Daily Dispatch: Maryland News
State: Flame retardant chemicals are toxic — and everywhere
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700
In a serious case of unintended consequences, flame retardant chemicals were added to children’s pajamas in the ‘70s to try to reduce deaths from house fires. They were later banned in pajamas by the federal government after they were found to cause cancer. Yet these chemicals have since become ubiquitous in products in our homes from couches and mattresses to nursing pillows and baby changing pads.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: BaltimoreSun.com - Metered Site
Cumberland Man Arrested For Arson Threats
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 03:14:43 -0700
On March 19, 2019, the Cumberland Police served an Arrest Warrant on Damien Snead, age 29, of Cumberland, MD. The Warrant stemmed from a February 18, 2019 complaint into an arson threat made at a business on Virginia Avenue. Officers investigating the incident spoke to employees who advised that an unknown male entered the business extremely upset.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 3:14:43 AM - SOURCE: WCBC-AM 1270
Montgomery County firefighter honored for high-risk search in Silver Spring blaze
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:49:13 -0700
With flames busting out windows and reaching to a second floor, firefighter Michael Nokes made a decision. The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service firefighter had to get in the building to see if anyone was trapped. Nokes scaled a ladder and entered the second floor of a Silver Spring, Md., apartment building to find zero visibility in the smoke.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 4:49:13 PM - SOURCE: Hagerstown Herald-Mail
Baltimore Fire Department Relies Heavily On Overtime To Fill Shortages
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 04:23:14 -0700
The Baltimore City Fire Department says it relies on employees working overtime to cover nearly a third of its firefighter and medic shifts. Department spokeswoman Blair Adams tells The Baltimore Sun that the department has already used its $11.2 million overtime budget for this fiscal year, which has several months left.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 4:23:14 AM - SOURCE: WJZ-TV CBS 13 Baltimore
No one hurt after child sets mattress in Charles County ablaze
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:38:52 -0700
A small child with a lighter started a fire that resulted in slight damage to a Charles County town home Sunday, March 17, state investigators reported. According to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, the blaze was reported by the home’s occupant at approximately 5:15 p.m. The townhouse is located on Jameson Court in Indian Head.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 8:38:52 AM - SOURCE: Bay Net
Convicted Silver Spring arsonist sent to prison for firebombing
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 03:02:44 -0700
On Monday, March 18, U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel sentenced Darius Eric Wilder, 41, of Silver Spring, to 35 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release for committing arson, and for using, carrying and possessing a destructive device during and in furtherance of a crime of violence, related to the firebombing of his ex-girlfriend’s apartment.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 3:02:44 AM - SOURCE: Bay Net
Town of Ocean City reaches agreement with fire department
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:43:27 -0700
Ocean City’s fire fighters can breathe a sigh of relief because they finally reached an agreement with the town in regards to their three year contract. The agreement was reached on Thursday, which was two weeks past the initial deadline. We’re told it was worth the wait because both sides are fairly happy with the outcome.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 4:43:27 PM - SOURCE: WMDT-TV 47 Delmarva
Baltimore Blast Defender Mike Deasel Puts Out Fires On And Off The Field
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 21:16:21 -0700
Four years into a successful professional indoor soccer career with the Baltimore Blast, Mike Deasel walked away to pursue his dream. Despite his early success -- four Major Arena Soccer League championship appearances in four years -- the defender always made sure to plan for life after sports. In 2015, after a ride-along with the Baltimore County Fire Department, he found his calling: firefighting.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 9:16:21 PM - SOURCE: PressBoxOnline.com
Fire destroys commercial farm building near Boonsboro
Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:50:20 -0700
Almost 70 firefighters from three states battled windy conditions Saturday to contain a commercial farm building fire west of Boonsboro, authorities said. No one was injured by the blaze at Thomas and Son Farms at 7206 Monroe Road, fire officials said. Maryland state fire marshals are investigating the cause of the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2019 1:50:20 PM - SOURCE: Hagerstown Herald-Mail
Fire spreads through Clear Spring home
Sun, 17 Mar 2019 14:42:18 -0700
Fire spread through a house at 15 Cumberland St. on Sunday afternoon, sending thick plumes of smoke over the town. Cumberland Street, the main road through town, was shut down for several hours so firefighters could battle the blaze. The road was reopened at about 7:45 p.m., officials said. It is unknown what caused the fire, which was reported at 4:29 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2019 2:42:18 PM - SOURCE: Hagerstown Herald-Mail
Anne Arundel County: Body Found In Burning RV After Brush Fire Extinguished
