Association of volunteer fire chiefs, ladies auxiliary elect their officers

November 26, 1996|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Maryland Volunteer Fire Chiefs' Association and Ladies Auxiliary elected officers at an annual conference Sunday at the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department.

They are: James E. Cross of Deale, president; H. Edward Woods Sr. of Davidsonville, vice president; Darron Long of Damascus, secretary; Richard White of Chestertown, assistant secretary; Leonard T. King of Deale, treasurer; Roy Wood of Beltsville, assistant treasurer; and Pierce M. Damewood, chaplain.

Ladies Auxiliary officers are: Daisy Malinosky of Brentwood, president; June E. Black of Manchester, vice president; Joan Cumberland of Westminster, secretary; Donna Cross of Deale, treasurer; Sharon Funk of Pasadena, chaplain; and Betty Radisch of Charles County, guard.

At Sunday's meeting, the fire chiefs gave away two smoke detectors for the hearing-impaired.

One was given to a Winfield couple, Beth and James Norris, who are both deaf and have two young children. The other was given to association member Charles Burton.

In business matters, state Fire Marshal Rocco Gabriele described the state's proposal to transfer the Fire Marshal's office from the Department of Safety and Correctional Services to the Maryland State Police.

Under the proposal, the Fire Marshal would continue to have full law enforcement powers, Gabriele said, and would report directly to the state police superintendent or equivalent officer.

He also told the group about a $200,000 grant his office received for arson unit management and a second grant, also $200,000, to create a program with Maryland Fire Rescue Institute to teach arson awareness to firefighters.

Members heard committee reports on proposed state legislation, an initiative for a state firefighters memorial, and a proposed fire prevention education kit.

The fire chiefs' group promotes command-level training for senior officers in today's high-technology environment. The association promotes fire prevention through many programs.

Pub Date: 11/26/96

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