Westminster Fire Department Volunteer Recruitment Open House

Courtesy Westminster Fire Co. – Open House at Westminster Fire Company Sunday, April 14th, 2019 from 12 pm – 5 pm. 28 John Street, Westminster, MD 21158

Westminster Fire Department Volunteer Recruitment Open House

Open House at Westminster Fire Company Sunday, April 14th, 2019 from 12 pm – 5 pm. 28 John Street, Westminster, MD 21158.

By Westminster Fire Company PIO and Chaplain Kevin Dayhoff April 8, 2019

The Westminster Volunteer Fire Department will be participating in the Maryland State Fireman’s Association’s statewide recruitment event on Sunday April 14th at the station on John Street in Downtown Westminster. Station and Apparatus tours will be offered and personnel will be available to answer any questions about becoming a member. Stop by between 12-5 PM to start your journey as a volunteer.

Interested in joining our growing professional team? Our team is comprised of individuals of many walks of life. As is the fire service in a whole, WFD fosters a “family” environment. Challenge yourself, build new skills, meet new people, and become a part of a tight-knit public safety community all while serving a purpose greater than yourself.

Benefits: While most members will agree that there are many intangible benefits of membership, there are also several other valuable benefits available to volunteers.

Following three years of qualifying active membership, members are eligible for the LOSAP program: $4,500.00+ Maryland income tax credit. And: Monthly retirement stipend after 25 years of active volunteer membership.

FREE World-Class training provided. All turnout gear and equipment provided.
On-duty insurance coverage/Workers’ Compensation. Tuition reimbursement program for College/Technical School students.

Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Company
28 John Street
Westminster, MD 21158
Sunday, April 14th, 2019 from 12 pm – 5 pm
For more information call: (410) 848-1800

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Open House at Westminster Fire Company Sunday, April 14th, 2019 from 12 pm – 5 pm. 28 John Street, Westminster, MD 21158. https://www.facebook.com/events/2251279838417988/

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Westminster Participates in 2019 Statewide Recruitment Day

From our PIO Kevin Dayhoff:

The Westminster Volunteer Fire Department will be participating in the Maryland State Fireman’s Association’s statewide recruitment event on Sunday April 14th at the station on John Street in Downtown Westminster. Station and Apparatus tours will be offered and personnel will be available to answer any questions about becoming a member. Stop by between 12-5 PM to start your journey as a volunteer.

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2251279838417988/

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Westminster Fire Company annual Big Money Raffle slated for May 23, 2019

Big Money Raffle Chances are now available for the raffle with the drawing on May 23, 2019.

By Westminster Fire Company PIO and Chaplain Kevin Dayhoff, kdayhoff@westminstervfd.org April 1, 2019

The Carroll County carnival and fire department fund raising season starts in May when the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 hosts its annual ‘Big Money Raffle.’

The raffle is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the Westminster Fire Company. This year’s event takes place on Thursday, May 23, 2019, from 6 to 9 pm in the engine bays at the station at 28 John Street in Westminster.

In addition to the cash drawings there will be plenty of fried chicken, hot dogs, and all the traditional summer picnic delights. It has become an annual tradition for friends, family, and neighbors to fill the fire station for a fun evening.

It is not known how many years the Westminster Fire Company has held this raffle, but the idea is certainly not new. Many years ago, the fire company gave away a Cadillac as the first prize.

According to research by historian Jay Graybeal, an article from January 1896 in the Historical Society of Carroll ‘J. Leland Jordan Collection,’ reports:

“In 1840 the citizens petitioned the legislature to pass an act enabling them to hold a lottery to raise $5,000 to purchase a new fire engine, build a new engine-house, town hall and market-house, but nothing came of it.”

There are only 3000 tickets printed. The cost per ticket is $10.00 each. There will be 14 winners – with a top prize of $ 10,000; 2nd prize is $ 2,000. 3rd prize is $1,000.

Refreshments are for ticket holders only. You do not need to be present to win. There will be 50/50 raffle tickets, and other games of chance available during the evening.

The Westminster Fire Department extends its appreciation to the following local Carroll County businesses for sponsoring the cash prizes: InfoPathways, Baugher’s Restaurant, Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, Barnes Bollinger Insurance, Pritts Funeral Home, B&D Truck Hoist, Johanssons & O’Lordans, Ain’t That A Frame, The Cutting Garden, Hock Auto Upholstering, Haines Realty, Affordable Auto Maryland LLC, and C&O Distributors.

The Westminster Fire Department would also like to thank the following corporate sponsors for their support: RBC Wealth Management, Gauge Digital Media, Sams Creek Porta Pots, Penguin Random House, Westminster Car Care, Flowers by Evelyn, Chick-fil-A, Perry’s Vending, Swain Supply, Hughes Trash Removal, Canteen Vending, Brewer’s Market, Rafael’s Restaurant, Maggie’s Restaurant, and the Jeannie Bird Baking Company.

The tickets were printed compliments of Fletcher Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.A. 410.848.7575, 254 E. Main Street, Westminster, MD 21157 www.fletcherfunerahome.net

Call the Westminster Fire Department at 410-848-1800 for more information.

