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Hagerstown Fire Department arrives to find heavy fire showing from a third story window

Family displaced by fire in Hagerstown On the morning of April 8th, Hagerstown firefighters were alerted on Box 1-4-7 to a house fire on East North Avenue at 7:32 a.m. Calls continued to come in to the Communications Center for Washington County as crews responded out to the early morning blaze. Hagerstown City Police reported seeing smoke from several blocks away as they responded to assist HFD units. Captain Hopkins immediately requested the working fire assignment due to the multiple reports received. Firefighters arrived on the scene at 46 East North Avenue to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the house. One occupant was rescued by firefighters off a rooftop in the rear of the building as other crews made entry to make their attack on the blaze. Firefighters were able to gain control of the fire within fifteen minutes of dispatch that morning.

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Firefighters remained on the scene for the majority of the morning conducting overhaul operations until 10:00 a.m. City fire marshals were also on the scene until 11:00 a.m. conducting their investigation into the cause of Mondays blaze which sent two occupants to Meritus Medical Center with burns sustained during the incident. One was stabilized and transferred out to Medstar in Washington D.C. The second patient, who was transported and treated at Meritus Medical Center has since been released. The condition of the other patient transferred to Medstar has not been released. Two other occupants were able to safely escape the blaze without injury that morning. The American Red Cross was also called in to

assist the displaced occupants of 46 East North Avenue. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation by the Hagerstown City Fire Marshals office. Firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to the involved structure which sustained heavy fire damage to the second and third floors of the house. Hagerstown crews from Antietam Fire Engine 2 and Special Unit 3-2, First Hose Engine 1, Independent Juniors Engine 3, South End Engine 5, Western Enterprise Engine & Truck 4, Pioneer Hook & Ladder Truck 1 and HFD Utility 3 responded out with additional assistance from Community Rescue Service Co. 75, Washington County Special Operations 20, Washington County Air Unit 25 and Rehab Unit 255.

Crews respond to morning time second alarm Around 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 2nd, units from Anne Arundel County, Ft Meade and BWI Airport were alerted to respond to the 1800 block of Estate Court in Severn for a reported house on fire. First arriving units found a two story dwelling with heavy fire throughout and requested the second alarm due to the impinging on two adjacent houses. Units made a strong defensive attack on the house and were able to bring it under control in about an hour. The cause remains under investigation.


Line of Duty Death, Firefighter Gene Kirchner The Baltimore County Fire Department-Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company (MD) reported a line of duty death from an incident that occurred on April 24, 2013. According to the US Fire Administration, Firefighter Gene Kirchner, age 24, passed away on May 2nd from injuries sustained at the scene of a working residential fire. Kirchner was found unconscious and rescued by fellow firefighters on the second floor of the structure after he had reportedly issued a Mayday call. A resident of the home, who did not survive the fire, had also

been found and removed from the burning structure by firefighters. The investigation into the fatal fire continues by authorities. The funeral services were held at the Har Sinai Congregation followed by Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium, MD. Contributions can be made in his memory to the Reistertown Volunteer Fire Company, 108 Main Street, Reistertown, MD 21136. Firefighter Kirchner was a volunteer at Reistertown with nine years of service.


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At 5:30 a.m. May 24, 2013, Box Alarm 56-10 was struck for the report of a dwelling fire in the 2900 block of Evergreen Ave. Units arrived to find heavy fire showing from both front windows of the second floor of a two story duplex dwelling. A working fire dispatch was immediately sounded bringing additional equipment. Crews made a quick knock of the fire which was confined to the second floor of the one house.

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In memory of those who gave all 1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty Michigan: Brian Woehlke, 29 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: May 8, 2013 Death Date: May 8, 2013 Fire Department: Westland Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief Michael J. Reddy Initial Summary: Firefighter Woehlke passed away from injuries sustained in a commercial structure fire at a strip mall. Woehlke was caught and trapped when the roof of the structure collapsed. Initial reports indicate that a Mayday call was made shortly after the collapse. Further details regarding the incident are pending and it remains under investigation by authorities. Incident Location: 6581 N Wayne RD, Westland, MI 48185 Washington: Albert A. Nejmeh, 59 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: May 14, 2013 Death Date: May 14, 2013 Fire Department: Tacoma Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief Jim Duggan Initial Summary: While working at the scene of an EMS incident, Firefighter Nejmeh collapsed from an apparent heart attack. Fellow responders rendered basic and advanced life support to Nejmeh and transported him to St. Joseph Medical Center where, despite the best efforts of the medical staff, he succumbed to his injury. Arizona: Brad Harper, 23 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: May 18, 2013 Death Date: May 19, 2013 Fire Department: Phoenix Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief Bob Khan Initial Summary: Firefighter Harper was pinned between two fire department vehicles at the scene of an outside fire. He was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital by other firefighters but did not survive.

Texas: Stanley A. Wilson, 51 Rank: Fire Rescue Officer Incident Date: May 20, 2013 Death Date: May 20, 2013 Fire Department: Dallas Fire-Rescue Department Fire Dept. Info: Louie Bright, III Initial Summary: Fire Rescue Officer Wilson died of injuries sustained in a multi-unit residential structure fire. Wilson became caught and trapped when a portion of the condominium unit in which he was operating collapsed. Investigation into the fatal incident continues by authorities. Incident Location: Hearthwood Condominiums at 12363 Abrams Road, Dallas, TX Houston, TX Name: Robert Bebee, 41 Rank: Engineer Operator Name: Matthew Renaud, 35 Rank: Captain Name: Robert H. Garner, 29 Rank: Firefighter Name: Anne M. Sullivan, 24 Rank: Probationary Firefighter Incident Date:Apr 17, 2013 Death Date: Apr 17, 2013 Fire Department: Houston Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Terry Garrison Initial Summary: The Houston Fire Department responded to a structure fire. While battling the blaze, the roof of the motel collapsed, trapping the firefighters in burning debris. All four firefighters perished. Incident Location: 6855 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX

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Working house fire in Towson On Thursday, March 7th, crews from the Hillendale, Parkville, and Towson career stations were alerted for the report of fire coming from the rear of a house in the 6600 block of Queens Ferry Road. While en-route, dispatch advised they were receiving multiple calls on this incident. Engine 11 (Hillendale career) reported fire showing from the rear of the house and requested the working fire dispatch, bringing an additional engine and truck from Providence volunteers, an engine from Lutherville volunteers, the rehab units from the Baltimore County Central Alarmers, as well as the air unit. It took about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. There were no injuries, and the cause of the fire is being investigated at this time.


