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.
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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.

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.

Operating as usual

2/11, 630a: BAVFC crews with assistance from Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. , worked a small attic fire at th...
02/11/2021

2/11, 630a: BAVFC crews with assistance from Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. , worked a small attic fire at the maintenance building at the John Carroll High School on Churchville Rd. Crews opened the ceiling and found a small fire. Damage was contained to that space.

Photos: Mark Ensor, BAVFC

Many thanks to VFC Strong and Traffic Jam Jimmy for spending some time with BAVFC and county recruitment chair Todd McKi...
02/07/2021

Many thanks to VFC Strong and Traffic Jam Jimmy for spending some time with BAVFC and county recruitment chair Todd McKinney talking recruitment during the pandemic and how the pandemic affected membership and operations. Thank you guys!

02/02/2021
Amelanchier Court Townhouse Fire

This is the first 15 minutes of a townhouse fire last week on Amelanchier Court taken from the dash cam footage of Asst Chief Johnson. Dash cams are a feature recently added to the BAVFC apparatus.

The BAVFC is deeply sadden to announce the passing of life member and past president, Frederick D Godman, Sr. on Jan 24 ...
01/28/2021

The BAVFC is deeply sadden to announce the passing of life member and past president, Frederick D Godman, Sr. on Jan 24 2021. Born in May of 1932 Fred joined the BAVFC in 1977 and remained a member until 1983. In 1999 Fred rejoined until his passing. Services will be held May 15, 2021, at 1 PM, at the Loudon Park Cemetery, 3620 Wilkens Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21229, for a graveside service and inurnment.

1/23, 12p: BAVFC sent four engines, one tower and two chiefs to assist the Abingdon Fire Company - MD and others on this...
01/23/2021

1/23, 12p: BAVFC sent four engines, one tower and two chiefs to assist the Abingdon Fire Company - MD and others on this middle of the group townhouse fire in the 400blk Amelanchier Ct off of South Tollgate Rd.

Photos: Nick McGowan, Sr BAVFC

1/22, 11p: BAVFC along with Darlington Volunteer Fire Company worked this single vehicle collision with entrapment on Rt...
01/23/2021

1/22, 11p: BAVFC along with Darlington Volunteer Fire Company worked this single vehicle collision with entrapment on Rt 543 near St. Anne's Dr. One person was flown to a regional trauma center and one other taken by land for treatment. It took crews approx 30 min to complete extrication.

Photo: Nick McGowan, Sr., BAVFC

1/20, 2p: The BAVFC worked this motor vehicle collision with entrapment on the southbound Bel Air Bypass just south of t...
01/20/2021

1/20, 2p: The BAVFC worked this motor vehicle collision with entrapment on the southbound Bel Air Bypass just south of the Rt 24 traffic signal. Extrication was completed with assistance from the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. One person was flown by Maryland State Police - Aviation Command to a regional trauma center while a medic unit from Fallston and Abingdon Fire Company - MD transported by land to area hospitals.

Photos: Bob Stower, Dep Chief BAVFC

1/14: Many thanks to  Plaza Ford who donated 2,280 face masks from Ford Motor Co to the BAVFC. These precious commoditie...
01/14/2021

1/14: Many thanks to Plaza Ford who donated 2,280 face masks from Ford Motor Co to the BAVFC. These precious commodities will go far in helping to protect both our providers and the citizens we are called to help care for.

Pictured, Charlie Walls, Plaza Ford and also long serving member of the BAVFC and Paul Chizmar, 2nd Asst Chief -EMS BAVFC

1/13, McFaul Center: It is vaccination day for longtime active BAVFC FF/EMT Todd McKinney as he rolled up his sleeve to ...
01/13/2021

1/13, McFaul Center: It is vaccination day for longtime active BAVFC FF/EMT Todd McKinney as he rolled up his sleeve to do his part in stopping the spread of CV-19. Thanks Harford County Health Department! RG

1/13: One engine, one tower, one chief officer and the auxiliary assisted the Level Volunteer Fire Company on this mid m...
01/13/2021

1/13: One engine, one tower, one chief officer and the auxiliary assisted the Level Volunteer Fire Company on this mid morning house fire in the 2500blk of Cool Spring Rd.

