Howard County Fire and Rescue (Maryland)

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Howard County Fire and Rescue
Map of Maryland highlighting Howard County.svg
Agency Overview
Established 1888
Annual calls 58526
Fire chief William Goddard
Facilities & Equipment
Battalions 2
Stations 12
Engines 18
Trucks 5
Squads 3
Helicopters 1
Fireboats 1
HAZMAT 1
EMS Level 17
Website
http://www.howardcountymd.gov/departments.aspx?ID=259

The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services serves the citizens of Howard County, Maryland. The department was first accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (The Center for Public Safety Excellence) in September 1999.[1] The county operates 12 stations and the James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center at Alpha Ridge Landfill. There are five county stations (7, 9, 10, 11, 13) staffed by career employees and a county volunteers, and seven volunteer stations (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8) owned by volunteer corporations staffed by county employees and supplemented by corporate volunteers.

History[edit]

Station 6 Aerial Ladder

On July 10, 1888, Ellicott City citizens formed The Volunteer Fire Company of Ellicott City No. 1. On August 24, 1888, authorization was granted to purchase a hand-drawn ladder wagon from the Charles T. Holloway Company, Baltimore, Maryland. The wagon arrived on October 5, 1888 and was based in the old foundry. The first firehouse built in Ellicott City was constructed in 1896 with a cupola to house a firebell donated by the B&O railroad to summon firemen.[2]

In 1924, the Howard County Volunteer Fireman's Association was formed operating out of a new combination firehouse and transit terminal on Main street in Ellicott City with an $10,500 600 gallon American LaFrance triple combination engine.[3] Insurance agent Benjamin Mellor became the first fire chief serving until 1934.[4]

On 18 April 1959, the Central Alarm went into operation in a office above the Ellicott City Jail.[5]

In 1991, the department implemented a customer service program, more commonly found in the commercial industry.[6] In 1996, Fire Chief Joseph Herr is replaced by Bill Goddard.[7] In 2014 the criteria for contingent firefighters that supplement volunteer stations without benefits changed to require the same qualifications as career staff, promoting the departure of 33 of 34 contingent staff primarily from Lisbon and West Friendship.[8]

Station Histories[edit]

Ellicott City Firehouse
  • Ellicott City - Built in 1896, turned over the WPA in 1935.[9] Moved to a garage by Talbots which was sold in 1939 to become the police department.
  • Station 1 - Elkridge - Founded on 29 April 1942 using a 1934 Brockaway chassis[10]
  • Station 3 - West Friendship - Founded on 4 September 1944 by the Minutemen. The first fire truck was a modified 1928 Buick. The first fire station was built on Frederick Road in 1949 and expanded in 1961 and 1979. In 1969 ambulance service was added. In 2009 a new station was put into operation.[11]
  • Station 4 - Lisbon - formed 1944 with a civil defense pumper trailer.
  • Station 5 - Clarksville - formed in 1947 at a American Legion Post with James Blair Shaw Sr. as first chief using a 1927 US Pumper from Savage and a 1931 engine from Kensington.
  • Station 6 - Savage - Organized in 1937 with a 1929 pumper and a 1928 Cadillac Ambulance. Relocated in 1957, and in 2014
  • Station 7 - The Frank Gehry designed Benjamin Banneker station opened in 1971 with a staff of volunteers two career fireman from Clarksville.[12] The station is planned to be razed and relocated to facilitate additional development in Columbia.[13]
  • Station 11 - Scaggsville - First proposed on Maryland Milk Producers site.[14] Took delivery of a 3000 gallon pumper/tanker truck in 2010.[15]
  • Station 13 - Took delivery of a 3000 gallon pumper/tanker truck in 2010.
  • James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center - Proposed in 1988 at a $1million 64 acre site at Cooksville between Rte 144,97 and 94 (Carr's Mill Landfill). Later built at Alpha Ridge Landfill.[16]

Stations[edit]

No. Station Battalion Equipment Responses
1 Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. 6275 Old Washington Road Elkridge, MD 21075 1 Engine (2), Squad, Brush Truck, ALS Transport, BLS Transport 4672
2 Ellicott City Volunteer Firemen's Association, Inc. 4150 Montgomery Road

