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October 26, 2006
Baltimore County fire officials announced yesterday that an organization that measures risk for insurance companies has determined the rural areas of the county are better protected from fire than before. Insurance Services Office has changed the county's fire protection rating in the rural area not served by fire hydrants from nine to six under a scale of one to 10, with one being the safest, fire officials said. Areas of the county served by public water continue to receieve a three in the most recent ratings, which were issued to the fire department in June, officials said.
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January 28, 2013
Jamie Raithel and Tony Jondo of Harford County and Brian Vandervort in Bethesda recently received professional licenses for EBL Engineers LLC. Raithel received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2000 and has been with EBL Engineers for 12 years. He also received his LEED AP Certification in 2006. Raithel has design responsibility for the mechanical systems of a variety of projects including industrial, commercial, educational and military applications.
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NEWS
August 8, 2006
Robert Edward Burns, former president of a Baltimore fire protection engineering company, died of cancer Friday at his home in Ocean City, N.J. The former Lutherville resident was 76. Mr. Burns was born and raised in Alton, Ill., and after graduating from high school enlisted in the Navy in 1948. On a dare from a fellow seaman, Mr. Burns applied to the Naval Academy. He attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, R.I., in 1949 and entered the academy the next year. In 1954, after graduating with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force and served with a fire, crash and rescue unit.
NEWS
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."
NEWS
December 21, 1999
A SINGLE tax for fire suppression in Howard County is overdue. County Executive James N. Robey wants to merge the east and west districts so that, in time, all county residents will be paying the same rate for fire service. Taxpayers on both sides of the county would be paying more than their current rates, but the larger increase would fall on the west where the rate has been unrealistically low. Under the proposed merger, all county residents would pay about 35.7 cents per $100 of assessed real estate value by 2004.
NEWS
June 2, 1996
GAMBLING WITH LIVES is the only way to describe the juggling of shifts and equipment occurring within the Baltimore Fire Department. There's no better example of the need for city government to undergo the necessary streamlining that would allow it to spend its meager resources where they are needed most, providing essential services that ensure the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Baltimore.No stop-gap revenue measure should deter Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and the City Council from making tough decisions about where tax money would be best spent.
NEWS
April 28, 2003
Koffel to receive award at World Safety Congress William E. Koffel will be recognized by the National Fire Protection Association at the World Safety Congress and Exposition next month. He will receive a Committee Service Award for his voluntary service as a technical committee member, developing codes and standards. Koffel, founder and president of Koffel Associates Inc. of Ellicott City, is an expert in the fire protection field.
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January 28, 2013
Jamie Raithel and Tony Jondo of Harford County and Brian Vandervort in Bethesda recently received professional licenses for EBL Engineers LLC. Raithel received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2000 and has been with EBL Engineers for 12 years. He also received his LEED AP Certification in 2006. Raithel has design responsibility for the mechanical systems of a variety of projects including industrial, commercial, educational and military applications.
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By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | October 14, 1998
Baltimore City Council called last night for tougher crime-fighting measures and better fire protection in the wake of four fire deaths and what some members called more brazen illegal drug dealing on the streets.The council unanimously adopted a resolution asking Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke to implement a zero-tolerance crime-fighting strategy in dealing with illegal drugs in the city. Over the last two years, Councilman Martin O'Malley and Council President Lawrence A. Bell III have been asking the administration to adopt the plan, credited for drastically reducing crime in many American cities.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | January 30, 2004
The Carroll County Commissioners voted unanimously yesterday to send to public hearing a proposed ordinance that would require new residential developments of four or more houses to provide water systems for fire protection - either by installing 30,000-gallon underground tanks or automatic sprinkler systems in the homes. The changes in the county code were recommended in a presentation yesterday by Scott Campbell, the county fire protection engineer and assistant administrator of the Office of Public Safety.
