The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company

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You are protected by an all volunteer fire service and a combination paid/volunteer EMS service of 175 men and women. With nearly 8,000 fire and EMS emergency responses a year the BAVFC is not only the busiest volunteer company in Harford County but one of the busiest in Maryland. This amounts of approximately 22 fire and EMS emergency calls per day. The BAVFC operates 5 engines, 2 ladder towers, 1 rescue, 4 ALS transport units (medic units), 1 air cascade, 2 brush trucks, 1 aux service vehicle, and 6 utilities out of three fire stations strategically placed in their 80 square mile first due response district. All of the BAVFC fire officers have an average experience time in the fire service of 18 years. and they meet or greatly exceed the nationally recognized standards for fire officer training – some hold Fire Engineering and Fire Science degrees.

We are a combination emergency service organization located in Harford County, MD serving 125,000-150,000 persons avg on a daily basis.

Mission: The mission of the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company, Incorporated shall be the prevention and suppression of fire and the protection of life and property during such fires and emergencies as may occur in the Town of Bel Air and the surrounding communities.

BAVFC assisted Joppa Magnolia with the tower for an apartment fire on Eloise Lane in the 4am hour. RGPhoto: John Gallagh...
06/05/2019

BAVFC assisted Joppa Magnolia with the tower for an apartment fire on Eloise Lane in the 4am hour. RG

Photo: John Gallagher, BAVFC

6/1, 230p: The BAVFC and the Fallston VFAC worked this collision with double rescue at Rt 23 and Grafton Shop Rd. Extric...
06/01/2019

6/1, 230p: The BAVFC and the Fallston VFAC worked this collision with double rescue at Rt 23 and Grafton Shop Rd. Extrication took approximately 15 minutes. Two persons were transported for non life threatening injuries, one by aviation to a regional trauma center. RG

Photos: Mark Ensor, BAVFC (@ensor3 )

5/22: Two serious motor vehicle collisions kept personnel busy this morning between 0630 and 0830. The first was involvi...
05/22/2019

5/22: Two serious motor vehicle collisions kept personnel busy this morning between 0630 and 0830. The first was involving a motorcycle on Rt 24 at Osborne Parkway and the second was on Rt 924 and Moores Mill Rd involving a school bus. In that incident the driver of the passenger car had to be cut from the vehicle. It took approx 15 minutes to complete that task. All injuries non threatening taken to regional trauma centers by land. RG

Photos: Bill Wynne, BAVFC

What did you do before noon today? We did some hoseline training at Harford County Department of Emergency Services.  RG...
05/11/2019

What did you do before noon today? We did some hoseline training at Harford County Department of Emergency Services. RG

Photos: BAVFC

5/9: BAVFC crews with assistance from mutual aid partners from Harford and Baltimore Counties work a two alarm fire at W...
05/09/2019

5/9: BAVFC crews with assistance from mutual aid partners from Harford and Baltimore Counties work a two alarm fire at Weavers Autobody in the 700blk of Bel Air Rd. No injuries and the fire is under control at this time. RG

Photo: John Gallagher, BAVFC

5/6, 3p: One person was taken by land to a regional trauma center and one to a local hospital for non life threatening i...
05/06/2019

5/6, 3p: One person was taken by land to a regional trauma center and one to a local hospital for non life threatening injuries that occurred in this motor vehicle collision in the 1000blk of Prospect Mill Rd. There were an additional 5 refusals of EMS from the bus. HCSO investigating. RG

Photos: Bill Wynne, EVD BAVFC

4/27: A followup to our video here are some still shots from training today. It takes alot to be a great firefighter, th...
04/27/2019

4/27: A followup to our video here are some still shots from training today. It takes alot to be a great firefighter, the dedication, the desire and the consistency but also it is maintaining job knowledge, skills and abilities through training. New and innovative ways to learn and refresh on the basics are always good. RG

Photos: Gus Everhardt, LT BAVFC

04/27/2019
BAVFC Hose Line Advancement Training

4/27: Several hours were well spent at the BAVFC training access in Forest Hill this am. Approx 25 members worked on refining and learning hose line advancement and forcible entry skills. Many thanks to Harford County Department of Emergency Services director Eddie Hopkins for his assistance in helping Sgt Rob Parsons set up another excellent drill. #teamwork RG

