or maintenance needs.
The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance company continues to support our local community as well as neighbouring counties when requested and whenever possible. We have been actively participating in small community drive by’s on numerous occasions including but not limited to birthday celebrations, graduations, and patriotic events. If you have a request please email Pio@fvfac.org
As with any requests, we cannot make any guarantees. The health, safety, and well being of our community comes first and will not be compromised.
For all of our drive by’s and events we will observe the following precautions in addition to our continual safe practices:
– Social distancing 6’
– Enhanced cleaning to equipment and facilities including high traffic areas and door handles
– Additional personal protective equipment including masks
– Limited crew members on those drive by’s that are NOT responding to an emergency call
– Hand washing requirements increased and state guidelines observed
Thank you to all members who make this possible, and thank you to our community for the support and donations.