Showing posts with label Fire CC Depts 03 Westminster. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fire CC Depts 03 Westminster. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Nathan Chris Baker Foundation provides dinner to the Westminster Firefighters


The Nathan Chris Baker Foundation provides dinner to the Westminster Firefighters


On Friday, May 1, 2020: The Nathan Chris Baker Foundation had Genova's pizza delivered to the Westminster Fire Department to thank them for their service and bring smiles to their faces as well.

In a Facebook post, the foundation said, “‘Let’s all Go Out Be Great’ right now by spreading greatness through our community.”

The Westminster Fire Department would like to express its thanks to The Nathan Chris Baker Foundation for its generous and thoughtful support at a difficult time. Stay safe – stay in the house. 

(Hat Tip: Jeff Leppert)

By Westminster Fire Department Chaplain and PIO Kevin Dayhoff May 1, 2020






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Monday, May 4, 2020

The Westminster Fire Department remembers past Westminster Fire Department Chief Robert DuVall


The Westminster Fire Department remembers past Westminster Fire Department Chief Robert DuVall

April 23, 2004 – April 23, 2020 by Kevin Dayhoff

WW II Marine Veteran, Small Business Owner, Welder, and an Avid Motorcyclist

On Friday, April 23, 2004, Carroll County and the greater Westminster community suffered a great loss with the passing of Robert Emerson DuVall, 81, of Westminster.

He was a 1939 graduate of Westminster High School.

During World War II, he served with the 3rd Marines, 4th Air Wing in the Marshall Islands, Guam, and Pelilu.

https://dayhoffwestminster.blogspot.com/2020/05/the-westminster-fire-department.html

Mr. DuVall was born July 12, 1922, in Carroll County, he was the son of the late G. Wilmer and Mercedes Brown DuVall.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 53 years, Leona Hammett DuVall, are daughter and son-in-law Donna and Robert Shaeffer of Westminster; son and daughter-in-law Robert Emerson DuVall II and Patsi DuVall of Atlanta; sister and brother-in-law Donna DuVall Sellman and Russell A. Sellman of Westminster. Granddaughters Nicole DuVall Pomeroy and husband Tim, and Laci DuVall Shaeffer; grandson Robert Emerson DuVall III; and great-grandson Daniel DuVall Pomeroy.

He was a 1939 graduate of Westminster High School. During World War II, he served with the 3rd Marines, 4th Air Wing in the Marshall Islands, Guam, and Pelilu.

He was the owner of Mobile Welding Service, which he founded in 1948. He was the 11th state certified welder in Maryland. 

An avid motorcyclist and trap shooter, he was the Maryland State Trapshooting Handicap Champion in 1966. He was a member of Westminster United Methodist Church, VFW Post 467 and a life member of North Carroll and Carroll County gun clubs. He was a past chief of Westminster Fire Department.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they adjust to life without him. This Memorial Tribute by the Westminster Mayor, Common Council and the Staff of The City of Westminster on behalf of the citizens of the City of Westminster, was signed in Westminster City Hall, this April Twenty-fifth in the year Two Thousand and Four. Westminster Mayor Kevin Dayhoff






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Kevin Dayhoff for Westminster Common Council
Westminster Municipal election May 14, 2019
Authority Caroline Babylon, Treasurer.

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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Brent Whalen provides lunches for the Westminster Fire Department

Friday, May 1, 2020 by Westminster Fire Department Chaplain and PIO Kevin Dayhoff

The Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 would like to give a shout out to Brent Whalen for his generosity. Mr. Whalen, a Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist at FitzGerald Financial Group, a division of Townebank, has provided lunch for the on duty and volunteer personnel 4 days in a row this week - so that he would be able to feed all four Westminster Fire Dept. shifts and as many folks as possible.