Video: Gus Everhardt, LT BAVFC

4/26: So guess who an engine crew on driver training / area fam saw this morning at the Royal Farm Store? @1037wxcy morn...
04/26/2019

4/26: So guess who an engine crew on driver training / area fam saw this morning at the Royal Farm Store? @1037wxcy morning show! RG

Photo: Ricky Davis, Jr. Dep Chief BAVFC

4/24, 830a: The BAVFC  responded to the Upper Chesapeake campus for a single vehicle off the roadway. Crews found no inj...
04/24/2019

4/24, 830a: The BAVFC responded to the Upper Chesapeake campus for a single vehicle off the roadway. Crews found no injury but driver was unable to exit the vehicle due to its positioning both the curb and embankment. Quick stabilization with winch ops was set up and driver assisted out. RG

Photos: Mark Ensor, BAVFC @ensor3

4/14: The annual BAVFC banquet was held last evening. It is a time to honor those who give so much to the community. Thi...
04/14/2019

4/14: The annual BAVFC banquet was held last evening. It is a time to honor those who give so much to the community. This year's banquet was a bit different than years in the past as it introduced several new award categories. Lets introduce all the awards and the recipients.

Donald MacLean - 65 years of service award

Eddie Hopkins - 45 years of service award and Sheriff's Office Award (also #6 fire responder, 1,013 fire calls)

Mike Lochary - 45 years of service award

Valerie Kulis - 40 years of service award

Virginia Holloway - The Thomas Zecha Administrative Person of the Year

Scott McNutt - Fire Person of the Year (also #5 fire responder, 1,251 fire calls)

Jennifer Rill - EMS Person of the Year (#7 EMS responder, 128 EMS calls)

Steven Davis - Cadet of the Year (also #12 fire responder, 861 fire calls)

Charles May, III - Cadet of the Year (also #8 fire responder, 971 fire calls)

Andrea Ensor - Shirley MacLean Auxiliary Person of the Year

Kevin Kadolph - Unsung Hero 2019

Congratulations to all award winners!

Photos: John Gallagher, BAVFC

04/14/2019

Every considered becoming a volunteer Fire or EMS person and serving your community? Stop by the Main Station at 109 S. Hickory Ave in Bel Air and talk to one of members Today from 12:30 - 3:00.

4/18: Many thanks to fill in crews and units from @sudlersvillevfc, @abingdonfire and Whiteford VFC who provided coverag...
04/14/2019

4/18: Many thanks to fill in crews and units from @sudlersvillevfc, @abingdonfire and Whiteford VFC who provided coverage as BAVFC members attended their annual banquet and awards ceremony. Pics show units responding to an early evening multi patient motor vehicle collision on Rt 24 and Marketplace Dr. RG

Photos: Charlie Walls, BAVFC

4/12, 9a: Innovative ideas keeps personnel fresh with training. The objective for this this morning was on search/rescue...
04/13/2019

4/12, 9a: Innovative ideas keeps personnel fresh with training. The objective for this this morning was on search/rescue and air management issues that can be faced in the field. Firefighters pulled hand-lines to get their respiratory rate accelerated. They then bled their air supply to a quarter tank to simulate the drop that happens with work and then went thought a maze including confinement, entanglement and debris. RG

Photos Courtesy: BAVFC

4/6, 0800: Saturday kicked off fast as BAVFC and Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. crews worked this vehicle fir...
04/06/2019

4/6, 0800: Saturday kicked off fast as BAVFC and Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. crews worked this vehicle fire on North Tollgate Rd near Red Pump Road. RG

Photos: Mike Marino, BAVFC

4/1: BAVFC crews along with Joppa, Fallston and Kingsville worked this house fire in the 400blk East Broadway. No injuri...
04/01/2019

4/1: BAVFC crews along with Joppa, Fallston and Kingsville worked this house fire in the 400blk East Broadway. No injuries. Occupants who were home at time of the fire safely escaped. FM is investigating. RG

Photos: John Gallagher and Mark Ensor, BAVFC

Shoreline Emergency Vehicle Graphics just finished placing the website on all equipment. One of our best marketing tools...
04/01/2019

Shoreline Emergency Vehicle Graphics just finished placing the website on all equipment. One of our best marketing tools on our best branding tool! RG

Photos: Todd McKinney, BAVFC

As some know March is Women’s History Month. Many people don’t know that women have been an integral part of the BAV...
03/27/2019

