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Some of the pictures and stories shown on the following pages may be disturbing. In many of these cases, the stories are tragic. People have been seriously injured and in some instances, killed. Those involved frequently have suffered very significant, sometimes permanent injuries. The patients, their families, and their friends have all suffered
as a result of these events.

We often receive calls from patients or their families asking us about what happened during an incident. The following photos and stories are provided, similar to a newspaper account, for educational and informational purposes. It is our hope that through education, tragic incidents such as these can be prevented.

Every Shaft member that responded to these calls send their thoughts and condolences
to everyone touched by these incidents.
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Fri. December 20th 2013
Collapse Rescue Box in Cumberland !

Submitted by Asst Chief 17B Roger Bennett
On Friday December 20, 2013 at 14:27 hours the Cumberland Fire Department Incident Commander upgraded a motor vehicle crash incident to include the Collapse Rescue Box. The incident involved two motor vehicles that crashed into a single family house at 317 Cecelia Street in Cumberland. Units responding on the call included Engine-Rescue 1-2, Ambulance 341 (Cumberland), Utility 17 (Shaft), Squad 3 (Bedford Road), Collapse 48, Lumber 48 (Allegany County Special Operations), and Cumberland Police Department. Two civilians were transported via ambulance to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The Collapse team shored the structure and utilities were secured. All units cleared the scene by 16:00. Supervisor 1-A had command.

Car hits house Cumberland Times-News December 20, 2013
CUMBERLAND — The driver of this car that ran into the home located at 317 Cecelia St. on Friday at 1:41 p.m. and an occupant of the house were both taken to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center by Cumberland Fire Department ambulance. The Allegany County Special Operations Collapse Team secured the home’s utilities and stabilized the structure after the car was removed, according to Cumberland Fire Department Capt. Tim Growden.


Thu. December 19th 2013
Apartment Fire on Box 16-01 !

Submitted by Asst Chief 17B Roger Bennett
On Thursday December 19, 2013 at 16:44 hours box area 16-01 was dispatched for an apartment fire located on 110 South Broadway Street in Frostburg. Units responding on the call included Engine 1-6-4, Truck 16, Utility 16, Squad 16, Command Unit 16 (Frostburg), Engine 1-7-2 (Shaft), Engine 1-5-2 (Mt Savage), Squad 18 RIT (Midland), and Truck 2 (LaVale). The fire was knocked down quickly and overhaul was completed. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries. All units cleared the scene by 18:00. Chief 16 had command.


Sun. December 8th 2013
Odor of Gas on Box 16-06 !

Submitted by Asst Chief 17B Roger Bennett
On Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 15:36 box area 16-06 was dispatched for the odor of gas in the building at 101 Braddock Road, Frostburg. The location of incident was the Lane Center at Frostburg State University. Units responding on the call included Truck 16, Engine 1-6-4, Squad 16, Command Unit 16 (Frostburg), Engine 1-7-2 (Shaft), Engine 81 (Eastern Garrett), Squad 18-RIT (Midland), and Truck 2 (LaVale). Crews evacuated the building, laddered the building in two locations along with sweeping the entire building with meters. The situation was corrected and all units cleared the scene by 16:45. Chief 16 had command.


Thu. December 5th 2013
Apartment Fire on Box 20-01 in Lonaconing !

Submitted by Asst Chief 17B Roger Bennett
On Thursday December 5, 2013 at approximately 12:30 box area 20-01 was dispatched for an apartment fire at 40 Main Street in Lonaconing. Units responding on the call included Engine-Rescue 2-0-1, Utility 20, Tanker 20 (Good Will), Engine 1-8-1, Brush 18 (Midland), Engine 1-9-2 (Barton Hose), and Engine 1-7-2-RIT (Shaft). The fire was small in nature, the situation was corrected and all units were placed in service by 13:30. Deputy Chief 20 had command.


Apartment Fire on Box 16 in Frostburg !

