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NEWS
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)
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BREAKINGNEWS
October 27, 2012
On Saturday, Franklin County, Pa., government officials declared a state of emergency to position them to be able to make quick repairs and to buy supplies, according to Dave Donohue, director of emergency services. "We do want to encourage citizens to be prepared, including making a plan and having their emergency supplies kit," Donohue wrote in an email. A emergency services drill planned in Shippensurg, Pa., tonight was expected to go on as scheduled. Donohue warned of 5 to 8 inches of rain, wind and possible tornado activity.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 16, 2012
County to get $96,000 grant for emergency services WASHINGTON COUNTY - Washington County is getting more than $96,000 in a matching grant from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 on Tuesday to accept the grant. Commissioner John F. Barr did not attend the meeting. Kevin L. Lewis, the county's director of emergency services, said this has been a solid source of funding each year. A memo Lewis prepared says: “MEMA distributes funding to all local jurisdictions on an annual basis to enhance and strengthen emergency management capabilities at the state and local level.” Local governments must match 100 percent of the grant money.
NEWS
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...
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | 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.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | 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.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | September 18, 2012
The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday picked up on a discussion from last week about revamping the county's Emergency Services Advisory Council and its bylaws. Part of the task will be deciding whether the board is advisory or has some authority over fire and ambulance services. “The really important thing for this group to do is decide ... a purpose and a mission” for the committee, Commissioner William McKinley said. Director of Emergency Services Kevin Lewis and Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association President Dale Hill met with the commissioners to discuss changes in the advisory committee, which also would consolidate the functions of the county's Fire and Rescue Advisory Committee.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | September 9, 2012
Area residents paused to remember and reflect on the events of Sept. 11, 2001, during Sunday's 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at Franklin County Veterans' Memorial Park near the Letterkenny Chapel. The service was held under a tent by the park's Franklin County 9/11 Memorial, which stands as a tribute to those who perished on Sept. 11, 2001. G. Warren Elliott, former Franklin County commissioner, spoke about the progress of Franklin County Veterans' Memorial Park. Phases one and two, which are the physical construction, are complete.
NEWS
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.
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