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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | December 27, 2005
WASHINGTON COUNTY erinc@herald-mail.com Hagerstown career firefighters say they have sold quite a few $100 tickets to a fundraiser they have planned for May - eight months later than expected. Rick Conrad, spokesman for the International Association of Firefighters Local 1605, said he is not sure how many, but knows orders are being placed every day. "Once they hear about the prizes, the tickets just sell themselves," he said. Ticket holders are eligible for prizes that include 2006 vehicles and Harley-Davidson motorcycles, rifles, camping trailers, recreational watercraft and cash.
NEWS
February 14, 2001
Hagerstown fire chief says he needs to increase staff By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer The Hagerstown Fire Department needs to increase staffing, either through overtime or by hiring more firefighters, according to a report Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker presented Tuesday to the Mayor and City Council. Additional staff is needed to ensure that enough firefighters get to emergency scenes quickly, especially at nights and on weekends, Hawbaker said. Hawbaker said he is seeing delays in staffing at some night fires because it takes a little extra time to call volunteers to the scene.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 14, 2012
The Borough of Chambersburg is suing the local chapter of a firefighters union over a dispute in which professional firefighters allegedly were told to stop volunteering in the municipality. In October 2011, International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 1813 President Patrick R. Martin sent a letter to area fire companies asking professional firefighters to stop volunteering in the Borough of Chambersburg. A letter last month from union Vice President Scott McNew went further and threatened charges under union bylaws to career firefighters who did volunteer.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | October 10, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - A $40,000 contribution to Children's Village of Washington County on Monday was one of the largest in its history. According to Mike Weller, a member of Local 1605 representing career firefighters of Hagerstown, the money will underwrite an entire year of fire safety instruction at the village. "The union set up a nonprofit foundation earlier this year because the members wanted to increase their philanthropic contributions," Weller said. The money to launch the foundation came from the union's Bonanza Extravaganza in May, Weller said.
NEWS
BY TIFFANY ARNOLD | May 13, 2006
CONOCOCHEAGUE Starting at noon today, somebody will win a prize every five minutes. Maybe even $1 million. Today is day two of a three-day Bonanza Extravaganza fundraiser, hosted by Hagerstown's career firefighters at Hagerstown Speedway. Proceeds from the tickets, which were sold prior to the fundraiser for $100 each, will go to a good cause, said Rick Conrad, event organizer and spokesman for Hagerstown's International Association of Firefighters Local 1605. All profits will go to the union's nonprofit foundation, which provides money to local charities, said Conrad, who works for the Hagerstown Fire Department.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | April 29, 2006
HAGERSTOWN Ticket-holders for the Bonanza Extravaganza were expecting $750,000 in cash and prizes. But a recent addition to the three-day fundraiser, hosted by Hagerstown's career firefighters, includes a $1 million-prize. "We want to make our event the best," said Rick Conrad, spokesman for the International Association of Firefighters Local 1605. "Why not just blow this out of the water. " Ticket holders for the event, scheduled for May 12 to 14 at Hagerstown Speedway, are eligible for prizes that include 2006 vehicles and Harley-Davidson motorcycles, rifles, camping trailers, recreational watercraft and cash.
NEWS
By CANDICE BOSELY | March 5, 2006
Have you ever seen medics load a sick or an injured person into an ambulance and speed toward a hospital? Ever watched a firetruck roar through the streets and stop at the smoke and flames? More than likely, those medics and firefighters are volunteers, able to do their jobs thanks in part to gamblers hoping a bit of luck and a few bucks will come their way from a tip jar. Half of the profits from tip jars are forwarded every year to the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association.
OPINION
February 10, 2013
Those enamored with the idea of public-private partnerships, such as the one being discussed for the Washington County Economic Development Commission, might pay close attention to the county's ultimate public-private partnership: The one it shares with the county's 27 - now 26 - emergency service departments. Properly structured, these partnerships can be an efficient arrangement that permits each sector to do what it does best. But the cornerstone has to be accountability and transparency, because without it, the wheels can come off. As we have just witnessed.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | December 3, 2011
Berkeley County's volunteer fire companies need more manpower, improved facilities and equipment to ably respond to the county's explosive growth, according to a recently completed plan that outlines short- and long-term strategies for tackling the challenge. In addition to hiring career firefighters to supplement the county's five volunteer companies, the Berkeley County Fire Service Board's recently completed strategic plan suggests adoption of an incentive-based volunteer recruitment and retention program styled after one in Washington County.
NEWS
by RICHARD F. BELISLE | June 26, 2005
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, PA. - Fire departments in Franklin County, Pa., like others around the country, are losing volunteers, and fire department officials say they don't know how to recruit new ones. "I read a survey on volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania," Ron Flegel, 64, chief of the Waynesboro Fire Department, said last week. Flegel is one of five paid career firefighters in the department. The other 50 members are volunteers. "The survey said the average age of volunteers now is in the 40s," Flegel said.
