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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | 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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June 3, 2014
D oes your garden make your neighbors green with envy? We hope so. The Baltimore Sun is searching for the most beautiful and creative gardens in the metropolitan area. Flower gardens, shade gardens, container gardens and even water gardens will be considered, but they must be designed and tended by amateurs. The winners will be featured in The Sun this summer and will receive a $50 garden center gift card. To submit your entry, send three to five photos and a 200-word description of your garden by email to homes@baltsun.com or by mail to Baltimore Sun Garden Contest, Features Dept., 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | May 6, 1999
Less than a month into his new job as Anne Arundel County fire chief, Roger C. Simonds has changed the name of his department from the county EMS/Fire/Rescue back to the more conventional Fire Department.The switch reverses a change made by former Chief Stephen D. Halford two years ago and marks an apparent shift in thinking for Simonds, who led a committee that recommended the earlier name change.The fire transition team headed by Simonds was the impetus for the name shuffle, according to fire spokesman John Scholz.
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Editorial from The Aegis | March 13, 2014
The effectiveness of the volunteer firefighters who responded earlier this week to the scene of a car fire at a commercial garage in Joppa is exemplary of why it is important for Harford County to try to figure out a way to resolve the funding issues related to providing ambulance service. It was bad enough that the fire was the result of an automotive gasoline tank that was, according to fire investigators, set ablaze by someone drilling into or near the tank. Putting out a gasoline fire is no easy task and, not only is gasoline flammable like kerosene and plenty of other petroleum products, but it is also potentially explosive.
NEWS
February 5, 2014
A fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to the attached garage of a house in the 200 block of Canvasback Drive in Havre de Grace Wednesday evening, according to fire officials. The cause of the fire was attributed to a portable generator in the garage, said Scotty Hurst, chief of the Susquehanna Hose Company of Havre de Grace, said. The Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating the fire. Hurst noted the house did not have power, and that Harford County officials issued an alert Wednesday regarding the potential for more power outages as winds picked up Wednesday night.
NEWS
January 22, 2001
THINK OF IT as an insurance policy. The extra $8 you pay on your vehicle registration buys one of the nation's best statewide emergency medical systems in case you, a loved one or a friend is badly injured in an accident. That insurance policy, though, is about to lapse. The money raised from this surcharge on Maryland cars and trucks - about $36 million -isn't enough any longer to support a comprehensive emergency medical services network. Unless the General Assembly finds additional funds, there will be a 15-percent cutback in the statewide EMS system, which includes everything from MedEvac helicopters, paramedics, fire and rescue equipment and the renowned Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
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By C. Fraser Smith and C. Fraser Smith,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | October 5, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- The state agency that provides radio communications and training for medics in Maryland's nationally renowned shock-trauma system must slash its budget by nearly two-thirds by next July.Known as the Emergency Medical Services System, the agency is the electronic and human support structure for the widely copied Maryland procedure for getting gravely injured people to hospitals within the so-called golden hour -- when their lives can still be saved.The cuts in the EMS System came to light this week two days after two medevac helicopter bases were closed entirely and all medevac services were suspended between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. as part of efforts to reduce state spending by $450 million this fiscal year.
NEWS
May 19, 1999
The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems recognized two Howard County residents yesterday for their work in fire and rescue services.MIEMSS recognized 27 emergency rescue personnel during the ceremony in Baltimore.Battalion Chief Dan Merson received the EMS Provider of the Year award for his work as Howard's EMS program manager.Liz Uhlman-Berg, a critical-care registered nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital, received the Quality in EMS award for her work in the state's EMS. She lives in Elkridge.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | August 14, 2012
A Bel Air man was seriously injured in a single car accident in Joppa Sunday afternoon, firefighters and EMS personnel at the scene said. The accident occurred around 1:30 p.m. in the 3600 block of Clayton Road near Kates Lane, according to a Harford County Sheriff's Office accident report. Firefighters and EMS personnel said they arrived to find a 2008 Honda that had overturned, trapping the adult male driver, who was identified in the subsequent accident report as Mark Stephen Vananzo, 50, of Shoreham Court in Bel Air. The report states the vehicle overturned "several times.
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By Michael K. Burns | November 8, 1991
Facing deep budget cuts that threaten its survival, Maryland's nationally renowned Emergency Medical Services System is circulating petitions statewide to gain support for an earmarked tax to support the shock trauma agency.The petitions ask Marylanders to back a $10 tax for the system, along with other emergency and rescue services, that could generate all or part of the cost. A 10-cent surtax on monthly gas and electric bills, on vehicle license tags, on beverages and on gasoline are among the ways considered by the system's advisory council yesterday to impose a designated tax.After budget cuts of 20 percent over the past year, the EMS system is faced with a further cut of 60 percent in the next fiscal year, as part of cuts at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, where it is located.
