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Room and Contents Fire in Reisterstown

Last night Reisterstown and surrounding fire companies were alerted to a house fire in Reisterstown just before 1am.  Engine 413 and Squad 414 responded and was shortly followed by Special Unit 418 with another 4 members.  Engine 413 arrived with nothing showing.  The crew was notified the fire was in the alpha-bravo corner bedroom on the second floor so pulled a handline in the front door.  Two from Squad 414’s crew put a 14′ ladder to the small roof to check for fire and to vent.  The crew inside hit the fire in the bedroom and the window was simultaneously taken out.  Flames rolled out the window while the fire was being knocked by the inside crew.  The fire was knocked and crews checked for extension.  The fire damage was contained to just the one room. Crews were back in service after approximately 90 minutes.

Santa Coming to Reisterstown!!

Santa is coming to Reisterstown again this year.  Please watch for him Wednesday (12/12) – Saturday (12/15) and next week Wednesday (12/19) – Saturday (12/22).  Each evening will be from approximately 7pm to 9pm.

Here is the potential schedule:

Thursday December 13th
Weyword Drive, Amy Brent Way, Brian Daniel Court , Green Hill Farm, Ivy Mill Road and up Cockeys Mill Rd and Franklin Valley Circle.

Friday December 14th
Glyndon Trace , Goldsborough Way, Beverley Rd, Berrymans Lane, Tarragon Rd,Statewood Area and Beau Mondes Ct and area.

Saturday December 15th
Caraway Rd, Brookebury, Persimmon Cir, Delight Meadows, Sunnyking, Nicodemus to Cherry Hill,Fox Lair,Fox Den,Danbury,Terry Town, West Chestnut Hill.

Wednesday December 19th
Village Center, Harvestview, Bensmill Ct, Cantata Ct, Wolf Ave, Chatsworth Ave, New Avenue,Mysticwood,Sacred  Heart Lane, Bond Ave, Cherry Tree Ct, Black Oak.

Thursday  December 20th
Shetland Cir, Hammershire Rd Brookshire Area,Candytuft, Leyton Rd, Stonecastle,  Shetland Circle to Chestnut Hill East.

Friday December 21st
Bentley Park, Deacon Brook, Main Brook, Gwynnwest and Treeline area to Estate Rd, Suburbian Rd, Shirley Manor, Greenview and Walgrove.

Saturday December 22 nd
Walgrove Rd, Chartley Park, Brunk Rd, Chartley Drive, Shirley Manor, Glyndon Drive, Homvale Rd, Northway Rd.

Please note that Santa will try to get to each area around Reisterstown but due to weather and calls it is difficult to schedule when we will be in a certain area.

Fire Safety Detail at Glyndon Elementary

Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company organized a fire safety demonstration for the kindergarten classes at Glyndon Elementary school.  They did well as they new what to do if their clothes caught on fire (stop, drop, and roll) and what to do if there was smoke in the house (get down low on the floor and move out of the house). They got to go through the engine and one of the teachers donned our bunker gear.

Fire Prevention Week

 

It’s 3 a.m. You and your family are sound asleep and awake to the beeping smoke alarm. You are tired and confused from the effects of the smoke. You know you need to get to safety, but when you head for the front door, you find that escape route is blocked by fire that is spreading by the second.  What do you do?

While this scenario is one I hope you never have to encounter, the statistics tell us that many people do every day. According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds in 2010. That added up to 369,500 home structure fires, which caused 13,350 injuries and 2,640 deaths. We also know that most fatal fires kill one or two people. However, in 2010, 19 home fires killed five or more people, resulting in 101 deaths.

The numbers are scary, but there is something you can do to help ensure your family’s safety should a fire break out in your home: Have Two Ways Out!

The Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company is teaming up with NFPA during Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, 2012, to urge residents to “Have Two Ways Out!” This year’s theme focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.

Only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. And of the three-quarters of Americans who do have an escape plan, less than half actually practiced it. As we saw in the scenario above, fire is unpredictable. Seconds and minutes can mean the difference between life and death. We want to ensure that Reisterstown residents know what to do if a fire breaks out in their home. Preparation is an important part of being able to deal with an emergency and it is crucial you take steps to prepare your family for the potential of a home fire by having an escape plan and practicing it.

Although preparing for the unexpected is difficult, reviewing the information below and taking action based on it to plan for a fire could save lives.  Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company recommends the following tips for planning your family’s escape:

If you have children and want to make this a family activity

  • Make a map of your home. Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room.
  • Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they’ve escaped. Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on your escape plan.
  • Write the emergency telephone number for the fire department on your escape plan.
  • Sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape drill with everyone living in your home.
  • Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and practice the drill twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday.

If your family is all adults:

  • Walk through you home and identify two ways out of each room.
  • Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they’ve escaped.
  • Make sure everyone knows the emergency number for your local fire department.
  • Practice your escape drill twice a year.

To learn more about “Have Two Ways Out!” visit NFPA’s Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org.

National Night Out

The Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company was out at the National Night Out in Reisterstown at Chartley Plaza with both Engines, Squad, Special Unit, Utility and Ambulance.  Juniors from our Junior program showed kids around the apparatus.

Severe Storms Hit Northwest Baltimore County

Just before midnight on Friday, severe thunderstorms worked their way across Carroll County into Baltimore County.  The hardest hits areas were south of the Reisterstown area.  During the peak of the storm, Engine 412 and Rescue Squad 414 were first due on an apartment fire in Randallstown from quarters.  Power outages in the Pikesville area have caused water pumping station outage.  As water towers empty, the Reisterstown area will notice a significant drop in water pressure.  Residents are asked to conserve water until the water towers are refilled.  Full water service is expected to be restored by Sunday morning.