Police and fire briefs: RFC responds to building fire

Submitted to Dorchester Banner/RFC
Cambridge RFC firefighters inspected the scene of a fire at LWRC International in the early hours of Friday morning.

CAMBRIDGE — At 1:10 a.m. on Friday, the volunteers of Rescue Fire Company Inc. were dispatched for a fire alarm activation at 815 Chesapeake Drive (LWRC International) in Cambridge. Chief 1 arrived on location with audible/visual alarms sounding and established command.

He gained entry, noted smoke and quickly upgraded the assignment to a commercial building fire. First crews arrived, advancing into the structure in investigation mode with Chief 16 of Secretary and noted an extinguished fire with heavy smoke conditions in the structure.
Crews set up and performed large area ventilation using fans from multiple units to clear the structure.

At 3:13 a.m. with the smoke cleared and the situation under control command was terminated and all units were placed in service without incident. Sixteen volunteers from RFC responded to this incident.
This fire remains under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Units present were:
Chief 1 (Command)
Engine 1-3 (Investigation group)
Tower 1 (Alpha Ventilation/lights)
Rescue 1 (Charlie Ventilation/lights)
Utility 1-1 (Large Area Fan)
Mutual aid was provided by the Cambridge Police Department, Chief 16 (Secretary), DCEMS PM100 and 101 (Cambridge), Talbot Station 30 (Trappe), and the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The Fire Marshal’s Office reported an estimated loss of $2,000 to the 15,000-square foot structure, and $500 to its contents. There were no injuries reported.
The area of origin was the building’s paint booth. Investigators believe it was accidental, as a result of spontaneous combustion due to chemical reactions within discarded air filters used during the painting process.
Kevin Carr is a firefighter with Rescue Fire Company.

Sleeves Up Maryland
Maryland State Police on Friday announced that troopers are joining with other state law enforcement agencies to assist the American Red Cross in encouraging the public to donate blood during the coronavirus pandemic.
The push to donate blood is an effort by state law enforcement employees in Maryland who want to honor the memories of those Marylanders who lost their lives to COVID-19 and honor the service of all those who help fight it.
As part of this effort, the American Red Cross is partnering with Maryland State Police, Maryland Transportation Authority Police, Maryland Natural Resources Police, Maryland Transit Administration Police and Maryland Capitol Police to launch the #SleevesUpMD Blood Drive.

The #SleevesUpMD campaign seeks to raise 150 pledges for blood donations. Blood supplies are at a critical shortage and just one lifesaving, selfless, donation can save as many as three people. Those partnering in this effort are encouraging all Maryland law enforcement, first responders and citizens to help us reach this goal.
To donate, click sleevesup.redcrossblood.org/…/marylands-state-law-…/. Follow the instructions to make a reservation that is easy and convenient for you. A social distance-compliant reservation can be scheduled at any American Red Cross Maryland donation center.

Hundreds of citations
During a focused traffic safety enforcement initiative on May 21 around the Capital Beltway, troopers issued almost 400 traffic citations and warnings for a variety of offenses, including speeds that reached 110 mph.
Throughout this afternoon, troopers from the Forestville, College Park and Rockville barracks teamed up with troopers from the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division in a traffic safety initiative aimed at reducing crashes, speeding and aggressive driving on I-495.
Enforcement focused on both commercial and passenger vehicle drivers around the Beltway.

Troopers issued 250 traffic citations, 144 warnings and 25 safety equipment repair orders during the operation for a wide range of traffic offenses.
Dozens of citations were issued for exceeding the posted speed limit for speeds ranging from 70-110 mph.
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division troopers conducted safety inspections of 27 tractor trailers. Troopers placed six of those commercial vehicles out of service for various violations.

During the initiative, a citizen called the Rockville Barrack and reported a possible drunk driver in the area of I-495 and I-270.
Troopers converged on the area and were able to locate the vehicle and get it stopped. The driver was arrested for impaired driving.
Troopers from the College Park Barrack conducted a traffic stop and determined the vehicle had switched tags. Further investigation determined the driver was wanted on warrants for assault in both Baltimore and Prince George’s counties. Another traffic stop by College Park Barrack troopers resulted in an arrest after troopers found marijuana and dozens of suspected oxycodone pills.

Forestville Barrack troopers stopped a vehicle and determined the driver was wanted on a warrant for motor vehicle theft. He was immediately taken into custody.
Further similar enforcement efforts were conducted throughout the Memorial Day weekend.