John H. Cunningham was a charter member of the Md. State Fireman’s Assoc.

John H. Cunningham, from the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1, was a charter member of the Md. State Fireman’s Association and served on the Executive Board and Officers Committee from1898 – 1899. Courtesy of the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1.

John H. Cunningham was a charter member of the Md. State Fireman’s Assoc.

At the time of his death, Cunningham “was believed to be McDaniel – Western Maryland College’s oldest living alumnae… and the State’s only living charter member of the Maryland State Fireman’s Association

When John Cunningham died, he was America’s Oldest Banker in Years of Continuous Service. He was a lifelong member of the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose co. No. 1.

February 24, 2019 by Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No 1 Chaplain Kevin Dayhoff

It is only fitting and appropriate that from time to time we take a moment to remember some of the many great Carroll Countians that have gone before us.

On December 31, 1965, John Cunningham passed away within a few hours of 99th birthday. Local historian Jay Graybeal wrote of “his rich life, including his interests in bicycling, walking and poker,” in a March 16, 1997 column in the Carroll County Times.

An earlier shorter version of this story appeared in the Carroll County Times on January 13th, 2019. Please find the article here: https://www.carrollcountytimes.com/columnists/features/cc-lt-dayhoff-011319-story.html. This version of a story about Mr. Cunningham is the long version with all the edits restored.

Finding a picture of Mr. Cunningham has been nearly impossible – except, I did finally find a picture of him at the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 – although the picture was damaged by the April 6, 1906 H. H. Harbaugh’s Palace Livery Stable fire. The livery stable and residence was located next to the Fire House on East Main St in Westminster. The fire, which destroyed the huge building, also burned a portion of the Westminster fire station and the Westminster city offices that were located on the second floor of the station.

To put 1965 and the mid-1960s into some perspective, our country was just beginning a new phase of the Vietnam War; with the introduction of the first combat troops on February 9, 1965. Before we had, “advisors” engaged in the conflict. Later in the year, on November 14, the Battle of the Ia Drang began in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. It was the first major engagement of the war between regular American and North Vietnamese forces. Shortly afterwards, the pentagon told President Lyndon Johnson that the number of troops needed to be increased from 120,000 to 400,000.

John H. Cunningham, from the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1, was a charter member of the Maryland State Fireman’s Association and served on the Executive Board and Officers Committee from1898 – 1899. Please note that the picture was damaged by the April 6, 1906 H. H. Harbaugh’s Palace Livery Stable fire. The livery stable and residence was located next to the Fire House on East Main St in Westminster. The fire, which destroyed the huge building, also burned a portion of the Westminster fire station and the Westminster city offices that were located on the second floor of the station. Courtesy of the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1.

At home, the Civil Rights movement was on the forefront of many as around 1965 was the last year that restaurants and such were segregated in Westminster. Malcolm X was assassinated in New York at the Audubon Ballroom on February 21.

Bloody Sunday had occurred on March 7 as 600 civil rights marchers were attacked by state and local police with billy clubs and tear gas. Led by Martin Luther King, Jr. civil rights marchers were finally successful, after three attempts, to walk from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama. On August 6, President Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

It was 1964 that Carroll County administrator George Grier went to New York to begin negotiations with Random House to build a book distribution center in Westminster. At that time in the negotiations, adequate supplies of water was a sticking point, among many issues that were subsequently ironed out before the facility opened on July 14, 1967, according to “From Our Front Porch,” a history of Carroll County from 1900-1999, by Jim Lee.

And oh in 1964 ice cream cost 89 cents per half gallon

Graybeal shared with us Cunningham’s obituary, which appeared on January 1, 1966, in an unidentified newspaper. The obituary began: “John H. Cunningham, believed to have been the oldest banker in the United States, died yesterday at his home… His wife, the former Mary Irwin, died in 1949… He was a past master of the Masonic order and was a member of the Westminster Church of Christ.”

Cunningham was born on New Year’s Day in 1867. According to his obit, “On January 1, 1885, while a senior at Western Maryland College, Mr. Cunningham began his banking career as a clerk with the Farmers and Mechanics National Bank, [at 105 E. Main St. in Westminster] following the footsteps of his father William, who was a clerk there.”

He worked in the same office, with the same employer for his entire life – from 1885 until when he passed away in 1965. “Many days he walked the mile to work from his home at 95 West Green Street.”

Graybeal reported; “His long career in banking was recognized by a telegram from President Kennedy in 1963.”

The telegram said: “Congratulations on being named by your friends and associates in Westminster and Carroll County as “America’s Oldest Banker in Years of Continuous Service.” Your 77 years record as a banker is certainly an impressive one and you deserve all the honors, which have been given you…”

He was well-known for his punctuality and folklore attests that “fellow employees reportedly set their watches by him,” as he would arrive at his desk “every working day promptly at 9 a.m. and would not leave until 3 in the afternoon…” It was also noted “that Mr. Cunningham had not missed a town meeting in Westminster since 1883, the year he became old enough to vote.

