Daily Dispatch: Maryland News
Former Hagerstown fire educator receives national honor
Sun, 20 May 2018 13:40:58 -0700
A former public-education officer with the Hagerstown Fire Department was recognized in April for his lifetime efforts in fire prevention and community risk reduction. Mike Weller, who retired from the city department in 2010 after nearly 30 years, received the Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety at the Congressional Fire Service Institute's annual dinner on April 19 in Washington, D.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2018 1:40:58 PM - SOURCE: Hagerstown Herald-Mail
Catonsville shelter evacuated due to 'hazardous gas' leak
Sun, 20 May 2018 10:06:10 -0700
Fire officials say a men’s shelter in Catsonville had to be evacuated Sunday morning due to a “hazardous gas” leak. Captain Tim Rostkowski says firefighters received a call shortly after 8 a.m. for a medical emergency at the Westside Men’s Homeless Shelter on Redwood Circle. As crews entered the building, meters alerted them of a potentially hazardous gas.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2018 10:06:10 AM - SOURCE: WBFF-TV Fox 45 Baltimore
New Market firefighter with child over shoulder: 'I'm not a hero'
Mon, 21 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
If you pick up the latest edition of the Frederick News Post, you'll see a photograph of a firefighter making rescues. There's a red hue from the nearby firetruck, and water is everywhere. In the center of the frame, there is a firefighter, with a child over his shoulder. That is Derek White. "I don't feel like a hero," he laughed, as he spoke with WUSA9 outside the fire hall on Thursday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WUSA-TV 9 DC
Hagerstown fire officials discuss the benefits of installing fire sprinklers in new homes
Sun, 20 May 2018 03:52:30 -0700
In a nationwide effort to educate the community about home fire sprinklers the Hagerstown Fire Department participated in a demonstration for the first time at several Lowe's Home Improvement stores and Home Depot locations. Officials said fires are burning a lot faster and hotter. The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition-Canada are initiating the Home Fire Sprinkler Day.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2018 3:52:30 AM - SOURCE: WHAG-TV NBC 25 Hagerstown
Anne Arundel County fire union wins arbitration dispute
Thu, 17 May 2018 15:25:25 -0700
Anne Arundel County firefighters will reach their maximum salary faster and get higher raises but lose allowances after an independent arbitrator sided with firefighters Wednesday. The union and the county had not been able to agree on a contract. The two-year agreement implements a step scale system that shortens how long it takes firefighters to reach maximum salary and includes a 4-percent increase between those steps.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 3:25:25 PM - SOURCE: Baltimore Sun - Metered Site
Dozens of People Rescued From Flood Waters in Frederick County
Fri, 18 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
First responders in Frederick County, Maryland, have saved dozens of people from dangerous flood waters that drowned some of the area's streets. The fire department has rescued 75 people from vehicles that were stranded, disabled or washed from the roadway, county fire chief Tom Owens said earlier Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC Washington
Military truck donation helps with flooding rescues in Washington County
Thu, 17 May 2018 15:56:53 -0700
The Potomac Valley Fire Company has been able to help with residents battling the flooding thanks to a new truck that as donated to them. Potomac Valley Fire Station received a military truck from the Maryland Forestry over the winter. It was this donation that made a huge difference in protecting residents during the severe flooding.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 3:56:53 PM - SOURCE: WHAG-TV NBC 25 Hagerstown
Overturned truck in Queen Anne's County delays traffic for hours
Thu, 17 May 2018 16:54:03 -0700
No one was injured but traffic on and around Kent Island was disrupted for hours Thursday, May 17, when a tractor trailer carrying bananas overturned in the median of U.S. Route 50/301 about 3:15 a.m. Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department arrived to find the driver out of the truck and sitting on the guardrail, said Fire Chief Buddy Thomas.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 4:54:03 PM - SOURCE: My Eastern Shore
Hazmat teams respond to Rockville after 1000-gallon propane tank leaks when valve sheared off
Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Hazmat teams are responding to an emergency in Montgomery County after a 1000-gallon propane tank began to leak when its valve was sheared off. The incident was reported around 10 a.m. at Suburban Propane on Derwood Circle in Rockville. Rail traffic along a portion of Metro's Red Line between the Shady Grove and Twinbrook stations has been suspended.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox 5 DC
Bowleys Quarters Fire Department, Marine Units docked after thieves steal emergency equipment
Wed, 16 May 2018 14:48:47 -0700
Bowleys Quarters Volunteer firefighters are outraged by the theft that has grounded one of their fire and rescue boats. Monday Night, thieves used wire cutters to break through the fence and steal items from 8 boats at the Beacon Light Marina. Among the boats targeted by the thieves: Marine Unit 217, a 23 foot boat that can hold two patients, and 3 crew members.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 2:48:47 PM - SOURCE: WBFF-TV Fox 45 Baltimore