Baltimore City second alarm at garden apartment Around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2nd, Baltimore City firefighters were alerted for Box 46-19 reporting an apartment fire at 4000 Fords Lane. First arriving units were faced with heavy smoke from a three story garden apartment, with fire on two floors and several civilians on balconies. A second alarm was struck, but firefighters mad e an aggressive attack and knocked the fire while also rescuing several residents via ladders.

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Arsonists charged in connection with 40 suspicious fires On March 17th, state fire marshals were called out for trash containers that were found to be intentionally burned in the 10600 block area of Connor Road in Williamsport in Washington County. This suspicious fire was the beginning of approximately 40 suspicious fires that plagued both Washington and Frederick Counties. Area fire departments responded to a range of suspicious fires consuming mulch and brush as well as mailboxes, trash cans, hay bales, vehicles, barns and a garage. A joint investigation began between the state fire marshal’s office, Maryland State Police, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Frederick County Fire Investigation Task Force and the Bureau Of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives. Several fires are still under investigation. Four suspects were charged with 40 different incidents as of April 9th. Tyler William Murray, 20, of Williamsport, was charged with six counts of second-degree arson and one count of 1st degree malicious burning. Morgan Thomas


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Nield, 20, of Hagerstown, was charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit second-degree arson and attempted arson. Olivia Marie Hannah, 20, of Frederick, was charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit seconddegree arson and second-degree malicious burning. Sarah Camille Mathews, 20, of Adamstown, was charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit second-degree arson and second-degree malicious burning. Investigators determined the fires resulted from boredom. As the fire setting progressed, so did their reasons. Some believe it turned into a vendetta against the state fire marshal’s office. No one was injured in any of the fires, but these fires had major impacts on the community.Current damages from the 40 fires is estimated around $200,000. - WILLIAM KING

Working junkyard fire in Jessup At 4:10 p.m. on Saturday, June 15th Howard County Engine 61 was alerted to 8125 Washington Blvd in Jessup for an auto fire at Crazy Rays Junkyard. As Engine 61 was responding, the call was upgraded to a local box adding additional units including a foam tanker to call for the reports of 15-20 autos on fire. Units arrived on scene finding 15-20 autos on fire in the rear of

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warehouse complex to the rear of the junkyard. The fire was under control in approximately an hour and companies remained to mop up and hit hot spots. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Firefighters battle mobile home fire in North Laurel WILLIAM KING

Electrical fire causes damage in Hagerstown On March 20th, Funkstown Fire Company along with Hagerstown and Community Rescue crews were dispatched out for a house on fire at 9:49 a.m. on March 20th. Washington County E.C.C. took reports of a house on fire with flames showing to the rear of Popeyeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chicken on the Dual Highway. Captain 33 (Adam Hopkins) from HFD could see heavy smoke from a distance and asked for the working fire assignment. E.C.C. advised Captain 33 that additional callers reported the address as 142 Harvard Road and two missing teens believed to be in the residence. Captain Hopkins arrived to find a two story wooden duplex with heavy fire in the rear. Firefighters from Community Rescueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rescue Squad were assigned to search the residence while Funkstown and HFD crews worked to contain the fire. Firefighters were able to con-

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tain the blaze within ten minutes. Search crews were unable to locate the missing teens, who were in school at the tim. Captain Hopkins reported the fire knocked down at 10:07 a.m., but held a majority of units for overhaul operations. Maryland State and Hagerstown Fire Marshals were on the scene. Firefighters from Funkstown and HFD remained for nearly two hours to assist. Final units cleared just before noon. The state fire marshals believe the fire to be electrical in nature and caused around $30,000 in damage. They believe the fire started in a basement crawl space. Damage was contained to one side of the duplex with no extension into the adjoined residence. No injuries were reported during

the incident. Nearly 50 firefighters responded from 12 departments. Funkstown Fire Co. 10 responded with HFD Independent Juniors Engine 3, HFD First Hose Engine 1, HFD Antietam Fire Engine 2, HFD Pioneer Hook & Ladder Truck 1, HFD Western Enterprise Truck 4, Community Rescue Co.75, Washington County Special Operations 20, Halfway Fire & EMS Co. 26, Mt. Aetna Fire Co. 16, Maugansville Fire Co. 3, Long Meadow Fire Co. 27, Washington County Air Unit 25 and Rehab unit 255. Once the fire was contained, command released Companies 13, 16 and 26 from the call diverting Engine 16-1 from Mt. Aetna to Funkstown and Engine 13-2 from Maugansville into the city to stand-by.

On the afternoon of July 5th, firefighters and paramedics from the Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services assisted by fire crews from both Anne Arundel and Prince George's Counties quickly extinguished a mobile home fire on Ruth Avenue in North Laurel. The mobile home suffered extensive damage and was declared uninhabitable. In total, six residents were displaced: two adults, two teenagers, and two infants. They are being assisted by the American Red Cross. One firefighter from the Savage fire station sustained minor burns and was transported to a local burn center for evaluation and treatment. The fire remains under investigation.



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At 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013 Baltimore City Fire units were dispatched to the report of a dwelling fire in the 1600 block of Darley Ave. Truck 5 arrived to find heavy fire coming from an end of row two story dwelling. Battalion Chief 2 arrived shortly thereafter and requested the working fire dispatch. The fire was brought under control in about 40 minutes. The cause is under investigation at this time.

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Tractor trailer cab on fire in Pikesville Around 10:15 p.m. Thursday, April 11th, Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Engine 321 and Tower 323 responded with BCoFD Station 14 (Brooklandville career) units to a reported tractor trailer cab on fire (Box 2-12) on Brooks Robinson Drive near Park Heights Avenue. BCVFA Car 56 (Former Captain Resnick) reported a fully involved cab. PVFC units arrived shortly thereafter and firefighters made an attack on the fire. Water resources were an issue as there are no hydrants along Brooks Robinson Drive. Engine 14 supplied additional water for Engine 321. Owings Mills VFC Engine 312 was also requested for water supply. Units remained on the scene approximately 40 minutes.


Baltimore City firefighters battle four alarm warehouse fire for hours Late in the evening on May 10th, Baltimore City Fire Department units were dispatched to a building fireat Chesapeake and Detroit Aves. E50 saw visible fire and requested a working fire dispatch. Truck 20 immediately requested a second alarm. Those units arrived to find a 100 x 150 building fully involved. Due to welding materials inside the building as well as severe water supply issues, a hazmat task force was requested as well as the third and fourth alarms. It took approximately 18 hours to extinguish this fire. Units from the Baltimore County Fire Department assisted in filling in stations of units working at this multi-alarm blaze. The cause is under investigation.

