Public Saftey

Marylanders urged to guard against tickborne diseases

Following Governor Wes Moore’s proclamation of May as Tickborne Disease Awareness Month in Maryland, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) recently launched a Tickborne Disease awareness campaign urging Marylanders to take simple precautions to prevent illness caused by infected ticks. The warmer spring weather means increased risk of tickborne disease[Read More…]

Two Washington County volunteer EMS companies start transitioning staff to county employment

The Washington County Board of County Commissioners approves a transition plan to shift the Volunteer Emergency Medical Services (EMS) companies career staffing into County employment. The Division of Emergency Services is authorized to begin transitioning the Volunteer EMS companies career staffing into county employment in the late Spring of 2023.[Read More…]

Spring brings greater risk of wildfire in Maryland

Spring wildfire season has begun in Maryland, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources urges residents across the state to prepare and help prevent wildfires. Wildfire occurrence is highest in the spring and fall when forest fuels are the driest and weather conditions — warm, dry, and windy — are[Read More…]

Preparing for a transport disaster, Part I: How is Hancock positioned to handle train or truck emergencies?

by Geoff Fox In 2023, train derailments, toxic spills and other transport-related emergencies have been making headlines across the country. The most notable incident was a train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio which spilled a variety of toxic chemicals, and resulted in a fire that evacuated the immediate area for[Read More…]

Hancock Fire Department gets wildland fire protection grant

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Service announced the awarding of Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grants to 53 volunteer fire departments in 15 counties across the state. The projects to be funded help volunteer fire companies enhance their wildland fire protection in rural communities. Hancock Volunteer Fire Department[Read More…]