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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | December 3, 2003
After months of sometimes rancorous debate, representatives of Carroll's volunteer fire companies have reached agreement on how nearly $2 million in county money for emergency medical services should be distributed - but they refused yesterday to provide details of the plan, which was approved behind closed doors. Thomas J. Van de Bussche, president of the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association, said yesterday that the group's leadership voted Monday night on a plan to distribute the county money, which includes allocations designed to allow the fire companies to provide enhanced, round-the-clock ambulance services.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | June 13, 2005
Louise Elizabeth Dell, a stalwart member of volunteer firefighters ladies' auxiliaries at the state, county and local levels and a retired federal highway employee, died of cancer June 6 at her home in Savage. She was 76. Born in Baltimore, Louise Reed was a 1947 graduate of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, then worked as a clerk-typist with the Central Intelligence Agency from 1947 until 1951. She joined the federal Bureau of Public Roads, later the Federal Highway Administration under the Department of Transportation, leaving in 1957 and rejoining the bureau in 1961.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | January 21, 2001
Officials for a volunteer fire company will decide later this month whether to pursue further court action against the Carroll firemen's association to obtain county funds or to comply with a mandate to bill $200 for ambulance service. Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. decided last week not to order the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association to turn over $12,500 in county funds to the Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company. The association has withheld the money because Reese has refused to institute the minimum billing for ambulance service as other Carroll companies have.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | February 25, 2005
Charles W. Riley, a longtime volunteer with the Abingdon Fire Co. and lobbyist for the Maryland State Firemen's Association, died Sunday at St. Joseph Medical Center from complications of heart bypass surgery. He was 75. Mr. Riley was born in Harford County's Upper Crossroads Village and raised in nearby Perryman. He was a 1948 graduate of Bel Air High School, where he starred on the track team - a sport that won him an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Maryland, College Park.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | May 28, 2002
For the first time in its 79-year history, the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association has elected a woman - Marianne Warehime - to a top administrative position. As the association's second vice president, Warehime, who has worked more than 25 years in fire and rescue and administrative positions at the Manchester and Lineboro fire companies, is poised to assume the top leadership role in two years. "She's been pretty much representing us at the county since she joined the company," said Linas Saurusaitis, a former Lineboro fire company president.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | November 13, 2000
Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association has retained former State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman to handle its case against Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company, which is suing the association for its quarterly emergency medical services allotment from the county. The association refused to give Reese its July 1 allotment of $12,500 because the company refuses to bill a minimum of $200 per ambulance call, as approved in the spring by a majority of the association membership.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | April 7, 2004
Carroll County firefighters, fire chiefs and emergency services personnel will become part of one organization next month when the three groups are merged into the new Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association Inc. The merger was effectively approved yesterday when the state Senate passed House Bill 1184, formally changing the name of the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association. It was the final legal hurdle firefighters needed to make the new association official.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | May 16, 1999
The Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association once again rejected a proposal to consolidate its three member groups -- Fire Chiefs, Ambulance and Fire Police associations -- at its 76th annual convention yesterday.The consolidation of the groups into one was a main topic of discussion at the association's business meeting, held at the Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company.This year's effort brought the issue closer to passage than had previous attempts. The vote was split -- seven companies for and seven against.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer | May 22, 1995
The Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association has defeated a recommendation to combine with the county ambulance, fire chiefs and fire police associations.Delegates from the 14 fire companies split evenly, with 33 representing seven companies in favor of the plan and the same number voting against at the association's annual meeting in Winfield Saturday.Outgoing firemen's association President Tim Warner said some members of the associations wanted to unite so they could better coordinate budget and other requests presented to county commissioners.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | December 29, 2002
Two months after being the target of a "no confidence" vote by a group of volunteer fire chiefs, Carroll's director of public safety says he is making changes in the county's emergency dispatch office, and he apparently will keep his job. Howard S. "Buddy" Redman Jr., who has been criticized for the dispatch center's operation and for the pace of at least two important projects, will be given a chance to address concerns raised by groups representing county...
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | October 16, 2004
Henry Harrison Purdy, an accountant who served two terms as Easton's mayor and was active in Eastern Shore volunteer fire circles, died of gastric disease Tuesday at Memorial Hospital at Easton. He was 87. Born in Northumberland, Pa., and raised in Williamsport, he worked for Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines in New Jersey before moving to the Eastern Shore in 1937. He was employed at Price's Tire Shop in Easton and the Oxford Boatyard before joining the Navy in 1942. He served at the Bainbridge Naval Training Center and in the Pacific.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | April 7, 2004
Carroll County firefighters, fire chiefs and emergency services personnel will become part of one organization next month when the three groups are merged into the new Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association Inc. The merger was effectively approved yesterday when the state Senate passed House Bill 1184, formally changing the name of the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association. It was the final legal hurdle firefighters needed to make the new association official.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | April 7, 2004
Carroll County firefighters, fire chiefs and emergency services personnel will become part of one organization next month when the three groups are merged into the new Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association Inc. The merger was effectively approved yesterday when the state Senate passed House Bill 1184, formally changing the name of the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association. It was the final legal hurdle firefighters needed to make the new association official.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | December 3, 2003
After months of sometimes rancorous debate, representatives of Carroll's volunteer fire companies have reached agreement on how nearly $2 million in county money for emergency medical services should be distributed - but they refused yesterday to provide details of the plan, which was approved behind closed doors. Thomas J. Van de Bussche, president of the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association, said yesterday that the group's leadership voted Monday night on a plan to distribute the county money, which includes allocations designed to allow the fire companies to provide enhanced, round-the-clock ambulance services.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | October 3, 2003
The Carroll commissioners and volunteer fire officials agreed yesterday that they're "in the same ballpark" on plans to provide 24-hour emergency medical services to the entire county. But firefighters must agree among themselves how to distribute county money for those services, the commissioners said. The firefighters asked for the commissioners' advice on how to distribute $1.9 million after failing to agree on a plan at a meeting of the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association last month.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | July 31, 2003
Representatives of Carroll's volunteer fire companies voted Tuesday night to give Westminster, the county's largest and busiest station, the biggest cut of a $1.9 million allocation for ambulance services. Effective with the next distribution of quarterly checks in October, Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Company No. 1, which was shut out in an earlier proposal, will receive $250,000 to hire more ambulance personnel. Fire officials hope the influx of money will allow more 911 responders to be on call through the middle of the night.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 10, 1999
The Carroll County Firemen's Association, in conjunction with the state fire marshal's office, is distributing free smoke detectors to county residents.Homeowners, especially those unable to afford a smoke detector, may contact their nearest fire station. Smoke detectors will be installed by volunteer firefighters at no charge.Each of the county's 14 fire companies has received 70 smoke detectors to give away.Information: Leon Fleming, firemen's association liaison, 410- 848-1488, Ext. 202.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | July 31, 2003
Representatives of Carroll's volunteer fire companies voted Tuesday night to give Westminster, the county's largest and busiest station, the biggest cut of a $1.9 million allocation for ambulance services. Effective with the next distribution of quarterly checks in October, Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Company No. 1, which was shut out in an earlier proposal, will receive $250,000 to hire more ambulance personnel. Fire officials hope the influx of money will allow more 911 responders to be on call through the middle of the night.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | December 29, 2002
Two months after being the target of a "no confidence" vote by a group of volunteer fire chiefs, Carroll's director of public safety says he is making changes in the county's emergency dispatch office, and he apparently will keep his job. Howard S. "Buddy" Redman Jr., who has been criticized for the dispatch center's operation and for the pace of at least two important projects, will be given a chance to address concerns raised by groups representing county...
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