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Grasonville VFD Selling Fire Boat

Fire Boat for sale; $25,000 or best offer. Specifications are: 1990 25 Ft. C-Hawk; 1999 – 225 HP Evinrude Stainless Steel Prop; 2004 Venture Tri-Axle Trailer; 11,285 GVW Hydraulic Brakes; 100 Gallon Fuel Tank; Lowrance Chart Plotter – Hummingbird Depth Finder; VHF Radio – Whelen Siren; 4 Strobe Emergency Light Bar Red and Amber; Battery Charger / Shore Power; Interior LED Hull Lights – 4 Flood Lights; Deck Gun and Front 2 Discharge; Remote Control Spot Light; 4 Thru Hull for Fire Pump ( Fire Pump not included). Contact Chief Jason Anthony at 410-443-1036 or email grasonvillevolunteers@yahoo.com.

Grasonville VDF Pumper Totaled by Tractor-Trailer

Four members of the Grasonville Volunteer Fire Department were injured last week when the stopped fire engine they were in was struck by a tractor-trailer on the Kent Narrows Bridge. Department officials say the badly damaged 18-year-old engine is a total loss. The four firefighters, Assistant Chief Steve McCombs, 38, Alex Dale, 27, Tom Sheahan, 23, and Ray Stokes, 26, were taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis and were treated and released, according to a statement from Kevin Aftung, public information officer for the Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services.

Jason Anthony, chief of the Grasonville Volunteer Fire Department, said the four were “banged up” and bruised. He said ambulances from Grasonville and Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department and Queen Anne’s County took the men to the hospital. Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department also responded with a rescue and a utility truck, which was a “big help,” Anthony said. “They kept Steve [McCombs] a little longer because they thought his arm might have been broken and because he was in pain,” but X-rays came back negative, Anthony said.

Two other firefighters in the engine’s cab at the time of the collision identified by Maryland State Police as Robert Marsh IV and Jeremy Smith were not hurt but drove themselves to Anne Arundel Medical Center for a checkup. Anthony said a section of the engine’s pumping equipment took the brunt of the collision and likely saved the men from more serious injury. He said the 1992 Seagrave engine will have to be replaced.

The back portion of the cab on the left side of the engine was heavily damaged and bent. There also was damage to the part of the engine containing the pumping equipment and other gear, and other parts of the left side of the engine were damaged. “If we had to fix the cab we’d have to replace the whole thing, and that engine’s 18 years old,” said Anthony. He said the engine is insured for $450,000. Insurance adjusters are expected at the firehouse this week, he said.

The incident occurred shortly after 11 p.m. while the fire engine was blocking the center and right lanes of the Kent Narrows Bridge, where a minor traffic accident had occurred a short time earlier, police said in a statement. A 1995 Peterbilt tractor-trailer registered in New York and traveling in the center lane coming over the bridge was unable to stop and struck the fire engine on the left side, according to police.

Anthony said the engine was parked at about a 45-degree angle prior to the crest of the bridge with its lights flashing at the time. He said light snow was falling and it was “a little slick out there” but visibility was “OK.” The six firefighters were in the cab waiting for the earlier accident to be moved from the scene, he explained. Police identified the tractor-trailer driver as Anastacio Cruz, 46, of Brentwood, N.Y. Anthony said it was a flatbed truck with a covered load. The truck driver was unhurt in the collision.

Four Grasonville Firefighters Injured in Vehicle Accident

Four firefighters from the Grasonville Volunteer fire Department were injured in a motor vehicle crash last night. Shortly after 11 PM, Grasonville VFD Engine 26 was on the scene of a minor motor vehicle accident on Rt. 50 westbound at the Kent Narrows bridge. While standing by at the scene waiting for the Maryland State Police to arrive, the fire engine was struck on the left side by a tractor trailer.

Six firefighters were in the fire engine at the time it was struck. Four were injured, and transported by paramedic units to Anne Arundel Medical Center. Two others claimed no injuries and eventually drove themselves to the medical center for a check up. The four firefighters injured were Steve McCombs age 38, Alex Dale age 27, Tom Sheahan age 23, and Ray Stokes age 26. As of 7 AM this morning all firefighters had been released from Anne Arundel Medical Center.

The fire engine sustained severe damage, but the cab held up well in protecting the firefighters inside. The tractor trailer driver was not injured.

Maryland State Police are investigating the accident.