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70 Years of EMS

On January 21, 1948 our first ambulance was placed in service.  It was a 1948 Cadillac Meteor ambulance.  The $6,155 ambulance was purchased by the Kiwanis Club of Reisterstown and donated to the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company.

The process of purchasing the ambulance began on December 31, 1945 when a $100 deposit was placed on the ambulance.  There was a high demand for post war era ambulances because they had not been manufactured since 1942.  The delivery was also complicated by post war strikes at GM.

The ambulance was kept at J. Edwin Eline’s garage until construction on our current building was completed later in the year.  The ambulance handled 189 calls in 1948.

New Medic 415 is finished. 

Our new medic unit is finished.  The new medic will begin the journey to Maryland next week. Once it arrives, Atlantic will complete some miscellaneous items. The medic unit should be in service within the next two weeks. Photos are courtesy of Atlantic Emergency Solutions.

Progress on Medic 415

Assembly continues on Medic 415.  All of the insulation has been installed and the wiring harness is in place.  Installation of the parking and emergency lights is almost complete.

Reisterstown VFC receives BGE Emergency Response Grant

The Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company was awarded an Emergency Response and Safety grant from BGE.  The grant will be used to purchase a Lucas CPR chest compression system (it will cover $8,000 of the $14,000 cost).  The Lucas will perform chest compressions on patients in cardiac arrest and will allow personnel that  would be performing chest compressions to perform other patient care tasks.  It will perform consistent compressions without fatigue and makes it easier for EMS personnel to move patients without any interruption in CPR.

The members and officers of the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company would like to thank BGE for awarding the grant to our community!


Photo Courtesy of Physio-Control.

New Medic 415 Ordered

The Reisterstown VFC has ordered a new medic unit to replace Medic 415.  The new Medic 415 will be manufactured by Road Rescue in Winter Park Florida.  It will be mounted on a 2017 Dodge 5500 4×4.  The new unit will have an all aluminum body that will be mounted on a liquid spring suspension.  The new unit will have a Stryker Power load system to assist loading the cot in the rear of the unit.  The cost of maintaining our current 10 year old unit has been steadily rising.  The new unit should be in Reisterstown sometime this winter.

Rescue on Butler Road

Just after 6pm on Tuesday June 28th units from Glyndon, Reisterstown, Chestnut Ridge, and Franklin fire stations were alerted for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment.  Upon arrival, units found a 2 vehicle accident with one person trapped.  Crews extricated the occupants and transported to local hospitals.

Brush Fire in Boring

On Saturday February 20th, Reisterstown assisted the Boring VFC with a brush fire on Old Hanover Road.  When units arrived they found a ground cover fire in a Alpaca pen. The crew from Engine 412 used one Compressed Air Foam hand to assist Engine 422 and Brush 428.

Vehicle over embankment on Red Run Blvd.

On July 17 at 3:45pm we were alerted for a motor vehicle accident with rescue at Franklin Blvd. and Red Run Blvd. Engine 56 arrived to find a vehicle over the embankment with one occupant trapped.  Special Unit 418 stabilized the vehicle with it’s winch and struts.  Patient was extricated and flown by Trooper 1.  Special Unit 418 is currently in service as a reserve rescue squad.

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Passing of Paul Trager

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of life member Paul E. Trager. Paul joined the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company in 1968 and is a past President.

Services will be held at Eline Funeral Home 11824 Reisterstown Road (at Franklin Blvd.) on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 10:00am. Friends may call on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from 3-5 and 7-9pm. Interment will be at Druid Ridge Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Department 108 Main Street Reisterstown, MD 21136 or the Alzheimer’s Association 1850 York Road Suite D Timonium, MD 21093-3142