Submitted by Asst Chief 17B Roger Bennett
Again on Thursday December 5, 2013 at approximately 18:50 box area 16 was dispatched for an apartment fire at Bobcat Court in Frostburg. First arriving units discovered heavy smoke and fire showing. The alarm was immediately upgraded to a working assignment. Engine 1-6-4’s crew made entry and did a terrific job of knocking the fire quickly. If it would not have been for the sprinkler system activation, fire extension would have been more advanced. Units on the scene included but not limited to Engine 1-6-4, Truck 16, Squad 16, Utility 16 (Frostburg), Engine 1-7-2 (Shaft), Engine 81 (Eastern Garrett), Squad 18 (Midland), Engine-Tanker 9-3 (Cresaptown), Truck 2 (LaVale), Engine 1-5-2 (Mt Savage), and Engine-Rescue 2-0-1 (Goodwill) and Truck 24 (Piedmont) stood-by Company 16 Station 2. Overhaul was extensive; all units cleared the scene by approximately 21:00. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. Chief 16 had command.


Thu. November 28th 2013
Automatic Fire Alarm at Mountain Ridge High Scool !

Submitted by Asst Chief 17B Roger Bennett
On Thursday November 28, 2013 at 11:41 hours box area 16-02 was dispatched for an automatic alarm at Mountain Ridge High School, 100 Nancy S. Grasmick Lane in Frostburg. Units responding on the call included Truck 16, Command Unit 16, Engine 1-6-4 (Frostburg), Engine-Rescue 1-7-1 (Shaft), Truck 2 (LaVale), Engine 1-5-2 (Mt Savage), and Squad 18-RIT (Midland). Initial investigation detected a ruptured 4 inch water main from the boiler. Steam filled the hallways and several inches of water were cleaned up during the overhaul. All units cleared the scene by approximately 12:30. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries. Chief 16 had command.


Working House Fire in Lonaconing !

Submitted by Asst Chief 17B Roger Bennett
On Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 13:33 hours box area 20-01 was dispatched for a working house fire at 29 Robin Street in Lonaconing. Units responding on the call included Engine-Rescue 2-0-1, Tanker 20, Utility 20 (Good Will), Engine 1-8-2, Tanker 18, Squad 18 (Midland), Engine-Tanker 1-9-1 (Barton Hose), Engine-Rescue 1-7-1 (Shaft), Squad 22 (Potomac), Engine 36-11 (Bloomington), Engine-Tanker 1-4-3 (Clarysville), and Ambulance 3-5-1 (Tri-Towns). The fire was knocked quickly by first arriving units, extensive overhaul was needed. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries. All units cleared the scene by approximately 16:30. Deputy Chief 20 had command.


Tue. November 19th 2013
Working House Fire in Cresaptown !

Submitted by Asst Chief 17B Roger Bennett
On Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 13:49 box area 9-01 was dispatched for a working house fire at 12844 Darrows Lane in Cresaptown. Engine-Rescue 171 initially filled the RIT assignment but upon arrival to the scene was transferred to fire attack and overhaul duties. Companies responding units to the incident included Cresaptown, Bowling Green, LaVale, Ridgeley, Rawlings, Frostburg, Shaft, Corriganville, and Short Gap. Maryland State Police, Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, and Allegany County Fire Police provided traffic control. Chief 8 had command; there were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries or deaths. All units cleared the scene by 15:30.


Sat. October 5th 2013
Motor Vehicle into a Residence in Piedmont, WV !

Submitted by Asst Chief 17B Roger Bennett
On Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 21:56 Allegany County Special Operations Collapse box was dispatched to assist with a motor vehicle crash at 50 West Fairview Street in Piedmont, West Virginia. A moving vehicle had struck a utility pole, several parked vehicles, and a three story house. The house had a complete collapse of its two story porch. Deputy Chief 17 and Captain 17 from the collapse team responded to the scene and provided a technical assessment of the situation. Units attached to the call included Collapse 48 (Allegany County Special Operations), Engine 1-7-2 (Shaft), Squad 3 (Bedford Road), Engine 36-11 (Bloomington), Engine 24-11 (Tri-Towns), Ambulance 351 (Tri-Towns EMS) and Squad 22 (Potomac). There were no reports of civilian or firefighter injuries. Captain 24 had command. All units cleared the scene by 22:30.