Photos: Mark Ensor and Ray Belcher, BAVFC

1/1/21: Happy New Year to all and special congratulations from all of us at the BAVFC to one of our own; Harford County ...
01/01/2021

1/1/21: Happy New Year to all and special congratulations from all of us at the BAVFC to one of our own; Harford County Sheriff's Office Senior Deputy Nick McGowan who is retiring after 46 years of law enforcement service between Harford and Baltimore Counties. Nick will now be trading in his cruiser for a fire engine.

12/29, 3pm: Two BAVFC engines, two BAVFC medics and three BAVFC chiefs worked this serious motor vehicle collision at Md...
12/29/2020

12/29, 3pm: Two BAVFC engines, two BAVFC medics and three BAVFC chiefs worked this serious motor vehicle collision at Md Rt 543/Md Rt 22. Two persons were flown by Maryland State Police - Aviation Command, one in life threatening condition and the other in critical condition, to a regional trauma center. One other patient was serious and taken by land via a Abingdon Fire Company - MD medic unit to a regional trauma center.

LZ: C.Milton Wright HS

Photos: Mark Ensor, Nick McGowan, Sr. and Brian Winchester, BAVFC

12/27, 1130p: BAVFC 's 3 engines and a tower along with mutual aid volunteer crews worked this garage fire in the 1000bl...
12/28/2020

12/27, 1130p: BAVFC 's 3 engines and a tower along with mutual aid volunteer crews worked this garage fire in the 1000blk of Hazel Lane. Crews had the fire under control and contained to the garage within 15 min of first unit arrival. There were no injuries. Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal in Bel Air is investigating. RG

Photo: Joel Carr, Capt BAVFC

12/27, 1030a: BAVFC and Level Volunteer Fire Company personnel worked this motor vehicle collision with entrapment in th...
12/27/2020

12/27, 1030a: BAVFC and Level Volunteer Fire Company personnel worked this motor vehicle collision with entrapment in the 400blk of Schucks Road near Schucks Regional Park. One person was quickly extricated and transported for non life threatening injuries to a local hospital.

Photo: Joel Carr, Capt BAVFC

12/25: One engine, one tower and two chiefs assisted the Abingdon Fire Company - MD on this apartment fire in the 2400bl...
12/25/2020

12/25: One engine, one tower and two chiefs assisted the Abingdon Fire Company - MD on this apartment fire in the 2400blk of Hanson Rd (pics). As this incident was occurring other BAVFC volunteers responded to a first due apartment fire on Temple Drive off of Rt 924. That incident was quickly handled with no injuries or significant property damage. RG

Photos: Bill Snyder, Asst Chief BAVFC

12/23/2020

12/23: BAVFC crews work this utility emergency to the rear of the Bel Air Armory (Lee St / Main St)

Video: Joel Carr, Capt BAVFC

This past weekend the BAVFC held a special drive thru retention event for all its members, a way to thank its own for wh...
12/23/2020

This past weekend the BAVFC held a special drive thru retention event for all its members, a way to thank its own for what they do. Socially distant and masked retention elves and even Santa himself was there to hand out special goodie bags to approximately 75 members who drove through. Many thanks to the recruitment and retention committee and especially Cabot Creamery Co-operative. #cabot

Photos: Todd McKinney, BAVFC

12/19, 0300: BAVFC and mutual aid volunteers worked this single family house fire on Rolling Road off of Rt 924 (Emmorto...
12/19/2020

12/19, 0300: BAVFC and mutual aid volunteers worked this single family house fire on Rolling Road off of Rt 924 (Emmorton Road). It took crews approx. 40 min to place the fire under control. There were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal. RG

Photos: Patrick Luft and Nick McGowan Sr, BAVFC

Today is #GivingTuesday. It is a impactful global movement that works on the premise of one thing, just do good. There i...
12/01/2020

Today is #GivingTuesday. It is a impactful global movement that works on the premise of one thing, just do good. There isn't a strict way for you to participate. It is all what your heart tells you to do. You can donate to a charity that has meaning to you, you could work with those less fortunate in shelters; there are so many ideas. You could even begin that volunteer career with the BAVFC. Whatever you may decide to do embrace it and know you are doing some good in a world that needs it so much this year.

