Room at fire headquarters honors first woman firefighter

December 17, 2009

The Baltimore County Fire Department dedicated a conference room at its Towson headquarters Wednesday to its first female firefighter. The England-Dansicker Room on the fourth floor of the East Joppa Road building pays homage to the late Division Chief Danelle England-Dansicker. England-Dansicker, whose portrait adorns the conference room, joined the career service in 1978 and at her retirement in 2005 was the highest-ranking woman in the department. She also served as a lifelong volunteer at Pikesville Volunteer Fire Co. In a career that spanned nearly 30 years, she drove equipment and worked as a cardiac rescue technician. She later joined the high-rise evacuation aerial team, known today as the Advanced Tactical Rescue team. She was appointed the department's first female battalion chief in 1995 and the first female division chief in 2001. She died April 21 at age 52 of complications from an autoimmune disease. At the dedication ceremony, Fire Chief John Hohman said that England-Dansicker was a model for all fire personnel.

- Mary Gail Hare | The Baltimore Sun

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