Sun. September 22nd 2013
Tractor Trailer Fire On Box 17-06 !

Submitted by Asst Chief 17B Roger Bennett
On Sunday, September 22, 2013, at 06:42, box area 17-06 was dispatched for a tractor -trailer fire, Interstate 68, East Bound near the 33 mile marker. Units initially responding on the call included Engine-Rescue 171, Engine 172 (Shaft). Deputy Chief 17 was first on the scene and immediately upgraded the call to include two tankers because of fully involved tractor-trailer. After initially refusing treatment, the truck drive was transported to the hospital via Medic 364 (Frostburg). Tankers responding on the call included Tanker 80 (Eastern Garrett), and Tanker 18 (Midland). Other agencies responding on the call included Allegany County Hazardous Material Incident Response Team, Maryland State Police and Maryland State Highway Administration. Deputy Chief 17 had command; all units cleared the scene by 09:30.

Truck fire briefly closes eastbound Interstate 68 Michael A. Sawyers Cumberland Times-News September 22, 2013
MIDLOTHIAN — An ablaze cab portion of a tractor trailer greeted Shaft firefighters Sunday morning when they arrived at eastbound Interstate 68 near the Midlothian exit. The initial alert was at 6:42 a.m. The firefight grew to include Midland and Eastern Garrett responders and closed eastbound traffic for 45 minutes or so, an Allegany County 911 dispatcher said. The county’s hazardous material team drained fuel from the truck’s tanks.

“The fire started in the engine compartment,” said Shaft Fire Chief Scott Yates. “There were a total of 15 firefighters at the scene. The truck was hauling cleaning supplies.” Maryland State Police defined the product as Ajax soap. The driver pulled the 2010 Volvo tractor to the side after seeing smoke and told state police that the brakes locked up. The driver got out and saw fire coming from beneath the cab, police said. He ran away from the fire, calling 911.

He told police that the tractor was fully ablaze within minutes. The driver fell when running from the fire and was transported to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center by Frostburg Area Ambulance for a hip injury, police said. The trailer had minimal damage and the soap was not affected. State Highway Administration assisted during the road closure


Sun. September 14th 2013
Shed Fire On Box 16-05 !

Submitted by Asst Chief 17B Roger Bennett
On Sunday, September 14, 2013, at 17:28 box area 16-05 was dispatched for a shed fire at 90 Walnut Street in Frostburg. First arriving units on the scene found a fully involved shed with one other structure in danger. The fire was quickly extinguished with little collateral damage to the other structure. Units responding on the call included Command 16, Engine 164, Truck 16 (Frostburg), Engine-Rescue 171 (Shaft), Squad 18-RIT (Midland) and Office of the State Fire Marshal. Chief 16 had command. All units cleared the scene by 18:00.

Shed Fire Spread to Neighbors Property Cumberland Times-News September 16, 2013
FROSTBURG — A shed at 90 Walnut St. was damaged Saturday afternoon by fire that spread from a neighboring property where the owner had a permit to raze his shed, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office. The fire that was started by Gordon Opel was ruled accidental by the deputy state fire marshal. It caused $1,000 in damage to a shed owned by Jonathan Harris. It took 10 volunteer firefighters from Frostburg and Shaft 15 minutes to bring the blaze reported at 5:28 p.m. under control.


Wed. September 11th 2013
Kitchen Fire in the Building On Box 16-1 !

Submitted by Asst Chief 17B Roger Bennett
On Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 19:20, box area 16-1 was dispatched to 110 South Water Street in Frostburg, at the College Garden Apartments for a kitchen fire. The fie was quickly extinguished upon the arrival of the first arriving units. Deputy Chief 16 had command. Units responding on the call included Engine 1-6-4, Engine 1-6-2, Truck 16 (Frostburg), Engine-Rescue 1-7-1 (Shaft), and Squad 18 (RIT) (Midland). There was no reported civilian or firefighter injuries. All units cleared the scene by 19:45.