God Bless Mr. Whalen for his generous sport. (Hat Tip: Lt. Guy Garheart)



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Kevin Dayhoff for Westminster Common Council
Westminster Municipal election May 14, 2019
Authority Caroline Babylon, Treasurer.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 news and information

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 news and information

There are events all throughout Carroll County…

According to a release from the Westminster Police Department:

WESTMINSTER COMMUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN 2019 NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, seven neighborhoods throughout the City of Westminster will join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 36th Annual National Night Out event. National Night Out (NNO) is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) sponsors NNO in partnership with law enforcement and community groups. Westminster neighborhoods will host a variety of special events, including block parties, cookouts, youth activities, and visits from police officers, fire/EMS and elected officials. 

Chief Thomas Ledwell states, “National Night Out is a great opportunity for community members to get to know their local police officers and fellow neighbors during a fun event designed to promote crime prevention awareness. We encourage everyone who is able to participate to bring your families out and enjoy your local neighborhood event with us.”   

In a recent newsletter, Delegate Susan Krebs wrote:

Come out and join your neighbors for National Night Out. NNO is a FREE Family Event bringing neighbors together to promote a positive community-police relationship- making our communities safer. The fun- filled event hosts vendors, food, and interactive activities for kids, while learning about the services of the Police and Emergency Services.

Residents in Carroll County are invited to join our First Responders at one of the locations below. You are encouraged to lock your home, turn on outside lights, and spend the evening meeting and greeting neighbors and police.

LOCATIONS, ACTIVITIES & TIMES

Freedom- Sykesville Area at Sykesville Carnival Grounds, 6680 Sykesville Road - 6:00- 9:00 pm

Hosted by the Sykesville Police Department, Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department and the Freedom District Lions Club, neighbors can enjoy foods from Jimmy Johns and Oscar's, hot dogs and snow cones served by the volunteer fire department and the Lions Club's famous french fries.  Carroll County Sheriff's Office Mobile Command Center 1 will exhibit their K-9 team and drone. Participate in safety demonstrations, face painting, and giveaways from 20+ community businesses and organizations.      

Hampstead Fire Department 6:30-9:00 pm

The Hampstead Police will be hosting this special event, a "FREE Block Party", featuring face painting, entertainment of Daniel Israel, bounce obstacle course, FREE raffle with many prizes including new bicycles…  Carroll County Sheriff's Office K-9 Demonstration, FREE food donated by Outlaw BBQ Smokehouse, Dunkin', Beijing Palace Restaurant, Ricky's Bistro, Illiano's J&P Restaurant, JJ Hoffman's Creamery, Daughter's Café, Jiffy Mart, Snickerdoodles, Luna Zul, and more.

Manchester Carnival Ground 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Meet and Greet local police and fire personnel, enjoy area Boy Scout Troop kid activities, interactive demonstrations to include "Jaws of Life", fire hose and drunk driving simulation, Carroll County Sheriff K-9 Team and drone demonstrations, hot dogs, popcorn, snowballs and drinks.          

Mt. Airy Carnival Grounds 6:00 - 8:00 pm     
Enjoy food, entertainment, and demonstrations                           

Taneytown Carnival Grounds    49 Memorial Drive, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

An evening of pony rides, 40 foot obstacle course, information and demonstrations by Taneytown Volunteer Fire Department, US Army Reserves, Carroll County Animal Control, Maryland State Police Crime Laboratory, "Dunk-A-Cop" dunk tank, Carroll County Sheriff's Office, food and beverages.  FAMILY FUN and much more......  

New Windsor Carnival Grounds 101 High Street 6:30-8:30 pm
Over 40 vendors, food by Uncle B's snow ball stand, hot dogs, chips, ice cream and drinks- Lions Club, moon bounce, bean bag toss, obstacle course, Stars and Strips Petting Corral, McGruff Suit by Carroll County Library,  photo booth and police tape maze. Carroll County Sheriff's Office's Mobile Command Center 1 will exhibit their K-9 team and drone.

Westminster Participating Neighborhoods:

Dutterer's Park & Pavilion Area 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Sponsored by the GFWC- JWC of Westminster, the event features pizza, cake, drinks, 15+ informational tables, kids' door prizes and more!

