Sep
18
2014

Assist on Commercial Building Fire

photo 2 (2)photo 1 (2)photo (2)At 1813 hours Rescue Pumper 3 was dispatched as part of the first alarm assignment for a working building fire on Worton Rd in the 60-7 box area.  Rescue Pumper 3 responded with 6 and units were advised that Kent Dispatch was receiving multiple calls  advising of a working fire.  Rescue Pumper 3 arrived as the second suppression unit and secured the hydrant which Engine 67 laid in from.  The crew initially staged as a full assessment was done by the crew of Engine 67 and then were sent to the roof to begin opening up.  QA Tower Ladder 5, QA Quint 6, Truck 7, and Cecil Truck one were utilized to get personnel to the roof and crew worked to open the roof and eves from the top and the ceiling from below.  The fire was contained to a filter system and the roof area.  Units worked for over three hours before clearing.  Chief six had the Worton Rd Command and Asst Chief S. Duhamell was OIC of Galena Units.

Sep
8
2014

First Annual Fallfest

leaf    We will be having our first annual Fallfest on October 18th, 2014 at the Galena Volunteer Fire Company.  We will have rides, games for all ages, lots of food including wings, burgers, fries, pulled pork, funnel cakes and cash bar.  There will be raffles, giveaways, equipment displays and demonstrations and an ice cream eating contest featuring some local government officials.  The event will be from 1PM to 8PM.  Complete schedule will be posted soon.  See you there!

Aug
21
2014

Annual Crab Feast

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Monday, July 28, 2014 Our annual all-you-can-eat crab feast will be held this year on August 9, 2014 from 2:00 to 6:00 PM. The dinner includes freshly steamed local Maryland Blue Crabs, corn on the cob, hot dogs, hamburgers and desserts. Cash bar is available and a “bottomless beer cup” will also be available.

Advance ticket sales ONLY!! Tickets will NOT be available to purchase at the door. Get your tickets by calling EMS Chief Rick Koch at 443-907-1125 or by emailing galenapresident@gmail.com.

Thanks for your support and make sure to follow us on Facebook!!

Jun
23
2014

Impressive Showing at MSFA Parade in Ocean City

Monday, June 23, 2014  After several weeks of very hard work by our dedicated members, we made the 100 mile trip to Ocean City for the Annual Maryland State Fireman’s Association Parade.  We decided to take a step back from the seriousness and show everyone that we can have a good time.  Instead of our normal Class “A” uniforms, we dressed in matching Hawaiian Shirts and Khakis, straw hats, and a few of us even sported a coconut bra and grass skirt.  We won the first place Judges award, first place for best appearing brush truck, first place for best appearing Rescue Pumper, third place for best appearing marching unit, third place for best appearing emergency services unit (covers command units, utilities and boats) and an honorable mention for Engine – 1500 GPM.  The awards were great, but most of all we had a great time and had a huge boost in morale.  Special thanks to the Volunteer Hose Company of Middletown, DE for covering our station while we were gone. (Photos by Nevin Steffy)

Marchers

Marchers

Asst Chief Duhamell, FF/EMT L. Duhamell and "Bigi"

Asst Chief Duhamell, FF/EMT L. Duhamell and “Bigi”

Command 3

Command 3

 Ambulance 3

Ambulance 3

 Brush 3

Brush 3

Command 3 and Fire Boat 3

Command 3 and Fire Boat 3

Rescue Pumper 3

Rescue Pumper 3

Lt Bisbee

Lt Bisbee

Engine 3

Engine 3

Tanker 3

Tanker 3

May
25
2014

Boat Fire – Sassafras River

Sunday, May 25, 2014 Just after 1830, we were dispatched to assist Cecil County with a Boat Fire in the Sassafras River, off of Skipjack Marina. Utility 3 and Boat 3 responded within 3 minutes and as units crossed the Sassafras River Bridge, smoke was visible coming from the vessel, west of the bridge. Boat 3 was the first unit to arrive and found a 40 foot powerboat with smoke showing. Upon investigating, a fire in the engine room had been extinguished by the on-board extinguishing system. The crew from Boat 3 and Cecil Boat 1 checked for extension, while the boat was towed into Skipjack Marina. Engine 3 was requested and once the vessel was secured, crews further investigated. The scene was turned over to the United States Coast Guard.

Photos by Nevin Steffy

Boat 3

Boat 3

Cecil Boat 1

Cecil Boat 1

USCG

USCG

May
24
2014

Welcome Summer

Saturday, May 24, 2014 We would like to wish all of our followers a Happy Memorial Day and welcome to the “unofficial” start of summer. Please take a moment to remember what Memorial day is for and don’t forget all of our military who will not be spending the holiday with their families. Many of the people if our area enjoy activities on the Sassafras River, Chesapeake bay and their many tributaries. While the number of boating related injuries and deaths in our area is relatively low, we would like to take a minute to show you a few facts. According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, of all of the deaths on Maryland waterways, nearly 90% of the victims were NOT WEARING A LIFE JACKET. Below, we have added the child life jacket law for Maryland, directed from the Maryland DNR website. ***NOTICE TO BOATERS*** EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 13, IN A BOAT LESS THAN 21 FEET IN LENGTH, WHILE UNDERWAY, MUST WEAR A COAST GUARD APPROVED LIFE JACKET. Effective April 1, 2010, Maryland law states that all children under the age of 13 must WEAR a United States Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (life jacket – Type I, II, III or V) while underway on a recreational vessel under 21 feet in length on Maryland waters. Recreational vessel includes motorboats, sailboats, canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and any other device capable of being used for transportation on the water, when the vessel is being used for other than commercial purposes. The life jacket must be the proper size for the child and must be in good and serviceable condition. This requirement does not apply when: •A vessel is moored or anchored. •A child is below deck or in an enclosed cabin. Also a child under the age of 4 must wear a PFD which features additional safety precautions, as appropriate for an infant, toddler, or young child, so as to: •hold the child securely within the PFD, including a strap that is secured between the child’s legs to fasten together the front and back of the PFD; •maintain the buoyancy of the child, including an inflatable headrest or high collar; or •ensure the ready accessibility of the child from the vessel, including a web handle. This does not apply to a vessel that is moored or anchored or a child who is below deck or in an enclosed cabin.

