Station 3 Station 13 Station 14

Working House Fire

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 0536 Singerly, Chesapeake City, North East and Newark were alerted for the reported working house fire. Engine 13 arrived to find heavy smoke in the area and began laying a supply line from the last intersection, about 700'. Deputy 3 (Poore) arrived to the residence with Engine 13 and reported a 1 story, single family dwelling with fire showing from the Charlie Side and established the Command. Crews made an aggressive interior attack and held the fire to the living room and roof area void spaces, with heavy smoke and water damage throughout the residence. The box was under control in approximately 25 minutes and the assignment reduced to Singerly Units and New Castle County E9-5, with the transfer units filing in for approximately 1.5 hours.

Deputy Chief 3

Assistant Chief 3

Engine 13

Engine 14

Tanker 13

Engine 9-5 (Newark)

Engine 412 (North East)

Tanker 12 (Chesapeake City)

Ambulance 391

Ambulance 393

Transfers into Station 13 - Engine 813 (Rising Sun) & Ambulance 291



Change your Clocks, Change your Batteries

In anticipation of daylight saving time (DST) beginning in the early morning hours of March 9th, the State Fire Marshal is urging Marylanders to “Change Your Clock – Change Your Battery” in both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in their homes. Recognizing that working smoke alarms and CO detectors double a family’s chance of surviving a home fire and/or unsafe carbon monoxide levels, the State Fire Marshal says Daylight Savings Time is a great opportunity for families to change the batteries. “Please take the little time required to help ensure the safety of your family and friends by maintaining these early warning life saving devices.”

A new Maryland law became effective on July 1, 2013 involving “battery only” smoke alarms used in residential properties. When these “battery only” smoke alarms have reached their 10-year life span, they need to be replaced with new long-life sealed lithium battery smoke alarms with silence/hush button features. The silence/hush button feature temporarily disables the alarm so the occupant can ventilate the space from mild smoke conditions typically created during some cooking operations. The use of these alarms eliminates the need to replace the batteries during the 10 year life of the alarm.

The new law also requires homeowners to ensure they have a smoke alarm installed on each floor and in each sleeping area, per National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommendations.

If your property is protected with 120 volt electric smoke alarms, they also should be replaced every 10 years with new 120 volt smoke alarms w/ battery back-up to ensure proper and timely operation in the event of a fire.

Along with working smoke alarms and CO detectors, Home Escape Plans are another way Marylanders can avoid injury or death in their homes. By identifying at least two different escape routes, families can practice the plan together – before an emergency strikes. Practicing the plan helps educate younger children to the danger of hazardous situations and the importance of recognizing that the sound of a smoke alarm or CO detector signals a potential hazard in the home. “Changing the battery in your smoke alarms and CO detectors, along with developing and practicing a home escape plan, are two of the best ways to protect your loved ones and yourself from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning,” stated Fire Marshal Geraci.

Please observe the overhead electronic signs as you travel throughout the state this weekend. The Office of the State Fire Marshal and all Marylanders thank the Maryland Department of Transportation and the State Highway Administration for assisting to spread the word about this life saving reminder.   



Working Town House Fire

Saturday, March 1, 2014   Singerly, Chesapeake City and North East were alerted for the reported Working Structure Fire in a Town House. Engine 13 and Chief 3 (Hill) arrived together to find a 2 story, middle of the group town house with hire showing side A. Chief 3 established the command and crews went to work to contain the fire to the main fire building with minimal extension to the exposure residences.

