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.

5/22, 0800: Today the BAVFC has placed into service a 2020 RAM 550 4 X 4 Road Rescue Ultramedic designated as Ambulance ...
05/22/2020

5/22, 0800: Today the BAVFC has placed into service a 2020 RAM 550 4 X 4 Road Rescue Ultramedic designated as Ambulance 392. It was manufactured by Atlantic Emergency Solutions of Virginia. The unit is fully equipped with the latest technology for delivery of both basic life support and advanced life support to the citizens of Harford County. It also has a fully installed stretcher lift known as a Stryker Powerload to assist our providers with lifting and lowering patients safely in and out of the unit.

Photo: John Gallagher, BAVFC

Pictured (l-r): Dr. Tim Chizmar, State of Maryland Medical Director, Dr. Paul Chizmar, EMS Chief, EMS Lt. Eric Saunders, EMS Lt. Jennifer Rill, EMS Sgt. Susana Buttita, EMS Capt Jim Plumer and EMS Sgt Ed Beksinski

5/14: The BAVFC sent an engine, a tower, and two chiefs to assist the Abingdon Fire Company - MD at the scene of this to...
05/14/2020

5/14: The BAVFC sent an engine, a tower, and two chiefs to assist the Abingdon Fire Company - MD at the scene of this townhouse fire on Swift Run Drive in Abingdon overnight. The engine worked the Delta exposure and the truck handled roof work. #teamwork #truckwork

Photos: Nick Warren

5/1, 5a: One engine and a chief officer assisted the Abingdon Fire Co on this early morning house fire on Sharilyn Drive...
05/01/2020

5/1, 5a: One engine and a chief officer assisted the Abingdon Fire Co on this early morning house fire on Sharilyn Drive off of Bush Rd.
Photo: BAVFC

4/24, 630p: BAVFC sent two engines and a tower to assist Jarrettsville on this barn fire in the 1300blk Wiley Oak Drive....
04/25/2020

4/24, 630p: BAVFC sent two engines and a tower to assist Jarrettsville on this barn fire in the 1300blk Wiley Oak Drive. RG

Photos: Kevin Kadolph, Sgt BAVFC

Celebrate the volunteers who are on the front lines to the lives of the community handling thousands of fire/ems annuall...
04/24/2020

Celebrate the volunteers who are on the front lines to the lives of the community handling thousands of fire/ems annually. Over their careers it can add into the tens of thousands for the most active.

On April 21st the BAVFC experienced a catastrophic failure of a device known as the Blitzfire; a portable master stream ...
04/23/2020

On April 21st the BAVFC experienced a catastrophic failure of a device known as the Blitzfire; a portable master stream device, during a driver’s training session. The nozzle on the Blitzfire separated from the body before the valve was ever opened. At that point the entire body of the device, the short piece of 3 inch hose attached to it and a gated Y adapter became airborne and struck the engine with such force as to punch a hole in the officers cab door (see attached).

The attached photos are the remains of the device. The BAVFC has been in contact with the manufacturer, Task Force Tips who stated that they have never had this type of failure before. They are taking this unit back to their engineers to attempt to determine the cause of the failure. As a precautionary measure the BAVFC has also removed a second Blitzfire from the fleet as they were purchased at the same time. This unit is also being sent to Task Force Tips so that they can inspect it.

The BAVFC is extremely fortunate that no one was injured in what can be deemed a close call event for the personnel involved. It is the hope that Task Force Tips will be able to glean some valuable data to help other departments who also use this same device. Any questions can be directed to [email protected]. RG

Volunteers at the BAVFC come together to support administration/business, auxiliary, fire operations and EMS operations....
04/23/2020

Volunteers at the BAVFC come together to support administration/business, auxiliary, fire operations and EMS operations. Each division relies on the other to be successful, something the BAVFC has been doing for 130 years. #nationalvolunteerweek #volunteer

"There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer" - Anonymous
04/21/2020

"There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer" - Anonymous

It's National Volunteer Week! Step back and look at those volunteers who protect you and your family not only during thi...
04/20/2020

It's National Volunteer Week! Step back and look at those volunteers who protect you and your family not only during this difficult time but also throughout the past and forward into the future. #nationalvolunteerweek #volunteers

It is National Volunteer Week from April 19th through April 25th. The BAVFC has 130 years of volunteering in its history...
04/19/2020

It is National Volunteer Week from April 19th through April 25th. The BAVFC has 130 years of volunteering in its history. Have you or someone in your family or even a friend or neighbor been a member of the BAVFC? Thank them for their service and think about why they joined.

04/08/2020

4/8, 3pm: Effectively immediately the BAVFC is NOT accepting any food donations to any of our stations from any source. Thank you for your understanding during this ever changing time. We have so much appreciated what we did receive from all of you but unfortunately our policies have had to change.

The BAVFC board, officers and members congratulate the Brian Winchester, Charlie May, Jr, Steven Davis and Brody Dannenf...
04/08/2020

The BAVFC board, officers and members congratulate the Brian Winchester, Charlie May, Jr, Steven Davis and Brody Dannenfelser on their appointment to Sergeant. We wish them the best as they take their initial steps into a leadership role within the company.

04/05/2020

Over the past few days the BAVFC has received much appreciated meals from caring citizens and businesses; but this has gotten us thinking.

While many facilities have been accepting donations of food stuffs directly we cannot do that. We ask that anyone who wishes to donate foodstuffs from local restaurants use their delivery service and not bring the meals yourself.

It is critical we all follow the state health guidelines that have been set forth. We want nothing more than to help keep as many people safe as possible during these trying times. We can and will get through this together. #stayhomestaysafe

The BAVFC would like to thank Cabot Creamery Co-operative for both supporting and feeding us with there "Random Acts of ...
04/04/2020

The BAVFC would like to thank Cabot Creamery Co-operative for both supporting and feeding us with there "Random Acts of Cheddar". Cabot donated cases of individually wrapped snack slices of there award winning cheddar cheese (#worldsbestcheddar) to our volunteers during this crisis. All three stations recipient this wonderful donation and will enjoy it between calls and pulling duty. Thank you Cabot Farmers!

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

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