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Gary R. Hawbaker

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Fire Chief


Employment History

  • Chief
    The Hagerstown Fire Department
  • Washington County Director
    Emergency Services Kevin Lewis
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In letters to the commissioners, ..., 13 June 2010 [cached]
In letters to the commissioners, Washington County Director of Emergency Services Kevin Lewis, the Maryland State Firemen's Association, Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker and the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association expressed support for the requirement.
According to Hagerstown Fire ..., 2 Feb 2010 [cached]
According to Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker, Fire Ops 101 is an international program designed to give elected officials and community leaders an opportunity to walk in the boots of a firefighter. It also provides participants with a better understanding of staffing, training and equipment needed to do the job, he said.
This is the second time the program has been offered. The first class was held several years ago, Hawbaker said.
Two professional firefighters were with each team at all times, Hawbaker said.
HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown Fire Department Chief Gary Hawbaker's voice was choked with emotion Friday as he reminded those gathered at City Hall of the Sept. 11 tragedy, heroism and the spirit of community the ceremony was meant to commemorate. "I fear we've started to forget what today is and what it means to our country," Hawbaker said at the City of Hagerstown's Sept. 11 Remembrance Service. He spoke of a service that was held at The Maryland Theatre a few days after Sept. 11, 2001, at which he saw people of all ages, races, religions and social backgrounds gathered to pray and comfort each other. "For that hour or so, we had each other, and became one community and one nation under God," Hawbaker said.
In the years since, most people have gone back to being who they were before the attacks, focusing again on "personal views and agendas and how the world affects me," Hawbaker said. "Sept. 11 is not just any day," he said.
HAGERSTOWN - As they prepare to ..., 28 May 2010 [cached]
HAGERSTOWN - As they prepare to retire from the business of firefighting, Gary Hawbaker and Ron Horn would like people to understand they have spent their adult lives doing more than putting out fires.
"Our efforts since 1987 in the Hagerstown Fire Department have resulted in a 75 percent decrease in structure fires," said Hawbaker, a Greencastle, Pa., native who has been fire chief in Hagerstown since 1985. He is proud of that record, which seems to illustrate the worth of the department's efforts at fire prevention, efforts he said will continue.
Hawbaker, 62, said the department's annual door-to-door survey is under way. Started as a way to promote and install smoke detectors, the program puts firefighters in homes to meet residents, and to spot and solve potential problems. That often includes providing free smoke detectors and installation.
The survey has grown to involve prevention efforts for older residents, installation of handrails and identification of other needs to increase safety for all who live in the residences, Hawbaker said.
The department recently earned a safe community designation for Hagerstown for its injury prevention programs.
After serving as chief of the Greencastle, Pa., fire department, Hawbaker spent five years in Minneapolis working as a fire investigator for a law firm.
Hawbaker was lured back to his roots, taking over as chief in June 1985.
Now that retirement is looming, Hawbaker said his job has changed from active firefighting to day-to-day management of resources. Hawbaker also insists his future plans are flexible.
"I vowed I wasn't going to retire to take another job," Hawbaker said.
When Hawbaker vacates his chair at HFD headquarters in the Hagerstown Market Building, he won't be going alone.
Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker, left, and Deputy Chief Ron Horn will soon be retiring.
Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker, left, and Deputy Chief Ron Horn will soon be retiring.
Gary Hawbaker has been the ..., 13 April 2010 [cached]
Gary Hawbaker has been the city's fire chief since June 10, 1985, when he was hired, the city said in a news release.
He plans to retire effective June 25.
The city has appointed William "Kyd" Dieterich to be acting fire chief after Hawbaker and Horn retire.
Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker
Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker
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Hagerstown Fire Department Chief ..., 10 Feb 2010 [cached]
Hagerstown Fire Department Chief Gary Hawbaker said some fire department personnel stayed the night so they could be ready for their shift.
Fire department vehicles were equipped with heavy chains to help get around snowy city streets. "We just prepare for the worst and hope it doesn't happen," Hawbaker said.
He asked that anyone who didn't have to travel stay home and out of the way of emergency vehicles on service calls.
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