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By Michael James and Michael James,Staff writer | October 13, 1991
An ambulance may be a far cry from a fast-food restaurant, but county fire and rescue officials want citizens to expect the same results from both -- namely, that service be fast, friendly and considerate.Starting this week, most people who ride in a county ambulance will be given a questionnaire similar to those in food and motel franchises that ask customers their impressions of the business.The questionnaire asks: "Were you served in a timely manner?""How do you rate our overall service?"
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By Mark Puente and Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
An Annapolis man died Saturday when a tree collapsed at a family gathering in Woodbine, authorities said. Three of his grandchildren, aged 9, 10 and 16, suffered minor injuries in the incident on Daisy Road, the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services said. Two were treated at a local hospital and released. The 75-year-old man was grilling outside a home on Daisy Road when the tree collapsed, authorities said. Firefighters and paramedics arrived to find him trapped under the tree.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | May 27, 1998
Eleven pupils at Waverly Elementary School in Woodstock were treated at a hospital yesterday for minor headaches after they inhaled fumes spewing into their classroom from a faulty kiln.Officials said the students were taken to Howard County General Hospital, where eight were treated and released and another three were being evaluated.Ceramics mixed with newspaper in the kiln apparently caused the fumes, and a malfunctioning exhaust system allowed strong odors to drift into a neighboring computer lab where 26 pupils were working, said Capt.
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Staff Reports | June 9, 2014
The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services was honored last week for recent innovations in emergency medical services that were recognized for improving cardiac care response times and minimizing cardiac emergencies. Among the programs cited by the Medic Alert Foundation and the Congressional Fire Services Institute was the department's Community Hands-Only CPR program, which partners with organizations including the county schools. Through the partnership, the department purchased mannequins for local schools and has provided “train-the-trainer” instruction for teachers to train all students in CPR. The program has now been mandated for the schools and is a graduation requirement for sixth- and eighth-graders.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | July 1, 2003
Howard County Circuit Court was evacuated for about an hour yesterday morning when an air conditioner started smoking. The machine malfunctioned shortly before 10 a.m. and people were ushered out while firefighters searched for the source of the smoke, according to the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. People were allowed back into court about 11 a.m.
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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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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 31, 2001
A 42-year-old man was injured yesterday when he fell through the roof of a walk-in cooler at the seafood market in the Maryland Wholesale Food Center in Jessup, said Capt. Sean Kelly, spokesman for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. The injured employee, Edward Ledbetter of Severn, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was in serious condition with broken legs and several other fractures. Kelly said Ledbetter was apparently working on the cooling facility when the roof collapsed.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 5, 2002
An unoccupied Ellicott City townhouse was destroyed by a fire yesterday morning, fire officials said. The house, which was under construction near Kaiser Drive and Executive Park Drive, caught fire about 9:40 a.m., said M. Sean Kelly, a spokesman for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. No one was at the house at the time of the fire, which was extinguished about 11:30 a.m., Kelly said. Authorities are investigating, Kelly said.
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By Mark Puente and Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
An Annapolis man died Saturday when a tree collapsed at a family gathering in Woodbine, authorities said. Three of his grandchildren, aged 9, 10 and 16, suffered minor injuries in the incident on Daisy Road, the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services said. Two were treated at a local hospital and released. The 75-year-old man was grilling outside a home on Daisy Road when the tree collapsed, authorities said. Firefighters and paramedics arrived to find him trapped under the tree.
