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Fire station marks 60 years with new ambulance


FERNDALE VOLUNTEER Fire Company Station 34 marked 60 years of service to the community last week by dedicating the new ambulance it received from the county and recognizing volunteers who have given years of service to the community.

County representatives who helped the station get the ambulance were also honored at the event Thursday night.

The Ferndale station has been using a county reserve ambulance for the past few years after its ambulance was in an accident. With hard work and help from county representatives, the county gave Ferndale a new ambulance to add to its fleet of vehicles.

Lynn Hetrick, a volunteer emergency medical technician and chairman of the dedication ceremony, thanked them for their support in lobbying for the vehicle.

Honored guests included County Executive Janet S. Owens, state Sen. James E. DeGrange Sr., Del. Theodore J. Sophocleus and Del. James E. Rzepkowski, and County Council member Pamela G. Beidle. Anne Arundel County Fire Chief Roger C. Simonds, who also attended, called the Ferndale station "a very valuable asset to the county."

Jackie Olson, volunteer and president of the company specially thanked Beidle for her "support and assertiveness in helping procure the unit."

"She lobbied very hard to help bring this about," Olson said. Volunteers presented her with a plaque with a fire helmet attached.

Beidle said in accepting the plaque, "This is what my job is all about, supporting you." She was asked to sit behind the wheel of the ambulance as the firemen pushed it back into a bay of the station.

Hetrick shared a short history of the station, starting with its founding in 1942 when 10 men met in a shed behind the Law Bros. Hardware Store, across the street from the firehouse, to work on the first vehicle that was used to fight fires.

Barney King, one of the volunteer unit's founding members, was at the dedication and accepted an award for his 60 years of service to the department and community. King, a former chief, is now on the board.

The Ferndale station has 86 volunteer members. Most are from the area, but some travel as far as over the Key Bridge, said Hetrick who lives in Odenton and has served 12 years. The company has two paid firefighters in the station at all times.

Last year, the station answered 3,422 calls. Of those 1,780 were for emergency medical situations, and 1,442 were for fires.

Maglev discussion

The Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association has scheduled its monthly general membership meeting a half-hour earlier than usual. It will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday in Lindale Middle School's media center, 415 Andover Road.

Speakers from the Maryland Transit Administration will discuss the Maglev Project, a proposed Federal Railroad Administration project for a high-speed train that would travel from Baltimore to Washington with a stop in Linthicum.

The Baltimore area and Pittsburgh are the two finalists for the Maglev Project. One will be chosen for the train, which can to travel 200 mph - riding on a magnetic cushion instead of rails. If it goes through Linthicum, it is uncertain whether it will be built at ground level, underground or overhead.

Under the proposal, the train could travel along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, then divert at Nursery Road. Three alternate routes with several options are being considered.

"We are a little bit concerned about the proximity to neighborhoods," said Mike Daniels, president of the improvement association.

Daniels said a meeting was held at a church in the fall to inform the community about the proposal, but because of the events of Sept. 11, everything more or less shut down and many people thought the meeting was canceled. "This will be a good opportunity for people to get the information they missed on Sept. 12," he said.

The association will select its audit and nominating committees in a short business meeting before the MTA presentation. All association meetings are open to the public.

Information: 410-859-8586.

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