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By JENNIFER FITCH | July 21, 2010
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Waynesboro Volunteer Fire Department's annual carnival returns this year after being canceled in 2009 for lack of a location and rides. For 2010, the fire department will host its carnival on the Quincy (Pa.) Ox Roast Grounds on Pa. 997. Carnival Committee Chairman Steve Biesecker said the new location provides the water, electricity and parking needed. The fire department started looking for alternate locations for the carnival when Rotary Parking Lot was rehabilitated.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | April 29, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Three of Berkeley County's five volunteer fire department chiefs were hired by the Berkeley County Commission on Thursday to work full-time for the county as firefighter/hazardous material technicians. William T. "Tommy" Newcomb of Bedington, Daniel L. Petry of Back Creek Valley and Martin D. "Marty" Roberts of Baker Heights volunteer fire departments were chosen from nine people interviewed for the new positions. Their employment with the Berkeley County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM)
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | March 14, 2011
“We are firefighters for the community, not for ourselves,” Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Department Chief Michael Reid said. “I learned that from John Printz.” In his 35 years of volunteering in Clear Spring, Printz taught that critical lesson to many of the men who worked with him. A selfless philosophy of service is not something Printz, 72, has to remember to take with him each day to the station. It was on him the day he showed up and has never left his side.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | March 10, 2005
The Hagerstown Fire Department will receive nearly $90,000 in grant money to help its campaign to reduce fires in the city. U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Paul Sarbanes, both D-Md., announced Wednesday that the department was to be awarded $89,100 through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Fire department Public Educator Mike Weller said the department sought the money for a three-tiered fire prevention program in the city. The program includes aggressively educating tenants and landlords of Hagerstown rental properties of the city's top fire causes, an engineering initiative to provide improved smoke alarms and equipment to landlords and rewarding landlords who hold tenants to strict fire-safety guidelines through lease and other agreements, he said.
NEWS
July 18, 2012
The Waynesboro Fire Department will be purchasing a 2011 fire engine for $475,000, while simultaneously selling two older vehicles. Fire Chief Dave Martin updated the Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday about the transition. “It's really a nice piece of apparatus. We're proud to be buying it,” Martin said. Typically, the volunteers use their funds to buy a firetruck, and the borough handles insurance and maintenance, Martin said. The borough council usually allows the fire department to keep the full revenue from selling vehicles, he said.
NEWS
March 27, 2013
The Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Department will now be able to better serve the community thanks to the support of local farmer Ben Flaherty and America's Farmers Grow Communities. Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, which is the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Co., Grow Communities provides eligible farmers the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice.  Flaherty selected the Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Department to receive the $2,500 donation.
NEWS
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)
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | March 8, 2008
The Hagerstown Fire Department will install a free smoke alarm for any city resident who requests one. The alarms run on lithium batteries, which last 10 years. Since January 2007, the department has installed 1,250 lithium-battery smoke alarms in 600 homes in Hagerstown, said Mike Weller, Hagerstown fire prevention coordinator. Everyone should have a working smoke alarm that is less than 10 years old on every level of their home, Weller said. For those who do not live within Hagerstown's city limits, but would like to install lithium-battery smoke alarms, most major retail outlets sell them, Weller said.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | April 26, 2006
HAGERSTOWN A majority of the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday agreed, in concept, to fund 10 new fire department employees next year and nine more the following year. Whether to raise taxes, though, is another matter. Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker told the council his department has needed 19 more employees since 2000, not because of annexation or growth since then. "It's now beyond (need)," he said. "It's now critical. " Hawbaker said if the city can't add 19 employees at once, he'd accept 10 next year and nine the following year.
