Unit Citation Recipients
Battalion Chief Daniel P. Healy
Captain Kathleen M. Harne
Captain Lenne J. Stolberg
Lieutenant Christopher G. Dimopoulous
Lieutenant Sean C. Donovan
Lieutenant Robert R. McCaa
Lieutenant Michael P. Steele
Lieutenant Michael L. Webb
Fire/Medic III Adam M. Miller
Fire/Medic III Malgorzata M. Nowaczyk
Instructor Lewis W. Raeder
Administrative Coordinator Cheryl Y. Riley
In August 2016, Frederick County was awarded a “Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response” (SAFER) Grant through the Department of Homeland Security. This 6.3 million dollar grant allowed for the hiring of an additional 41 firefighters, but came with a strict performance timeline requiring the rapid hiring and training of those new firefighters. Due to this timeline, from September 2016 until April 2018, the staff assigned to the Division of Fire and Rescue Services’ Training Office provided superior performance under unprecedented and extremely challenging circumstances.
During that same time period, the staff assigned to the Training Office successfully trained four full recruit classes. Each recruit class was 27-weeks in length and included over 1,000 hours of instruction and training. It is important to note that, for eight months, the training staff was managing multiple recruit academy classes at the same time. Through those four recruit classes, a total of 85 highly-trained and motivated Firefighter/EMTs now serve the citizens of Frederick County.
In addition, the Training Office also conducted a Paramedic Training Course, which was the first held in Frederick County in over three years. The 12-month Paramedic Training Course, that included 1,500 hours of instruction and training, culminated in the successful graduation of eight new Frederick County Paramedics. Simultaneously, the Training Office staff took on the monumental task of achieving accreditation through the “Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions” and was officially awarded accreditation this spring.
The Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services is one of the few select fire-service-based Advanced Life Support educational programs in the nation that has achieved accreditation. It should be noted that our EMS Training Instructors continue to far exceed state testing levels by having a 100% National Registry Test passing rate for each EMT and Paramedic student who have successfully completed their Frederick County coursework.
Even with the four recruit classes and the paramedic class, the Training Center staff was able to maintain their normal workload of recertification and in-service training, as well as offer new training opportunities to the career and volunteer members of our service. The work done by the staff at the Division’s Training Office far exceeds expectations, and the end product of training that they provide to the responders of our service goes the distance in ensuring the safety of the citizens of Frederick County.
It is my pleasure to recognize the members of the Frederick County Training Office with this well-deserved Unit Citation.
Chief Thomas W. Owens, Director