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OPINION
February 10, 2013
Those enamored with the idea of public-private partnerships, such as the one being discussed for the Washington County Economic Development Commission, might pay close attention to the county's ultimate public-private partnership: The one it shares with the county's 27 - now 26 - emergency service departments. Properly structured, these partnerships can be an efficient arrangement that permits each sector to do what it does best. But the cornerstone has to be accountability and transparency, because without it, the wheels can come off. As we have just witnessed.
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NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 14, 2012
The Borough of Chambersburg is suing the local chapter of a firefighters union over a dispute in which professional firefighters allegedly were told to stop volunteering in the municipality. In October 2011, International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 1813 President Patrick R. Martin sent a letter to area fire companies asking professional firefighters to stop volunteering in the Borough of Chambersburg. A letter last month from union Vice President Scott McNew went further and threatened charges under union bylaws to career firefighters who did volunteer.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | January 15, 2012
Two Sharpsburg residents have applied to fill a vacancy on the Sharpsburg Town Council after Mathew Barnhart resigned from his council seat, Town Clerk Kim Fulk said. Barnhart said Friday he has become more involved with projects and activities through his regular job as a career firefighter in Fairfax County, Va. He said he didn't think it was fair to the community to continue to be on the council when his regular job was taking all of his time. Barnhart said it was unusual for him to miss council meetings, but he missed two or three in the past couple months, so he knew he would have a major scheduling conflict.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | December 3, 2011
Berkeley County's volunteer fire companies need more manpower, improved facilities and equipment to ably respond to the county's explosive growth, according to a recently completed plan that outlines short- and long-term strategies for tackling the challenge. In addition to hiring career firefighters to supplement the county's five volunteer companies, the Berkeley County Fire Service Board's recently completed strategic plan suggests adoption of an incentive-based volunteer recruitment and retention program styled after one in Washington County.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | April 7, 2008
Editor's note: Each Sunday, The Herald-Mail publishes "A Life Remembered. " This continuing series takes a look back - through the eyes of family, friends, co-workers and others - at a member of the community who died recently. Today's "A Life Remembered" is about Charles M. "Charlie" Baker, who died March 23 at the age of 76. His obituary was published in The Herald-Mail on March 25. There is an expression used to describe career firefighters that fits Charles M. "Charlie" Baker perfectly.
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By MARLO BARNHART | April 6, 2008
Editor's note: Each Sunday, The Herald-Mail publishes "A Life Remembered. " This continuing series takes a look back -- through the eyes of family, friends, co-workers and others -- at a member of the community who died recently. Today's "A Life Remembered" is about Charles M. "Charlie" Baker, who died March 23 at the age of 76. His obituary was published in The Herald-Mail on March 25. HAGERSTOWN -- There is an expression often used to describe career firefighters that fit Charles M. "Charlie" Baker perfectly.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | October 10, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - A $40,000 contribution to Children's Village of Washington County on Monday was one of the largest in its history. According to Mike Weller, a member of Local 1605 representing career firefighters of Hagerstown, the money will underwrite an entire year of fire safety instruction at the village. "The union set up a nonprofit foundation earlier this year because the members wanted to increase their philanthropic contributions," Weller said. The money to launch the foundation came from the union's Bonanza Extravaganza in May, Weller said.
NEWS
BY TIFFANY ARNOLD | May 13, 2006
CONOCOCHEAGUE Starting at noon today, somebody will win a prize every five minutes. Maybe even $1 million. Today is day two of a three-day Bonanza Extravaganza fundraiser, hosted by Hagerstown's career firefighters at Hagerstown Speedway. Proceeds from the tickets, which were sold prior to the fundraiser for $100 each, will go to a good cause, said Rick Conrad, event organizer and spokesman for Hagerstown's International Association of Firefighters Local 1605. All profits will go to the union's nonprofit foundation, which provides money to local charities, said Conrad, who works for the Hagerstown Fire Department.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | April 29, 2006
HAGERSTOWN Ticket-holders for the Bonanza Extravaganza were expecting $750,000 in cash and prizes. But a recent addition to the three-day fundraiser, hosted by Hagerstown's career firefighters, includes a $1 million-prize. "We want to make our event the best," said Rick Conrad, spokesman for the International Association of Firefighters Local 1605. "Why not just blow this out of the water. " Ticket holders for the event, scheduled for May 12 to 14 at Hagerstown Speedway, are eligible for prizes that include 2006 vehicles and Harley-Davidson motorcycles, rifles, camping trailers, recreational watercraft and cash.
NEWS
By CANDICE BOSELY | March 5, 2006
Have you ever seen medics load a sick or an injured person into an ambulance and speed toward a hospital? Ever watched a firetruck roar through the streets and stop at the smoke and flames? More than likely, those medics and firefighters are volunteers, able to do their jobs thanks in part to gamblers hoping a bit of luck and a few bucks will come their way from a tip jar. Half of the profits from tip jars are forwarded every year to the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association.
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