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Washington, DC.An alert fire inspector at Joint Base AnacostiaBolling (JBAB) helped avert what could have been a disastrous outcome on October 9th, when smoke filled a house on March Lane. Naval District Washington Fire and Emergency Services Central Battalion Chief John McDonald said the JBAB emergency number was not called, resulting in a dispatching delay. While one occupant was asleep in a third floor room of the home and two other occupants were outdoors decorating for Halloween, heavy smoke filled the second and third floor, according to a fire department report. Smelling the smoke outdoors, one of the residents rushed indoors and removed the sleeping occupant. Once safely outdoors and the three residents were accounted for, one of them called 911 at approximately 11:39 a.m., which alerted the District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department. NDW F&ES Fire Inspector Tim McCoy noticed D.C. FEMS Engine Co. 33, located a distance from JBAB, responding to an emergency at JBAB and alerted the NDW Regional Emergency Dispatch Center. Dispatchers communicated with D.C. FEMS dispatchers and learned of the emergency situation.

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As additional D.C. FEMS units were responding to JBAB and the original D.C. FEMS unit continued its response, two NDW F&ES pumpers; an ambulance and two chief fire officers, were dispatched. NDW F&ES District Chief Mark Hendley, said, “Once again we need to emphasize to the residents and base population, the importance of utilizing the base emergency number for all emergencies.” “We have a fire department on base,” Hendley stressed. A total of 53 firefighters and EMS personnel, staffing seven pumpers; two ladder trucks; one rescue truck; two ambulances; four chief officers and two additional units from the NDW F&ES and the D.C. FEMS responded. JBAB-based NDW F&ES Engine 41’s crew quickly established a water supply at the nearest fire hydrant; deployed a fire attack hose line, entering the structure and performed a search to ensure all occupants were safety evacuated from the building. D.C. FEMS units and NDW F&ES Engine 42 (based at the Washington Navy Yard) combined

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Firefighters from Naval District Washington Fire and Emergency Services (NDW F&ES) Engine 41 and D.C.

efforts to help Engine 41’s crew to quickly locate the source of the smoke at a stove; contain the situation and remove the smoke from the dwelling. There were no injuries as a result of the emergency, McDonald reported. The cause of the emergency was determined to be items left unattended on the stove.

NDW F&ES units responding included E41, E42, A41, BC41, Chief 41 and Inspector 5. D.C. FEMS units responding included E2, E3, E13, E23, E32, E33, T7, T16, R1, A33, BC5, Special OPS BC and WS53. JBAB DOD Police and the PIO also responded. - JOSEPH CIRONE

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Crews battle two alarm warehouse fire in Northeast Late Halloween night, a box alarm was struck, bringing units to the area of 4th and Morse Streets NE for a report of a building fire. Units arrived to find heavy smoke pushing from a large commercial building. Upon making entry, crews found that the interior had been heavily packed with combustible materials and found it very diffi-

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cult to access to the seat of the fire. A second alarm was struck, bringing additional units. The fire burned well into the morning hours of November 1st. - CHARLIE LEWIS

Washington, DC. Three people trapped in an overturned sport utility vehicle on Interstate 295 were rescued by Navy and D.C. firefighters and taken to an area hospital. Firefighters from Naval District Washington Fire and Emergency Services Department Central Battalion (NDW F&ES) and the District of Columbia Fire and EMS (D.C. FEMS) Department worked together to make the rescue. NDW F&ES Battalion Chief John McDonald said while returning to headquarters at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) from the nearby Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) at 1:48 p.m. on Octobert 18, he came upon the overturned vehicle on the northbound side of I-295. The crash appeared to have just occurred. Emergency crews had not yet been notified. “The car was resting on the driver's side over the embankment and into the woods. One person was hanging out of the half opened window; another was partially pinned under the seat and twisted in a seated position against the roof. The third was not visually or physically accessible,” McDonald said. McDonald contacted D.C. FEMS and NDW F&ES dispatchers by radio to request assistance. NDW F&ES Engine Co. 43 and D.C. FEMS Rescue Co. 3

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responded to the scene. Together, the firefighters from both departments worked together for nearly 50 minutes to properly stabilize the vehicle from causing further injuries, treat the patients, cut and dismantle the automobile, by removing doors, windows and the roof from around the patients to safely extricate them and deliver them to the EMS units for further treatment and transport to area hospitals. McDonald said, “The firefighters from both departments did an extraordinary job in the extrication and assisting in emergency medical issues.” “As a result of the firefighter’s professionalism, training and ability to work hand in hand with each other under a unified incident management system, this extraction was completed in less than 50 minutes,” McDonald concluded. JBAB Commander, Navy Capt. Anthony T. Calandra praised the firefighters efforts and said,”We are glad that we were in a position to help our neighbors during their time of need. We are proud to be partners in the D.C. community and to have helped potentially save lives.” - JOSEPH CIRONE


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Mid morning house fire causes heavy damage Henrico, VA. A mid morning house fire caused heavy damage when the fire traveled through the walls to the attic. At 10:43 a.m. on January 4th, Henrico County Division of Fire responded to a report of a house on fire at 8310 Colebrook Road. The caller stated they saw fire visible from the home with a lot smoke. The caller also stated they believed the homeowner was out of town. When Henrico fire crews arrived, they found a tri level home

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with heavy smoke visible from the exterior. Fire crews went to work and discovered a fire on the first level of the home. As crews were working on extinguishing the fire, it was observed that heavy smoke was pushing out of the attic. Fire soon broke out on the exterior through the walls and it was discovered the

fire had traveled to the attic. It took fire crews about 30 minutes to get the fire under control. No one was injured in the blaze. The homeowner was traveling out of state and has been contacted. The residence is uninhabitable and it is unknown if the home owner will need assistance at this time. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. - JIM MELLON

BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT

Chesterfield handles kitchen fire Chesterfield, VA. Firefighters were toned out at 11:55 a.m. for an apartment fire in the 2400 block of Alfalfa Lane. Responding were Engines 3, 17, 11, Medic 3, Truck 3, TSO, a battalion chief and county police. Crews reported light smoke showing at the front door upon arrival. The situation was brought quickly under control. No damage was reported.

