Santa Claus came to town on a fire engine

 

Tuesday December 18th, 2018 SANTA UPDATE!

By Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 Chaplain, PIO, and assist. Secretary Kevin Dayhoff, who has been known to say, “Ho, Ho, HO” from a vantage point on top of a fire engine in a jolly red suit….

All this week the firefighters of the Westminster Fire Company are assisting Santa with his rounds and escorting him around town to see all the good girls and boys in their neighborhoods.

On Tuesday December 18, 2018 “Santa 1” covered E. Green Street, Middlebrooke, and the Center Street areas – including west of Liberty St, George St., Charles St., Middlebrooke Apts., Carroll View, Avondale Run Apts., Long Valley Rd, and Fairway Dr.

Santa was excited to be out in the community again. We tried to stay as close as possible to the routes that were posted. Sometimes the routes can change without notice.

On Tuesday, Santa and all his firefighter elves got started around 6 pm. Updates were posted on the

Westminster Fire Dept. Santa Run Facebook page. Folks were advised to listen for the sirens!

As a safety reminder, parents please keep close watch of your children on the dark roadways. It is certainly understandable for kids to be excited to see Santa, but please walk with them if you plan to cross a street.

Please remember emergency calls for service, weather and other unforeseen circumstances can change, delay, or cancel our routes for the evening. We will provide updates via the Westminster Fire Dept. Santa Run Facebook page if there are any changes in plans – or if Santa and the firefighter elves need to attend

to an emergency in the community.

Also – keep in mind that Saturday – December 22 is the Westminster Fire Company’s Breakfast with Santa. If you miss us during the week come see us on Saturday. Pictures with Santa can be purchased also.

The official Facebook page for the yearly Westminster, MD Santa run is located here: https://www.facebook.com/Westminster-Fire-Dept-Santa-Run-1979153135688750/

https://patch.com/maryland/westminster/santa-claus-came-town-fire-engine

 

The work never ends at the fire service

Westminster Fire Company Chaplain and PIO Kevin Dayhoff December 8, 2018

Westminster Fire Co. Firefighter – EMS provider Josh Gursky, back-left; Lt. Kim Darby, and Treasurer Caroline Babylon, right, run hose through a cleaning sleeve after the Bowersox Road fire on Thur., Dec. 6, 2018.

The work never ends at the fire service. Cleaning-up and putting away the hose and equipment after the Bowersox Road fire on Thursday, December 6, 2018 took hours. https://www.facebook.com/kevindayhoff/posts/10215325437662770

https://patch.com/maryland/westminster/work-never-ends-fire-service

Related: Thank you for the station fill-ins Dec. 6, 2018 during the Bowersox Rd fire

The men and women of the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 would like to thank the Lineboro fire company tanker crew and the Sykesville medic unit from Carroll County, the Emmitsburg tower crew from Frederick Co, and the engine unit from Lisbon for filling-in at station 3 on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

That afternoon, firefighters from the Westminster fire company were helping New Windsor, Winfield, Westminster Taneytown, Union Bridge, Manchester, Reese, Pleasant Valley, Mount Airy, Libertytown, Gamber, and Sykesville on the Bowersox Road fire. http://www.westminstervfd.org/2018/12/08/wfd-thank-you-for-the-station-fill-ins-dec-6-2018-during-the-bowersox-rd-fire/

Related: No one injured in Bowersox Road blaze

Carroll County Times writers Catalina Righter and Jon Kelvey have the full story on the fire… Winfield fire chief estimates two-alarm blaze did $300K worth of damage to home

Firefighters put out hot spots at the scene of a house fire in the 1600 Block of Bowersox Road in Westminster Thursday. Photos by (Dylan Slagle/Carroll County Times

By Catalina Righter, Jon Kelvey Carroll County Times

It took firefighters from Winfield, New Windsor and at least 10 other fire companies more than an hour to control a house fire Thursday in the 1600 block of Bowersox Road.

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“I will tell you that had it been a newer home, it would have been sprinklered, and the fire would have been controlled by the sprinkler system,” Davis added, noting the structure was built before the requirement for sprinklers in new residential construction. “The fire would have been controlled by probably one or two sprinkler heads with probably minor damage.”

Read the entire story here: https://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/cc-new-windsor-house-fire-20181206-story.html

WFD: Thank you for the station fill-ins Dec. 6, 2018 during the Bowersox Rd fire

The men and women of the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 would like to thank the Lineboro fire company tanker crew and the Sykesville medic unit from Carroll County, the Emmitsburg tower crew from Frederick Co, and the engine unit from Lisbon for filling-in at station 3 on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

That afternoon, firefighters from the Westminster fire company were helping New Windsor, Winfield, Westminster Taneytown, Union Bridge, Manchester, Reese, Pleasant Valley, Mount Airy, Libertytown, Gamber, and Sykesville on the Bowersox Road fire.

