Thursday, May 23, 2013
Fire officials found the man in the water around 8 p.m. Wednesday.
A man was found dead after an apparent drowning near a marina in Mayo, fire officials said. Crews responded to the Holiday Inn Marina, in the 3900 block of Calawasse Road, around 8 p.m. Wednesday and found a male victim in the water, according to Anne Arundel Fire Department Division Chief Keith Swindle. The man was removed from the water and pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation into the incident has been handed over to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Coast Guard. Odenton-Severn Patch Editor Tim Lemke contributed to this report.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
No injuries were reported.
Anne Arundel County fire crews extinguished a small house fire in Pasadena Wednesday afternoon. Crews were called to a home in the unit block of Magothy Beach Road at around 1:45 p.m., said Division Chief Keith Swindle, a fire department spokesman. Firefighters found the fire behind the stove, and the fire was put out within 10 minutes. No injuries were reported, Swindle said.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Cox takes the top spot after the retirement of former chief Robert Ray.
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman appointed Michael Cox Jr., who has more than 25 years of experience, as acting fire chief on Wednesday. The announcement came the same day as the retirement of former chief Robert Ray became active. Ray, who held the position of chief since 2008 in Anne Arundel County, announced his plans to retire in early April so he could spend more time with his family. Cox, an Edgewater resident, started his career in firefighting at the age of 16 when he joined the Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department. He is a certified fire officer, an emergency medical technician-paramedic and an emergency services instructor. He also holds three degrees in fire and emergency services. "Chief Cox has demonstrated a …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The fire broke out in the 2600 block of Compass Drive near the community's clubhouse.
Monday, April 8, 2013
A woman sustained life-threatening injuries in the Millersville accident—the second fatal motorcycle crash in Anne Arundel County during the weekend.
After a motorcycle crash in Millersville on Sunday night, police said a man died and a woman was seriously injured. According to Anne Arundel County police, the crash occurred at about 9 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Veterans Highway and Benfield Boulevard. Two people were reportedly on the motorcycle when it crashed. Police said Robert G. Wells, 55, of Crownsville was driving the motorcycle and he was transported to Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, where he later died from his injuries. The passenger, 41-year-old Kelly R. Sutton of Crownsville, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and is in critical condition, police said on Monday morning. A preliminary investigation by police revealed that…
Friday, April 5, 2013
Robert Ray will step down effective May 1 after 35 years with the department.
Anne Arundel County Fire Chief Robert Ray has announced his retirement, effective May 1. Ray, who became chief of the department in 2008, said he was stepping down to spend more time with his family, including a new grandson. Ray is a 35-year veteran of the fire department and has served in nearly every major area, according to a press release. He previously served as Fire Marshall and the director of Inspections and Permits. During his time as chief, the department built new fire houses at Marley Station and Annapolis Neck and implemented a new EMS billing program that produced $20 million in revenue. He also served as chairman of the Baltimore Metropolitan Fire Chief's Council. The retirement comes amid heavy turnover in staff under …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Other nearby homes were threatened by the fire. There have been no reports of injuries.
UPDATE (Wednesday, 9:18 a.m.)—Four people were displaced by a two-alarm fire at a home in the Lake Shore section of Pasadena on Tuesday. Keith Swindle, a division chief spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, said firefighters responded at about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday to the fire at the 100 block of Kentucky Avenue. It took about 45 minutes for firefighters to get the blaze under control. Three adults and one child were displaced by the fire, though there were no reports of injuries and the family did not require Red Cross assistance. Swindle said the fire caused about $250,000 in damage. The cause is under investigation.
Most career firefighters are saving money by living outside the county.
The Anne Arundel County Fire Department employs 740 career firefighters, but a clear majority of these brave men and women live outside the county, according to a report in The Maryland Gazette. Almost half of the firefighters live in Maryland but outside the county, while more than 120 live outside the state, reports the Gazette. Many of the commuting firefighters are drawn out of the county for areas with a lower cost of living, according to the report. Read the full story here.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Paramedics and firefighters have learned a fast-paced method that could save lives.
More than 500 Anne Arundel County paramedics and firefighters have learned a new cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) technique based on faster, more continuous chest compressions, reports WBAL 11. The new technique, which will become mandatory statewide on July 1, focuses on circulating the blood more than breathing. Trainees said they are already beginning to see an increase in successful resuscitations, according to the report. Read the full story here.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
A woman was sent to Shock Trauma with life-threatening injuries after the Tuesday morning crash.
A woman is in Shock Trauma with serious life-threatening injuries after a single-vehicle crash in Pasadena on Tuesday morning. Emergency crews responded to the crash at 7:20 a.m. near Edwin Raynor Boulevard and Countryside Drive, according to Capt. Mike Pfaltzgraff, of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. A crew transported the woman by ambulance to Shock Trauma. The victim was reported to be about 30 years old, according to fire officials. Anne Arundel County police are not identifying the woman at this time, but department spokesperson Justin Mulcahy said detectives may have more information on the cause of the accident by Wednesday.