Emergency workers will test their abilities to respond to a large-scale, mass-casualty accident in an exercise scheduled tomorrow in the Security Square area.
The Baltimore County Fire Department and Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will organize and oversee the drill. Participating agencies include the State Highway Administration, the Maryland State Police, the Maryland Transit Administration and hospitals.
The emergency preparedness incident will occur on eastbound Interstate 70 near the park-and-ride at Security Boulevard and will involve numerous pieces of emergency equipment. Residents are warned they could see and hear unusual activity beginning about 8 a.m.
All of I-70 inside the Baltimore Beltway will be closed in both directions, from the park-and-ride to Interstate 695, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Message boards will be in place to direct traffic, and travelers may use Security Boulevard as an alternate route.
The scenario involves an accident between two MTA buses and a box truck. About 100 patients will be triaged, treated and transported to Northwest and Sinai hospitals. Another 160 patients will be sent to Franklin Square Hospital Center, St. Joseph Medical Center and Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Five patients from GBMC will be evaluated at the Sheppard Pratt Health System.
Lightning starts fire at condos
About a dozen people were displaced and two firefighters were injured after a three-alarm fire that was sparked by a lightning strike Thursday evening, fire officials said yesterday.
According to fire officials, lightning caused a fire about 7:15 p.m. at a three-story condominium complex in the first block of Juliet Lane in Perry Hall. About 100 firefighters were needed to extinguish the blaze, officials said.
One firefighter was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and another to Franklin Square Hospital Center, where they were treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening, officials said.
The fire caused about $1.2 million in damage, fire officials said.
Council to move up meeting times
During June, July and August, the Baltimore County Council will move up its meetings by an hour, to 6 p.m.
The council meets on the first and third Mondays of the month on the second floor of the Court House, 400 Washington Ave., Towson.
The council will continue to hold work sessions at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays before council meetings.
Students, teacher honored for service
Two Baltimore County high school seniors and one middle school teacher have been honored for their dedication to service learning.
Laura Pleines, who attends Eastern Technical High School in Essex, and Jazmin Nicole Daniels, of Owings Mills' New Town High School, were recognized this week as Maryland Student Service Stars by the state Department of Education.
Pleines completed more than 235 hours, according to information provided to MSDE. She worked with Kids Helping Hopkins, the Builders Club at Parkville Middle School, Elmwood Elementary School's summer camp and others. She also helped start a book drive for New Orleans libraries.
Daniels fulfilled 1,450 service learning hours since she was a sixth-grader, working with children with severe behavioral problems and the elderly, according to the MSDE.
In addition, Karen Barthlow, a sixth-grade reading and mathematics teacher at Pine Grove Middle School in Carney, was named a Service Learning Fellow. Among her accomplishments, Barthlow's students were the top fundraisers for the Children's Cancer Foundation, bringing in $16,451. As a fellow, she'll offer her expertise as a mentor to other teachers, writing service learning curricula.
Knox Avenue stretch to close
A section of Knox Avenue, between Falls and Gent roads in Cockeysville, will be closed from Monday through Sunday, June 25, to allow a private contractor to construct two culverts, officials said.
Traffic will be detoured to Falls and Gent roads during construction.
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