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Hardwire, LLC Donates Ballistic Reeves Stretcher to Ocean City Fire Department

On Wednesday, June 19, the Ocean City Fire Department was the proud recipient of a ballistic Reeves stretcher, thanks to Hardwire, LLC.  Representatives from Hardwire, a local armor and survivability company located in Pocomoke City, presented the donation at the Maryland State Firemen’s Association’s Annual Conference.

The stretcher, which has the same functionality and flexibility as the current stretcher used on all EMS units but also provides ballistic protection for the first responders, was developed by Hardwire, using the collaborated input of the Ocean City Fire Department and Maryland State Police First Sgt. Keith Runk.

“The Ocean City Fire Department appreciates the donation of this innovative product,” said Deputy Fire Chief, Chuck Barton.  “This equipment is not only very useful, but provides protection to our staff as well.”

Hardwire, who has become the largest producer of Dyneema armor in the world, manufactures a number of composite-based armor products, including bulletproof shields, clipboards, whiteboards, and backpack inserts which are being used to protect police forces, SWAT teams, and most recently, schools across the country.  “As a Worcester County company, we are thankful for the hard work of our brave firemen and women in the Ocean City Fire Department,” said George Tunis, Hardwire CEO.  “We build armor that protects soldiers, policemen, students, and teachers, and believe our first responders deserve the best equipment.  The bulletproof stretcher donation is meant to protect those that protect us.”

 

 

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Make Safety First on July Fourth

july 4The Ocean City Fire Department would like to remind the visitors and citizens of the danger involved with consumer fireworks as the July 4th holiday approaches. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that in 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 structure fires, 400 vehicle fires and 16,300 outside and other fires.  These fires resulted in an estimated 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.

“On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, which is more than any other cause of fire,” said Ocean City Fire Marshal David Hartley.  “In addition to causing damage, fireworks can cause injuries and we want people to be safe during their holiday stay in Ocean City. The safety and wellbeing of all residents and visitors of the Town of Ocean City is the primary goal of the Ocean City Fire Department.”

Although the State of Maryland has approved the use of ground-based sparkling devices such as cylindrical and cone fountains, these are not legal to use or possess in Ocean City. All other fireworks that may be sold in neighboring states are not legal for use by the general public anywhere in Maryland. 

Within the Town of Ocean City, products such as handheld Gold labeled sparklers, “Snap-N-Pops”, “Black Cobra Snakes”, and “Party Poppers” are allowed to be used and possessed without a license.  However, injuries and property damage may still occur from these types of products, so parental supervision is always encouraged. 

Maryland law prohibits the shipping or transportation of fireworks into the state if the fireworks are to be possessed, used, sold, or distributed by citizens of Maryland.  Illegal fireworks found are subject to seizure by law enforcement authorities, and persons found in possession of illegal fireworks with the intent to use them run the risk of both criminal charges and the confiscation of the fireworks.  Fines for possession of illegal fireworks may be as much as $250, and those found selling or distributing illegal fireworks may be fined as much as $1000. 

Anyone with questions pertaining to fireworks should contact the Ocean City Fire Department, Office of the Fire Marshal at 410-289-8780.

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Moore Boat Delivers New Fire Boat to Ocean City Fire Department

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The Ocean City Fire Department has a new piece of equipment to add to their fleet, thanks to the delivery of Moore Boat’s Moore Fire 32 on Tuesday, June 11. Representatives from the Ocean City Fire Department and Moore Boat met at the Fire Department’s bayside boat dock on 13th Street to make the official exchange of equipment. 

“This day is a couple of years in the making,” said Ocean City Fire Department Chief Chris Larmore.  “There has been a lot of research, planning, and just plain hard work put into the building of this vessel.  I am really proud of the final product and I can’t wait to show the residents and visitors of Ocean City what this boat is capable of thanks to the hard work of our employees and our partners at Moore Boat.”

The Moore Fire 32, which has successfully completed various sea trails, is an all new aluminum vessel offering numerous unique designs and features.  With the ability to respond to incidents through areas normally deemed unnavigable to traditional fire boats, the Moore Fire 32 was built specifically for its intended use as a fire/ems operations platform in the Ocean City area.

“The Moore Fire 32 was designed to transverse sandbars with depths as shallow as 6 inches,” said Leighton Moore, president of Moore Boat.  “We have spent the past two years working closely with the Ocean City Fire Department to design this vessel from the ground up to support the department’s daily mission on the area’s waterways.” 

The new fire boat offers numerous unique design features aimed at supporting the Fire Department’s fire suppression, emergency medical care, rescue and hazardous materials response missions on the inland and near-coastal waterways.  A formal dedication of the vessel will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 2 p.m., with the location of the dedication to be announced in the near future.  Residents and visitors who are interested in catching a glimpse of the one-of-a-kind vessel, it will be on display at the Maryland State Fireman’s Association Convention on June 17-19, behind the Roland E. Powell Convention Center.

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