Harford County Md Fire & EMS PIO Media Page

Harford County Md Fire & EMS PIO Media Page The official site for media information on Harford County, Maryland fire/ems/rescue incidents and activity. Media outlets are asked to contact the duty PIO via cell phone first.

This site is managed by Harford County Vol Fire and EMS Association Spokespersons Rich Gardiner (Bel Air VFC) and Jennifer Chenworth-Price (Fallston VFC). The intent of this page is to provide media relations and communications on fire/EMS and rescue incidents, fire prevention and administrative activities that occur in Harford County Maryland. .

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19 years ago today. Cherish and love those around you. Tell them everyday.Never take for granted anything in life and mo...
09/11/2020

19 years ago today.

Cherish and love those around you.

Tell them everyday.

Never take for granted anything in life and most especially never forget what this day truly means to you deep inside your soul; and what it means to your family, your friends and your neighbors.

Be strong and stand united.

9/3, 515: Harford County is under a TORNADO WARNING until 545pm this date.  RG/JC
09/03/2020

9/3, 515: Harford County is under a TORNADO WARNING until 545pm this date. RG/JC

08/27/2020
HCVFA Benevolence Fund Corn Hole Raffle Drawing

Congratulations to Bel Air VFC for winning the Corn Hole Board raffle that benefited the Harford County Fire and EMS Associations Benevolence Fund. The drawing was held at tonight’s Association meeting. BAVFC purchased several tickets as a company to benefit the fund.

8/26 1427 hours SRT40 (Pulaski Highway) is closed between Joppa Rd and Joppa Farm Rd for electrical high tension wire do...
08/26/2020

8/26 1427 hours SRT40 (Pulaski Highway) is closed between Joppa Rd and Joppa Farm Rd for electrical high tension wire down. BGE is responding.

8/23, 8pm: The swiftwater of the Deer Creek in Rocks State Park was the scene of an extended extrication of a male in hi...
08/24/2020

8/23, 8pm: The swiftwater of the Deer Creek in Rocks State Park was the scene of an extended extrication of a male in his late 30s this evening. The victim jumped into the water and was swept under, trapping his lower leg beneath a boulder in the rapids. Special Operations personnel from across Harford and Baltimore Counties led by the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company worked for close to 3hrs to complete the extrication. MSP aviation was unavailable due to the weather. Transport for serious but non life threatening injuries was made by land to a regional trauma center. RG/JC

08/21/2020

8/21 Bel Air Rd remains closed between Reckord Rd and Mountain Rd. FD and Harford County Special Operations Team are searching for two additional white males in their 30’s. If anyone has additional information please contact 911.

08/21/2020

Update one subject has been located and ATV’s have been deployed for extrication. Injuries are unknown at this time.

8/21 FVFAC and several other agencies are operating on a backwoods rescue call along Bel Air Rd near Wilgis Rd. There are numerous units responding and on the scene. There are lane closures in effect on Bel Air Rd. PLEASE avoid this area for the evening rush hour period. PIO Williams, FVFAC PIO

Maryland announces its statewide text to 9-1-1 system today. If you can’t call or are in a unsafe situation you can now ...
08/21/2020
Maryland Launches Statewide Text-to-911 Service – Conduit Street

Maryland announces its statewide text to 9-1-1 system today. If you can’t call or are in a unsafe situation you can now text 9-1-1. This service is available through Verizon, AT&T/Sprint, and T-Mobile for customers with text service

Effective Thursday, August 20, 9-1-1 call centers across Maryland will begin accepting text messages via text-to-911 service. Customers of the three major wireless carriers (AT&T, former Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon) who are enrolled in their carriers’ text messaging and/or data plan can send tex...

Here’s your chance to win a bushel of crabs 🦀 from Conrad’s Seafood!!! All while supporting The Judy Hinch Benevolent Fu...
08/14/2020

Here’s your chance to win a bushel of crabs 🦀 from Conrad’s Seafood!!! All while supporting The Judy Hinch Benevolent Fund for Harford County Volunteer Fire 🚒 and EMS 🚑 Winner gets:

A bushel of #1 Crabs, 5lbs of Steamed Shrimp, and 2 Dozen Ears of Corn from Conrad’s Seafood. You will also receive a case of Beer(over21)or Soda of your choice.

