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Baltimore County Fire and Police departments will participate tomorrow in a disaster training exercise organized by Northwest Hospital. The drill will take place at 5401 Old Court Road from 8 a.m. to noon.

There will be a visible Fire, EMS and Police presence as a result of this exercise. This is a drill; area residents should not be alarmed.

The training scenario involves a fictitious 8,000-gallon fuel spill at a Randallstown gas station. The spill is the result of a collision between a bus and a gasoline tanker.

Public safety agencies and hospitals in Baltimore County and across the region train regularly for all manner of disasters.

The 105th Recruit Class of the Baltimore County Fire-Rescue Academy graduated last night in a ceremony held at Dundalk High School, 1901 Delvale Avenue, 21222.

This graduating class comprises 20 recruits, including 13 men and 7 women. The recruits graduate as Probationary Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).

Fire Chief John Hohman and Fire Director Jennifer Aubert-Utz presented the recruits with their diplomas.

105th EMTs

The new graduates will be assigned to career fire stations around the county and will remain on probationary status for two years. The recruits are:

Kelsey Adams, Station 10 Parkville
John An, Station 17 Texas
John Bangerd, Station 11 Hillendale
Ashley Bowers, Station 14 Brooklandville
Rasheena Butts, Station 17 Texas
Matthew Clancy, Station 11 Hillendale
Cristin Crooks, Station 58 Back River Neck
Michael Frey, Station 12 Middle River
Anton Griffin, Station 12 Middle River
Jonathan Harman, Station 2 Pikesville
Joshua Hess, Station 3 Woodlawn
Holly Ludwig, Station 1 Towson
David Schultz, Station 56 Franklin
Kathryn Smith, Station 11 Hillendale
Vincent Tabares, Station 7 Essex
Brandon Thomas, Station 17 Texas
Shar Thompson-Godoy, Station 6 Dundalk
Beth Wagenfuehr, Station 14 Brooklandville
Adam Webster, Station 10 Parkville
Marco Williams, Station 4 Catonsville

EMTs are crucial members of the team at any fire station. Of the over 118,830 incidents in 2013 that Baltimore County Fire and EMS crews responded to, 92,550 were EMS incidents. That represents over 75 percent of calls for the year.

Baltimore County Police are confirming an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct at the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company in Precinct 3/Franklin.

The investigation began in mid-January, after Baltimore County Fire Department officials became aware of possible misconduct at the Reisterstown VFC and notified police.

Yesterday, the Baltimore County Fire Department suspended without pay two male fire department employees who are also Reisterstown VFC members. Both were suspended after the execution of a search warrant. One is a Probationary Emergency Medical Technician; the other is an EMT/Firefighter. These are non-supervisory positions.

There are 35 volunteer fire companies in Baltimore County that work with the Fire Department to provide fire suppression and EMS services. These volunteer companies are independent corporations with their own boards of directors and command staffs.

The investigation remains ongoing and is expected to conclude within the next few weeks. No charges have been filed at this time.

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