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Firefighter Declares Mayday At Maryland Fire

Firefighter Declares Mayday At Maryland Fire

October 09, 2010

EMMITSBURG, MD – A firefighter declared “Mayday” and was rescued by fire personnel who were with him at the scene of a fire in Emmitsburg this afternoon, said Wayne Powell, a retired public information officer for Vigilant Hose Company.

“When a firefighter gets in trouble, gets trapped, can’t find their way out, they declare ‘Mayday,’ Powell said.

In this case the firefighter fell through a floor of a burning two-story building, he said. Another member of the crew inside the building was able to get him out, he said.

“I’m not sure if it was the second floor to the first floor or the first floor to the basement,” Powell said.

The fire was in one of the large cabins at a camp and conference center in the area of 7600 Hampton Valley Road, Powell said.

The fire was dispatched at 2:58 p.m., he said. Units from about 11 different fire companies responded. The fire is under control, but the units are still there, he said.

A report on the firefighter’s condition was not immediately available.

The Frederick County Fire Marshal is at the scene investigating the cause, Powell said.

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