Ellicott City, MD 21043

2
Engine 22
Engine (2), Aerial Tower, Squad, Brush Truck, ALS Transport, BLS Transport
7498
3
West Friendship VFD
West Friendship Volunteer Firemen's Association, Inc 12535 Old Frederick Road

Sykesville, MD 21784

2 Engine (2), Aerial Tower, Tanker (2), Brush Truck, ALS Transport, BLS Transport 2686
4 Lisbon Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. 1330 Woodbine Road

Lisbon, MD 21765

2 Engine (2), Rescue Engine, Engine-Tanker, Brush Truck(2), ALS Transport 2090
5 Clarksville - Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. 5000 Signal Bell Lane

Clarksville, MD 21029

2 Engine (2), Squad, Tanker, Brush Truck, Boat, ALS Transport, BLS Transport 2939
6
Station Six Built 2013
Savage Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. 8521 Corridor Road

Savage, MD 20763

1 Engine (2), Rescue Engine, Aerial Ladder, Brush Truck, ALS Transport (2), Canteen
Medic 66
6656
7
Banneker Station 7
Banneker - 5815 Banneker Road

Columbia, MD 21044

2 Engine, Aerial Ladder, Brush Truck, ALS Transport 8427
8
Bethany Station 8
Bethany - Ellicott City Volunteer Firemen's Association, Inc. 9601 Old Frederick Road

Ellicott City, MD 21042

2 Engine (2), Brush Truck, Air Unit, ALS Transport, BLS Transport 4435
9 Long Reach 5950 Tamar Drive

Columbia, MD 21045

1 Engine (2), ALS Transport, BLS Transport 9914
10 Rivers Park 10155 Old Columbia Road

Columbia, MD 21046

1 Engine, Aerial Tower, Special Operations, ALS Transport
Engine 101
6100
11 Scaggsville 11226 Scaggsville Road

Laurel, MD 20723

1 Engine, Tanker, Brush Truck, Boat, ALS Transport
Engine 111
3024
13 Glenwood 14620 Carrs Mill Road

Woodbine, MD 21797

2 Engine, Tanker, Brush Truck, ALS Transport Unknown

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ co.ho.md.us
  2. ^ Marsha Wight Wise. Ellicott City. p. 92. 
  3. ^ Marsha Wight Wise. Ellicott City. p. 94. 
  4. ^ "Ellicott City Covered County Many Years". The Times (Ellicott City). 31 March 1965. 
  5. ^ "Center for Emergencies". The Times. 31 March 1965. 
  6. ^ Darl R. McBride, Howard County. Fire and Rescue Services (1993). A Customer Service Program for the Howard County, Maryland Fire and Rescue Department. 
  7. ^ Amanda Yeager (21 November 2014). "Howard fire chief resigns". The Baltimore Sun. 
  8. ^ Amanda Yeager (10 July 2014). "Howard County fire contingent ranks drop to one". The Baltimore Sun. 
  9. ^ Janet P. Kusterer, Victoria Goeller. Remembering Ellicott City: Stories from the Patapsco River Valley. p. 94. 
  10. ^ "Elkridge VFD history". Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "History of The West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.". Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  12. ^ Joseph R. Mitchell, David Stebenne. New City Upon a Hill: A History of Columbia, Maryland. p. 92. 
  13. ^ Elizabeth Janney (17 March 2014). "Merriweather Ownership Change Proposed in Downtown Columbia Plan The county executive also wants affordable housing modifications and something specific for the Banneker Fire Station.". The Columbia Patch. 
  14. ^ Michael J Clark (8 February 1978). "Hammond villagers of Columbia want no firehouse on their doorstep". The Baltimore Sun. 
  15. ^ "Triple Threat: Howard County (Md.) Fire Rescue takes delivery of 2 pumper/tankers & a water-delivery unit". Fire Rescue Magazine. 21 October 2010. 
  16. ^ Lisa Leff (4 February 1988). "Howard County Capital Wish List Includes $596 Million in Projects". The Washington Post. 

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