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Firefighter health focus at Hopkins

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. government to help research the high number of heart attacks suffered by firefighters, according to Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin.

Johns Hopkins is working with the National Volunteer Fire Council and will study firefighter fitness programs and ways to reduce preventable heart conditions. Heart attacks are a leading cause of death for firefighters, according to the senators.

"Firefighters risk their lives to protect our citizens, and we must provide researchers with the tools they need to ensure our first responders' health and safety," Cardin said in a statement.

The funds were awarded as part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Mikulski is a member of the Homeland Security appropriations subcommittee, and Cardin is a member of the Senate Budget committee.

Baltimore County


Helicopter used in woman's rescue

A woman who injured her back while walking her dog on a wooded trail near Prettyboy Reservoir yesterday afternoon had to be rescued because she could not describe where she was when she called for help, said Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman Elise Armacost.

"The biggest problem we had was locating her," Armacost said.

To find the woman, Baltimore County police dispatched a helicopter to search for her. Once rescuers spotted her, a basket was dropped from the helicopter and the woman was taken a short distance to a spot more accessible to medical units and an ambulance.

Armacost said the short trip by basket did not constitute a "helicopter rescue," but the basket maneuver did help in getting assistance to the woman more quickly.

The woman was taken to Sinai Hospital. The injury to her back was not life-threatening, Armacost said.

Armacost said it was a "fairly routine medical call" aside from initial problems finding the woman, who had called for help on her cell phone after sitting down to rest on a rock.

Kevin Rector



MTA Park & Ride lot is to reopen today

The Mondawmin Transit Center Park & Ride Lot is set to reopen today, according to Maryland Transit Administration officials. The lot - which includes 140 spaces - is to provide parking for the public transit center and the redeveloped Mondawmin Mall, the MTA said.

Information on Park & Ride lots: www.mtamaryland.com, or 410-539-5000.

Baltimore County

Road work

Crondall Lane stretch to close 10 weeks

The Baltimore County will close Crondall Lane between Cronhill Drive and Garrison Forest Road tomorrow for 10 weeks to relocate utilities and replace a culvert that conducts a small stream below the road.

During construction, Crondall Lane traffic will be detoured to Gwynnbrook Avenue and Owings Mills Boulevard.

Work is scheduled to be completed Aug. 29.


Recycling center to close permanently

The county will permanently close the Northwest Area Recycling Center on June 29 because of persistent dumping. The drop-off center next to the Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Station at 10010 Liberty Road in Randallstown will not be relocated.

Residents living in single-family homes or townhouses who have been using the recycling center are encouraged to participate in the county's weekly trash and recycling program. Those in need of a trash/recycling collection schedule and program guide can call the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 410-887-2000.

Apartment/condominium residents who have been using the recycling center also may call 410-887-2000 for information on recycling options and multifamily properties where recycling might be expanded.


Leadership group, UPS plan jobs session

Leadership Through Athletics has announced a new corporate partnership with United Parcel Service and will hold a recruiting session with UPS at 4:30 p.m. today at 2900 Hammonds Ferry Road, Lansdowne.

Those 17 and older can learn about the shipping company and about careers and job opportunities with UPS.

Information: 410-737-2117.


Have lunch Saturday with firefighters

Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company is inviting the public to have lunch with its members from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Fuddrucker's, 1700 Reisterstown Road.

Fuddrucker's will give a percentage of all sales during that time to the volunteer fire company from patrons who show a flier to their waiter when ordering.

Fliers can be obtained at www.pvfd32.org or picked up at the firehouse, 40 E. Sudbrook Lane.

Information: 410-486-9834.

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