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Crash with rescue at Pikesville Target Around 9:40 p.m. on April 19th, Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company (Baltimore County) Squad 322 and Tower 323 responded with other westside fire units for a reported motor vehicle collision with entrapment in the area of the Ramada Inn in the 1700 block of Reisterstown Road (Rescue Box 2-10). BCoFD Engine 4 (Catonsville career), filling in at Station 2 while Engine 2 was at the repair shop reported a two vehicle accident on the entrance road to the Target store and confirmed someone was trapped in one of the vehicles. Pikesville's squad and tower were quickly on scene and firefighters extricated the patient from the vehicle, turning her over to BCoFD Medic 2 for care. The crash is under investigation by Baltimore County Police.

On May 27th, over 40 firefighters from area departments responded out on Box 10-1 for a reported trailer fire on Poplar Street in Funkstown. Units were alerted at 7:53 a.m. that morning for a house fire. Smoke from the blaze could be seen from downtown Hagerstown. Crews arrived on the scene to find a working fire with all occupants out of the structure at 20 West Poplar Street. Firefighters were able to conduct an aggressive attack and kept the fire contained to the mobile home involved, keeping it from spreading to surrounding residences. Firefighters were able to gain control of the blaze within

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20 minutes of arrival on the scene. State fire marshals responded to the scene that morning to investigate the blaze. Reports show approximately $35,000 dollars in damages between the residence and the contents within. The cause was found to be an electrical malfunction with a hot tub pump. No injuries were reported that day, and the resident of the mobile home was able to receive assistance from the Hagerstown Chapter of the

American Red Cross. Departments on the call consisted of Funkstown Fire Co. 10, Halfway Fire Co. 26, South End Fire Engine 5, First Hagerstown Hose Engine 1, Pioneer Hook & Ladder Truck 1, HFD Utility 3, Washington County Special Operations 20, Community Rescue Co.75, Washington County Emergency Air Unit 25, Emergency Rehab 255, MSP State Fire Marshals Office, WCVFRA Safety 200, Washington County Fire Police, Hagerstown Police Auxiliary and Hagerstown Police Department. - WILLIAM KING

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Program assists hero firefighter after he saves his family from blaze Last August 25th started as a typical Saturday for John Williams and his wife, Stefanie, who live in Warren, MA. With Stefanie at work, John, 30, did some chores in the garage. On that day, John was soldering something together, a process in which two or more metal items are joined together with a small flame. During that process, one of his children crashed into a five-gallon can of gasoline with his Power Wheels, causing a fire in the garage. The garage was destroyed and John and two of his sons, Camden, 5, and Gavin, 4, could have perished if they didn't escape the inferno. After the traumatic accident, John and Stefanie Williams wanted a new home, a new start. The Williams’ purchased their new home with the help of the Sun National Bank Heroes Mortgage Program. 1st Responder and Sun Home Loans teamed up to create the Heroes Mortgage Program. This mortgage opportunity provides discounted fees and low interest rates for firefighters and other members of the emergency services community. John Williams is a firefighter and EMT with the Warren Fire Department, which was called to

the scene of the fire at their old home. He and his wife moved into their new home on June 18. “We just wanted a fresh start,” Stefanie Williams said. “We just couldn’t stay there thinking about what could have been? It’s been a process, but the Heroes Mortgage program was great. They helped us with every question, they were amazing.” When the fire broke out, John Williams alertly threw his son, Camden, out of the second-story garage, feet first. However, his other son, Gavin, was scared and hid in the garage. John Williams feared he might not find Gavin and had to put his head out the window for fresh air, before making one last ditch effort to find the young boy. Luckily, John found Gavin, and tossed him to safety out the window. Young Gavin sustained head injuries, but made a full recovery. John Williams’ calm demeanor and quick thinking helped avoid a tragedy. He is, truly, a hero. “John only became a firefighter two years ago,” Stefanie Williams said. “I think this was all destiny, you have your whole life planned out for you. We were lucky, we count our blessings every day. Nothing is guaranteed.” John and Stefanie have another

son Tyler, 10, and a daughter, Makenna, 6. The family is still settling into their new home and, most importantly, are safe. Of course, 1st Responder and Sun Home Loans are proud to be part of the process. In seeking a new mortgage, the Williams’ were turned down by other companies because of the complexity of the deal. “It took a good week of man hours to set up the loan and ensure a closing,” said Steven Testa, a Vice President with Sun Home Loans. “But I was not going to let this family not fulfill their dream. We had to get this done for them and are proud that we did. Indeed, the Williams’ are a special family.” Whether purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing one, the Heroes Mortgage Program is offered exclusively, providing personal service, benefits and rates not normally available to the general public. To receive more information about the program and its benefits, contact Steven Testa at or call 973-6159745. Sun National Bank Home Loans and 1st Responder Newspaper are not affiliated. All loans subject to approval. Certain conditions and fees may apply. Mortgage financing provided by Sun National Bank Loans, Equal Housing Lender.


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Fire and EMS kick off prom season in Washington County On April 25th, lights and sirens filled the air in the South End of Hagerstown as Fire and EMS crews raced to a scene of a vehicle accident at South Hagerstown High School. Onlookers watched with a look of terror in their eyes Thursday as one teenager lies on the pavement dead as firefighters worked to extricate several others still entrapped. Maryland State Police arrived and eventually arrested one teen for driving under the influence as a Medevac helicopter took off with one of several patients involved in today’s accident. The best part of this whole accident is the fact that none of it was real that day! Police, Fire and EMS crews worked together Thursday morning with South Hagerstown High School and the Board Of Education to kick off 2013 Prom Promise Program. Prom season is here once again. This year crews from Hagerstown and Funkstown Fire Companies along with Community Rescue Service, Maryland State Police and Air Methods Life Net 81 participated in this year’s vehicle accident demo that opened several students eyes as to how serious this is. Several 2013 seniors took part in the skit put on by local emergency service workers. Several of the students became emotional stating they couldn’t control themselves because it all seemed so real. A South High Senior played the dead teenager lying on the pavement outside the car. She stated how real it seemed when the sirens started and her fellow students played their part making the incident that much more realistic for the students watching from the stands. Firefighters worked to cut the car apart extricating three patients from the car as Maryland State Police began interrogating the driver believed to be driving

