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Barn Fire - Vansant Corner Road

Date: April 15, 2017

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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Cecil County Barn Fire

Date: March 12, 2017

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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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.

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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

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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