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Reprinted from the Cumberland Evening Times, Tuesday, February 17, 1931


Frostburg Company Answered 56 Alarms – John Keller Elected President

At the recent meeting of the Frostburg Fire Department, the annual report was submitted to the Mayor and Council by Chief Arch Baker. The report follows:
Gentlemen: As chief of the Frostburg Fire Department No. 1, I wish to submit to your honorable body the following report of the activities during 1930.

The department responded to a 56 alarms, 31 of which were within the city limits, with a total loss in fire damages within the corporate limits of $4,405. In most cases these alarms were flue fires.

The department responded to a total of 25 alarms outside the corporate limits with a fire loss of approximately $44,715. A great many of those alarms were forest or brush fires on the outskirts of the city. All alarms were answered promptly.

The fire hydrants were not inspected this fall on the account of the scarcity of water. A great majority of the cellars were inspected and were found well kept and free from fire hazards.

I attended the Volunteer Firemen’s school held at the University of Maryland at College Park, MD, and received much valuable information concerning the fighting and prevention of fire.
All of the equipment of the department is in the best of condition at the present time.

Respectfully submitted, Arch Baker, Chief

Committees named for the ensuing year follow: Thomas Kerr, John Thorpe, Olin Spiker, George Tippen and Charles Stark, entertainment and Walter W. Wittig, Bernard Hughes, James Jeffries, Elmer Kight and Arch Baker, building. John Keller was elected president, Ab Rankin, secretary and Elmer Kight, treasure.

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