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November 11, 2011
The following incidents were reported Friday by Franklin County (Pa.) Emergency Services: At 12:47 a.m., a traffic accident in the 5200 block of Philadelphia Avenue in Greene Township. At 1:28 a.m., a commercial fire alarm in the first block of Second Street in Chambersburg.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | September 22, 2012
A preparedness drill for emergency services personnel will take a creative spin just days before Halloween, when volunteers in the training exercise don zombie costumes. “If you are prepared for the zombie attack, you are prepared for anything,” said Dave Donohue, director of the Franklin County (Pa.) Department of Emergency Services. Organizers of a drill planned for Saturday, Oct. 27, are seeking volunteers of all ages. The drill will simulate inoculating and medicating an infected population.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | October 7, 2012
A newly hired assistant emergency services chief in the Borough of Chambersburg will be continuing his passion for firefighting, while returning to his Pennsylvania roots. Howard “Butch” Leonhard, a Middletown, Pa., native, said his interest in fire service started at a young age. “I grew up right across the street from one of the fire stations in Middletown. In fact, it was the station where my dad was a volunteer,” he said. Leonhard, 50, said moving to Chambersburg will put him closer to family.
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | June 11, 2004 The Washington County Department of Emergency Services has taken disciplinary action against a Smithsburg Emergency Medical Service volunteer in connection with a March 5 incident. The disciplinary action was related to events that took place after a March 5 emergency call to the home of a 20-year-old Smithsburg woman who later died, along with her unborn child. It was not related to the care or treatment of the woman or the unborn child, said Joseph Kroboth, director of the Department of Emergency Services.
By DON AINES | | January 8, 2013
A consolidation of two emergency services committees will include more members of the public than fire and ambulance professionals following a vote Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Commissioners. The board voted 3-1 that the makeup of a new Emergency Services Advisory Council should be three members of the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association and six members of the public. A county commissioner would also serve on the council, and the director of emergency services and president of the fire and rescue association would be ex-officio, or non-voting, members.
By HEATHER KEELS | | September 24, 2011
Local emergency services officials maintained this week that a combined public safety training center is needed in Washington County despite comments made Tuesday by state legislators questioning whether a training center is necessary. Kevin L. Lewis, the county's director of emergency services, said he thought gaining the delegation's support would be a matter of informing them about the advantages it would provide and the limitations of training resources currently available. "We talk about this being a combined public safety training center for the purposes of educating all of our personnel ... (but)
By DAVE McMILLION | | August 18, 2011
The state has suspended the emergency services license of a Blue Ridge Mountain fire company, an action that a local fire official said will delay ambulance service for residents in eastern Jefferson County near the Virginia border. Effective Wednesday, the West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services suspended the Blue Ridge Mountain Volunteer Fire Department's license to provide emergency medical services, according to a news release from the Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | 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.
January 11, 2011
Franklin County is expected to shift to its new emergency services radio system in the next several weeks, county commissioners said Tuesday. David Donahue, Franklin County's director of emergency services, told commissioners that recent testing of the radio system has shown it exceeds the requirements of the contract. More than 99 percent of accessible areas tested had radio coverage with the new digital system, according to a news release from the commissioners. Currently, about 82 percent of Franklin County has acceptable radio transmission and reception capabilities with the old analog system.
by RICHARD BELISLE | January 20, 2003 A group of elected officials and emergency services volunteers in Franklin County are trying to create a countywide umbrella organization that would modernize the county's emergency response system and guarantee that there will always be enough volunteers to serve it. Such an agency could become a model for all Pennsylvania counties. "This won't be easy, but if we can pull this off other counties will follow," said Randall Negley, president of the Franklin County Association of Township Officials.
BY KAUSTUV BASU | | September 10, 2013
Bells tolled and bugles sounded at Hagerstown City Park Tuesday evening as the community paused to remember emergency personnel and those in the armed forces who lost their lives in the line of duty. Some stopped to reminisce in front of the 9/11 memorial at the park about the day 12 years ago, a beautiful late summer day not unlike Tuesday, when two planes flew into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon was attacked, and passengers fought with hijackers as they brought down an airliner near Shanksville, Pa. Remembrance in the Park was a tribute to lost lives, at war and at home, to terrorist attacks and other emergencies.