JIM MELLON

Man falls down elevator shaft Henrico, VA. A construction worker fell about 20 feet down an elevator shaft around 12:40 p.m. on November 28th and had to be rescued by Henrico County Division of Fire. Henrico Fire responded to 2201 Old Brick Road for a report of a worker who had fallen into an elevator shaft. Crews responded to the construction project of the ACAC Fitness and Wellness Center located in West Broad Village. Units found a worker who had fallen off a ladder in the elevator shaft and

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landed on top of the elevator car about 20 feet below. The worker was awake and talking to rescue crews. Henrico County Division of Fire’s heavy tactical rescue team was called out to rescue the victim from the shaft. A paramedic was placed in the shaft with the victim and started treatment for an obvious leg fracture. Immobilization of the patient

and pain management was started while the fire crews developed a rescue plan with the rescue team. A rope system was set up and the victim was removed from the shaft. The victim was then secured in a stokes basket and lowered to the ground by a ladder truck. The victim was taken to VCU for treatment. It is unknown at this time how the victim fell off the ladder or what the extents of his injuries are. - JIM MELLON

JUSTIN CAMMER

Jetersville motor vehicle accident with fire At 6:45 p.m., Amelia dispatched Company 3 to a report of an overturned vehicle, possibly on fire. Auxiliary Engine 3 first on scene set the command and had a single vehicle fully involved. The crew made a quick knock down on the fire. B3 assisted with lights and kept the fire from spreading into the woods. All units cleared around 8:25 p.m. Units that responded were Aux E-3, B-3, ACSO and VSP.


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Rank: Deputy Fire Marshal Incident Date:11/3/2012 Death Date: 11/7/2012 Fire Department: Bladen County Emergency Services Fire Dept. Info: Emergency Services Director Bradley Kinlaw Initial Summary: Deputy Fire Marshal Hall responded to and actively participated in fighting a fire in the Carvers Creek Community. He was also the primary investigator of the fire. During the incident, Hall fell ill and was put on bed rest. Several days later, he was taken to the hospital where he passed away from a heart related cause.

North Carolina: Walter M. Summerville III, 55 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date:11/6/2012 Death Date: 11/7/2012 Fire Department: Kernersville Fire Rescue Department Fire Dept. Info: Interim Fire Chief Terry Crouse Initial Summary: Fire Chief Summerville responded with his fire department to a triple shooting incident. Near the end of the incident, Summerville complained to fellow firefighters that he didn’t feel well and went to sit in one of the department vehicles while the incident finished up. The following day while at work, Chief Summerville complained again to coworkers that he still did not feel well and departed work early for home. A short time later, Summerville was discovered by a family member passed away from an apparent heart attack. Michigan: John T. Sayles, 38 Rank: Captain Incident Date: 11/13/2012 Death Date: 11/14/2012 Fire Department: Pentwater Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Terry Cluchey Initial Summary: Fire Captain Sayles responded with his fire department to a working residential structure fire. Fewer than twenty-four hours later, Sayles was at home when he experienced chest pain and difficulty breathing. Emergency assistance was summoned and he was transported to the hospital. After being evaluated and while being transported to a second hospital for surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm, it ruptured, resulting in Captain Sayles death. Pennsylvania: Chris Good, 36

Rank: Captain Incident Date: 11/21/2012 Death Date: 11/22/2012 Fire Department: Good Will Fire Company Fire Dept. Info: Dale McClure Initial Summary: Captain Good died of possible cardiac arrest within 24 hours of working an active house fire in West Goshen Township.

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David M. Mowbray, 52 Rank: Captain Incident Date: 02/05/2012 Death Date: 11/24/2012 Fire Department: North Kingstown Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Fenwick Gardiner Initial Summary: Captain Mowbray passed away at home after being taken to the hospital and treated for a broken back injury suffered while he was at the scene of an emergency medical call earlier in the year.

Pennsylvania:

Michael Martin, 51 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: 11/27/2012 Death Date: 11/27/2012 Fire Department: PPL Susquehanna LLC Fire Dept. Info: Pending Initial Summary: Firefighter Martin passed away while participating in a first responder training program at the Luzerne County Community College Public Safety Training Institute. Martin, an employee of PPL Susquehanna, was employed at the PPL nuclear power plant in Salem Township and was part of the company's on-site fire brigade. During a SCBA portion of the training, Martin required medical assistance. The on-site trainer began to administer CPR and a college official called 911. An ambulance transported Firefighter Martin to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center where he succumbed to his injury. Investigation into the incident continues by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Illinois:

Timothy P. Jansen, Jr., 45 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: 12/02/2012 Death Date: 12/02/2012 Fire Department: Santa Fe Fire Protection District Fire Dept. Info: Adam Maue Initial Summary: Firefighter Jansen was struck and killed by a fire truck at the scene of a house fire. Jansen was on the first fire apparatus to arrive at scene and was standing outside the vehicle when he was hit. Firefighter Jansen was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese, where he passed away from his injuries.

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Jalen Smith, 20 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: 11/30/2012 Death Date: 12/03/2012 Fire Department: Jackson Heights Volunteer Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: M. Terence Thompson Initial Summary: Enroute to the firehouse in response to a tractor accident in the area, Firefighter Smith was riding in a personally owned vehicle that according to preliminary reports was forced to take evasive action and crashed. Three members of Jackson Heights Fire Department were involved in the single vehicle rollover and all were taken to the hospital. Smith passed away from injuries sustained during the rollover; he was reported to have been ejected from the vehicle. The other two firefighters were treated and released the night of the accident.


