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By DAN DEARTH | December 21, 2007
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.
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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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By ERIN JULIUS | August 16, 2007
Several city intersections were blocked off this morning after workers hit a 2-inch high-pressure gas line behind 37 S. Prospect St., causing a gas leak, said Richard Hopkins, Hagers-town Fire Department battalion chief. Columbia Gas representatives responded to the scene, and the leak was turned off at 8:38 a.m., Hopkins said. The gas line fed Walnut Towers on Walnut Street, and residents in that complex were advised to stay inside and close all windows, Hopkins said. The fire department could not detect any gas inside any buildings within range of the leak, but did get readings of gas outside, he said.
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June 3, 1999
HALFWAY - The Volunteer Company of Halfway and Shoney's Restaurant at the Valley Mall are sponsoring a fire prevention and child safety awareness night Tuesday, June 8, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 8. Some of the events will include child safety seat checks, bike helmet checks and blood pressure screening. Fire safety information and the Fire Safety trailer will be available and a fire truck and ambulance will be on display. Members of the fire department will act as "celebrity servers" at Shoney's from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. All tips from the evening will benefit the fire department.
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September 6, 2006
Lindsay Gene Haley, 27, died Aug. 25 in an early-morning fire in a vacant building at 65-67 W. Franklin St. What's new: The Hagerstown Fire Department announced in a press release Tuesday that improperly discarded smoking materials likely caused the fire that killed Haley. At the time of her death, Haley had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16. What's next: According to the press release, none of the friends who are believed to have seen Haley the night before she died have come forward.
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By ERIN JULIUS | March 7, 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 for 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.
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by JENNIFER FITCH | February 13, 2006
MONT ALTO, Pa. - A 16-year-old boy remained stuck in a hole in Guilford Township, Pa., for an hour and a half Sunday night before someone called rescue personnel, according to Shawn Adolini, fire chief from the Mont Alto (Pa.) Fire Department. He said the boy was flown to Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center "due to hypothermia setting in. " The boy, who was reportedly sledding with friends, had one leg trapped up to the knee in what looked like a groundhog hole, Adolini said. The boy's sister told responders that he became stuck around 7 p.m., according to Adolini.
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April 3, 2012
James Fonz Johnson, chief of the Bakerton Volunteer Fire Co., was charged earlier this week on a single count of felony false pretense, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.Johnson, 25, of 99 Driftwood Drive, Gerrardstown, W.Va., was charged Monday and arraigned before Jefferson County Magistrate William Senseney Tuesday. He was released on $10,000 bond.According to court records, on Jan. 30, Johnson used a fire department credit card to buy food that was not delivered to the department.
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