Singerly, with Tankers from North East and Perryville handled a working fire in a House Trailer on West Pulaski Hwy on Monday, November 30th around 5:30am. Engine 13 arrived to find fire showing from a vacant house trailer, with Deputy Chief 13 arriving close behind and holding the command. Engine 13 and Engine 3 would perform a quick search and knock fire that had extended through roughly 20% of the building. The box was quickly under control with 2 Engines and 2 Tankers. The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the incident.
At 04:30 hours on Sunday, December 6th Singerly, North East and Newark were alerted for the report of a Working Fire at Baldwin United Methodist Church. Deputy Chief 13 arrived to find fire through the roof. Master streams from Tower 3 and Cecilton Truck 1 (Standing by in Newark for their annual awards banquet) were placed in service at the front at rear of the building.
Baldwin UMC members have graciously assisted Singerly by serving dinner for our members at the annual awards banquet numerous times over the years. Their congregation has been invited to hold today’s services at Station 13.
Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal is investigating the incident, anyone with information is urged to contact them.
We thank Chesapeake City, Charlestown, Rising Sun, Water Witch, Oxford and Perryville for their assistance on scene and covering the district.
Recently we have developed an alarming trend, alarm companies calling the fire station in an attempt to dispatch on a residential fire alarm. If our crews are responding to other emergencies or this call comes in when no one is immediately available to answer the phone these calls may not be received. Please check with your alarm company to confirm that they have correct contact information; for all fire, medical and police alarm notifications in Cecil County, Maryland they need to contact the Cecil County Public Safety Answering Point at 410–398-2222.
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Elkton –Eugene Meekins, 77, a life member and former chief of the Singerly Fire Company passed away Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. Born July 30, 1938 in Cecil County, Md. he served in the U.S. Army for three years at a duty station in Germany. After completing his military tour of duty, the 22-year-old returned home and entered the ranks of the fire service, becoming a member on January 9, 1961.
He was an active firefighter and ambulance attendant, rising through the ranks and completing the latest training available in that era. Whenever there was an emergency or something needed to be done in the firehouse, he was one of the first to volunteer and was often tapped to supervise committees. The 33-year-old was elected to lead the department as its fire chief in 1972, according to President Phillip Scott.
It was a time of rapid transformation and change in the fire service as old methods were giving way to new innovations and techniques. The chief developed and mentored a new generation of first responders and this group of 20-year-olds rookies learned the ropes as junior and senior leaders. Many of those who were appointed to serve in command positions under Chief Meekins continue to serve the company in advanced leadership positions today. Under his direction, Singerly developed an award winning fire prevention program, which received an award from Gov. Mandell. Chief Meekins served for one year, but many of today’s members fondly reflect on the advancements that were initiated at that time, as one generation gave way to another.
He was well known for his dedication to Singerly, devoting much of his adult life to serving the citizens of the greater Elkton area, Scott added. When his health prevented him from being active, Gene supported the organization’s mission by managing the Singerly print shop and overseeing arrangements in the Singerly banquet hall.
“It is with deep regret that we, the members of the fire, rescue and EMS community, say goodbye to one of our own, a dedicated and respected colleague,” Scott added. He will be remembered for his commitment to the fire service and the community.
We shay pay tribute to our former chief’s memory and legacy with full fire service honors.
The viewing is Wednesday Nov. 11th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Foard Funeral Home located on Main Street, Elkton, MD. The funeral services will be held Thursday Nov. 12th at 11:00 a.m., with a viewing at 10:00 a.m. with the internment at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery located in Cherry Hill, MD.
Singerly will pay tribute to Chief Meekins with the crossed ladders in front Station 13.
Fire and EMS members will attend in Class A uniforms
Did you know?
Your first responders spend countless hours training to provide the best service possible, Maryland Firefighter 1 consists of 108 classroom hours, EMT is 165 classroom hours while a Paramedic has completed 450 classroom hours and 300 clinical hours, and this is just the baseline. Monthly station trainings provide continuing education to maintain their skills and certifications, while numerous other certifications can be obtained with classroom requirements of 24-60 hours in most cases.
All of this training is provided at no charge to the volunteers through the University of Maryland’s, Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI), with Singerly covering the cost of books.
Volunteer Fire Companies provide an excellent opportunity to secure the needed training and experience to get into a Fire Service career.