Tue. September 10th 2013
Kitchen Fire in the Building On Box 16-6 !

Submitted by Asst Chief 17B Roger Bennett
On Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 18:31. box area 16-6 was dispatched for an automatic alarm at 101 Braddock Road in Frostburg. Verification by the 911 Center confirmed a kitchen fire at Frostburg State University’s Chesapeake Hall. Chief 16 arrived on scene and assumed command with smoke showing. Units dispatched on the working fire assignment included Engine 1-6-4, Truck 16, Command Unit 16, Squad 16 (Frostburg), Engine-Rescue 1-7-1 (Shaft), Engine 81 (Eastern Garrett), Squad 18 (RIT) (Midland) Air 14, Utility 14 (Clarysville), Truck 2 (LaVale), Engine-Rescue 9-2 (Cresaptown), Truck 24 (Piedmont), Engine-Rescue 2-0-1 (Good Will), Office of the State Fire Marshal, and Frostburg State University Police Department. The fire was contained to the kitchen area with no civilian or firefighter injuries. All units cleared the scene by 20:00.

Grease in kitchen grill catches fire at university dining hall Cumberland Times-News August 29, 2013
FROSTBURG — Dining hall employees used a fire extinguisher to douse a fire that broke out in a kitchen grill at the Frostburg State University Chesapeake Dining Hall early Tuesday evening. The fire alarm in the FSU dining hall at 101 Braddock Road activated at 6:31 p.m., but the sprinkler system did not activate.

Fifty-five volunteer firefighters responded to the scene upon alert by the Allegany County 911 Center. Aramark company employees at the dining hall reportedly extinguished the fire. Occupants of the dining hall evacuated without incident. The dining hall reopened after the incident, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The fire was determined to be accidental and due to an accumulation of grease within the grill, according to Deputy Fire Marshal Ryan Chapman. Damage to dining hall contents was estimated at $250. There was no structural damage. Frostburg, Shaft, Midland, LaVale, Cresaptown, Mount Savage, Goodwill, Clarysville, Eastern Garrett and Piedmont volunteer fire departments responded. Units were on the call for about two hours, according to the 911 center.


Sun. September 8th 2013
Working House Fire On Box 9-03 !

Submitted by Asst Chief 17B Roger Bennett
On Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 01:17 box area 9-03 was dispatched for a working house fire at 14317 Old Lake Drive in Bel Air. Initial units dispatched on the call included Engine-Rescue 9-2, Engine 9-1, Squad 9, Ambulance 399, Command Unit 9 (Cresaptown), Engine 23-13 (Ridgeley) Quint Rescue 8, Engine 8-1 (Bowling Green), Engine-Rescue -2-1, Truck 2 Squad 2 (LaVale). The working fire assignment and 2nd alarm were dispatched to the scene also. Those units included Engine-Rescue 1-7-1 RIT (Shaft), Squad 16 (Frostburg), Engine-Rescue 4-7-1 (Rawlings), Squad 22 (Potomac), Ambulance 374 (LaVale), Ambulance 364 (Frostburg), Engine 34 (Short Gap), Engine-Tanker 14-1 (Clarysville), Engine 3-1 (Bedford Road), and Office of the State Fire Marshal, Maryland State Police, and Allegany County Sheriff’s Office. Two civilians and one firefighter were taken to the hospital via ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. Chief 9 had command; all units cleared the scene by 04:00.

Three hurt in apartment fire Two families homeless in Bel Air blaze; LaVale Lions building roof suffers damage on Sunday Cumberland Times-News August 29, 2013
CUMBERLAND — A fire at a Bel Air duplex early Sunday slightly injured three people, including one firefighter and left two families homeless, emergency services officials said. All three of those injured were treated and released from the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. The two-alarm fire, reported about 1 a.m., was on Old Lake Drive and brought out more than a dozen companies from two states to fight the blaze. Damage reports were unavailable Sunday.