Companies Operating:

Singerly - Engine 13, Engine 3, Rescue 13, Tower 3, Chief 3, Ambulance 391, Utility 333

Chesapeake City - Engine 2, Ambulance 291

North East - Engine 412, Ladder 4

Charlestown - Rescue 5

Rising Sun - Engine 28(transfer), Engine 813

Perryville - Engine 6

Cecilton - Ambulance 191 (transfer)

Harve de Grace - Engine 5-12 (transfer)

Newark - Engine 10-5(transfer)

Oxford - Engine 21-2 (transfer)

Courtesy, CCFB Follower

Courtesy, CCFB Follower

Courtesy, CCFB Follower

Courtesy, CCFB Follower


Good Samaritan alerts occupants of fire

Friday, February 28, 2014   Singerly, North East, Newark and Ches. City fire companies were alerted for a reported structure fire at 111 Delaware Ave. Deputy 13 (Debold) responded and received additional information of a reported shed to the rear of the residence with EPD on location reporting a working fire with extension to the residence. Deputy 13 arrived to find a 10X10 shed with smoke showing with possible extension to the residence with the corrected address of 107 Delaware Ave. Elkton Police utilized their fire extinguishers to knock down some of the fire until the arrival of the first engine. Engine 13 arrived and placed one 1 3/4" line in service and made quick work of the fire. The fire was placed under control within 10 minutes. Upon further investigation it was found there was only minor damage to the rear of the residence. The fire is under investigation by the OSFM.    



Snow Storm Standby Crews

Singerly members stood by for the recent winter event from the initiation of the storm at approximately 9pm on 2/12 until noon on 2/14. 33 volunteer participated, logging 469 hours of standby time and handling 22 emergencies in the district, 6 Fire/Rescue and 16 EMS Incidents with 4x4 assist.

We would like to take time to thank everyone that took time away from their families and responsibilities at home to provide service to the community. We apologize if anyone was missed on this list.

·         Volunteer Staff

o    Fred Hill

o    Tim Poore

o    James Fischer

o    Gary Armour

o    Pete Ryan

o    Matthew Patrick

o    Jaren Whiteman

o    Donald Miller

o    Mike Patrick

o    Joe Zurolo

o    John Yedinak Jr

o    John Mayers

o    Rob Conway

o    Jamie Muller

o    Jen McClellan

o    Cody Patrick

o    Eddie Cochran

o    Ed Long

o    Linda Clark

o    David Caldwell

o    Cheryl Norman

o    London McGill

o    Mike Edler

o    Mike Kurian

o    Dave Scarbrough

o    Cody Goodwin

o    Tyler Burchett

o    Travis Marquess

o    Justin Archangelo

o    Danny Reynolds

o    Steve Adcock

o    Travis Terry

o    William Moncrieffe

·         Career Staff

o    John Toulson

o    Bill Duley

o    Chris Carter

o    Ernie Beck

o    Charles Gardner

o    Philip Thomas

o    Elizabeth Fisona





SFC Officers 2014


Chief of Department - Fred G. Hill Jr.