September 2, 2013
Waynesboro Lions to host golf tournament WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Lions Club will host its first golf tournament Friday, Sept. 13, starting at 9:30 a.m. The four-person scramble will be held at Mountain View Golf Course at 4099 Bullfrog Road in Fairfield, Pa. Additional teams are being sought for the event. The tournament costs $75 for an individual golfer or $300 for a four-person team. The morning includes greens fees, carts, refreshments, team prizes, contests, a lunch buffet and awards.
August 28, 2013
The Emergency Communications Center of the Washington County Division of Emergency Services will be featured Thursday on A&E Network's “Panic 9-1-1” television show. The episode entitled “Get Out of the Van and Run” will air at 10 p.m on the cable channel. The segment highlights an Oct. 5, 2011, call received by Michael Shifler and how his quick thinking assisted the Washington County Sheriff's Office in taking a suspect into custody, according to a county news release.
August 12, 2013
The words “fire tax” had barely escaped the lips of Kevin Lewis before the backpedaling began. Lewis, director of the Washington County Division of Emergency Services, rhetorically asked the commissioners last week, “How much can we continue to sustain in emergency services delivery without some type of cost recovery? That's always been a big topic.” But later in the day, the president of the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association said his group was “not proposing, whatsoever, a fire tax.” A committee, comprised of administrators and fire association members, is currently studying fire and rescue needs in Washington County, and expects to announce its findings in a few months.
July 8, 2013
Berkeley and Jefferson County emergency dispatch center officials said they are currently unable to hear 911 callers who are using Sprint cell phone service. The caller, however, is able to hear the dispatcher, who can call the individual back, if necessary, officials said. Sprint is aware of the issue and is working on solving the problem, officials said.   Any person who has Sprint mobile service that needs emergency services should use a landline to call 911.  This problem affects only Sprint customers.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | July 8, 2013
Sprint cellphone customers were unable to reach Berkeley and Jefferson County emergency dispatchers by dialing 911 for much of the day Monday due to a technical problem, officials said. The problem remained unresolved as of 7:30 p.m., but dispatchers were still able to reach the affected callers by immediately calling them back, officials said. The caller can hear the dispatcher who answers the 911 call, but the dispatcher is not able to hear the caller, officials said. The disruption in service did not involve any other mobile phone provider other than Sprint, which was working to resolve the problem that surfaced before noon Monday, officials said.
June 19, 2013
Contract renewed for medical transportation Convening as the Washington County Board of Health, the county commissioners on Tuesday renewed a contract with All American Ambulance for medical assistance transportation for the county Health Department. The current contract with AAA expires June 30. The five commissioners unanimously approved a one-year renewal, despite a 1.8-percent increase due to the company's hikes in payroll taxes and insurance. The health department's transportation budget received an increase in the 2013-14 fiscal year of nearly $1.1 million to cover an increased client load and the requested increase from the contractor, according to Health Officer Earl Stoner.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | June 18, 2013
Washington County soon will be hiring someone for a new position within its Division of Emergency Services. The county Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposed modification of the currently vacant emergency services coordinator job to create the position of assistant director of emergency medical services operations. The now-approved position change will include a pay raise from the county's Grade 12 level to a Grade 14, which coincides with the increased duties and responsibilities the former position accrued since the county took it over in 2006 from the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, according to emergency services Director Kevin Lewis.
May 13, 2013
The Franklin County (Pa.) Department of Emergency Services is seeking local businesses affected by a tractor-trailer fire Thursday that closed Interstate 81 in Dauphin County, Pa., for several days. Due to the crash and fire last week, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett declared a state of disaster. He is consulting with the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine if there is a need for a federal declaration, according to a news release. If a federal declaration is made, there might be federal funds available to offset uninsured business losses due to the incident.
May 6, 2013
Firefighters contained a mobile home fire to the property's kitchen Sunday afternoon. The Franklin Fire Department and a half-dozen other departments responded to 649 N. Franklin St., Lot 112, at 3:15 p.m., according to fire officials and the Franklin County (Pa.) Department of Emergency Services. The first crews to arrive saw fire coming out of one window in the single-wide trailer, Franklin Fire Chief Mark Trace said. Everyone was out of the home, although one of the residents tried to go back in, Trace said.
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