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Letter to The Aegis | August 13, 2013
Editor: I want to thank you as well as compliment you for the editorial published Aug. 7, "Fire Safety key. " The editorial was absolutely excellent and the type that we need to promote fire safety. It has been an unusual few months and people do need to focus on prevention. As Gordon Graham, a well know speaker on the risk management, fire and law enforcement circuit states, "Predictable, Preventable. "  Your editorial drove that concept home! And, as we push for "whole community" basis of national preparedness, your paper delivers the appropriate and timely message.  Again, many thanks and I look forward to working together with The Aegis to promote safety for our citizens.  Russ Strickland , Director Harford County Department of Emergency Services
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | October 24, 2013
For more than a week, it's been Fire Prevention Week in Harford County and elsewhere. There have been countless scenes of kids climbing on fire trucks, holding hoses and just in general getting a taste of the firefighting life. Perhaps some of those kids who say they want to be firemen when they grow up will do just that. But that's a story for another day. Today's story is fire prevention. Fire prevention is real and real important. This week especially, when we've had the first taste of colder weather and folks have started heating their houses for the first time since last winter, people need to be mindful of the lessons firefighters were teaching during the various open houses at fire stations across Harford County.
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December 28, 2010
So after years and years of educational efforts, public service announcements and the distribution of free smoke alarms with installation to anyone who wants one, the brains at Johns Hopkins conclude that the reason people are perishing in home fires is because, as their research shows, in more than half of the alarms in the homes that have smoke alarms, they were not functional ( "Baltimore's fire safety programs need support," Readers respond,...
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By Melanie Dzwonchyk | October 17, 2013
The Laurel Volunteer Fire Department opened its doors and invited the community to take a closer look at the job of a firefighter during its annual open house Oct. 13. Youngsters dressed up in actual firefighter's gear, including heavy coats and thick helmets, as moms, dads and grandparents noised around and toured the apparatus. Fire safety is always at the core at LVFD, and Sunday's open house was a chance to offer safety tips on this year's fire prevention focus: kitchen fires.
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | October 11, 2012
Several of Harford County's volunteer fire companies will have their doors open wider than usual this weekend to welcome anyone who is interested to stop by for a visit, check out the equipment and maybe even learn something about fire safety. October is Fire Safety Month, and this past weekend the Level Volunteer Fire Company kicked off the public safety open house season in style. The event featured a demonstration on how to put out a vehicle fire, featuring a real burning vehicle, not to mention some more tame hands on activities for children.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2012
The Northeast Baltimore fire that left five people dead Thursday morning underscores the danger of fires in homes without working smoke detectors in a city full of aging, closely built rowhouses, many of which are vacant, fire officials and local academics said. A recent study of 600 homes in East Baltimore showed about 60 percent lacked working smoke detectors on every level. Additionally, one in three households misreported coverage - most often by reporting they had working detectors when they did not, said the study's author, Wendy Shields, an assistant researcher at the Johns Hopkins University's Center for Injury Research and Policy.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2010
Jacob Rand learned about fire safety from a program sponsored by the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue, which tells children that in the event of a house fire don't look for its source — just get out. The Fulton Elementary School third-grader didn't know that someday he would utter that directive. But on Aug. 25, he smelled smoke in his Fulton home and was the only family member who heard the fire alarm, because his siblings were asleep, his father had left the house and his mother, Vicki, was in the shower.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2013
In a city of aging, closely built rowhouses, where officials estimate smoke detectors are sufficiently installed in only about half, knowledge of fires is prevalent, even among the youngest of residents. Ask a group of elementary and middle schoolers in Baltimore to raise a hand if they know someone who has survived a fire, or have seen the devastation fires can cause, and most will put a hand in the air, says Linnea Anderson, an American Red Cross representative on a recent afternoon visit to the Baltimore School for the Arts.
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By Molly Knight | October 3, 2002
Stop," "drop" and "roll." They're just three simple words, but if used at the right moment, they can be lifesavers. It's important for every member of a family to know how to get out of a fire alive. That's why Barnes & Noble in Towson is inviting kids and parents to a presentation about fire safety on Monday at 10 a.m. The first lesson will come from books, including Clifford the Firehouse Dog, Firefighters and Firefighter Frank. After story time, volunteer firefighters Jen and Danny Coolhan will give an interactive lesson in fire safety.
