Salisbury Fire Department

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver says he has given up effort to create a new fire territory for the breakaway volunteer fire company.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times all work has been stopped.

Previously Culver had told his emergency services director David Shipley to move ahead with giving the breakaway volunteer fire company territory outside of Salisbury in the Route 13 bypass area.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A Salisbury firefighter has been taken to a Baltimore hospital after being hit by a fire vehicle.

Salisbury public information officer Chris Demone told The Daily Times on Sunday that the firefighter was helping place blue reflectors to indicate hydrants when he was struck. He was taken to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Demone said the city wouldn't identify the firefighter until all family had been notified and they are certain of his condition. No further details about the incident were immediately available.

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Wicomico County Council President John Cannon says he wants to halt giving any land for the volunteer fire company that broke away from the Salisbury Fire Department.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he said it would violate the fire service agreement with the city which does not designate any land for the new Salisbury Independent Fire Company.

It’s now been designated Station 13.

The fire company left the Salisbury Fire Department after staffing disputes.

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Wicomico County has put some money in its budget to pay for some firefighters at the regional airport.

It is part of the plans to relocate the volunteer firefighters that have recently separated from the Salisbury Fire Department.

The work in the past has been done by crews from Piedmont Airlines.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that County Executive Bob Culver says that members of the Company 1 Volunteer Firefighters has been offered a new station at the airport.

He said he wants to put some of them on the payroll.

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Another night, another shooting in Salisbury.

WBOC reports that police were on the scene last night at around 11 p.m. in the area of the West Road Apartment complex on East Road.

The victim was identified as Troy Smiley and was ultimately taken to Baltimore’s Shock Trauma for life-threatening injuries.

The television station says that Smiley was shot in the face.

There are no suspects in the case.

Units from the Maryland State Police, the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office and the Salisbury Fire Department responded to the shooting.

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Fire Company 1 is leaving the city of Salisbury.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the company will no longer operate under the Salisbury Fire Department and will move from the station on Beaglin Park Drive.

The company’s president and vice president issued a statement saying that the volunteer firefighters and their emergency medical services operation will move out by July 1st to a new, but yet to be announced, location.         

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City officials say a fire heavily damaged a condominium building, sending black smoke over the ocean.

Town communications manager Jessica Waters says the fire at the Pelican Beach condominiums on 140th Street was reported about 11 a.m. Wednesday. She says there no injuries; the building was not occupied, and three maintenance workers escaped safely.

Photos show the front of the four-story building was charred. Waters say the blaze spread to vegetation in dune area on the side of the building.

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A fire at a home on Poplar Hill Avenue in Salisbury has displaced three people.

Three Salisbury fire companies in addition to those from Fruitland and Delmar responded to blaze which broke out around just before midnight.

WBOC reports that officials say there was heavy smoke coming from the attic area when they showed up.

It took around an hour to contain the fire.

Salisbury officials say that a couple woke up just before midnight and called for help after detecting the smoke.

Another person was asleep on the first floor of the two-story home.

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Mayor Jim Ireton says the Salisbury is not being fairly compensated for the services that its fire department  provides in Wicomico County.

Under the current agreement the department serves over 56 percent of the county population and responds to more than 62% of the service calls.

But, says the Mayor, it does not get equal funding for the amount of work it does.

Ireton wants the new county leaders to take up the issue in the next fiscal year to address of a gap that, he says, amounts to over $2 million which has been paid by the city tax payers.

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Most of the firefighters in Salisbury who lost their jobs when a federal grant ran out last week have been brought back – part time.

Mayor Jim Ireton said that the 10 will be used to fill in the schedule as needed.

They will be paid $15.74 an hour.

That money will come from the $19-thousand in remaining overtime funds in the department’s budget.

The Mayor has proposed hiring four firefighter/emergency medical technicians for an estimated cost of $160-thousand through the end of the fiscal year.