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By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 8, 1998
SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD Megan Clagett will soon give up the crown she has worn for the past year as Miss Hampstead Fire Prevention.The final days of her reign are being spent orchestrating this year's contest, selecting judges, obtaining prizes and encouraging young women to compete to be her successor.In an annual summer rite of passage, young women, who reside in the first-response area of the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department and are 16 to 21 years old, compete for the title of Miss Hampstead Fire Prevention.
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October 7, 2013
Fire Prevention Week started Sunday with open houses and firefighting demonstrations in Abingdon, Level and Norrisville and runs through Saturday, Oct. 12. The Bel Air Fire Department and the Susquehanna Hose Co. in Havre de Grace have scheduled open houses for Saturday. "Prevent Kitchen Fires—that's the message of this year's Fire Prevention Week," according the National Fire Prevention Association's web site. "From October 6-12, we'll be spreading the word that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home—and we'll help teach people how to keep cooking fires from starting in the first place.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Staff Writer | June 21, 1992
SYKESVILLE -- Jennifer L. Harman got an early birthday present Monday when she was selected the Maryland State Firemen's Association Fire Prevention Queen for 1992 in Ocean City.Harman, who turns 18 today, competed as the 1991 Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Prevention Queen and the 1992 Maryland Fire Chief's Association Fire Prevention Queen.In Monday's contest, she vied with 10 other girls during the association's 100th anniversary convention."We had to make a presentation on fire prevention to three judges, who asked us questions about ourselves.
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October 1, 2013
The National Fire Protection Association reports that every 23 seconds a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the United States. Many of these fires occur in residential properties and could have been prevented. In an effort to heighten the public's awareness of fire safety and fire prevention, the Harford County Department of Emergency Services, in cooperation with the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association, the Office of the State Fire Marshal and other public safety organizations are recognizing Fire Prevention Week Oct. 6 to 12. National Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of October 1871, which killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed more than 17,400 structures.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | September 30, 2004
The Baltimore County Fire Department has planned a Fire Expo, open houses at fire stations and other events in observance of National Fire Prevention Week, which ends Oct. 9 on the anniversary of the nation's two worst fires - the Great Chicago Fire that claimed 250 lives and destroyed more than 2,000 acres and 17,400 buildings and the Peshtigo, Wis., fire that killed at least 1,000 and is the deadliest in U.S. history. On Sunday, Middle River Station No. 12 will hold an open house, and the cadets at the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company will conduct a Fire Prevention Day at Bear Creek Elementary School.
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By PAT BRODOWSKI | July 19, 1995
Sunshine Genco, chosen from a group of five contestants, became the Manchester Fire Prevention Queen for 1995-1996 at the Manchester Carnival on July 4.Cindy Reed was first runner-up.All five contestants were well-versed in fire prevention. Each had thought of her own way to teach fire prevention throughout the year to the community.After interviews by a panel of three judges, each contestant answered two questions."I went to school with all the girls I was running against. Everybody had wonderful answers," recalled Ms. Genco.
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By KATHY SUTPHIN | July 8, 1994
Fire company volunteer Janet Kipe has been patiently waiting for calls of interest about the Miss Mount Airy Fire Prevention Contest coming up July 25. But her silent telephone is a constant reminder of waning community interest in the once-popular competition.Having a young woman serve as a fire prevention ambassador is a long-held tradition that the Mount Airy Fire Company wishes to continue, said Mrs. Kipe. "We need young girls to do this," she said.The local competition dates to fire company summer carnivals held at the Twin Arch Road grounds at least 35 years ago, said C. Oscar Baker, a past Mount Airy Fire Company president who continues to be an active company member.
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By Bonita Formwalt and Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 3, 1996
REGISTRATION HAS BEGUN for the Miss Fire Prevention competition, to be held June 1 at the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Company, 15 Central Ave.The contest promotes fire safety and prevention through education and preparation. Contestants are judged on poise, personality and knowledge of fire prevention.There are three age categories: 9-12 for Little Miss Fire Prevention; 13-15 for Junior Miss Fire Prevention; and 16-24 for Miss Fire Prevention.Winners in each category visit area schools, nursing homes and community groups to offer suggestions on fire prevention and represent Glen Burnie in the countywide Miss Fire Prevention pageant in August.
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By Lesa Jansen and Lesa Jansen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 12, 2002
AS MOUNT AIRY Volunteer Fire Company prepares to select a new fire prevention queen, current queen Katie Ritter is busier than ever. Katie, 16, was chosen as the state's fire prevention queen by the Maryland State Firemen's Association. "This gives me an opportunity to get out and make a difference," said Katie. "It's my way of helping the community." Firefighting and fire prevention are traditions in Katie's family. Her uncles are involved in firefighting. Her mother, Amy Hawthorne Fisher, was Miss Fire Prevention 1981 in Mount Airy.
