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Wicomico County Fire Chief Responds to Own Station

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BIVALVE, Md. - West Side Fire Chief John Wilson was the only one on duty at 1:00 am Monday when he received a dispatch call he would not normally expect; his own fire station 12 in Bivalve had been hit by a car.

Wilson did not hear or feel the accident, since he was on the other side of the building, but was alerted by the dispatcher.
So, he geared up, jumped in the fire truck and responded...about 200 feet to the other side of the building. 
"A single vehicle hit the side of the building, and was fully involved," said Wilson. "Luckily it wasn't spreading to the fire house. The priority was the patient, he was walking around denying any injuries, so we put the fire out."
Wilson added it is a little unnerving to get a call about your own fire station.
"It's definitely gut-wrenching. I came out of the lounge and I could see the glow and the reflection of the glass and I knew it wasn't pretty," he said
Other fire fighters arrived to help put out the fire.  
The fire station is protected by poles set into 24 inches of concrete.

"It's amazing that a vehicle got through here and split the concrete," he said.
The poles were installed to prevent this kind of accident from occurring. The station sits at the end of a tight turn on Nanticoke Road in west Wicomico County, and has been struck by vehicles four times, according to Wilson. 
"I don't see a solution because on daily basis they're flying around here," he said.
The damage is estimated at $50,000, according to Wilson. 
Maryland State Police is investigating the accident. By late Monday, they had not released any information about the driver, or what caused him to crash into the fire station.


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