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NICK MARKOWITZ JR.

Historic US 40 shutdown when fire claims an apartment house An early morning fire along the National Pike US 40 in Valley Grove near the Pennsylvania state line in a large apartment house is believed to have started in electrical system in the basement and quickly spread due to multiple layers of construction. This forced firefighters to shut down US 40 and evacuate a nearby plant. It also shut power down to the community due to overhead po wer lines. Firefighters from as far away as Claysville, PA responded to help fight the fire, which went defensive when a front basement wall started to shiftas well as a walkway collapse. There where no reported injuries.

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help teach children how and when to call 911 for emergencies. Various fire prevention handouts and materials were available. Keyser VFD brought their fire safety trailer to let children learn about home fire safety. Burlington VFD brought their “Sparky the fire dog” costume and their robotic fire engine to talk to the children. A special visit from Maryland State Police Medivac “Trooper 5”

and WVU’s HealthNet 8 Medivacs were the highlight of the day for visitors. Attendees were able to get an up close look into both helicopters and were able to have questions answered by the pilots and paramedics. With this event being a big success, New Creek VFD and WalMart hope to host another event in May, in recognition of EMS week. - NEW CREEK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

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BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT

Fund established for family of eleven Chesterfield, VA. Eleven people were displaced after a vicious fire destroyed their home in the 6300 block of Barrister Road on December 15 at 2:51 p.m. Tones sounded dispatching Engines 15, 17, 1, Truck 14, Medic 17, TSO, two battalion chiefs and county police. The scene upon arrival at 2:56 p.m., revealed heavy fire showing from the Delta side. Engine 11, Dominion power and Air Utility were added to the call. Several family members, who were home at the time, were able to safely evacuate. "An initial knockdown was done from the exterior, then crews went in," said Battalion Chief Bobby Lukhard of Chesterfield Fire and EMS.

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Although residents made it out okay, a cat and a rooster did not survive the fire. One cat that may have escaped through an open door is missing. The fire was another hardship on a list of challenges the Hicks family experienced recently. "I didn't have any insurance," Mr. Hicks explained. "I have cancer in my eye and had to have it removed. Medical bills and not being able to work hurt us. All the years we lived in the house I had insurance and then when I couldn't afford the payment and let the insurance go, this happens." Local firefighters, career and

volunteer have stepped up the plate to help the family. A fund has been established at a credit union to receive donations. The five adults and six children lost virtually all their possessions, including their clothes and their Christmas presents. With caring donations from the public and the firefighters, the Hicks family was able to have a Christmas. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Red Cross provided temporary assistance to the family. To make a donation to the Hicks family: Hicks Family Fire Fund, Bellwood Credit Union, 7107 Jefferson Davis Hwy N. ,Chesterfield, Va. 23234

JUSTIN CAMMER

Jetersville overturn with spill At 12:00 p.m., Amelia dispatched Companies 3, 1 and 4 for a dump truck that had overturned and spilled its’ load of sludge eastbound. Route 360 was shut down for about two hours. All units cleared around 2:20p.m. Units that responded were Reserve E-3, FR-1, EMS-4, VSP, ACSO and VDOT.

- BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT

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Fire causes major damage to Henrico home Henrico, VA. An early evening fire on January 15th caused major damage to a home in Henrico County. At 5:17 p.m., Henrico County Division of Fire responded to 2412 Boyle Ave. for a reported house on fire. A neighbor had called 911 and reported seeing smoke from the roof of the house next door. When fire crews arrived, they found heavy smoke showing from the roof line and discovered fire

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visible on the first floor in the rear of the home. Fire crews forced entry into the home and made quick work of the fire that was discovered in the kitchen area. A search of the home confirmed that no one was inside. The occupant returned home while crews were still working and verified that no one was in the

house. The home sustained heavy fire damage in the kitchen area and significant smoke damage throughout the structure. One adult will be displaced and is making arrangements for a place to stay. No injuries were reported from this fire. Fire investigators have been called in to determine the cause of the blaze. - JIM MELLON

Christmas morning fire displaces six Henrico, VA - A two alarm apartment fire displaced at least six people and injured three. At 11:57 a.m., Henrico County Division of fire responded on a report of an apartment on fire at 219 Newbridge Circle. Upon arrival, they found a two story brick apartment building with heavy fire from the second floor apartment and roof. Fire crews quickly placed a second alarm. After confirming everyone was out of the apartments, firefighters knocked the blaze down from outside then went in to finish. Three neighbors notified an adjacent apartment that the building was on fire by kicking in doors and yelling to get out. Two of the civilian rescuers suffered minor injuries and were transported to the hospital for treatment. One rescuer suffered minor smoke inhalation while the other injured his ankle. One firefighter suffered an ankle injury. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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At 7:00 p.m., Amelia dispatched Companies 1, 3 and 4 to Promise Land Road for a structure fire. Enroute units could see large columns of smoke in the air. First on scene, Engine 3 and Truck 3 laid in the driveway. Crews started making a knock down of the fire and trying to protect exposures. Engine 1 set up the dump tank from Tanker 3 and hooked into Engine 3’s supply line. Brush 3 went around back and began making a knock down of the brush fire.

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Command requested additional brush trucks to the scene which added Brush 1 and Brush 4 to assist. Crews shuttled approximately 20,000 gallons of water for the fire. Units cleared around 9:30 p.m. Units that responded were E-1, E-3, T-1, T-3, T-3, B-1, B-3, B-4 and EM-1 Auxiliary.