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under the influence that day. Students from South High watched as several of their fellow students were being treated by EMS and another was being placed in handcuffs after failing a field sobriety test conducted by the state trooper. Many of the students remained silent as one of their own was wheeled from the scene to a Life Net medevac helicopter and lifted off to be flown to the hospital in critical condition. Assistant Chief Jerry Keplinger of Funkstown Fire Company narrated the incident to the students in the crowd trying to explain what was happening. The Prom Promise has been a program in Washington County Schools now making a difference for over a decade. Keplinger stated that Funkstown has not had to respond on any fatal accidents during South High’s Prom since they started doing the skits showing students the seriousness of their decisions they make. Once Thursday’s skit was complete, students returned to the auditorium for the second part which included a slide show showing scenes of multiple fatal accidents that happened here in Washington County. Organizations involved with included Thursdays demo Funkstown Fire Co. 10, Hagerstown’s South End Fire Engine 5, Community Rescue Service Co. 75, Air Methods Life Net 81 from Hagerstown Airport, Maryland State Police and Maryland State Coroner’s Office. Characters in the skit were portrayed by several South High Seniors as well as two South High teachers who portrayed the grief stricken parents. - WILLIAM KING


CSX train carrying waste derails Shortly before 8 p.m. on Friday, June 7th, Baltimore County 911 received multiple calls reporting a train derailment in the Lansdowne area adjacent to Hammonds Ferry Road. First arriving units from the Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Department reported multiple train cars of a CSX train had derailed in the area of Elizabeth Avenue. Upon further investigation, firefighters found ten cars had come off the tracks and several were overturned on their sides. CSX officials said the train was carrying municipal and commercial waste from upstate New York to Virginia. No injuries were reported and there were no hazardous materials involved. Baltimore County fire units remained on the scene assisting CSX officials and the Maryland Department of the Environment.

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Hamilton, VA. Loudoun County Fire Fighter Paramedic Erich Fritz mans the pumps for engine 605 at an outside gas leak

Washington County emergency responders were dispatched out for a confined space rescue Tuesday morning, July 16th on Lehmans Mill Road north of Hagerstown. Long Meadow Fire Company was dispatched out with Maugansville Fire, Community Rescue, Smithsburg EMS and Washington County Special Operations 20 on Box 27-7 for an injured subject in a silo. MSP Trooper 2 was also started due to reports of serious injuries. As crews began to establish a plan for extrication, Assistant Chief Grinder from Maugansville Fire assumed command. Chief Ulrich of Smithsburg EMS took EMS Group per command while Firefighter O’Connell of Special Operations was placed in charge of the Rescue Group. Crews worked for nearly a half an hour organizing their plan while certified confined space rescuers gained access to the patient. As crews worked to stabilize and package the patient, additional technical rescue teams were requested. Crews worked for nearly two and a half hours to extricate the patient from the silo. Using a pulley system set up on Quint 27, crews were able to raise and lower equipment down to the rescue crews while working on the patient in the silo. Command made an additional request for Halfway Fire Company with Tower 26 so crews could work safely from the platform of the aerial. Once packaged and secured, crews were able to use the pulley system. Once on the platform, Halfway was able to lower the platform down to the ground where personnel were waiting to remove him from the tower. Command reported the patient fully extricated and on the ground at 1:14 p.m. Crews working the incident were ordered to report to rehab for fluids and EMS evaluation


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before being released. Trooper 2 took over care of the patient and began their transport to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma in Baltimore. The condition of the patient not known. Over 50 emergency workers responded from 16 agencies. Crews faced 90 degree temperatures with high humidity with the heat index reaching 98 to 100 degrees. One provider was transported to Meritus Medical Center for possible heat related issues. No other injuries were reported. Once all personnel were checked, command was terminated at 1:46. Responding were Long Meadow Fire Co. 27, Maugansville Fire Co. 13, Leitersburg Fire Co. 9, Halfway

Fire Co.26, Hagerstown Fire Department Utility 3, Community Rescue Co.75, Smithsburg EMS Co.79, Washington County Operations 20, Special Washington County Emergency Rehab 255, Air Unit 25 and the Division Of Emergency Services Director Lewis and Deputy Director Summers. Additional crews specially trained in confined space rescue responded from Frederick County Fort Detrick Fire Co. 50, Franklin County Greencastle Fire & EMS Co. 3, Letterkenny Fire Co. 13 and West End Fire Co. 15 from Shippensburg to assist. Maryland State Police Aviation Trooper 2 responded for the Medevac of the patient to Baltimore. - WILLIAM KING

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Workers open the building up with a track hoe to assists firefighters

One firefighter suffers smoke inhalation at former lumberyard fire Workers for the Sledd Company, who operate out of the old Scott Lumber along US 40 in Triadelphia, were attempting to remove water from the roof on the front of the warehouse. The roof had collapsed after Friday evenings severe storms rolled through. While they were cutting a hole with a torch, the roof caught fire. Workers immediately called 911 and attempted their best to keep the fire contained. Local firefighters from Triadelphia, Stone Church and Valley Grove quickly arrived and took control of the scene. They did an excellent job keeping the fire from spreading. One firefighter is reported to

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Richwood saves historical city block Line of duty death reported in Charleston The Malden Volunteer Fire Department reported a line of duty death from an incident on June 24, 2013. According to the US Fire Administration, hile conducting exterior operations with other firefighters at a residential structure fire on Happy Hollow Road in Sissonville, Firefighter John T. Appleton, age 62, suffered a medical emergency. Appleton reportedly went into

cardiac arrest and was treated at the scene then transported to the hospital but passed away from his injury. Appleton was a seven year veteran of the Malden Volunteer Fire Department. Chaplain/Firefighter Appleton was the Pastor of the Kanawha Salines Presbyterian Church in Malden. He leaves behind his wife Cathy, and four children: Spring, Luke, Eric, and Brandon. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

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Truck 8 of the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun, MD is a Pierce Dash 105'.

On March 24, 2013 the tones dropped at 3:20 p.m. for Richwood Fire Department to respond to a structure fire at the corner of Oakford and Edgewood Avenues. Firefighters arrived on scene and found an unoccupied wooden JUMP TO FILE # two-story structure, 040413118 which was used for storage, totally engulfed in flames. Only an external attack could be made. The structure was joined with an historical city block, most of which was constructed in 1905. Located there is a hardware store, the old Citizens Bank building, and two occupied apartments. Firefighters worked for over three hours to keep the fire from spreading to the historical threestory buildings surrounding the structure. Richwood and Summersville ladder trucks along with Richwood, Nettie, and Craigsville engines battled the blaze for over three hours. During mop-up at 7:12 p.m., the back of the wooden structure collapsed. Units cleared the scene at 8:33 p.m. 54 firefighters were on to assist and 200 feet of 5 inch supply line was laid along with 200 feet of two and a half hose. Additionally, 1200 feet of one and a half inch hose was pulled, 45 air bottles were filled, and over 100,000 gallons of water was used. Just on scene efforts accounted for 378 man hours, not counting after return to the stations. No firefighter injuries were reported. No damage was reported from


Richwood firefighter Jonathan Smith on 2 1/2" hose.

occupants in the historical city block. There was electrical power to the structure. Richwood Fire Chief Tommy Coleman called in the WV State Fire Marshal's Office to investigate. The weather was 40 degrees

and 1/4" of rain accumulated during the day along with a mix of sleet and snow flurries. Wind from southeast and speed 20 knots. - STEVE FLYNN


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In a private ceremony held in Nicholas County on April 2, 2013, Redi-Care Ambulance President and Paramedic Michael Cox presented Paramedic Jeff Bess with his 20 year citation. Bess started serving as a volunteer in 1974 and also served when Nicholas County later had their own service. After Bess' employment with Redi-Care he obtained his paramedic certification. Bess is currently based at the Redi-Care Richwood Division. He also serves as lieutenant on the Richwood Fire Department. Bess' citation ranges from CPR saves to defibrillator saves and more.

