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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2013
The Baltimore fire department identified Tuesday a man who died in his Northeast Baltimore home after running a gasoline generator in his basement. Darnell McNeil was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital Monday evening after fire officials suspected he suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning. Investigators found very high levels of carbon monoxide in the home in the 3600 block of Keene Ave. The power was out in the neighborhood that night as Baltimore Gas and Electric workers did maintenance.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
The spokesman for the Baltimore City Fire Department said Friday he is leaving city government to move to D.C. because his wife has accepted a new job.  "It is a bittersweet moment for us," said Ian Brennan, who was previously a press secretary for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. "I am proud of my wife for taking this step forward in her career, but it is sad to leave the city we love -- the city where our children were born. " In addition to working for Rawlings-Blake, Brennan also served as a spokesman for Mayor Sheila Dixon.
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September 16, 2010
Recent claims suggesting that fire and emergency medical response for the citizens of Baltimore have been diminished to dangerous levels are unfortunate and simply not accurate. ("Rawlings-Blake policies make Baltimore less safe," Readers respond, Sept. 14). The facts: the number of fatal fires and fire deaths are at historic lows this year, and the number of structure fires continues to decrease. Credit for those accomplishments goes to the men and women of the Baltimore City Fire Department who work hard day and night to keep us all safe.
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By Sean Welsh and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
Firefighters quickly controlled a blaze at an abandoned Veteran's Affairs hospital at Fort Howard in Edgemere, Baltimore County public safety officials said late Friday. The two-alarm fire took place around 11 p.m. and was under control by 11:30 p.m., according to tweets from the Baltimore County Police and Fire Department. The building is located in the 9600 block of North Point Rd. The fire was contained to one building. This story will be updated when information becomes available.
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April 17, 2013
In the article titled "Fire squad might relocate" (April 13), Baltimore City Fire Department Chief James S. Clack states, "When the mayor was able to find the money to keep Truck 10, that changed the equation. " The article goes on to state that the current citywide arrangement of companies is based on choices made when Truck 10 was lost. With Truck 10 still in service, he said, the deployment of companies needs to be tweaked. Am I now to understand that if Truck 10, which is located in West Baltimore, had closed then, the figures noted in the article such as Truck 5 which has seen an increase in calls of nearly 65 percent and Engine 6 and Truck 1 who have seen an increase in calls of 41 percent and 43 percent respectively, would not have occurred, considering those three companies are situated in East Baltimore?
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2011
For the first time, all 1,800 Baltimore fire personnel will undergo departmentwide health tests during a wellness project that officials hope will become a yearly event. Next week, Professional Health Services vans will begin conducting screenings — including hearing, vision, pulmonary and heart — at five department operations in the city. The Fire Department will get aggregate data after testing is complete, though individual results will be kept between patients and physicians.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2011
Jeff King spent the day car shopping, but only after starting out with his ritual stop at Dunkin' Donuts. Gary Jones got ready for what he hoped to be the first of many golf outings and performed chores from the proverbial "honey-do" list. Jeff Loomis put in a double shift on the maintenance staff at Carroll County Hospital Center, where he has worked part-time since last summer. That is how the three veteran Howard County firefighters spent the first day of their respective retirements last week, after ending careers that combined for more than 100 years on the job. "One of the things everyone always told me is that you'll know when it's time to leave," King, one of the department's two deputy chiefs, said Friday.
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By Julie Scharper | julie.scharper@baltsun.com | November 19, 2009
The city might have to pay $164,000 back to the federal government after the money was mixed with funds in an "off-the-books" log intended to circumvent oversight rules, an audit of Fire Department spending revealed. The department's training academy made more than $237,000 in unauthorized purchases from Draeger Safety Inc. over a four-year period, according to the audit, which was prompted by a 2007 investigation by The Baltimore Sun. Some funds granted by the Department of Homeland Security were mixed with rebates from Draeger in the clandestine account, Robert McCarty, the city auditor, told the city's spending board Wednesday.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's press secretary is leaving the mayor's office to become the spokesman for the city's fire department. Ian Brennan, who also served as a spokesman for former Mayor Sheila Dixon, will replace Kevin Cartwright, who retired earlier this year, as the department's Public Information Officer. He will earn $92,000 annually. “I am excited that Mr. Brennan is joining our team,” Fire Chief James Clack said in a statement. “His public communications experience will be an asset as we work to further reduce fire deaths and improve public safety throughout Baltimore.” A passionate defender of Rawlings-Blake's policies, Brennan, 38, also served in the administrations of three New Jersey Governors, James E. McGreevey, Richard J. Codey and John S. Corzine.
