The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company

The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company The OFFICIAL page for The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company
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.
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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.

3/25: Happy Maryland Day! This is the anniversary of first colonists landing at St. Clement's Island (386 years today). ...
03/25/2020

3/25: Happy Maryland Day! This is the anniversary of first colonists landing at St. Clement's Island (386 years today). Something to think about with all that is going on in our world today. #maryland #marylandday RG

Dr Paul Chizmar the BAVFC EMS Asst Chief demonstrates personal protective equipment (PPE) that is worn on each and every...
03/21/2020

Dr Paul Chizmar the BAVFC EMS Asst Chief demonstrates personal protective equipment (PPE) that is worn on each and every medical call (nitrile gloves) and the gown, mask, gloves and eye protection worn when providers encounter a suspect infectious disease patient (i.e. COVID-19)

Photos: John Gallagher, BAVFC

3/19, 1130: BAVFC and Jarrettsville VFC worked this motor vehicle collision with entrapment in the 2700blk of Rocks Rd (...
03/19/2020

3/19, 1130: BAVFC and Jarrettsville VFC worked this motor vehicle collision with entrapment in the 2700blk of Rocks Rd (MdRt24). It took approx 30 minutes to complete the extrication. A total of 5 EMS transport units were requested to the scene. With aviation down due to weather units transported the injured to several regional trauma centers and local area hospitals. RG

Photos: Ricky Davis, Chief BAVFC and Bill Snyder, Asst Chief BAVFC

03/16/2020

The BAVFC would like to reiterate that all public tours, public education/fire prevention events have been canceled until further notice, both those held at our three firehouses and those requested outside the stations. All other events scheduled to be hosted at BAVFC have been canceled until further notice as well. Once we receive proper direction from public health officials it will be only then we assume normal operations.

It is important to know that BAVFC is open for business as usual. We continue to respond to all emergency calls; which we are doing in a steady pace. If you need to call 911 for an emergency please be patient and answer all the questions posed to you by the call taker. The answers are critical to helping us help you more efficiency and safely. RG

3/14: Deer Creek Church Rd: Just under a 1/2 acre was involved after an attempt to burn a pile of stumps. One civilian s...
03/15/2020

3/14: Deer Creek Church Rd: Just under a 1/2 acre was involved after an attempt to burn a pile of stumps. One civilian suffered minor burns but refused transport.

Photos: Bill Snyder, Asst Chief BAVFC

In the best interest of those we protect and serve the BAVFC has decided to cancel any upcoming and planned all public s...
03/12/2020

In the best interest of those we protect and serve the BAVFC has decided to cancel any upcoming and planned all public safety education / fire prevention events, tours, visits indefinitely. Thank you for your understanding. Personnel will be reaching out to those affected but if you have questions about you event you may reach out to via email; [email protected].

3/8: How did you spend your Sunday morning? BAVFC members rose early and headed down to the @mfri_umd training site in E...
03/08/2020

3/8: How did you spend your Sunday morning? BAVFC members rose early and headed down to the @mfri_umd training site in Edgewood for live fire training. Crews spent several hours working on their engine and truck skills.
Interested? Join us today, bavfc.org for more. RG

Photos: Gus Everhardt, Lt, BAVFC

It has come time to bid farewell to Engine 311. She has served us well since her delivery in 2007 and now will go on to ...
03/08/2020

It has come time to bid farewell to Engine 311. She has served us well since her delivery in 2007 and now will go on to serve the @craryhoseco located in Westfield Pa.

2/28: Looking for a family fun event that benefits a great cause? Check out the 2nd annual Judy Hinch Benevolence Fund c...
02/28/2020

2/28: Looking for a family fun event that benefits a great cause? Check out the 2nd annual Judy Hinch Benevolence Fund cornhole tournament to be held March 21st at the Jarrettsville Vol Fire Company. Judy was a decades long member of the Aberdeen Vol Fire Department and worked for many years for the Aberdeen Police.
The first tournament held in mid 2019 was a huge success and teams filled quickly. Sign up today following the contact info on the flyer.