Henrico, VA - A house fire in Henrico County displaced a family of mnine. At 3:15 p.m., Henrico responded to a report of a house on fire at 4911 Taos Lane. The 911 caller stated that the bedroom was on fire and everyone was evacuating. When fire crews arrived, they found heavy fire conditions coming from a second floor window. A quick plan of attack and an aggressive interior firefighting crew kept the fire from spreading through the house. The fire was held to the bedroom with heavy smoke damage throughout the rest of the home. The blaze was brought under control in minutes. The family was home at the time of the fire and everyone escaped without injury. No firefighters were injured. Two adults and seven children ages eight to seventeen will be displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross is assisting the family with their needs. The fire marshal is on scene and no cause is known at this time.

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Early this year I read a “Letter to the Editor” from a weekly upstate New York County newspaper. The writer indicated that his homeowner’s insurance policy had gone up from $600 per year to over $1,000 per year. When he called the insurance company, he was told that his fire protection class rating had gone from a 6/7 to a 10.I doubt if most property owners, or firefighters for that matter, realize that insurance carriers base their overall policy fees on these ratings of the local fire department, which in this case, are done by the Insurance Service Organization, known as ISO. A 10 is the worst rating assigned to properties that are far from any fire station or fire hydrants. An ISO rating of 1 is the best, with very few fire departments achieving this prestigious rating. The writer of the “Letter to

the Editor” challenged the $633 increase. He just so happened to be the chairman of his local fire district and knew that his home was actually an ISO rating 6 because he was less than 5 miles from the fire house and there was a hydrant within 1,000 feet of his home. After checking on his complaint, the firefighter and his family are receiving a refund. The insurance company claimed there was a computer error. He ends the letter by saying, “please check your bills for accuracy, especially when you see a jump in your rate.” I checked my own insurance policy renewal and noted that I was listed as being an ISO rating 4 when, in fact, the fire department where I reside and serve as a volunteer firefighter has an ISO rating of 3. I called the insurance company, and they reduced my insurance premium by $140. I urge you to do the same with your most recent annual bill.

Christmas Eve fire Henrico, VA. An early afternoon fire sent one to the hospital with non-life threatening burns to the hands. At 12:50 p.m. on December 24, Henrico responded to a report of a garage on fire at 902 Dirk Dr. Crews were met with a heavily involved garage with extension to the house. Fire crews determined that everyone was out of the house and went to work on the fire. An aggressive knock down was done from the exterior. Crews entered and kept the fire damage to the utility room. The garage was a complete loss and the single story home sustained moderate damage to the outside with moderate smoke damage throughout the home. A 21 year male sustained burns to the hands and was transported to VCU Medical Center for treatment. His injuries appear to be nonlife threatening. The three occupants will be displaced due to the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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Vehicle careens into trees after crash Chesterfield, VA - Fire and medical personnel along with county police were toned out on December 30th at 1:39 p.m. for a vehicle crash at Harrowgate Road and Curtis St. A vehicle was reported as into the trees and on fire. Responding on the initial call were Engine 1, Truck 14 and Medic 14 along with county police, TSO and a battalion chief. Medic 17 was added to the call. The call was upgraded to heavy entrapment and Rescue 17 was added. After extrication, the injured were transported to a hospital. The crash is under investigation and patient conditions have not been released.

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Mortgage program helps 1st Responders, despite Hurricane Sandy During the process of Timothy Mazza refinancing his home, Hurricane Sandy hit, wreaking havoc on New Jersey. Talk about a stressful time. Mazza, a veteran with the Ramsey Volunteer Fire Department, located in the northern part of the state, sprung into duty to tirelessly help with rescue and recovery efforts. As for his mortgage? It was no worry, stress-free and money-saving, thanks to Sun National Bank Heroes Mortgage Program. 1st Responder and Sun Home Loans teamed up to create the Heroes Mortgage Program. This exclusive mortgage opportunity provides discounted fees and low interest rates for firefighters and other members of the emergency services community. The program offers a great rate, minimal lender fees and promises to get clients in their new home by the contract date. “This was the least stressful refinancing experience I ever had,” said Mazza, who has served the Ramsey Fire Department for 16 years. “Everyone at Sun Home Loans was fantastic. They made the process easy and took care of everything. The hurricane hit right in the middle of it, but it was no problem. I’ve already told people about the program.”

Mazza said refinancing with Sun Home Loans has saved him about $300 per month. “I have a son who is a senior in high school and going to college next year,” Mazza said. “Everything helps.” Sun Home Loans, a division of Sun National Bank, and 1st Responder are both proud to serve the heroes in our community, who dedicate their lives serving the rest of us. Clients enjoy unmatched customer service and attentiveness throughout the process, from their initial inquiry, to closing. Working with its own resources and federal government programs, Sun National Bank develops solutions that open the path to home ownership. Sun National Bank provides a full-range of banking products and services, delivered by experienced bankers. Personal attention merges with world-class service and competitive products that meet the needs of today’s consumers and businesses. Sun National Bank believes that doing business in the commu-

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Jetersville handles overturn with entrapment At 6:10 p.m., Amelia dispatched Company 3 to a report of a single MVA over an embankment with a possible person trapped. Rescue 1 was added to the call. Engine 3 found a single vehicle over the embankment with a person still inside. The vehicle was already half way down the embankment with the front resting against a tree. The vehicle was very unstable and command advised Rescue 1 to work on stabilizing the vehicle. Command requested Medight and Powhatan Company 3 for mutual aid to set up a landing zone and to assist in extrication of patient. All units cleared around 7:40p.m.. - JUSTIN CAMMER JUSTIN CAMMER

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House fire in Amelia At 12:00 p.m. on December 27th, Amelia dispatched Companies 4, 1 and 3 to a report of a house fire. While enroute, Amelia updated and advised the front of the house was fully involved. Engine 4 set the Old Chula command. Command quickly added two more companies from Powhatan to assist with the fire. Engines 1 and 3 set up on each side of the structure and began the attack. Crews were on scene for almost eight hours fighting this fire. All units cleared around 7:30 p.m. Units that responded were E-4, E-1, E-3, T-1, T-3, T-4, FR-1, Pow E-2, Pow E-1, Pow T-2, AES R-6, Amelia fire Aux. and Amelia S.O.