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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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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2014
A female student at Towson University died Saturday night at an off-campus residence, a university spokeswoman said. The university did not immediately identify the student or the circumstances of her death. University spokeswoman Gay Pinder said the cause of death was not violence, but she declined to elaborate. Towson officials have been in touch with the family, who live out-of-state, Pinder said. She did not say where the student was from. Baltimore County Police and Fire departments said they had not fielded any calls related to the incident and were not handling the investigation.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration settled a discrimination complaint brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, agreeing to ensure that hiring follows rules that forbid asking most job candidates to take medical exams. The Justice Department had accused the city of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act after the Fire Department refused to hire a candidate for a dispatcher position when a medical exam revealed that she had a disability. The city agreed to pay the woman $65,000 and to ensure its hiring policies and practices follow the law, according to a consent decree filed with a complaint in U.S. District Court on Wednesday.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2014
A man was found dead in the water near the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter in the city's Carroll-Camden Industrial Area Monday afternoon, police said. Police and fire department personnel pulled the body from the harbor at about 3:20 p.m. near the 300 block of Stockholm Street, police said. The man has not been identified, and the cause of his death is pending an autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. cmcampbell@baltsun.com twitter.com/cmcampbell6
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Hearings began Monday on claims by BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport's former acting fire chief that he was unfairly terminated earlier this year after raising concerns about racial bias within the department. Gregory Lawrence, who is black, said he believes the Maryland Aviation Administration terminated him in March without due process after he raised concerns about an all-white recruit class. He said he feels the decision also was in retaliation for a previous discrimination case he brought against the department more than a decade ago. "I want to go back to work," Lawrence said Monday morning, prior to the start of several days of hearings scheduled in the case at the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings in Hunt Valley.
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By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
A Brooklyn Park man was arrested and charged after a fire in Anne Arundel County Monday morning that injured one person. Xavien Neal Pinkney, 23, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree arson, two counts of malicious burning in the first degree, malicious burning in the second degree, two counts of reckless endangerment and destruction of property for a fire near Brooklyn Park in a house on Ballman Court, according to the...
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
Seven people were taken to hospitals after a pickup truck ran into an assisted living facility in Reisterstown Friday evening, Baltimore County fire department officials said. The truck ran into the building, in the 600 block of Main St., around 6:30 p.m. and struck a gas line. No fire or explosion was caused by the ruptured line. Five of the eight residents of the assisted living facility were taken to the hospital, two with injuries that were serious but not life-threatening.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
The Baltimore City Fire Department plans to implement new social media guidelines after Chief James S. Clack said he found that firefighters and officers were "crossing the line" by posting inappropriate or sensitive information online. The social media website Twitter has become a forum for griping about City Hall policies in 140 characters or fewer - the maximum allowed in postings. The new policy comes after fire personnel have written a number of heated, politically charged barbs aimed at the department, Clack, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the City Council over a recent budgetary decision to close three fire companies in the city.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2012
When units from Ellicott City's fire Station 8 roll out on a cardiac arrest call, each crew member already knows who will start chest compressions, who will operate the defibrillator and who will provide artificial respiration to get oxygen flowing to the brain and heart. It might sound like an obvious plan. But the advance coordination is part of a new effort by Howard County's first responders to get quicker and more efficient help to those in urgent need. "Believe it or not, this is groundbreaking," said Dr. Kevin G. Seaman, the medical director of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
One child was killed and eight others were injured by falling tree branches at a Christian summer camp in Carroll County during Tuesday night's storm, a fire department spokesman said. The children were on their way inside at River Valley Ranch in the 4400 block of Grave Run Rd. in Manchester around 7 p.m. when heavy winds brought branches from several trees down on top of them, said Donald Fair, public information officer for the Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department. Fair called the storm "very sudden" and said it caused "massive damage to the trees" in the area.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
Baltimore firefighters battled two separate two-alarm fires in vacant properties Monday evening and early Tuesday morning, though no one was injured in either incident. One fire broke out in the 5700 block of Eastern Ave., on the edge of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center campus, around 5:30 p.m. Monday. The fire damaged a multi-story vacant building, fire department officials said. Another fire was reported shortly after midnight Tuesday in the 6800 block of Everall Ave. in the Overlea neighborhood.
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