02/28/2020
This Could Be YOU!

We are actively recruiting for trained and untrained volunteer firefighters. You can learn more about our company and who we are by visiting one our three stations in person or by visiting the membership section of our website; www.bavfc.org/join.

2/23, morning hours: BAVFC and Fallston VFAC worked this field fire in the 400blk of Whitaker Mill Rd. It was a result o...
02/23/2020

2/23, morning hours: BAVFC and Fallston VFAC worked this field fire in the 400blk of Whitaker Mill Rd. It was a result of a controlled burn that got away. RG

Photos: Bill Snyder, Asst Chief BAVFC

Residential fire sprinklers and smoke alarms saved another life, this time on Feb 3 (2:20pm) at Harford Senior Housing o...
02/05/2020

Residential fire sprinklers and smoke alarms saved another life, this time on Feb 3 (2:20pm) at Harford Senior Housing off Tollgate Rd in Bel Air. The BAVFC was alerted for an automatic fire alarm at that facility and arrived with smoke showing from a 1st floor window.

Crews located a sofa that was on fire and one elderly male with critical burns. The sprinklers had activated and contained the fire in the sofa preventing further harm to other residents and limiting any further fire spread. The victim was transported to a regional trauma center for treatment. There is no further information on his condition. Damages were limited to $40,000 to property and contents. RG

The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company's cover photo
02/04/2020

The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company's cover photo

1/17, 6pm: BAVFC crews responded to Chequers Court off Point to Point Rd in the Bel Air Soutb area for a reported female...
01/18/2020

1/17, 6pm: BAVFC crews responded to Chequers Court off Point to Point Rd in the Bel Air Soutb area for a reported female who was pinned between a vehicle and a wall. Aviation was requested for critical life threatening injuries. Patient was airlifted to a regional trauma center by MSP helicopter. RG

Photo: Ally Page, Sgt BAVFC

1/15, 10p: The BAVFC along with mutual aid assistance worked this one alarm townhouse fire in the 1800blk of Wye Mills L...
01/16/2020

1/15, 10p: The BAVFC along with mutual aid assistance worked this one alarm townhouse fire in the 1800blk of Wye Mills Lane in the Village of Thomas Run development. There were no injuries. The fire was contained within 15 min of dispatch time. Cause was determined to be accidental from a chimney fire. Damage is estimated at $25,000. RG

Photos: Mark Ensor, BAVFC

Last year the BAVFC total call volume was 9,267 calls for service with 6,864 being EMS and 2,403 being fire. It has neve...
01/07/2020
Response Statistics - Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company

Last year the BAVFC total call volume was 9,267 calls for service with 6,864 being EMS and 2,403 being fire.

It has never been a better time to join us as a member and give back to both the community and yourself. And for those that are trained and may have just moved into our area stop by and check things out. Talk with the members, learn more about us and you will find that fit you want.

Visit our website, www.bavfc.org for more on membership information and application

It was this day in 2015 that the BAVFC, Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services and the West Friendship Vol...
01/06/2020

It was this day in 2015 that the BAVFC, Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services and the West Friendship Vol Fire Department lost one of their own, Paramedic/Captain Erik Steciak, in the line of duty when his utility vehicle slid off the ice. Please share a moment of reflection in your life today for Erik and his family.

12/14/2019

The next Santa details we have are as follows:

December 15th, 6pm Parsons Ridge
December 15th, 6pm Hickory Overlook
December 19th, 6pm Emerald Hills
December 19th, 6pm Lake Drive/Bonnie Ave
December 16th, 6;30p Glen Eyre, Hunters Run
December 21st, 5:45pm Tudor Manor/Village of Thomas Run
December 21, 12pm West Valley Oaks
December 21, 6pm Wakefield Meadows/East Gate
December 22, 6pm West Riding

12/08/2019

12/8: Today Santa makes his run through the Cedarwood community at 6pm with the help of the BAVFC.

