FFD News & Events Archive

2013 Christmas Parade

December 8, 2013 Events  No comments

FFD Members participating in Saturday's Christmas Parade. L to R: Phil Via, Arun Pant, Ted "Tadpole" King, Connor Woodring, Zak Hromanik, Brie Lyons, Dale Bladen, Harry Foor, Kelly Frye, Bill Price, Sam McCulloh, Gary Beachy.  Units in the procession were T16, SQ16, and E164.

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Length of Service Anniversary

December 8, 2013 Events  No comments

Please help us congratulate Harold Bittner on his "Length of Service" anniversary.

Harold Joined this great organization on December 8, 1970 and over the years, proudly served the department in an effort to continue the rich traditions of the FFD.

On behalf of the entire Department and the citizens of Frostburg and surrounding areas, THANK YOU and happy 43rd anniversary!!

OUR DEEDS OUR REWARD

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Memory Lane

December 6, 2013 Events  No comments

It's throwback Friday. The FFD Seagrave fleet! Circa 1981

L to R;
E-1, 1973 PB-Series, 1,000 GPM/500 Gallon Pumper
T-16, 1981 100' Rearmount Stick
E-2, 1961 Class A, KB-Series 1000 GPM/300 Gallon Pumper
E-3, 1960 (Purchased used in '77 from Takoma Park, MD) KB-Series 1000 GPM/300 Gallon Pumper

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Pedestrian Entrapment Drill

December 3, 2013 Events  No comments

FFD members practice utilizing rescue equipment from Squad 16 to remove a pinned victim from underneath a vehicle.

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Length of Service Anniversaries

November 28, 2013 Events  No comments

Please help us congratulate the below members on their "Length of Service" anniversaries.

Ron Dugan (NOV 28, 1978) 35 years of service) Current Vice President and past Fire Chief

Kelly Frye (NOV 28, 1984) 29 years of service) Current Captain and Trustee

Over the years, both have performed tens of thousands of man hours of training and service in an effort to continue the rich traditions of the FFD.

On behalf of the entire Department and the citizens of Frostburg and surrounding areas, THANK YOU and happy anniversary!!

OUR DEEDS OUR REWARD

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Length of Service Anniversaries

November 26, 2013 Events  No comments

Apologies for the delayed post.

Please help us congratulate the below members on their "Length of Service" anniversaries.

Ed George (NOV 26, 1974) 39 years of service)
Rob Rase (NOV 26, 1974) 39 years of service)

Over the years, both have performed tens of thousands of man hours of training and service in an effort to continue the rich traditions of the FFD.

On behalf of the entire Department and the citizens of Frostburg and surrounding areas, THANK YOU and happy anniversary!!

OUR DEEDS OUR REWARD

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Passing of FFD Brother, Robert L. Connor

November 25, 2013 Events  No comments

It is with regret and deep sadness that we report the sudden death of Frostburg Fire Department Brother Robert L. (Bob) Connor.

Bob joined the FFD (along w/ his brother, Dick) on February 8, 1966 serving with pride for 47 years.  He held just about every rank including Assistant Chief and served as the Department's President from 1977 through 1979.  Bob was awarded the Firefighter of the Year award in 1978 and he also served as the Police-Fire Commissioner for the City of Frostburg.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Linda and their entire family.

Family and friends will be received at Durst Funeral Home, 57 Frost Avenue, Frostburg on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 from 7 to 9 pm; and Friday, November 29, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The Elks Lodge 470 will hold a

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On This Day In Frostburg/FFD History

November 22, 2013 Events  No comments

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, a full rail car

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Length of Service Anniversary

November 22, 2013 Events  No comments

Please help us congratulate Mike Kucharczyk on his "Length of Service" anniversary. Mike joined this great organization on November 22, 1983 and throughout the years, provided dedicated service and leadership as both an administrative and fire line officer including Fire Chief.

Over the years, he performed many man hours of training and service in an effort to continue the rich traditions of the FFD. OUR DEEDS OUR REWARD!

On behalf of the entire Department and the citizens of Frostburg and surrounding areas, thank you and happy 30th!!

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On This Day In Frostburg/FFD History

November 19, 2013 Events  No comments

November 20, 1936 – Frostburg's only four story building, the Frostburg Opera House (former Ravenscroft Opera House) at the corner of Main and Depot Streets (today housing Fat Boy's Pizza) is destroyed by an intense fire and burns to a shell.  Said to have been a spectacular fire, fed by grain stored in the basement and huge virgin white pine girders, melts the copper roof providing a fireworks-like display lasting most of the night.  Lemmert Brothers Garage and four homes are damaged by flying embers.  Estimated losses are $70,000 and the cause of the fire, though never proven, was thought to be arson.

This fire was just four days after the Wittig and Laporta block on Main Street was partially destroyed by fire.

The following entry was noted in the FFD minute book for

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