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June 1, 2011
Since its inception in Harford County, ambulance service has been provided by proud and dedicated volunteers, mostly those associated with the volunteer fire service. With the relatively small shift of $2.2 million in the county's budget of nearly $609 million, the county government is poised to change decades of tradition, hopefully, for the better. A reality of modern medicine is that emergency medical services require highly-trained people. Though a core of volunteers in Harford County has been up to the challenge of taking on this training, their numbers have been far too few to keep up with the demands of the county's citizenry.
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By Peter Crispino and For The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Personnel and guests at Fort Meade gathered Thursday, on the anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil, to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost that day - and pay tribute to 411 fallen first responders with the unveiling of a stained-glass image that includes a piece of the World Trade Center. "It has been 13 years since New York City, New Jersey, and the D.C.-area emergency responders became the stuff of legend as firefighters, police officers and paramedic EMTs followed the call of duty into the pages of history," Deputy Garrison Cmdr.
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July 3, 2014
Grilling outside and fireworks - two of the more common activities to celebrate Independence Day. Both bring dangers, however, and the Harford County Department of Emergency Services is offering tips on staying safe when cooking outside and watching fireworks. The offers the following safety information to help reduce the risk of fires and burn injuries resulting from barbecues and outdoor grilling: • Propane and charcoal barbecues should only be used outdoors and under the close supervision of an adult.
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July 3, 2014
Grilling outside and fireworks - two of the more common activities to celebrate Independence Day. Both bring dangers, however, and the Harford County Department of Emergency Services is offering tips on staying safe when cooking outside and watching fireworks. The offers the following safety information to help reduce the risk of fires and burn injuries resulting from barbecues and outdoor grilling: • Propane and charcoal barbecues should only be used outdoors and under the close supervision of an adult.
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March 27, 2005
The Auxiliary to the Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association will hold its spring executive meeting and dinner April 4 at the Gamber & Community Volunteer Fire Company hall. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by a business meeting. The auxiliary will hold a spring banquet at 5:30 p.m. April 10 at the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company activities building. Information: 410-775-7402.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | June 4, 1999
A vote to approve the Emergency Services Master Plan presented yesterday to the Carroll County Board of Commissioners was put off at least until next week, allowing time to clarify key issues such as adopting a countywide sprinkler ordinance.Approval for the plan, which had not been revised since 1981, was recommended to the commissioners by the county planning commission, which reviewed the plan's 51-page final draft on May 18.Commissioners Julia Walsh Gouge, Donald I. Dell and Robin Bartlett Frazier reacted favorably to the presentation by Oscar Baker, chairman of the plan's update committee, and Robert P. Cumberland Jr., president of the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association, but Gouge said she wanted additional information before voting.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer | July 11, 1993
The way lifelong county resident James W. Terrell figures it, the best bargain around costs only $9.37, and it's an investment that could be the difference between life and death.That's what it costs each Harford resident annually for emergency services, said Chief Terrell, who heads the county's Emergency Operations Center in Hickory.Computing that figure is simple long division: Divide the $1.8 million budgeted for emergency service operations by 192,000, the estimated population of the county.
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By Laura Smitherman | laura.smitherman@baltsun.com | December 19, 2008
Maryland should create a Cabinet-level department to oversee emergency services and consider allowing a private company to run the state's helicopter transport fleet, say two lawmakers who pledged yesterday to spearhead reform during the legislative session that begins next month. Maryland's medevac system for ferrying accident victims is expected to come under renewed scrutiny by the General Assembly after a September crash in Prince George's County killed four people. Sen. John C. Astle, an Anne Arundel County Democrat and retired helicopter pilot who flew medevac missions, and Sen. E.J. Pipkin, an Eastern Shore Republican, are working on legislation to overhaul the beleaguered system.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | March 1, 1999
As four-bedroom Colonials are carved out of Carroll County farmland, residents have grumbled about clogged roads and crowded classrooms. Now, they face another growing pain: a 911 system so strained it can't keep up with all the new addresses.Rescue workers say they're often confronted with confusing directions from mis-marked maps when they're hustling to an emergency."Sometimes the cross streets you're given by the dispatcher are far from one another, or they don't actually intersect," said Russell Halterman, 21, Hampstead's cardiac rescue technician.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | September 1, 1996
Concerns about fire safety, especially about water pressure and the ability of volunteers to respond quickly to emergencies, may do what county government has been unable to do -- slow growth in South Carroll.With a population in Eldersburg that has increased by 21 percent, to 22,405, since 1990, local fire officials say the county should put the brakes on commercial and residential development, which is straining the volunteer Sykesville-Freedom District Volunteer Fire Department."We cannot guarantee a response," said Bobby Ray Chesney, Sykesville-Freedom's deputy chief, who is a career firefighter in Baltimore County.