As some know March is Women’s History Month. Many people don’t know that women have been an integral part of the BAVFC for many decades. They have held leading roles such as President of the company and Board of Directors, Assistant Chief – EMS, EMS Captain, EMS Lieutenant, Fire Captain, Auxiliary President and business officer management. Their administrative and operational leadership, innovation, job knowledge, skills, and abilities have enabled both other women and men to become better firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, line officers, and board members. These women have a blazed the emergency services trail, building a strong foundation and opening doors for other women in this male dominated occupation. We sincerely thank each and every women who has served, and currently serving, our company and the citizens it protects. RG #womenshistorymonth

Happy #marylandday Marylanders!
03/25/2019

Happy #marylandday Marylanders!

ARE YOU A EMT OR EMT P? LOOKING FOR SOLID EMPLOYMENT? GOOD SALARY? GOOD BENEFITS? WE MAY BE A MATCH! SEE MORE BELOW!The ...
03/24/2019

ARE YOU A EMT OR EMT P?

LOOKING FOR SOLID EMPLOYMENT?

GOOD SALARY?

GOOD BENEFITS?

WE MAY BE A MATCH! SEE MORE BELOW!

The BAVFC is currently accepting applications for BLS and ALS providers. To apply you must possess the following criteria:

21 years of age
National Registry EMT or EMT-P
Current CPR card
Valid drivers license
EVOC
ICS 100, 200, 700
Hazmat Operations
Have a minimum of 1 year as a active provider on a 911 ALS transport unit.
Resumes must contain the past 10 years of employment.

Those only meeting this criteria are asked to submit resumes via email to [email protected]

3/19, 3p: BAVFC sent one brush truck to assist Level VFC on a field fire near Asbury Rd and Edward's Land. Brush truck w...
03/19/2019

3/19, 3p: BAVFC sent one brush truck to assist Level VFC on a field fire near Asbury Rd and Edward's Land. Brush truck worked for approx 30 min assisting in extinguishing 2 acres. RG

Photos: Bill Snyder, Asst Chief BAVFC

3/18: BAVFC and mutual aid crews worked this chimney fire in the 2400blk of Rocks Rd. No injuries. Units cleared within ...
03/19/2019

3/18: BAVFC and mutual aid crews worked this chimney fire in the 2400blk of Rocks Rd. No injuries. Units cleared within the hour. RG

Photos: Mark Ensor, BAVFC

"The BAVFC is currently accepting resumes for ALS providers. Newly worked competitive compensation packages including be...
03/15/2019

"The BAVFC is currently accepting resumes for ALS providers. Newly worked competitive compensation packages including benefits. If you possess the following qualifications you are invited to submit your resume only to [email protected].

1. 21 years of age
2. National Registry EMT-I or EMT-P
3. Current CPR card
4. Valid drivers license
5. EVOC
6. ICS 100, 200, 700
7. Hazmat Operations
8. Have a minimum of 1 year as a active provider on a 911 ALS transport unit.
9. Resumes must contain the past 10 years of employment.
"

3/10: Both experienced and probie firefighters trained on their vehicle extrication skills at the BAVFC training annex i...
03/10/2019

3/10: Both experienced and probie firefighters trained on their vehicle extrication skills at the BAVFC training annex in Forest Hill on Sunday morning. Around 20 members took the opportunity to get some good hands on training. RG

Photos: Nick McGowan, Jr.

An engine and brush unit quickly extinguished a small brush fire along the side of the Bel Air Bypass this afternoon.
03/06/2019

An engine and brush unit quickly extinguished a small brush fire along the side of the Bel Air Bypass this afternoon.

Fire/EMS has always had a place for families, especially at the BAVFC; with many generations following each other into t...
03/05/2019

Fire/EMS has always had a place for families, especially at the BAVFC; with many generations following each other into the service. The Marinos, pictured here, are our newest example. This past weekend Michael Jr. joined his dad, paramedic Michael Sr on the ambulance for their first call together Mike Marino Sharon L Marino. RG

Photo: Paul Chizmar, Asst Chief EMS

Congratulations Jim and the best of wishes! Thanks for your many years of support!!
03/04/2019

Congratulations Jim and the best of wishes! Thanks for your many years of support!!

This is the last day of patrol for Sergeant James C. Lockard (B92) who is retiring after 26 years of loyal, dedicated and passionate service to citizens and to the Town of Bel Air! We’re going to miss him.