Tickets are: 1 for $10, 3 for $20, or 10 for $50

For tickets or questions please contact:
Betty Jo Senior [email protected] or
Jessica Norstrand [email protected]
***For PayPal or Venmo payment please contact Jessica Norstrand [email protected] or via Facebook messenger for payment information***
Drawing to be held live via Facebook and winner will be contacted.

08/12/2020

8/12 Chestnut Hill Rd update:

As of last evening all field providers were released from the hospital after evaluation. All FD and Hazmat units were clear the incident by 2242 hours and the scene was turned over to the HCSO. At this time the lead on this incident will be the Harford County Sheriff's Office and all inquiries should be deferred to them. JC/RG

HCSO media information for Chestnut Hill Rd.
08/12/2020

HCSO media information for Chestnut Hill Rd.

8/12/2020 11:13 a.m. UPDATE:
Thank you for your support of our deputy last night following the hazmat incident.

The deputy was released from the hospital later that evening. The hazmat situation was caused by moisture absorbing material that was present in the residence in high volumes.

The death of the individual in the residence remains under investigation. At this time, no foul play is suspected.

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This evening at approximately 7:15 p.m., deputies responded to the 2600 block of Chestnut Hill Rd for the report of an unattended death. Upon arrival, a deputy who entered the residence and was overcome by a chemical odor and exited the residence. Harford County Hazmat was requested to respond.

The deputy was transported to the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center as a precaution.

The investigation into the adult male occupant’s cause of death is under investigation.

08/12/2020

8/11 1916 hours 2600 blk Chestnut Hill Rd Forest Hill. The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company along with Darlington Volunteer Fire Company's EMS and Harford County EMS were dispatched to an adult male in cardiac arrest. Upon the arrival of EMS and one officer of the HCSO entered the residence to provide care and started having reactions to a chemical smell in the residence. The EMS providers and HCSO exited the residence and called for additional resources from the FD and Harford County Hazmat Team. FD and Hazmat are on location investigating. Two EMS providers and one HCSO Deputy were taken to a local hospital for further evaluation with non-life threatening illness. This is an active incident. PIO Chenworth is the primary for the FD.

08/10/2020

8/10 1256 hours Baltimore County has requested several engine transfers for assistance in covering their district. This is due to Baltimore County resources being allocated to the row home explosion in Baltimore City.

08/04/2020
Harford County Public Safety CAD

Public web cad can be accessed through the below link from Harford County Government for impacts to the public for current incidents public safety departments are responding to or on the scene of. There are currently several road closures in the county. Please do not drive around barriers or on flooded roadways.

http://pwc.harfordpublicsafety.org/publicwebcad/

08/04/2020

Message from Emergency Manager Rick Ayers

Harford County is currently under a Tropical Storm Warning by the NWS. The Harford County Emergency Operations Center has been activated and monitoring the conditions in the county. At this time, we have been placed under a Flash Flood Warning and expect flooding to occur throughout the county with-in the next hour or so. Please do not drive thru high water and turn around for your safety. Harford County can also anticipate wind gusts up to 50 mph during the day and a tornado threat is also a possibility. The county will most likely encounter some power outages from the storm. If possible, make sure to charge your cell phones now...before losing power.

Thanks and Be Safe,
Rick Ayers

08/04/2020

TORNADO WARNING UNTIL 10 A.M. TAKE SHELTER NOW.
a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Aberdeen Proving Ground, moving northwest at 20 mph. HAZARD...Tornado. SOURCE...Radar indicated rotation. IMPACT...For those in the direct path of a tornado touchdown, flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Damage to roofs, siding, and windows may occur. Mobile homes may be damaged or destroyed. Tree damage is likely. * Locations impacted include... Aberdeen, Havre De Grace, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Bel Air South, Riverside, Perryman, Churchville, Harford Furnace, Carsins and Belcamp.Heavy rainfall may hide this tornado. Do not wait to see or hear the tornado. TAKE COVER NOW! Torrential rainfall is occurring with this storm, and may lead to flash flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.

As Tropical Storm Isaias continues to move up the east coast the following has been issued for Harford County.*Tropical ...
08/04/2020

As Tropical Storm Isaias continues to move up the east coast the following has been issued for Harford County.

