Daily Dispatch: Maryland News
County executive proposes more firefighters as Arundel County Council prepares to balance, finalize budget
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 13:50:46 -0700
County Executive Steuart Pittman has proposed adding 15 more firefighters, a limited English proficiency consultant and increasing grant money for the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, among other increases, to his fiscal year 2020 budget. The supplemental amendment requests are drawn from the $1.3 million in operating cuts the Anne Arundel County Council made on Monday in decisions that largely left Pittman’s first budget untouched.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 1:50:46 PM - SOURCE: CapitalGazette.com - Metered Site
Low response times prompts Calvert County to move towards career EMS
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 02:13:01 -0700
Following backlash from the Calvert Emergency Medical Services (EMS) community, the county commissioners elected to hold a special meeting to work with local EMS leaders on the budget allocation for Career (or paid) EMS Staff. The complaints by the emergency volunteers varied but had a similar theme, revolving around a lack of communication between the county’s EMS and the commissioners.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 2:13:01 AM - SOURCE: Bay Net
Queen Anne’s County passes tax credit for volunteer firefighters
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 01:50:00 -0700
With unanimous support, and amid a chamber full of first responders, the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners passed a law granting a property tax credit for volunteer firefighters Tuesday, June 11. Ordinance 19-11, introduced by County Commissioner Jack Wilson, provides “a tax credit against county property tax on certain real property owned by volunteer fire department members in Queen Anne’s County, establishing eligibility requirements for such tax credits and the amount, terms and conditions of the credit.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 1:50:00 AM - SOURCE: My Eastern Shore
Frederick County Council explores work group on county firefighters' issues
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700
County Council members started discussing a potential work group Tuesday that will examine working conditions, collective bargaining and other topics between the county firefighters union and county officials. The work group is in response to Question D, a ballot measure that passed with more than 70 percent of the vote last November.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Frederick News Post - Metered Site
Arc of Washington County hosts first responders event
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 03:50:06 -0700
The Arc of Washington County was granted funds to host a garden party with first responders in Hagerstown. The gardening event hosted by the Arc is meant to promote awareness and relationships between first responders and people with disabilities. The event came to life after an incident in 2013 involving a man with disabilities and law enforcement.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 3:50:06 AM - SOURCE: WDVM-TV 25 Hagerstown
Hot chocolate: Smoking cocoa powder near Rockville Station to blame for MARC delays
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700
The MARC Brunswick Line saw significant delays Tuesday morning after a suspected loading mishap led to a fire on a freight train carrying cocoa powder. Montgomery County fire officials responding to reports of a train fire near Rockville Station around 7 a.m. Tuesday found smoke emanating from a container on a CSX cargo train.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOP-FM
Ocean City names new fire chief
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Ocean City has a new fire department chief. Richard Bowers was officially named as head of the resort's fire department, overseeing both paid and volunteer fire and emergency personnel. His appointment was confirmed by Town Council members during a meeting Tuesday. Bowers replaces Chris Larmore, who announced in February he would be retiring from the department this spring.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Delmarva Now - Metered Site
Baltimore City Fire Trains For Vehicle Water Rescues Ahead Of Summer Flood Season
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 14:01:00 -0700
Imagine: you’re trapped in your car and water is rising fast. With each passing second waiting to be rescued, your air pocket shrinks. Then, you hear the splash of a firefighter entering the water near your car. Help is on the way. In Western Maryland Monday, the Baltimore City Fire Department’s Search and Rescue teams trained for this terrifying scenario.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 2:01:00 PM - SOURCE: WJZ-TV CBS 13 Baltimore
Somerset County House Fire Sends One to Hospital
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700
An early morning fire destroyed a Somerset County home and sent one person to the hospital. According to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, the blaze broke out shortly after midnight Wednesday in the living room of the one-story home, located at 7549 Meadow Bridge Road in Eden. Owner John Van Ess reported the fire and it took crews from the Fruitland Fire Department about 20 minutes to bring it under control.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBOC-TV CBS 16 Salisbury
Emmitsburg Vigilant Hose Company is the most visited firehouse in the world
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 17:35:00 -0700
The Emmitsburg Vigilant Hose Company is the most visited firehouse in the entire world. The fire company keeps a log and records every person that comes to visit. People come from all over to visit the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. The memorial honors all men and women who died in the line of duty each year in the United States.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 5:35:00 PM - SOURCE: WDVM-TV