No one injured in Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 Bowersox Road blaze

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Related: No one injured in Bowersox Road blaze

Carroll County Times writers Catalina Righter and Jon Kelvey have the full story on the fire here: https://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/cc-new-windsor-house-fire-20181206-story.html

Winfield fire chief estimates two-alarm blaze did $300K worth of damage to home

Firefighters put out hot spots at the scene of a house fire in the 1600 Block of Bowersox Road in Westminster Thursday. Photos by (Dylan Slagle/Carroll County Times https://www.carrollcountytimes.com/multimedia/photogalleries/cctnews-firefighters-battle-bowersox-road-fire-20181206-photogallery.html

By Catalina Righter, Jon Kelvey Carroll County Times

It took firefighters from Winfield, New Windsor and at least 10 other fire companies more than an hour to control a house fire Thursday in the 1600 block of Bowersox Road.

[…]

“I will tell you that had it been a newer home, it would have been sprinklered, and the fire would have been controlled by the sprinkler system,” Davis added, noting the structure was built before the requirement for sprinklers in new residential construction. “The fire would have been controlled by probably one or two sprinkler heads with probably minor damage.”

Read the entire story here: https://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/cc-new-windsor-house-fire-20181206-story.html

No one injured in Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 Bowersox Road blaze

Carroll County Times writers Catalina Righter and Jon Kelvey have the full story on the fire here: https://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/cc-new-windsor-house-fire-20181206-story.html

Winfield fire chief estimates two-alarm blaze did $300K worth of damage to home

Firefighters put out hot spots at the scene of a house fire in the 1600 Block of Bowersox Road in Westminster Thursday. Photos by (Dylan Slagle/Carroll County Times https://www.carrollcountytimes.com/multimedia/photogalleries/cctnews-firefighters-battle-bowersox-road-fire-20181206-photogallery.html

By Catalina Righter, Jon Kelvey Carroll County Times

It took firefighters from Winfield, New Windsor and at least 10 other fire companies more than an hour to control a house fire Thursday in the 1600 block of Bowersox Road.

[…]

“I will tell you that had it been a newer home, it would have been sprinklered, and the fire would have been controlled by the sprinkler system,” Davis added, noting the structure was built before the requirement for sprinklers in new residential construction. “The fire would have been controlled by probably one or two sprinkler heads with probably minor damage.”

Read the entire story here: https://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/cc-new-windsor-house-fire-20181206-story.html

 

 

Christmas tree donated to Westminster Fire Company by Zepp Tree Farm

Zepp Tree Farm and the families, employees, and owners of Douglas Lawn and Landscaping donated a Christmas tree to the Westminster Fire Co.

Monday, December 2, 2018

Westminster Fire Company Chaplain and PIO Kevin Dayhoff, kevindayhoff@gmail.com

Sunday, Dec. 2, was a dreary, gray, and rainy December day with a hint of the bitter cold that has yet to come. However the day was made a great deal brighter by the donation of a Christmas tree to the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 by Zepp Tree Farm and the families, employees, and owners of Douglas Lawn and Landscaping.

On Sunday, Dec. 2, the B-shift at the Westminster Fire Company under the leadership of Lt. Kim Darby and Engineer Rash Agrawal took a minute out of a busy day answering calls to stop by the Zepp Tree Farm – Douglas Lawn and Landscaping Christmas Tree Lot to pick-up a Christmas tree for the fire station.

The tree lot has been located in the back of Arby’s at 120 Mall Ring Rd, Westminster, MD 21157, at the TownMall of Westminster, for about 30-years, since around 1987.

Lt. Darby and Engineer Agrawal were assisted by Santa’s elves – Westminster firefighters and EMS personnel Emily Morris, Bryce Ballard, Br

iana Seymour, Gunnar Mohlhenrich, Douglas Landscaping representative Eric Zepp, future firefighter Jayden Zepp, and Brock Zepp.

In what has become an annual tradition, for many years, the owners of Douglas Landscape have given back to the community by donating a Christmas tree for the Westminster Fire Station to help brighten the season. This year, the Westminster Fire Company will respond to over 8,000 calls. The Christmas tree in the day room helps bring some holiday cheer to the day-to-day back-to-back emergency calls that have become routine for the fire company.

Later in the month, in what has also become an annual tradition, this year’s annual Santa Run to neighborhoods throughout the Westminster area will take place on December 17-20, 2018. Keep in mind, that the schedule can change quickly if the weather gets bad or if the company receives calls for an emergency response. Please find more details here; or on the Westminster Fire Dept. Santa Run Facebook page located here: https://www.facebook.com/Westminster-Fire-Dept-Santa-Run-1979153135688750/.

For more information on the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 go here: https://www.facebook.com/WFD-Incident-Blotter-1040669702651058/ or here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Westminster.Vol.Fire.Dept/ or here: http://www.westminstervfd.org/.

Other upcoming events include Breakfast with Santa – Saturday, December 22, 2018 7-11 AM: Menu: Pancakes, Sausage, Eggs, Sausage Gravy, Biscuits, Baked Apples, Coffee, Orange Juice, Tea, and Milk. Adults: $8.00 Children under 5: $5.00.

Have your child’s picture taken with Santa on a piece of Antique Fire Equipment. 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM. $10.00 for Digital Pictures via E-mail or $15.00 for a set of 4×6 Prints mailed. $5.00 each extra set of mailed prints.