Belle Grove Square / Park Avenue side 7:00 to 8:30pm
11th Annual NNO with an ice cream social sponsored by Historic Belle Grove Square Neighborhood Association

The Green's of Westminster 7:00 to 9:00pm
City Pool parking lot and community room

Eagle View 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Firestone Road and Tahoma Farm Road
Meet our local Police and Fire Department

Furnace Hills 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Palmer Terrace Overflow Parking

Carroll Lutheran Village- Garden of Memories 7:00 to 8:00 pm

King Park 5:00 to 7:30 pm
Neighbors will be greeted by mascot "Armadillo" from Texas Roadhouse handing out coupons, "the Cow" from a local frozen custard restaurant offering frozen treats, pizza, Tristar Martial Arts demonstrations, Kelly's face painting, music and more...

Bring back the "True Sense of Community" by attending National Night Out





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Kevin Dayhoff for Westminster Common Council
Westminster Municipal election May 14, 2019
Authority Caroline Babylon, Treasurer.

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Westminster Fire Department thanks Weis Markets for the water and the Gatorade

Westminster Fire Department thanks Weis Markets for the water and the Gatorade

In the summertime firefighters and EMS providers go through a lot of water and Gatorade. It is not a luxury.

Westminster Md. June 6, 2019 - - The men and women of the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 would like to thank Weis Markets for donating water and Gatorade for the firefighters and EMS providers.

In the summertime firefighters and EMS providers go through a lot of water and Gatorade. It is not a luxury. When you spend long hours on automobile accidents, fires, and back-to-back EMS calls, staying hydrated is a critical life, safety, and welfare issue.

The best time to stay hydrated is yesterday.

According to Westminster Fire Department President Jamie Petry on Thursday, June 6, 2019, “Weis Markets is collecting water and Gatorade for WFD. Today we picked up almost 3 pallets of water and 2 grocery carts full of Gatorade” Petry added that the department really appreciates the support of the community – and Weis Markets. Thank you.

By Westminster Fire Department PIO and Chaplain Kevin Dayhoff

https://dayhoffwestminster.blogspot.com/2019/06/westminster-fire-department-thanks-weis.html






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Kevin Dayhoff for Westminster Common Council
Westminster Municipal election May 14, 2019
Authority Caroline Babylon, Treasurer.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Westminster Fire Department Volunteer Recruitment Open House

Westminster Fire Department Volunteer Recruitment Open House

Open House at Westminster Fire Company Sunday, April 14th, 2019 from 12 pm – 5 pm. 28 John Street, Westminster, MD 21158.

By Westminster Fire Company PIO and Chaplain Kevin Dayhoff April 8, 2019

The Westminster Volunteer Fire Department will be participating in the Maryland State Fireman's Association's statewide recruitment event on Sunday April 14th at the station on John Street in Downtown Westminster. Station and Apparatus tours will be offered and personnel will be available to answer any questions about becoming a member. Stop by between 12-5 PM to start your journey as a volunteer.

Interested in joining our growing professional team? Our team is comprised of individuals of many walks of life. As is the fire service in a whole, WFD fosters a “family” environment. Challenge yourself, build new skills, meet new people, and become a part of a tight-knit public safety community all while serving a purpose greater than yourself.

Benefits: While most members will agree that there are many intangible benefits of membership, there are also several other   valuable benefits available to volunteers.

Following three years of qualifying active membership, members are eligible for the LOSAP program: $4,500.00+ Maryland income tax credit. And: Monthly retirement stipend after 25 years of active volunteer membership.

FREE World-Class training provided. All turnout gear and equipment provided.
On-duty insurance coverage/Workers’ Compensation. Tuition reimbursement program for College/Technical School students.

Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Company
28 John Street
Westminster, MD 21158
Sunday, April 14th, 2019 from 12 pm – 5 pm
For more information call: (410) 848-1800

Westminster Fire Company Open House recruitment Family Friendly

https://dayhoffwestminster.blogspot.com/2019/04/westminster-fire-department-volunteer.html 

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Open House at Westminster Fire Company Sunday, April 14th, 2019 from 12 pm – 5 pm. 28 John Street, Westminster, MD 21158. https://patch.com/maryland/westminster/westminster-fire-department-volunteer-recruitment-open-house


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Kevin Dayhoff for Westminster Common Council
Westminster Municipal election May 14, 2019
Authority Caroline Babylon, Treasurer.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Gamber and Westminster hold a recruitment open house

Gamber and Westminster hold a recruitment open house

Two Carroll County fire stations hold a retention and recruitment open house in April

April 7, 2019 by Westminster Fire Company PIO and Chaplain Kevin Dayhoff

Gamber and Community Open House will hold an open house today, Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3838 Niner Rd, Finksburg, Maryland 21048. And Westminster will hold an open house on Sunday, April 14, 2019.

https://dayhoffwestminster.blogspot.com/2019/04/gamber-and-westminster-hold-recruitment.html

Today, Sunday, April 7, 2019, at Gamber, there will be live demonstrations and plenty of activities to see and do for the kids and the whole family. Stop by if you are in the area from Noon til 4 pm. on Sunday.

Other activities include:

Inflatable Safety House to teach important fire safety lessons,
Child ID Kits, Games, Food, and More.

Public Safety Displays by State Fire Marshal’s Office, Carroll County
Sheriff’s Office, Department, Emergency Management, Humane Society, Health Department, Bureau of Aging, Citizen Services, State’s Attorney’s Office, Baltimore Environmental Police, Maryland Poison Center, and local Fire Equipment on display.

Demonstrations throughout the day
K9 Demo by Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
Auto Extrication Demo
Special appearance by Flash Max

New this year – Activities to see what it’s like to be a firefighter
Dragging fire hose
Simulating putting out a fire
Find your way through a simulated house
Putting on a firefighters gear

For more information please call (410) 795-3445 or Bridget at 443-375-0449

In the past I have covered the Gamber Open House in the spring for the newspaper. Find my article here: https://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/ph-cc-gamber-open-house-2-20170423-story.html

And Westminster will hold an open house on Sunday, April 14, 2019

"The Westminster Volunteer Fire Department will be participating in the Maryland State Fireman's Association's statewide recruitment event on Sunday April 14th at the station on John Street in Downtown Westminster. Station and Apparatus tours will be offered and personnel will be available to answer any questions about becoming a member. Stop by between 12-5 PM to start your journey as a volunteer."

Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Company
28 John Street
Westminster, MD 21158
Sunday, April 14th, 2019 from 12pm – 5 pm
For more information call: (410) 848-1800




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Kevin Dayhoff for Westminster Common Council
Westminster Municipal election May 14, 2019
Authority Caroline Babylon, Treasurer.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

John H. Cunningham was a charter member of the Md. State Fireman’s Assoc.

John H. Cunningham was a charter member of the Md. State Fireman’s Assoc.

 

At the time of his death, Cunningham “was believed to be McDaniel - Western Maryland College's oldest living alumnae… and the State's only living charter member of the Maryland State Fireman's Association

 

When John Cunningham died, he was America's Oldest Banker in Years of Continuous Service. He was a lifelong member of the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose co. No. 1.

 

February 24, 2019 by Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No 1 Chaplain Kevin Dayhoff

 

It is only fitting and appropriate that from time to time we take a moment to remember some of the many great Carroll Countians that have gone before us.

 

On December 31, 1965, John Cunningham passed away within a few hours of 99th birthday. Local historian Jay Graybeal wrote of “his rich life, including his interests in bicycling, walking and poker,” in a March 16, 1997 column in the Carroll County Times.

An earlier shorter version of this story appeared in the Carroll County Times on January 13th, 2019. Please find the article here: https://www.carrollcountytimes.com/columnists/features/cc-lt-dayhoff-011319-story.html. This version of a story about Mr. Cunningham is the long version with all the edits restored.