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Zions Crossroad dispatched to MVC with injuries Louisa County, Va. Zions Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to two car MVA with injuries. Engine 7-1 was first on scene. The second in was Attack 7 with Medic 2 and Rescue 7-4. Both were transported to a local hospital.


Wild ride for Chesterfield truck crew after vehicle runs them off the roadway Chesterfield, VA. An aerial ladder truck crew is thanking their lucky stars tonight that they were not injured when a reckless driver ran them off the road. The crew had a wild ride. Fire and medical personnel were toned out at around 6 p.m. on May 10, to the 5700 block of Beulah Road for the crash. Truck 3 went through a deep ditch, with one wheel coming completely off, and slid through mud, sheering off parts from underneath the truck. The wheel came to rest in a nearby yard. The front bumper was crumpled. The truck came to a rest in

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mud up to its back bumper to the front. Haz Mat 15 was dispatched to contain fuel leakage. “It was a amazing the truck didn’t overturn,” said Lt. Jason Elmore, spokesman for Chesterfield Fire and EMS. “No one was transported.” Elmore said the vehicle’s driver kept going and made no attempt to stop. Large vehicle crash wreckers were dispatched to remove the

truck, after crews unloaded hoses, extrication equipment and other supplies. Responding to the crash were Engines 3 and 11, Medic 3, Haz Mat 15, the tactical safety officer, a battalion chief, a deputy fire chief, the shift commander, Chesterfield County Police, multiple wreckers and additional fire officers and personnel to assist with the crash. A description of the vehicle has not been released. The crash is under investigation. - BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT

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Oil spill on 360 brings out Jetersville At 6:45 p.m. on May 26th, Amelia dispatched Co. 3 Jetersville to a report of vehicles off the roadway with unknown type of fluid on 360. Engine 3 first on scene had a large area of the roadway covered in oil from a vehicle with a blown engine. Engine 3 shut down one lane of 360 while cleaning up the spill. VDOT was requested to assist with a sand truck, but later was cancelled. One eastbound lane of 360 was closed for two hours while crews cleaned up the spill. Units that responded were E-3, B-3, ACSO, and VSP.


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Basement fire in Towson On the evening of March 6, 2013, crews from the Towson, Hillendale and Parkville career stations, as well as the Providence and Lutherville Volunteer Fire Companies, responded to the report of a dwelling fire in the 800 block of Beaverbank Court. Crews arrived and reported smoke showing and once on the interior, upgraded it to a basement fire. The fire was quickly brought under control. There was one firefighter transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The cause is under investigation.

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Kochek Expands their Storz Hydrant Converters with Two New Cap Models

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Ejection in Hamilton Hamilton VA. Just before 2 AM on May 26, Loudoun County 911 center receoved calls of a accident on Rt 7 W. in Hamilton with at least one ejection under the Rt 9 overpass. Engine 605,Heavy Rescue 617, BLS 6171 and the regional medic along with members of the Loudoun County Sheriffs dept responded to find that one person was ejected from a jeep that ended up on the guard rail about 100 feet down the road under the over pass. As medical personal stated treatment a search of the area was started encase there was other people in the jeep at the time of the accident. It was determined that no one else was. Medic 608 requested at fly out for the injured person.

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Company 602 was sent to Co 605 station to handle the fly out along with County Fire Rescue supervisor. Engine 605 cleared the accident and co 602 was returned. As members of rescue 617 and engine 605 stood by the victim was transfered to the flight crew and taken to a trauma center. Members of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Dept shout down the left lane of Rt7 while they looked ino the cause of the accident. -WILLIAM CLARE

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Fire in single family residence On April 12th at 5:51 p.m., Henrico Fire units were dispatched to 1321 Devers Road for a reported single family house fire. The first Henrico Fire units arrived on scene in less than four minutes. Units initially encountered heavy smoke and some fire venting from the structure. A working fire was declared at 5:54 p.m. and crews immediately began to conduct an aggressive interior fire attack and search operation.

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At one point during the incident, crews had to temporarily switch to an exterior fire attack operation. Crews then were able to re-enter the structure to conduct salvage operations in an effort to prevent further damage to the structure and the occupant’s belongings. The situation was marked

under control at 6:23 p.m. with some fire crews expected to remain on scene for a few hours. All occupants have been accounted for. The occupants will be displaced and the Red Cross has been contacted to assist them. The Fire Marshal’s Office is conducting the investigation to determine the cause and origin of the fire. - JACKSON BAYNARD

Apartment fire displaces five Henrico, VA. An apartment fire at 1121 Westbriar Drive displaced five people on April 13th. At 7:26 a.m., Henrico County Division of Fire responded to a report of an apartment on fire. Multiple calls were received reporting smoke coming from an upstairs window and the roof. When fire crews arrived on scene they found a two story multifamily dwelling with heavy smoke showing from the second floor and roof area. Crews quickly identified the involved unit and set up for an inside operation. Evacuation of the adjacent units was being done while crews battled the blaze. Inside crews found fire conditions in the kitchen area that was quickly brought under control. All

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occupants made it out safely. The apartment had a smoke detector that was not operational. A total of four units were affected by this fire. One unit sustained fire damage with the adjacent unit sustaining smoke and water damage. Two units had light smoke damage and the occupants will be allowed to return. The American Red Cross is assisting the five displaced residents. No injuries were reported. The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen and a fire investigator is on scene to determine the cause. - JIM MELLON


Fire kept at bay by quick action Henrico, VA. A fire that started in the kitchen of a first floor apartment spread to the second floor through the wall. On May 13th st 10:01 p.m., Henrico County Division of Fire responded to a report of an apartment fire at 9125 Fargo Road. Two calls were received in the 911 center reporting the fire with smoke and flames visible. When units arrived on scene, they found smoke visible from the

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second floor. On further investigation it was discovered the fire was in the first floor apartment in the kitchen. The fire had entered the walls and traveled up to the second floor. Quick action by firefighters snuffed the flames with minimal damage to both units. The fire was

knocked down in less than 10 minutes with the incident being marked under control in less than 30 minutes. Both units will require repair and the three occupants will be staying with family until their home is repaired. No injuries were reported. Fire investigators have been called to the scene to determine how the fire started. - JIM MELLON


Kids enjoy open house Hamilton, VA. With the heat in check, parents were able to take their children out to enjoy the day after a week of being cooped up in the house. So where did they go, well to Hamilton, where the volunteer fire company was holding a open house. And come they did, from all over Loudoun County. Fire and rescue trucks were there to climb on. A machine that thought them how to make a 911 call was represented and water to spray on a mock house fire was demonstrated. The fire fighters served up hot dogs and the Safety Center Auxiliary held a bake sale.