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Anne Arundel Police reported a body was found after crews extinguished a brush fire Monday morning. The fire was in a wooded area off Ritchie Highway near Sycamore Dr. WJZ’s Kimberly Eiten said homicide detectives were called to the area. Firefighters received a call for flames showing through the trees.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJZ-TV CBS 13 Baltimore
Video: Baltimore firefighters deliver beds to Ronald McDonald House
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Families at the new Ronald McDonald House in east Baltimore will rest a little easier thanks to some of Baltimore's Bravest. Thirty firefighters delivered 150 brand new Tempur-Pedic mattresses. In addition to bringing the beds, firefighters also set them up. The fire chief tells 11 News, this is one of the many ways they proudly serve the community.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAL TV
Pasadena firefighter's coffeehouse plan will benefit volunteer fire system
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 13:02:29 -0700
After quitting his job as a sound engineer and cashing in his retirement, volunteer firefighter Lt. Duane McKee is “all in” with his plan of establishing a nonprofit coffeehouse to raise awareness for the Anne Arundel County volunteer fire system, including his home station, Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Company.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 1:02:29 PM - SOURCE: CapitalGazette.com
Firefighters respond to Germantown school bus crash
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Emergency crews are responding to the scene of a crash involving a school bus in Germantown on Thursday. Officials say the crash involved three vehicles on Great Seneca Highway near Mateny Road – including a BMW and a pickup truck, along with the bus. Three students were reportedly on the bus.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX 5 DC
Fire forces North East restaurant to close
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 09:56:10 -0700
Fire detectives are crediting a burglar alarm and law enforcement officers for the quick response of firefighters to a kitchen blaze inside a restaurant early Wednesday morning, according to the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal. Although damage from the blaze has forced the UnWined restaurant and wine bar in the 400 block of North Mauldin Avenue to close for business indefinitely, firefighters were able to contain the flames to the kitchen because the fire itself triggered motion detectors, which activated security system alarms that, in turn, prompted law enforcement officers to rush to the scene, fire officials reported.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 9:56:10 AM - SOURCE: Elkton Cecil Whig
Multiple cars catch fire after power line failure in Frederick
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 18:22:29 -0700
Four cars caught fire Wednesday morning after a power line failure in Frederick, Maryland. Firefighters responded around 6 am to a single car on fire at the American Motor Company, along North East St. Authorities say a high voltage power line fell onto the car, sparking the fire, but they could not put it out until Potomac Edison switched off the power.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 6:22:29 PM - SOURCE: WDVM-TV
Arnold blaze goes to second alarm Tuesday night, occupants reported safe
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 01:40:55 -0700
nne Arundel County and U.S. Naval Academy firefighters were attacking a two-alarm fire in a four-unit townhouse in the Mago Vista area of Arnold Tuesday evening. Firefighters responded to the 7:08 p.m. call to find an end unit ablaze in the 500 block of Martingale Lane in a cluster of multi-story garage townhouses called Moorings on the Magothy.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 1:40:55 AM - SOURCE: CapitalGazette.com
Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Company battles fire at Worcester lumber yard
Tue, 12 Mar 2019 12:55:13 -0700
Firefighters have been on the scene of a fire at a lumber yard on Snow Hill Road in Worcester County. The Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Company's live run log shows the agency responded to a commercial structure fire at Millville Lumber at 12:16 p.m. Tuesday. The Salisbury Fire Department tweeted out minutes later that it was providing mutual aid for the Snow Hill Road incident.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2019 12:55:13 PM - SOURCE: Delmarva Now
Howard County gets first ever female police chief and fire chief
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Together, they are making history in Howard County: Lisa Myers, the county’s first female police chief, and Christine Uhlhorn, the first female fire chief. ABC7 recently spoke to the two women about what it took to break the glass ceiling. "It's an amazing opportunity," Myers said. "I think we both realize it's much larger than who we are.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJLA ABC 7
Washington County Paramedic with rare heart condition suffers complications after open heart surgery
Mon, 11 Mar 2019 16:49:12 -0700
VIDEO: Brandon Bolyard is a paramedic and firefighter here in Washington County. He was born with a very rare heart defect which has changed his life drastically in the past few weeks. Bolyard has Tetralogy of Fallot, which there are fewer than 20,000 cases of a year. This rare heart condition resulted in open heart surgery as a baby, and just last month, he had to have open heart surgery again.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2019 4:49:12 PM - SOURCE: WDVM-TV

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