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2018 Fire Prevention

October is National Fire Prevention Month.

October 7 - 13, 2018 is National Fire Prevention Week.  Each year's theme is set by the National Fire Protection Association (www.nfpa.org).  This year's theme is "Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware.  Fire can happen anywhere."  (Visit www.firepreventionweek.org)

The County Fire Marshal's Office, along with the County's Volunteer Fire Service will hold many Fire Prevention activities throughout the month.  Please check with your local fire company for details on dates, times and events.

The County Commissioner's will present a County Proclomation to County Fire Marshal Jeff McMahon and the County's Fire Servie on Tuesday, October 4, 2018 during their regular meeting.

For more information click here: http://www.co.worcester.md.us/departments/fmo/prevent

 

Worcester County 2018 Fourth of July Fireworks Schedule

The July 4th celebrations are almost here! Please note that there are four legal kinds of fireworks in Worcester County:

  • Handheld sparkers
  • Bang snaps
  • Snakes
  • Ground based sparkling devices or fountains that emit showers of sparks not higher than 12 feet in the air

If you would prefer to leave the fireworks to the professionals, there are several events scheduled across the county.

June 30 - Snow Hill - Sturgis Park

Snow Hill's spectacular Fireworks display to celebrate the 4th of July has been scheduled Saturday, June 30, 2018 in Sturgis Memorial Park. Fireworks are expected to begin at dusk, close to 9:15 pm. Bring your family, friends and lawn chairs to see this great fireworks display over the Pocomoke River.

There will be food provided by the Snow Hill Rotary Club, ice cream and drinks available prior to the fireworks. Bouncey houses and face painting will be provided for children.

July 3 - Berlin - Falls Park

Join your friends and neighbors as we celebrate Independence Day at Berlin Falls Park with the 3rd annual Fireworks display.  Fireworks begin at 9:15, vendors located across the street at Burley Oak Brewing Company.

Parking is available for viewing at Berlin Intermediate School and also at Berlin First Baptist where additional activities are planned.

July 4 - Ocean City - N. Division Street Beach

Enjoy a free concert by Triple Rail Run at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. on the beach at N. Division Street. For more information, call 800-626-2326 or 410-250-0125.

July 4 - Ocean City - Northside Park, 125th Street

Enjoy a free concert by Mike Hines and the Look at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at Northside Park on 125th Street. For more information, call 800-626-2326 or 410-250-0125.

July 4 - Ocean Pines - Showell Park

Join the Ocean Pines community for a special fireworks display sponsored by the Ocean Pines Association.  The fireworks display will begin shortly after dark.  Recommended viewing locations are Showell Elementary School, the Community Church at Ocean Pines, Most Blessed Sacrament School and The Pavilions.  The rain date for this event is Thursday, July 5.

July 4 - Ocean Pines/ Berlin - Ocean Downs

Join the Ocean Downs for a special fireworks display.  The fireworks display is scheduled for approximately 9:30PM.  Recommended viewing locations are at Ocean Downs.

July 14 - Girdletree Firehouse

Join the community of Girdletree for this fireworks display sponsored by the Girdletree Vol. Fire Co. and the 1st Baptist Church of Girdletree.  The fireworks complete a full day of fun during Girdletree's annual community day.  Fireworks are scheduled for 9:15PM.

Glen Riddle Community Center Saved By Fire Sprinklers

On Thursday, June 21, 2018 the Berlin Fire Department was alerted for a fire at the Glen Riddle Club House at 11620 Maid At Arms Lane in Berlin at 8:17AM.  Arriving firefighters found a fire in the woman's sauna extinguished by a single commercial fire sprinkler.  The cause of the fire listed as accidental and contributed to a heating element in the sauna.  Questions should be directed to Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Matt Owens at 410.632.5666 ext. 2 or mowens@co.worcester.md.us .

Whaleyville Family Homeless After Fire

On Monday, June 18, 2018 at 12:45PM several fire companies were alerted for a residential house fire at 7326 Bell Lane in Whaleyville.  Arriving firefighters found the mobile home to be fully involved.  The house is owned by Christie McDowell and was occupied by Elizabeth Barb and her family of four.  Fire compaines from Berlin, Showell, Ocean Pines, Ocean City, Pittsville, Willards and Powellville responded to the fire.  The home was completely destroyed.  No injuries were reported in the fire.  The cause of the fire is listed as undetermined.  Anyone with information about the fire can call Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Matt Owens at 410-632-5666 ext. 2 or mowens@co.worcester.md.us .

Pocomoke Barn Destroyed By Fire

On Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 8:40PM the Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for an outside building fire at 730 Cedar Hall Road, Pocomoke, Maryland.  The box alarm included fire companies from Stockton, Girdletree and Snow Hill, Maryland and New Church, Virginia.  Upon arrival fire units found a large pole barn fully engulfed in fire with extension to adjacent out buildings.  The fire completely destroyed the barn and several heavy excavating equipment.  It took fire personnel about 2 hours to control the fire.  The property is owned by Terry and Larry Ward.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Robert Korb at 410.632.5666 ext. 4 or rkorb@co.worcester.md.us

Also see http://www.pocomokefire.com/gallery/detail?id=30974

Ocean Pines House Fire

On Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 4:30PM the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Company, along with the Showell and Berlin Volunteer Fire Companies were alerted for a residential house fire at 20 Twilight Court in Ocean Pines.  Arriving fire units discovered smoke in the residence, with the fire extinguished.  Through an investigation it was determined a juvenile in the house intentionally started the fire.  The juvenile has been referred to the Department of Juvenile Services for prosecution.  Two people were home at the time of the fire.  No injuries were reported.

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