Deputy Chief 3 - Timothy Poore

Deputy Chief 13 - Michele Debold

Assistant Chief 3 - James Fischer

Assistant Chief 13 - David Meaders, Past Chief

Assistant Chief 14 - Gary Armour

Captain 3 - Ken Streets, Past Chief

Captain 13 - Pete Ryan

Captain 14 - Sean Norman

Truck Captain 3 - Bill Graham, Past Chief

Rescue Captain 13 - John Yedinak Jr

Lieutenant 3 - Cathy Farrell

Lieutenant 13 - Michael Patrick

Lieutenant 13-1 - Jaren Whiteman

Lieutenant 14 - Matthew Patrick


Assistant Chief for EMS - John Mayes

EMS Captain - Jason Cantera

EMS Captain - Rob Conway

EMS Captain - Jamie Muller

EMS Lieutenant - Jen McClellan

EMS Lieutenant - Cody Patrick

EMS Lieutenant - Dani Brown


President - Phil Scott, Past Asst Chief for EMS

1st Vice President - David Meaders, Past Chief

2nd Vice President - Joe Zurolo

Director - Don Hicks,  Past Chief, Past President

Director - Joe Gipson, Engineer,  Past Ambulance Director

Director - David Goodwin, Past Engineer

Director - Mollie Graham 

Director - Willard Bryan

Director - Fred Hill Jr, Chief

Director - Carson Widdoes

Director - Victor Costa, Past Chief

Director - Frank Lewis, Past Chief 


President - Nancy Caldwell

Recording Secretary - Daria Brown

Corresponding Secretary - Christine Sutton

Membership Secretary - Wanda Marquess

Treasurer - Kay Trego

Assistant Treasurer - Leisa Campbell

Chaplain - Jane Peterson

Historian - Linda Alexander



Working Fire

Wednesday, February 5, 2014  Singerly, North East, Ches. City and Charlestown fire companies were dispatched by the Cecil County 911 center for a reported structure fire at 400 W. Main St, Whelan Mini Storage. Ambulance 392 was the first unit to arrive and advised of a working fire. Deputy 13 arrived to find a single story, multi-unit storage facility with heavy smoke and fire showing and established command. Engine 13 arrived and took the hydrant at Main & Jeffers St and laid about 800' for supply line. Two 1 ¾" attack lines were placed in service and crews began extinguishment. Due to insufficient water supply from the initial hydrant, Engine 14 was placed on the hydrant to assist in boosting the pressure from the hydrant to Engine 13. Engine 2 was the 2nd unit into the facility. Their crew placed a 1 ¾" line in service to the opposite side of the building from Engine 13 to begin working the storage units. Due to the continued water supply issues from the hydrant, Rescue 5 took the hydrant in front of the old Air Products building and laid an additional supply line to Engine 2. Engine 813 was placed on that hydrant to assist in boosting the pressure to Rescue 5. The Town of Elkton was also notified of the need to boost the water pressure to the town system. Additional equipment responded from Perryville, Oxford, Rising Sun and Newark. Crews worked with K-12 saws to open all the storage units in order to make access to the building for suppression purposes. Crews worked to gain access to 22 storage units which were involved. The FM and power companies along with the town water maintenance were all notified. One firefighter was transported to Union Hospital for exhaustion. Units remained on scene for about 3 hours. The fire is under investigation by the SFMO.

all photos courtesy of the Cecil Whig



Working Fire

Thursday, January 23, 2014 2:38 pm  Singerly, North East, Rising Sun and Oxford were alerted for the reported working structure fire; Deputy Chief 3 arrived with a 2 story detatched garage with multiple apartments, fire showing from Side A Division 1 and established the Command. The box was filled and Tanker Task Force was requested as units went to work finding heavy fire in a garage bay with extention into the attic. Engines 3 and 14 supplied water supplies at Dry Hydrants on either side of the scene while crews operated from tank water from Tanker 21, Tanker 13, Tanker 12, Tanker 22, Tanker 6, Tanker 27 and Tanker 19. With 3 appartments and 3 garage bays numerousvoid spaces were found and cleared with extensive overhaul. Crews operated on scene for 5 hours opening up and assisting the fire Marshal, who estimated the loss at $150,000. The cause of the fire is still un under investigation. 

Photo Credit: Cecil Whig

Photo Credit: Cecil Whig

Photo Credit: Cecil Whig

Photo Credit: Cecil Whig

Photo Credit: Cecil Whig


Working House Trailer Fire

Friday, January 3, 2014   Singerly, North East and Charlestown, where alerted for the reported working structure fire, Chief 3 arrived to find a single wide house trailer with smoke showing and established the Command. Crews from 312 and Tanker 4 deployed 1.75" handlines to the interior to knock a kitchen fire. The Maryland State Fire Marshalls Office responded and were investigating.



1st Working Fire of 2014

Wednesday, January 1, 2014  Singerly, Rising Sun, Newark and Oxford were alerted for the reported Chimney Fire at approximately 1145hrs. Chief 3 arrived to find a 1 story, single family dwelling with smoke showing and requested the box be upgraded to a working fire. E312 deployed an attack line to the interior, backed up by E18, crews found that the fire had extended throughout the attic area of the residence. Tanker 13 and Tanker 8 supplied the water for the operation, which was under control in about 1/2 hour. The Maryland State Fire Marshalls Office responded and determined the cause to be a Wood Stove Flue that had failed and caused a fire in the roof structure of the residence.

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