*Tropical Storm Warning is in effect
*Coastal Flood Warning is in effect until August 5th at 3 a.m.
*Flash Flood Watch is in effect until August 4th at 11 p.m.

Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
08/03/2020

Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

PRESS RELEASE:

MEMA Calls for Continued Vigilance and Preparedness as Isaias Impacts Maryland Early This Week

READ: bit.ly/TropicalStorm-Isaias

Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 10 p.m.
07/31/2020

Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 10 p.m.

The May 3, 2020 2 alarm Creswell Rd fire was determined arson and two juveniles from the arrow center have been charged.
07/29/2020

The May 3, 2020 2 alarm Creswell Rd fire was determined arson and two juveniles from the arrow center have been charged.

JUVENILES CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH FIRE AT HISTORIC HARFORD PROPERTY

HARFORD COUNTY, MD (July 28, 2020) - Deputy State Fire Marshals, with the assistance of agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), have charged two juvenile females with arson charges stemming from a fire that destroyed a historic Harford County structure. The juveniles, both 16, are residents of the Arrow Center.

On Sunday, May 3, 2020, at 11:10 a.m., firefighters from multiple Harford and Cecil county companies responded to a reported structure fire at a vacant property at 2408 Creswell Road south of Bel Air. The structure is located on the grounds of the Arrow Child and Family Ministry Center; however, it is not owned or operated by the company. It took over fifty firefighters almost two hours to control the blaze. No injuries were reported.

Investigators worked tirelessly for days and determined the fire was an intentional act and, during the course of the investigation, identified the two juveniles as the ones responsible. After consultation with the Harford County State's Attorneys Office, charges were filed. The juveniles have been charged with 2nd Degree Arson, 1st degree Malicious Burning, and Malicious Destruction of Property and have been referred to the Department of Juvenile Services.

Deputy State Fire Marshals were assisted by Harford County Sheriff's Office and ATF agents, their federal partner in fire, and explosive investigations. The Office of the State Fire Marshal has a long history of working hand-in-hand with the ATF and is standard protocol in large and significant fire losses.

The large Victorian mansion was built in 1868 for the last owner of Harford Furnace, Clement Dietrich. Many in Harford County knew it as Old Main for the former Eastern Christian College.

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Oliver Alkire
Senior Deputy State Fire Marshal/ K9 Handler "Kachina"
Acting Public Information Officer
Office 410-836-4846 Cell 443-619-2192

07/27/2020

7/26 1932 hours 4100 blk Conowingo Rd Darlington Volunteer Fire Co. On location motor vehicle collision with rescue. Two patients have been transported to a regional trauma center by land and a third is being air lifted in critical condition. Maryland State Police is the primary. Avoid the area FD and PD remain on scene. JC/RG

07/26/2020

7/26 1359 hours Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company along with mutual aide units and Harford County Special Operations Team are on scene and responding to a fall at Rock State Park. Reported as a male in his 60's fallen on a trail in the area of the King and Queen Seat. Please be cognizant of FD personnel in the area avoid that area at this time. JC/RG

07/26/2020

Update: 1454 hours command has placed the fire under control. FD units remain on scene for further mitigation and clean up. Two additional fire units were requested to the scene for manpower. With a heat index of 97, it is pertinent to rehab personnel more frequently to keep them hydrated and cool during incidents. No injuries have been reported.

7/26 1338 hours: 3600 blk Hollands Branch Ct, 2nd alarm dwelling fire. Units arrived with heavy fire and requested a 2nd alarm on arrival. All occupants were out of the residence and no injuries reported at this time. Darlington VFC is the lead on the incident. Incident is still active, evolving, and additional equipment has been requested for manpower along with Harford County Special Operations Team for the Rehab unit. Avoid the area and be aware of heavy fire apparatus activity. Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal will be investigating the cause. JC/RG

Thunderstorms are moving into the area. A thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 7 p.m. with a flash flood watch unt...
07/22/2020

Thunderstorms are moving into the area. A thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 7 p.m. with a flash flood watch until 11 p.m.

Do not drive through flooded roadways. “Turn around, don’t drown”

07/03/2020

7/3, 5:15p: FD and EMS working a serious motor vehicle collision with confirmed entrapment and fire on Churchville Rd (MD. Rt 22) at Oakwood Lane. Multiple medic units and aviation enroute to scene. Avoid the area and expect delays if you do travel in that area. RG/JC

07/01/2020

Update 1504 hours patient has been extricated and is being transported by land to a regional trauma center for evaluation. Patient is in stable condition.

