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By DAVE McMILLION | October 8, 2007
Dennis Barron, treasurer of the Shepherdstown (W.Va.) Fire Department, prepares to change a sign Sunday in front of the department along W.Va. 45. The sign will advertise the department's Apple Butter Festival - a major fundraiser for the department - which will be Saturday, Oct. 27.
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NEWS
April 24, 2003
Fire Department to begin safety survey The Hagerstown Fire Department will begin its annual community safety survey in early May. Uniformed fire department staff will visit homes in the downtown, southeast and southwest portions of the city between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Fire department staff will offer free smoke alarm checks and provide information about the leading cause of fire in Hagerstown, which is unattended cooking. For more information, call 301-790-2476.
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by DAVE McMILLION | August 25, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherdstown Fire Department has come up with a novel idea of attracting volunteers: Give them a free home. Volunteer fire departments have experienced difficulty attracting new members, causing county officials to consider a paid fire department in the county. The Shepherdstown Fire Department has come up with its own way to attract volunteers. Fire department officials have constructed a living area in the second floor of their station along W.Va.
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by STACEY DANZUSO | February 18, 2003
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Heavy snow caused two Franklin County barns to collapse Monday afternoon, killing and injuring several cows, according to emergency officials. Units from the Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., and Waynesboro, Pa., fire departments responded to 14164 Harbaugh Church Road in Washington Township, where several head of cattle were trapped and injured, said Richie Haywood, captain of the Blue Ridge Summit Fire Department. "We just lifted the roof and debris off the cattle to get them free," he said.
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By DAN DEARTH | November 30, 1999
SHARPSBURG ? The Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co. has been awarded a $38,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to purchase an emergency generator, Fire Chief Darryl Benner said. Benner said the office of U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., notified him Wednesday that the fire department would receive the money. Mikulski's office did not release the information publicly until Thursday. As a condition of the grant, the fire department will have to pay $2,000 toward the purchase of the generator, Benner said.
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by RICHARD BELISLE | April 3, 2003
waynesboro@herald-mail.com ST. THOMAS, Pa. - The former chief of St. Thomas Fire and Rescue Inc. has been charged by Pennsylvania State Police with taking more than $5,000 worth of equipment from the fire company, according to court records. A preliminary hearing for Richard Michael Roche, originally scheduled for Tuesday, has been continued to April 22 at 1 p.m. in Central Court in Chambersburg, Pa., court officials said. Roche, 34, served as chief of the Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Department before he was elected chief of the St. Thomas Fire Department in December 1999.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | April 28, 2012
The Berkeley County Council and the Bedington Volunteer Fire Department have agreed to keep a combined paid and volunteer firefighter system in place following a six-month trial period. Robert W. “Robbie” Robinson, president of the fire department, said Friday that the addition of two full-time county-paid firefighters to help respond to weekday calls dispatched to Bedington has been “fantastic.” A similar trial period with two paid firefighters assigned to the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Co. is set to expire next month, but Chief Rick Petry said he expects the fire company will vote to continue the arrangement.
NEWS
January 25, 2012
Fire displaces six from home on West North Street Six people were displaced from their home early Monday after an attic fire. Waynesboro Fire Chief Dave Martin said a police officer noticed smoke coming from a single-family home at 144 W. North St. at about 3:45 a.m. “They had no working smoke detectors,” Martin said. The fire's cause was accidental and involved the house's electrical system, he said. Because power was shut off to the house, the fire department contacted the American Red Cross of the Cumberland Valley to assist the residents, according to Martin.
NEWS
December 8, 2008
Cub Scouts from Pack 22 saw a demonstration on how firefighters gear up when responding to a fire. The Cub Scouts recently visited Junior Independent No. 3 Fire Department and Community Rescue Services on Eastern Boulevard. The Cub Scouts took a tour of the fire department, CRS living quarters and saw the various equipment used in emergencies. Pack members were also given a demonstration of the equipment firefighters wear and how CRS uses the "jaws of life" to extract victims from vehicles.
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