200th Anniversary Collectible Ornament

We are releasing a Tree Ornament each year leading up to our 200th anniversary in 2023. The first one features our oldest hand drawn hose cart pictured in front of our former station just as the station would have appeared when the hose cart was in use. The cart was recently restored and is located in the Historical Museum of Westminster Fire Department. Prices and online ordering details coming soon. Limited quantity available.

Cost is $25. You can purchase with cash by visiting the station weekdays OR you can order online with credit/debit card clicking here. Shipping fees will be calculated on the merchant page during checkout.

2020 Big Money Raffle draws winning tickets streaming live on July 30th

While it was a difficult decision, our Board decided to postpone the Big Money Raffle, which was scheduled for May 28, 2020, for the safety and wellbeing of our community during this unprecedented time.

On Thursday, July 30th at 7 PM we held a virtual event to draw the winning tickets. All winners will be notified and you can click here to see the list. You can replay the event here.

2020 Carroll County Public Safety Awards

Westminster Fire Department was pleased to be able to host the recording of the 2020 Virtual Public Safety Award message of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.

Westminster Police Officer and Firefighter Elwood Kauffman, 88

Westminster Police Officer and Firefighter Elwood Kauffman, 88
John Elwood Kauffman October 6, 1931 – May 12, 2020

Friday, May 15, 2020 – by Westminster Fire Dept. Chaplain Kevin Dayhoff

It is with great sadness that the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 announces the passing of Westminster Fire Department Life Member Elwood Kauffman, 88. Kauffman passed away on Tuesday May 12, 2020.

  • At the family’s request, viewing will be on Friday, May 15, 2020 at the Westminster Fire Department at 28 John Street in Westminster Md. from 3:00 PM-5:00 PM. It will be a drive-through format.

Elwood was the beloved husband of Iris B. Kauffman, his wife of 35 years.

He served as a full time engineer for the Westminster Fire Department in the late 50’s – until 1959. He then worked for the Westminster and Howard County Police Departments.

He worked many years as a Deputy Md. State Fire Marshal FM-1 where he was an arson investigator in the Carroll and Howard County region. After his retirement from the Fire Marshal’s Office, Kaufman was a bailiff for Carroll County Circuit Court for over 12 years.

Kauffman was born in Carroll County on October 6, 1931 to the late Margaret Essich Kauffman and J. Ralph Kauffman.

He was a graduate of Westminster High School’s Class of 1949.

Kauffman was a former member of St. Benjamin’s Lutheran Church in Westminster. Upon moving to Plum Creek in Hanover, Pa, he attended Grace United Methodist in Hanover.

A drive-through visitation for Kauffman will be held on Friday, May 15, 2020 from 3 to 5 pm at Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Company 1, 28 John Street, Westminster. Upon arrival, please remain in your vehicle and staff will direct you.

A private funeral service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster with Deacon Charles Barnhart, Jr. officiating.

Private Interment will follow at Meadow Branch Cemetery in Westminster. Although attendance at Elwood’s funeral service will be limited to immediate family, other guests are welcome to join virtually or by phone.

The Nathan Chris Baker Foundation provides dinner to the Westminster Firefighters

The Nathan Chris Baker Foundation provides dinner to the Westminster Firefighters

The Nathan Chris Baker Foundation provides dinner to the Westminster Firefighters. Courtesy The Nathan Chris Baker Foundation.

On Friday, May 1, 2020: The Nathan Chris Baker Foundation had Genova’s pizza delivered to the Westminster Fire Department to thank them for their service and bring smiles to their faces as well.

On Friday, May 1, 2020: The Nathan Chris Baker Foundation had Genova’s pizza delivered to the Westminster Fire Department. Photo by Kevin Dayhoff
On Friday, May 1, 2020: The Nathan Chris Baker Foundation had Genova’s pizza delivered to the Westminster Fire Department. Photo by Kevin Dayhoff
On Friday, May 1, 2020: The Nathan Chris Baker Foundation had Genova’s pizza delivered to the Westminster Fire Department. Photo by Kevin Dayhoff

In a Facebook post, the foundation said, “‘Let’s all Go Out Be Great’ right now by spreading greatness through our community.”

On Friday, May 1, 2020: The Nathan Chris Baker Foundation had Genova’s pizza delivered to the Westminster Fire Department. Photo by Kevin Dayhoff

The Westminster Fire Department would like to express its thanks to The Nathan Chris Baker Foundation for its generous and thoughtful support at a difficult time. Stay safe – stay in the house. (Hat Tip: Jeff Leppert)

By Westminster Fire Department Chaplain and PIO Kevin Dayhoff May 1, 2020

The Westminster Fire Department remembers past Westminster Fire Department Chief Robert DuVall

April 23, 2004 – April 23, 2020 by Kevin Dayhoff

WW II Marine Veteran, Small Business Owner, Welder, and an Avid Motorcyclist

The Westminster Fire Department remembers past Westminster Fire Department Chief Robert DuVall

On Friday, April 23, 2004, Carroll County and the greater Westminster community suffered a great loss with the passing of Robert Emerson DuVall, 81, of Westminster.

He was a 1939 graduate of Westminster High School.