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Commercial building fire in Savage At approximately 5 p.m. on October 28th, HCDFRS units were dispatched to the 8100 block of Jenmar Road in Savage for a commercial building fire. Callers reported seeing a large column of smoke from the JUMP TO FILE # nearby residences 103112112 and Washington Boulevard. Units found a 5,000 square foot auto repair/auto body shop fully engulfed in flames. Crews quickly began a defensive effort to extinguish the blaze in the vacant building. They established a collapse zone around the perimeter of the building, all in an attempt to reduce the risk of harm for the firefighters who were working to extinguish the fire. The incident commander called for additional resources to assist with the incident, first a task force alarm to add additional firefighters,and then a second alarm. In total, more than 60 firefighters were on the scene. Given the significant volume of fire, crews used a ladder truck to provide a large volume of water from above. Early in the incident, the heat of the fire threatened an adjacent building, but firefighters were able to provide a curtain of water to prevent the fire from spreading to this exposure. A small amount of auto repair chemicals, paints,and solvents were reportedly stored in the building, but no dangerous release of hazardous materials was reported. The fire was placed under control at approximately 5:35 p.m. Members of the HCDFRS Fire Investigation Division (FID) were on scene and are attempting to determine the cause of the fire. The building and several vehicles inside were consumed by the flames. Damage estimates are pending. There were no injuries. - MARC FISCHER

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Tractor trailer crash with hazmat Towson, MD. Shortly before 10 p.m. on January 8, 2013, Baltimore County, firefighters were called to the scene of a crash involving a tractor trailer on the eastbound Inner Loop of Interstate 695 in the areas of Exit 27 in Towson. Units from Station 1 reported an 18 wheeler was involved in a crash with several passenger vehicle and the tractor trailer had jumped across the concrete high-

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way divider ending up in the westbound Outer Loop travel lanes of Interstate 695. Firefighters also reported a significant amount of diesel fuel spilled on the highway and requested BCoFD HazMat 114 and the Maryland Department of the Environment Emergency

Response Team. Both directions of I-695 were closed for accident cleanup for several hours. BCoMedic 1 and Jacksonville Volunteer Fire Company Medic 475 transported one patient each to area hospitals. Also responding were Maryland State Police and Maryland State Highway Administration CHART units - MICHAEL SCHWARTZBERG

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Hazmat incident in Annapolis Junction At around 9:40 a.m. on December 1st, firefighters from Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, Fort Meade, and Anne Arundel County were dispatched to the 9000 block of Junction Dr in Annapolis Junction for an ammonia leak at Taylor Farms Food Service. Crews determined that anhydrous ammonia was leaking from a refrigeration unit inside the warehouse. Approximately 200 employees were evacuated and three were evaluated by paramedics, but refused transport. Members of Howard County DFRS Special Operations Team were able to stop the leak and firefighters used large fans to ventilate. It was determined that the leak was the result of a failed gasket.

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Rollover crash with entrapment on Beltway ramp in Pikesville Just before 7:30 a.m. on December 8, units from Stations 2, 14, 19 and 32 responded to a reported overturned SUV with one trapped on the Outer Loop exit ramp of Interstate 695 at Reisterstown Road in Pikesville (Rescue Box 32-61). BCoFD EMS 5 arrived first and confirmed a working rescue. Firefighters worked to free the driver, who was transported by BCoFD Medic 3 (Woodlawn career) as a Priority 2 to Sinai Trauma.


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Garage and house fire in Westview At about 8:30 p.m. on November 29, Baltimore County westside fire units were alerted for a reported garage fire at a house in the 1900 block of Calais Court in Westview. Fire dispatch received several calls reporting this incident. BCoFD Truck 13 arrived reporting heavy fire showing from the garage of a one story home with extension into the house. Crews made an aggressive attack and were able to knock the fire in under ten minutes, however a Jaquar vehicle was destroyed. The house sustained significant damage.

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Crews respond to school fire in Ellicott City Ellicott City, MD. Crews from the Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services were dispatched to the 12700 block of Folly Quarter Road for a fire at the Glenelg Country School. Units arrived to find a 7,000 square foot modular structure with smoke and flames showing. The school was closed and no students were on campus. The fire was spotted by a school employee, who called 911. The outbuilding is used for the school's high school music program. Half of the building is used

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for instrumental music. This portion sustained heavy smoke damage. The remainder of the building includes the school's chorus room. This chorus room sustained heavy fire and water damage. Glenelg Country School is located in a non-hydranted area of Howard County. In order to ensure an adequate water supply, the incident commander requested additional resources (a second alarm

assignment), including several water tankers; used one of two underground cisterns at the school to supply water for fire suppression and used more than 800 feet of large diameter hose to transfer water from the cistern to the engine used for fire attack. Approximately 30 firefighters worked for approximately 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze. The fire remains under investigation. Damage estimates are pending. - JACKIE CUTLER

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Fatal hit and run with entrapment and medevac Odenton, MD. At 8:19 p.m. on Sunday, November 25th, units from Anne Arundel County were alerted for a auto accident with entrapment in the area of 1140 Annapolis Road in Odenton. First arriving units found one victim unconscious and heavily trapped. A second rescue piece and a medevac were requested, in addition to units already enroute. The patient was extricated in about 30 minutes and flown via US Park Police Eagle 1 to Shock Trauma, where they succumbed to their injuries. The driver of the second vehicle fled on foot prior to police/fire/EMS arrival. Anne Arundel County Police Traffic Safety section is currently investigating the accident.