12/07/2019

12/7: Today at 1pm Santa makes his run through the Country Club Park. Stay tuned each day for Santa's appearances throughout the area!

12/7: One of the BAVFCs towers and Fallston VFAC's truck make the arch at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens as part of Wre...
12/07/2019

12/7: One of the BAVFCs towers and Fallston VFAC's truck make the arch at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens as part of Wreaths Across America.

Photo: Kevin Kadolph, BAVFC

12/07/2019

12/6: We know many of you are asking about the Santa details and when he will be coming through your neighborhood. We are still working out details with neighborhoods that made their requests...and we received alot. There are alot of logistics to work out.

To help we will be posting a few days ahead the areas we will be coming through.

Dec 7: 1pm Country Club Park development
Dec 8: 6pm Lake Dr / Bonnie Ave (*moved now to Dec 19 per coordinator's and Santa, updated 12/7, 10a)
Dec 8: 6pm: Cedarwoods development

12/2, 0400: Two engines assist Jarrettsville on a shed fire with exposure to a home in the 1200blk Sharon Acres Rd. RGPh...
12/02/2019

12/2, 0400: Two engines assist Jarrettsville on a shed fire with exposure to a home in the 1200blk Sharon Acres Rd. RG

Photos: Mark Ensor, BAVFC

11/23: The BAVFC was host to the 1st annual corn hole tournament to benefit the Judy Hinch Benevolent Fund. This event w...
11/24/2019

11/23: The BAVFC was host to the 1st annual corn hole tournament to benefit the Judy Hinch Benevolent Fund. This event would not have been made possible without the donations and assistance from the following:

Cabot Creamery Co-operative #worldsbestcheddar
Crabby Axe Throwing
Horizon Cinemas Fallston
iLoveKickboxing - Bel Air, MD
Jersey Mike's Subs
Jersey Mike's Subs
Jurassic Golf & Arcade
Looney's Pub - Bel Air, Maryland
Miller's Ale House
Mindy's Nails and Tan
Neo Pizza Bel-Air
Texas Roadhouse - Fallston, MD
Texas Roadhouse
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
Vincenti Decoys
Susan Eyre
Festival Spirits & Wine Tony Coliano Sr
Corbin Fuel
Charlie Walls
Rick Davis
Richardson's Flowers and Gifts

Photos: Andrea Ensor and Todd McKinney, BAVFC

11/19: This past Tuesday the BAVFC conducted a joint bus rescue training evening with the Jarrettsville VFC. This drill ...
11/23/2019

11/19: This past Tuesday the BAVFC conducted a joint bus rescue training evening with the Jarrettsville VFC. This drill was made possible through the generous donation of Steve Nelson and the Nelson Bus Company in Forest Hill. This training opportunity is rare and gives firefighters and EMS personnel an insight on strategy and tactics in a training environment so they will be ready when the real incident occurs. RG

Photos: Bob Stower, Captain BAVFC

11/23, 5a: BAVFC crews along with mutual aid from Abingdon and Fallston work this house fire on Brigantine Place. A seco...
11/23/2019

11/23, 5a: BAVFC crews along with mutual aid from Abingdon and Fallston work this house fire on Brigantine Place. A second alarm was requested on arrival but later placed in service. Crews placed the fire under control within 20min. There were no injuries, all occupants were able to escape safely. The cause is under investigation. RG

Photos: Mike Marino, BAVFC

11/17, 2pm: The cause of last evenings 2 alarm townhouse fire is still under investigation by the MSFMO. A total of thre...
11/17/2019

11/17, 2pm: The cause of last evenings 2 alarm townhouse fire is still under investigation by the MSFMO. A total of three homes were damaged, displacing six adults and four children. Two of the homes are considered a total loss and the other with serious damage. Estimates are close to 1.25M in damage. Firefighters were faced with a well advanced fire on arrival and moving quickly due to weather conditions. It took crews 30 minutes to get a knock on the bulk of the fire. RG

