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Hagerstown firefighter to help fight wildfires in the West

August 28, 2013

A Hagerstown firefighter this week started a 16-day deployment to help fight wildfires in the western United States.

Robert “Bob” Maurer Jr. left for the airport on Wednesday to meet with his firefighting team, according to a news release from the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1605 Hagerstown Professional Firefighters.

“Hagerstown Professional Firefighters are very proud to have one of their own as a member of this wildfire team,” the release said. “This individual represents an entire team of dedicated members of the department. Our thoughts and prayers will be with our brother during this hard and dangerous work. We look forward to his safe return.”

During his deployment, Maurer will have two days of travel and 14 days on the line battling fires, the release said.

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Maurer has been a member of IAFF Local 1605 since 1994, and a member of the elite wildfire team since 2000.

He has deployed seven times in the last 13 years, the release said.

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