A seperate fire occurred Sunday at the LaVale Lions Club barbecue building on Braddock Road. The blaze was reported about 8:30 a.m. as club members were preparing chicken to sell for the September barbecue. Firefighters were called and club members evacuated. No one was hurt although the Sunday chicken sales had to be cancelled. Charles Croft, the club secretary, said club leaders will meet with an insurance adjuster this week. While the damage is not extensive, the club won’t know the cost of the damage until speaking with the adjuster. The fire started in one of the exhaust fans above the cooking pit, and did some damage to the roof, Croft said. The fire put a little bit of a damper on good sales through the weekend. “We had a really good barbecue, it was going well. Hopefully, we’ll have everything rebuilt for the October barbecue,” Croft said. The building is still usable, said Croft. “We had a great response from the fire companies,” Croft said.


CO Detector at College Garden Apartments On Box 16-01 !

Submitted by Asst Chief 17B Roger Bennett
On Sunday, September 8, 2013 at approximately 23:00 box area 16-01 was dispatched for a Co detector activated at College Garden Apartments, 110 Broadway Street in Frostburg. Initial Units responding on the call included Engine 1-6-4, Truck 16, and Command Unit 16. Chief 16 had command. At 23:32 the call was upgraded with an additional engine and ambulance. Ambulance 364 (Frostburg), and Engine-Rescue 1-7-1 responded to the scene. Columbia Gas was brought to the scene to assist. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. All units cleared the scene 00:50.


Wed. August 28th 2013
Injured Miner On Box 17-01 !

Submitted by Asst Chief 17B Roger Bennett
On Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 10:06, Box area 17-01 was dispatched for an injured person at the Vindex mine located on Cabin Run Road in Shaft. Units responding on the incident included Utility 17 (Shaft), and Ambulance 364 (Frostburg). One patient was transported in stable condition with possible fractures from a machinery accident. Chief 17 had command. All units cleared the scene by 10:45.

Worker Injured at Mining Site Cumberland Times-News August 29, 2013
SHAFT — An employee injured by a piece of equipment at a mining site on Cabin Run Road was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center on Wednesday morning, according to the Allegany County 911 Center.

The worker was in stable condition with a leg fracture when Frostburg Area Ambulance Service transported him to the hospital following the 10:06 a.m. incident. The Shaft Volunteer Fire Department also responded.



Fri. August 16th 2013
HOUSE FIRE WITH BURN PATIENT !

Submitted by Asst Chief 17B Roger Bennett
On Friday, August 16, 2013 at 19:56 box area 14-01 was dispatched for a house fire involving a burn patient located at 17004 Eckhart Cemetery Road in Eckhart. The fire was quickly knocked down by the home owners. One patient was transported via ambulance to the Greater Cumberland Airport were they were airlifted to the UPMC Mercy Burn Center in Pittsburg, PA by Maryland State Police Helicopter Trooper 5. Units responding on the incident included Engine 164, Engine 162 (Frostburg), Engine-Tanker 141 (Clarysville), Engine-Rescue 171 (Shaft), and Ambulance 364 (Frostburg). Chief 16 had command; all units cleared the scene by 21:00.

MVC WITH ROLLOVER AND ENTRAPMENT !

Submitted by Asst Chief 17B Roger Bennett
On Friday, August 16, 2013 at 23:58, box area 16-07 was dispatched for a single vehicle crash involving a roll-over near mile-marker 38, east bound, Interstate 68. The crashed vehicle was noticed by a truck driver viewing the vehicle well off the roadway. After a well involved extrication, the patient was transported via ambulance to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center via ambulance. Units responding on the incident included Engine 162, Squad 16 (Frostburg), Engine-Rescue 171, Utility 17 (Shaft), Squad 18 (Midland), Ambulance 364 (Frostburg), and Maryland State Police. Chief 16 had command; all units cleared the scene by 01:30.

