Date & Time: Call Type:
View All



Wednesday, June 24, 2015  The Edwin L. Emkey, Sr. Cadet Award was established by President Roger N. Powell and underwritten by American Claims Service and accepted by the Maryland State Firemen’s Association (MSFA) Executive Committee at the November 2011 meeting.  The award was established to recognize Edwin L. Emkey, Sr. for his outstanding service in promoting Cadet Programs. 

This award is presented each year at the annual convention and conference of the Maryland State Firemen’s Association.  The Award is based on the teaching of safety and basic skills required for firefighting or Emergency Medical Service the companies Junior Firefighter Program.

For the second year the master trophy will be proudly displayed in our firehouse for all to see.  In addition to the pride of holding the Master Trophy for one year the Junior Firefighter Program will also receive a Five Hundred Dollar ($500) prize, which will be utilized to assist with providing funding for the cadet program.

The Junior Program is managed by senior members that are appointed by the Fire Chief annually.  In addition to these members mentoring and educating the Junior Firefighters weekly, parents are asked to assist in many administrative duties, to provide additional supervision and assist during fund raisers.

We are grateful to our Junior Advisers Hayden Lovell and Andy Kulpinkski for their weekly direction.  We are ever so grateful to Laura and Jeff Bogar for their unconditional assistance in submitting all the required documentation for this award. 

A special Thanks to Atlantic Coast Charters ( for supporting our program again this year.  Atlantic provided a 55 passenger Charter Bus that allowed the junior firefighters and there family to attend the award presentation on June 23, 2015.  Without their support getting all the juniors and families to the convention would be a logistical nightmare.  To the driver of the Bus Big Thanks to Vernon Wilson you make sure everyone gets there and back safe.  We are just so grateful.

The Junior Firefighter meet each Wednesday evening at the Fire Hall, 2 Brandy Drive, William sport Maryland.  Junior Firefighters are between the ages of 10 and 16, at the age of 16 these young men and women moved to being a cadet member until age 18.  Annually our Junior Firefighter record hundreds of hours of training, public education details, fund raising and community service.  



Flash Flood Watch

Saturday, June 20, 2015   Urgent - immediate broadcast requestedFlood Watch
National Weather Service Baltimore md/washington DC
1146 AM EDT Sat Jun 20 2015

Washington-extreme Western Allegany-Central and Eastern Allegany- Frederick-Clarke-Hampshire-Morgan-Berkeley-Jefferson- Western Mineral-Eastern Mineral- including the cities of...Hagerstown...Frostburg...Cumberland... Winchester...Berryville...Romney...Paw Paw...Martinsburg... Charles Town...Shepherdstown...Elk Garden...Keyser...Fort Ashby 1146 AM EDT Sat Jun 20 2015

...Flash Flood Watch now in effect through Sunday morning...

The Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for

* Portions of Maryland...NorthWest Virginia and Northeast West Virginia...Including the following areas...In Maryland... Central and Eastern Allegany...Extreme Western Allegany and Washington. In NorthWest Virginia...Clarke and Frederick. In Northeast West Virginia...Berkeley...Eastern Mineral... Hampshire...Jefferson...Morgan and Western Mineral. 

* Through Sunday morning.

* Showers and thunderstorms will Increase in coverage from West to East this afternoon and continue into Early Sunday morning. Some of the Storms will contain torrential downpours which could Lead to flash flooding. Widespread rainfall amounts of one to three inches can be expected with locally higher amounts possible. Rainfall rates of one to two inches per hour could occur with the strongest thunderstorms.

* Heavy rainfall in Short periods of Time May cause rapid rises on creeks and streams as well as flash flooding in Urban areas. 

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flash Flood Watch Means that conditions May develop that Lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should Monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash Flood warnings be issued.



Minor House Fire 6/18/15

Thursday, June 18, 2015  Units responded this evening to a reported fire in a structure on Neck Road. Upon arrival units found light smoke showing, with the owner advising of a possible attic fire.  Personnel found a small fire in a bath room ceiling.  The fire was quickly extinguished and place the situation under control. 

We were assisted by the Volunteer Fire Co of Halfway, Maugansville Goodwill Vol. Fire Co.13, Clear Spring Vol Fire Co, Funkstown Volunteer Fire Company, Sharpsburg Vol Fire Co, Washington County Dept. of Fire and Emergency Services EMS 1810 and Special Operations, Wash Co Air Unit and Rehab.  

Bedington Vol Fire Dept transferred an Engine to our station while we were on the call.