The Town of Bel Air wishes him, and his family, the very best that life has to offer and continued success in his future endeavors.

He has accepted a position in the banking industry..

3/2: As fire/EMS always do, they support each other in the best of times and in the saddest of times. Today the BAVFC is...
03/02/2019

3/2: As fire/EMS always do, they support each other in the best of times and in the saddest of times. Today the BAVFC is filling in the Aberdeen VFD with medic unit and tower as they mourn the loss of life member, past EMS Capt and secretary Judy Hinch. RG

Photo: John Gallagher, BAVFC

2/24:  FF/EMT Pat Luft along FF/EMT Todd McKinney visited the AME Methodist Church health fair this past Sunday. The BAV...
03/02/2019

2/24: FF/EMT Pat Luft along FF/EMT Todd McKinney visited the AME Methodist Church health fair this past Sunday. The BAVFC is always looking for members to volunteer in fire, EMS or the auxilary. Visit us at bavfc.org for more info. RG

Photos: Todd McKinney, BAVFC

2/28, 8a: BAVFC units and county medics worked this motor vehicle collision with entrapment at Rt 22 and Thomas Run Rd. ...
02/28/2019

2/28, 8a: BAVFC units and county medics worked this motor vehicle collision with entrapment at Rt 22 and Thomas Run Rd. Two persons were taken to a local hospital. RG

Photos: Ray Belcher, BAVFC

2/27, 4p: Volunteers responded to this reported tree fire in the 1600blk of Honeysuckle Dr. RGPhotos: Mark Ensor, BAVFC
02/27/2019

2/27, 4p: Volunteers responded to this reported tree fire in the 1600blk of Honeysuckle Dr. RG

Photos: Mark Ensor, BAVFC

2/23: Between 11p and 9a this morning the BAVFC responded to this auto fire on Reed Street and this motor vehlce inciden...
02/23/2019

2/23: Between 11p and 9a this morning the BAVFC responded to this auto fire on Reed Street and this motor vehlce incident in the 1700blk Churchville Rd, pictured below, in addition to 8 other EMS calls and one other fire incident. The FM is investigating the cause of the auto fire, no injuries. The MVC resulted in minor injuries. RG

Photos: John Gallagher and Bill Snyder, BAVFC

2/19: BAVFC crews worked this motor vehicle collision at Rt 24 and Plumtree Rd in the morning rush hour. One minor injur...
02/19/2019

2/19: BAVFC crews worked this motor vehicle collision at Rt 24 and Plumtree Rd in the morning rush hour. One minor injury to local hospital. RG

Photo: BAVFC

2/13: The @ravens and Poe along with @dunkin made a stop by the BAVFC on Valentine's eve to spread Poe Grams in the form...
02/14/2019

2/13: The @ravens and Poe along with @dunkin made a stop by the BAVFC on Valentine's eve to spread Poe Grams in the form of coffee, hot chocolate and heart shaped doughnuts. Many thanks and hope to do it again next year!! RG

Photos: John Gallagher, BAVFC

2/10, 8p: BAVFC crews assisted by an engine from Darlington VFC worked this fire in the 2100blk of Ruffs Mill Rd.  Crews...
02/11/2019

2/10, 8p: BAVFC crews assisted by an engine from Darlington VFC worked this fire in the 2100blk of Ruffs Mill Rd. Crews had the fire under control ten minutes after arrival. There were no injuries. Water supply was taken from the closest hydrants in the area off of Jack Lane. The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. RG

Photos: DFC Rick Davis, Jr and EVD Mark Ensor, BAVFC

Learning how to drive emergency equipment requires training, both classroom and practical sessions. Recently 14 members ...
02/05/2019

Learning how to drive emergency equipment requires training, both classroom and practical sessions. Recently 14 members of the BAVFC attended a University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute course just for this purpose.(aka, MFRI). MFRI certifies firefighters and EMS personnel with nationally recognized certification courses. In this case the course was Emergency Vehicle Operator which teaches first responders how to navigate the roads safely and the rules of the road as an emergency vehicle; among other topics. This course is a requirement before continuing any further as a driver/operator of any vehicle in the company. RG

Photos: Todd McKinney, BAVFC

2/1, 2p: RT 24 and Bel Air Bypass was the scene for this vehicle incident. One person to local hospital, minor injuries....
02/01/2019

