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February 27, 2000
More than 60 firefighters and emergency personnel battled a six-alarm brush fire in Riva in central Anne Arundel County on Friday afternoon. The blaze was in a wooded area near Glen Isle and Riva roads. No homes or businesses were threatened, fire officials said. Two firefighters were treated for exhaustion at Anne Arundel Medical Center and were released. Firefighters from Anne Arundel, Queen Anne's and Prince George's counties and the Naval Academy brought the fire under control about 5: 15 p.m. Anne Arundel County officials had not determined the cause, but said no investigation is planned.
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By Samuel Johnson Jr | August 12, 2014
The response to crises such as the 9/11 attacks, the Boston Marathon bombings or the landslide that collapsed a Baltimore street this spring inevitably elevate the public consciousness of the professionalism and courage of police, firefighters and other first responders. But sometimes a different kind of consciousness is raised. Corruption or lawless behavior by public-safety personnel - such as the shootings and looting by New Orleans police officers following Hurricane Katrina or, more recently, the police chokehold that killed an unarmed man on a Staten Island sidewalk, caught on video by members of the community - can undo all of that goodwill in a moment.
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September 9, 2011
I want to thank the police and other emergency personnel who helped to "evacuate" us from the flooded Route 29 south on Sept. 7. We spent about 35 minutes waiting for our chance to turn around and get onto 29 north, but there was no agitation or frustration as we all sat and waited for our turn. The situation was handled so smoothly that I wanted to cheer. Heather Dorst Oakland Mills
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Emergency personnel will converge on Inner Harbor waters near Canton on Wednesday as part of a staged water taxi disaster, an event geared toward assessing rescue capabilities and practicing response techniques. Between 8 a.m. and noon, first responders from various federal, state and local agencies will be rescuing flotation devices and "dummies" representing casualties or adrift taxi passengers in water near the 3200 block of Boston St., the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management said.
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer | February 4, 1994
Carroll County's Emergency Services Operations, working to upgrade its antiquated radio dispatch system to a new 800 megahertz, high-tech communication system for police, fire and medic units, hopes to have the new frequencies assigned within a month, the county commissioners were told yesterday.Howard S. "Buddy" Redman, chief of the Bureau of Emergency Services Operations, said the Federal Communications Commission is expected approve the new frequencies.The new frequencies have been approved by Region 20 of the FCC.J.
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By San Francisco Chronicle | September 13, 1991
Life Alert, the company that puts the "Help! I've fallen and I can't get up!" commercials on late-night television, has been sued for deceptive advertising by eight California districtattorneys.The $2 million lawsuit filed Wednesday in Sonoma County Superior Court claims that the maker of emergency medical alert systems uses high-pressure sales tactics and misleading ads to bully old people into buying its products."One 80-year-old woman was subjected to a six-hour sales presentation," said Jeffrey Holtzman, a deputy district attorney in Sonoma County.
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By Amy Oakes and Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1998
Imagine this: A terrorist organization, waging war on the Western world, sets off a chemical bomb in an East Baltimore apartment complex, causing several fatalities and dozens of injuries.It could happen. And yesterday, city rescue workers conducted their first full-scale anti-terrorist exercise to show that should Baltimore ever become a victim of terrorism, the city would be ready.Under the watchful eyes of local, state and federal observers, the city's police and fire departments, hazardous materials team and other emergency personnel responded to a chemical explosion in a building at the vacant Strathdale Manor Apartments in the 5500 block of Sarril Road as if it were a real crisis.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF | July 16, 2004
A Southwest Airlines flight from Houston made an emergency landing at Baltimore-Washington International Airport last night after one passenger's illness spread to at least three others, prompting ambulances from two counties to rush to the scene. In the end, one female passenger was taken to North Arundel Hospital for treatment of severe nausea. Authorities said her illness was not life-threatening. She was in good condition, said hospital spokeswoman Kathy McCollum. The passenger, whose name was not released, vomited about 30 minutes before Flight 1283 landed at BWI, said airport spokeswoman Cheryl Stewart, which prompted three other passengers to become nauseated.
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By Michael K. Burns | October 5, 1990
Random drug testing of some 15,000 state employees in safety-related or "sensitive" jobs, originally scheduled to begin this week, could be delayed for two months until program administrators receive more training and a legislative oversight committee approves the rules.At a labor-management advisory committee meeting yesterday, the state personnel department agreed not to begin random testing until some 140 "technical representatives" have obtained further training in administering the program, committee members said.