NEWS
February 5, 2014
A fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to the attached garage of a house in the 200 block of Canvasback Drive in Havre de Grace Wednesday evening, according to fire officials. The cause of the fire was attributed to a portable generator in the garage, said Scotty Hurst, chief of the Susquehanna Hose Company of Havre de Grace, said. The Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating the fire. Hurst noted the house did not have power, and that Harford County officials issued an alert Wednesday regarding the potential for more power outages as winds picked up Wednesday night.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | December 5, 2013
The Charlie Riley Community Service Scholarship Foundation celebrated several milestones at its annual awards ceremony Nov. 13, surpassing the $160,000 and 160 scholarships marks during the past eight years. At this year's banquet the foundation awarded $27,000 in scholarships at the event held at Level Volunteer Fire Company. The scholarship program honors the memory of the late Charles W. Riley, a 52-year member and chief of Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company and a member of the Harford-Cecil Volunteer Fireman's Association and Maryland State Fireman's Association Halls of Fame.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2013
Poker tables opened Friday at Rocky Gap Casino Resort near Cumberland in Western Maryland, state lottery officials said. Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, signed an operations license for poker Friday after a demonstration Thursday that tested internal controls, employee training, security and technical systems. The three poker tables, all located in the hotel lobby, have eight seats each and offer Texas Hold'em with limit and no limit stakes, casino officials said.
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By Jules Witcover | June 24, 2013
President Obama's second term is already beleaguered by the same barrier that stymied his first four years - a Congress that seems unable or unwilling to get its most serious business done. He looks longingly if not overly optimistically toward the 2014 congressional elections to bring him a Democratic majority on Capitol Hill that may be a pipedream. A previous Democratic president named Harry Truman knew how to capitalize on what he famously called a "Do-nothing Congress" in 1948.
NEWS
June 20, 2013
The Young Bucks Band, featuring Ed Jones, of Washington, performed at the annual Spring Fling May 18, hosted by Gena Wade and the city of Laurel Division of Senior Services. Through their musical talents, countless renditions and old school street-corner harmony, they allowed attendees to step back in time, hand dance, line dance, slow dance, sing and simply reminisce about another time, gone but definitely not forgotten. The Partnership Hall was beautifully decorated by Gena Wade, and guests wore their "spring best" and dined on delicious, mouth-watering and savory foods and assorted beverages prepared by Chef Lavease Briley.
NEWS
May 22, 2013
During the week of May 19-25, 2013, Maryland joins the rest of the nation in celebrating National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. I commend the Maryland EMS providers who respond every day of every month to emergency situations, making our statewide EMS and trauma system a national model for life-saving care. With Gov. Martin O'Malley's commitment to public safety and the well-being of all Maryland's citizens, he has recognized the accomplishments of EMS providers by designating Emergency Medical Services Week in Maryland.
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | August 8, 1997
The county deployed police and EMS/Fire/Rescue patrols to Crofton yesterday to help residents of more than 350 homes who lost telephone service when a contractor accidentally cut a phone line Wednesday evening.The contractor, apparently digging a waterline for the county, cut the phone line at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, said Sandra Arnette, a spokeswoman for Bell Atlantic-Maryland.She said Bell Atlantic crews began trying to restore phone service almost immediately, but yesterday evening, most of the affected homes remained without dial tones.
NEWS
January 16, 1992
Jenkins will be missedWith his retirement Dec. 31, Ray Jenkins, editor of the editorial pages of The Evening Sun, ended his 40 years o watching, evaluating and reporting on events of our time. I would like to make some observations as a reader of his column, one who in many cases gained insight into controversial events of our time.Mr. Jenkins came to The Evening Sun from the South - where h had the opportunity to observe first-hand the changes in civil rights, economics and cultural diversity.
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Editorial from The Aegis | May 16, 2013
Harford County's fire and EMS service is a mess. As one Old-Timer used to say, "Rome wasn't built in a day. " Nor was the mess that fire and EMS service has become. Let's get this straight before we go any further: This is not an attack on the men and women who have dedicated their lives to helping their fellow Harford County residents at their times of greatest need. The service they continue to provide in the face of daunting challenges is terrific. Some of our colleagues, family members, friends and neighbors are and have been volunteers in the fire and EMS service.
NEWS
May 14, 2013
The Laurel Volunteer Fire Department will hold its second annual EMS Open House on Saturday, May 18 from noon to 3 p.m. at the fire station, 7411 Cherry Lane. Activities include meeting Laurel's licensed emergency medical technicians, blood pressure screening and learning about injury prevention. Visitors can also take an ambulance tour. The Laurel Volunteer Fire Department was formed four years after an 1898 fire on Main Street destroyed 12 buildings, including the Presbyterian Church.
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