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Two alarm fire at UPS sorting facility Violetville, MD - At approximately 9:50 a.m. on Friday, November 30th, units from Baltimore County Fire Department were alerted to a reported conveyor belt on fire at the UPS sorting facility at 3901 Vero Road in the Violetville section of the county. First arriving units found heavy smoke showing from the one story structure and requested a second alarm to bring additional units from Baltimore County, Baltimore City and Howard County. The fire was under control in about 30 minutes.


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Fire showing on Eastern Neck Road On January 12, 2013 at 2:36 p.m., Kent dispatched Rock Hall, Chestertown, Betterton, Kennedyville and Kent EMS for a structure fire in the area of 3759 Eastern Neck Road. While units were en route, Kent gave the information that the call was from a pilot in a helicopter reporting a fully involved house in a heavily wooded area. Due to the pilot not having the exact location, crews had trouble accessing the scene. While Rock Hall units were in the process of locating an access point, units staged on Eastern Neck Road near the scene.

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Approximately 20 minutes after initial dispatch, Rock Hall units located the access point to the structure and requested a brush task force due to engine companies not being able to access the scene. Brush 4 arrived and immediately began a drafting operation to supply the fire ground. This was Brush 4’s first call as a new unit. Crews from the first alarm assignment and the brush task force worked to bring the fire under con-

trol within an hour. Chief White had Eastern Neck Road command. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office. Units on the call included Engine 72, Engine 73, Engine 6, Engine 53, Queen Anne’s Engine 55, Tanker 6, Tanker 5, Tanker 4, Queen Anne’s Tanker 5, Brush 7, Brush 6, Brush 5, Brush 4, Queen Anne’s Brush 5, Queen Anne’s Brush 7, Brush 3, Utility 7 and ATV7.

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total of three EMS units. Preliminary reports indicate the driver of a Nissan entered the highway at Security Boulevard and traveled along the shoulder, striking a Toyota, which was pulled over on the side of I-695. Two adult trauma patients and a pedi-

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Share the gym, not the germs! FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

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Clear Spring goes above and beyond On December 22nd, emergency crews from Clear Spring along with Hancock, Williamsport and Maugansville responded to a house fire in Western Washington County. Emergency communications took initial reports of a dryer on fire in the residence at 11183 Big Pool Road. Crews were immediately dispatched at 10:29 a.m. Callers were reporting heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof. The working fire assignment was started. Paramedic 49-2 found the entire back of the house fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters immediately went into defensive mode due to the large amount of fire. Firefighters battled the blaze from the exterior using deck guns and hose lines while they were hampered by high winds as well as downed power lines making it difficult to control the blaze. Firefighters remained on the scene well into the afternoon

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dowsing hot spots and trying to assist the residents with retrieving what personal items they could. One firefighter sustained minor burns and was treated on scene by EMS. Everyone from the house itself was able to make it out safely without injury. The American Red Cross was called in to assist the family of five who were displaced by Saturday morning’s blaze. The fire department has already begun a campaign to help the family get what they need as well. Clear Spring Fire Company has a facebook page and has already posted clothing sizes to help get the ball rolling. Chief Reid said they also extended an invitation to the family to the fire company’s annual Christmas banquet they are having Sunday Evening. He advised Santa Clause would be there and

they plan to make sure the three year old boy has a good Christmas. Clear Spring Fire Co.4 responded with crews from Hancock Fire Co.5, Williamsport Fire Co.2, Maugansville Fire Co.13, Halfway Fire Co.26, Clear Spring EMS Co.49, Hancock EMS Co.59, Washington County Paramedic 1810, Washington County Special Operations 20, Washington County Air Unit 25, Rehab Unit 255 and the Maryland State FM Ed Ernst “FM26”. Emergency crews were committed on the scene for several hours on Saturday. Crews from Berkley Springs Fire Co.1, Leitersburg Fire Co.9, Hagerstown South End Fire Engine 5, Needmore Fire & EMS Co.55 and Community Rescue Paramedic 75-4 from Hagerstown filled in at area departments until crew were able to clear the scene that afternoon. - JIM MELLON

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Cold and flu season is upon us and now more than ever, we have to work hard to minimize the widespread of germs. Many of us share the gym, but that doesn’t mean we have to share the germs. Here are just some of the things to keep in mind so your workouts remain the path to health and wellness as opposed to illness. First of all, wash your hands before you enter the gym. You not only want to avoid picking up germs, you also don’t want to be the one bringing them in. Come equipped with your own bottle of water. Drinking fountains are a breeding ground for germs and even the water cooler can be an issue. Many exercisers refill their water bottles or cups from the water fountain or cooler and if they are touching the spout with the cup or bottle that has already touched their lips, well, here come the germs. Control the environment in the gym if you can. The temperature in the gym should not be too warm or moist and should be well-ventilated. If possible and/or necessary open a window, turn down the thermostat and make the room less “germ-friendly”. If you have no control over the temperature, consult with management to see if they can make the proper adjustments. Cover cuts and sores. If you have a cut, no matter how minor, cover it up before entering the gym. Those tiny wounds may seem like nothing, but they are the perfect little path for germs to enter your body. Shut the door to germs, a band aid is a simple fix here. Use a bacterial wipe or spray to wipe down any pieces of equipment you plan to use. We are all instructed to wipe down equipment after we use it. I, however, always recommend that exercisers wipe the equipment down before and after their workout. Let’s face it, by not wiping it down before, you are assuming that the last exerciser wiped it down after. As you know people vary in their

