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By DAVE MCMILLION | October 15, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia State Police in Jefferson County have had high numbers of drunken driving arrests in recent years and much of the success can be attributed to Cpl. Michael Dickerson, a state police spokesman said Tuesday. Dickerson, of Martinsburg, W.Va., has worked at the Jefferson County barrack for about nine years, and many of the detachment's 10 troopers have been trained by him, Sgt. Ed Anderson said. "He's been so essential to our success," Anderson said.
NEWS
March 21, 2006
Jellystone Park & Resort will host more than 150 families of firefighters, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel and police officers from across Maryland from April 7 to 9. The campground is offering the emergency services workers free RV sites or tent sites or 50 percent off of cabin rentals for the weekend. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in activities like "down and dirty" kickball, photographs with Yogi Bear, a showing of the movie "Backdraft," a horseshoe tournament and music by D.V.K.
NEWS
September 14, 2007
Twenty-six volunteer companies serve Washington County, according to John Latimer IV, director of Washington County Fire and Emergency Services. Latimer said qualified volunteers can perform office functions, provide basic medical assistance and fight fires. Although each company differs slightly in its admission process, prospective volunteers generally must apply for membership, Latimer said. Company members vote on new candidates, and the initial levels of fire and medical-emergency training usually are free, he said.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | June 10, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Testimony in the first day of the trial of City of Martinsburg v. Ryneal Fire Co. No. 1 centered on the long-standing relationship between those two agencies and whether a written contract ever cemented the pairing. Michael Scales, attorney for Ryneal, argued that a written agreement was in place and that the city breached it in February when city officials demanded Ryneal hand over all of its money along with the three ambulances and rescue squad truck Ryneal bought for city use. As proof of the written agreement, Scales referred to the minutes from two 1985 Martinsburg City Council meetings.
NEWS
by KATE S. ALEXANDER | April 25, 2007
It usually hangs in the hallway of the Washington County Administrative Building, but on Tuesday the framed 2006 County Commission goals were waved before the commissioners, held firmly in the hands of Washington County Fire and Rescue Association President Glenn Fuscsick. "Goal number five: Develop policies and procedures to initiate the implementation of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Master Plan," he read aloud, pressing his finger against the glass of the frame. "For four years, this board has talked about developing a plan.
NEWS
February 16, 2008
GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- The Rescue Hose Co. Fire Department will hold its 73rd annual Hobo Minstrels show Feb. 28 and 29 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Greencastle-Antrim High School, according to a fire department press release. The show, entitled "How to Have a Minstrel," will feature songs including "Hey, Look Me Over" by Larry Keener, "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home" by Russ Clever, "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans " by Frank Mowen and "About a Quarter to Nine" by Mike Mowen.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | February 7, 2007
The Washington County Commissioners heard a plan Tuesday that emergency responders hope will preserve the volunteer emergency medical system and improve service for residents. The commissioners took no position on the plan, being called "Emergency Medical Services: Plan for the Future. " The Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association is scheduled to vote on the two-phase plan on Feb. 15. The plan includes establishing requirements for medical responders that could result in stiffer county oversight for companies that fall short.
NEWS
March 31, 2013
Meritus Medical Center Trauma Services recently received the Distinguished Service Award for 2013 from the Maryland Division of the American Trauma Society at Harry Browne's Restaurant in Annapolis. The award recognizes efforts of service to the community and support of trauma related activities. Meritus Medical Center was honored for its dedicated support and commitment to Maryland's Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System through injury prevention efforts. Meritus Medical Center is a designated Level lII trauma center within Maryland's EMS and trauma system.
NEWS
By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | October 9, 2011
Emergency medical services (EMS) companies have more to lose than do fire companies. All eight local emergency medical services companies in Washington County are bound by more punitive financial reporting rules than those governing the fire companies. If they file late, the EMS companies face a loss of funding - not just the funding delay that's still the punishment for fire companies that file late reports. These rules are tied to the combined $1.66 million a year in extra staffing subsidies the county began giving EMS companies in summer 2010.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | February 14, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission voted unanimously Thursday to make their support known for the City of Martinsburg, which is seeking to gain a state license to perform emergency medical services. That license currently is held by Ryneal Fire Co. No. 1, a noncity entity. Ryneal bills and collects for ambulance services and then uses that money to buy and maintain ambulances for the city. Ryneal also pays for equipment, cell phones and training for city paramedics and firefighters.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | May 12, 2013
A request to change the title and increase the pay of a currently vacant Washington County emergency services position to better align with the job's responsibilities, and to hire a new person to fill the vacancy, drew mixed reviews from county leaders last week. It also raised concern from officers of at least two county volunteer EMS companies, who said they were not consulted or even notified of the request made by county Division of Emergency Services Director Kevin Lewis. Smithsburg EMS Chief James Ulrich, who serves as acting chairman of the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association's EMS committee, said Friday that he and others from volunteer companies did not learn of the proposal until they saw a copy of the agenda a few days before last Tuesday's meeting of the Washington County Board of Commissioners.
