Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: HeraldMail HomeCollectionsFirefighters
IN THE NEWS

Firefighters

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
May 15, 2012
Firefighters were called to a house at 20106 Hogmaw Road Tuesday afternoon for a fire in a clothes dryer, according to The First Hose Co. of Boonsboro. It is unclear what started the 5:11 p.m. fire in the dryer, which was removed from the house, Firefighter Daniel Bussard said. Hogmaw Road is off Md. 67.
NEWS
February 15, 2012
A fire started Wednesday night where an electrical line connects into an apartment at 119 East Ave., a Hagerstown Fire Department spokesman said. The line was arcing after firefighters were alerted to the fire at 9:50 p.m., said Battalion Chief Brian Pyle. “It was pretty spectacular for a while,” Pyle said. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze, although a person leasing the apartment had to be moved into another apartment in the building overnight, Pyle said.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | May 2, 2010
SMITHSBURG -- A ruptured hose, trouble handling hookups between hoses and a truck that appeared not to be able to dump its water on the first try were among the glitches firefighters faced Sunday morning during a training exercise near Smithsburg. Approximately 100 firefighters and 20 firetrucks from Maryland and Pennsylvania participated in a Maryland State Firemen's Association's drill in which they had to draft, or pump water, from rural water sources to put out a faux fire.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | July 3, 2013
A Hagerstown firefighter with experience battling wildfires in five Western states said he was shocked when he heard that 19 firefighters died Sunday combating a wind-driven blaze near Phoenix. Fire Apparatus Operator Bob Maurer said in addition to having 18 1/2 years of experience as a firefighter with the city, he has tackled assignments fighting wildfires in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Oregon. “It just makes me hug my kids a little tighter,” Maurer, of Waynesboro, Pa., said Tuesday.
BREAKINGNEWS
March 3, 2011
Firefighters were called to a house fire at about 1 p.m. today in the 29300 block of National Pike (U.S. 40) in Allegany County, a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said. Further details were not immediately available.
NEWS
December 31, 2012
Firefighters from three counties Monday night were battling a house fire in the 14000 block of Timber Ridge Road in Belfast Township, according to a Fulton County 911 spokesman. The house was engulfed in flames at one point, the spokesman said. The fire was reported at 6:32 p.m. and firefighters were still working at the scene at 8:32 p.m., the spokesman said. There was no report of injuries, the spokesman said. Firefighters from Morgan County, W.Va., and Washington County were helping to battle the blaze, the spokesman said.
NEWS
August 29, 2012
Hagerstown Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 1605 will host a voter-registration drive to assist registering voters for the upcoming general election. The event will be Saturday, Sept. 8, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Potomac Towers, 11 W. Baltimore St. in Hagerstown. The event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
NEWS
May 19, 2012
Firefighters battled a blaze for several hours Saturday night at 4231 Harpers Ferry Road in Sharpsburg. The call was dispatched at 3:03 p.m. and units remained on the scene past 9 p.m. Smoke could be seen rising from the home at 9 p.m. Traffic was detoured to Millers Sawmill Road from Harpers Ferry Road as a result of the fire. A sign at the entrance to the property read Woodlawn Farms Meats. No further information was available late Saturday.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | April 7, 2010
MERCERSBURG, Pa. -- Firefighters were hard-pressed getting equipment to a remote blaze Wednesday on Claylick Mountain near Whitetail Resort. The fire started Wednesday morning and was reported to be contained at about 6 p.m. Firefighters were on the scene as of Wednesday night. Officials estimated the fire burned about 45 acres of wooded area. Warner Quick, a Whitetail employee, said he and several co-workers drove all-terrain vehicles on logging trails to shuttle firefighters and equipment to the fire.
NEWS
May 23, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Several cars and recreational vehicles were submerged in floodwaters of 5 feet or more Sunday morning at an RV campground near Chambersburg, fire officials said. Firefighters were called to Twin Bridge Meadow Family Campground west of Chambersburg at about 4:50 a.m. for a water rescue, Franklin Fire Co. Chief Mark Trace said. "When we arrived, we found several campers taking on water," Trace said. The people inside were asleep and were unaware of the flooding, he said.