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF | March 25, 1998
A bill designed to stop the privatization of local fire or rescue services in Maryland has effectively been killed in the House of Delegates.With no debate, the House on a voice vote sent the legislation back to a committee that had approved it last week.The measure would have required a local government that wanted to privatize fire or rescue services to submit the matter to voters first. County officials strongly opposed the legislation.Del. John F. Wood Jr., acting chairman of the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee, which approved the bill last week, said he asked for the measure to go back to the panel after hearing many complaints.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2014
A 22-year-old man was rescued from the Patapsco River in cardiac arrest Sunday afternoon, according to Howard County fire officials. Firefighters and swift-water rescue teams from both Howard and Carroll counties responded to a 911 call at 12:30 p.m. for a person who had been swept downstream near Henryton Road in Marriottsville, said Firefighter Adam Nolder, a spokesman for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Firefighters were directed down a path that leads to the Patapsco River, where they found the man partially submerged in slow-moving water.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
Christian Nicholson of Columbia gave up a job as personal banker for his true calling, being dispatched via ambulance to help victims requiring immediate, sometimes life-saving attention. Meg Simmers of Baltimore felt a similar tug, leaving an air-quality management job. The two are members of the Howard County Fire and Rescue Services' 28th academy class, and on a recent Friday, they and about three dozen classmates took part in emergency training that included assisting a mock victim who had suffered a fall from an exercise machine at a gym. It was a fairly tame drill.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | March 10, 2014
Units from Howard County's Department of Rescue Services responded to a structure fire at an Ellicott City residence on Saturday night, according to the department's Facebook page.  The Facebook post said the fire, which occurred at a home in the in the 3800 block of Woodville Lane in Ellicott City, appeared to have originated on the exterior and extended into the second floor and attic. No injuries were reported, according to the post.  No assistance from the Red Cross was required, according to the post.  #sigshell { padding: 10px; float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; }
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By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2014
A barn was damaged and five sheep died during a fire in Howard County Sunday afternoon. Crews responded to the 15000 block of Roxbury Rd. in Glenelg just after noon on Sunday for a report of a barn fire, the Howard County Fire and Rescue Services stated on Twitter. Large hay bales were ablaze at the scene, according to Howard County Fire and Rescue. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire and the extent of its damages were not immediately available. Investigators were on the scene as of 2:30 p.m., according to Howard County Fire and Rescue.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | February 27, 2014
After less than a year and a half working as the spokesman for Laurel city, Pete Piringer has resigned to take a job with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services, Mayor Craig Moe announced Thursday. Piringer, who was hired in November of 2012, assumed the role of director of the city's new communications department on Jan. 1. The department oversees the city's social media, media relations, passport services and the Laurel Community Media Network, formerly known as the Laurel Cable Network.  Piringer, who previously worked as the public information officer for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, will rejoin the agency on March 24.  Piringer was hand-picked by Moe to succeed Jimmy Collins, the longtime public information officer for the city police department who retired in May 2012.
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October 6, 2013
The federal shutdown couldn't stop the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation from hosting its annual National Memorial Service in Emmitsburg on Sunday. Eighty-one fallen firefighters from across the country were remembered in a morning ceremony held at the PNC Sports Arena Mount St. Mary's University. The shutdown closed the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, which houses the memorial, so officials moved events to other facilities in the area to accommodate thousands of people who came for the weekend events.
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February 27, 1991
A malfunctioning oil furnace apparently touched off a trailer fire Monday at Hayes Field Airport in Clarksville, causing an estimated $7,500 worth of damage, the county Fire and Rescue Services reported.The fire began shortly before 2:26 p.m. at the private grass airstrip off of Sheppard Lane and destroyed the trailer, which served as theairport's business office. The trailer was valued at $5,000 and its contents at $2,500.About 20 firefighters from Clarksville, Banneker, West Friendshipand Rivers Park stations brought the fire under control in about 20 minutes.
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March 25, 1993
14 firefighters receive Gift of Life, Stork awardsSeven volunteers and seven county firefighters assigned to the Savage Volunteer Fire Company were among the 65 recipients of Howard County Gift of Life and Stork awards presented recently.Savage volunteer firefighters honored with Gift of Life Logistical Support Certificates were Assistant Chief Kevin Larkins, Lt. Ray Vines, Michael Harrison, Larry Widikowski (twice), Charles Givens, Chris Johnson and Scott Sanders.Department of Fire and Rescue Services firefighters presented with the Gift of Life award were Lt. Kevin Aftung, Charles King, Rodney Miles (twice)
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2012
A combination of diesel fuel and sugar from an overturned tractor trailer closed the I-95 north ramp onto Route 100 west in Laurel early Thursday. Crews from the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services responded to the accident just after midnight. The truck was carrying 40,000 pounds of sugar and was leaking 60 gallons of diesel fuel. The services' special operations unit, which conducts hazardous materials mitigation, worked with Maryland Department of Environment and State Highway Administration to clear the scene and minimize the impact of the spill.
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By JANENE HOLZBERG | October 2, 2008
With a background in urban search and rescue, Jenny Shilling figured she was a logical choice to take part in the county Department of Fire and Rescue Services' recent mission to aid the people of hurricane-ravaged Louisiana. Members of the unit - known as USAR - are trained in finding and extricating disaster victims. After making the 26-hour trip to rural Alexandria, Shilling and the other four members of the second relief unit sent in September by the Department of Fire and Rescue Services immediately worked an 18-hour shift.
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