July 26, 2010
In reference to your article on firefighter behavior on July 23 ("Visiting firefighters warned about behaving themselves"), Id like to comment on Capt. Stephen G. Fugate, who does not seem to have a clue about the volunteer system in the state of Maryland. I for one have volunteered in Baltimore County for the past 30 years and have never heard a high ranking officer such as Captain Fugate degrade dedicated personnel who give their lives, time and commitment to their communities in and around the city that Captain Fugate works in. In regard to his attempt to blame volunteers for vandalism in a Baltimore hotel at last year's safety and training expo, I have seen many career personnel get out of hand on many occasions.
June 8, 2012
When are people going to learn that using Facebook and other social media is just another way to get yourself into trouble ("Bel Air firefighters suspended over postings on Facebook," June 6)? Anything you say can be held against you, even if your intentions were mistaken. I don't know why we are so surprised by the consequences of posting on social media when in example after example it seems to get people into trouble. I hope this does not make citizens lose faith in our wonderful fire company because they are still there for us and are still great.
November 3, 2011
All the politicians in this city get wonderful pensions, but the people who risk their lives and health to protect their fellow citizens get nothing. I have been retired from the Baltimore City Fire Department for 14 years. I have a medical disability pension because of being hurt on the job. Because of the condition of my knees, I have been unable to work a full-time job. In the 14 years I have been pensioned, my health insurance contribution has gone from $450 a year to $7,300 a year.
February 22, 2014
Mary McElroy gave 22 years to the Baltimore City Fire Department as a firefighter-paramedic. The job, she says, gave her breast cancer. The state Workers' Compensation Commission agreed, issuing an order last fall that requires the city to cover any cancer treatments she may need for the rest of her life. She could also get tens of thousands of dollars from the city for permanent physical damage attributed to the disease. Now the city is challenging that award in Circuit Court, focusing on a recent change in state law that has made it easier for the 52-year-old McElroy and other Maryland firefighters to receive often-substantial workers' compensation benefits.
June 16, 2013
Baltimore City firefighters were on the scene of a three-story apartment fire in the 1600 block of Calhoun Street early Sunday, according to a fire department report. Firefighters responded at 4:30 a.m., with fire reported on the second floor. Some residents were evacuated and others were sheltered in place, according to the release. As of Sunday morning, officials said there was one injured civilian and one injured firefighter, though additional details were not yet available.
January 8, 2011
Baltimore City firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze at a Northwest Baltimore church Saturday morning, fire officials said. Firefighters were called around 9 a.m. to 4014 West Belvedere Avenue where the one story brick Holy Tabernacle of God church was showing "heavy smoke and fire conditions," said Chief Kevin Cartwright, spokesman with the department. Houses in the area were evacuated due to heavy smoke conditions, according to an advisory from Baltimore Firefighters Union Local 734. The fire was placed under control around 10:30 a.m., Cartwright said.