Firefighters from Abingdon Fire Company, The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company, Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. (Official) and Aberdeen Proving Ground FD have the Winterberry Drive fire under control (20min). One civilian male taken to a regional hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Media: Jenn will be POC for your calls. Rich/Jenn
Original Source: HarfordÂ CountyÂ MdÂ FireÂ &Â EMSÂ PIOÂ MediaÂ Page
Comments from their facebook post:
“Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. (Official)We absolutely stay away from them. Venting the roof (cutting a hole) cannot be completed. The panels conduct electricity and offer a huge weight concern. Fortunately the back side of the roof did not have panels, so we were able to remove the superheated gases from that side instead.”
“Harford County Md Fire & EMS PIO Media PageGreat question Missy Marsh Braun ! It plays a big role in ff operations. If the ffs have to go to the roof to cut a hole for ventilation the panels make it very difficult to do so. If those crews operating inside cant get that ventilation then things can turn tragic. In addition this is a live electrical system and must be dealt with very cautiously. There is a large concern over solar panels and ff safety ongoing, no just in Harford Co but throughout the nation. RichG”
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