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Entrapment in Purcellville


Purcellville VA. On Saturday, April 6th, Loudoun County 911 Center toned out Stations 602, 605, 614, 617, and County Battalion Chief 602 for an auto accident with entrapment. The members of Rescue Engine 602 went right to work stabilizing the SUV, which was on its side. Jacks were put in place and on the underside of the auto, while cribbing was used on the roof area. Station 605 provided a cover line and Heavy Rescue 617 assisted. Medical personal and firefighters gained entrance to the SUV through the rear window and stabilized the injured person. Rescue crews used cutters and spreaders to rollback the front section of the roof. Once that was done, other medical personnel evaluated the person and she was removed. EMS 614 transported her to a local hospital.

Chesterfield squad member remembered ChesterďŹ eld, VA. United as one in purpose, on June 25, Law Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, EMS, family and friends gathered to honor and remember the selďŹ&#x201A;ess life of O.E. "Buster" Greene, 78, of ChesterďŹ eld, who died on June 21. Buster Greene left a legacy of service. He served valiantly in his position as a ChesterďŹ eld County Police OfďŹ cer from Oct. 1956 to Oct. 1992. He served in the patrol division, as Sergeant of Detectives, and Lieutenant of Forensics. His devotion to serving the public went the extra mile. Greene was also a lifetime member of the Manchester Volunteer Rescue

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Squad. His legacy of service includes being a Life Member of MVRS squad, a Past-President and Treasurer for several years, an instructor at Rescue College, Director of the American Red Cross in ChesterďŹ eld County from 1965-70, Merit Badge Counselor for the Boy Scouts of America from 1976-1988, and Deacon and Finance Chairman of the Epiphany Baptist Church from 1999 to present. In 1970, he orchestrated the

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Outside gas leak Hamilton VA - Loudoun County Station 5, 2, and 14, were toned out for an outside gas leak in a non hydrant section of Hamilton. Engine 605 proceeded up part of the driveway and laid out LDH so that tanker 605 could feed them. Tanker 605 also dropped one of its ponds in case more tankers were needed. Tower Ladder 602 sent manpower to the house. EMS 614 set up. A gas leak off the driveway was found between the house and the house next door. A gas company repair crew responded and fixed the leak. All units were back in service in just over a hour. No one was hurt.


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Rescue 17 of Hamilton gets citations Loudoun County, VA. On April 5th at the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards, two members of the Hamilton Vol. Rescue Squad received the Silver Medal of Valor Award and a Unit Citation for Rescue 17. Station 17 along with other stations in the county were toned out just before midnight to rescue a service tech of NOVEC in his truck, during Hurricane Sandy. The truck was on the Hibbs Bridge over the Beaverdam Creek. The driver of the truck was on the roof of the bucket truck. That was being shoved against the bridge railing. When fire and rescue personal arrived, the water was rising at one inch every five minutes. Rope bags were tossed to the driver, yet

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because of the high winds they were not reaching their mark. Tower Ladder 602 tried to use it's bucket. The water soaked ground was far to unstable to allow the truck to find secure footing. Command placed Boat 17 as the RIT boat downstream. Boat 13 tried to reach the truck. Because of the fast raising water, 13 could not walk their boat out to the truck. Boat 17 was asked to make a front approach to the truck from downstream. With time running out, a helicopter rescue was also considered. The weather made this impossible. At this point, Boat 17 tried a side

approach to the truck. With Capt. Michael Burrier of Battalion 602 at the helm, the boat started for the truck. Moving past signs and other debris in the water, the captain was able to get close to the truck. Captain Jody Marker and Lt Chris Thomas of Rescue 17 Special Ops. were able to put a personal flotation device on the driver. After being rescued, the driver was turned over to EMS personnel, but he refused to be transported. Rescue personal were soaked to the bone, exhausted, cold and showing signs of cool related injuries. Capt. Michael Burrier as well as Capt Marker and Lt Thomas received the Silver Valor award for their actions in the boat that night. - WILLIAM CLARE


Quick stop saves home Henrico, VA. A quick stop to an attic fire saved a home in Western Henrico on July 10th. At 7:59 p.m., Henrico County Division of Fire responded to a report of a house on fire at 4931 Green Run Drive. Reports to 911 stated heavy smoke coming from the roof. When units arrived, they found fire conditions through the roof of a two story single family home. Crews went to work and discovered fire conditions in the attic. A quick stop to the fire in the attic kept the fire from spreading to the rest of the house. No one was home at the time of the fire. Two adults will be displaced for an undetermined amount of time while repairs are made. Several neighbors reported seeing a lightning strike close to the house about 30 minutes before smoke was seen billowing from the roof. No injuries were reported and the fire was brought under control in 20 minutes. The cause of the fire was determined to be from a lighting strike.


Bike medics hit the streets Hamilton, VA - On Saturday at the Hamilton Day Parade, the Hamilton Vol. Rescue Squad placed their first bike medics on the streets. The bike unit is part of the squad’s special operations division. A team of two members riding bikes are equipped with life saving equipment. Everything from bandies to an AED can be carried in the saddle bags. The bikes can get through an area packed with people quicker then a ambulance can. They also can patrol running, walking, and bike paths, as well as cover special events. This allows for a faster response in a medical emergency. Once there, they can start medical assistance and advise command by radio of what else is needed.

