Category Archives: Ocean City Fire Department

Ocean City Fire Department Reminding Citizens to be “Halloween Safe”

(October 20, 2014) – Halloween is a fun time of the year for kids and the Ocean City Fire Department is reminding citizens that taking a few simple fire safety precautions will keep the spooky holiday safe.  To make trick-or-treating safe for everyone, the Ocean City Fire Department is encouraging residents and visitors to plan ahead by following a few easy safety tips.


  • Choose a safe costume:  When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric.  If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
  • Decorate safety:  Use Flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards.  It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-lantern, however; if you use a real candle, be sure to use extreme caution. Decorations such as dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable so keep these decorations well away from open flames and heat sources. Also, remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Light up their costumes:  Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
  • Party Safe:  If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home in case of an emergency.
  • Stay away from flames: Tell children to stay away from open flames and be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.

“Decorations are the first thing to ignite fires in 1,000 reported home fires each year,” said Ocean City Fire Marshal David Hartley.  “By planning ahead and following a few simple precautions our residents and visitors are likely to have a fun and fire safe Halloween.”

It is important to note that the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office does not allow any hay decorations within any place of assembly. Anyone with questions pertaining to Halloween fire safety should contact the Ocean City Fire Department, Office of the Fire Marshal, or visit


Ocean City Fire Department Station 4 Dedication

Dear Ocean City Resident & Town of Ocean City Friend,

The Ocean City Fire Department would be honored to include the Ocean City community in a very special celebration and dedication of Fire Station 4, located at 12925 Coastal Highway.  Please share this invitation with your civic organization, neighbors, family and friends. 

All are welcome.

We hope to see you there.

You’re Invited

The Officers and Members of the Ocean City Fire Department cordially invite you to attend the dedication and open house for the new Fire Station 4.


Date:  Saturday, October 25

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Station 4 – 12925 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland 21843

Please join us as we celebrate the new Station with a formal Ribbon Cutting ceremony, Fire Station tours and a Flag Ceremony.  Light refreshments will be provided.  All are welcome, so please bring family, friends and neighbors to our community celebration.



Ocean City Fire Department Encourages Citizens to Be Heart Smart

kim3Cardiac Arrest is a medical emergency in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.   Last year, the Ocean City Fire Department responded to more than 50 cardiac arrest calls, contributing to approximately 359,000 incidences of cardiac arrest that were recorded in the United States alone.

“According to the American Heart Association, you can improve a victim’s chances of surviving cardiac arrest with three steps,” commented Ocean City Firefighter Paramedic Kim Tull. “The three steps include immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system (911), Early CPR with an emphasis on chest compressions, and Rapid defibrillation (AED).”

AED’s are portable devices that can check a person’s heart rhythm and if needed, it can send a shock to the person to restore their heart rhythm.  “They are safe, effective and easy to use,” Tull continued.  “The Town of Ocean City has AED’s in specific locations throughout the town to promote early defibrillation in the event of cardiac arrest.”

According to the Ocean City Fire Department, knowing where the closest AED is located can save minutes in an emergency.  The town’s public access AEDs are located at Eagles Landing, the Ocean City Airport, City Hall, the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, and various public buildings including the wastewater plant, the transportation building, the public safety building and Northside Park.

“Becoming familiar with CPR and AED use could save a life,” Tull finished.  For more information, or to learn more about the town’s public AED’s, contact the Ocean City Fire Department’s Training Department at 410.520.5421.



Ocean City Fire Department Responds to Two Residential Fires within Four Minutes

Boat_Showell_005(June 27, 2014) – It wasn’t an average Thursday evening in Ocean City yesterday, as the Ocean City Fire Department (OCFD) was on the scene of two significant residential fires in Worcester County, occurring at the same time.  With the calls for service coming in to the Ocean City Commination’s Division only four minutes apart, the OCFD quickly responded to the areas of Riverview Drive and Old Bridge Road shortly after 7 p.m. on the evening of June 26.

The first call, recorded at 7:20 p.m, requested the assistance of the OCFD’s Fire Boat 1.  Responding to assist the Showell Fire Department, Fire Boat 1 arrived to the 11000 block of Riverview Drive and crew members immediately engaged in water supply operations.  In addition, in support of fire suppression operations, Fire Boat 1 supported efforts by placing its roof-mounted master stream in service.

Only a few minutes later, approximately 7:24 p.m., another call came into Communications for a house fire in the 12000 block of Old Bridge Road in West Ocean City.  Multiple alarms were called and units from Worcester and Wicomico County, as well as units from Delaware responded to the area.  “The response from all of the fire departments from the county, as well as our neighboring counties, was extraordinary,” commented Ocean City Fire Chief Chris Larmore.  “It was a true demonstration of team work and I am extremely proud of the efforts of Ocean City’s first responders and those of our allied agencies.”

By 11 p.m. last night, OCFD units had cleared the area of both incidents.  No injuries were reported and the cause of the fires is now under investigation by the Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office.  “I want to personally thank all of our first responders,” commented Deputy Chief David Cropper, who was the Incident Commander on scene of the fire at Old Bridge Road.  “It’s very unusual for us to have multiple residential fires at the same time, requiring such significant resources.  Our members were professional and did exactly as they are trained to do. They should be tremendously proud of their hard work because I am certainly proud of them.”



Ocean City Fire Department Reminds Citizens to Grill Safely

grilling_safety_tipsSpring has sprung and as temperatures begin to rise, there is nothing like outdoor grilling to soak up the sunshine. Before you fire up your grill, the Ocean City Fire Department would like to remind residents and visitors to use a few simple outdoor cooking tips to make sure your backyard cookouts are safe and enjoyable.


“A grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard,” said Ocean City Fire Marshal David Hartley.  “According to the National Fire Protection Association, gas and charcoal grills cause close to 2,900 structure fires, 5,000 outdoor fires, and result in property loss of close to 30,000,000 dollars each year.  Over one third of all outdoor cooking related fires begin on an attached deck or balcony.  It is important to remember to keep grills a safe distance away from any building.” 


The Town of Ocean City does not allow grills or other outdoor cooking equipment to be used within 20’ of multi-family dwellings.  Multi-family dwellings are those buildings that contain three or more dwelling units, which may include townhouse complexes. 


Prior to use, gas grills should be checked to make sure all tank hoses and burners are good working condition, and free of cracks and leaks.  If your grill has a gas leak and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill.  If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using again.  If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. 


While in use, always maintain a safe zone around the grill to prevent children or pets from getting injured.  It is important to never leave your grill unattended and keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.  Charcoal grill users should be sure that coals are completely cool before disposing of in a non-combustible container.  


Lastly, never use outdoor cooking equipment inside, as this creates a significant fire and carbon monoxide hazard.  “These are just a few simple tips you can follow to ensure your backyard gatherings are safe for all to enjoy,” Hartley continued.  If you have any questions about fire safety, please feel free to contact the Ocean City Fire Department, Office of the Fire Marshal, at 410.289.8780 or visit