11/16, 830p: BAVFC crews along with crews from 2, 4, 8, 12, 13 and Balt Co 48 are working a townhouse fire on Hunters Ru...
11/17/2019

11/16, 830p: BAVFC crews along with crews from 2, 4, 8, 12, 13 and Balt Co 48 are working a townhouse fire on Hunters Run Terrace. Crews found an end of the group townhouse well involved on arrival with extension to adjoining townhouses. One firefighter suffered a minor injury, was treated on scene, and returned to service. No civilian injuries. The cause is not yet known. RG

Photos: John Gallagher/Mark Ensor, BAVFC

11/15, 1208hrs: BAVFC, Darlington VFC and County Medic 2 worked this midday vehicle incident at Rt 1 and Kalmia Rd. On a...
11/15/2019

11/15, 1208hrs: BAVFC, Darlington VFC and County Medic 2 worked this midday vehicle incident at Rt 1 and Kalmia Rd. On arrival the driver was already out of the vehicle. Extrication was made challenging due to the terrain. Ladders and a rope system was set up to facilitate extrication. The driver was taken to a regional trauma center for evaluation. The K9 was turned over to animal control. RG

Photos: Mark Ensor and John Gallagher

11/12/2019

Our Santa visit deadline is fast approaching. See our post pinned to the top of our FB page for more info. Any questions feel free to inbox us on messenger and we will get back to you quickly. RG

11/02/2019

BAVFC assisted by members of the Fallston VFAC load the patient from an accident on Rt 1 in Benson into Trooper 1 early this morning.
Photo by John Gallagher

Harford County Md Fire & EMS PIO Media Page
10/31/2019

Harford County Md Fire & EMS PIO Media Page

10/23, 315p: BAVFC and Fallston VFAC worked this motor vehicle collision in the 700blk Red Pump Rd. One person taken by ...
10/23/2019

10/23, 315p: BAVFC and Fallston VFAC worked this motor vehicle collision in the 700blk Red Pump Rd. One person taken by land to a regional trauma center. RG

Photo: Bill Snyder, Asst Chief BAVFC

10/22, 11am: BAVFC, Fallston VFAC and reps from Harford County TRT and building inspections worked this vehicle into a b...
10/22/2019

10/22, 11am: BAVFC, Fallston VFAC and reps from Harford County TRT and building inspections worked this vehicle into a building in the 1300blk of Bel Air Rd. Three persons were removed safely from the structure and no one was injured. RG

Photo: Bill Wynne, BAVFC

10/20: Rain or shine the BAVFC open house will go on! Our main station in downtown Bel Air and our Patterson Mill statio...
10/20/2019

10/20: Rain or shine the BAVFC open house will go on! Our main station in downtown Bel Air and our Patterson Mill station off of Emmorton Rd will be open for tours of their stations and equipment with a variety of demos between noon and 4 today. The auxiliary will also be selling food at the Bel Air station. It is a great event for kids of all ages.

The BAVFC is pleased to announce that the request period for Santa community details is now open. It will remain open un...
10/19/2019

The BAVFC is pleased to announce that the request period for Santa community details is now open. It will remain open until November 21.

The link to send in your request is:

https://www.bavfc.org/community/life-safety-division/

We are asking those who are interested to follow these important tips and details to help us make our visit jolly.