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Fire kept from spreading BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT

Virginia Fallen Firefighter Memorial 2013 Richmond,VA. On June 1, the 16th annual Virginia Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service was held. Ten firefighters who died in the line of duty or have been recognized by the Virginia Line of Duty Act in the last year were honored. The fallen firefighters honored at this year’s memorial are Medic II Joshua Weissman of Alexandria Fire Department, Firefighter Zachary Whitacre of Gore Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Firefighter Jonathan Myers of Norfolk Fire-Rescue, Lt John Echternach of Boones Mill

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Volunteer Fire Department, Lt David Chew of Bloxom Volunteer Fire Department, Chief M.L. “Pug” Wells of Elliston Volunteer Fire Department, Technician Mark Baban of Fairfax County Fire Department, Capt Clyde Berry of Hopewell Fire Department, District Chief Eldridge Canaday of James City County Fire Department, and Firefighter Joshua Culler of Disputanta Volunteer Fire

Department. In addition to honoring recently fallen firefighters, the memorial service honors the memory of all Virginia firefighters who have given their lives in the service of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The reception was sponsored by the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association, Virginia State Firefighters Association, and Virginia Professional Firefighters Association. - BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT

Henrico, VA. At 5:47 p.m. on May 6th, Henrico County Division of Fire responded to a report of a house on fire. Units were called to 1613 Trailing Ridge Road for the back of a house on fire. As units approached, they observed heavy smoke conditions in the sky and called a second alarm. The first fire unit found heavy fire conditions in the rear, second floor and roof area of a two story single family home. Crews made an initial attempt to gain control of the fire from inside, but quickly transitioned to an exterior fire attack due to the volume of fire and structural integrity of the roof. The bulk of the fire was quickly knocked down and kept from spreading to the remainder of the home.

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One occupant was at home and discovered the fire in the back of the house and called 911. No injuries were sustained by the occupant or firefighters. A family of four will be displaced all of adult age. The American Red Cross is on scene and assisting the family with immediate needs. The home sustained major damage by fire, smoke and water but some personal items were spared by the quick actions of firefighters. It took crews just over an hour to mark the situation under control. - JIM MELLON


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Fire shuts down Kentucky Fried Chicken Henrico, VA. A fire in the kitchen shut down a combination Kentucky Fried Chicken and Long John Silver just before lunch hour on April 16th. A fire broke out in a fryer at 8810 Patterson Avenue Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. At 11:16 a.m., Henrico County Division of Fire responded to a report of a fryer on fire with smoke and flames visible. Additional information stated the restaurant being evacuated. When fire crews arrived they

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found heavy black smoke from the roof of the building with smoke visible from the entrance side as well. Firefighters made entry and found fire conditions in the kitchen area quickly declaring a working fire incident. As fire crews made progress, they discovered the fire had gotten into the hood vent system. It took about 30 minutes to bring the blaze

under control. It is not known at this time if the fire suppression system activated. Reports from store employees stated “they discovered the fire under the fryer and attempted to use a fire extinguisher.” When the smoke got to thick they evacuated. No injuries were reported. The store will remain closed until repairs can be made and the health department has conducted an inspection. - JIM MELLON

Helping our older brother Hamilton, VA. Ken Graham has spent over 50 years as a member of the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Co 5, and 18 years was spent as the chief of department. Even today, he is still active around the station guiding the younger members and showing them how it is done. So, when he needed a little help fixing up the front deck of his home, the members responded. The railing needed work and a coat of stain was needed. Officers and firefighters responded and set about the task of making the repairs. Before reporting for their, shift a crew stopped by to put the finish-

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ing touches on the work. Armed with brooms and a spray gun, they set about staining the deck. The last bit of sanding was finished and the deck was swept clean. The spray gun was loaded and aimed at the wood. As the hum of the spray was heard, Chief Graham kept an eye on his firefighters as he has done for years. ..making sure they did the job right and safely. - WILLIAM CLARE


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Heat and humidity take it’s toll Leesburg, VA. Loudoun County 911 dispatched a full first alarm for a house fire. Engine 620 and Ladder 620 were the first units to arrive. Engine 620 dropped an LDH off at the hydrant and put two one and three quarter inch lines into operation. Engine 605B took the hydrant and pumped to 620. Rescue 613, Engine 602, and Tower Ladder 602 sent there manpower to the fire

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line. Engine 623 had the RIT. With the temperatures in the 90's and the humidity high, it took a toll on the firefighters. An extra BLS unit and county medic unit were dispatched. One firefighter was transported to the hospital and the front lawns of the surrounding

homes became littered with exhausted firefighters. Several pets were treated at the location and county animal services responded with masks and extra air tanks. The fire was brought under control quickly. County fire marshals are looking into the cause. - WILLIAM CLARE

Henrico, VA. Henrico County Division of Fire arrived to fire visible from the front window of a townhome. Henrico Fire responded to a report of a kitchen on fire at 10007 Dulaney Court at 1:49 a.m. The occupants had advised fire crews that everyone had gotten out. Crews confirmed that adjacent units had evacuated and made an aggressive interior attack bringing the fire under control in less than 20 minutes. One occupant sustained minor non-life threatening burns to the hands. A second occupant had minor smoke inhalation. Both

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occupants were transported to Parham Doctors Hospital. The blaze was confined to the kitchen area with moderate smoke damage throughout. Adjacent units sustained no damage. The cause of this fire was unattended cooking. The occupants were cooking with oil and left the kitchen area, discovering the fire. No smoke detector activated. - JIM MELLON

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Quick fire stop saves apartment complex Henrico, VA. A quick stop on a fire saves multiple units from destruction at Cambridge Apartments. At 6:44 p.m. on May 14th, Henrico County Division of Fire responded to 9016 Patterson Avenue for a report of an apartment on fire. When fire units arrived, they found JUMP TO FILE # smoke showing 051513106 from the front and rear of a two story multi-family apartment complex. Shortly after arrival, fire broke out through the rear window and a second alarm was requested by the incident commander. Crews confirmed that everyone had evacuated the structure and went to work. They encountered moderate fire conditions in the kitchen area of apartment 30. Crews made quick work of the blaze and knocked the fire down. After checking for extension the fire was marked under control in less than 30 minutes. Fire damage was contained to the kitchen area of unit 30 with moderate smoke damage throughout the unit. Unit 32, directly above the fire unit, sustained minor smoke in the apartment but the occupants are expected to be able to return tonight. Two adults were displaced in apartment 30 and Red Cross is on scene assisting with their needs. No injuries were reported. Fire investigators are on scene to determine the cause of the blaze. - JIM MELLON

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Crews battle two Ellicott City fires Just before 10:00 p.m. on April 7th, firefighters and paramedics from the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) responded to the 3000 block of Mullineaux Lane in Ellicott City for reports of fire showing from the roof of a two story single family home. Crews from Engine 82 as well as the medical duty officer were among the first arriving units. Three residents were home at the time of the fire. Smoke detectors helped alert two of them, who self-evacuated from the home. However, crews later located a third resident and requested that he evacuate as well. As a result of the fire showing through the roof, firefighters initiated a defensive operation upon arrival. Once they began to make significant strides toward extinguishing the blaze, an offensive operation was put into place. The fire was under control at approximately 10:40 p.m. More than 40 personnel responded to this incident including mutual aid assistance from Baltimore County. One firefighter sustained a minor hand injury. Fire investigators remained on scene to determine the cause. The home has been posted as unsafe and preliminary damage

