FFD News & Events Archive

Funeral for Firefighter McAlpine

March 19, 2019 Events  No comments

Members of the FFD participated in yesterday's funeral procession for Goodwill VFD, Brother Alex “Cue” McAlpine.


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FFD 141st Annual Appreciation and Awards Banquet

March 18, 2019 Events  No comments

The FFD held our annual anniversary and awards banquet last night celebrating 141 years and honoring numerous members for their efforts in 2018.

Firefighter of the Year - Dayne Lancaster
Chief's Award - Chris Wainwright
President's Award - Gary Tummino
Top Five Most Activities;
1st - Bill Price
2nd - Bobby Dugan
3rd - Dayne Lancaster
4th - Bobby Pattison
5th - Doug Hanson

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Funeral for Chief Winters

March 16, 2019 Events  No comments

FFD members with Truck 16 representing and paying respects during last week's funeral for Chief Winters.

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On This Day in FFD History

March 10, 2019 Events  No comments


Wednesday, March 10, 1999 - Jeff Alderton Times-News Staff Writer

Fire Guts Old Inn - The Clarysville structure dates back to 1807

FROSTBURG - An apparent accidental fire destroyed the 192-year-old Clarysville Inn early Wednesday and left a family of five who operated businesses there for the past four years homeless along with two other tenants.

``I've never been in this position before," said Tom Pecora, who operated the businesses at the Clarysville Inn since March 1995, when he and his family left behind a successful catering business in Baltimore for a new life in Allegany County.

Pecora sipped hot coffee and soup as he collected his thoughts, dressed in clothes given to him after he and his family escaped with only the clothes on their

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Drill Night Focusing on Rapid Intervention Team Techniques

March 5, 2019 Events  No comments

During Tuesday's department training, FFD members worked with Company 15 (Mount Savage) focusing on Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) techniques. RIT is established on all working incidents and are used solely for assisting downed or disoriented firefighters.

*More pictures can be found on Frostburg Fire Department Facebook page*

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PSA: Discolored Water Following Tuesday’s Fire

January 22, 2019 Events  No comments

City of Frostburg-

Due to the extreme draws of water from the fire hydrants in the business district, City water customers may experience discolored water for the next 24 hours, however, the water remains safe to drink.

Peak flows at times today were in excess of 5 million gallons per day, whereas average draws are typically 1 million gallons per day.

Our thoughts are with the families and businesses displaced by the fire.

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Keep Fire Hydrants Clear of Snow

January 20, 2019 Events  No comments

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On This Day in Frostburg/FFD History

December 14, 2018 Events  No comments


A reprint from the Cumberland Times Friday, December 14, 1917


Seven Buildings Totaling Loss Of $150,000 Destroyed – Stiff Gale Balks Firemen Who Fought For Four Hours – Frostburg Department Handicapped, New Auto engine of Cumberland And Coney Firefighters Save Town From Devastation.

FROSTBURG, Dec. 14 – A fire, doing an estimated damage of $150,000, broke out this morning about 5 o’clock from the Shea building, this place, and before it was extinguished burned seven buildings to the ground. The destroyed buildings were: Shea building and a double block residence and average on same lot; the building occupied

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On This Day in Frostburg/FFD History

November 23, 2018 Events  No comments

On this day in Frostburg/FFD history.

The below is courtesy of Steve Colby. It is lengthy but very detailed and interesting!

While researching vintage photographs of tornado damage in Frostburg, MD, Bob Lemmert came across the following information on the NOAA website:

November 23, 1891 at about 1000 hours EST, a F2 tornado struck Frostburg. The damage path statistics are unknown. Deaths and injuries are also unknown. The tornado touched down in the Consol area near the present day armory. It followed Water Street (northward) before shifting east down Main street near St. Michael's Catholic Church. It moved through the heart of Frostburg and down to Depot Hill. Buildings were destroyed, roofs lifted, chimneys downed and windows shattered. A horse and wagon was blown 50 yards,

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On This Day in Frostburg/FFD History

November 20, 2018 Events  No comments

Cumberland Evening Times - November 20, 1936.

Old Frostburg Opera House Burns

Landmark Seventy Years Old Is Destroyed

The second fire in the business section this week completely destroyed the old Frostburg Opera House at the corner of Main and Depot Streets early this morning. The alarm was sent in about 2 a.m. by Russell Carter of Grahamtown and by 2:30 the building was a mass of flames.

Said to have been a spectacular fire, fed by grain stored in the basement and huge virgin white pine girders, melted the copper roof providing a fireworks-like display lasting most of the night. A four-story brick structure, it was owned by Mrs. Joseph H. Hitchens and for years housed the largest motion picture theater in the city. Recently, it had been

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