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By Ilene Hollin and Ilene Hollin,SUN STAFF | July 14, 2004
With memories of Baltimore's 2001 train tunnel fire still fresh in their minds, local emergency personnel began training yesterday to better understand how to respond to chemical spills and railcar fires. They used the Safety Train, a railcar modified by BP Amoco PLC for training. The 22,000-gallon modified general tank car is outfitted with most of the valves and fittings that tank cars may contain - a feature which allows instructors to demonstrate proper responses to possible situations posed by spills or derailment.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORTS | February 26, 2013
Two people died as a result of a diving accident at Aberdeen Proving Ground on Tuesday afternoon, the Army confirmed. The deaths were said to be two Navy divers who were working in the installation's Underwater Explosion Test Facility, also known as the "super pond," where a civilian diver employed by the Army died in an accident on Jan. 30, several Harford County emergency response sources said. One source said the divers were in cardiac arrest when they surfaced and had been working in the pond on air hoses, not self-contained breathing units, and were tethered to each other.
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Editorial from The Aegis | November 29, 2012
In the latest back and forth over the degree to which Harford County government will have a measure of authority over the local volunteer fire and ambulance service, a good deal has been made over the words "coordination, command, control and the oversight. " Such is the wording of an executive order issued earlier this month under which the county government would gain oversight responsibility for what to date have been essentially a conglomeration of a dozen private clubs that provide a vital public service.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2012
A 66-year-old man was seriously injured at the Domino Sugar factory in Baltimore on Sunday afternoon when his right arm was caught in a large piece of machinery, according to the city Fire Department. Emergency personnel responded to the refinery in the 1100 block of Key Highway in Riverside at 2:54 p.m., and began providing medical treatment to the man as workers labored to disassemble the machine and free the man's arm, said Captain Roman Clark, a fire spokesman. "He was stuck there for an hour and 45 minutes," Clark said.
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September 9, 2011
I want to thank the police and other emergency personnel who helped to "evacuate" us from the flooded Route 29 south on Sept. 7. We spent about 35 minutes waiting for our chance to turn around and get onto 29 north, but there was no agitation or frustration as we all sat and waited for our turn. The situation was handled so smoothly that I wanted to cheer. Heather Dorst Oakland Mills
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2011
An elderly couple was found dead Saturday night in their Carroll County home that emergency personnel discovered to contain 80 times the normal level of carbon monoxide. Lewis Keyser, 81 and his 84-year-old wife, Betty, were found in the basement of the house. Relatives told Maryland State police that they found the house in the 1900 block of Lang Road in Hampstead filled with soot and haze Police said Sunday that no foul play is suspected and that the couple was last seen on Thursday.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2011
When a car exploded and caught on fire after crashing into Richard Marriott's Ellicott City home in December, emergency personnel checking on structural damage to the residence discovered 19 large marijuana plants growing inside. Marriott, 44, was indicted by a Howard County grand jury Thursday after being charged by police with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug production equipment. The accident, in the 5100 block of Montgomery Road, occurred about 10:30 p.m. Dec. 10 when Bryan Bolster lost control of the BMW he was driving and crashed into Marriott's home.
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June 10, 1999
TUESDAY'S accident on the Baltimore beltway illustrates the arbitrary nature of life. For 42 years, a footbridge spanned the busy road without incident. On Tuesday, at the height of rush hour, a truck -- one of thousands that pass through daily -- struck the bridge and it collapsed, killing one motorist and injuring three others.Emergency personnel -- state and county -- responded with dispatch and skill. The injured were quickly attended to and transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2012
A 66-year-old man was seriously injured at the Domino Sugar factory in Baltimore on Sunday afternoon when his right arm was caught in a large piece of machinery, according to the city Fire Department. Emergency personnel responded to the refinery in the 1100 block of Key Highway in Riverside at 2:54 p.m., and began providing medical treatment to the man as workers labored to disassemble the machine and free the man's arm, said Captain Roman Clark, a fire spokesman. "He was stuck there for an hour and 45 minutes," Clark said.
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By Nick Madigan | nick.madigan@baltsun.com | February 7, 2010
With mounds of snow making Baltimore sidewalks impassable Saturday, many pedestrians took to the middle of the streets, following paths carved by plows or trucks. And that drove Don Dziwulski a little nuts. A 12-year-veteran of the Baltimore Fire Department and one of its supervising paramedics, Dziwulski has about all he can handle on a normal day, when calls for assistance - and life-and-death decisions - come thick and fast. Saturday afternoon, driving an ambulance around the snow-covered city was made even tougher by having to slow down, and even stop, for pedestrians who just wouldn't get out of the way. "I'm trying to be a gentleman right now," Dziwulski said at the wheel of a red-and-white Ford F-450 truck, its siren blaring and lights flashing, as he carefully maneuvered his way around a man on Harford Road who appeared to be too busy talking on his cell phone to consider stepping aside.
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