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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 RICHARD F. BELISLE | February 26, 2004
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Former Waynesboro fire chief Glenn Dale Fishack Jr. has been charged with two counts of theft of fire department money, according to records on file in District Justice Larry Pentz's office. The misdemeanor citations were sent to Fishack by certified mail Tuesday, according to the affidavit of probable cause. His address was listed as being in Hagerstown. Fishack was put on administrative leave by the Waynesboro Borough Council in November.
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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 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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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.
NEWS
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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