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March 12, 2013
A lot of misinformation surrounds fire company To the editor: The discussion that surrounds the situation over Fairplay Volunteer Fire Department needs to be more closely reviewed. I have seen too many incorrect letters to the editor, too many questionable acts by Washington County Commissioners, biased opinions published by this newspaper, biased selection of task force members and, most notably, the biased opinions of Kevin Lewis.   In my opinion, every action by The Herald-Mail, most county commissioners, the task force and a few of the overvocal members of some other fire departments have no other goal than the total destruction and elimination of the volunteer fire department in Fairplay.
May 16, 2007
WILLIAMSPORT - A basket bingo fundraiser sponsored by the Williamsport Volunteer Fire Department and EMS will be held Sunday, May 20, at the fire hall on Brandy Drive. Tickets cost $20. The price includes 30 games of bingo on six cards. Extra cards are available for purchase at the door. Three baskets will be raffled. Doors open at 11 a.m. and bingo starts at 1 p.m. The junior firefighters will have food available for purchase as a fundraiser. More information can be obtained by calling 301-739-0755.
May 21, 1998
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Health & Safety Fair will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the parking lot of the Charles Town Wal-Mart Supercenter as part of National Emergency Services Week. On Sunday, Jefferson Memorial Hospital's emergency department physicians and surgeons are hosting a picnic at Jefferson Memorial Park to honor area EMS personnel. A presentation will be made to each fire and rescue company by the department. The theme of the week is "The Vital Link. "
by MARLO BARNHART | March 29, 2005
Children's Village of Washington County took home the 2005 Nicholas Rosecrans award for excellence in injury prevention, presented at the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Today national conference in Philadelphia on March 22. Accepting the national award for the Hagerstown-based agency was Rochelle Morrell, Children's Village executive director. Mike Weller, life safety educator for the Hagerstown Fire Department, received an individual award for his leadership and accomplishments associated with the Children's Village program over the past 15 years.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | November 20, 2012
Some New Jersey residents whose communities were devastated by Superstorm Sandy will soon receive a tractor-trailer load of needed emergency supplies through a relief effort being organized by a Berkeley County emergency medical technician. “I just came up with the idea,” said Mary Gump, an EMT with the Berkeley County Emergency Ambulance Authority. “It's our job to help our community and now it's time for our community to help some communities in New Jersey.” She calls her relief effort “Stuff-a-Truck.” Area residents are being asked to drop off a requested list of needed items at any fire or EMS station in the county before Dec. 7. Volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel will sort, label, load the truck and send it north to a distribution center in Atlantic City, N.J., on Dec. 8, Gump said.
By DON AINES | August 17, 2007
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Doug Pittinger, the ambulance chief of the Shepherdstown Fire Department for about the past 13 years, submitted his resignation this week "in protest of the perception that the Fire Department does not fully support the emergency medical services (EMS) program," according to a department statement. Assistant Chief Leslie Simpson will serve as acting chief until an election in September, said Dave Donohue, a firefighter, paramedic and the public information officer for the department.
January 31, 2008
Comedy Show set for Feb. 9 The Williamsport Volunteer Fire and EMS will hold its fourth annual Comedy Show on Saturday, Feb. 9. Tickets cost $45 a couple and includes dinner, Comedy Show and dance. Doors open at 4 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. A cash bar will be available. Due to the adult content and language, you must be 21 years of age to attend. For more information, call 301-223-8554. Girls and Women In Sports Day Banquet The annual Williamsport Girls and Women In Sports Day Banquet will be held at the Williamsport Fire Hall on Sunday, Feb. 10. The guest speaker will be Carrie Weimer, a graduate of Williamsport High School.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 26, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County Sheriff W. Randy Smith said Friday he is waiting for the results of an autopsy on a 2-year-old Martinsburg-area boy whose death Thursday morning is being considered suspicious. "Everything's at a standstill at this point," Smith said. Emergency officials initially received a report on Thursday about 11 a.m. that the child was in cardiac arrest and EMS crews could not revive the child. The boy's mother and grandmother did not wish to have the name of the boy released on Thursday.
February 2, 2007
The Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council has approved a draft plan that calls for more government support of ambulance companies. Under the two-phase plan, all ambulance companies would standardize their procedures, like working hours and scheduling. Companies that fail to improve in certain areas, like response times and staffing, would be subject to more county control in phase two of the plan. Phase I features: · Projected cost of almost $1.4 million · A workday length limit of 48 straight hours · County reimbursement for EMS vehicle fuel and maintenance costs · The establishment of four strategically placed battalions that would serve as the headquarters for 12 advanced-life support paramedics paid by the county Phase II features: · Projected cost of almost $4.6 million, not including revenues · Operating cost reimbursements · County salary structure for paid staff · County reimbursements of $8 to $10 an hour to companies for each volunteer hour that is donated
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