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.
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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
Monday, July 16, 2012
Around 1000 hours, we were dispatched for the Rescue and Tanker on the 40-6 box for an outside gas leak. Rescue Pumper 3 and Tanker 3 each made the response with 4. While enroute, Kent Dispatch advised that workers at the property had damaged an underground line and there was an active leak. With Galena units being the only units on the street, Asst Chief Duhamell (RP-3) requested an additional Engine and Tanker bringing QA Rescue Engine 7 and Tanker 5. Units arrived on scene and observed a vapor cloud evident. Crews investigated to find that the valve assembly had been broken off the top of an unknown size underground tank, containing and unknown amount of product. Two inch and three quarter hand lines were placed in service to mitigate the vapor. Tanker 6 and Ambulance 8 were requested, along with a representative from the gas company.
Once the gas company arrived, the situation was re-assessed and personnel were able to stop the leak using wooden plugs from Rescue Pumper 3. Units operated for about 2 hours. Asst Chief Duhamell had the Riverside Rd Command.
While cleaning up from the gas leak, we were dispatched for the Brush Truck and Tanker to assist Millington on a field fire. Each unit made the response with 2. Brush 3 helped to extinguish the advancing fire while Tanker 3 filled Tanker 2 and awaiting brush units. Units worked for about an hour. Lt Powell was OIC of Galena Units.
RP-3 AND T-6
T-3 and B-3
Friday, July 6, 2012
If anyone hasn't noticed, we are in for extreme heat for the weekend. Baltimore weather stations are forecasting temperatures of 101, 103 and 100 degrees for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, with a heat index of 110 degrees possible.
We urge anyone who has to be in the heat to do so safely. Extreme temperatures can have the greatest effect on the very young and the elderly. Keep an eye on your neighbors and family and dont forget about your pets.
We have attached some links with safety information and tips for managing the heat.
Friday, July 6, 2012
At 0824 we were dispatched for the Engine, Rescue Pumper and Tanker to assist Betterton with a reported structure fire. All three units made the response with 12 personnel. Tanker 5 and PM 1-7 arrived and confirmed heavy smoke in the residence, with food left on the stove. Rescue Pumper 3 was the first engine on scene, followed by Tower 6. Units checked for extension and ventilated the structure. Units cleared in about one hour. Asst Chief S. Duhamell was OIC of Galena units.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
On 7-5-2012 we were dispatched to assist Cecilton with a water rescue/boating accident in the Sassafras River near the Rt 213 bridge. Utility 3 and Boat 3 responded within one minute and upon arrival at the ramp were advised to check the east side of the bridge. Ambulance 3 was also later requested and staged at the ramp. Boat 3 located one Jet Ski partially submerged, in tow by a private vessel. All occupants were accounted for and no injuries were reported. Boat 3 cleared in less than one hour.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
At 1000 hours, Tanker 3 was dispatched to assist Cecilton with a Field Fire on NorthBound Rt 301 at the 122 mile marker. Tanker 3 responded within a minute with 2 and upon arrival was put in the filed to utilize pump-and-roll capabilities to start hitting the perimeter of a large field fire. Brush 3 was requested and made the response along with addition units from 3 counties. Command 3 and Utility 3 also responded with additional manpower. Units worked for about one hour.
Engine 3 in quarters at QA Station 4
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Just after 1200 hours, we were dispatched for the Brush truck to transfer to QA Station 9 / United Communities. Their units had been operating on a large bruch fire since 0600. Brush 3 responded with 2 at which time Engine 3 was also requested to transfer. Engine 3 transferred to station 4/Goodwill where they remained for nine hours, handling 2 medical assists. Brush 3 reported to staging, then was assigned to assist with the suppression operation pumping numerous handlines for several hours. Brush 3 operated for a total of seven hours
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