level of compliance. Do you really want to rely on someone else when it comes to something as important as your health? Wipe it down first. Bring two towels, one towel to place down on benches and mats before lying on them and a second one for wiping your face. I tell my clients to be sure to bring a towel that is imprinted on one side so that they always know which side goes on the equipment and which side to lie on. Bring that second towel if you need to wipe your face during the workout. It’s also a good idea to wipe your face with one side of the towel and hold it or put it down on the other. Sounds a bit fanatical, but staying well is surely worth the extra effort. An easy trick to keep the clean side clean is to fold the towel in half with the clean side in. You can then roll it up. The clean side remains clean and you can grab the rolled towel or lie it down without contaminating the clean part that will touch your face. I use this trick with my exercise mat too. Be sure not to touch your face during the workout. Your hands will be touching all kinds of things while in the gym. You may want to wear workout gloves to protect your hands. If so, be sure to clean your gloves regularly and to store them away from clean clothes and towels to avoid contamination. The gloves will protect your hands, but again, do not touch your face, until you have removed the gloves and/or washed your hands. Wash your hands and face with antibacterial soap or use an antibacterial gel on your hands immediately after your workout. If possible, shower with antibacterial soap after your workout. Keep your clean clothes separate from your dirty clothes and towel. After your shower, be sure to put on clean clothes as your workout gear will be loaded with germs. Keep clean and dirty clothes in different bags or at least in separate compartments. Wash dirty clothes as soon as possible and the actual dirty clothes bag often. This year has already become one of the worst flu seasons in US history. Let’s all be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Do all you can to avoid the spread of bacteria, germs and viruses. We all go to the gym to strengthen our bodies and our immune systems. We can certainly share the gym without sharing the germs. As always, stay safe and stay well!

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Winter operations and personnel safety Part III Problems may be encountered in locating and establishing a water supply. Hydrant and static water sources may be difficult to locate under snow banks or drifting snow. S o m e communities have local STAYING ordinances requiring the SAFE nearest resident to Chief Henry Campbell maintain the hydrant free of snow and debris. Other communities have an adopt-a-hydrant program in which one of the neighborhood residents maintains the hydrant. There still is no guarantee the hydrant will be clear and easy to spot. To further complicate matters, the hydrant may be frozen and will result in a delay in getting hose lines into operation. Test the hydrant before hooking into it and have a secondary water supply established as soon as possible. If your response is within an area serviced with a hydrant system, all responding engine companies should locate at a hydrant and secure a water flow before making a commitment to that hydrant. Static water sources that have iced over will require extra time in penetrating the ice. In either situation, on board water should be used by the first in attack pumper while a water source is secured and the use of tanker relays may be the only viable source under extreme conditions. All departments, including municipal departments serviced by hydrant systems, should have a tanker relay plan in place as an alternate source of establishing a water supply. Hydrants should be checked annually and permitted to drain after each use to prevent freezing in the barrel. If you have a problem draining a hydrant, the water company should be notified to respond. Hydrants aren’t used every day, for that matter, most hydrants aren’t used at all, therefore the need for an annual or semiannual hydrant inspection program. As for static water sources, your department should have a water resource officer, who is knowledgeable as to the location of all reliable water sources within the community that can be tapped when the need arises. A map of your jurisdiction with all static water sources should be on board each apparatus.

Apparatus pumps should be drained in the winter and all lines blown free of any water. Gauges and valves have the potential to freeze and should be properly monitored and drained. It only takes a drop or two of water to freeze up and place the pumper out of commission, and usually at a most inopportune time. Front mounted pumps may have a blanket or heating unit to provide protection from cold weather and long distance responses. Secure water extinguishers in the cab of apparatus or in a heated compartment to protect from freezing. Also protect medical supplies and other items that can be affected by freezing temperatures. The placement of apparatus, especially aerial apparatus, on icy surfaces and inclines will require constant monitoring and the use of salt and or sand to aid in maintaining the stability of the vehicle and any positioned outriggers. The surfaces may not be icy when the operation begins, but as water begins to be used the hazard will develop. If the spot the apparatus is positioned looks unstable and un safe relocate to a safer position as there is no need to lose firefighters or apparatus. Then, when the fire has been extinguished and it is time to pick up and return, the fun will begin in retrieving frozen hose lines, tools, and retracting aerial equipment that has become locked in place due to icing. Care should be taken when attempting to retract aerial devices and the manufacturers’ recommendations should always be followed. Some departments have thawing equipment to assist in picking up hose, and no matter what method you use the least number of folds in the hose when frozen, the better. The best may be to wait for the sun to do its’ thing! Winter operations increase the potential of personal injury to emergency responders with a direct impact on their personal safety. Being prepared for extreme winter conditions will greatly reduce that potential A last note, if you create an unsafe condition because of your response and actions to extinguish a fire, i.e., water freezing on the roadway while extinguishing a vehicle fire, you are responsible to make the roadway safe before opening it. Request a highway sander to the scene before reopening the roadway if you are unable to alleviate the condition yourself. Till next time, Buckle Up, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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Second alarm house fire in Columbia Columbia, MD. HCDFRS units were on the scene of a house fire in the 6200 block of Cardinal Lane in Columbia. Howard County's 911 Center received a call from the alarm company to indicate a smoke detector had activated on the home's second floor. Shortly thereafter, the alarm company confirmed with the residents that the home was on fire. The residents were able to exit the home without injuries. On arrival, crews reported a working

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ing to make sure the fire was completely out. The Red Cross was called to assist the residents. It is expected the home will be declared uninhabitable. HCDFRS fire investigators were on scene and are working to determine the cause of the fire. Damage estimates are pending.There were no fire department injuries. One of the residents refused treatment and transport. - MARC FISCHER

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Second multi-alarm fire in Fells Point building At 4:30 a.m. on November 6th, Box Alarm 5-5 brought units to the 500 block of S Broadway for a report of a building fire. Units found a fully involved five story commercial building. This building was the scene of a five alarm fire in July. Firefighters sounded a total of four alarms due to difficult firefighting conditions, including previous interior collapses. This fire was largely fought from the outside using ladder pipes and monitor streams. Firefighters remained on the scene for over 24 hours. On a side note, this building housed the grocery store that was used in the movie Ladder 49.

