Monday, January 21, 2013
Since we are projected to see the first real dose of winter in our area in the upcoming weeks, we would like to give you some information on winter fire safety in your home. The following information is from the US Fire Administration and FEMA. Taking some of these simple steps may save your property or even your life.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Our website is due to be redesigned soon. We are looking for some input on what you would like to see different or what would make the site easier to use or more helpful. Please send us your input via email to Asst Chief Scott Duhamell - firstname.lastname@example.org, Chief Chris Powell - email@example.com, EMS Chief George Bartholomew - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks again for your support.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
The dates for the Ham and Oyster Dinners, Wing Dinners, Fish Dinners, and Breakfasts have been published. We have attached the flyers in "Word" format, so feel free to print and share with your friends. (click on the picture of the flyer below this article)
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Just after 1300 hours, we were dispatched along with
Millington, and Hacks Point to assist Cecilton with a working structure fire on
Budds Landing Rd. Engine 3 (with 4) and
Tanker 3 (with 2) each made the response.
As Engine 3 crossed into Cecil County, a large column of black smoke was
visible and Deputy 1/Dixon arrived with fire through the roof of a large 1
story house. Engine 3 arrived as the
second-in engine and picked up the 5 inch supply line laid by Rescue 1. The crew manned an attack line from Rescue 1
and began to attack the fire from the Alpha side. As structural conditions became unsafe, the
ladder pipe from Truck 1 was placed into service.
Units operated for about 4 hours. Deputy Chief Rodney was OIC of Galena
units. Thanks to Crumpton for the
transfer. Photos by Nevin Steffy
Engine Crew - Alpha Side
Friday, December 21, 2012
At 2303 hours, we were dispatched for the Engine and Tanker to assist Cecilton with a house fire on New Cut Rd. Engine 3 (with 4) and Tanker 3 (with 2) made the response. Rescue 1 arrived with fire in the walls as a result of a faulty fireplace Engine 3's crew was assigned to assist with checking for extension on the first floor and overhaul. Units worked for about 2 hours. Asst. Chief Duhamell was OIC of Galena Units
Just after returning, the Engine (with 4) and Tanker (with 3) made the response to assist Sudlersville with a large outside fire. Engine 3 picked up the supply line to Quint 6 before operations were reduced to handlines, and Tanker 3 shuttled several loads of water. Units worked for about 4 hours. Captain Piasecki was OIC of Galena Units
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that there is an estimated annual average of 210 home structure fires that begin with Christmas trees. Based on data from 2002 through 2005, these fires caused an average of 24 civilian deaths, 27 civilian injuries, and $13.3 million in direct property damage per year .
Properly maintaining a cut Christmas tree is important to retaining a high moisture content in the needles of the tree to limit accidental ignition and prevent rapid flame spread. A tree which has dry needles can readily ignite with a flaming source and generate heat release rates that are capable of causing flashover in residential scale rooms.
Fires involving holiday lights or other decorative lighting with line voltage
Holiday lights and other decorative lighting with line voltage were involved in an estimated average of 160 home structure fires per year in this same period. These fires caused an average of nine civilian deaths, 13 civilian injuries, and $9.0 million in direct property damage per year. Almost half (45%) occurred in December and 12% were in January. Seventeen percent of these fires began with Christmas trees. Electrical failures or malfunctions were factors in two-thirds (69%) of the fires involving holiday or decorative lights.
Falls related to holiday decorating
In a study of fall-related injuries during the holiday season, it is estimated that an annual average of roughly 5,800 fall injuries related to holiday decorating were treated at hospital emergency rooms between November 1 and January 31 in 2000-2001, 2001-2002, and 2002-2003. Sixty-two percent of those injured were between 20 and 49 years of age, compared to 43% of the population in this age group. With 43% of the injuries resulting from falls from ladders and 13% caused by falls from the roof, it appears that the majority of these falls occurred during outdoor decorating. Falls from furniture, typically inside the structure, accounted for 11% of the injuries. Some falls occurred when people tripped over or slipped on tree skirts or other decorations.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The members of the Galena Volunteer Fire Company held the annual election of officers after the regular Company meeting on December 6, 2012.
President Rick Koch returns to office along with Vice President Jack Duhamell, Secretary Ray Long and Treasurer Ethel Duhamell.
Fire Chief Chris Powell and EMS Chief George Bartholomew ran unopposed and will return in 2013.
The incoming Directors for 2013 include Jeff Dwyer, Jeff Haley, Scott Duhamell, Barry Treftz and Bert Piasecki.
President Koch asked all members to review the posted list of committees and consider signing up.
All the newly elected officers assume their posts at 1200 hours on December 31st.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
On the morning of 10-19-2012, we were dispatched to assist on the the 40-8 Rescue Box. Rescue Pumper 3 made the response with 7 and was the first unit to arrive. The crew investigated a single vehicle off the roadway, which was found to be a PD incident only. Asst. Chief S. Duhamell was the OIC
Just after returning to the station, We were dispatched to assist the Volunteer Hose Co. of MIddletown with the Tanker. Chief Bailey (NCCD 27) was on scene with fire showing from a residential structure. Tanker 3 responded with 2 (Lt. P. Berlen) and operated for a short time before returning.
Photos from www.ofc424.com
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Just before 1800 hours, we were dispatched for the MVC involving an overturned tractor trailer on Rt 299 at Rt 290. Rescue Pumper 3 was the first unit to arrive and located an tractor trailer on its side with its cargo (Rum) on the roadway. The truck had broken off a utility pole causing power wires to hang across the roadway. The driver refused treatment from PM 1-1 and EMS 3-1 and the crews from Rescue Pumper 3 and Engine 3 mitigated an oil spill and small fuel leak. Units cleared in about 30 minutes and fire police assisted MSP with traffic control. Asst. Chief S. Duhamell had the Rt 299 Command
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