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May 11, 2010
WILLIAMSPORT -- Williamsport Volunteer Fire and EMS Co. responded to 127 calls in March, including 43 fire-only calls and 84 EMS-only calls, according to Scott Bragunier, the company's public information officer. Of those calls, 51 were EMS calls in the Williamsport response area and 29 were fire calls in the area. The remaining calls were mutual-aid calls to assist other companies. The average response time for fire calls in March was 2 minutes and 59 seconds, while the average response time for EMS calls in March was 1 minute and 54 seconds.
By DAN DEARTH | | June 28, 2012
The family, friends and colleagues of Washington County Emergency Medical Services Director Brigitte Heller, who died Thursday of injuries suffered in a traffic accident earlier this month, remembered her as a dedicated and passionate member of the rescue community. Kevin Lewis, director of the Washington County Division of Emergency Services, said EMS employees intend to remember Heller, among other things, by wearing a black mourning strip over their badges. Lewis said EMS personnel were told about Heller's death Thursday morning.
March 2, 2005
SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services Inc. personnel responded to 81 calls for service in February, bringing the 2005 total to 177 responses. Of the 81 calls for February, 12 were to Frederick County, Md., and three were to Franklin County, Pa. Seventeen calls were in the Smithsburg town limits, 13 were in the Hagerstown area, three were in Cascade, four were in the Mount Aetna area and 11 were to the Leitersburg area. The most common call was for trouble breathing, which accounted for 16 calls.
September 7, 2005
SMITHSBURG - During July and August, Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to 203 calls, according to Capt. James Ulrich. The department has responded to a total of 752 calls so far this year, up from 622 calls at this time last year. Of the calls for July and August, 27 were to Frederick County, Md., and 11 were to Franklin County, Pa. Within the Smithsburg town limits there were 42 calls, while another 20 calls were in the Hagerstown area, 13 in the Cascade area and 12 in the Mount Aetna area.
By DON AINES | February 12, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - More than two years after the resignation of John Vanlandingham, the Chambersburg Borough Council voted unanimously Monday night to hire a 25-year veteran of the Scranton (Pa.) Fire Department as its new emergency services chief. Terrence Osborne was selected from more than 100 applicants for the position and will begin work April 7. A member of the Scranton department since 1983, Osborne was named deputy chief in 1996, Council President William McLaughlin said.
September 3, 2003
SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services handled 100 calls during the month of August, according to Capt. James Ulrich. Of those calls, 10 were to Frederick County, Md., and 10 were to Franklin County, Pa. A total of 23 calls were in the Smithsburg town limits, 11 calls were in the Mount Aetna area, eight were in the Cascade area and 11 calls were in the Leitersburg area. The most common call was for medical emergencies and chest pain, which accounted for 23 calls.
July 6, 2012
The Potomac Valley Fire Co. is getting $20,150 through a federal grant program, Maryland's United States senators announced Thursday. The money will come from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emegency Response grant program “to recruit volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians,” according to a press release from U.S. Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md. The press release says Potomac Valley Fire Co. “will use the grant funds for recruitment and retention activities including newspaper ads and mailings letting communities know the needs and benefits of volunteering as a firefighter and administrative volunteer.
August 3, 2013
Meritus Health recently presented its EMS Excellence in Care 2013 awards to providers in Frederick County, Md. Meritus Health trauma and emergency services staff recognized award winners with certificates and polo shirts, including Scott Six, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic; Casandra Brown, EMTB; Derek Hartman, paramedic; and Benjamin McGinnis, EMTB. Nominations for the awards were made by doctors and fellow EMS providers. The team of Frederick County first responders was recognized for accurately assessing a patient who had fallen and correctly using the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System trauma decision tree to triage the patient to Meritus Medical Center's trauma center based on co-morbidities.
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.
By DAN DEARTH | | June 10, 2013
The man charged with causing the traffic accident that resulted in the death of Washington County Emergency Medical Services Director Brigitte Heller last year was pulled over for speeding a little more than an hour before the fatal collision occurred, according to Maryland online court records. Jeffrey Daryl Neuman Jr., 18, of 14800 View Way Court in Glenelg, Md., was stopped in Worcester County by Maryland State Police at about 6:16 a.m. on June 14, 2012. The trooper from the Berlin barrack who made the stop on U.S. 50 near Snow Hill issued him a citation alleging he was driving 86 mph in a 55 mph speed zone, the website shows . About 75 minutes later and roughly 70 miles away, the BMW that Neuman was driving crossed the center line on U.S. 50 in Talbot County and crashed into the SUV being driven by Heller, police allege.
June 7, 2013
A teenager has been charged as an adult in the 2012 traffic death of Washington County Emergency Medical Services Director Brigitte Heller, police in Easton, Md., said Friday. Jeffrey Daryl Neuman Jr., who was 17 at the time of the June 14, 2012, accident, was waived to adult status Thursday by the Talbot County State's Attorney's Office, police said in a news release. Heller's son, Terry Doyle, said Friday that he was “ecstatic” that authorities chose to try Neuman as an adult.
By DON AINES | | May 28, 2013
Members of a group seeking to restore fire and ambulance service to the Fairplay area outlined their plans Tuesday and asked for the support of the Washington County Board of Commissioners. “We want to say thank you to the commissioners who are supporting our efforts,” said Tim Almany, president of Citizens for Restoration of Fire and EMS to District 12 Area. He then asked Commissioner Terry Baker for his support, “to make it unanimous.” In January, the commissioners voted 4-1 to no longer recognize or fund Fairplay Volunteer Fire Department.
May 21, 2013
Brigitte Heller, who served as director of Washington County Emergency Medical Services, on Tuesday was posthumously awarded a Maryland Emergency Medical Services Stars of Life Award. Heller, who died in June 2012 of injuries from a traffic accident, was awarded the Director's Award for Excellence in EMS by the the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, or MIEMSS, according to a news release. MIEMSS oversees and coordinates the statewide EMS system. The organization presented awards Tuesday in the President's Conference Room in the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis, according to an emailed news release from the MIEMSS.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | 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.
March 12, 2013
A lot of misinformation surrounds fire company To the editor: The discussion that surrounds the situation over Fairplay Volunteer Fire Department needs to be more closely reviewed. I have seen too many incorrect letters to the editor, too many questionable acts by Washington County Commissioners, biased opinions published by this newspaper, biased selection of task force members and, most notably, the biased opinions of Kevin Lewis.   In my opinion, every action by The Herald-Mail, most county commissioners, the task force and a few of the overvocal members of some other fire departments have no other goal than the total destruction and elimination of the volunteer fire department in Fairplay.
February 27, 2013
The following incidents were reported Tuesday by Franklin County (Pa.) Emergency Services: • At 11:54 a.m., a kitchen fire was reported in the 8000 block of Roxbury Road. The primary agency was the Pleasant Hall Fire Department. • At 2:42 p.m., a house fire was reported in the 200 block of North Main Street in Chambersburg.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | February 15, 2013
A long-delayed comprehensive fire protection plan for Washington County, with the aim of increasing efficiency of operations while accommodating future growth, is under way, according to Kevin Lewis, director of the county's Division of Emergency Services (DES). “We have to look into the future,” Lewis said Friday, noting the county's goal of ensuring that “the same programs that are being delivered in one area are being delivered across all areas.” “It's imperative that this is not just a DES initiative,” he said.
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