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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | July 31, 2012
The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 on Tuesday to immediately and indefinitely suspend the operations of Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. A task force will work on a plan to re-establish the department, coming up with a plan, within three months, for letting the fire company continue. Commissioner William B. McKinley said the suspension is indefinite and reinstatement is not guaranteed. The company has been failing in recent years to respond quickly to calls, especially during the day on weekdays.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 26, 2009
MONT ALTO, Pa. -- Organizers of Mont Alto Fire Co.'s first tractor and truck pull estimated that 1,500 to 2,000 people turned out for the event Saturday night. "I was speechless. I just couldn't believe there would be that many people out for an event like that," said Charlie Baker, president of the fire company. He said rain delayed the 6 p.m. start, but 75 to 100 volunteers, including 30 who served in roles such as timekeepers and judges, saw that the five classes ended around 10 p.m., as agreed upon with neighbors.
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.
NEWS
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
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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