FFD News & Events Archive

On This Day in FFD History

February 1, 2018 Events  No comments

February 1 and 2 happens to be bad for “This Day In FFD/Frostburg History.” This will be the first of three posts today and ironically, two of the fires involved the same building 130 years apart.

NOTE: This was 18 months before the FFD was organized and six months prior to the fire that burned down half of the opposite side of Main Street and beyond. This same block, again burned to the ground in 1917. (Today’s Gianni’s and FSU store and previously Prichard’s & G.C. Murphy’s)

Reprinted from the Cumberland Times, Saturday, February 7, 1874 (Punctuation, grammar and spelling as it appeared)

The citizens of our neighboring town of Frostburg were startled by the alarm of fire at about the hour of seven o’clock Monday morning. The alarm proved only

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Passing of FFD Member, Rex Leese

January 25, 2018 Events  No comments

It is with regret and deep sadness that we report the passing of Frostburg Fire Department Brother Rex D. Leese.

Rex joined the FFD on May 27, 1975 serving with pride for 43 years. He was a certified Apparatus Operator throughout his FFD career.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Rex and his family.

The Frostburg Fire Department will hold a Memorial Service at 7:00 pm on Monday, January 29th at Durst Funeral Home, 57 Frost Avenue, Frostburg

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On This Day in Frostburg/FFD History

December 7, 2017 Events  No comments


A reprint from the Cumberland Times Friday, December 7, 1928


Two Children Carried From Blazing Standish Mansion, a Landmark, Which Is Gutted - Another Family Barely Escapes Suffocation - Woman Loses Bonds.
Frostburg, MD., Dec. 7-- Fire of unknown origin blazing through the roof of the Standish mansion, one of Frostburg’s oldest landmarks, one hour and 15 minutes after midnight, brought the clanging of fire bells awakening the residents of Standish Street to view one of the most destructive blazes in residential districts of the city for many years. The Standish mansion, a portion of which was

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Storybook Christmas Parade

December 2, 2017 Events  No comments

Members participated in the city of Frostburg's yearly Storybook Christmas Parade. Pictured are banner carriers; Gary Beachy (left) and Sam McCulloh (right) in front of Engine 162. TR16, SQ16, and retired E16-12 also participated.

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Allegany County LODD Ceremony

November 27, 2017 Events  No comments

Yesterday, members of the FFD attended the dedication ceremony for the new monument that pays respect to those Allegany County Fire and EMS personnel, who have died in the line of duty. The event was held at the Allegany County Complex on Kelly Road.

One of the twelve on the monument is our own Fire Chief, Joseph Durst, Jr. who suffered a Line of Duty Death (LODD) on August 27, 1978.

Chief Durst’s family members attended including his son, daughter-in-law and grandson.


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

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Family Portrait Pick Up Delay

October 6, 2017 Events  No comments

Anyone that recently had family portraits taken at the Frostburg Fire Department, unfortunately due to a shipping issue, pictures will NOT be available for pick up tomorrow.

We have been informed the new pick up date will be Tuesday, October 10th from 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the firehouse located at 75 S. Water Street.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Steve Pope

September 30, 2017 Events  No comments

It is with deep regret that we announce the sad news of our friend Steve Pope passing away. Steve's illness came on suddenly in July which surprised all who knew him. Sadly the cancer spread quickly and he was unable to recover.

Below, is a brief overview of how the FFD and I became friends with Steve and recipients of a piece of our heritage.

The Frostburg Fire Department was organized in 1875 following a devastating fire that burned half of the downtown business district to include 40 buildings. Officially, the Frostburg Fire Department, No. 1 (FFD) was chartered on March 18, 1878. The department at one time had four fire houses around the town, which housed seven hand-drawn hose reels. Following the purchase of our first few motorized apparatus in 1916 and 1922, the hand reels

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FSU Public Safety Appreciation

September 9, 2017 Events  No comments

Frostburg State University (FSU) acknowledged area first responders during today’s football game and invited us up to press box for some great food and conversation.

L to R: FFD Executive Officer/PIO, Matt McMorran; FFD President, John Jarvis; FSU President, Ron Nowaczyk, FSU VP University Advancement, John Short; FFD Chaplain, Harry Foor and FFD VP/Chief Engineer, Bill Price.

Thanks to Ron, John and the rest of the FSU staff for the hospitality!

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Newest EMT’s

September 8, 2017 Events  No comments

Congratulations to these two FFD members for successfully passing the 165 hour Maryland Fire Rescue Institute (MFRI) Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) and subsequent testing to gain National Registry EMT (NREMT) status. Firefighters Brett Weikert and John Fore (L to R) are now official Maryland Emergency Medical Technicians certified by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS).

Both Brett and John are serving the FFD while they are full-time students at Frostburg State University (FSU). Their dedication and devotion to the department and the Frostburg community is greatly appreciated!

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FSU Block Party

September 6, 2017 Events  No comments

Chief 16, TK16 and E164 crews were on hand for last night's FSU Block Party on Main Street. Started off a little wet but the rains passed through and it turned out to be a great night!

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