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Maryland law is as follows for emergency vehicles, § 21-405. Operation of vehicles on approach of emergency vehicles or tow trucks.(a) In general. -- On the immediate approach of an emergency vehicle using audible and visual signals that meet the requirements of § 22-218 of this article or of a police vehicle lawfully using an audible signal, the driver of every other vehicle, unless otherwise directed by a police officer, shall yield the right-of-way.(b) Duty of driver upon approach of emergency vehicle. -- On the immediate approach of an emergency vehicle using audible and visual signals that meet the requirements of § 22-218 of this article or of a police vehicle lawfully using an audible signal, the driver of every other vehicle, unless otherwise directed by a police officer, shall drive immediately to a position parallel to and as close as possible to the edge or curb of the roadway, clear of any intersection.(c) Stopping until emergency vehicle passes. -- On the immediate approach of an emergency vehicle using audible and visual signals that meet the requirements of § 22-218 of this article or of a police vehicle lawfully using an audible signal, the driver of every other vehicle, unless otherwise directed by a police officer, shall stop and stay in this position until the emergency vehicle has passed.(d) Passing emergency or police vehicle. -- A driver, when proceeding in the same direction as an emergency or police vehicle, may not pass an emergency vehicle using audible and visual signals that meet the requirements of § 22-218 of this article or a police vehicle lawfully using an audible signal unless:(1) The emergency vehicle has stopped; or(2) Otherwise directed by a police officer.(e) Duty of driver upon approach of emergency vehicle or tow trucks on highway. -- Unless otherwise directed by a police officer or a traffic control device, when an emergency vehicle or a tow truck that is properly registered in accordance with § 13-920 of this article using any visual signal that meets the requirements of § 22-218 of this article is stopped, standing, or parked on a highway, the driver of a motor vehicle approaching the emergency vehicle or tow truck from the rear shall:(1) If practicable and not otherwise prohibited, make a lane change into an available lane not immediately adjacent to the emergency vehicle or tow truck with due regard for safety and traffic conditions; or(2) If the driver of the motor vehicle is unable to make a lane change in accordance with item (1) of this subsection, slow to a reasonable and prudent speed that is safe for existing weather, road, and vehicular or pedestrian traffic conditions.(f) Driver of emergency vehicle not relieved from duty of care. -- This section does not relieve the driver of an emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons. § 21-1109. Following fire apparatus prohibited; passing parking or backing emergency vehicles prohibited (a) Fire apparatus. -- Unless he is on official business, the driver of a vehicle may not:(1) Follow within 500 feet of any fire apparatus traveling in response to a fire alarm; or(2) Drive or park within 300 feet of any fire apparatus stopped in response to a fire alarm.(b) Passing parking or backing emergency vehicles. -- The driver of a vehicle may not pass an emergency vehicle within 100 feet of an entrance ramp of a fire or rescue station when the emergency vehicle is in the process of parking or backing. Maryland laws may be found here

These laws are in place to provide for the safety of our first responders and other drivers on the roads. Pulling to the right and stopping for emergency vehicles allows for safer passage, giving a full lane for emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the road allows for a safety buffer in case someone steps from behind a stopped vehicle. Giving room for emergency vehicles to back up or park prevents property damage if the driver has to change direction or pull forward. Please help keep us safe, just as we do our best to keep you safe!

AHA Hands Only CPR

Do you know what to do if someone suddenly collapses in front of you? Hands only CPR can make a difference in sudden cardiac arrest. The video below courtesy of the American Heart Association provides instruction.

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Steak Dinner!

West Side Volunteer Fire Dept. annual steak dinner is Sat April 8th. @ 5:30 PM dinner will be served until 7:30 PM. Following dinner stick around for music by Front Page News!

 

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June 3rd, 2016 0843hrs

Stations 9, 5, 12, 14 Dispatched for working chicken house fire. Station 9 units arrived on scene and reported chicken house fully involved. Requested Tankers from Dorchester County and tanker task force. Additional units requested to the scene from Delmar and Laurel, DE. At 0931 12-15 Chief Wilson requested a stand by unit to Station 12, Engine/Tanker 1-1 from Salisbury responded. The fire was placed under control at 1201HRS by command. Units remained on scene working until 1352HRS.

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May 29th, 2016 1440hrs

Station 12 dispatched for a Motor Vehicle Collision (MVC), reported vehicle rolled over. Station 12 untis, Paramedic A12, Rescue Engine 12, Squad 12 and Ambulance B12 responded. Upon arrival Paramedic A12 made contact with the occupant of the vehicle, Deputy 12 established command and assessed the scene. Paramedic A12 returned to service and Deputy 12 placed the situation under control turning the scene over to WCSO. Station 12 units returned to service.


May 13th, 2016 1300hrs

Station 12 dispatched for a Motor Vehicle Collision (MVC), reported vehicle off the road. Paramedic A12 already returning from an EMS call responded returning from PRMC. Paramedic B12 responded from West Side Volunteer Fire Dept. along with Rescue Engine 12. Units arrived on scene and confirmed a vehicle on it's side with no injuries reported. 12-17 placed the situation under control and turned the scene over to WCSO. Station 12 units returned to service.


May 2nd, 2016 2154hrs

Stations 12 (West Side) and 5 (Hebron) were dispatched for a Motor Vehicle Collision {MVC) with rescue, reported vehicle in to a structure. Paramedic A12 arrived on scene and confirmed a vehicle in to the garage portion of a house with the occupant able to self extricate. 12-15 confirmed no rescue and Station 5 units were returned. Station 12 fire units remained on scene and secured the structure. Paramedic A12 transported the vehicle occupant to PRMC.


Monday, April, 18, 2016

Hebron (Sta. 5), West Side (Sta. 12) and Mardela Springs (Sta. 9) were alerted for a working shed fire. The fire was reported on Quantico Rd across from West Side Primary School. Station 5 units arrived and quickly extingushed the fire. Stations 12 and 9 assisted with overhaul. After command placed the situation under control West Side units returned to quarters. Units responding were Engine/Tanker 5, Tanker 508, Engine/Tanker 1202, Tanker 12, Squad 12, Engine/Tanker 904, and Tanker 905.