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Bay District Volunteers Respond to Emergencies During Severe Thunderstorms
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By Bay District Volunteers
June 26, 2024

On Wednesday, June 26, the southern end of St. Mary’s County experienced several significant thunderstorms, resulting in a high volume of emergency calls. The Bay District Volunteer Fire Department (BDVFD) responded to 35 service calls within a 24-hour period. The types of calls included automatic fire alarms, outside fires, downed wires and poles, fallen trees, automobile accidents, structural collapse, and EMS calls.

Both BDVFD stations were staffed with multiple crews to ensure prompt response to all incidents. While many calls were directly related to the thunderstorms, a few were unrelated to the severe weather.

At 6:15 p.m., units from Station 3 were dispatched to the 46000 block of Chapman Drive in Lexington Park for a reported structure collapse. Upon arrival, units found a large tree had fallen onto a residence. Fortunately, the three occupants escaped without injury. However, the home sustained significant damage and is currently uninhabitable.

Approximately at 7:00 p.m., Bay District Stations 9 and 3, along with Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department, responded to a serious auto accident at Chancellors Run Road and FDR Boulevard in California. EMS transported two adult females with minor injuries, and two dogs were taken to a local animal hospital for treatment.

Later, at 9:40 p.m., Bay District Station 3 and surrounding EMS companies responded to a motor vehicle collision involving a motorcycle at Three Notch Road and North Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park. One patient was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

The BDVFD extends its gratitude to all the volunteers and supporting agencies for their dedication and quick response during these emergencies.

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Thunderstorm Safety Tips:

  1. Stay Indoors: During thunderstorms, stay inside a sturdy building and avoid using electrical appliances.
  2. Avoid Water: Do not take baths, showers, or use plumbing during a storm to prevent electrical shocks.
  3. Stay Informed: Keep a battery-operated weather radio to stay updated on storm warnings and alerts.
  4. Unplug Electronics: Protect sensitive electronics by unplugging them before the storm hits.
  5. Avoid Tall Objects: Stay away from tall trees, towers, and utility poles, as lightning tends to strike tall objects.
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