Williamsport Units on the call:
Truck 2
Rescue Engine 2
Ambulance 2-8
Utility 2
Chief 2
Deputy Chief 2




Creating a Safety Culture

Wednesday, June 17, 2015  Check out these links in how you can change your safety culture. 

Here are some basic ACTIONS that a leader should take.

  • Set Clear Expectations Regarding Safety. Clear, concise expectations must be made. This can be done with Policies, Procedures, and Directives. If the expectations are not met, then disciplinary actions must be taken. This should be an all or nothing expectation. There is no excuse for violating safety policies and procedures.
  • Personally Set the Example. Always and without exception buckle up. Always and without exception operate the apparatus with due regard. Always and without exception wear your SCBA during overhaul (“pack on your back until back in the rack”). Always and without exception wash your PPE including flash hood after returning from a working structure procedures. If you set the example, there is no excuse for others to not adhere to safety policies and procedures. 
  • Foster A Culture Of Safety Within Your Department. Ensure that safety is always a part of every response, training evolution, and station activity. Establish a Safety Committee as required by NFPA 1500 Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program. This committee should be given the responsibility and authority to establish policies and procedures regarding department safety. Additionally, the committee shall investigate any accidents or near miss incidents and make recommendations for necessary changes or training to correct the issues discovered.
  • Develop and Implement Safety and Wellness Programs. Educational and awareness programs aimed at firefighter health, safety, and wellness need to be provided to all members of the department. Potential programs should include but not be limited to: Cancer Awareness, PPE Laundering, Driving/Operating Apparatus Safely, Smoking Cessation, Weight Control, Nutrition, Exercise, Firefighter Suicide, and Stress Management.
  • Provide and Mandate Proper/Adequate Training of Firefighters. Firefighters need to be trained and qualified for the jobs they are expected to perform. This is an OSHA ruling: firefighters should never be put in a positon to perform duties for which they have not been properly or adequately trained. The quickest way to a response disaster is allowing unqualified personnel to drive apparatus for which they have had little or no training. (Personal Note: I will never forget the night that six brand new firefighters showed up for their very first training class. They were in a department pumper – AND ONE OF THEM WAS THE DRIVER. What was the chief thinking??!!)

    Safety should always be a part of every training evolution. Safety should be discussed before and implemented during all training activities. According to NFPA 1403 Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions, “a Safety Officer shall be appointed to at all live fire training activities.” A span of control of one instructor for every five students should also be followed. You must be familiar with every aspect of this standard.
  • Empower All Members. Each and every member of the fire department should be empowered to address issues when safety is compromised. A Safety Officer has the authority to “alter, suspend, or terminate any unsafe activity.” This authority can also be given to all members of the department and exercised when there is imminent potential for injury or death to firefighters. All members must be made aware that they need to follow these directives. 
  • Firefighters are Responsible for Their Own Personal Safety. Members need to be told that any safety program, policy, procedure, or directive will only be effective when each and every member follows the safety rules. Firefighters should be made aware that they are responsible for adhering to these polices or procedures and will be held accountable for their actions. Discipline is often regarded as punishment. However, when Safety is the issue, firefighters need to know that they will be held accountable – if they don’t become a LODD because of their actions.




    Monday, June 15, 2015   ALL EMS PROVIDERS need to complete your 2015 protocol update no later than 7/1/15



    International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week

    Monday, June 15, 2015   International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week is a joint initiative of the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).

    The event is coordinated by the NVFC Heart, Safety, and Training Committee and the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section, and is supported by national and international fire and emergency service organizations as well as health and safety-related organizations and agencies.

    The 2015 event will take place from June 14-20. Fire departments are encouraged to suspend all non-emergency activity during Safety and Health Week in order to focus on safety and health training and education. An entire week is provided to ensure all shifts and duty crew can participate.  Throughout the course of the week, the Safety and Training Division will be conducting presentations to departmental personnel on various health and safety related topics as well as providing a daily safety message each morning to all personnel.  It is important to remember that while we mark this week as the annual event of looking at our health and safety culture within our fire department and in the fire service as whole, health and safety is something that must always be conscious of and constantly ensuring that we lead by example in promoting a health and safety culture.

    International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week is the unification of the IAFC’s Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week with the NVFC’s National Firefighter Health Week. The goal of both organizations is to reduce the number of preventable injury and death in the fire and emergency services. Safety and Health Week focuses on the critical importance of responders taking care of themselves both on and off the emergency incident scene. The week is designed to increase awareness and action so that safety and health become a priority in all fire departments.

