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75th Anniversary of GVFC

Today marks a special milestone for the Galena Vol. Fire Co., Inc. On this day 75 years ago, a small group of courageous men met and formed the Galena Vol. Fire Company. Just as they are now, times were tough and the founding members did not have the funds to purchase a new fire truck. The beginning of our relationship with the Community Fire Company of Millington was started shortly after that as we purchased our first fire truck from the Millington Fire Company who was formed 18 years prior. In a small touch of irony, in 2003, Millington purchased their first ambulance from us.

Tonight, In lieu of our normal business meeting, we will hold a small party for our members which will include a swearing-in ceremony for our 2017 Officers. If the day wasn't special enough, at 1800 hours this evening, Chief Powell will officially place Tower 3 in service. The unit is a 2002 "E-One HP-95" 95 foot rear mount tower/ladder. It has SCBA seating for six firefighters and carries a full complement of truck company tools, as well as rope rescue equipment, EMS supplies and salvage and overhaul items. The truck formerly served the BWI Airport Fire Rescue Department and was acquired officially by us in October 2016.

Since the delivery of the truck, our neighboring fire companies have been a great resource in helping us get the unit ready for service. We would like to specifically thank Maryland Senator Stephen Hershey, the Maryland State Fireman's Association Surplus Equipment Committee, The Singerly Fire Company of Elkton, The Chestertown Vol. Fire Co, The Easton Vol. Fire Dept., Uff Machine Company and Todd's Body Shop for their generous donations. Our success would not be possible if it weren't for the help of these organizations.

We would also like to extend our appreciation to the members of the GVFC for the time and dedication put forth to complete the training, maintenance work and prep work in getting the tower ready. Our members are definitely our most valuable asset.

Tower 3

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

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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Cecil County Box 104 - Large Outside Fire

Date: September 7, 2016

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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Assist Rock Hall VFC with Boat Fire

Date: August 31, 2016

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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Assist Middletown, Delaware with Structure Fire

Date: August 28, 2016

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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Assist Clayton, Delaware with Large Brush Fire

Date / Time: April 26, 2016 / 1300 Hours

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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