August 26, 2005
When a young rider fell off a horse during a lesson at Columbia Horse Center this summer, instructor Ashley Davison knew just what to do. "I told her to keep her head still, and I knew the questions to ask to determine if she had a concussion. When the paramedics came, I was able to speak their language," said Davison, 17. Her knowledge and calm during an emergency came from her training with the EMT Academy, also known as Paramedic Pathways, a pilot program of Howard County public schools, the Department of Fire and Rescue Services and Howard Community College.
October 31, 2002
Ronald M. Kropp, former director of planning and development for the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services, died of coronary artery disease Oct. 23 at his Otterbein home. He was 56. Mr. Kropp, who was born in Baltimore and raised in Parkville, graduated from Parkville High School in 1964. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore in 1968. In 1974, he earned a master's degree in comprehensive health system planning from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.
February 29, 2004
Runaway growth a burden to residents It is disappointing, but not surprising, to learn of the new proposed "fire tax" to cover the cost of fire and emergency medical services for Carroll County. This is one more example of the cost of residential development being born by the existing homeowners, instead of the developers causing runaway growth. As reported in The Sun, a public hearing was held Sept. 22 in Union Bridge regarding the proposed annexation of a 126-acre parcel for a residential development, with another planned development that could triple the inhabitants of our 1,100 population town.
February 27, 2010
Annapolis Fire Chief Jerome W. Smith, who has worked for the department since 1967, will retire April 1, city officials said. Smith, 66, an Annapolis native, became a volunteer firefighter in 1966 and served one year before joining the paid fire service. Promoted through the ranks, he was named acting chief in 2005 and confirmed by the city council in 2007. During his 43-year-tenure, he worked with the city's Code Enforcement Division to write legislation on sprinklers and upgraded the emergency medical services.
September 22, 2011
The state of Maryland created one of the nation's first statewide emergency medical systems to ensure that patients got consistent and timely care no matter where they were. The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems now oversees and coordinates the providers from the field to the emergency department, according to James W. Brown, director of educational support services, from headquarters in Baltimore. When was MIEMSS formed and what are its responsibilities now?
January 9, 2005
George R. Wackenhut, 85, a former FBI agent who built the Wackenhut Corp. into an international security firm that promoted the use of private guards at prisons, airports and nuclear power plants, died of heart failure Dec. 31 at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. Started in 1954 as a three-man detective agency in Miami, the struggling company turned to providing guard services to stay afloat and later earned contracts with Lockheed Martin and the Kennedy Space...