Maryland News

Friday, June 22, 2018

Carroll County Firefighters Vote to Form Union

Members of career staff from Carroll County fire companies voted to form a union Monday, June 11. The organization, called Carroll County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics (CCPFFP), currently has between 30 and 40 members and is in the process of seeking recognition from the Professional Fire Fighters of Maryland branch of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF). The main thing is to give a voice to career staff to advocate for themselves, and “a seat at the table” said Max Nickey, president of the newly organized union. The move happens in the context of a move toward a more centralized county fire service.

Frederick County executive announces three new plans for reallocated budget funds

The government of Frederick County, Maryland has new plans for more than one million dollars in budgeting, after a local union rejected a contract offer. County executive Jan Gardner announced Thursday morning three different project plans that will benefit the county fire and rescue services with $1.2 million reallocated. The funds, which would have gone towards a contract with the career firefighters association, will now be used for a new 25 member recruiting class, an independent wage study, and step pay increase for firefighters. “I still do want to make sure that we don't fall too far behind in how we pay our employees so I thought it was important to use some of the money that was in the budget to make sure we provided salary improvement to our firefighters," explained Frederick County Executive, Jan Gardner.

Firefighters respond to attic fire in Charles County

At 12:38 p.m. on June 21, the 911 communications center alerted fire fighters to the 2600 block of Capitol Court in Waldorf for the report of a house on fire. Units arrived and discovered the attic of a single family home fully involved in fire. At this time there does not appear to be any injuries and crews are awaiting the fire marshal to arrive for investigation. Motorists who may need to travel this direction are advised to watch for emergency vehicles who are responding to the fire. Continue to follow as updates become available to this story.
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

2 people jump from burning Montgomery County home that collapsed, officials say

Two people were injured after they jumped from a major house fire in Gaithersburg that caused the home to collapse Thursday morning, according to authorities. The Montgomery County Fire Department says they were called to the scene of the two alarm blaze in the 9200 block of Oriole Place some time after 4:50 a.m. Fire officials say all residents made it out of the building and that the two people hurt have non-life threatening injuries and were taken to the Washington Hospital Center burn unit. Close to 100 firefighters responded to the blaze before they knocked down the majority of the fire and got it under control, according to the fire department.
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Fatal truck collision, fire impacts traffic on Wilson Bridge

A fatal traffic collision and fire Wednesday shut down a portion of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge for hours and impacted traffic in the surrounding area. The fire occurred in the Outer Loop lanes of the bridge around 11 a.m. The blaze was ignited after a northbound tractor trailer lost control and struck a boom truck and two other highway construction vehicles, according to Maryland State Police. That crash killed the tractor-trailer’s driver. “It looked like a bomb went off,” one witness told NBC Washington. Seven others were treated and released, said Denny Chatel, assistant fire chief for Prince George’s Fire/EMS. One was taken to the hospital. Response to the accident involved four jurisdictions and an estimated 100 personnel, Chatel said.

Mother-to-be goes into labor while Montgomery County firefighters install child car seat

“It’s never a dull moment here! This is one of the busier fire houses,” said Ian St. John, with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, smiling. That statement rang true on Wednesday morning at Milestone Station 34 in Germantown. “It would be the first time that I’ve ever had an OB occur, a woman go into labor while we’re at the car seat demo. This is sort of a new thing for me,” he said. St. John says he’s done the car seat installations and demonstrations for years. “I started it as a side gig,” he said, as he unzipped a car seat from a bag. On Wednesday morning, he says he was just about finished a demonstration when a woman appeared to start having contractions.

Young Easton man charged with malicious burning of vehicle

The Office of the State Fire Marshal was notified, on June 15, of a vehicle fire that occurred on June 14, according to officials. The fire occurred at 7768 Woodland Circle, Easton, stated a recent press release. Deputy State Fire Marshals responded to where the vehicle had been stored by the Sheriff's Office, and examined the burned 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck owned by Antonio Joseph Ruffini, 21, fire marshals said. After the origin and cause examination, investigators determined the truck was intentionally set on fire and developed Ruffini as a suspect, according to officials. The night of the fire, the Talbot Sheriff's Office charged Ruffini for motor vehicle and alcohol related charges. Beforehand, Ruffini got into a disagreement with family at the Woodland Circle address, said the Office of the Deputy State Fire Marshals.
Star-Democrat (Easton)

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