Mon. July 22nd 2013
Midland 2nd Alarm House Fire with Entrapment !

Submitted by Asst Chief 17B Roger Bennett
On Monday, July 22, 2013 at 01:21 hours, box area 18-1 was dispatched for a working house fire at 19821 Big Lane in Midland. Upon the first units arriving on scene, the assignment was upgraded to a second alarm because of confirmed entrapment. The victim was located and removed from the structures by firefighters and transported to the hospital via ambulance with life threatening injuries. Units responding on the call included: Engine 1-8-2, Engine 1-8-1, Squad 18 (Midland), Engine-Rescue 2-0-1, Utility 20, Tanker 20 (Good Will), Engine Rescue 1-7-1 (Shaft), Engine-Tanker 1-9-1-RIT (Barton), Engine-Tanker 2-2-3 (Potomac), Engine 1-6-2 (Frostburg), Squad 2 (LaVale), Engine 9-2 Cresaptown), Engine 8-1(Bowling Green), Engine 81 (Eastern Garrett), Engine-Tanker 1-4-1 (Clarysville), Engine 24-11 (Piedmont, WV), Engine 5-2 (Corriganville), Valley Ambulance, Ambulance 364 (Frostburg), Ambulance 363 (Georges Creek), Potomac Edison, Columbia Gas, Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, and the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM). Chief 18 had command. Most all units cleared the scene by 04:00. Midland Fire Department maintained a unit on the scene with the OSFM for fire investigation.

Firefighter rescued from burning home Midland man in critical condition; found lying unconscious on kitchen floor
Jeffrey Alderton Cumberland Times-News July 23, 2013

MIDLAND — A Midland volunteer firefighter was hospitalized with smoke inhalation injuries early Monday after he was found lying unconscious on the kitchen floor of his residence at 19821 Big Lane Ave., according to Midland Volunteer Fire Chief Donnie Sweitzer. Denzel Halbritter, 24, was found lying on the kitchen floor at 1:20 a.m. Halbritter, who is a seven-year member of the Midland Volunteer Fire Department, was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition late Monday morning, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Sweitzer said Hallbritter was rescued by Midland firefighters Jessie James and Billy Spiker after they were told by Hallbritter’s father, who was outside, that his son was inside the two-story residence that was filling with fire and smoke. “James and Spiker were in full gear and were starting up the steps to the second floor when they caught a glimpse of the victim in the kitchen on the first floor near the back door. James pulled him out of the house as Spiker worked to extinguish the fire that was encroaching on the kitchen at that time.

“The victim was taken outside, where he was immediately given first aid by Frostburg Area Ambulance and Valley Medical Transport that was passing through the area at the time,” said Sweitzer, who is a brother-in-law to the victim. Initial investigation by a team of state fire investigators determined the fire began in a central first-floor room of the residence. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. Property damage was estimated at $50,000.

The fire was reported to the Allegany County emergency dispatch center in a single 911 call that was placed by the victim’s father, who was reportedly at a location in Gilmore. Officials said the victim had called his father to inform him that their residence in Midland was on fire and the victim’s father then called 911. An estimated 60 volunteer firefighters responded to the incident. First-arriving Midland firefighters found a working fire and upgraded the alert to a second alarm at that time. The fire was brought under control within 20 minutes of the response.

Good Will, Shaft, Potomac, Barton, Frostburg, Clarysville, Bowling Green, Piedmont (W.Va.), Cresaptown, Corriganville and Eastern Garrett volunteer fire departments responded along with Frostburg and George Creek ambulances. Potomac Edison and Columbia Gas personnel also responded. Sweitzer said he was headed to the hospital to check on his brother-in-law’s medical condition. “It was an excellent job on the parts of firefighters James and Spiker,” Sweitzer said.

Shaft and Good Will volunteer firefighters had entered the residence and were searching the second floor when the victim was discovered, according to Roger Bennett, 911 director, who is a member of the Shaft Volunteer Fire Department.


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