Finding a picture of Mr. Cunningham has been nearly impossible – except, I did finally find a picture of him at the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 - although the picture was damaged by the April 6, 1906 H. H. Harbaugh's Palace Livery Stable fire. The livery stable and residence was located next to the Fire House on East Main St in Westminster. The fire, which destroyed the huge building, also burned a portion of the Westminster fire station and the Westminster city offices that were located on the second floor of the station.

To put 1965 and the mid-1960s into some perspective, our country was just beginning a new phase of the Vietnam War; with the introduction of the first combat troops on February 9, 1965. Before we had, “advisors” engaged in the conflict. Later in the year, on November 14, the Battle of the Ia Drang began in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. It was the first major engagement of the war between regular American and North Vietnamese forces. Shortly afterwards, the pentagon told President Lyndon Johnson that the number of troops needed to be increased from 120,000 to 400,000.

At home, the Civil Rights movement was on the forefront of many as around 1965 was the last year that restaurants and such were segregated in Westminster. Malcolm X was assassinated in New York at the Audubon Ballroom on February 21.

Bloody Sunday had occurred on March 7 as 600 civil rights marchers were attacked by state and local police with billy clubs and tear gas. Led by Martin Luther King, Jr. civil rights marchers were finally successful, after three attempts, to walk from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama. On August 6, President Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 

It was 1964 that Carroll County administrator George Grier went to New York to begin negotiations with Random House to build a book distribution center in Westminster. At that time in the negotiations, adequate supplies of water was a sticking point, among many issues that were subsequently ironed out before the facility opened on July 14, 1967, according to “From Our Front Porch,” a history of Carroll County from 1900-1999, by Jim Lee.

And oh in 1964 ice cream cost 89 cents per half gallon

Graybeal shared with us Cunningham’s obituary, which appeared on January 1, 1966, in an unidentified newspaper. The obituary began: "John H. Cunningham, believed to have been the oldest banker in the United States, died yesterday at his home… His wife, the former Mary Irwin, died in 1949… He was a past master of the Masonic order and was a member of the Westminster Church of Christ.”

Cunningham was born on New Year’s Day in 1867. According to his obit, “On January 1, 1885, while a senior at Western Maryland College, Mr. Cunningham began his banking career as a clerk with the Farmers and Mechanics National Bank, [at 105 E. Main St. in Westminster] following the footsteps of his father William, who was a clerk there.”

He worked in the same office, with the same employer for his entire life – from 1885 until when he passed away in 1965. “Many days he walked the mile to work from his home at 95 West Green Street.” 

Graybeal reported; “His long career in banking was recognized by a telegram from President Kennedy in 1963.” 

The telegram said: "Congratulations on being named by your friends and associates in Westminster and Carroll County as "America's Oldest Banker in Years of Continuous Service." Your 77 years record as a banker is certainly an impressive one and you deserve all the honors, which have been given you…”

He was well-known for his punctuality and folklore attests that “fellow employees reportedly set their watches by him,” as he would arrive at his desk “every working day promptly at 9 a.m. and would not leave until 3 in the afternoon…” It was also noted “that Mr. Cunningham had not missed a town meeting in Westminster since 1883, the year he became old enough to vote.

Cunningham played poker every Tuesday night between 7 and 11 p.m. sharp, at “Thelma Hoffman's restaurant at 216 E. Main Street [later known as Cockey’s Tavern] in Westminster.” Among his partners were Ben Thomas, Paul Whitmore, Miller Richardson, Ralph Bonsack, Frank Leidy, Theodore Brown and Norman Boyle.”

Cunningham was also well known for his New Year’s Day tradition of an all day poker game, “that began promptly at 11 a.m., broke for dinner at 5 p.m., then resumed until 11 p.m.”

At the time of his death, Cunningham “was believed to be Western Maryland College's oldest living alumnae… and the State's only living charter member of the Maryland State Fireman's Association.”

