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NEWS
February 19, 2006
NEEDMORE, Pa. - Firefighters from Needmore, Hancock, McConnellsburg, Breezewood and Little Orleans staved off a field fire Saturday morning that threatened to spread to three nearby homes on Papertown Road near Union Township, Pa., Needmore Volunteer Fire Co. operator Patrick Kelly said. Kelly said about 20 bales of hay were caught in the fire, which started about 11:30 a.m., caused about $400 in damage and took about two hours to extinguish. Kelly said the fire spread as a result of burning garbage.
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BY DON AINES | May 29, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A three-member arbitration panel has issued an award that settles the impasse between the Borough of Chambersburg and its 17 paid firefighters. The firefighters had been working without a contract since Jan. 1, 2002. The firefighters will receive a retroactive increase in their base pay of $1,500 for 2002 and a $1,000 wage adjustment in 2004, according to the arbitrators' award. The base pay adjustments were "an attempt to alleviate discrepancies that have arisen over the last 10 years between the wage increases granted to the police bargaining unit and those granted to the firefighter unit," according to the arbitrators' award.
NEWS
November 30, 1999
Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker said Tuesday that his department can no longer ensure the safety of city residents with just a single paid firefighter per truck responding to calls. Read the full story in Wednesday's Herald-Mail newspapers.
NEWS
April 3, 1998
New regulations developed by the U.S. Labor Department could cripple local departments that depend on volunteers to fight fires. Unless Congress can roll back these rules, volunteer operations and the citizens who support them may have to look at a full-time paid fire service. Local fire/rescue members tell us that training requirements have already been increased to such an extent that it's difficult to recruit new volunteer members. Now the Occupational Safety and Health Administration wants to require additional firefighters on the scene and dictate their physical condition and the type of breathing apparatus they must use - and all by Oct. 8. Additional firefighters would be required under the "two in/two out" rule, which states that when two firefighters go into a burning building, two more must be outside to provide assistance or to rescue those inside, if necessary.
NEWS
January 12, 2000
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer FUNKSTOWN - When Phyllis Grove's five-year-old cat Rocky ran away from her Funkstown home last July she thought she might never see her pet again. cont. from front page The male domestic short hair cat had liver and kidney problems and was receiving medication for the potentially fatal ailment. Trying to keep her hopes up, Grove posted signs at the post office and at other locations in town hoping someone could help her find Rocky.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | February 23, 2013
The Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. was established in 1947 after a resident's pants caught on fire while he was burning trash. “It did some pretty good damage on his legs,” Fairplay Fire Co. founding member George “Pete” Warrenfeltz said. He said the incident convinced residents to start a volunteer fire department. Warrenfeltz, 82, and fellow-founding member Charles Semler recently said they were disheartened by the Washington County Board of Commissioners decision to suspend the fire company because of inadequate response times to calls.
NEWS
October 19, 2006
The Boonsboro Fire Department visited Boonsboro Elementary School on Oct. 11 during Fire Prevention Week. Kindergarten and first-grade students enjoyed learning about fire safety, getting a chance to sit inside the firetruck and meeting Fire Chief Oley Griffith, Troy Lloyd, Chris Mullendore, Melanie Biesecker and Capt. Dennis Reese. Each student received a pencil and an educational activity book to help them remember the fire safety rules.
NEWS
February 26, 2002
Fifteen Hagerstown firefighters have been recognized for outstanding service. Awards were given out Saturday night during the Hagerstown Fire Department's 20th annual Awards Banquet. C. Kingsley Poole, a recently retired battalion chief, received the Chief's Award, "for setting an example of dedication and devotion which the entire fire department should follow," the award announcement said. City Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker said Poole exemplifies the best of the city's firefighters.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | December 13, 2002
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg Fire Department firefighters who in September filed a grievance against the city, alleging diesel fumes in their building could cause serious health problems, can have health exams paid for by their health care plan, city council members decided Thursday night. Firefighters had asked that they be tested for medical problems and that a private contractor survey the fire station on Raleigh Street to design a proper exhaust removal system, according to a written six-page report and recommendation prepared by City Manager Mark Baldwin.
NEWS
September 26, 2000
Firefighters' pensions approved By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday adopted a retirement program for longtime firefighters that is expected to cost the county more than $8 million over the next 15 years. continued The Length of Service Awards Program will give benefits to firefighters and Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association support personnel with more than 25 years of service. An estimated 250 eligible employees will receive a $200 monthly minimum retirement payment starting in January 2007.
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