Thursday, December 6, 2012
The money will be used for an exhaust removal system that prevents the buildup of carcinogens on firefighters' clothing.
All three of fire stations in the city of Annapolis will be getting a new exhaust removal system thanks to a $202,499 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "It’s a big deal for us," Battalion Chief John Menassa said. "It’s a technology that’s been around for a while, but it’s just been cost prohibitive." The Back-In Track Vehicle Exhaust Removal System hangs from the ceiling of a fire station with a long hose coming out. Firefighters will connect the hose to the tail pipe of their trucks to suck up the exhaust fumes that are produced when the trucks idle inside the station. The hose will disconnect as the trucks drive out of the station. "All of our gear is in the bay area with the trucks, and the carcinogens in the …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Two Annapolis firefighters deployed to Garrett County to assist in its recovery efforts.
Two Annapolis firefighters were sent to Garrett County Thursday to help recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Scott Keninitz and David Dushkin left Annapolis at noon after the Maryland Emergency Management Agency requested assistance, according to an announcement. Sandy dumped 2 feet of snow and took out the power for more than 80 percent of Garrett County, according to The Baltimore Sun. The county's emergency responders have been overwhelmed, and The Sun reports their abilities to clear roads and help residents have been hindered by dozens of fallen trees. Keninitz and Dushkin are members of an Urban Search and Rescue team, known as Maryland Taskforce 2. The team specializes in search and rescue operations, trench and collapse rescues and high-…
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Annapolis firefighters responded to a second floor house fire on Cedar Park Road.
UPDATE: (Monday, 10:13 a.m.)—Annapolis firefighters responded to a fire in a single-family home in the Admiral Heights neighborhood around 5 p.m. on Sunday. A passerby noticed smoke coming from the second-floor window of a home in the 1700 block of Cedar Park Road, said Battalion Chief John Menassa. No one was home at the time of the fire, and Menassa said the owners were in the process of renovating it. Fire investigators from the Annapolis Fire and Explosives Services Unit determined the fire was accidental—started by items left too close to a heat source. Smoke spread throughout the second floor of the home and caused damages in excess of $10,000, Menassa said.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Charges have been filed in connection with the theft of money firefighters raised selling breast cancer awareness T-shirts.
Police have charged an Annapolis man in the theft of more than $1,000 from a safe at the fire station at 620 Taylor Ave. The money belongs to the firefighters' union and is part of a breast cancer awareness fundraiser. Firefighters are selling pink T-shirts from the Taylor Avenue station for $12 each in October to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Fund. "We feel pretty badly about what's happened, but we hope we can sell a few more of the T-shirts and re-coup some of the money," said Battalion Chief John Menassa. "We hope to make some sort of donation to the Susan G. Komen fund, but at this point we are going to do what we can with what we have and go from there." Steve Miller, the on-duty acting EMS supervisor at the Taylor Avenue …