The January 1, 1966 obituary reported that: “Cunningham's interest in politics was rewarded during the Coolidge Administration with his appointment in 1923 as Surveyor of Customs at Baltimore, a post he held for nine years. In 1911, Mr. Cunningham ran unsuccessfully for State Comptroller.”

“Beside politics and poker, Mr. Cunningham loved walking. On weekends as late as 1964, he hiked along country roads, a white handkerchief tied to his cane, for safety.”

When he was 97 years old, he explained in a November 1964 interview: "I only walk half as far and about half as fast as I used to… It's a strain to walk more than 4 or 5 miles…"

“In his earlier days… [he] was a bicyclist of renown… According to a banker's association bulletin, in 1898 he bicycled 200 miles from Westminster to Atlantic City, N.J…” He waited to give up driving until he was approximately 92 years old.

In full disclosure, I met Cunningham in the early 1960s upon the occasion of one of his visits to City Hall to talk with City of Westminster Mayor Joseph L. Mathias who served on the Westminster Common Council May 1927 to May 1937 and Mayor from May 18, 1942 to December 3, 1963. To the best of my knowledge, I have only written about Cunningham a couple of times. Most notably, a portion of this column was previously published in 2006.

Carroll County is fortunate to have many great community leaders still with us. We should all take time to pause and thank them for their service to our community – whether we agree with them or disagree. 

Every one of them is working hard to meet today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. In 2019, may we all work hard to rekindle a renewed sense of civility and have as full and vigorous a life as Mr. John Cunningham – playing poker, bicycling and walking many four or five miles is optional. God Bless and Happy New Year. 




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Kevin Dayhoff for Westminster Common Council
Westminster Municipal election May 14, 2019
Authority Caroline Babylon, Treasurer.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Dinner at the Westminster Fire Company


Dinner at the Westminster Fire Company. It's another snow event out. Be safe out there, the roads are getting a bit slippery. Just chill. Spring will be here soon enough. 3March2019

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Museum at The Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1.


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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Dinner at the Westminster Fire Company


Dinner at the Westminster Fire Company. Meatloaf, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy and biscuits - ice cream for dessert. Life is good. 12Jan2019 Be safe out there. [Sta 3 BB]FYI - SNOW EMERGENCY PLAN IS IN EFFECT / Carroll Co is on BLUE alert (EMS Only). Use caution traveling as ALL roads may be slippery. County / State Roads Dept's are aware of the situation... 1940 hours.

The calls never stop at the Westminster Fire Company


The calls never stop at the Westminster Fire Company. Be safe out there. 12Jan2019 #weather, Fire CC Depts 03 Westminster, Weather, Weather chron, Weather chron 2019, Weather Winter Snow

I just came home from the station at 7:45 p.m., and had no problems at all, except for the person who tailgated me all the way down Uniontown Road Hill by the college. I’m not kidding. Several of the crews that just came in said that it is getting a little slick out there... 12Jan2019

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Westminster Fire Dept. Open House Oct. 13, 2018



September 12, 2018

By Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 Chaplain and PIO Kevin Dayhoff, kevindayhoff@gmail.com  

Save the date: The Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 will host a public education, safety, and recruitment open house on October 13, 2018 from 12 to 5 p.m. More information to come…

Stop, drop, and roll on over to the fire department for a fun-filled day: Chick-fil-a sandwiches; Firehouse Subs; drinks; Activities for children; Junior Fire Fighter Obstacle Course; Fire Prevention; Health Department Booth; Museum Tours with antique fire equipment; …And much more!!
Westminster Fire Dept. 28 John Street, Westminster, MD 21157

When: Saturday, October 13th, 2018 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information call 410-848-1800




The Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. 1, is dedicated to providing quality Emergency Services to our community through the combined team efforts of our members, the local government organizations, and the citizens of our community to enhance our ability to protect life, property, and the environment.
http://www.westminstervfd.org/2018/09/12/westminster-open-house-oct-13/
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