Annapolis Fire Chief David Stokes has served over 40 years in public safety. He is the only person to have served as fire chief of both the Annapolis Fire Department and the Anne Arundel Fire Department.
I’ve been to many different forums with the chief where people have asked him “Chief, what is it that keeps you up at night?” His response is always “active shooters.” The chief’s nightmare is well placed. Year after year, month after month and lately week after week media coverage of active assailant incidents have invaded our daily consciousness. There is no widely accepted definition that describes this behavior. An active shooter and active assailant are terms that describe an individual who is actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people.
One person was found dead after a "residential outbuilding" caught fire in Elkton, Cecil County.
The fire was found by a neighbor at 3:16 a.m. Wednesday, on Blake Road at the state line, just east of Little Elk Creek.
About 30 firefighters spent 45 minutes working to control the fire, according to a notice of investigation from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.
An adult victim was found dead inside the structure. No other injuries were reported.
The structure apparently had no working smoke alarms.
The origin and cause of the fire remain under investigation.
Damages are estimated at $65,000.
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As Anne Arundel’s Safe Stations continues to grow, county public safety officials are looking at issues regarding transporting people to addiction treatment centers.
Fire Department and mental health officials stress the program’s protocol — which has firefighters and police helping those looking for treatment who walk into a county firehouse or police department — has not affected emergency response time.
Capt. Russ Davies, spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, said that means that if a crew has been assigned a Safe Stations patient and another emergency call comes in while they’re waiting for crisis responders, it could be forwarded to another station.
So while county fire Chief Allen Graves stressed firehouses still have the discretion to respond to larger emergency calls if they deem it more important, he said he’s discussed possibly driving the patients to wherever the closest crisis responder is so to cut down on the time they spend at the station.
“I think that there’s that discussion of ‘Is it using resources?’” Graves said, but added he was “not aware of anywhere it’s caused any issues.”
According to statistics from the county Department of Health, the county has seen at least 117 Safe Station assessments per month since May.
A woman was rescued from an Owings house fire early Wednesday morning after dozens of firefighters responded to bring the fire under control.
About 70 firefighters responded to a multi-story, single-family home on Easy Street in Owings around 1:07 a.m. Wednesday.
Steve Stanton, deputy chief of the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department and one of the firefighters who responded to the fire, said crews arrived on the scene to “see nothing but fire.”
It took the firefighters about 10 minutes to get it under control and rescue the woman, who was confused and disoriented, Stanton said.
The woman, who had an inhalation injury due to exposure to heat and smoke, was treated and transported to the shock trauma center in Baltimore.
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Shane Horn, 30, a firefighter who works on Truck 23 in Pigtown, is recovering at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital from a partial spinal cord injury from the Nov. 25 fall, according to the GoFundMe and MedStar spokeswoman Carrie Wells.
Horn has no feeling in his legs but may be able to regain function through physical therapy, which he is undergoing in inpatient care at the hospital, Wells said. He was not available for comment Wednesday.
The online fundraiser features photos of Horn and his wife, Lisa, from their wedding, as well as a picture of the firefighter giving a thumbs-up in his hospital room.
“He is in good spirits but knows he has a long road ahead of him,” the GoFundMe says. “He has so many people by his side supporting him along the way.”