Montgomery County fire union to governor: Act now or risk catastrophic failure of the radio system
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700
The message from Montgomery County’s fire union to Governor Larry Hogan was direct and alarming. The county’s emergency radio system is on the brink of “catastrophic failure,” and officials must find a way to replace the system “as quickly as humanely possible.” A three-page letter sent June 5 by International Association of Firefighters Lodge 1664 President Jeffrey Bundle to Hogan details concerns that the radio system is long overdue for an upgrade.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WUSA-TV 9 DC
Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services appoints two deputy chiefs
Mon, 10 Jun 2019 13:03:21 -0700
Two longtime Howard County assistant chiefs have been appointed as deputy chiefs, the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services announced Monday. Chief Louis Winston, a 29-year veteran of the department, and Chief Gordon Wallace, who has served for 23 years in Howard County, were appointed as the new deputy chiefs, the department said in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 1:03:21 PM - SOURCE: CapitalGazette.com - Metered Site
Firefighter's House Destroyed After Lexington Park Fire
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: On Monday, June 10, 2019, at approximately 5:05 a.m., firefighters from Bay District, NAS Patuxent River, Ridge, Hollywood, and Leonardtown responded to 47925 Mary Lynn Drive in Lexington Park, for the reported structure fire with fire showing. Crews arrived on scene to find a 1-story single family residence with fire in the garage.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Southern Maryland News
One Hospitalized After House Fire In Laurel
Mon, 10 Jun 2019 08:23:08 -0700
One person was hospitalized after a house fire in Laurel, fire officials say. The fire in the 9000 block of Dumhart Road was reported around 12:30 a.m. Monday morning. Two adults inside the house were able to get out of the burning home, according to fire officials, but one was taken to an area hospital for possible smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 8:23:08 AM - SOURCE: WBAL-AM 1090 Baltimore
Two Teens Injured After ATV Flips Over In Harwood
Mon, 10 Jun 2019 08:12:27 -0700
Two teens in Anne Arundel County are injured after the ATV they were driving flipped over on Friday, fire officials said. Firefighters responded to a 911 call at around 8:27 p.m., saying a 17-year-old girl was having seizures. When they arrived at 123 Three Rivers Road in Harwood, they found two people were injured from an ATV accident.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 8:12:27 AM - SOURCE: WJZ-TV CBS 13 Baltimore
Senators get funding for National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Emmitsburg
Sat, 08 Jun 2019 17:30:39 -0700
Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen announced recently $2.3 million from the Department of Justice’s Public Safety Officers’ Benefits program for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Emmitsburg. The NFFF will use this funding to support a variety of projects that impact firefighters and fire departments across the country, from counseling and training to database improvement and survivor services, according to a press release.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2019 5:30:39 PM - SOURCE: Southern Maryland Newspapers
Region: Mother and daughter battle blazes in DC — and stereotypes about firefighting
Mon, 10 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: Jacqueline Pinnix was surprised when her daughter told her she wanted to become a firefighter. Jalisa Pinnix, 28, had never expressed interest in any careers related to the medical or emergency services fields. But growing up, Jalisa always admired her mother, who worked as an EMT. Jalisa used to brag about her mom's job racing across Washington, D.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WUSA-TV 9 DC
Family Displaced After Montgomery County Apartment Fire
Sun, 09 Jun 2019 18:22:22 -0700
VIDEO: A family of four was displaced after a fire in Germantown Sunday afternoon. The fire happened at a townhome in the 13500 block of Station Street. When firefighters arrived, they saw some smoke visible in the front and heavy smoke and fire in the rear alley of the home. Firefighters were able to quickly get the fire under control.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2019 6:22:22 PM - SOURCE: WJZ-TV CBS 13 Baltimore
Warehouse Fire Causes Oil Spill in Baltimore Harbor
Sat, 08 Jun 2019 19:23:55 -0700
A warehouse fire in East Baltimore Thursday night caused an oil spill into the Inner Harbor, prompting a rapid response by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). The oil spill happened just a day before the Baltimore Floatilla, in which 300 kayakers and paddlers will navigate around the Harbor in support of clean water.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2019 7:23:55 PM - SOURCE: Chesapeake Boating
First Responders, Supporters Honor Fallen Firefighters With Tunnel To Towers Tower Climb in Baltimore
Sat, 08 Jun 2019 16:24:06 -0700
VIDEO: The 18 floors of the CareFirst building in Canton was a site to pay respect on Saturday. About 60 people took the grueling climb of 432 steps. Some firefighters wore more than 65 lbs. of equipment. “We’re climbing to honor and pay respect to those who lost their lives on September 11th,” Odenton Volunteer Firefighter John Kraft said.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2019 4:24:06 PM - SOURCE: WJZ-TV CBS 13 Baltimore

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