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July 11, 2012
Meritus Health recently presented its EMS Excellence in Care 2012 awards to providers at Community Rescue Service, a 911 ambulance organization in Hagerstown. Meritus Health trauma and emergency services staff recognized providers for a recent emergency call that involved its services in partnership with emergency services in Franklin County, Pa. Frederick County, Md., providers also were recognized for their service on a separate call. The award recipients were Shawn Wieczorek, EMT-Basic; Justin Ruppenthal, paramedic; Robert Buck, paramedic; Alyssa Sica, EMT-Basic; and Billy Woods.
October 27, 2012
Officials in Franklin County, Pa., declared a state of emergency Saturday as Hurricane Sandy approaches the area, according to Dave Donohue, the county's director of emergency services. The declaration will enable the county to make quick repairs and buy supplies if needed, Donohue said. “We do want to encourage citizens to be prepared, including making a plan and having their emergency supplies kit,” Donohue wrote in an email. Donohue said 5 to 8 inches of rain are possible from the storm, as well as high winds and possible tornado activity.
September 6, 2012
Local law enforcement officials will be honored during this year's “Remembrance in the Park” ceremony at Hagerstown's City Park on Tuesday, Sept. 11, according to a city news release. Hagerstown, Washington County and state law enforcement, emergency services personnel, military members, elected officials and the public are invited to pay tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, at the ceremony that begins at 7 p.m. Trees will be planted in memory of four Maryland State Police personnel who were killed in the line of duty, including Officer Clinton Rhodes (Jan.
October 14, 2012
'Bearing Witness' series to return to Trinity United Church of Christ WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Trinity United Church of Christ, at 30 W. North St. in Waynesboro, announced the return of the four-part series, “Bearing Witness.” It will begin Sunday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. in the church's Harbaugh Hall with the presentation of the film “After Innocence.” “After Innocence” tells the story of the exonerated - innocent men wrongfully convicted...
By JENNIFER FITCH | | April 17, 2013
As teenage athletes left Chambersburg Area Middle School North on Wednesday evening, firetrucks and other emergency vehicles descended on the parking lot for a drill related to an mock attack at a nuclear power plant. Emergency services officials planned to set up decontamination tents and assess potential shelter operations related to a disaster at the Three Mile Island plant south of Harrisburg, Pa. Evacuees from the Steelton area near the plant are supposed to head to Chambersburg, Pa., if the worst happens.
April 17, 2012
The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners recently paid tribute Tuesday to the 911 dispatchers in the county's department of emergency services. Proclaiming April 9 to 13 “National Emergency Telecommunications Week,” the commissioners honored the work of the emergency dispatchers who serve as the first link in the emergency response chain. Attendees at the meeting were briefed on the activities of the 911 center, which included implementing a new response protocol designed to reduce the number of crashes involving ambulances, utilizing a new program that matches the needs of the caller with the appropriate law enforcement response, and taking a leading role in developing response procedures for high-risk incidents such as active shooters and mass disasters.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | 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.
By DAVE McMILLION | | January 29, 2012
Local residents can now sign up for an alert system that allows them to be notified by authorities about emergencies like crimes, severe weather, unexpected road closures, or evacuations of buildings and neighborhoods. People who sign up for the alert system can designate how they would like alerts to be sent to them, such as by cellphone, business or home phone, email, text messages or devices for the hearing impaired, according to the Washington County Division of Emergency Services' website at
by TARA REILLY | February 8, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY Washington County's plans to renovate a building on Elliott Parkway near Williamsport to accommodate its 911 Center will cost $782,121, representatives from an architectural and engineering firm told the County Commissioners. Robin J. Kohn and Regis W. Kubit of Betzwood Associates P.C. in Phoenixville, Pa., presented a feasibility study on the project to the commissioners at a meeting Tuesday. The county's 911 Center is at 33 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown.
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | December 5, 2003
Emergency responders from around Washington County who gathered at a meeting last month to review their performance during an October Environmental Protection Agency drill said they needed more training and more new gear. And thanks to more than $150,000 in grant money, two county-based groups will have some of their equipment needs met. Through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, the Funkstown fire company will receive $97,983 and emergency services will receive $56,193.
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