It is with deep sadness that we have to announce the passing of BAVFC Auxiliary Life Member Barbara Harrington on Novemb...
11/27/2020

It is with deep sadness that we have to announce the passing of BAVFC Auxiliary Life Member Barbara Harrington on November 26, 2020.

Barbara joined the Auxiliary in 1972. She was very active with the Auxiliary and helped with many fund raising functions for the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company. During her active years with the Auxiliary, Barbara served as the Auxiliary Secretary, Junior Vice President, Senior Vice President and as President for 9 years.

Barbara is the wife of BAVFC Past Chief and Exemplary Life Member Tom Harrington Sr. and the mother of Tom Harrington Jr.



Please keep the Harrington family in your thoughts and prayers.

11/21, 0845: Volunteers worked this vehicle fire with reported extension to a commercial building at Hickory Internation...
11/21/2020

11/21, 0845: Volunteers worked this vehicle fire with reported extension to a commercial building at Hickory International in the 1700blk Conowingo Rd. No extension found, damage to exterior of the building and two rollbacks. FM is investigating. Three engines, tower and two chiefs operated. RG

Photos: BAVFC

RE YOU A EMT OR EMT I OR EMT P?LOOKING FOR SOLID EMPLOYMENT?GOOD SALARY?GOOD BENEFITS?WE MAY BE A MATCH! SEE MORE BELOW!...
11/20/2020

RE YOU A EMT OR EMT I 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 part time and full time BLS and ALS providers. To apply you must possess the following criteria:

21 years of age
National Registry EMT, EMT-I 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]

Again resumes only. Any other form will not be accepted.

11/15: Due to the fast changing public health environment we have decided to CANCEL our Santa runs for 2020. We hope tha...
11/15/2020

11/15: Due to the fast changing public health environment we have decided to CANCEL our Santa runs for 2020. We hope that in 2021 we will be able to pick things back up again. Thank you for your understanding and most importantly stay safe and well.

11/3, 3pm: BAVFC assisted the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company  with 2 engines and a brush unit on this combine fire...
11/04/2020

11/3, 3pm: BAVFC assisted the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company with 2 engines and a brush unit on this combine fire in the 1100blk of Trestle Drive off Sharon Rd. RG

Photos Courtesy: Eric Larson and Will Price, BAVFC

10/24: We are now taking requests for Santa neighborhood visits until November 15th. This year will be different from ye...
10/24/2020

10/24: We are now taking requests for Santa neighborhood visits until November 15th. This year will be different from years past. This year visits will be drive by visits only due to the virus constraints. As with every year in the past we ask that you do the following to help make the scheduling as seamless as possible.

1. Use the event request form on our website. It can be found here: https://www.bavfc.org/community/life-safety-division/ There is a dropdown item in the menu called "Santa 2020". Important: Do not post requests in social media posts.

2. Please complete the form in its entirety and include phone numbers where someone can be reached who can help us set things up.

3. Only send one request per neighborhood so please coordinate with others before sending in anything. Multiple requests from the same neighborhood does not get you in faster it only slows us down getting to your request.

4. November 15th is the last day for us to take requests. That may seem early but it takes alot of time to set these runs up and requires alot of logistics with multiple groups to make sure things are arranged.

