Mark Gray Falkenhan

Baltimore County firefighters were dispatched to a report of a kitchen fire in a three-story garden-style apartment building. Upon arrival, firefighters reported smoke showing and a civilian at a third floor window threatening to jump. Firefighters rescued the civilian over a ground ladder and stretched attack lines into the building. The incident commander requested a second alarm. Fire was found in multiple apartments and a second unconscious civilian victim was discovered and removed by firefighters. Firefighter/Paramedic Falkenhan, acting as the unit's company officer, arrived on a heavy rescue truck approximately 11 minutes after the arrival of the first unit. Firefighter/Paramedic Falkenhan and another firefighter proceeded to the second floor of the fire occupancy. After searching the second floor and reporting high heat conditions, they proceeded to the third floor to continue searching the structure. The two firefighters completed the search of one third floor apartment and began to search a second apartment. Rapid fire progress occurred and trapped Firefighter/Paramedic Falkenhan and the other firefighter in the apartment. The incident commander observed the advancement of the fire and ordered an evacuation. Tones were sounded over the radio and air horns on fire apparatus were sounded. The firefighter with Firefighter/Paramedic Falkenhan was able to make it to a window and down a ladder. Firefighter/Paramedic Falkenhan declared a Mayday and advised the incident commander that he was trapped on the third floor. Firefighters accessed the apartment where Firefighter/Paramedic Falkenhan was trapped over ground ladders and an aerial ladder. He was located and removed from the structure. Despite efforts by firefighters and medical personnel, Firefighter/Paramedic Falkenhan died of injuries he received in the fire. His death was caused by burns. The Baltimore County Fire Department prepared a report on this incident. The report can be located at the Baltimore County web site ( Incident Location: Dowling Circle, Towson Crossing apartments (USNG: 18S UJ 6441 5997).

Department Information

Baltimore County Fire Department - Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company
700 E Joppa RD
USNG: 18S UJ 6312 6240
Towson, Maryland 21093

Chief: John Hohman

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Mark Gray Falkenhan was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 43 
Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Jan 19, 2011 18:16
Date of death: Jan 19, 2011 
Cause of death: Caught or Trapped 
Nature of death: Burns 
Activity type: Search and Rescue 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed property use: Residential