Public Saftey

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…]

Hancock Police Report

Hancock Police reported the following arrests and incidents from the week of Monday, December 5, through Sunday, December 18: December 5 Check well-being 200 block West Main Street. Warrant Service. Warrant served on Kiersten Yeakle, 25,  of Hancock. Accident. Property. 200 block West Main Street. December 6 Accident. Property damage[Read More…]

RSV makes early appearance this season, poses threat to young patients

Public health officials have already seen an increase in respiratory viruses affecting children and infants this season, and recommend precautions to stem the spread to others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Health Alert for Rhinoviruses (RSV) and Enterovirus (EV) last month, saying doctors and nurses[Read More…]

Health officials say it’s time for flu shots & COVID booster

by Kate Evans It’ s almost time for flu season to start and COVID-19 cases are increasing in the area. Protect yourself and family by getting your annual flu shot soon, public health officials say. They are recommending getting a COVID-19 vaccination or updated COVID booster shot at the same[Read More…]

Hancock first responders will get new portable radios under $1.9 million FEMA grant

The Washington County Board of County Commissioners announced the Division of Emergency Services, in collaboration with Potomac Valley Volunteer Fire Company, was awarded a “Regional” Assistance for Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for $1.9 million. The funds are to be used by various volunteer fire and EMS[Read More…]