Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services

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Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services
HowardCountyFireLogo.jpg
Operational area
Country  United States
State  Maryland
County Howard
Agency overview[1]
Employees ~900
Staffing Career & Volunteer
Fire chief John Butler
EMS level ALS
Facilities and equipment[2]
Battalions 2
Stations 12
Engines 25
Trucks 3
Platforms 4
Squads 4
Ambulances 19
Tenders 5
HAZMAT 1
Website
Official website

The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services provides fire protection, rescue, and emergency medical services to Howard County, Maryland.[1]

History[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4] Insurance agent Benjamin Mellor became the first fire chief serving until 1934.[5] In April 1940, a new fire station was dedicated in Ellicott City.[6]

On 18 April 1959, the Central Alarm went into operation in an office above the Ellicott City Jail.[7]

In 1991, the department implemented a customer service program, more commonly found in the commercial industry.[8] In 1996, Fire Chief Joseph Herr is replaced by Bill Goddard.[9] 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.[10]

Stations & Apparatus[edit]

Truck 6
Engine 111
Station 3 West Friendship VFD 12535 Old Frederick Road
Station 6 Savage Volunteer Fire Company 8521 Corridor Road
Station 7 5815 Banneker Road Columbia, Maryland
Bethany Station 8 9601 Old Frederick Road

There are a total of 12 stations under the umbrella of the department, 5 of which are county staffed. The remaining 7 are volunteer/career combination stations. These firehouses are a combination of both paid personnel and volunteers.[1] The volunteer departments, which are marked below with a V are as follows:

  • Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department - Station 1[11]
  • Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department - Stations 2 & 8[12]
  • West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department - Station 3[13]
  • Lisbon Volunteer Fire Company - Station 4[14]
  • Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department Clarksville - Station 5[15]
  • Savage Volunteer Fire Department - Station 6[16]
City Engine Truck/Squad EMS Wildland Command Special
1V Elkridge Engine 11, Engine 12 Squad 1 Paramedic 15
Ambulance 16
Brush 18 Chief 1, Chief 1A, Chief 1B Utility 1, Utility 1A, Utility 1B, ATV1S, ATV1M [11]
2V Ellicott City Engine 21, Engine 22 Tower 2
Squad 2
Paramedic 25
Ambulance 26
Brush 27 Battalion Chief 2, Chief 2, Chief 2A, Chief 2B Utility 2, Utility 2A, Utility 2B, Water rescue 2, Boat 2 [12]
3V West Friendship Engine 31, Engine 32 Tower 3 Paramedic 35
Ambulance 36
Brush 37, Brush 38 Chief 3, Chief 3A, Chief 3B Tankers 3, Tanker 34 [13]
4V Lisbon Engine 41, Engine 42, Engine-Tanker 44 Rescue Engine 4 Paramedic 45,

Ambulance 46

Brush 47, Brush 48 Chief 4, Chief 4A, Chief 4B Utility 4, Utility 4A, Utility 4B [14]
5V Clarksville Engine 51, Engine 52 Squad 5 Paramedic 55
Paramedic 56
Brush 58 Tanker 5, Utility 5, Dive 5, Boat 5 [15]
6V Savage Engine 61, Engine 62 Truck 6, Squad 6 Paramedic 65
Ambulance 66
Brush 68 Chief 6, Chief 6A, Chief 6B Utility 6, Canteen 6 [16]
7 Columbia Engine 71 Truck 7 Paramedic 75, Ambulance 76 Utility 7 [2]
8V Bethany Engine 81, Engine 82 Paramedic 85, Ambulance 86,

EMS 2

Brush 87 Chief 8B Air Unit 17, Utility 8, MAB 13,

MAB Support Trailer

[12]
9 Long Reach Engine 91 Paramedic 95,
Ambulance 96, EMS 1
Brush 97 Battalion Chief 1 Safety 1, Utility 9, Public Ed. Unit [2]
10 Rivers Park Engine 101 Tower 10 Paramedic 105, Reserve Ambulance 106 Special Ops

Battalion Chief 10

Transport 10, Transport 12, Utility 10,

Water Rescue 10, Boat 10, ATV10

[2]
11 Scaggsville Engine 111 Paramedic 115 Tanker 11, Boat 11, Decon 13, Utility 11 [2]
13 Glenwood Engine 131 Paramedic 135 Brush 137 EMS/BC-3 Tanker 13, Utility 13 [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "About Us". Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Fire and Rescue Services". Howard County Fire. Archived from the original on 6 July 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Marsha Wight Wise. Ellicott City. p. 92. 
  4. ^ Marsha Wight Wise. Ellicott City. p. 94. 
  5. ^ "Ellicott City Covered County Many Years". The Times (Ellicott City). 31 March 1965. 
  6. ^ Louise Vest (7 April 2015). "Historic home in Elkridge destroyed by 1940 fire". The Baltimore Sun. 
  7. ^ "Center for Emergencies". The Times. 31 March 1965. 
  8. ^ Darl R. McBride, Howard County. Fire and Rescue Services (1993). A Customer Service Program for the Howard County, Maryland Fire and Rescue Department. 
  9. ^ Amanda Yeager (21 November 2014). "Howard fire chief resigns". The Baltimore Sun. 
  10. ^ Amanda Yeager (10 July 2014). "Howard County fire contingent ranks drop to one". The Baltimore Sun. 
  11. ^ a b "Apparatus". Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department. 
  12. ^ a b c "Apparatus". Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department. Archived from the original on 5 February 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Apparatus". West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "Apparatus". Lisbon Volunteer Fire Company. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "Apparatus". Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department Clarksville. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "Apparatus". Savage Volunteer Fire Department. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 

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