During World War II, he served with the 3rd Marines, 4th Air Wing in the Marshall Islands, Guam, and Pelilu.

During World War II, he served with the 3rd Marines, 4th Air Wing in the Marshall Islands, Guam, and Pelilu.

Mr. DuVall was born July 12, 1922, in Carroll County, he was the son of the late G. Wilmer and Mercedes Brown DuVall.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 53 years, Leona Hammett DuVall, are daughter and son-in-law Donna and Robert Shaeffer of Westminster; son and daughter-in-law Robert Emerson DuVall II and Patsi DuVall of Atlanta; sister and brother-in-law Donna DuVall Sellman and Russell A. Sellman of Westminster. Granddaughters Nicole DuVall Pomeroy and husband Tim, and Laci DuVall Shaeffer; grandson Robert Emerson DuVall III; and great-grandson Daniel DuVall Pomeroy.

He was a 1939 graduate of Westminster High School. During World War II, he served with the 3rd Marines, 4th Air Wing in the Marshall Islands, Guam, and Pelilu.

He was the owner of Mobile Welding Service, which he founded in 1948. He was the 11th state certified welder in Maryland. 

An avid motorcyclist and trap shooter, he was the Maryland State Trapshooting Handicap Champion in 1966. He was a member of Westminster United Methodist Church, VFW Post 467 and a life member of North Carroll and Carroll County gun clubs. He was a past chief of Westminster Fire Department.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they adjust to life without him. This Memorial Tribute by the Westminster Mayor, Common Council and the Staff of The City of Westminster on behalf of the citizens of the City of Westminster, was signed in Westminster City Hall, this April Twenty-fifth in the year Two Thousand and Four. Westminster Mayor Kevin Dayhoff

Set #1: https://www.facebook.com/kevindayhoff/posts/10219434529947509

Set #2: https://www.facebook.com/kevindayhoff/posts/10219434553668102

Brent Whalen provides lunches for the fire department

Friday, May 1, 2020 by Westminster Fire Department Chaplain and PIO Kevin Dayhoff

The Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 would like to give a shout out to Brent Whalen for his generosity. Mr. Whalen, a Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist at FitzGerald Financial Group, a division of Townebank, has provided lunch for the on duty and volunteer personnel 4 days in a row this week – so that he would be able to feed all four Westminster Fire Dept. shifts and as many folks as possible.

God Bless Mr. Whalen for his generous sport. (Hat Tip: Lt. Guy Garheart)

Early morning two-alarm fire injures one firefighter

Saturday morning – April 18, 2020 by Kevin Dayhoff Westminster Fire Department PIO and Chaplain.

An early morning two-alarm fire in a commercial building in the 1000 block of Baltimore Blvd. – Rte 140, injured one firefighter. The first call came in to the Emergency Communications Center at 2:18 a.m., for a report smoke coming from the side of building and fire being observed.

Units from Reese and Westminster fire departments were first on the scene in a steady light rain – with Reese taking command. Upon arrival firefighters preliminarily found a fire perhaps coming from the basement of the one-story commercial building. The building is reported to be under renovation.

Perhaps as many as 50-75 firefighters responded from Carroll County and Baltimore County. The fire was determined to be under control at 3:57 a.m. Although units remained on scene until 5 a.m. for clean-up and the help the fire marshal’s investigation. Preliminary observations indicate extensive damage to the interior of the building.

Baltimore Gas and Electric, the Maryland State Police, and the State Highway Administration also responded.

One 45-year-old volunteer firefighter with 25-years’ experience was injured fighting the fire. He was transported to Shock Trauma.

According to a release by the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal, “A Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company (firefighter) sustained minor injuries after falling through the floor.”

By mid-day on Saturday, the Reisterstown Fire Department released a statement on the department website that said, “The injured firefighter is home recovering from minor injuries. We would like to thank everyone who has reached out to check on the firefighter.”

In a phone interview later in the afternoon, Reisterstown Fire Chief Craig Hewitt said that the firefighter, “was released from Shock Trauma this morning after some tests and observation. He has returned home and is recuperating from minor injuries. He is in good spirits. He is expected to recover and be back to work soon.”

The fire remains under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Reese fire department PIO Robin Stansbury contributed to this story.

COVID19 Postpones our Big Money Raffle until July 30

While it was a difficult decision, our Board decided to postpone the Big Money Raffle, which was scheduled for May 28, 2020, for the safety and wellbeing of our community during this unprecedented time.

Even though we won’t be gathering in person on May 28th, the Big Money Raffle still goes on!  Westminster Fire Department will be holding its annual drawing for the Big Money Raffle on streamed Live on Thursday, July 30, at 7 PM. Follow us on Facebook and here, so you don’t miss it!  The raffle is our organization’s primary fundraising function for the year.  We ask you to consider supporting our mission by purchasing a ticket.  Please contact a member or call the station to get your raffle ticket.  You could be the next winner of the grand prize of $10,000.

Gov. Hogan’s Coronavirus Update: 3/19/2020

Please review the attached copy of the press conference given by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on March 19, 2020.

Practice good hygiene techniques, wash your hands, and if you feel sick, stay home and limit contact with other people. Practice social distancing strategies and limit groups of people to 10 or less (less preferred!).

In emergency situations, dial 911.