NEWS
August 5, 2007
As reported Aug. 4, 1957, in The Sun: Thirsty Ellicott City looked in vain yesterday for a long cool glass of water. A muddy trickle dripped from open faucets as the town's critical shortage entered its second day. At 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, a 7,200-gallon tank truck began a seemingly endless shuttle from the Baltimore county water main on Rolling Road to replenish the town's 250,000-gallon storage tank. Two artesian wells pumped all last night but were unable to fill the gap caused by nearly dry Sucker Branch.
NEWS
August 5, 2007
`Night Out' events set around county Towns around Carroll County will observe "Night Out Against Crime" on Tuesday evening with activities for residents. Sykesville Police Department will hold activities starting at 7:30 p.m. at Burkett Park. Police vehicles and equipment will be displayed. Information on crime prevention and safety will be available, and McGruff the Crime Dog will visit. Over the Hedge will be shown at 8:30 p.m. Residents should take seating and snacks. 410-795-0757.
NEWS
January 15, 2007
Annapolis' historic district has gone up in smoke many times over its three centuries. Newspaper accounts of such fires date back at least as far as 1790, and the downtown architecture now boasts a collection of buildings that represent virtually every period since then. Three devastating fires along Main Street in the past nine years are warning loud and clear, though, that these quaint old firetraps are going to have to be better protected or soon whole blocks may disappear. After a decade of dithering, it's time for the City Council to adopt the solution most favored by firefighters: sprinklers that can douse a blaze before it spreads.
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By Scott Gold and Michael Muskal and Scott Gold and Michael Muskal,LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 28, 2006
BEAUMONT, Calif. -- Weary firefighters continued to endure the harsh terrain and weather in their battle to control the growing Esperanza fire yesterday, as the pool of reward money for the arrest of those who started the killer blaze grew to at least $300,000. Fighting gusting Santa Ana winds, crews tried to build a 50-foot firebreak to contain the fire, which burned into its second day with no estimate of when it would be brought under control. The Esperanza fire in Riverside County is less than 20 miles west of Palm Springs.
NEWS
October 26, 2006
Baltimore County fire officials announced yesterday that an organization that measures risk for insurance companies has determined the rural areas of the county are better protected from fire than before. Insurance Services Office has changed the county's fire protection rating in the rural area not served by fire hydrants from nine to six under a scale of one to 10, with one being the safest, fire officials said. Areas of the county served by public water continue to receieve a three in the most recent ratings, which were issued to the fire department in June, officials said.
NEWS
August 8, 2006
Robert Edward Burns, former president of a Baltimore fire protection engineering company, died of cancer Friday at his home in Ocean City, N.J. The former Lutherville resident was 76. Mr. Burns was born and raised in Alton, Ill., and after graduating from high school enlisted in the Navy in 1948. On a dare from a fellow seaman, Mr. Burns applied to the Naval Academy. He attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, R.I., in 1949 and entered the academy the next year. In 1954, after graduating with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force and served with a fire, crash and rescue unit.
NEWS
February 29, 2004
Runaway growth a burden to residents It is disappointing, but not surprising, to learn of the new proposed "fire tax" to cover the cost of fire and emergency medical services for Carroll County. This is one more example of the cost of residential development being born by the existing homeowners, instead of the developers causing runaway growth. As reported in The Sun, a public hearing was held Sept. 22 in Union Bridge regarding the proposed annexation of a 126-acre parcel for a residential development, with another planned development that could triple the inhabitants of our 1,100 population town.
NEWS
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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By Doug Donovan and Doug Donovan,SUN STAFF | March 18, 2004
Baltimore officials unveiled a bleak budget picture yesterday for next year that calls for eliminating more than 500 municipal jobs, increasing a variety of fees and reducing fire protection and trash collection. The city should also consider increasing how much it can tax the annual assessment growth of homes, currently 4 percent, Mayor Martin O'Malley said. The change could cost homeowners in neighborhoods with escalating real estate prices hundreds of dollars a year in additional taxes.
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