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July 3, 2014
The Harford County Department of Emergency Services urges residents and visitors to Harford County to refrain from using illegal or contraband fireworks during the July 4th holiday. Officials are concerned with the danger from illegal fireworks which may result in fires, burns and hand and eye injuries. Maryland is one of several states that ban most forms of fireworks and small explosive devices for use by the general public. According to statistics released by the National Fire Protection Association, in 2011 fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 fires, including more than 1,200 structure fires, 400 vehicle fires and more than 16,000 outdoor fires.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
A Baltimore police officer slit the throat of a dog officers had under control and now faces felony animal cruelty charges, the department said Wednesday. Police Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere called the killing "outrageous and unacceptable" and said internal affairs is investigating the incident, which took place Saturday morning in Brewers Hill. Baltimore City Councilman Robert W. Curran, council liaison to the Mayor's Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission, said there was no reason to have killed the dog if it was restrained with a dog-control pole, as police say it was. "It's pretty astounding that our public safety officers would ever have done this," Curran said.
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BY ALLAN VOUGHT and BRYNA ZUMERavought@theaegis.com bzumer@theaegis.com | April 30, 2014
Harford County emergency officials began bracing for potential flooding Tuesday afternoon, with between 3 to 5 inches of additional rain forecast to fall on the county in the ensuing 24 to 48 hours. Representatives from the Harford County Department of Emergency Services and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency went to the north county area Tuesday afternoon to ask some residents along Little Deer Creek to consider leaving their homes because an earthen dam was in potential danger of being breached.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2014
The Fort Detrick fire department has been named the best medium-sized department in the Army, base officials said Monday. The installation in Frederick hosts the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center, the Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health research and other sensitive activities. In 2013, Fort Detrick Fire and Emergency Services responded to 1,560 calls on the base and in the Frederick and Silver Spring communities it also serves.
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March 27, 2014
Melissa Blessing, a public safety dispatcher III and training specialist with the Harford County Department of Emergency Services, has received the first "Above and Beyond the Call" award for the department. Blessing, a 14-year veteran of the department, was nominated by Robert B. Thomas Jr., coordinator of community outreach. The "Above and Beyond the Call" award was established by Director Russell J. Strickland to recognize and pay tribute to employees who go beyond the requirements of their job duties or assignments and assists the department as necessary to fulfill its mission.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | January 7, 2014
Harford County officials warned residents of hypothermia and other dangers in light of record-setting cold temperatures Monday and Tuesday, and there was more concern about the abnormally cold temperatures overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning. The county was hit by bitter cold that started Monday night, with temperatures plummeting into the low single digits and the wind chill making it feel as cold as 15 degrees below zero overnight. Temperatures were reported as low as 1 degree or zero overnight Monday, and though it was sunny throughout the day Tuesday, high temperatures barely reached above 10 degrees in and around Bel Air. The impending cold forced Harford County Public Schools to cancel all classes Tuesday.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | May 19, 1999
The county planning commission approved yesterday a revised Emergency Services Master Plan that calls for continued funding of services at current levels, improved recruitment and retention of volunteers and enhanced public education.The plan, which had not been revised since 1981, was presented to the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission by Oscar Baker, chairman of the Emergency Services Master Plan Update Committee, and Robert P. Cumberland Jr., president of the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association.
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By Molly Knight and Molly Knight,SUN STAFF | April 4, 2004
Anne Arundel County officials have until June 1 to assess the effects of a decision by Fort Meade to drastically reduce its 24-hour emergency services and instead rely on paramedics from surrounding counties, now that the Army has postponed the effective date until then. Originally scheduled to take effect tomorrow, the plan was put on hold last week - a decision that left critics hopeful that the Army will find another way to cut costs. "I think it [the delay] is a good move," said James Goetz, Fort Meade EMS spokesman.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | January 6, 2014
The the first snowstorm of 2014 dumped six to eight inches of the white stuff accross Harford County from Thursday afternoon into early Friday morning, forcing the closure of schools and government offices. On Monday, the weather – heavy morning fog – was a factor in schools opening two hours late. Driving conditions throughout the weekend, from Friday through Sunday, were treacherous, with mulitple accidents, though none serious, were reported across the county. At 1 p.m. Monday, it remained to be seen what would happen with schools Tuesday morning, when temperatures are expected to be in the teens, with the wind chill making it feel like -15 degrees.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | December 19, 2013
Parts of Harford County experienced what county emergency officials called a "major" power outage affecting several areas, early Thursday evening. "The Harford County Department of Emergency Services has received a report of a major power outage affecting several areas of Harford County," Department of Emergency Services spokesman Bob Thomas said. The outage occurred shortly before 5 p.m. and affected parts of Bel Air and other areas. Power was restored to the downtown area of Bel Air around 5:45 p.m., at which time the BGE online outage map showed about 2,600 customers of nearly 100,000 did not have power.
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