    Today’s safety message discusses the topic of Culture Change and is #1 of the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives and can be found at the following link:  Additional materials and information can be found at the following links: (Note: Site is still under construction in some areas but does provide some information)

    Finally, the attachment in this email is a report from the United States Fire Administration and the National Fire Academy titled “National Safety Culture Change Initiative”.  The executive summary reads “Controlling and extinguishing hostile fire comes at a great cost to human life and secondarily at great financial expense. Despite improvements in personal protective equipment (PPE), apparatus safety devices, more availability of training, great­er emphasis on firefighter health and wellness, and decreases in the number of fires and dollar loss due to fires, the rate of on-duty firefighter death and injury has remained relatively un­changed in the past four decades. The National Safety Culture Change Initiative (NSCCI) project is a joint partnership of the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) aimed at identifying both positive and negative culture and climate found in the American fire and emergency service community. NSCCI, through this study and its website,, and other project efforts, will identify adverse behaviors and recommend changes to both culture and climate for occu­pational safety and health within the fire and emergency service”.  I would encourage all personnel to take some time and read this very important document.

    Thank you for all you do and fostering a culture of health and safety!




    Sunday, June 14, 2015 1:00 PM LUXURY BINGO  **OVER $12,500.00 RETAIL VALUE!!**

    Sunday, June 14, 2015 starting at 1:00PM

    Doors open at 10:30 AM / Meal at 12:00 noon

    Location: Williamsport Volunteer Fire - EMS, Inc.  2 Brandy Dr.  Williamsport, MD  21795

    Includes:  30 games on six cards; Extra cards available for purchase

    Call or text 301-988-5513 for tickets

    Limited tickets:  $30.00 per person in advance - $35 at the door

    Here's some of the bingo prizes:  Laptop, IPAD, Mini IPAD, Jewelry, Keurig Coffeemaker, Kate Spade purses, Coach purses, Michael Kors purses and much, much more!!!

    Money tip jars, raffles and door prizes!!!

    Non-smoking event - Meal included with ticket purchase

    **We reserve the right to cancel if tickets don't sell.




    Thursday, June 4, 2015 6pm FREE HEARTSAVER AED CPR CLASS


                                                         JUNE 4, 2015
                                             Attend one or both sessions!

    Pre-Registration is required to ensure there is enough equipment and supplies on hand.

    • Option 1 – Only Adult CPR, AED, and Choking (6:00-7:15 p.m.)
    • Option 2 – Only Child and Infant CPR, AED, and Choking (7:30-8:45 p.m.)
    • Option 3 – All three ages - Adult, Child, Infant CPR AED, and Choking 6:00 – 8:45 p.m.)
    Participants will not only learn about CPR but they will also receive a free CPR Key Chain Mask and other goodies.

    More About This CourseThis FREE Heartsaver CPR AED classroom, video-based, instructor-led course can cover adult, child, and infant CPR and AED use, as well as how to relieve choking on an adult. Instructors will be on hand to answer questions, observe and provide feedback. Course completion cards are available for $15 for those who need a CPR certification card for employment/personal reasons.

    More About CPR
    • Did you know that over 90% of cardiac arrest victims do not survive? We can help change that in Washington County.
    • Approximately 360,000 cardiac deaths occur outside the hospital each year in the United States—with about three quarters of them occurring in the home.
    • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a simple skill that can help you save a life

    More About Williamsport Volunteer Fire and EMSYou can learn more about Williamsport Volunteer Fire and EMS by visiting their website -


    Event Date 06-04-2015 5:00 pm

    Event End Date 06-04-2015 9:00 pm

    Cut off date 06-04-2015

    Individual PriceFree

    LocationWilliamsport, MD Training Site



    Happy EMS Week

    Monday, May 18, 2015   




    Sunday, May 17, 2015 1:00 PM  PURSE and CASH BINGO

    Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    Doors open at 11:00 AM / Meal at 12:00 noon

    Location:  Williamsport Volunteer Fire - EMS, Inc. 2 Brandy Dr. Williamsport, MD  21795

    Includes:  30 games on six cards; Extra cards available for purchase

    For tickets call 301-331-0781 or 240-291-4358

    $30.00 per person

    Children can play with ticket purchase / Must be 18 years old to play tips

    Special raffles of Kate Spade and Coach items

    Non-smoking event - Meal included with ticket purchase

    We reserve the right to cancel if tickets don't sell.



    Search for news stories :

    Select Year Select Month
    Select Category Enter Keyword