2/1, 2p: RT 24 and Bel Air Bypass was the scene for this vehicle incident. One person to local hospital, minor injuries. RG

Photo: Bill Snyder, Asst Chief BAVFC

1/30, 7a: On a cold and windy morning volunteers worked this well involved vehicle fire on Sommerville Rd and Plumtree R...
01/30/2019

1/30, 7a: On a cold and windy morning volunteers worked this well involved vehicle fire on Sommerville Rd and Plumtree Rd. The vehicle was unoccupied and reported stolen. MSFMO investigating. RG

Photos: Mark Ensor, BAVFC

One engine and a chief officer assisted the @abingdonfire company with this townhouse fire in Riverside. RGPhoto: Pat Ca...
01/27/2019

One engine and a chief officer assisted the @abingdonfire company with this townhouse fire in Riverside. RG

Photo: Pat Carlton, Captain BAVFC

1/21, 1pm: Volunteers were called to Sablewood Ct this early afternoon for a reported furnace room on fire. Crews found ...
01/21/2019

1/21, 1pm: Volunteers were called to Sablewood Ct this early afternoon for a reported furnace room on fire. Crews found a large cigarette butt can had ignited and spread to the furnace room door and some of the interior wall.
If this was late at night chances are it would have gone unnoticed, spread into the living spaces; causing tremendous damage and possible loss of life. Fire spread would be rapid considering the high winds we are dealing with today.
Be responsible for your fire place ashes and any other discarded smoking materials like cigarettes. Dont place them in plastic containers, dont place then in paper bags and dont leave them in your garage or on your back deck or porch. Soak them fully in water and leave them distant from any combustibles. RG

Photos: Bill Snyder, Asst Chief BAVFC

1/21, 1pm: Volunteers were called to Sablewood Ct this early afternoon for a reported furnace room on fire. Crews found ...
01/21/2019

1/21, 1pm: Volunteers were called to Sablewood Ct this early afternoon for a reported furnace room on fire. Crews found a large cigarette butt can had ignited and spread to the furnace room door and some of the interior wall.
If this was late at night chances are it would have gone unnoticed, spread into the living spaces; causing tremendous damage and possible loss of life. Fire spread would be rapid considering the high winds we are dealing with today.
Be responsible for your fire place ashes and any other discarded smoking materials like cigarettes. Dont place them in plastic containers, dont place then in paper bags and dont leave them in your garage or on your back deck or porch. Soak them fully in water and leave them distant from any combustibles. RG

Photos: Bill Snyder, Asst Chief BAVFC

1/11: Volunteers worked this Friday evening collision on Rt 543 and Hickory Bypass, minor injuries. Photos: Andy Bittner...
01/12/2019

1/11: Volunteers worked this Friday evening collision on Rt 543 and Hickory Bypass, minor injuries.

Photos: Andy Bittner, John Gallagher, BAVFC

1/9: In the early morning hours of Wednesday volunteers responded to Schucks Rd and Churchville Rd at the McDonalds for ...
01/09/2019

1/9: In the early morning hours of Wednesday volunteers responded to Schucks Rd and Churchville Rd at the McDonalds for this transformer fire. After approx an hour personnel cleared as BGE handled the remaining issues. RG

Photo: John Gallagher, BAVFC

01/08/2019

2018 has come and gone and the numbers are in. Last year the BAVFC ran a total of 9948 calls, 7442 of which were EMS and 2506 were fire calls.

Here is a list of our top 20 fire responders. Compare their calls to the total and consider many work full time jobs, 2nd jobs, or go to school full time. #dedication #communityservice

1. John Gallagher 2,147
2. Steve Cox 2,136
3. Pat Luft 1,531
4. Richard Presberry 1,262
5. Scott McNutt 1,251
6. Ed Hopkins 1,013
7. Bill Snyder 1,005
8. Charlie May, III 971
9. Bill Wynne 949
10. Mark Ensor 932
11. Mark Johnson 900
12. Steven Davis 865
13. Rob Parsons 845
14. Brett Godwin 837
15. Mike Marino,III 783
16. Nick McGowan, Jr 782
17. Lauren Imparallia 777
18. Rick Davis, Jr 766
19. Andrew Bradley 753
20. Haseeb Durrani 743

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Bel Air, MD
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