Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The station is Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company's newest substation.
Bel Air officially gained a new fire station Saturday. The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company's Patterson Mill substation, located at the corner of Maryland Route 924 and Patterson Mill Road, was dedicated Saturday by the fire company and Harford County government officials. The 9,000-square-foot Patterson Mill Station is the third active station of the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company. The main station is located on Hickory Avenue in Bel Air and the second is in Forest Hill on East Jarrettsville Road. The station is located up the road from Patterson Mill Middle/High School. "Although we are less than four miles from our main station, it is critical that we are in the community we serve," Bel Air fire company chief Edward Hopkins said, …
Edward Hopkins currently serves in a number of leadership roles in Bel Air.
You'll be seeing the name Edward Hopkins a lot more. Bel Air's de facto mayor and Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company's chief has been named the newest spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office. The announcement was made on the Bel Air fire company's official Facebook page Tuesday afternoon and confirmed by the sheriff's office Wednesday. Hopkins served as a police officer with the sheriff's office for 29 years, retiring with a rank of Lieutenant, according to his profile on the Town of Bel Air's website. He is no stranger to the communications job having previously filled the position for the sheriff's office. The lifelong Bel Air resident has most recently worked as Director of External Affairs with Maryland Emergency Management …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The new station is the latest substation of the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company.
Bel Air will officially gain a new fire station this week, nearly one year after construction began. Dedication of the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company's Patterson Mill substation, located at the corner of Maryland Route 924 and Patterson Mill Road, is scheduled to take place at noon Saturday. Fire company and Harford County government officials will participate in the ceremony with tours of the new facility available after that. The 9,000-square-foot Patterson Mill Station will be the third active station of the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company. The main station is located on Hickory Avenue in Bel Air and the second is in Forest Hill on East Jarrettsville Road. The station is located up the road from Patterson Mill Middle/High School. Members…
Monday, November 5, 2012
A Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company did more than fight fire this week.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Fire officials suspect the blaze started with a candle.
Flames devastated a Forest Hill home Wednesday night and landed one person in a local hospital. Sign up for our newsletter, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any news tips. Around 7:18 p.m. volunteer firefighters from Bel Air, Fallston and Jarrettsville companies rushed to the home in the 100 block of Marshall Drive, according to the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company. When they arrived firefighters found flames coming from every window on the first floor. Crews controlled the blaze within 20 minutes, but not before the fire had caused extensive damage to the single-story house, according to the fire company's website. The fire caused an estimated $300,000 damage, according to the Bel Air …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
No injuries were reported in connection with the fire, officials say.
Two dozen people had to leave their homes Monday night when a fire broke out in a Bel Air apartment building. Around 11:48 p.m. a neighbor in the 1300 block of Scottsdale Drive in Bel Air noticed a fire on the second-floor balcony of a four-story apartment building in that block, according to a release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office and a post by spokesman Rich Gardiner on the official Harford County Fire and EMS media Facebook page. The fire went from from the second-floor balcony up to the third-floor balcony, but did not get inside the building, Gardiner wrote. Firefighters from the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company arrived at the scene and quickly contained the fire, but not before the blaze caused about $25,000 damage to …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Bel Air firefighters contained the blaze on Tuesday afternoon.
A car fire started in the 100 block of South Reed Street in Bel Air on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Firefighters with the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company arrived at the scene to find the car engulfed in flames, according to Rich Gardiner, spokesman for Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association. Patch reader Mark Preston shared photos of the damage to the vehicle on the Bel Air Patch Facebook page. Have pictures of fires, accidents or even uplifting sights from around town? You can upload your photos to the Bel Air Pics & Clips section and share what you see on Patch.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
A man was injured while hiking on Sunday morning near Summerville Road.
Volunteer firefighters from Bel Air and Whiteford rescued an injured hiker Sunday morning. A man in his late 40s injured his legs while hiking in the woods near the 1400 block of Summerville Road in Bel Air, according to Rich Gardiner, spokesman for Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association. The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company and Whiteford Volunteer Fire Company assisted in transporting the man out of the woods around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The hiker was treated for minor injuries, according to Gardiner. No further details were available.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company member works toward earning large donation from his employer, British Petroleum.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company Chief Edward Hopkins suspended members of the fire company over "inappropriate" comments on Facebook that suggested ignoring any fire calls at Bel Air's Sonic Drive-In.
Nine members of the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company were reprimanded this week over inflamatory comments made on Facebook. Three members of the fire company were suspended for four weeks along with a recommendation to the company Board of Directors they be terminated from the fire company, according to a blog post from Rich Gardiner, spokesman for Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association. In addition to the three suspensions, one member was demoted from regular firefighter to entry level firefighter and placed on a year of probation, a second was demoted from lieutenant to firefighter and the remaining four were given verbal reprimands and additional work details, according to Gardiner's post. The action stems from a Facebook …