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estimates are $26,500. The Red Cross is also on scene to assist the three residents who were displaced. Shortly after this incident, crews responded to the 3200 block of Corporate Court in Ellicott City for a fire in a commercial building. No one was injured and the fire was under control in a relatively short time period. Preliminary damage estimates for the fire in the 3000 block of Mullineaux Lane are $265,000. The number was listed incorrectly in the previous release. The second fire at The Columbia Connextion (located on Corporate Court) took firefighters roughly 15 minutes to get under control. The 911 call came in from a passerby in the neighborhood and approximately 20 firefighters responded with significant mutual aid assistance from Baltimore County. No one was injured. Preliminary damage estimates are $200,000 - JACKIE CUTLER

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Two injured in Chesterfield crash Chesterfield, VA. Around 6:30 p.m. on May 30th, Virginia State Police were dispatched to the scene of a hit and run motor vehicle crash on Route 150 southbound at Dalebrook Drive in Chesterfield County. Chesterfield Fire and EMS dispatched Truck 3, Engine 3, Medic 3, Medic 11 and a battalion chief, for entrapment in the overturned vehicle. Injuries of the victims were quickly accessed, the vehicle stabilized and using hydraulic tools the patient was extricated. The driver and a passenger in the Ford Ranger suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries and were transported by ambulance to VCU Medical Center. The crash occurred after the driver of a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe rear-ended a 1998 Ford Ranger on the exit ramp to Dalebrook, said Sgt. Thomas Molnar of Virginia State Police. The impact caused the driver of the Ford Ranger to lose control and overturn coming to rest onto the passenger side. After striking the Ford, the driver of the Chevrolet failed to stop at the scene. A witness to the crash called 911 and provided information on the suspect vehicle and a be-onthe-lookout (BOL) was given to the Chesterfield County Police Department. The suspect and the vehicle were later located in Bensley Park by the police department who contacted state police.

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The driver of the Tahoe was taken into custody by state police and charged with reckless driving and felony hit and run, said Sgt. Thomas Molnar. - BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT

Rapid stop placed on kitchen fire Henrico, VA. Henrico County Division of Fire responded to a report of a kitchen on fire at 2902 Magnus Lane. Units were advised of flames visible in the kitchen. When crews arrived, they discovered smoke showing from the second story of a two story single family home. The occupants met firefighters outside and told them the kitchen was on fire. Crews made entry and discovered moderate fire conditions in the

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water damage to the first floor. Fire crews conducted an overhaul operation covering furniture with plastic to limit water damage. The cause of the fire was determined to be an electrical malfunction in the dishwasher. The occupants stated the light flickered a few times before the fire was discovered. No injuries to the occupants or firefighters were reported. - JIM MELLON

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Communications Heavy fire showing in afternoon house fire in Henrico and Emergency Scene Safety II Henrico, VA. Henrico County Fire and EMS radio communications are the backbone of our daily operations and vital to the safety of all responding personnel. The use of portable radios and the potential for all emergency scene personnel being issued a radio will g r e a t l y enhance STAYING their safety SAFE and accountability. Chief Henry If this is Campbell not possible, then every officer and or unit assigned an emergency scene function should have at least one member with a portable radio. When used properly and in conjunction with the Incident Command System, emergency scene radio communications greatly improves life safety. When used improperly, or when there are failures in the system, the threat to life safety is greatly increased. Over the past few years there have been recorded failures, misuse, and inadequacies in the radio communications systems in many departments, some of which have contributed to the loss of lives. No matter what type of radio system you are operating with, there are some specific procedures that must always be followed. Always! Like everything else we do in life, we become creatures of habit and revert back to what we consider to be the simplest and usually laziest method of operation. Misunderstood orders, being on the wrong channel/frequency, not monitoring your radio, radio interference, are but a few of the problems that can be encountered, and should they occur at an in opportune time, they may be deadly. How many departments train on the use of department radio equipment? Does the training just cover how to turn the radio on, how to select a channel/frequency and unit call designations, battery replacement and charging and then you are qualified? Use of department communication equipment should be in writing and explicit as to the operations and use of the equipment, and then the policy must be enforced. Specifics such as acknowledgment, radio discipline, fireground and dispatch channel/frequencies, reports, and emergency radio traffic procedures should be included.

Radio discipline procedures should include proper radio etiquette when using the radio system, using the Think-Push-Speak method, and giving concise meaningful reports and messages in a clear voice. There are many long-winded speakers using the emergency services radio system and we all have them, give them a radio and they think they have to say something. Remember you learn more by listening! The person who pushes the button and the first word out of their mouth is a long “aaaaah” can be very distracting. Think about what you are going to say before pushing the “push to talk” button, then after you have pushed the button, wait a second or two for the radio “to open up” then give your complete message. Half a message can be very confusing at times and it ties up the airwaves when it has to be repeated. If you have a very long message, it should be broken up into smaller messages. The most important part of any radio transmission is being acknowledged. Being acknowledged simply means that someone has heard you. If you have not been acknowledged you can very well assume you have not been heard. Before giving any message over the radio you must get the attention of the person, unit, dispatcher, or whomever before you actually give your message. Radio interference, being on the wrong channel, feedback, dead battery, inattention, or the possibility that the intended receiver is transmitting at the same time all may hinder the receipt of your message. Once you have been acknowledged then you can proceed with your message, and then once again, be acknowledged that it was received. If the receiver does not understand the message, or did not receive all of it, now is the time to request that it be repeated. Every radio message, no matter how simple or whether emergency scene or not, should be acknowledged, practice creates good habits. Are you on the right channel/frequency? Radio discipline requires each member to be on the correct radio channel/frequency. Check your radio when reporting for duty and or upon your arrival on the emergency scene. - CONTINuED AT WWW.1RBN.COM

Division of Fire arrived at a home with heavy fire from the roof at the intersection of Hickory Avenue and Woodside Street. At 2:26 p.m. on June 30th, JUMP TO FILE # Henrico Fire 070813157 received a call for a house on fire. Fire crews were met by heavy fire from the roof of a two story single family home at 1400 Hickory Ave. Crews went to work fighting the fire from outside to darken the flames before inside work began. The initial interior fire attack started and crews were met by heavy fire conditions and were quickly backed out. Additional units were called in to assist with water supply and


rotating of fire crews. The blaze took about one hour and twenty minutes to bring under control. Two firefighters were treated and released for heat related illness on

scene. A family of four were displaced. The Red Cross is assisting. Fire investigators have not determined the cause. - JIM MELLON


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