Cunningham played poker every Tuesday night between 7 and 11 p.m. sharp, at “Thelma Hoffman’s restaurant at 216 E. Main Street [later known as Cockey’s Tavern] in Westminster.” Among his partners were Ben Thomas, Paul Whitmore, Miller Richardson, Ralph Bonsack, Frank Leidy, Theodore Brown and Norman Boyle.”

Cunningham was also well known for his New Year’s Day tradition of an all day poker game, “that began promptly at 11 a.m., broke for dinner at 5 p.m., then resumed until 11 p.m.”

At the time of his death, Cunningham “was believed to be Western Maryland College’s oldest living alumnae… and the State’s only living charter member of the Maryland State Fireman’s Association.”

The January 1, 1966 obituary reported that: “Cunningham’s interest in politics was rewarded during the Coolidge Administration with his appointment in 1923 as Surveyor of Customs at Baltimore, a post he held for nine years. In 1911, Mr. Cunningham ran unsuccessfully for State Comptroller.”

“Beside politics and poker, Mr. Cunningham loved walking. On weekends as late as 1964, he hiked along country roads, a white handkerchief tied to his cane, for safety.”

When he was 97 years old, he explained in a November 1964 interview: “I only walk half as far and about half as fast as I used to… It’s a strain to walk more than 4 or 5 miles…”

“In his earlier days… [he] was a bicyclist of renown… According to a banker’s association bulletin, in 1898 he bicycled 200 miles from Westminster to Atlantic City, N.J…” He waited to give up driving until he was approximately 92 years old.

An earlier shorter version of this story appeared in the Carroll County Times on January 13th, 2019. Please find the article here: https://www.carrollcountytimes.com/columnists/features/cc-lt-dayhoff-011319-story.html. This version of a story about Mr. Cunningham is the long version with all the edits restored.

In full disclosure, I met Cunningham in the early 1960s upon the occasion of one of his visits to City Hall to talk with City of Westminster Mayor Joseph L. Mathias who served on the Westminster Common Council May 1927 to May 1937 and Mayor from May 18, 1942 to December 3, 1963. To the best of my knowledge, I have only written about Cunningham a couple of times. Most notably, a portion of this column was previously published in 2006.

Carroll County is fortunate to have many great community leaders still with us. We should all take time to pause and thank them for their service to our community – whether we agree with them or disagree.

Every one of them is working hard to meet today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. In 2019, may we all work hard to rekindle a renewed sense of civility and have as full and vigorous a life as Mr. John Cunningham – playing poker, bicycling and walking many four or five miles is optional. God Bless and Happy New Year.

https://patch.com/maryland/westminster/cunningham-was-charter-member-md-st-fireman-s-assoc

2019 Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 Officers Announced

Suppression:
Fire Chief Jason Tyler
Assistant Chief Jon Haddad
Deputy Chief Jeff Leppert
Fire Captain Chad Petry
Lieutenant 3-1 Bill Brehm
Lieutenant 3-2 Paul Supko
Lieutenant 3-3 Nick Krionderis
Lieutenant 3-4 Marques Price
Lieutenant 3-5 Corey Milewski
Lieutenant 3-6 Trent Miller
Sergeant 3-1 Mike Diehl
Sergeant 3-2 Ernesto Batenga

EMS:
EMS Captain Gunnar Mohlhenrich
EMS Lieutenant 3-1 Laura Tyler
EMS Lieutenant 3-2 Brittany Hill
EMS Sergeant Emily Morris

Administration: 
President Jamie Petry
1st VP Tim Bangerd
2nd VP Josh Evans
Secretary Bill Brehm
Treasurer Caroline Babylon
Member Charles Ray
Member Jimmy Falise

Chaplain Kevin Dayhoff
Marshall Mike Garber
Asst. Marshall Kenny Carlisle
Historian Dan Plunkert
Asst. Historian Jim Eckard

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

 

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

2018 Santa Run

With a Facebook account, you can find the LATEST details here

Initial Details:

Good afternoon everyone. The Westminster Fire Department and Santa hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!! Santa will be making his rounds on the fire engines starting on Monday December 17 through Thursday the 20th. (Maps and Locations will be posted later this week). We generally leave the station around 6pm and conclude the evening around 830pm.

Please remember that the fire apparatus is in service and may have to respond to emergency calls. Emergency calls and weather may affect the routes and days. It is nearly impossible to touch every single street in Westminster, which is why we post maps and have stopping points. If we don’t come down your street look at the maps so you can see where we will be. Live updates will be posted on this page so share this page with your friends.

Our breakfast will Santa will be on Saturday December 22. If you miss us during the week come out for some breakfast and a picture with Santa.

The Westminster Fire Department and Santa can’t wait to see everyone!!

2018 Breakfast with Santa

Westminster Volunteer Fire Department

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 22, 2018

7:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Menu:             Pancakes, Sausage, Eggs, Sausage Gravy, Biscuits,

Baked Apples, Coffee, Orange Juice, Tea, Milk.   

Adults: $8.00      Children under 5:  $5.00  –  Cash or Checks Only

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.

Santa Neighborhood Visits

December 17 thru 20, 2018

Look for details on Facebook:       Westminster Fire Dept. Santa Run

For Info, Call: 410-848-1800 Ext. “0”

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.