2017 Administrative Officers Announced

On December 1, we held our annual Election of Officers. Below are the announced 2017 Administrative Officers. The Directors also appointed Ethel Duhamell to hold the interim position of EMS Administrator. Congratulations and good luck to the 2017 Officers.

New Addition to the Fleet

After many months of waiting and speculation, we can put the rumors to rest. On November 28, Chief Duhamell, Asst Chief D. Piasecki and Chief Engineer J. Duhamell made the trip to BWI Airport Fire and Rescue Department to pick up the future Tower 3. BWI FRD has received a new Pierce Tower and was no longer in need of their old one. Through many months of planning and hard work, The Galena Vol. Fire Company has secured the truck and it will soon be serving the citizens of Galena and the surrounding areas.

The truck is a 2002 E-One HP-95 Rear Mount Platform. It has a 95 foot aerial and has a pre-piped waterway. The platform has a 1300 pound tip-load and the master stream monitor is capable of flowing 1500 gallons per minute. Its is powered by a 450 horsepower Cummins Diesel engine and has seating for six firefighters.

We have already begun extensive training and we have a lot of work to do. Lettering and tool mounting will be taking place over the next several weeks and we are aiming to have the Tower in service by February 1. There is no doubt you will see the truck out and about while our members continue to train. PLEASE, stop by and check it out.

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Cecil County Box 104 - Large Outside Fire

Date: September 7, 2016

At 0945 hours, we were dispatched to assist Cecil County with a large outside fire. Their units had been dispatched to a brush fire and upon arrival located approximately 2000 bales of straw on fire. Assistant Chief Reamy requested the box be filled bringing Tanker 3 as well as other mutual aid units. Tanker 3 made the response and shuttled numerous loads of water. Mutual aid units included equipment from Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's and New Castle (DE) Counties. Due to all of the tankers from our area being committed, Goldsboro Fire Co Tanker 706 transferred to our station. Photos by Nevin Steffy.

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Assist Rock Hall VFC with Boat Fire

Date: August 31, 2016

On Aug 31, 2016, we were dispatched to assist the Rock Hall VFC with a boat fire at Osprey Point Marina in Rock Hall. Boat 3 made the response and once on scene assisted Rock Hall and Chestertown units along with Boats from the Kent and Queen Anne's Rescue Squad, Kent Island Fire Co. and the Annapolis Fire Department with extinguishing the 50+ foot boat. Boat 3 operated for about 3 hours. Photos from several Facebook followers.

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Assist Middletown, Delaware with Structure Fire

Date: August 28, 2016

On August 28, we were dispatched to transfer Engine 3 to New Castle County, DE Station 27 Middletown while their units operated at a multi-residential structure fire. Minutes after arriving at Station 27, Engine 3 was called to the scene to assist with overhaul of the structure. Engine 3 operated for about 3 hours. Photos from Delaware Online.

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Assist Clayton, Delaware with Large Brush Fire

Date / Time: April 26, 2016 / 1300 Hours

Just after 1300 hours, Galena VFC was dispatched for the Engine and Brush Unit to assist Kent County, DE Station 45 (Clayton) with a large outside fire on Saw Mill Rd. Engine 3 and Brush 3 made the response as well as Tanker 3 and Utility 3 which were requested shortly after. Engine 3 dropped one load of water and their crew at the main staging area and Brush 3 went to work assisting the crew already on scene. The tanker was placed in service as the main supply unit for the scene supplying multiple lines into the wooded area. Brush 3 and the GVFC personnel were then re-assigned to the "East Sector" where units coordinated to set up an operation to stop the advancing fire from a nearby adjacent property. Our Crews worked for over four hours with personnel and equipment ranging from Port Penn to Bowers as well as Kent and Queen Anne's County Maryland. Thanks to Hacks Point Tanker 9 for transferring to our station.Photos by N. Steffy.

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2016 Officers Take Office

At 1200 hours on December 31, 2015, The officers for the 2016 calendar year officially took over. We wish everyone the best of luck in the new year.

2016 Officers

Assist Kennedyville VFC with MVC

Date / Time: December 12, 2015 / 0717 Hours

Galena VFC was dispatched to assist Kennedyville VFC with a MVC on Rt 213 at Rt 298. Rescue Pumper 3 and Paramedic 3 made the response. Station 4 units arrived to find two vehicles head-on just south of Rt 298. The rescue crew secured one of the vehicles and Paramedic 3 transported one patient to Christiana Hospital. Betterton VFC Ambulance 5 transported one patient to Chester River.

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MVC with Rollover

Date / Time: December 8, 2015 / 1118 Hours

At 1118 hours we were dispatched along with Crumpton VFC for a MVC with rollover and entrapment on Locust Grove Rd near Angelica Nurseries. Rescue Pumper 3 and Ambulance 3 made the response along with Crumpton units who were clearing a call nearby. Crumpton units arrived first to find a tractor trailer overturned with rescue and a significant fuel leak. An additional rescue was dispatched to assist bringing Community Fire Company Of Millington,Md Rescue 2 to the scene. Crews stabilized the truck with cribbing, rescue struts and airbags and then used hydraulic rescue tools to free the trapped driver. Personnel from Ambulance 3, Kent EMS and MSP Trooper 6 tended to the patient who was taken by Trooper 6 to Christiana Hospital. Chestertown Engine 6 handed the LZ and MDE Emergency response arrived at the scene and pumped off the remaining fuel from the truck ( over 150 gallons ). Unfortunately, thousands of chickens perished at the scene.

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Annual Election of Officers

At our annual election of officers held December 3, 2016, the following personnel were elected to be the 2016 Officers of the Galena Vol. Fire Co. We congratulate each of the newly elected officers and wish them good luck in the new year.

President – Jeff Haley

Vice President – Jack Duhamell

Secretary – Kathy Bartholomew

Treasurer – Ethel Duhamell

Fire Chief – Scott Duhamell

EMS Chief – Lori Duhamell

Director – Jeff Dwyer

Director – Doug Uhl

Director – Ray Long

Director – Tyler Bisbee

Director – Richard Koch

Assist Kennedyville VFC with a Tractor Fire

Date: November 24, 2015

Engine 3 and Tanker 3 assisted Kennedyville Vfc on a working tractor fire with exposure to a building. There was minimal damage to the building. The tractor was a complete loss.

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Farm Vehicle Fire

Date / Time: October 27, 2015 / 1137 Hours

On October 27, 2015 at 1134 hours, we were alerted along with mutual aid companies for a farm vehicle fire located in a field on Bolton, Rd., Kennedyville, MD. Rescue Pumper 3 arrived to find a bulldozer fully involved. the crew from Rescue Pumper 3 quickly knocked the fire down and command scaled the incident back.

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