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Thank you for visiting the Galena Volunteer Fire Companies's website. Please check back often for updates on recent calls, upcoming events, and more!

Recent Events


ICE RESCUE TRAINING


Date: January 6, 2018
Box Type: Training

On January 6th, GVFC members participated in a joint ice rescue training session with the Crumpton Vol Fire Co.


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CONGRATULATIONS!


Congratulations to Mr Harry Pisapia and Mrs Carol Pisapia induction into the Kent and Queen Anne's Volunteer Fire and EMS Association hall of fame!


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DEATH OF PRESIDENT JEFFREY DWYER


It's with the deepest regrets that the Galena Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. announces the passing of President Jeffrey D. Dwyer (pictured right). Jeff joined the Fire Company in 1982 as one of the original six Junior Firefighter and he was awarded his 35-year membership pin at this year's banquet. He was inducted in to the Kent & Queen Anne's Volunteer Fire, EMS & Rescue Association Hall of Fame in 2012. Besides President of the Fire Company, Jeff also served as Director, Lieutenant and Fire Police. He served on numerous committees either as Chairman or member.

Services are as follows;

Viewing is Wednesday August 30th, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech, 118 W. Cross St., Galena, MD.

Funeral Services with firefighter and military honors is Thursday August 31st, 2017 11 a.m. at the St. Dennis Catholic Church, 154 N. Main St. Galena, MD. Burial will follow the funeral services at the Galena Cemetery.

Jeff shall be missed by the Galena Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. and the communities we serve.


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DEATH OF CHARTER MEMBER HARVEY CAMP


On Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 members of Galena Fire Company participated in the funeral of Charter Member Harvey H. Camp, who passed away on July 16th, in his 99th year. Services were held by Galena Funeral Home of Stephen Schaech, with burial in Saint Dennis Cemetery with Fireman's and Military Honors.


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DEATH OF LIFE MEMBER CAROL PISAPIA


It is with great sadness that the Galena Vol. Fire Co., Inc announces the passing of Life Member Carol Pisapia. Mrs Pisapia held the positions of Director, Secretary and Assistant Secretary during her long membership with the GVFC and was a friendly face at numerous functions throughout the years. There will be a viewing at the Galena Funeral Home on May 31 at 1900 hours and the funeral will be held at the St. Dennis Catholic Church at 1100 hours on June 1. Please keep the Pisapia family in your thoughts.


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BARN FIRE - VANSANT CORNER RD


Date: April 15, 2017
Time: 2200 Hours
Box Type: Fire

At around 2200 hours, GVFC was dispatched along with mutual aid companies for a barn fire on Vansant's Corner Rd. Command 3 arrived with a large barn 50% involved and had Engine 3 lay a supply line into the barn. The Engine crew utilized two attack lines to knock most of the fire while Engine 4 (Kennedyville) picked up the supply line and established a water supply. Tower 3 and Cecilton Truck 1 were utilized for master stream operations. The damage was kept to the milking parlor and maintenance area of the barn and damage was estimated at about $300,000. Crews operated for about 5 hours before returning. Thank you to all of the assisting companies and Clayton DE for transferring while our units were busy. Photos by Nevin Steffy.


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BARN FIRE - CECIL COUNTY


Date: March 12, 2017
Time: 1923 Hours
Box Type: Fire (Mutual Aid)

On March 12 at 1923 hours, we were dispatched to assist Cecilton with a barn fire on Cassidy Wharf Rd., Earleville. Engine 3, Tower 3 and Tanker 3 made the response. Tower 3 set up on the A/B corner and utilized the elevated master stream for extinguishment and overhaul. Engine 3 supplied Engine 1 and hand lines while Tanker 3 hauled water in the shuttle operation. Utility 3 later responded with refreshments. 24 members operated for just over 5 hours before returning home.

Thanks to the Citizens Hose Company of Smyrna, DE for covering our district with an Engine and Tanker while our units were busy.


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2017 ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS ANNOUNCED


On December 1, we held our annual Election of Officers. Below are the announced 2017 Administrative Officers. The Directors also appointed Ethel Duhamell to hold the interim position of EMS Administrator. Congratulations and good luck to the 2017 Officers..




NEW ADDITION TO THE FLEET


Date: November 28, 2016

After many months of waiting and speculation, we can put the rumors to rest. On November 28, Chief Duhamell, Asst Chief D. Piasecki and Chief Engineer J. Duhamell made the trip to BWI Airport Fire and Rescue Department to pick up the future Tower 3. BWI FRD has received a new Pierce Tower and was no longer in need of their old one. Through many months of planning and hard work, The Galena Vol. Fire Company has secured the truck and it will soon be serving the citizens of Galena and the surrounding areas.

The truck is a 2002 E-One HP-95 Rear Mount Platform. It has a 95 foot aerial and has a pre-piped waterway. The platform has a 1300 pound tip-load and the master stream monitor is capable of flowing 1500 gallons per minute. Its is powered by a 450 horsepower Cummins Diesel engine and has seating for six firefighters.

We have already begun extensive training and we have a lot of work to do. Lettering and tool mounting will be taking place over the next several weeks and we are aiming to have the Tower in service by February 1. There is no doubt you will see the truck out and about while our members continue to train. PLEASE, stop by and check it out.


