CW-1, the Ranger, in front of South River Golf Club November 2007.
Our new CW-1, the Pierce, shortly after delivery.
In March 1965, our new building was under construction, and was dedicated in July 1965. The International Fire Buffs Association was having their national convention in Baltimore that year, and many of them attended the dedication. Originally had two bay doors in the front.
Our first Christmas tree sales was in 1958, and was our primary fund raiser. The cost was $2.50 a tree.
Our very first CW-1 was George Lord's station wagon. Not much we could do with that.
In the early days, the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Company let us keep our units on their parking lot. Units sat out in the weather and were slow to get ready.
Our first CW-1 operates at a fire at the Glen Theater building on Crain Hwy in Glen Burnie.
CW-1 the HiWay Products unit, operates on a brush fire off of Burns Crossing Rd. Sometimes we're able to get off the road, and get closer to the fire fighters that need us. This is in the area where the county landfill is now.
The Alarmers held their first Bull Roast in May of 1959 at the Earleigh Heights Fire Hall. The cost was $4.00
In the early days we had a Vega station wagon we used as CW-3, our supply vehicle.
This is the only picture we can find of a 2 ton stake-body truck we had at one time. Think we used it mostly at Christmas tree time.
CW-1 -the HiWay Products unit, operates on a fire on Camp Meade Road in Linthicum.
This is CW-1, the Ranger, operating with Trooper 1 at a brush fire, in March of 2006. This was a large brush fire off of Dicus Mill Road. State Police were taking chief officers up to guide ground units to hot spots.
This is the ALS area on CW-1, the Ranger. These pictures are circa 1994 or a little before. The EMS area was stocked with the same drugs the PM units were carrying at the time. PM-32 used to come by once a week, and check the drugs and supplies.
The EMS area was set up to do triage at a mass casualty incident, or treat an injured firefighter. About the closest we ever got to doing EMS was cooling firefighters down in the summer time, or warming them up during the winter.
High Prices End Alarmers Christmas Tree Sales
After 60 years of selling Christmas trees to many loyal and valued customers, it is with a heavy heart, we must tell you, we will no longer sell trees. We are unable to purchase quality trees from our suppliers. During the 2007 - 2009 recession, many tree farms did not plant any new trees, which is now causing a supply shortage and higher prices. We are unwilling to offer poor quality trees, at higher and higher prices. We always tried to give our customers the best trees at the lowest price in the area.
Last two years, we were unable to get the number of trees we would usually order. Vandalism to our Northway trailer last year further reduced our profit margin. We rely very heavily on fund raising to provide our service to first responders.
We wish to thank all the Fire Department support staff, all the firefighters, all the fire school classes, and many retirees, that helped us unload trees for many years. Without your help, this day would have come much sooner. Thank you all for your support over the years.