10/21: Three engines , one tower and one chief worked late into the evening assisting the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire C...
10/22/2020

10/21: Three engines , one tower and one chief worked late into the evening assisting the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company on this working silo fire in the 1000blk of West Jarrettsville Rd. RG

Photos: Brian Winchester, BAVFC

10/18, 5a: BAVFC crews worked this kitchen fire on South Fountain Green Rd early Sunday morning. Fire was quickly contai...
10/18/2020

10/18, 5a: BAVFC crews worked this kitchen fire on South Fountain Green Rd early Sunday morning. Fire was quickly contained with smoke damage throughout. Damage estimates at $25,000. No injuries. RG

Photo: Asst Chief Bill Snyder, BAVFC

10/16, 0607hrs (alerted): BAVFC and multiple mutual aid crews worked this commercial building fire in the 100blk of Indu...
10/16/2020

10/16, 0607hrs (alerted): BAVFC and multiple mutual aid crews worked this commercial building fire in the 100blk of Industry Lane in Forest Hill. First arriving units reported heavy smoke from the roof. The fire was placed under control in 1.5hrs and the cause is under investigation by the MSFMO. No injuries were reported. RG

Photos: Mark Ensor, BAVFC

10/10, 1030a: Crews worked this motor vehicle collision with entrapment in the 700blk of Churchville Rd. One person take...
10/10/2020

10/10, 1030a: Crews worked this motor vehicle collision with entrapment in the 700blk of Churchville Rd. One person taken to a regional trauma center for care. RG

Photos: Brian Winchester, Sgt BAVFC

On Friday October 9th South Hickory Avenue between Churchville Rd and Courtland Street will be closed from 3pm until 8pm...
10/06/2020

On Friday October 9th South Hickory Avenue between Churchville Rd and Courtland Street will be closed from 3pm until 8pm as the BAVFC will be holding viewing and services for Paramedic Chris Parker who passed suddenly on Friday the 2nd.

10/6, 1530hrs: BAVFC assisted the Level VFC with two engines and two chiefs for multiple sheds on fire to the rear of a ...
10/06/2020

10/6, 1530hrs: BAVFC assisted the Level VFC with two engines and two chiefs for multiple sheds on fire to the rear of a residence in 400blk of Calvary Rd.

Photos: Bill Snyder, Asst Chief BAVFC

The BAVFC is deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of career paramedic Chris Parker on Friday Oct 2nd. Chris ha...
10/03/2020

The BAVFC is deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of career paramedic Chris Parker on Friday Oct 2nd. Chris had worked for the BAVFC for 8 years and he was also a paramedic for Harford County Department of Emergency Services. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Danielle. Arrangement will be announced once they are finalized.

It has been 15 years to this date that the BAVFC lost a leader and a family lost their dad and husband. Today we remembe...
09/26/2020

It has been 15 years to this date that the BAVFC lost a leader and a family lost their dad and husband. Today we remember Chief Skip Strong and we never forget everything he meant to all of us.

The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company's cover photo
09/24/2020

The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company's cover photo

This past Saturday at the BAVFC annex approximately 30 members from both Bel Air and Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulan...
09/22/2020

This past Saturday at the BAVFC annex approximately 30 members from both Bel Air and Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. spent the day with the team from Adapt and Overcome. The training was a combination of two courses; "Aggressive Ground Ladders" and "Residential Primary Search: Creating and Searching Survivable Space".

The first portion of the class focused on selection and rapid deployment of ground ladders using Tower 332 and Truck 1331. Topics covered included:

Ladder selection and priorities
Moving ground ladders to placement
Individual deployment of larger 24', 28', and 35' extension ladders

The first course concluded with timed "two ladder, three victim" drills in which groups of two firefighters were tasked with quickly deploying two ladders to remove a victim from three separate windows.

The second portion of Saturday focused on searching and removing victims in the residential setting. During this session personnel reviewed and honed vent, enter and search techniques, victim packaging and movement, removal of an unconscious victim from a second story window, and search techniques for furniture commonly found in residential homes including beds and cribs. Each firefighter performed an individual search, which was video recorded by the training staff. The firefighter then reviewed their video with the training staff to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their next search.

Only continued, repetitive, and correct training takes a firefighter's knowledge, skills and abilities in their job to the next level. The BAVFC extends its many thanks to the crew of Adapt and Overcome for their time and training and we hope to do it again.

We also want to thank the members of the Susquehanna Hose Company for taking time out of their Saturday to cover our territory so our personnel could attend this training.

Photos: Sharon Marino, BAVFC

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