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LARGE OUTSIDE FIRE - CECIL COUNTY


Date: September 7, 2016
Time: 0945 Hours
Box Type: Fire (Mutual Aid)

At 0945 hours, we were dispatched to assist Cecil County with a large outside fire. Their units had been dispatched to a brush fire and upon arrival located approximately 2000 bales of straw on fire. Assistant Chief Reamy requested the box be filled bringing Tanker 3 as well as other mutual aid units. Tanker 3 made the response and shuttled numerous loads of water. Mutual aid units included equipment from Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's and New Castle (DE) Counties. Due to all of the tankers from our area being committed, Goldsboro Fire Co Tanker 706 transferred to our station. Photos by Nevin Steffy.


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BOAT FIRE - ROCK HALL


Date: August 31, 2016
Time: 0945 Hours
Box Type: Fire (Mutual Aid)

On Aug 31, 2016, we were dispatched to assist the Rock Hall VFC with a boat fire at Osprey Point Marina in Rock Hall. Boat 3 made the response and once on scene assisted Rock Hall and Chestertown units along with Boats from the Kent and Queen Anne's Rescue Squad, Kent Island Fire Co. and the Annapolis Fire Department with extinguishing the 50+ foot boat. Boat 3 operated for about 3 hours. Photos from several Facebook followers.


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STRUCTURE FIRE - MIDDLETOWN, DELAWARE


Date: August 28, 2016
Box Type: Fire (Mutual Aid)

On August 28, we were dispatched to transfer Engine 3 to New Castle County, DE Station 27 Middletown while their units operated at a multi-residential structure fire. Minutes after arriving at Station 27, Engine 3 was called to the scene to assist with overhaul of the structure. Engine 3 operated for about 3 hours. Photos from Delaware Online.


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LARGE BURSH FIRE - CLAYTON, DELAWARE


Date: April 26, 2016
Time: 1300 Hours
Box Type: Fire (Mutual Aid)

Just after 1300 hours, Galena VFC was dispatched for the Engine and Brush Unit to assist Kent County, DE Station 45 (Clayton) with a large outside fire on Saw Mill Rd. Engine 3 and Brush 3 made the response as well as Tanker 3 and Utility 3 which were requested shortly after. Engine 3 dropped one load of water and their crew at the main staging area and Brush 3 went to work assisting the crew already on scene. The tanker was placed in service as the main supply unit for the scene supplying multiple lines into the wooded area. Brush 3 and the GVFC personnel were then re-assigned to the "East Sector" where units coordinated to set up an operation to stop the advancing fire from a nearby adjacent property. Our Crews worked for over four hours with personnel and equipment ranging from Port Penn to Bowers as well as Kent and Queen Anne's County Maryland. Thanks to Hacks Point Tanker 9 for transferring to our station.Photos by N. Steffy.


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2016 ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS TAKE OFFICE


At 1200 hours on December 31, 2015, The officers for the 2016 calendar year officially took over. We wish everyone the best of luck in the new year.




MVC - AUGUSTINE HERMAN HIGHWAY


Date: December 12, 2015
Time: 0717 Hours
Box Type: Rescue (Mutual Aid)

Galena VFC was dispatched to assist Kennedyville VFC with a MVC on Rt 213 at Rt 298. Rescue Pumper 3 and Paramedic 3 made the response. Station 4 units arrived to find two vehicles head-on just south of Rt 298. The rescue crew secured one of the vehicles and Paramedic 3 transported one patient to Christiana Hospital. Betterton VFC Ambulance 5 transported one patient to Chester River Hospital in Chestertown.


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MVC WITH ROLLOVER - LOCUST GROVE ROAD


Date: December 8, 2015
Time: 1118 Hours
Box Type: Rescue

At 1118 hours we were dispatched along with Crumpton VFC for a MVC with rollover and entrapment on Locust Grove Rd near Angelica Nurseries. Rescue Pumper 3 and Ambulance 3 made the response along with Crumpton units who were clearing a call nearby. Crumpton units arrived first to find a tractor trailer overturned with rescue and a significant fuel leak. An additional rescue was dispatched to assist bringing Community Fire Company Of Millington,Md Rescue 2 to the scene. Crews stabilized the truck with cribbing, rescue struts and airbags and then used hydraulic rescue tools to free the trapped driver. Personnel from Ambulance 3, Kent EMS and MSP Trooper 6 tended to the patient who was taken by Trooper 6 to Christiana Hospital. Chestertown Engine 6 handed the LZ and MDE Emergency response arrived at the scene and pumped off the remaining fuel from the truck ( over 150 gallons ). Unfortunately, thousands of chickens perished at the scene.


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TRACTOR FIRE - KENNEDYVILLE


Date: November 24, 2015
Box Type: Fire (Mutual Aid)

Engine 3 and Tanker 3 assisted Kennedyville Vfc on a working tractor fire with exposure to a building. There was minimal damage to the building. The tractor was a complete loss.


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FARM VEHICLE FIRE - BOLTON ROAD


Date: October 27, 2015
Time: 1137 Hours
Box Type: Fire (Mutual Aid)

On October 27, 2015 at 1134 hours, we were alerted along with mutual aid companies for a farm vehicle fire located in a field on Bolton, Rd., Kennedyville, MD. Rescue Pumper 3 arrived to find a bulldozer fully involved. the crew from Rescue Pumper 3 quickly knocked the fire down and command scaled the incident back.


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