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
September 3, 2013
Firefighters responded to 19105 Shamrock Lane in north Hagerstown Tuesday night for smoke in a house, according to a Washington County 911 supervisor. Details were not immediately available, but Red Cross officials were sent to the scene after the call was received at 9:20 p.m., the supervisor said. Shamrock Lane is between Woodburn Drive and Blue Ridge Road.
Advertisement
NEWS
August 28, 2013
A Hagerstown firefighter this week started a 16-day deployment to help fight wildfires in the western United States. Robert “Bob” Maurer Jr. left for the airport on Wednesday to meet with his firefighting team, according to a news release from the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1605 Hagerstown Professional Firefighters. “Hagerstown Professional Firefighters are very proud to have one of their own as a member of this wildfire team,” the release said. “This individual represents an entire team of dedicated members of the department.
BREAKINGNEWS
August 5, 2013
A fire that caused $1,000 in damage to a minivan Sunday morning on Sandy Hook Road in Knoxville was intentionally set, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said. A passer-by reported the fire at 8:30 a.m. in the 18800 block of Sandy Hook Road, according to a news release from the fire marshal's office. Authorities said the 2000 Dodge Caravan stopped burning by the time firefighters arrived. An investigation determined the fire started on the exterior of the vehicle, according to the release.
BREAKINGNEWS
August 5, 2013
Fire crews were called to a barn fire Monday night in the 4700 block of Fort Loudon Road north of Mercersburg, according to a Franklin County Emergency Services dispatcher. The dispatcher could not confirm the exact location of the fire, which was reported about 9:37 p.m. The blaze sounded like it was “fully involved,” the dispatcher said, although he could not confirm that information. Two Washington County tanker units - one each from Maugansville and Clear Spring - were dispatched to assist, a Washington County Emergency Services supervisor said.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 22, 2013
Two years ago, Austin Epperson watched fire rip through a building in his town. “That's when I decided I wanted to be a firefighter,” said Austin, 14, of Mercersburg, Pa. This week, Austin and 26 other teenagers are getting a taste of fire service through the eighth annual Franklin County Fire Chiefs' Association Junior Firefighter Academy. They donned gear to watch flames consume straw and wooden pallets in a burn building on Monday afternoon. Austin described the first day of the academy as fun, but challenging.
NEWS
July 14, 2013
About five fire departments from Washington County helped battle a house fire Sunday afternoon on Murdock Mountain Lane in Frederick County, Md., officials said. The house fire at 13082 Murdock Mountain Lane was reported at about 5:21 p.m. and crews were still at the scene at 8:50 p.m., according to 911 dispatchers in Washington and Frederick counties. The house was along a steep gravel road and it was difficult to get water and fire trucks to the scene, said James Ulrich, chief of operations for Smithsburg EMS, Inc. There were reports of several firefighters suffering apparent minor injuries and a firefighter was taken to a hospital for a hand injury, according to Ulrich and dispatchers.
NEWS
July 7, 2013
Firefighters hiked up the Appalachian Trail in the southern end of Washington County on Sunday morning to reach a woman experiencing problems with heat exposure, according to Washington County Emergency Services. Firefighters from Boonsboro fire company's Rohrersville substation hiked approximately 3 miles to the woman on the trail in the Weverton Cliffs area, a Boonsboro firefighter said. The woman, who was with family, asked to have her blood pressure checked, the firefighter said.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | July 3, 2013
A Hagerstown firefighter with experience battling wildfires in five Western states said he was shocked when he heard that 19 firefighters died Sunday combating a wind-driven blaze near Phoenix. Fire Apparatus Operator Bob Maurer said in addition to having 18 1/2 years of experience as a firefighter with the city, he has tackled assignments fighting wildfires in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Oregon. “It just makes me hug my kids a little tighter,” Maurer, of Waynesboro, Pa., said Tuesday.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE and RAYCHEL HARVEY-JONES | June 27, 2013
An apartment building off Little Elliott Drive in Hagerstown was evacuated Thursday night after a small fire broke out inside one of the units, according to city fire official at the scene. Battalion Chief Brian Pile said that flames broke out in the closet area of Apt. 7 of the second floor in the building at 12833 Cortland Apartments. Damage was minimal, and it appeared that mostly clothes were destroyed before the building's sprinkler system extinguished the blaze, Pile said.
The Herald-Mail Articles
|