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By Sherrie Ruhl and Sherrie Ruhl,Staff Writer | September 12, 1993
Fallston Middle students are scheduled to start school tomorrow, two weeks late.The school, at Route 152 and Carrs Mill Road, failed a critical fire safety inspection Aug. 23 and was not finished by the Aug. 30 school opening date. That inspection, by a state fire marshal, found seven fire safety violations. Most were due to incomplete construction.Allen L. Ward, deputy chief fire marshal, said his office was satisfied with tests made late last week of the sprinkler system, fire alarm system and emergency generators that provide lighting and power during a fire.
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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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Letter to The Aegis | August 13, 2013
Editor: I want to thank you as well as compliment you for the editorial published Aug. 7, "Fire Safety key. " The editorial was absolutely excellent and the type that we need to promote fire safety. It has been an unusual few months and people do need to focus on prevention. As Gordon Graham, a well know speaker on the risk management, fire and law enforcement circuit states, "Predictable, Preventable. "  Your editorial drove that concept home! And, as we push for "whole community" basis of national preparedness, your paper delivers the appropriate and timely message.  Again, many thanks and I look forward to working together with The Aegis to promote safety for our citizens.  Russ Strickland , Director Harford County Department of Emergency Services
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2013
In a city of aging, closely built rowhouses, where officials estimate smoke detectors are sufficiently installed in only about half, knowledge of fires is prevalent, even among the youngest of residents. Ask a group of elementary and middle schoolers in Baltimore to raise a hand if they know someone who has survived a fire, or have seen the devastation fires can cause, and most will put a hand in the air, says Linnea Anderson, an American Red Cross representative on a recent afternoon visit to the Baltimore School for the Arts.
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber and The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2012
As Halloween approaches, you might be more concerned about your child's costume than safety, but the season does bring up some important issues to keep in mind. Here are some Halloween fire safety tips from the Maryland State Fire Marshal: •    Pick costumes that are bright and reflective.  Make sure costumes are short enough to prevent tripping and ensure masks don't block vision. •    Consider adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | October 11, 2012
Several of Harford County's volunteer fire companies will have their doors open wider than usual this weekend to welcome anyone who is interested to stop by for a visit, check out the equipment and maybe even learn something about fire safety. October is Fire Safety Month, and this past weekend the Level Volunteer Fire Company kicked off the public safety open house season in style. The event featured a demonstration on how to put out a vehicle fire, featuring a real burning vehicle, not to mention some more tame hands on activities for children.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2012
The Northeast Baltimore fire that left five people dead Thursday morning underscores the danger of fires in homes without working smoke detectors in a city full of aging, closely built rowhouses, many of which are vacant, fire officials and local academics said. A recent study of 600 homes in East Baltimore showed about 60 percent lacked working smoke detectors on every level. Additionally, one in three households misreported coverage - most often by reporting they had working detectors when they did not, said the study's author, Wendy Shields, an assistant researcher at the Johns Hopkins University's Center for Injury Research and Policy.
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF | March 25, 1998
The three-alarm fire that ruined a three-story home that was Annapolis' first synagogue caused $150,000 to $200,000 in damage, city fire officials said yesterday.Fire investigators have not determined the cause of the fire Monday night, but a tenant in the building thinks it might have been started by a candle on the second floor.Yesterday, historic preservationists said the fire places more emphasis on work being done by the recently appointed city Commission to Study Fire Safety, which will meet today at the Taylor Avenue fire station.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | April 19, 2003
Robert Downing Baron, an internationally known maritime cargo-handling and fire safety expert who was also a longtime volunteer firefighter, died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma Thursday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 56. "His expertise ran the gamut of safety training for longshoremen in hazardous cargo handling, in safe equipment operation, in general industry safety standards, to participation in the work of national safety associations," said William F. Detweiler, regional director of the U.S. Maritime Alliance Ltd. Mr. Baron was born and raised in Augusta, Maine, where he graduated from high school.
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October 9, 2012
The Laurel Volunteer Fire Department membership, Chief Travis Pearcy, President Vic Whipple Fire Prevention Committee members invite the public to the department's annual Fire Prevention Week Open House on Sunday, Oct. 14 from noon to 4 p.m. at Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, 7411 Cherry Lane. This year's theme, Have 2 Ways Out!, focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice. The open house includes safety demonstrations, apparatus and equipment displays and tours of the fire station.
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April 18, 2012
The Bel Air Knights of Columbus recognized four individuals who serve the community in law enforcement, fire safety, primary and secondary Catholic education at a dinner March 20.
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