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House fire battled in Garrison Shortly after 11 p.m. on Friday, January 11th, Baltimore County westside fire units were dispatched for a fire reported on the top level of a three story house in the unit block of St. Thomas Lane in Garrison. BCoFD Engine 19 (Garrison career) arrived to fire showing from the roof area and laid a line at a nearby hydrant.

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Within minutes, the fire had intensified and flames were quickly blowing out windows on all sides of the large home and through the roof. As crews attempted an interior attack, command ordered all fire-

fighters to evacuate the building and Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Engine 321 was ordered to supply Truck 313's ladder pipe (Owings Mills Volunteers) for aerial operations. Firefighters battled the blaze for more than three hours before bringing it under control. - MICHAEL SCHWARTZBERG


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One trapped in Kent On December 17, 2012 at 8:49 p.m., Kent dispatched Chestertown, Kent and Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad and Kent EMS for a motor vehicle collision reportedly with a patient not alert, located at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Morgnec Road. Captain Russum advised of a single vehicle into a pole with one occupant trapped. Engine 6 deployed a protection line and the Combi-Tool to perform a door pop. The single occupant was transported to Chester River Hospital Center Priority 1 by Paramedic 8. Chestertown units cleared at 9:38 p.m. with a total of 18 personnel on the call. Chief Neal had Washington Avenue command. Units on the call included Engine 6, Rescue 6, Ambulance 8, Paramedic 1-1, Paramedic 1-3 and Command 6.

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Crews rescue one woman from apartment Columbia, MD. Just before 9:30 a.m. on January 11th, firefighters and paramedics from the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services responded to the 8800 block of Tamar Drive in Columbia for a fire at the Columbia Landing apartments. Crews found fire showing from the third floor apartment. Units from Engine 91 were among the first arriving and upon a preliminary search of the building, found a woman unconscious who had gone into cardiac arrest.

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Firefighters rescued her from the building and paramedics resuscitated her. The woman, who was 56, was immediately transported by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in life-threatening condition. The building did have smoke alarms, which aided in the initial alert of the other residents. In total, five apartment units were affected by the fire and the prop-

erty manager is providing assistance to those displaced. Approximately 40 personnel responded to this incident. The fire was under control at about 10:10 a.m. There were no other injuries. Fire investigators remain on scene to determine the cause. After a last check with Bayview, the woman is in critical but stable condition. Initial damage estimates are $275,000. - JACKIE CUTLER

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MARYLAND

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Second alarm with people trapped in Glen Burnie At 2:45 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, units from Anne Arundel County were dispatched to 7897 Tall Pines Court for reports of an apartment fire with people possibly trapped. First arriving units found heavy smoke and fire showing and several people hanging out windows, requiring rescue. A second alarm was sounded to bring additional units to assist while first alarm units were rescuing those who were trapped. The fire was under control at 3:40 a.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Five die, four firefighters hurt At 1:30 a.m. on October 11, 2012, a box alarm was struck in the 1400 block of Bonsal St. Engine 50, located two blocks away, quickly arrived to find fire showing from a two story middle of group dwelling. During the fire attack, two firefighters were injured, one seriously. He remains in the hospital. Almost at the same time, less than five miles away, in the 5600 block of Denwood Avenue, a box alarm was dispatched with a report of people trapped. Engine 27 and Truck 26

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arrived to find a fully involved two story end of group dwelling with a man, who had jumped from the second floor outside. The man reported that several people were trapped. The civilian caught his infant nephew, who was dropped from a second story window. The mother jumped as well. A second alarm was sounded as a fire attack and a search were

initiated. Firefighters subsequently located one adult female and four children, ranging in age from one to seven, in a rear second floor bedroom. All were pronounced on the scene. Two firefighters also suffered injuries in this fire. There is no word on their condition. The cause of both fires is under investigation by the Baltimore City Fire Investigation Bureau as well as the Police Arson Squad. - CHARLIE LEWIS

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At 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, November 18th, units from Howard, Carroll and Montgomery Counties were alerted for a house fire at 2174 Woodbine Road in Lisbon. First arriving units found heavy fire showing from the second floor and began an interior attack, while the rural water supply was being set up. Supply lines were laid down the 1500+ foot driveway to the main road, where the dump site was set up. The fire was under control in about 90 minutes and the cause is under investigation by the Howard County fire marshals office.

Rush hour crash leaves one trapped Owings Mills, MD - Shortly after 8:30 a.m. on November 20th, Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Squad 322 responded with other westside units to a reported vehicle accident with entrapment at Reisterstown Road and Painters Mill Road. EMS 5 reported a three vehicle crash with confirmed entrapment and requested additional EMS resources. Squad 322’s crew stabilized the vehicle, where the driver was trapped and coordinated extrication efforts assisted by BCoFD Engine 19 (Garrison station). Firefighters removed the roof to access the patient, who was transported to an area trauma center. A second victim was also transported to an area hospital.


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Multiple jurisdictions battle large mulch fire At 10:08 am, units from Anne Arundel County and Fort George G Meade were alerted for a brush fire at the end of Brock Bridge Road in Annapolis Junction. First arriving Engine 291 (Jessup) advised they had a large pile of mulch on fire with numerous other piles as exposures. The officer on Engine 291 requested a box alarm, which brought additional units from Anne Arundel County, Fort George G Meade and Howard County to assist. Once a water supply was established, units began to attack the fire with landlines and later foam. The cause of this fire is undetermined.

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