Monday, April 15, 2013
No injuries were reported in the blaze, which is under investigation.
Flames ripped through an abandoned house and surrounding brush in North Laurel Sunday evening, fire officials said. The blaze, situated in the 9000 block of Whiskey Bottom Road, was called in around 9:30 p.m. as a brush fire, according to the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Units arrived to find an abandoned house "fully engulfed" in flames plus several additional brush fires, authorities said. It took firefighters from Howard, Prince George's, and Anne Arundel counties about an hour to bring the blaze under control, according to the HCDFRS. An ATV and several 4x4 trucks were used to put out the brush fires. No injuries were reported in the incident. Howard County fire investigators are still working to determine the …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Ellicott City and Elkridge Patch editors were among those recognized by the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services during a ceremony Thursday.
Two Patch editors were among those recognized at the annual awards ceremony held this week by the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Brandie Jefferson, a Patch senior local editor, and Patch Local Editor Elizabeth Janney received awards for excellence in media reporting from the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services for their work reporting on Elkridge and Ellicott City Patch.com sites. Spokesperson Jackie Cutler had this to say at Thursday’s ceremony, held at Bridgeway Community Church in Columbia: “Headline after headline, Patch.com was not only on the scene covering our incidents but also covering our programs and doing in-depth features on our personnel. When the bigger news outlets said no – these two…
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
No injuries were reported in the small blaze.
Even the kitchen sink wasn't immune Tuesday night when flames swept through part of a home in North Laurel. The small blaze began when a resident of the 9100 block of Knox Court tried to douse a plastic container that had caught fire in the oven, according to the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. But instead of being snuffed out, fire quickly spread to the surrounding window blinds and cabinets. The blaze was contained to the immediate area of the kitchen sink, officials said. Firefighters who responded to the home removed some drywall to ensure there were no hidden hotspots. No injuries were reported.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Patch recommends the best ways to keep in touch with the most up-to-the-minute information regarding Hurricane Sandy.
Stay safe. Stay inside. Stay informed. The first two are on you. The last one is up to us reporters and scores of county and state employees working overtime. Come Sunday evening—when Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall in Maryland—the question on everybody's mind will be "how is this storm affecting my neighborhood, my friends and my family?" That's where Twitter and Facebook will come into play. In Howard County, the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services plans to post a lot of information online; tips to stay safe, pictures of damage and updates on the recovery efforts. Of course, the Howard County Government is connected. Local government officials said they will be updating residents throughout the storm, …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Members of the Howard County Fire Department will don pink breast cancer shirts next month.
For the third year in a row, Howard County firefighters will wear pink shirts during the month of October to raise breast cancer awareness. All professional firefighters will sport the shirts around stations, under their gear, or while they're out in the community, according to Rich Ruehl, president of IAFF Local 2000, the Howard County firefighters' union. "We've had several members of our organization that have either themselves been diagnosed with cancer or their family members have been diagnosed with breast cancer," said Ruehl. "We wanted to do something to raise awareness." "In large part, most people think of firefighters, men and women, as very strong, well-intentioned people who have strong character," added Ruehl. "And if you …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Firefighters had the fire under control within 10 minutes, according to the department.
Howard County firefighters responded to an apartment fire on the 8500 block of Foxborough Drive in Savage at 9:20 a.m. Thursday, according to department spokesperson Jackie Cutler. Crews had the fire under control within 10 minutes, but remained on the scene as of 9:49 a.m., according to Cutler. Initial reports suggest the incident was a kitchen fire on the third floor of an apartment building at Foxborough Estates, with no known injuries or fatalities, Cutler told Patch. Sign up for the Savage-Guilford Patch newsletter here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for instant news updates and community conversations.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced the county will focus on emergency preparedness in September.
Although Howard County is often touted among the richest and most educated areas in the state, residents still have to deal with the world's biggest source of chaos: Mother Nature. People have lost power, property and even their lives from natural disasters and accidents–ranging from the derecho in June, Hurricane Irene and the earthquake last August, and more recently the fatal train derailment in Ellicott City. It is in regard for such incidents that Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced September as "National Preparedness Month" for the county, following the Federal Emergency Management Agency 's national initiative. "These disasters show us how important it is to take some simple steps now and prepare for emergencies before they …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Can you handle the view from atop a fire truck?
Few of us will ever fight a fire, but here you can see the view our brave men and women of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services get when they drive down the road toward a blaze. For news and events in Savage, sign up for the Savage-Guilford Patch newsletter.
There is still time left for the kids to squeeze some fun out of summer.
Weather: Today will be sunny with a high of 89 and a low of 69 and a zero percent chance of rain, according to the Weather Channel. Did You Know? According to FamilyEducation.com, on this day in 1934, the deep-sea apparatus called the Bathysphere was reaching record depths in the Atlantic Ocean. Events: Mindgrub staff are leading their second class in a five-part series on game design today in the Savage Library Branch. The session starts at 3 p.m. and is free, for ages 11 to 17. Registration is required. Have a student starting the sixth grade? Let them meet new classmates, discuss the big move, and learn the secrets to success at the Savage Library Branch at 7 p.m. for Movin' Up to Middle School. Compete in a book bag relay and …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services will officially be using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to update the community.
Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) officially announced it would be using social media sites to inform the community. The department said in a news release it would be using the sites to provide information on fires, special events, disasters and weather emergencies. "We're excited to use our social media presence to foster a more informed and engaged citizen base," said Fire/EMS Chief William Goddard in a release. Department officials have already been active on their social media accounts. For example, on Twitter they let people know a train car that derailed was not carrying hazardous materials. On Facebook, department officials posted a photo of a recent barn fire in Ellicott City and photos of an …