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Mail Call - Feb. 15

February 14, 2013

“I’m calling in about the article on Feb. 6 about the Fairplay Fire Co. Commissioner Ruth Anne Callaham said we should go out and shake their hand and send them a check. If we did that, we’d only have one hand, and more money for them to pocket. I see that one of the firemen that they let go made junior fireman of Washington County at Williamsport.”
— Boonsboro

“It’s apparent after the recent situation with the Fairplay Fire Co. and the recent fire in downtown Williamsport that the volunteer fire service in Washington County needs a major overhaul. ... It’s time that this county moves toward a competent, career fire service with professional and competent leadership.”
— Washington County

“I don’t know what the problem is with the Fairplay Fire Co., or whether it’s the county offices, county commissioners, whoever it is, whatever. Doesn’t matter to me. All that I’m concerned about is the fact that my son lives in Fairplay, had a chimney fire this morning, luckily was able to put it out himself. Had that not happened, his house might have burned down. You all need to get your thing together, whatever it is, settle it.”
— Brownsville

“A person from the Halfway area can’t understand why they shut down the Fairplay fire department. We’ll trade you Fairplay’s management for your management anytime. I can’t understand why the IRS hasn’t made Fairplay open up their books. The only problem Fairplay’s fixed so far was the bathroom issue.”
— Fairplay

“I am calling in support of the board of county commissioners’ recent decision of a vote of 4-1 to close Fairplay fire department. I am also very much in support of the new leadership, and Bill Pennington and Leonard Heller must be removed from the fire department. The community deserves better leadership, and the community deserves to have their fire station back.”
— Fairplay

“Kudos to the Washington County board of county commissioners on closing Fairplay and doing the right thing for the citizens of Fairplay. There are more than 7,000 residents at risk here, not just two individuals, so thank you. Time to bring a fire department that’s worthy of this county back to the Fairplay area.”
— Fairplay

“For those folks who are calling in about Fairplay, all they’ve had to do is listen over the past year to the scanner, or be standing in a fire station, listening to the fire band when these guys are out on a call or trying to go on a call. And for the other one that said about Terry Baker, why don’t they ask him where his fundraiser for commissioner was held, and who held it? That’s pretty interesting, too.”
— Hagerstown

“If you did not read the letters to the editor on Sunday, Feb. 10, about the history of Fairplay Fire Co., written by Charles ‘Buddy’ Semler, please go back and read it. It is true. No one worked harder than the people of Fairplay to build this fire company. I think our commissioners are wrong to close it. I guess none of them live in the area this fire company services.”
— Williamsport

“Fairplay fire department being closed down — I think it is imperative that the Fairplay fire department remain closed, under current leadership, due to the fact that having those two in charge puts our community at risk, puts our lives at risk, puts our property at risk. They have said repeatedly they don’t want to run emergency medical service calls. ... They have no business running a volunteer fire department.”
— Fairplay

“I would like to say that I support our county commissioners for closing Fairplay fire hall, on the recommendations that were given to them by the task force. We need new leadership. Please do not even think about reinstating them.”
— Fairplay

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