FFD News & Events Archive

On This Day in FFD/Frostburg History

November 23, 2016 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 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

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Length of Service Anniversary

November 22, 2016 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.

On behalf of the entire Department and the citizens of Frostburg and surrounding areas, thank you and happy 33rd!!

OUR DEEDS OUR REWARD!

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On This Day in FFD History

November 20, 2016 Events  No comments

ON THIS DAY IN FROSTBURG/FFD HISTORY

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

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On This Day in FFD History

November 18, 2016 Events  No comments

Reprinted from the Frostburg Mining Journal, Saturday, November 18, 1916

THE FINE FIRE AUTO TRUCK

Recently Contracted For, Will Be Added To Frostburg’s Fire Fighting Equipment About February First.

Frostburg, not to be outdone by surrounding towns, will shortly have an up-to-date motor fire truck. The Frostburg Fire Department which, by the way, is considered one of the most efficient fire-fighting organizations in the whole State of Maryland, through a committee composed of Col. Thomas G. Dillon, Walter W. Wittig and Bernard Hughes, on October 31st, placed an order with the American LaFrance Fire Engine Company, of Elmira, NY., for one of their combination engine and hose motor cars, which will cost in the neighborhood of $3,700.

Concerning the new truck, the transaction, as

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On This Day in FFD History

November 17, 2016 Events  No comments

A RE-PRINT FROM THE EVENING TIMES, CUMBERLAND, MD, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1936 – PAGE 6

BUSINESS BUILDINGS BURN AT FROSTBURG
Properties Were Owned By George H. Wittig Estate and Mrs. LaPorta

Frostburg November 17 – Three large frame buildings, housing six places of business and three families, were almost completely destroyed late last night by a fire with a loss estimated at approximately $40,000. Two of the buildings were owned by the George H. Wittig estate and the other was the property of Mrs. Anthony LaPorta.

The fire, which originated in the basement of the John D. Rees meat market, in one of the main business sections of the city, spread rapidly and for a while it was feared that the entire block would be wiped out. The alarm was sent in around 11 o’clock and by 11:30 the

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FFD Training

November 15, 2016 Events  No comments

Tuesday night's training drill focused on the use of Humat 4-way hydrant valves. The FFD will be transitioning to Humat valve operations by the end of the month.

We were joined by stations 17 (Shaft) and 18 (Midland) for the training session, which was led by Captain Chris Wainwright.

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Length of Service Anniversary

November 13, 2016 Events  No comments

Please help us congratulate Dale Bladen on his "Length of Service" anniversary. Dale joined this great organization on November 13, 2007 following many years of service with Solomon's Rescue Squad & VFD.

Throughout the years he has performed many man hours of training and service in an effort to continue the rich traditions of the FFD. Dale has provided dedicated service and leadership as both an administrative and fire line side as he currently serves as an Assistant Chief.

On behalf of the entire Department and the citizens of Frostburg and surrounding areas, thank you and happy 9th anniversary.

OUR DEEDS OUR REWARD!

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On This Day in FFD History

November 13, 2016 Events  No comments

Reprinted from the Cumberland Evening Times November 13, 1952 – Page 21

City Water Plan Aired At Meet

Frostburg – The Mayor and City Council held a meeting Tuesday with R. C. Regnier, consulting engineer for Whitman, Requardt and Associates. The new 16-inch main will run from the city reservoir on Big Savage Mountain to High Street, a distance of 4,317 feet, at an estimated cost of $60,000

Alex G. Close, city clerk, stated that the city has available $40,000 from the 1947 water improvement bond issue, and $25,000 from the 1950 water improvement bond issue.

The 1947 issue was for $60,000 of which $20,000 has already been spent and the 1950 issue was for $50,000 of which $25,000 has already been spent by the water department.

Mayor Jesse Jacobs stated that an effort is

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On This Day in FFD History

November 12, 2016 Events  No comments

Reprinted from the Cumberland Times-News, Wednesday, November 12, 2003 Pages 1 & 11

FATAL FIRE

Frostburg Man Dies In Blaze After Alerting Wife, Who Escapes.
House Not Equipped With Smoke Alarms

A South water Street man died in a blaze early Tuesday at his home that did not have smoke detectors, an investigation by the MD State Fire Marshal’s Office determined. The man’s wife, however, was able to escape after he alerted her to the fire.
Melvin Harris, 82, was found just inside the front door of his 161 S. Water Street home following the 5:27 a.m. blaze. Harris apparently had been sleeping on the living room sofa when he was awakened by the blaze. He was able to yell for his wife, Helen, 82, to get out, and she escaped through a side door, the fire marshal’s office said.

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Length of Service Anniversary

November 10, 2016 Events  No comments

Please help us congratulate Jim Winfield on his "Length of Service" anniversary. Jim joined this great organization on November 10, 1970 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. Jim also was a member with the Clarysville FD prior to joining the FFD.

On behalf of the entire Department and the citizens of Frostburg and surrounding areas, thank you and happy 46th!!

OUR DEEDS OUR REWARD

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