Have the chimney inspected annually and cleaned if necessary, especially if it has not been used for some time.
• Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire.
• Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace opening, to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out, unwanted material from going in, and help prevent the possibility of burns to occupants.
• Don’t use excessive amounts of paper to build roaring fires in fireplaces. It is possible to ignite creosote in the chimney by overbuilding the fire.
• Never burn charcoal indoors. Burning charcoal can give off lethal amounts of carbon monoxide.
• Keep flammable materials away from your fireplace mantel. A spark from the fireplace could easily ignite these materials.
• Before you go to sleep, be sure your fireplace fire is out. NEVER close your damper with hot ashes in the fireplace. A closed damper will help the fire to heat up again and will force toxic carbon monoxide into the house.
• If synthetic logs are used, follow the directions on the package. NEVER break a synthetic log apart to quicken the fire or use more than one log at a time. They often burn unevenly, releasing higher levels of carbon monoxide
A two vehicle crash Tuesday evening on Rt. 50 at the base of the West Bound Span of the Bay Bridge sent one driver to the hospital. The accident occurred when an eastbound passenger car struck the rear of a car who had stopped to avoid hitting another car in front of them. The road was open for one lane of traffic while Firefighters/EMT’s provided care to the injured patient.
Chief Thomas had Command. Units responding were Rescue 1, Engine 14, Chief 1, and Paramedic 10 Responded with 16 volunteers.
Shortly after clearing the incident, units returned to service and when pulling into the station, Engine 14 and Ambulance 1 were alerted for a medical call in the 1-10.
At 18:59 Units were dispatched for an accident in the Box 1-6. PM 100 arrived to find a single car vs. ditch and advised no entrapment. The patient was already out and had minor injuries which was place in care of PM 100.
Units responded Chief 1, Rescue 1, Engine 14, Ambulance 10, and Paramedic 100 responded with 22 volunteers
At 1823hrs, Stations 1,2,3,9, and AACO 19 was dispatched to 1871 Harbor drive for commercial building fire. Paramedic 300 Crews arrived to find a pile of debris burning next to a building. Engine 12’s crew extinguished the fire.
A/Chief Schlotterbeck established command, which was turned over to Maryland State Fire Marshall for farther investigated.
Units were on scene, Chief 1 Chief 10, Engine 12, Engine-Tanker 1, Tower 1, Engine 14, Rescue 1, and Ambulance 10 with 33 volunteers.
Station 1, 2,3,9 were dispatched for a 1st due house fire on 1st Street in Chester, MD. Companies arrived to find a pile of debris burning next to a residence. Engine-Tanker 1’s personnel, at the direction of Command, split into two crews: one crew searched and cleared the residence with smoke inside the building while the other crew took the 1 ½ hose and extinguished the fire. Engine-tanker 1 and Engine 12 remained on scene for approx. 1 hour before being released. 22 members responded to the fire. 1st Asst. Fire Chief Schulz had command.
Sunday, November 16, 2014 2057 hrs Station #1 alerted for a small fuel Spill on 401 THOMPSON CREEK RD at the fuel station. Rescue 1, Chief 1 and POV responded with 14 Volunteers. 2nd Asst chief (Paul Schlotterbeck) arrived on scene confirming reports of a car with an active leak from the fuel tank. Rescue 1 crew used an air bag to lift the car to stop the leaking. Absorbent was applied to the spill.
2nd Asst Chief Schlotterbeck was the Incident Commander.