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February 28, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -Donald Shirley was promoted from lieutenant to captain of the Martinsburg Fire Department during a ceremony at Martinsburg City Council chambers Monday morning. As captain, Shirley will oversee shifts at the fire department. The previous captain was Steve Canby, who retired recently. Attending Monday's ceremony were City Recorder Sharon Flick, City Manager Mark Baldwin and Fire Chief Paul Bragg. Shirley also works as a medical examiner for Berkeley and Jefferson counties.
NEWS
April 15, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. A preliminary investigation shows that a fire in a vacant warehouse Friday might have been intentionally set, a fire captain said. The fire was reported at 5:46 p.m. at a vacant fruit warehouse near the intersection of Queen Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Capt. Steve Canby of the Martinsburg Fire Department said. The warehouse is part of a complex owned by Vincent Groh, he said. Firefighters forced open the door to the warehouse after seeing smoke coming from the two-story building.
NEWS
May 15, 2001
Martinsburg fire chief to retire June 30 MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg Fire Chief Brad Waldeck has notified the Martinsburg City Council that he is retiring effective June 30. Waldeck submitted a letter May 10 notifying the council of his retirement. Waldeck retires with nearly 26 years of service. He was hired Jan. 2, 1976 and was promoted to lieutenant June 22, 1985. Waldeck was certified as an assistant state fire marshal for fire code inspection and enforcement in April 1986.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | September 12, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com RANSON, W.Va. - Capt. Ed Hannon of the Arlington County (Va.) Fire Department vividly remembers the day he and other firefighters responded to the Pentagon when terrorists flew a commercial airliner into the military headquarters two years ago. Hannon, speaking at a Sept. 11 remembrance at Independent Fire Co. Thursday, said he and other firefighters had started rescue efforts at the building when a fire captain climbed on top of a truck and relayed more shocking news.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | December 4, 2012
The Hagerstown City Council will vote later this month to add more staff to its police and fire departments as a result of the incoming revenues from the city's speed camera program. Since the speed cameras in various school zones around Hagerstown went live in April, paid tickets through October have generated a net revenue of nearly $540,000 for the city, according to Capt. Mark Holtzman, Hagerstown's acting police chief. Capturing approximately 200 violations per day, the cameras have brought in $215,840 last fiscal year - from mid-April through June 30 - then another $324,007 through October of the current fiscal year, which began July 1, Holtzman told the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday.
NEWS
June 26, 1997
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Officials are investigating a string of property crimes which have occurred at three Berkeley County Schools since last weekend. Wednesday morning about 3:45 a.m. firefighters were called to a suspicious fire in the playground behind Bedington Elementary School in northern Berkeley County, said Roger Barron, fire captain of the Bedington Volunteer Fire Department. When firefighters arrived, a plastic slide and a wooden deck around it were on fire in the playground, said Barron.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | September 12, 2008
RANSON, W.Va. -- Frank McCluskey on Thursday clued in about 125 people on what it was like to be a firefighter in New York City the day of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. McCluskey, provost and executive vice president of American Public University in Charles Town, was a volunteer fire chief in suburban New York who responded to the World Trade Center. At a 9/11 remembrance at Independent Fire Co. along Fairfax Boulevard, McCluskey recalled how emergency radio frequencies were jammed and how cell phone networks were overwhelmed.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | March 18, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown fire captain said unattended cooking caused a fire Wednesday morning that killed one dog and displaced two families who lived in a duplex on South Cannon Avenue. The fire started at about 11 a.m. in the stove at 365 S. Cannon Ave., Hagerstown Fire Capt. Mark A. Cleck said. He said it took firefighters about 10 minutes to contain the fire, which was still smoking at noon. The first floor of 365 S. Cannon Ave. was extensively damaged by fire, and the second floor had smoke damage, Cleck said.