NEWS
By TRISH RUDDER | February 16, 2008
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a $261,250 grant from the Department of Homeland Security, according to a press release from the office of U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. J.J. Steiner, chief of the fire department, said the funding comes through an Assistance to Firefighters Grant, which the company applied for last spring. "It's a great day for the Berkeley Springs community and for the fire company," he said. Steiner said the vehicle grant will be used to help purchase a custom pumper fire engine to replace Engine 14, one of the three fire engines in the company.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 8, 2013
Two former and two current members of the Fairplay Volunteer Fire Department are asking a judge to take control of the fire company away from its executive committee, according to a lawsuit filed last month in Washington County Circuit Court. The lawsuit was filed by Fairplay fire company members Douglas Moyers and Stephanie Clipp, and former members Mark Kopp and Cory Lescalleet, court records show. The lawsuit asks the court to appoint one or more receivers to manage the Fairplay company and to protect its assets pending dissolution.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 18, 2013
Most Franklin County, Pa., voters headed to the polls Tuesday will be making choices in local races, but voters from Montgomery and Warren townships also have referendum questions about allowing activities in their municipalities. In Warren Township, voters will be asked if they “favor the issuance of licenses to conduct small games of chance in the township.” In Montgomery Township, voters will be asked if they “favor the granting of liquor licenses for the sale of liquor in the township.” Each proposal would need more than half of responding voters to answer “yes” to pass, according to Franklin County Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 14, 2013
A broken fire hydrant and an issue with a pumper truck's engine throttle were discovered during a Hagerstown Fire Department training exercise Sunday morning at the North Potomac Street Parking Deck, fire officials said. Other than those issues, the training went well, Battalion Chief Russ Grimm said. A fire hydrant on North Potomac Street, in front of The Gourmet Goat and Senior Notes, was struck by a vehicle at some point, Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said. When pushed, the hydrant tipped, and if a hose were to be hooked up to it, the water would come out near the flange, or rim around the bottom, he said.
NEWS
April 5, 2013
The Waynesboro Fire Department will hold an open house and dedication for its new multipurpose vehicle Sunday at 29 S. Potomac St. in Waynesboro. The open house will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and the dedication will be at 2 p.m. Fire Chief David Martin said the public is encouraged to attend both the department tour and dedication. Light refreshments will be served, and the fire department's memorabilia room will be open to the public, Martin said. The new vehicle cost $475,000, and will bring the department's fleet to seven, he said.
NEWS
March 27, 2013
The Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Department will now be able to better serve the community thanks to the support of local farmer Ben Flaherty and America's Farmers Grow Communities. Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, which is the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Co., Grow Communities provides eligible farmers the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice.  Flaherty selected the Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Department to receive the $2,500 donation.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | February 27, 2013
Jeffrey C. Ringer, the administrator and former chief of The Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway, Md. Inc., has been charged with misusing more than $10,000 in company funds over four years to pay for bar and restaurant bills, and a family member's tuition, according to the application for statement of charges filed by Maryland State Police. Ringer, 53, of 11221 Hollywood Road, Hagerstown, was issued a summons Wednesday on charges of theft of more than $500 and theft scheme of more than $500, Washington County District Court records said.
NEWS
February 25, 2013
The unit block of West Antietam Street in Hagerstown was reopened to traffic Monday. City officials closed the street more than two weeks ago to let engineers examine the structural integrity of a building at 19-21-23 W. Antietam St. that was gutted by a fire on Feb. 7. Hagerstown spokeswoman Erin Wolfe said the building was deemed safe after workers finished removing the top floor. Ernest L. Stitely Jr., 26, was charged with fourth-degree burglary, reckless endangerment, causing fire through negligence and failing to notify the fire department of an unwanted fire, according to a city news release that was issued Feb. 12. Fire marshals said Stitely admitted to starting a fire in a bathtub in the building to stay warm.
NEWS
February 20, 2013
The Hagerstown Fire Department has promoted three firefighters to the rank of shift captain. Hagerstown Fire Chief W. Kyd Dieterich said in a news release that before they were promoted, Russell Daiello, Adam Hopkins and Trayer Stoops completed an extensive three-day process, which included a written test, a resume evaluation and an assessment by professional fire personnel from other local jurisdictions. “They have served the Hagerstown Fire Department well, and we are confident they will be an even greater asset to our operations in their capacity as shift captains,” Dieterich said.
OPINION
February 14, 2013
“I'm calling in about the article on Feb. 6 about the Fairplay Fire Co. Commissioner Ruth Anne Callaham said we should go out and shake their hand and send them a check. If we did that, we'd only have one hand, and more money for them to pocket. I see that one of the firemen that they let go made junior fireman of Washington County at Williamsport.” - Boonsboro “It's apparent after the recent situation with the Fairplay Fire Co. and the recent fire in downtown Williamsport that the volunteer fire service in Washington County needs a major overhaul.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | February 12, 2013
A 26-year-old man who was charged Tuesday in a fire that significantly damaged a vacant five-story building at 19-23 W. Antietam Street last Thursday night told a city fire marshal that he was trying to stay warm, started a fire in a bathtub, and was sorry for the resulting blaze, according to court records. Ernest Leroy Stitely Jr., said he checked on the fire in the tub at one point and opened a bathroom window to let some smoke out, said court records. Stitely said he later heard a roaring sound, went to the bathroom and noticed an “uncontrollable” fire coming from under the tub, said court records.
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