Washouts impacting travel in some parts of Frederick County
Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Crews worked around the clock on Wednesday as they tried to prevent further damage caused by heavy rain on Route 180. Water from the Catoctin Creek covered the road, causing it to erode on Tuesday night Route 340 is being used as a detour. “I thought here we go again,” said neighbor Don Henson. Henson says a man even had to be rescued, when he lost control of his car on the flooded road.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJLA-TV ABC 7 Washington
Freezer Malfunction Causes Fire in Rockville Home
Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
A freezer malfunction in the basement of a Rockville home caused a fire Tuesday afternoon, according to Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service. Two occupants got out of the house and were evaluated by medics on the scene, MCFRS spokesman Pete Piringer wrote on Twitter. Smoke was visible coming from the roof of a house on the 6900 block of Old Stage Road at about noon, according to Piringer.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bethesda Magazine
Follow-up: Hollywood Man Charged with Setting Fire to Father's House
Tue, 15 May 2018 10:15:47 -0700
A Deputy State Fire Marshal has arrested a Hollywood man who intentionally set fire to a two story single family dwelling in Hollywood. The residence is owned by Michael Nowotny. On May 9, at approximately 4:47 pm, approximately 50 firefighters from Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department responded to a one alarm fire located at 26442 Peninsular Drive that caused approximately $350,000 in damages.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 10:15:47 AM - SOURCE: Southern Maryland Online
Elderly man in critical condition after Frederick house fire caused by suspected lightning strike
Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
An elderly man was hospitalized after a fire broke out at a Frederick home that is believed to have been sparked by a lightning strike. The house fire happened at around 7 p.m. Monday in the 8300 block of Sharon Drive. Firefighters were able to rescue the elderly man who was trapped inside of home. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition after suffering from smoke inhalation, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox 5 DC
Lightning strikes believed to have caused 2 separate house fires in Takoma Park, officials say
Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Severe storms that passed through the D.C. area on Monday is believed to have caused two separate house fire in Takoma Park. Large flames were seen coming from the roof of a two-story house in the 900 block of Larch Avenue that started at around 8:45 p.m. Around 100 firefighters responded to the scene to put out the fire, according to officials.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox 5 DC
Region: DC firefighters finally allowed to extinguish NW warehouse fire
Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Last Wednesday, WUSA9’s crews were on the scene of a massive warehouse fire. Some five days later, embers were still burning inside. “For a long time, the issue was that the building was unstable in danger of collapse,” said DC Fire Spokesperson, Vito Maggiolo. On Monday evening, Maggiolo told WUSA9, Firefighters were finally allowed to safely enter and extinguish those smoldering embers.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WUSA-TV 9 DC
Fire damages Grasonville house
Mon, 14 May 2018 07:48:24 -0700
A riding mower is to blame for a fire that destroyed a shed and damaged a family’s house on Sawmill Lane Wednesday, May 9. The detached 10’ by 16’ wooden shed was fully involved and the fire had spread to the attached garage and into the second floor of the house when firefighters arrived, said Capt.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2018 7:48:24 AM - SOURCE: Star-Democrat (Easton)
Mom of three dies in Beltsville house fire
Mon, 14 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
One woman died in a Beltsville house fire early Saturday morning, fire officials say. According to Prince George's County Fire and EMS, neighbors called 911 around 3:30 a.m. to report a house fire at the 11400 block of Howard Court. When firefighters arrived, officials say the two-story house was consumed with heavy fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: DCW 50
Bay District firefighter laid to rest
Fri, 11 May 2018 14:26:17 -0700
A local volunteer firefighter was laid to rest by friends, family, and colleagues today, May 11, 2018. Russel Tarleton, 55, who served as a Life Member of the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department passed away peacefully at his home Monday, May 7 surrounded by family and friends. Tarleton joined the organization in 1980 and actively volunteered for over 25 years.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2018 2:26:17 PM - SOURCE: Bay Net
Anne Arundel County Executive: Overtime error could lead to $5 million in unpaid time, employees to be reimbursed
Fri, 11 May 2018 11:14:50 -0700
Schuh said the incident is unlike anything he has seen in government or private business. “I’ve seen malfeasance and fraud and mistakes, and I’ve seen payroll errors … they happen, mistakes happen,” he said. “I’ve never seen a miscalculation for such a protracted period of time.” The number of employees impacted by the error has not been determined.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2018 11:14:50 AM - SOURCE: Baltimore Sun - Metered Site

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