NEWS
By SCOTT BUTKI | March 6, 1999
HALFWAY - The death of Joseph Kroboth Jr., a Halfway Volunteer Fire Company fire captain killed while directing traffic at a car crash, will not be in vain, speakers at a National Police Fire Summit here promised Saturday. Instead, the deaths of Kroboth, 59, and other public safety employees around the nation sparked the first weekend summit, which was organized by the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association. Through speeches and workshops, the summit participants plan to develop written recommendations, possibly including legislation, in order to reduce the number of such fatalities.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | June 30, 2011
It’s taken nearly three years, but the Middleway Volunteer Fire Co. is about to launch the first ambulance service in its coverage area, Fire Chief Mike Mood told the Jefferson County Commission Thursday. Mood asked the five-member board to join Independent Fire Co., Jefferson County Fire and Rescue Association and Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency in endorsing the Middleway volunteers’ new ambulance service. “This will provide an advanced life support unit to our department,” Mood told the commissioners.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | February 11, 2013
The Chambersburg Borough Council announced Monday it intends to appeal the conclusions recently reached by a Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board hearing examiner. On Jan. 30, that examiner, Thomas P. Leonard, issued two proposed decisions and orders related to the Chambersburg Fire Department. The council has opted to file exceptions as a form of appeal within the 20-day window it is allowed before the proposals become a final order. The Chambersburg Borough Council suspended Patrick Martin, a shift captain in the fire department, for 30 days and said he engaged in conduct “unbecoming of an officer” after he sent a letter to International Association of Firefighters (IAFF)
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | February 4, 2013
A Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board hearing examiner decided recently that the Borough of Chambersburg wrongfully suspended a union official who told salaried firefighters to stop volunteering in the municipality. The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board hearing examiner recently released two proposed decisions and orders. The borough has 20 days to file exceptions as a form of appeal; if it does not, the hearing examiner's proposals become the final order of the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | December 4, 2012
The Hagerstown City Council will vote later this month to add more staff to its police and fire departments as a result of the incoming revenues from the city's speed camera program. Since the speed cameras in various school zones around Hagerstown went live in April, paid tickets through October have generated a net revenue of nearly $540,000 for the city, according to Capt. Mark Holtzman, Hagerstown's acting police chief. Capturing approximately 200 violations per day, the cameras have brought in $215,840 last fiscal year - from mid-April through June 30 - then another $324,007 through October of the current fiscal year, which began July 1, Holtzman told the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | June 30, 2011
It’s taken nearly three years, but the Middleway Volunteer Fire Co. is about to launch the first ambulance service in its coverage area, Fire Chief Mike Mood told the Jefferson County Commission Thursday. Mood asked the five-member board to join Independent Fire Co., Jefferson County Fire and Rescue Association and Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency in endorsing the Middleway volunteers’ new ambulance service. “This will provide an advanced life support unit to our department,” Mood told the commissioners.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | March 18, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown fire captain said unattended cooking caused a fire Wednesday morning that killed one dog and displaced two families who lived in a duplex on South Cannon Avenue. The fire started at about 11 a.m. in the stove at 365 S. Cannon Ave., Hagerstown Fire Capt. Mark A. Cleck said. He said it took firefighters about 10 minutes to contain the fire, which was still smoking at noon. The first floor of 365 S. Cannon Ave. was extensively damaged by fire, and the second floor had smoke damage, Cleck said.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | September 12, 2008
RANSON, W.Va. -- Frank McCluskey on Thursday clued in about 125 people on what it was like to be a firefighter in New York City the day of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. McCluskey, provost and executive vice president of American Public University in Charles Town, was a volunteer fire chief in suburban New York who responded to the World Trade Center. At a 9/11 remembrance at Independent Fire Co. along Fairfax Boulevard, McCluskey recalled how emergency radio frequencies were jammed and how cell phone networks were overwhelmed.
NEWS
February 28, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -Donald Shirley was promoted from lieutenant to captain of the Martinsburg Fire Department during a ceremony at Martinsburg City Council chambers Monday morning. As captain, Shirley will oversee shifts at the fire department. The previous captain was Steve Canby, who retired recently. Attending Monday's ceremony were City Recorder Sharon Flick, City Manager Mark Baldwin and Fire Chief Paul Bragg. Shirley also works as a medical examiner for Berkeley and Jefferson counties.
NEWS
April 15, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. A preliminary investigation shows that a fire in a vacant warehouse Friday might have been intentionally set, a fire captain said. The fire was reported at 5:46 p.m. at a vacant fruit warehouse near the intersection of Queen Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Capt. Steve Canby of the Martinsburg Fire Department said. The warehouse is part of a complex owned by Vincent Groh, he said. Firefighters forced open the door to the warehouse after seeing smoke coming from the two-story building.
NEWS
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | January 23, 2006
HAGERSTOWN erinc@herald-mail.com This one has more action, and a lot more people. The author was even able to find a picture of the fire department's first permanent secretary, something that eluded him the first time. After Justin Mayhue's book, "Firefighting in Hagerstown," a history of the Hagerstown Fire Department, was published in 2004, he immediately began working on his second, "Hagerstown Firefighting. " It was released in August 2005. "Look at what we have today," said Mayhue, a captain with the fire department.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | September 12, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com RANSON, W.Va. - Capt. Ed Hannon of the Arlington County (Va.) Fire Department vividly remembers the day he and other firefighters responded to the Pentagon when terrorists flew a commercial airliner into the military headquarters two years ago. Hannon, speaking at a Sept. 11 remembrance at Independent Fire Co. Thursday, said he and other firefighters had started rescue efforts at the building when a fire captain climbed on top of a truck and relayed more shocking news.
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