The Lineboro Volunteer Fire Company won two major awards at the recent Maryland State Firemen's Association convention in Ocean City.
The company won the Class II category for its fire prevention program and the first place Zembower Award for training. Lineboro also placed fourth for all classes competing in the fire prevention category.
"The fire prevention award is based on the population we serve, so little companies are competing against little companies and big companies against big companies," said Lineboro Fire Chief John Krebs. "Class II is 1,501 to 2,500 population.
"The fire prevention award is a year-round project, and what it is basically is a scrapbook of all the things we do, like going to day-care centers and during fire prevention week, going to different schools. Wherever we go, we take the camera along."
All of the fire companies that entered the fire prevention competition later vie for 10 cash prizes for the best program overall. Lineboro placed fourth, receiving $100.
"The New Freedom, Pa., fire company has a fire safety house for children and they charge $100 to rent it, and we've rented it for our open house on Sept. 18 with the money we won," Chief Krebs said.
As part of its continuing fire prevention program, the Lineboro station has videos, books and other fire prevention materials available for loan to schools, day-care centers, churches and civic organizations, Chief Krebs said.
The station, which has a core of about 35 active firefighters, also won the Zembower Award for compiling the most hours of fire training.
"Our total student hours for them was 3,309 hours, based on the Maryland Fire-Rescue Institute sponsored classes," Chief Krebs said.
The firefighters had an additional 540 hours of in-house training; the ambulance crews put in another 1,400 hours in Emergency Medical Services training, he said.
For this award, the station keeps a 4-foot-tall traveling trophy until next year's convention.
For information about Lineboro's fire programs, call the station at 374-2197 or Chief Krebs at 374-6479 after 5 p.m.