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NEWS
March 31, 2013
Meritus Medical Center Trauma Services recently received the Distinguished Service Award for 2013 from the Maryland Division of the American Trauma Society at Harry Browne's Restaurant in Annapolis. The award recognizes efforts of service to the community and support of trauma related activities. Meritus Medical Center was honored for its dedicated support and commitment to Maryland's Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System through injury prevention efforts. Meritus Medical Center is a designated Level lII trauma center within Maryland's EMS and trauma system.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | March 22, 2013
With the Fairplay fire company out of service, a plan spearheaded by Sharpsburg Area EMS has been approved by the Washington County Vol. Fire & Rescue Association to provide interim emergency medical services to that coverage area, association President Dale Hill said Friday. Hill said the proposal, unanimously passed by WCVFRA membership during a meeting Thursday night, would call for a Sharpsburg EMS ambulance and a corresponding chase vehicle to respond to calls for service in the Fairplay area.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | March 11, 2013
Donations, including a $240,000 pledge from Chambersburg Hospital, are allowing the Chambersburg Emergency Services Department to expand its fleet of ambulances. The borough will be buying a third ambulance, with plans that two of those ambulances will be available for calls during peak times. Currently, it operates one ambulance each day. The department is required to keep one ambulance in reserve, plus one of them is typically undergoing maintenance on any given day, Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill said Monday.
NEWS
August 22, 2012
The Fort Ritchie Community Center and Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services Inc. have entered into a partnership that will allow emergency medical personnel to have access to the community center's fitness area. Since the Fort Ritchie Community Center opened in 2008, Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services has placed medical personnel on standby at the center's events, according to a news release from the organizations. The Fort Ritchie Community Center returned the favor by allowing Smithsburg medical personnel to have free access to the community center's fitness area, according to the release.
EDUCATION
May 13, 2012
Hagerstown Community College's emergency medical services program recently received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions. Accreditation assures students that their education experience meets rigorous standards, with national acceptance and transferability, and serves as a roadmap to future EMS practice. This ongoing review will strengthen and improve the effectiveness and the quality of instruction of HCC's program and afford the college new opportunities for clinical sites.
NEWS
By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | October 9, 2011
Emergency medical services (EMS) companies have more to lose than do fire companies. All eight local emergency medical services companies in Washington County are bound by more punitive financial reporting rules than those governing the fire companies. If they file late, the EMS companies face a loss of funding - not just the funding delay that's still the punishment for fire companies that file late reports. These rules are tied to the combined $1.66 million a year in extra staffing subsidies the county began giving EMS companies in summer 2010.
NEWS
By DON AINES and JULIE E. GREENE | dona@herald-mail.com | March 23, 2011
The date for the 26th Salute to Independence is July 2, but the more important day for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra might be May 1 — the deadline to close a $50,000 shortfall in funding for the extravaganza at Antietam National Battlefield. Earlier this week, symphony interim Executive Director April Dowler said the MSO hopes to close the gap by May 1 so musicians can reserve the July date, and contracts with vendors can be signed. The loss of a major sponsor and reductions in other sponsorship levels — combined with an expected reduction in the battlefield's contribution — could leave the MSO $40,000 to $50,000 short of the $124,000 it needs to put on the concert and fireworks display, Dowler said Wednesday at a news conference.
NEWS
By TRISH RUDDER | trishr@herald-mail.com | February 13, 2011
Tommy Newcomb of the Berkeley County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management was recognized Sunday for his outstanding contributions to the community at the 18th annual Law and Safety Day ceremony. Newcomb was one of 16 members of law enforcement, firefighting and emergency medical services from Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties who were honored by the Martinsburg Elks Lodge 778 at its recognition event. Newcomb is the fire chief of Bedington Volunteer Fire Department, was named Professional Firefighter of the Year and is “a true public servant,” said Capt.
OBITUARIES
By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | December 26, 2010
Austin Rinker touched thousands of people, many of whom don’t even know him. Through his career in emergency medical services and an interest in teaching emergency personnel, his impact on the lives of others was widespread. “I would say he’s probably taught all the paramedics in Washington County, if not Western Maryland,” said Cpl. Jeff White, reserve officer coordinator for Maryland Natural Resources Police. Born and raised in Hagerstown, Austin graduated from St. Maria Goretti High School and Hagerstown Community College before earning bachelor’s degrees from the University of Baltimore and Frostburg State University.
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