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By PAT BRODOWSKI | June 28, 1995
Seven young women from the Manchester fire district will compete for the title of Miss Manchester Fire Prevention Queen at 8 p.m. Tuesday during the Manchester Firemen's Carnival at the carnival grounds off York Street.Angela Bowen of the Hampstead district, the current Miss Carroll County Fire Prevention, and Sheila Bartee, the reigning Miss Manchester Fire Prevention, will assist."It's not a beauty contest. We're looking for someone who is well poised, is comfortable in front of people and who can recall information easily," said contest Chairwoman Nicole Patterson, who has drawn from her experience as the 1989-1990 Manchester Fire Prevention Queen to organize this year's contest.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2012
City fire officials have identified the 51-year-old man who died Saturday during a fire in the Broening Manor neighborhood. Bruce Wagner, who lived at the one-story, wood-frame home in the 6500 block of Eastbourne Ave., north of Holabird Avenue, died of severe smoke inhalation and burns, fire officials said. His body was found shortly before midnight inside the home and was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy. Two dogs also died in the fire, which broke out shortly after 11 p.m. Three residents escaped the fire without injury, while a fourth, a woman, suffered smoke inhalation and minor burns and was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for evaluation.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2012
Fire Capt. Darrin P. Danner pointed his flashlight toward the wires dangling in a basement bathroom, smoke still puffing from the walls of the burned-out rowhouse on Bonsal Street, in the far southeastern corner of Baltimore. It's where the investigator believed the blaze started before it raced along the ceiling to the staircase and up to the main floor. It was 4 a.m., and the sleeping occupants heard the alarm from the smoke detector and escaped unharmed. "They are lucky to be alive," Danner said of two young men renting the basement in the two-story brick house just off Boston Street.
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December 27, 2010
Thank you to The Baltimore Sun for continued coverage of the fatal fire in East Baltimore which claimed the lives of three generations of one family earlier this month ( "Six fire victims remembered at mournful funeral service," Dec. 22). The reporting has brought a much-needed human face to the devastating impact of fires in our community. According to the state's "Injuries in Maryland — 2008 Statistics," burns from fires are responsible for more than 1,200 emergency department visits in Baltimore each year, and roughly 30 percent of these visits are for children under the age of 15. According to media reports, it's not clear whether the home had working smoke alarms.
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December 9, 2009
Stephen Bosley Waters, owner of a fire protection business and the younger brother of filmmaker John Waters, died of a brain tumor Saturday at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Brooklandville resident was 57. "Steve was a younger brother who was in two worlds," said John Waters. "He successfully ran a company my father had owned, and he played the hitchhiker whom Divine almost ran over in his Cadillac in 'Pink Flamingos.' " John Waters said that his brother was "the only person I would trust to run the box office for my early films."
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October 7, 2007
The Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department will hold its annual Fire Prevention Open House from noon to 4 p.m. today at the station on Route 32 at Freedom Avenue. The public is invited to enjoy fire engine rides, a Sesame Street fire prevention puppet show and tours of the fire station. Live auto extrication and vehicle fire demonstrations also will be held. Information: 410-795-9311. Fire prevention theme of event The Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association will hold a Fire Prevention Week kickoff event from noon to 5 p.m. today at TownMall of Westminster.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Staff writer | October 7, 1990
SYKESVILLE - Terry L. Blaney first became involved in the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Company in 1975, when she was 17 years old."I worked the carnival that whole week," she recalled, laughing."
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By KATHY SUTPHIN | July 2, 1993
For 17-year-old Beth Bonde, serving as Mount Airy's Miss Fire Prevention during the past 11 months has been a rewarding experience."It's given me a lot of public-speaking skills," said Miss Bonde. "It's opened a door; I don't have to be shy anymore.Miss Bonde, whose one-year term as Miss Mount Airy Fire Prevention will end July 26, said she has enjoyed meeting people and getting to know them."I met a woman from another fire department who has a career I'm interested in," she said.One of the biggest challenges of her term has been getting to know the many volunteers at the Mount Airy Fire Company."
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Sun Reporter | October 1, 2006
The Carroll County commissioners and Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association have teamed up to have smoke alarms installed in homes where there are none. Leon Fleming, the association's liaison to the county, asked the commissioners for money to purchase 1,000 smoke alarms "so we could put them on the apparatus and distribute them when people don't have smoke alarms in their houses." The commissioners allocated $4,000 from the general contingency account to pay for the smoke alarms.
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