Find more information on the December 22, 2018 breakfast with Santa, call: 410-848-1800 Ext. “0” or go here: http://www.westminstervfd.org/2018/11/07/2018-breakfast-with-santa/

The Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 is a non-profit 501 c (3) organization and all donations are tax deductible. To make a donation online go to http://www.westminstervfd.org/ or send a check to the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. #1, 28 John Street, Westminster, MD 21157

Posted by Kevin Earl Dayhoff on Monday, December 3, 2018

https://patch.com/maryland/westminster/christmas-tree-donated-westminster-fire-co-zepp-tree-farm

Westminster Open House Oct. 13

Save the date: The Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 will host a public education, safety, and recruitment open house on October 13, 2018 from 12 to 5 p.m. More information to come…

September 12, 2018

Save the date: The Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 will host a public education, safety, and recruitment open house on October 13, 2018 from 12 to 5 p.m. More information to come…

By Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 Chaplain and PIO Kevin Dayhoff, kevindayhoff@gmail.com

Save the date: The Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 will host a public education, safety, and recruitment open house on October 13, 2018 from 12 to 5 p.m. More information to come…

Stop, drop, and roll on over to the fire department for a fun-filled day: Chick-fil-a sandwiches; Firehouse Subs; drinks; Activities for children; Junior Fire Fighter Obstacle Course; Fire Prevention; Health Department Booth; Museum Tours with antique fire equipment; …And much more!!

Westminster Fire Dept. 28 John Street, Westminster, MD 21157

When: Saturday, October 13th, 2018 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information call 410-848-1800

Visit the event on Facebook at: Westminster Fire Dept. Open House Oct. 13, 2018http://tinyurl.com/WFD-Open-House

Visit our Facebook page here: Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 or here: WFD Incident Blotter or here: Westminster Fire Department

The Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. 1, is dedicated to providing quality Emergency Services to our community through the combined team efforts of our members, the local government organizations, and the citizens of our community to enhance our ability to protect life, property, and the environment.

Governor Will Join Maryland State Police to Honor Fallen Heroes

May 10, 2018: Governor Will Join Maryland State Police to Honor Fallen Heroes

(PIKESVILLE, MD) – Governor Larry Hogan will join Colonel William Pallozzi and police survivor families to honor state troopers who have given their lives in the line of duty at the annual Maryland State Police Fallen Heroes Ceremony.

The ceremony will honor the 43 state troopers who made the ultimate sacrifice serving in Maryland and two troopers killed while on active military duty in World War II.

Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Sander Cohen will be honored during the unveiling of a new memorial honoring members of the Office of the State Fire Marshal killed in the line of duty.

Speakers will include Governor Hogan, Colonel Pallozzi, State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci, and Major Joseph Lanzi, Jr., the son of a Maryland State Police Fallen Hero. Major Lanzi currently serves as a surgeon in the US Army.

In addition to the families of Fallen Heroes, the event will be attended by current and retired state troopers and deputy state fire marshals, there to honor their fellow troopers and deputy.

WHAT: MARYLAND STATE POLICE FALLEN HEROES CEREMONY

WHEN: FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018 11:00 A.M.

WHERE: MARYLAND STATE POLICE HEADQUARTERS

FALLEN HEROES MEMORIAL (QUADRANGLE)
1201 REISTERSTOWN ROAD
PIKESVILLE, MD

Governor Will Join Maryland State Police To Honor Fallen Heroes

Fires and general mayhem dominated the April news in days gone by

Time Flies  Dayhoff: Fires and general mayhem dominated the April news in days gone by:

 

“Fires captured the attention of the local newspapers in April many years ago. The American Sentinel reported on April 9, 1898 that a “large coal oil lamp, suspended from the ceiling of the office of Dr. John S. Mathias, this city, broke loose on Wednesday night, fell, exploded and the oil caught fire…”

Read more here: http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/columnists/features/cc-lt-dayhoff-042918-story.html

Saturday afternoon mulch fire at KFC in the Westminster TownMall, Carroll County Maryland

Saturday afternoon mulch fire at KFC in the Westminster TownMall, Carroll County Maryland

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Staff report: Sat. afternoon, June 11, 2016 Westminster, Carroll County Maryland – [Sta 3 Fire] 13:50 CT: BUILDING FIRE 400 N CENTER ST @KFC BOX: 0380 DUE: E31 E91 E61 E43 RS9 TO3 T2 X39 CS6

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Pictures by Kim Royer, Caroline Babylon, a bystander, and Kevin Dayhoff. “Firefighters responded to a mulch fire at Kentucky Fried Chicken in the 400 block of Center St. on Saturday afternoon, according to Westminster Volunteer Fire Company spokesman Kevin Dayhoff,” as reported in the Carroll County Times by Jacob deNobel on June 11, 2016

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“Though an exact cause has not been determined, Dayhoff urged residents to exercise caution in the summer months when extinguishing small flames and cigarettes, taking care to dispose of them in proper receptacles.” Click here for more information: http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/westminster/ph-cc-kfc-fire-20160611-story.html June 11, 2016 By Jacob deNobel, Carroll County Times “Mulch fire extends to KFC exterior in Westminster”