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NEWS
May 24, 2012
After about 2 1/2 hours of careful inspection, rescue officials Wednesday night determined that a suspicious package found at a driveway on Mapleville Road contained some type of blue liquid inside it, a fire official said. “Exactly what it is, I don't know,” said Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst as authorities were leaving the scene about 10:30 p.m. The package was on the driveway at about 5 to 10 feet from the road, said Terry Stouffer, chief of Mt. Aetna Vol. Fire Co. Stouffer said the package was black, about 1-foot wide and about 1-foot deep, with the word “contaminants” written on it. Authorities were able to rule out any explosives in the package, which was similar to a Rubbermaid container, Ernst said.
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NEWS
August 17, 2007
Emergency crews were at the Pilot truck stop on Greencastle Pike this morning because a tractor-trailer was on fire, according to a Washington County 911 dispatcher. The call was classified as a hazardous materials incident, the dispatcher said, and the Maryland Department of the Environment was asked to respond. The call was dispatched at 6:14 a.m. A county 911 employee who was at the scene said the tractor-trailer was about 20 to 25 feet away from gas pumps and the cab was on fire.
NEWS
February 24, 1998
Toilet cleaners flush couple from city home A Hagerstown couple was taken to Washington County Hospital Monday night after inhaling fumes generated when two incompatible chemical drain openers were mixed together in an attempt to unclog a toilet, a fire official said. Members of the Washington County Hazardous Materials team were called to 512 Salem Ave. at about 6:30 p.m. to neutralize the mixed chemicals, said Ron Horn, battalion chief at Hagerstown Fire Department. The homeowner tried to unclog the toilet first by dumping Liquid Plummer, Horn said.
NEWS
October 17, 1999
  By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer photos: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer Flames 10 feet and higher shot out from the burning 150-gallon propane tank. Firefighters forming two rows attacked the blaze with blasts of water from dueling fire hoses as they slowly approached the fuel container. Gingerly, a firefighter positioned between the two rows reached into the fire's nucleus and turned the tank's relief valve, extinguishing the flames.
NEWS
April 30, 2004
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A Berkeley Springs motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene following a 3:15 p.m. accident involving a tractor-trailer rig on U.S. 522 north of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia State Police said in a news release. According to police, Leonard Gleason, 53, no address available, tried to stop his motorcycle for a line of traffic that was stopped for a vehicle making a turn. Gleason lost control and the motorcycle slid into the oncoming lane of traffic.
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | June 4, 2004
About 80 members of the Montgomery County (Md.) Urban Search and Rescue Team participated in tactical training Thursday in Hagerstown, said John Bentley, a member of the team and a local emergency services worker.The training took place at Fairgrounds Park and on Antietam Creek off Security Road, said Bentley, who is the captain of the Washington County Special Operations team, which handles rescues and hazardous materials. The session Thursday morning at the fairgrounds was to train for preparedness against weapons of mass destruction, Bentley said.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | August 11, 2004
Fire, rescue and police agencies in Washington County have been awarded $1.14 million in grants as of Tuesday, Director of Emergency Services Joe Kroboth told the County Commissioners. The commissioners approved Memorandum of Understandings with various agencies who distributed the grants, making the awards final. The $1.14 million consists of 11 separate awards and includes a $668,038 weapons of mass destruction grant and a $212,578 law enforcement terrorism grant, both distributed by the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | August 29, 2002
The Washington County Special Operations Team puts its new special support vehicle on display for the Washington County Commissioners and the public at Tuesday night's commissioners meeting at the Shafer Park Community Center in Boonsboro. The vehicle went into service on Tuesday. The truck is equipped for the team's various missions, including hazardous materials services, mountain rescue, confined space extractions and other services not normally performed by fire and rescue companies.
BREAKINGNEWS
May 1, 2011
The slow lane of westbound Interstate 68, west of Hancock, reopened Sunday morning after a fuel spill was cleaned up, according to Washington County Emergency Services. A  part on a tractor-trailer broke off and hit the fuel tank, rupturing the tank and causing it to spill diesel, a 911 supervisor said Sunday morning. The incident was reported at 8:40 a.m. Sunday, the 911 supervisor said. The lane reopened around 10:40 a.m. Washington County Special Operations, which is a hazardous-materials unit, as well as firefighters from Hancock and Allegany County, helped clean up the spill, the 911 supervisor said.
NEWS
August 8, 2008
HANCOCK -- The Hancock Police Department has hired former Washington County Sheriff's Department Deputy James Woods, Hancock Police Department Chief T.J. Buskirk said. Woods has more than 30 years of public safety experience at the federal, state and local levels and has previously held positions dealing with hazardous materials, explosives disposal, clandestine drug labs and criminal investigations, Buskirk said. He is also a certified police instructor. Woods began Aug. 1, bringing the department's staff to three full-time officers and one part-time officer, Buskirk said.
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