Fire Prevention Queen crowns her successor Carroll teen now holds state title

November 22, 1993|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

Pamela L. Chrisman traveled more than 3,000 miles across the state during her year's reign as Maryland Fire Prevention Queen.

She often gave safety instructions at day care centers. She taught children to "stop, drop and roll" and to dial 911 in emergencies. She said she usually practiced those lessons with the children for several hours.

"Our goal is to save someone's life through teaching safety," the Glen Burnie woman told those attending the 45th annual Maryland Fire Chiefs Convention in Mount Airy yesterday. She said she felt gratified when "through my teaching someone knew what to do."

Months after listening to Ms. Chrisman, one 5-year-old put her lesson to the test during a fire at his home. "He told me his house caught on fire and he was alone," she said. "He knew what to do and who to call."

The 21-year-old business major at the University of Baltimore crowned her successor as part of the convention activities. Amy Fleming, a 17-year-old South Carroll High senior from Winfield, now wears the black sash and rhinestone crown.

Before an audience of about 200 people, Ms. Fleming, who represented Winfield Volunteer Fire Company, displayed her knowledge of fire prevention and won the title from six other contestants. "The best resource for information and protection is your local fire department," she said. "Adults need to remember, too, that fire prevention teachings are not just for children."

Now Ms. Fleming will be carrying lessons on fire safety around the state and appearing at fire conventions and carnivals.

About 200 association members came from communities across the state to attend the daylong annual convention. They shared information, elected officers and discussed how to improve fire safety and fire service in Maryland.

"Our objective is to promote firemanship throughout the state," said Oscar Baker, a member of the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Department for 52 years.

The group includes both paid and volunteer firefighters and works closely with the Maryland State Firemen's Association, an organization of 35,000 firefighters from 358 state communities.

"We discuss everything from fair labor standards to EMS concerns," said Philip M. Hurlock, a Queen Anne's County resident and a member of both associations.

Newly elected officers are:

* James Snyder of Montgomery County -- president.

* Ron Watkins of Montgomery County -- vice president.

* James "Ed" Cross of Anne Arundel County -- secretary.

* Edward Woods Jr. of Anne Arundel County -- assistant secretary.

* Leonard King of Anne Arundel County -- treasurer.

* Roy Woods of Prince George's County -- assistant treasurer.

* Pierce Damewood of Prince George's County -- chaplain.

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