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In letters to the commissioners, ...
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 ...
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
Two professional firefighters were with each team at all times, Hawbaker
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.
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
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
11 is not just any day," he
(Hagerstown-AP) -- Hagerstown's Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker ishospitalized with a rare immune system disorder.Hawbaker noticed a weakness in his legs and was admitted atFrederick Memorial Hospital on Sunday.He was listed in serious butstable condition Tuesday night.
was diagnosed with Guillain-Barr Syndrome.It is not knownwhat causes the rare condition in which the immune system attackspart of the nervous system, sometimes causing paralysis.Hawbaker has been the city's fire chief since 1985.
department while Hawbaker
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Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker said he recalled watching television as New York City firefighters rushed into the World Trade Center just moments before the skyscrapers collapsed."There were no photos of firefighters coming out," Hawbaker said of the 343 firefighters who died that day.
Hagerstown Fire Chief ...
Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker said the hires will increase the fire department's strength to 83 personnel and ensure that the department will be able to assign two firefighters per truck.
Depending on the shift, the fire department staffs one or two firefighters per truck, Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said last week.
"It's been a long battle ... It's good to see an end tonight," said Hawbaker
, referring to several months of debate by the council to hire the firefighters.