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Friday, December 7, 2018

Anne Arundel County Firefighters Train for Active Shooters


Gary Mathis held out his arm Thursday as a member of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department painted the left side of his chest with thick, red makeup to give him the appearance of having a gunshot wound. The fake blood and gel sat atop a scar he already had from his previous experience as a firefighter. Mathis wasn’t phased by the wound and snapped a photo to send to his wife. He had seen graphic injuries before on the job and remarked how the makeup reminded him of a woman he once helped who had been shot by a sniper. “Honestly that’s why I’m here,” he said from the staging room of a large-scale active shooter drill in Annapolis. “I wanted to see how I’d respond and what I’d do when I’m on the victim side.” Mathis and dozens of volunteers came out to the J. Albert Adams Academy to partake in one of the city’s largest active shooter drills in recent memory, according to officials behind the exercise.
Baltimore Sun

One sent to trauma after house fire in Owings


A woman was flown to a trauma center during the early hours of Wednesday, Dec. 5 after suffering injuries from a house fire in Owings. At approximately 1:15 a.m., crews responded to the 9100 block of Easy Street, Owings for the report of a house fire. Units led by the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department (NBVFD) arrived on the scene of a two-story single family home with heavy fire showing. According to the NBVFD, "Firefighters were able to quickly bring the large fire under control and extensive overhaul was completed.". The loss of structure is estimated to be $280,000. The homeowner became overwhelmed by smoke but was able to escape the fire with non-life threatening injuries, says of the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
Bay Net

No one injured in Bowersox Road blaze in Westminster


It took firefighters from Winfield, New Windsor and at least 10 other fire companies more than an hour to control a house fire Thursday in the 1600 block of Bowersox Road. “In fire department terminology, we had heavy fire conditions on arrival on the second floor,” said Chief Mark Davis of the Winfield volunteer fire company said. “We engaged in what we call a transitional attack where we start from the outside and move in.” According to a media release by the Office of the State Fire Marshal, there were two people present at the time of the fire, the homeowner’s teenage son and an au pair, who along with three family dogs were able to escape. “Everybody escaped without injury, including the pets,” Davis said. The family, are being assisted by the Red Cross, he added.
Carroll County Times

Camper fire under investigation in Avenue


Authorities are investigating a fire that destroyed a RV Camper, Tuesday, Dec. 4 in Avenue. At approximately 12:15 p.m., crews responded to the 38300 block of Hatchet Thicket Road, Avenue after a passerby discovered a RV camper on fire. Units from the Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department arrived and quickly controlled the fire in five minutes. The camper was completely destroyed in fire with an estimated $500 worth of damage to the property caused. Investigation revealed that the fire started inside the camper but authorities are still working to determine the cause.
Bay Net


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Annapolis holds its second active shooter drill Thursday


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.
CapitalGazette.com

One found dead in Elkton residential fire


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.
WBFF-TV Fox 45 Baltimore

Anne Arundel officials discuss transportation issues with addiction treatment centers


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.
Capital Gazette

Woman injured in Owings house fire


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.
Southern Maryland Newspapers

Baltimore firefighter breaks his back while hanging Christmas lights just days before his honeymoon


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.” ”
CapitalGazette.com







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