1. Please ensure your community sends in ONE request from ONE point of contact. Multiple requests will caused confusion and slow the process.
2. Please complete the event request form completely and use the “Santa Detail” drop-down. Give us several dates to work with.
3. We will only accept requests using the link above via the event request form. Emails, phone calls, social media messages, etc. will not be accepted.
4. We are asking that the community send a note to Santa to set up his availability once a date is set. If it isn’t possible to get Santa the BAVFC can help out. We can chat about it when contact is made to set things up.
5. The absolute closing date for requests will be November 21st. After that we will NOT be accepting anything further. This gives us time to finalize details with those communities plus we need to ensure our members have adequate time to plan their schedules to participate.
6. Remember we still need to take emergency calls. That is priority. Calls can happen before and/or during the detail. We have had communities in the past not understand this so we wanted to share this with everyone now.
7. If there is anything important we need to know in advance of our run please let us know. Some kids have special needs that we want to be considerate of and ensure they too have a great experience with our visit.
8. We anticipate posting our visit list on our social media sites and web page by December 1. This way those who may not live in a community that made a request or who live in a rural area could plan to visit one of the listed communities.

Many thanks and Merry Christmas!

REMINDER - This Sunday October 20th from 12noon to 4pm the BAVFC will host their annual open house in celebration of Fir...
10/18/2019

REMINDER - This Sunday October 20th from 12noon to 4pm the BAVFC will host their annual open house in celebration of Fire Prevention Month. You can visit either our Bel Air station or our Patterson Mill Station. Displays, demonstrations, and tours of the equipment and stations will be just some of the featured activities.

Reminder the annual BAVFC open house in support of Fire Prevention Week will be held this coming Sunday Oct 20th from 12...
10/16/2019

Reminder the annual BAVFC open house in support of Fire Prevention Week will be held this coming Sunday Oct 20th from 12p to 4p at all three of our fire stations, Bel Air and Patterson Mill. Visit us and see a variety of demos, tours and equipment. Its free and fun for all ages!

10/14, 0730: Volunteers work a report of machinery that had exploded inside a 2nd floor room at the Kaufman Cancer Cente...
10/14/2019

10/14, 0730: Volunteers work a report of machinery that had exploded inside a 2nd floor room at the Kaufman Cancer Center @upperchesapeakehealth The incident was quickly resolved within 5 min of arrival and other responding units returned to service. No injuries. RG

Photo: Bill Wynne, BAVFC

For those in your family who are deaf or hard of hearing there are smoke alarms and alert devices on the market that mee...
10/10/2019

For those in your family who are deaf or hard of hearing there are smoke alarms and alert devices on the market that meet their needs. Similar to the examples pictured here there are strobe lights that flash to alert those that are deaf or hard of hearing of a possible fire when they are awake; and when they are sleeping, a pillow or bed shaker; also paired with a high intensity strobe, should be used to wake them and alert them to the emergency. RG
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Remember to  dispose of your fireplace, grill, fire pit ashes in a metal container, wetted thoroughly and placed away fr...
10/09/2019

Remember to dispose of your fireplace, grill, fire pit ashes in a metal container, wetted thoroughly and placed away from all combustible materials and that includes the home. Every year we see devastating fire losses from placing these ashes on the back deck/porch or in the garage in trash bags or cans. RG

10/09/2019
Rossen Report Why you have less time to escape a house fire today than 30 years ago

The construction and contents of our homes have changed over the past few decades. Everything burns hotter and much faster than ever before. Even more of a reason to have a plan of escape and ensure you have working smoke alarms on all levels of your home and inside each bedrooms. Check out this video which shows what we are talking about. RG

Why you have less time to escape a house fire today than 30 years ago

Working smoke alarms on each level of your home and inside each bedroom are critical to you and your family escaping a f...
10/08/2019

Working smoke alarms on each level of your home and inside each bedroom are critical to you and your family escaping a fire safely. Take a look at these pictures. These smoke alarms did their job and were still sounding when firefighters arrived. In each case everyone escaped safely. #smokealarms #fires #firepreventionweek2019

Many thanks to The Home Depot for inviting us to their annual Home Depot Kids Project Day. #homedepotkidsprojectday, #be...
10/07/2019

Many thanks to The Home Depot for inviting us to their annual Home Depot Kids Project Day. #homedepotkidsprojectday, #belair #volunteers The Home Depot RG

Photos: Patrick Luft, FF/EMT BAVFC

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