7/1 1410 hours Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company along with mutual aid companies and Harford County Technical Rescue Team are on scene at Rock State Park King and Queen Seat for a fall. Reported as a 9 year old male fallen and possibly no injuries. Rescue crews are currently deploying rope rescue assignment.JC/RG

06/24/2020

6/24 1746 hours,second alarm dwelling fire at 11214 Glen Arm Rd, Baltimore County. Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. And Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company both are on scene with multiple pieces of apparatus assisting Baltimore County. JC/RG

06/24/2020

6/24 1823 hours Level Volunteer Fire Company is handling a Pedestrian struck by a bicyclist at Aldino Rd & Carsins Run. Aviation is inbound for an adult female in serious condition. JC/RG

06/21/2020

Update 1907 hours three patients are going by land to a regional trauma center and two additional patients were evaluated and refused further medical transport at this time.

6/21 1844 hours Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. Is on location of a motor vehicle collision at Reckord Rd and Harford Rd. Four EMS units have been requested to the scene. Harford Rd is closed between county line and SRT 152. Take an alternate route. JC/RG

Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal is asking your assistance In an overnight fire determined to be arson in Bel A...
06/21/2020

Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal is asking your assistance In an overnight fire determined to be arson in Bel Air.

ARSON DETERMINED IN BEL AIR FIRE; INVESTIGATORS SEEK ASSISTANCE

HARFORD COUNTY, MD (June 20, 2020) - Deputy State Fire Marshals are requesting assistance in identifying a possible suspect vehicle after concluding arson was the cause of two different building fires at the same time Saturday morning.

On Saturday, June 20, 2020, at 3:29 a.m., Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company and surrounding companies responded to 1226 Bel Air Road for a reported building fire. Firefighters arrived and discovered two different buildings on fire. The buildings, located behind Birroteca restaurant, are two metal shell structures housing eight different businesses. Firefighters were able to contain the separate blazes within forty minutes. A team of Deputy State Fire Marshals worked throughout the day and determined the fires were incendiary (arson) in nature. While only two businesses sustained direct fire damage, an estimated loss upwards of $1,000,000.00 occurred to the contents.

During the investigation, a suspicious vehicle was reported to have been in the area. Investigators believe the truck is a late model, possibly between 2015-2019, Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab (4-door). Anyone with information regarding the fire or can identify the vehicle/owner is asked to contact the Northeast Regional Office Tipline @ 410-386-3050

Oliver Alkire
Senior Deputy State Fire Marshal/ K9 Handler "Kachina"
Acting Public Information Officer
Office 410-836-4846 Cell: 443-619-2192

06/14/2020

1540 hours FD and rescue group have made patient contact and packaging for extrication. Aviation is inbound, patient is reported an adult male in critical condition. JC/RG

6/14 1517 hours: FD and Harford County Technical Rescue Team responding to Rock State Park, King and Queen Seat, for a fall victim. Incident is evolving and DNR is the primary. JC/RG

06/14/2020

6/14 10:56 a.m. FD and Harford County Technical Rescue Team were dispatched to 2 adults and 4 children stuck on an island in the Deer Creek near Stafford Rd. All subjects were removed safely with no injuries and transported back to shore. JC/RG

06/13/2020

6/12 10:36 p.m. Bel Air, 126 N hickory Ave, APT fire. FD arrived with heavy smoke showing and advising working fire. Incident is active and evolving. No injuries are reported and Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal is responding first investigation. JC/RG

06/09/2020

6/9 TRAFFIC ADVISORY... SRT136 is closed between Cool Spring Rd and Cool Branch Rd for a large sinkhole in the roadway. The closure will be several days.

SRT136 between SRT1 and SRT 22 will only be accessible to local traffic.

Please take alternate routes.

06/09/2020

6/8 8:39 p.m. Building fire at 300 W Ring Factory, Brightview Assisted Living. The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company alongside mutual aid companies found fire on the first floor near the patio and kitchen area. Fire was quickly extinguished and smoke removal was performed on the first and second floors. FD remains on location, all residents and staff are safe. No injuries. Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal is investigating. JC/RG

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