Monday, May 13, 2013
One person has minor injuries, according to a spokesperson.
Howard County Fire and Rescue crews are on the scene of an overturned propane tanker. According to Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Jacqueline Cutler, crews responded to the call near Old Frederick Road and Twin Arch Road in Lisbon at about 10:15 a.m. Monday. “The driver has minor injuries and is being transported to Montgomery Hospital,” Cutler said. Initial reports indicate that the tanker is not leaking propane, according to Cutler.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Howard County firefighter trainees participated in a controlled burn on Tuesday in Ellicott City.
Clouds of smoke billowed from two buildings in Ellicott City Tuesday morning as firefighters worked hoses to control the flames. At times the fire was large, but nothing too out of control. The event was a training exercise for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. In all, three buildings were burnt down by HCFDRS to give new recruits hands-on fire experience. Watch the video above to see a demolition burn, in which firefighters ensure flames don't spread as a house burns itself to the ground. The training took place at a wooded property off of College Ave. in Ellicott City. The buildings were donated to the fire department by the property owner, according to Battalion Chief Eric Proctor.
Several bystanders reported heavy black smoke and explosions.
Investigators at the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services are looking into the cause of a fire and possible explosions Monday on Washington Boulevard, according to a spokesperson. Fire crews were called to Dakis Automotive, at 7491 Washington Blvd. in Jessup, at about 4:15 p.m., after several bystanders called 911 with reports of loud explosions and black smoke, according to spokeswoman Jacqueline Cutler. When they arrived, crews found a fire, which they brought under control within about 20 minutes, Cutler said. No one was injured and investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire and possible explosions. For more local news, sign up for the Elkridge Patch newsletter. Keep the conversation going on Facebook…
Friday, March 22, 2013
Firefighter Stephanie Andrews was recognized for her off-duty heroism.
Firefighter Stephanie Andrews was a last-minute addition to a soccer game in Anne Arundel County last April – the coed team needed another women in order not to forfeit, she explained at Thursday night’s Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services Awards Ceremony. Andrews was checking in guests to the ceremony, but she was also one of the most–talked about awardees that night because of what she did at the Soccer Dome. She saved a life. It was just about 10 – 15 minutes into the game, she said, when one of the players, 53-year-old Mike Greenhill, said he wasn’t feeling well. He sat on the bench and Andrews noticed him: “His head was slumped down, touching his chest,” she recalled, and he looked like he was about to fall off of …
Ellicott City and Elkridge Patch editors were among those recognized by the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services during a ceremony Thursday.
Two Patch editors were among those recognized at the annual awards ceremony held this week by the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Brandie Jefferson, a Patch senior local editor, and Patch Local Editor Elizabeth Janney received awards for excellence in media reporting from the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services for their work reporting on Elkridge and Ellicott City Patch.com sites. Spokesperson Jackie Cutler had this to say at Thursday’s ceremony, held at Bridgeway Community Church in Columbia: “Headline after headline, Patch.com was not only on the scene covering our incidents but also covering our programs and doing in-depth features on our personnel. When the bigger news outlets said no – these two…
Monday, March 18, 2013
Captain Dale Becker was recently recognized as a top 10 innovator in the field of EMS for his new, streamlined approach to rescue operations.
Captain Dale Becker remembers the first time he went on a call that required cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). “I was just kind of freaked out by it,” he said with a laugh. Becker was 17, volunteering in Sykesville and he said, “I wasn’t interested in touching the guy.” How things have changed. Becker, a captain and emergency medical services (EMS) supervisor with the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, was recently recognized by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) as one of the "EMS 10," one of the top 10 innovators in EMS who drove the profession forward in 2012, for his new, streamlined approach to CPR practices. He is just one of 10 professionals recognized out of a pool of 100. “That just blows me …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Patch recommends the best ways to keep in touch with the most up-to-the-minute information regarding Hurricane Sandy.
Stay safe. Stay inside. Stay informed. The first two are on you. The last one is up to us reporters and scores of county and state employees working overtime. Come Sunday evening—when Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall in Maryland—the question on everybody's mind will be "how is this storm affecting my neighborhood, my friends and my family?" That's where Twitter and Facebook will come into play. In Howard County, the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services plans to post a lot of information online; tips to stay safe, pictures of damage and updates on the recovery efforts. Of course, the Howard County Government is connected. Local government officials said they will be updating residents throughout the storm, …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
A group learned the art of hands-only CPR with trainer from Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.
A handful of people turned out to the Elkridge library Monday night for a free cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. The American Heart Association recommends hands-only CPR for use on teens and adults who have collapsed and become unreponsive. The American Heart Association still recommends mouth-to-mouth CPR for infants and young children, but in 2008, the association said bystanders should administer hands-only CPR to teens and adults. Cardiac arrest is the most common cause of death in the United States, and using CPR can help keep people alive, says the American Heart Association. People can keep a distressed person's blood flowing to that person's heart manually by doing compressions with their hands. According to Howard …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Mel's Liquors was overtaken by flames Monday morning.
Firefighters from three counties fought to extinguish heavy flames at a Jessup liquor store Monday morning, according to the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS). More than 30 firefighters from Howard, Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties found thick smoke and flames after a truck driver reported a blaze at Mel's Liquors at 4:30 a.m. on Labor Day, said Jackie Cutler, spokeswoman for HCDFRS. Nobody was injured in the fire, said Cutler. MD Route 175 was closed for approximately two hours on Sept. 3 between Dorsey Run Road and Oceano Avenue as firefighters put out the blaze, according to HCDFRS. Howard County police directed traffic, and BGE cut off the power, said Cutler. Firefighters were on site until 2:30 p.m…
Monday, August 27, 2012
Holiday Inn Express was evacuated around 4 a.m. Monday.
The Holiday Inn Express on Marshalee Drive was evacuated Monday morning after high levels of carbon monoxide were detected, said Jackie Cutler, spokeswoman for Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Nobody was injured or suffered carbon monoxide poisoning, according to Cutler. Approximately 50 people were evacuated from the second and third floors of the hotel when crews arrived around 4 a.m., said Cutler. Carbon monoxide readings returned to normal after crews ventilated the building, said Cutler. According to preliminary reports, a heater may have caused the problem, said Cutler, who reported that BGE was also on the scene. In June, the Holiday Inn Express was partially evacuated when police discovered a methamphetamine …