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by JENNIFER FITCH | January 29, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Almost 30 years ago, a group of young people in Franklin County, Pa., participated in a firefighting camp. It is believed that every one of those teenagers became a career firefighter, fire chief or officer within a department. Now, the Franklin County Fire Chiefs Association is looking for the same results from a similar camp scheduled July 29 to Aug. 4. The association will be soliciting donations for the approximately $20,000 needed to ensure that any junior member in the county may participate, training coordinator Ken North said.
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NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | September 10, 2002
martinsburg@herald-mail.com A stone marker honoring fallen firefighters is to be delivered today to the Martinsburg Fire Department's substation on Queen Street, but firefighters still don't know where it will be permanently placed. Firefighters had hoped to place the marker at their headquarters on Raleigh Street, which is on city-owned land. But Martinsburg City Council members last week unanimously rejected the fire department's proposal to erect the memorial at that site because a union logo is engraved on the marker.
NEWS
April 8, 2001
Hagerstown Fire Department requires rigorous physical test By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI kimy@herald-mail.com If you think you have what it takes to be a Hagerstown City firefighter, consider this: Every firefighter recruit must pass the following agility test: -- Raise and then lower a 35-foot extension ladder; -- Carry a 60-pound hose through a narrow stairway four flights; -- Raise and then lower a 45-pound hose...
NEWS
September 7, 2004
To mark the three-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, several events have been scheduled around the Tri-State area in the coming days. · Hagerstown Community College is offering a program of music and inspiration at 11 a.m. Thursday in the College Center. Melissa Miller of Faith Christian Fellowship and bagpiper Charles Fowler will present the program. People may bring a lunch or choose from a full lunch menu at the Hilltop Grill in the HCC College Center.
NEWS
by DOUGLAS WRIGHT JR | May 22, 2005
The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission (EDC) is far from being content with the average income local residents are making. I doubt the County Commissioners are either. For years now, the EDC's published vision has been "Expanding Economic Opportunities for Our Citizens. " With this as our guide, we are constantly developing and implementing initiatives to enhance Washington County's business community and increase the wages it provides. The assertion, though, by John Colson in his May 1 column, that the fact that wages have not kept up with the recent dynamic increases in home sales, is our fault - or anyone's fault - is absurd.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH and KATE S. ALEXANDER | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com and kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | May 12, 2011
Washington County Emergency Services officials drove to New York City on Thursday to pick up a 6-foot steel beam that had been part of the World Trade Center buildings when terrorists attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. The beam will be unveiled on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. during a public ceremony at the Emergency Services Remembrance Garden in Hagerstown's City Park. Verna Brown, emergency management coordinator for Washington County, said members of the Washington County Citizen Corps Committee began working two years ago to get an artifact from ground zero of the attack site.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 3, 2011
It's been the municipal budget season of doom and gloom. "Good times are not here. The future does not look bright," Chambersburg Borough Council President William McLaughlin said last Monday. About the time radio stations start playing Christmas carols each year, Pennsylvania's county commissioners, borough councils and boards of township supervisors start hammering out their annual budgets. This year's negotiations have brought some unprecedented hand-wringing. McLaughlin's board is considering shrinking its police and fire forces to avoid a tax increase for 2012.
OPINION
August 10, 2012
“This is in regards to a letter on Thursday, Aug. 2, about teachers getting more money for the job they're supposed to be doing. First of all, this money is being paid to these teachers and administrators for participating in a specific program to make them better qualified at what they do. Second of all, the county has no control over this money. This money comes from a grant, not taxpayers' general fund. So they need to have a better understanding.” - Hagerstown “The tax assessment for July 1, 2012, devalued my market value by $32,000, yet the county raised my value by $41,000.
NEWS
By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | November 8, 2011
David Fraley always hated going to the doctor, but because of what was discovered in the physical examination he underwent last year as a volunteer firefighter, he now knows checkups are crucial. Fraley, chief of Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co., and other local fire chiefs want physicals provided regularly for their volunteers so that they know the fitness of the people they are sending to emergency scenes. "We want to make sure health is there and make sure we're not going to have to go to a funeral or something, for lack of caring," said Jason Eckstine, chief of the Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Co. The fire chiefs and others are pushing to keep the so-called "3-2-1 system" of physical exams based on age that the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association currently provides to volunteers.
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