Maryland News

Friday, May 29, 2020

Region: Authorities Report Fire Breaks Out Near Police Station in Northwest DC

D.C. Fire and EMS responded to a fire early Friday that burned near the Metropolitan Police Department's 4th District Police Station in Northwest, and now fire investigators are assisting officers at the station. Firefighters sent one firetruck to the scene near Georgia and Missouri Avenues NW around 6 a.m. Friday, D.C. Fire said. The truck was returned to service a short time later. Fire investigators were then called to the station at 6001 Georgia Avenue NW at 7:22 a.m. D.C. Fire wouldn't provide further details and referred News4 to the D.C. Police.
WRC-TV NBC 4 Washington

Officials: Perry Hall Fire Draws Crews To House

Firefighters say they are handling a house fire in Perry Hall Thursday evening. The fire was reportedly in the basement. Crews were called to the unit block of Eyre Court at 6:48 p.m., according to the Baltimore County Fire Department. There was a working fire in the basement, officials said before 7 p.m.
Perry Hall Patch

Services, funeral arrangements announced for Hollywood, Solomons Volunteer Firefighter George Taylor

The Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad & Fire Department, Naval District Washington Fire Department, Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department & Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad regret to announce the passing of George Walter Taylor. Walter joined the Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department in 1988 at the age of 16 and held many officer positions over the years. He obtained his lifetime membership in 2017 and was currently serving as the Safety Officer at the time of his passing. Walter was also made Honorary Fire Chief in May of 2020. Walter was hired by the Naval District Washington Fire Department at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in August of 2000 as a firefighter and was later promoted to the rank of Fire Inspector in 2014 at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC. In 2015 Walter returned to Naval Air Station Patuxent River as a Fire Inspector and held that position until the time of his passing.
Southern Maryland News

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Ocean City Fire Marshal David Hartley and Deputy Tim Price to retire

Ocean City officials say that Fire Marshal David Hartley and longtime Deputy Tim Price will retire after nearly 70 years of combined service to the town. Hartley began his career with the town in 1991 as a Fire Safety Inspector, performing many life safety inspections, before being promoted to Fire Investigator and sworn Ocean City Police Officer in 1996. Throughout his career he has held the rank of Chief at various levels for 20 years, as a Chief Deputy, Assistant Chief, and ultimately appointed to Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal in 2011. He was a founding member of the bomb squad on graduation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Hazardous Devices School in 2001, just prior to 9/11. “It has been an honor working for the Town of Ocean City. I would like to thank the many brave professional employees in the Fire Marshal’s Office, fire department, and police department who I have worked alongside for 28 years. I have had a blessed career and very grateful for the opportunity to serve the residents and visitors for so many years,” said Hartley. Also retiring from the Office of the Fire Marshal is Deputy Fire Marshal/Plans Examiner Tim Price.
WMDT-TV 47 Delmarva

One Firefighter Injured, One Dog Rescued After 2-Alarm Apartment Fire in Prince George’s County

On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at approximately 4:10 p.m., fire and rescue personnel responded to the 6500 block of Pennsylvania Ave in District Heights, for an apartment fire. Crews arrived on the scene to find a 3-story garden-style apartment building with fire showing from a third floor apartment with extensions into the attic space. Firefighters requested a second alarm as a precaution. Firefighters located an active fire in a bedroom of the apartment on the third floor, and during a primary search, firefighters found one dog in the apartment. Personnel provided oxygen and were able to revive the dog. No civilian injuries were reported. One firefighter was transported to an area hospital with burns. Personnel revived the dog after being rescued from the apartment. No civilian injuries were reported.
Southern Maryland News

Off-duty police officer pulls man from burning truck after crash in Bethesda

An off-duty police officer saved a man's life Wednesday night when he pulled a driver from a damaged and burning truck on Interstate 270 in Bethesda. It happened around 11:30 p.m. at the northbound I-270 spur, prior to Democracy Boulevard. The single-vehicle crash left the driver dazed and trapped inside the truck. Montgomery County Fire and EMS spokesperson Pete Piringer says the driver was pulled from the burning truck before firefighters arrived on the scene. Responding fire crews blocked the highway while they extinguished the flames from the truck fire, which spread to nearby brush and trees. The driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries, which were said to be life threatening.

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