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Apr
29
2014

Busy Monday

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 After a VERY slow week, we had a pretty busy Monday. Things started with an assist to Millington for an overturned vehicle on Rt 299 in Massey. Rescue Pumper 3 and Ambulance 3 responded and cleared a short time later. (Photo by Nevin Steffy)

Several hours later, we were alerted for a Rescue assist for a RIT assignment on a working structure fire in neighboring Townsend, DE Rescue Pumper 3 made the response as Station 26 units arrived with a working house trailer fire. Rescue Pumper 3 was staged at Station 26, then later responded to the scene to assist with overhaul. (Photos by Captain Powell and from The Middletown Transcript)

Just after the rescue returned, Millington Fire Co was dispatched for an outside fire. While enroute, units were advised that the fire was threatening a structure and the box was upgraded. Prior to our units responding, the bow was then downgraded and Brush 3 made the response to assist. The day was wrapped up with a medical run in which Ambulance 3 responded.

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Feb
9
2014

Engine 3 Placed in Service

Sunday, February 9, 2014 Today at about 1300 hours, Chief Powell placed the new Engine 3 in service. Engine 3 is a 2014 Pierce Dash CF PUC dual purpose pumper with Tak-4 suspension and side roll protection. It is powered by a 450 horsepower ISL9 motor hooked to a Allison automatic transmission. It has a 1500 gpm pump, 950 gallon water tank and a Husky 12 foam system with a 50 gallon multipurpose foam tank. A 10kw Harrison hydraulic generator powers 2 mounted cord reels, a Hurst rescue tool system with spreaders, o-cutters, Maverick combo tool and two rams along with a Wil-Burt light tower. SCBA seating for 6 along with 6 pre-connected attack lines and 1000 foot of 5 inch supply line. In the cab is an assortment of BLS medical supplies as well as a multi-gas detector, combustible gas detector, Scott Thermal Imager and an assortment of hand tools mounted for easy access. On the outside is a complete Whelen emergency light package, Powercall electronic siren, Federal Q2B siren and LED scene lighting. All of the tool mounting was performed by Atlantic emergency Solutions This unit is a result of many months of work by the Apparatus committee and countless of hours of training have been spent getting the unit in service. Engine 3 has meets the Kent County Chiefs Association Standards for Squad and Engine and the NFPA and MSFA standards for Engine.

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Jan
14
2014

Engine 3 Retired

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014 This evening, Chief Powell made the trip to BWI Airport to pick up a driver sent by the new owner of the 1995 E-One Engine which has been replaced by our 2014 Pierce Engine. It left here at about 2100 hours for the long road trip to Missouri.

The E-One was placed in service in March of 1995 at a cost of $162,000 and was the first mid-mount pump, fully enclonsed cab Engine placed in service by the Galena Fire Company. It served as our first run unit from 1995-1999 until the Current Saulsbury Rescue Pumper 3 was placed in service. At that time, It still ran first due on all mutual aid runs, and ran second due on all first due calls. The Engine remained mostly unchanged for most of its life, except for a cab interior upgrade in which the front bench seat was changed to a set up of a SCBA seat for driver and officer with a map box / compartment between.

During its lifetime with us, Engine 3 ran numerous significant fires in Kent , Cecil Queen Annes, and New Castle Counties. The Engine served Galena and the surrounding communities very well and we wish the new owners good luck in the future.

Jan
9
2014

Assist on Apartment Building Fire

Thursday, January 9, 2014 At 0055 hours, Rescue Pumper 3, Ambulance 3 and Engine 67 (running in place of Engine 3) were dispatched to a structure fire at 207 Main St., Betterton. Rescue Pumper 3 made the response in 3 minutes with 8 personnel followed by Ambulance 3 and Engine 67 with 4. Station 5 fire police were first on scene reporting a 3+ story wood frame, multi-family dwelling with fire on all floors of the Charlie side.

Rescue Pumper 3 arrived just after Engine 53 (Betterton) and Rescue Pumper 4 (Kennedyville) and split their crew. One crew made an initial interior attack while a second crew advanced another line for exposure protection. Rapid deterioration of fire conditions on the second floor forced command to sound an evacuation tone just minutes after entry was made at which time and a defensive attack was made by Tower 6 (Chestertown), Truck 7 (Rock Hall), and Queen Anne’s Quint 6 (Sudlersville). Suppression efforts were hampered by serious water problems from town hydrants at which time a dump tank and drafting operation was established to supply the scene. Units from Kent, Cecil, Queen Anne’s. Caroline, Talbot, and Kent and New Castle Counties in Delaware were involved either in response to the scene or station transfers.

Rescue Pumper 3 remained on scene to assist with overhaul and finally cleared from the scene more than eleven hours later.

Photos by Nevin Steffy.

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