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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 29, 2012
Following are some emergency contact numbers for our area. City of Hagerstown: Residents who need to report a nonemergency incident may call 301-791-2544. This is a general phone number staffed by city employees and available to citizens to use in the event of tree damage, flooding problems, traffic signal outages, or other issues that are non-life-threatening. To report a power outage, call 301-790-2600. In the event of an emergency, call 911. Washington County Emergency Operations Center (administrative phone number)
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...
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.
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.
By JENNIFER FITCH | December 22, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Franklin County, Pa., emergency services officials are organizing a new Explorer post for teenagers wanting to learn about firefighting, police work, medical services, dispatch centers and disaster management. The branch will be called Post 911. "It gives young people an opportunity to try out a career," said Greencastle (Pa.) Police Chief John Phillippy, who participated in a law enforcement Exploring program as a teenager. Exploring is a career education program through "Learning for Life" and Boy Scouts of America.
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 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.
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.
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