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Aug 9, 2011

Baltimore fire department drops EMS training

Baltimore’s fire chief is surrendering his department’s emergency medical services training accreditation. Chief James Clack announced Tuesday that the department would use training from outside educational institutions instead. He says officials may seek accreditation in the future. Clack says when the state licensing agency raised questions about cheating at the training academy in J[...]

Jul 18, 2011

EMS training suspended in Baltimore after probe finds cheating

Baltimore’s fire chief is suspending emergency medical services training after certification officials uncovered cheating by recruits. Fire Chief James Clack announced Monday that he is also ordering an internal investigation after a probe by Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, which certifies paramedics and emergency medical technicians, found that EMT students had co[...]

Jun 5, 2011

Allegany County firehouse to pay $850K after loan default

An Allegany County firehouse has agreed to a nearly $850,000 settlement deal with an Illinois-based bank after the department defaulted on a lease-purchase agreement for one of its firetrucks. McCoole Fire and Rescue Department Inc. settled with Marquette Bank on April 28. The case was in U.S. District Court in Baltimore before Judge William D. […]

Feb 9, 2011

Baltimore gets $1.3M grant for fire equipment

Maryland’s senators and a Baltimore-area congressman have announced that Baltimore has received a $1.3 million grant to buy firefighting equipment. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger announced the grant on Wednesday. The money will be used to buy 310 new self-contained breathing apparatus units for the Baltimore City fire department. The […]

Jan 25, 2011

Metro train evacuated for smoke, possible fire

FOREST GLEN — A Metro train has been evacuated after something caught fire and filled a tunnel with smoke near the Forest Glen station on the red line in Maryland. Montgomery County fire department spokesman Capt. Oscar Garcia says firefighters were called to the station about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday. Passengers had all made it to […]

Dec 15, 2010

Families displaced after townhouse fire in Capitol Heights

CAPITOL HEIGHTS — Authorities say as many as six families have been displaced from their homes following a townhouse fire near FedEx Field in Capitol Heights. Prince George’s County fire department spokesman Mark Brady says firefighters responded to a report of a fire in the 500 block of Garrett A. Morgan Boulevard about 8 p.m. […]

Dec 14, 2010

East Baltimore fire claims lives of 6 adults, kids

A fire at rowhouse in east Baltimore killed six adults and children early Tuesday, and spread to another three homes, a fire official said. Baltimore fire department spokesman Kevin Cartwright said firefighters were called to battle the fire around 4:45 a.m. and arrived to find a two-story brick home fully engulfed in flames. Cartwright said […]

Dec 6, 2010

Judge dismisses federal suit over ‘live burn’ fatality

The “live burn” training exercise that cost Racheal Wilson her life does not create grounds for a civil rights action in U.S. District Court, a federal judge has ruled. Although it would have meant failing the program, Wilson could have declined to complete the exercise — and under prior case law, that meant her participation […]

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