FFD News & Events Archive

On This Day in FFD History

December 17, 2016 Events  No comments

ON THIS DAY IN FROSTBURG/FFD HISTORY
A reprint from the Cumberland Evening Times - Page 2, Monday, December 17, 1917

LOOKING FOR BETTER FIRE PROTECTION
One hundred and twenty-five citizens met at the Gladstone Hotel yesterday for the purpose of discussing the shortage of fire hose, scarcity of fire plugs and the failure of water pressure. R.A Walter presided. It developed that the town has only 450 feet of first class hose and 500 feet in fairly good condition but liable to burst at any time, while the remainder was reported absolutely worthless. Thirty more fire plugs were suggested.

Several addressed the meeting on the condition of the pressure at the fire Friday and rumors were said to be afloat that some one had shut off the supply of water. This, Conrad Knerium, the water

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On This Day in FFD History

December 14, 2016 Events  No comments

ON THIS DAY IN FROSTBURG/FFD HISTORY (AS OF 2016, THE CITY’S 2ND LARGEST FIRE!)

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

FROSTBURG BUSINESS BLOCK LAID WASTE BY STUBBORN BLAZE; CONEY AND CUMBERLAND FIREMEN CALLED

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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Length of Service Anniversary

December 12, 2016 Events  No comments

Please help us congratulate Bill Price on his "Length of Service" anniversary. He joined this great organization on December 12, 1972 and currently serves the department as the Vice President and Chief Engineer.

Over the years, Bill has performed tens of thousands of man hours of training and dedicated service in an effort to continue the rich traditions of the FFD. Bill continues to be one of the main apparatus drivers and is always in the running for the annual "Most Activities" award.

On behalf of the entire department and the citizens of Frostburg and surrounding areas, THANK YOU and happy 44th anniversary!!

OUR DEEDS OUR REWARD

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Frostburg, MD in 1938 DVD’s For Sale!

December 9, 2016 Events  No comments

In November of 1937, the Frostburg Fire Department, No. 1, entered into an agreement with the Amateur Services Production Co. to produce a movie picture as a fund raiser. Pre sold tickets were 25 cents and 35 cents at the door.

On March 29th & 30th 1938, the Palace Theatre ran the film, “See Your Town and Yourselves in Moving Pictures.” $188.50 was raised for the FFD and the Palace Theatre donated an additional $50.00 to the cause.
The FFD again, reintroduced the videos at our 2015 event where we welcomed home our 1880’s era hand reel and 1887 bell after they were restored.

These wonderful historic videos (four parts totaling approximately 45 minutes) have been combined onto one DVD and make great stocking stuffers!

$10.00 each or 4 for $35.00. Interested parties my contact

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On This Day in FFD History

December 1, 2016 Events  No comments

ON THIS DAY IN FROSTBURG/FFD HISTORY

A reprint from the Cumberland Times-News Friday, December 1, 1972

Man injured in fire at Frostburg

Olin F. Eisle 78, of 21 Howard Street, Frostburg, who was injured in a blaze at his home late Wednesday night, was reported in guarded condition last night at Memorial Hospital. Mr. Eisle was taken to Frostburg Community Hospital late Wednesday night and was transferred to the local hospital yesterday.

Mr. Eisle lived alone in the frame residence which was gutted by the fire. The house is owned by Earvin Eeisel. Frostburg firemen were called to the scene by William Preston, Frostburg Street Commissioner, who lives across the street from the Eisel property, when his wife reportedly informed him that the dwelling was on fire. Mr. Preston then

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From The City of Frostburg

November 30, 2016 Events  No comments

From the City of Frostburg

Great Allegheny Passage - Construction Alert!

At mile marker 10 (near Woodcock Hollow) construction is underway to stabilize the area affected by the landslide earlier this year. All bike & pedestrian traffic will need to exercise caution and walk their bike around the construction area (i.e. between the track rails). The area will be fenced off and barricades will be placed at the east and west ends of the site. Detour signs will be placed on the barricades indicating a right and left detour respectively.

Construction equipment will be utilizing the trail from the Woodcock Hollow trail head to the construction site. The heavy equipment will impact the trail and most likely kick larger stone onto the trail. All riders must be aware of the

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On This Day in FFD History

November 29, 2016 Events  No comments

Reprinted (as it appeared) from The Cumberland News, November 29, 1952 – Page 18

17 Are Made Homeless In Frostburg Blaze

Heavy Damage Is Caused By Water, Fire

WEATHER CONDITIONS HAMPER FIRE FIGHTERS

Seventeen persons were made homeless in Frostburg last evening, when fire gutted a downtown apartment and grocery store at the corner of Grant and Main Streets.

The structure, a two-story insul brick covered frame building was one of the oldest in Frostburg. It is owned by Mrs. Annie (Chabot) Bockes, who lives directly across the street.

The blaze, of undetermined origin was discovered about 3 p.m. by Mrs. Elsie Kidwell, wife of the operator of the Jo-Le-Kay Market, which occupies the street floor.

Volunteer firemen of the community took all available equipment to the

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Length of Service Anniversaries

November 28, 2016 Events  No comments

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

Ron Dugan (NOV 28, 1978) 38 years of service and is a past Fire Chief. (Left)

Kelly Frye (NOV 28, 1984) 32 years of service, current serves as a firefighter and apparatus operator. (Right)

Over the years, both have performed 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, 2016 Events  No comments

Please help us congratulate the below members on their "Length of Service" anniversaries. Both Ed George and Rob Rase joined the great organization on NOV 26, 1974.

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 42nd anniversary!!

OUR DEEDS OUR REWARD

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On This Day in FFD History

November 23, 2016 Events  No comments

Reprinted from the Cumberland News, Wednesday, November 23, 1977

Shaft Fire Drill Termed a Success.

About 50 from three companies were given an opportunity this past Sunday to test and improve their fire fighting abilities, as they held an all day drill at an abandoned residence in Midlothian.
Rick Winters, a member of the Shaft Volunteer Fire Department publicity committee noted that the day began with a training session to educate firemen from Shaft, Frostburg and Eastern Garrett County on the objectives and procedures to be followed during the drill.

Mr. Winters noted “They’ve (the firemen) been taught by books and in the station, but there is nothing like the real thing.
The house was donated for use by Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Hoban of Girard, Ohio. Most of the firemen who

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