“Bring’n Pride to the west side…”


Anne Arundel County, Maryland is located just south of Baltimore and northeast of Washington, DC. It is comprised of a combination of residential and commercial occupencies including large housing developments, commercial buildings, wooded areas, BWI airport, Ft. George Meade, and several major thoroughfares. Present day Anne Arundel County Fire Department was officially formed in 1965, under the new County Charter Government. Prior to the formation of the department, fire suppression services were provided by volunteer companies and a limited number of paid "chauffeurs" also known as "Engineman". The county was almost entirely made up of rural area with large woodlands and farmland. Since then, the population, business presence, and call volume has increased significantly. At almost 80,000 emergency responses a year, Anne Arundel County Fire Department remains one of the busiest Jurisdictions in the area. Combined, The Waugh Chapel Fire Station responded to  4979 emergency calls in 2007.


Waugh Chapel Fire Station is located just off Rt. 3 on Waugh Chapel Rd in Gambrills, Maryland. The station is centrally located in Anne Arundel County. The building was built in 1976 in memory of Firefighter Patrick A. Bauer, Volunteer Firefighter George F. Driggers, and Volunteer Firefighter Waters F. Tucker who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The Waugh Chapel Station is home to Engine 51, Paramedic 5, Shift Commander, and 6 career personnel who staff the station 24 hours a day. Our immediate response area includes Gambrills, Crofton, Davidsonville, Millersville, Odenton, and Crownsville, however, the personnel of station 5 respond wherever needed to serve the citizens and visitors of Anne Arundel County. 




News & Recent Incidents


What’s happening around the Nickel…

November 2010

Congratulations to New Parents!

The members of Station 5 are excited to announce two new additions to our family! Congratulations to Firefighter/Paramedic Samuel Keim and Firefighter Robert Copeland! Everyone is home, healthy and doing fine.

November,  2009

Congrats to New Paramedics

Congrats to Firefighter Stachowski and Firefighter Bussey for becoming Maryland Paramedics.  They will be able to use their knowledge in helping the community and providing Advanced Life Support.  Congrats Tom and Ian!

May, 2009

Congrats to New Medic

        Firefighter Ian Bussey recently just completed schooling and passed the National test for EMT-Intermediate.  Firefighter Bussey will use his new knowledge in providing advanced life support to the community.  Congrats Ian!     


November, 2008

New member of the Waugh Chapel family

The Waugh Chapel Fire Station would like to welcome Jillian Nicole Keim, daughter of Samuel Keim (5-B) to the Nickel. Jillian was born on November 7, 2008 at 5:44 am. She weighed in at 6 lbs, 14 ounces; 15.5" long. Mom, dad and baby are all doing fine.

August, 2008

Busy Night at the Nickel

On August 8, 2008, Firefighters and Paramedics from the Waugh Chapel Station raced to the scene of several calls in the Gambrills area. The Friday night began with a reported Motor Vehicle Collision with entrapment. Crews from Herald Harbor, Waugh Chapel, and Odenton were dispatched. Engine & Paramedic 5 arrived shortly after the 911 calls, followed by the Shift Commander. Multiple patients were identified and treated. One patient was extricated from the vehicle and transported to a local trauma center by Paramedic 5.



Not long after clearing the rescue assignment, Engine 5 was dispatched to a reported Apartment Fire in Odenton. The call was unfounded and Engine 5 cleared to find firealarm requesting their response to the area of Route 3 and Waugh Chapel Road for a reported serious motor vehicle accident. Engine 51, Paramedic 5, and the Shift Commander responded promptly along with units from surrounding jurisdictions. Calls recieved by the 911 center indicated that a motorcycle was involved and there were serious injuries. Crews from station 5 quickly arrived and assessed the situation. Despite reports, only one patient was found. Due to fatal injuries, the scene was turned over to Anne Arundel County Police Department for investigation.


Fine weather brings Motorcycle Accidents

As nice weather arrives in the area, motorcycles buzz up and down busy Route 3. Motorcycle offer additional dangers to it's occupants when involved in an accident. Motorcycle safety courses should be considered and proper safety equipment is impetative. Rush hour began early as Engine and Paramedic 5, along with Battalion Chief 1, responded to the area of Route 3 and Reidel Road for a reported Motor Vehicle Collision involving a motorcycle.



Box 5-23 Dryer Fire

While settling down for the evening, Engine 5 was alerted for a reported dryer fire in Box 5-23. Engine 5 arrived quickly, followed shortly by Odentons Truck Company. The fire was contained to the dryer appliance and vent and extension to the home was prevented.


                                    Engine 51                                                                                                                              Truck 28

Rush hour brings an early morning rescue

On August 9, 2008, the personnel from the Nickel were alerted for a reported motor vehicle collision in the area of Route 424 and Route 3. Engine and Paramedic 5 responded to the scene. As they arrived, they immediately recognized that at least one patient was trapped in their vehicle and requested a rescue assignment and Maryland State Police Helicopter. Trooper 2 responded. Meanwhile, Paramedic 5 quickly went to work to stabilize the seriously injured patient who was still trapped. Soon after, units arrived from Arundel, Odenton, and Herald Harbor Fire Stations to assist with the operation. Rescue crews performed a dash-roll and removed the roof to free the patient. Trooper 2 and Paramedic 5 worked together to stabilize the patient prior to transport to a local trauma facility in Prince Georges County.




July, 2008

The "Nickel" takes delivery of a new Fire Engine and Medic Unit

Early in 2008, the Waugh Chapel Fire Station took delivery of a 2007 E-One Pumper and a 2007 International Medtec DuraStar Ambulance. Retired E-51 and PM5 will become reserve apparatus in the county fleet. Engine 5 is one of four E-One engines added to the fleet. Station 21 (Harmons Dorsey), 26 (South Glen Burnie), and 40 (West Annapolis) also recieved a new pumper. Engine 51 has a 1250 GPM Pump and contains 750 gallons of water. The engine also contains a around the pump foam proportioner. It is equipped with 1,100 feet of 4" large diameter hose. The new ambulance will continue to serve the citizens of the greater Gambrills area as an Advanced Life Support unit. Paramedic 5, along with the other new Ambulances purchased by Anne Arundel County, is equipped with the Power-Pro XT battery operated stretcher. This new technology allows safer operation and transportation of patients. The new ambulances are also "bariatric ready", increasing the ability to provide safe transportation of all patients. This all comes after the delivery of a 2007 Ford Expedition, which has been placed in service as the Shift Commanders vehicle. The Waugh Chapel Fire Station is pleased to serve the citizens of Anne Arundel County with the latest equipment. Station 5 continues to host Reserve Engine and Truck 5.


Good Luck Josh

The Waugh Chapel Fire Station would like to wish Firefighter / EMT-I Joshua VanHouten good luck on his future endeavours. Josh has served as a Firefighter at Station 5 for several years. 

February, 2008

Congratulations to Division Chief Hall!

The Fire Service and Citizens of Anne Arundel County will lose an exceptional public servant and employee this month. The personnel from the Waugh Chapel Fire Station would like to congratulate Divison Chief Michael Hall on his retirement. Chief Hall's last assignment was as the "B" Shift Commander. We wish him and his family the best in his retirement.

With the retirement of Chief Hall, the Waugh Chapel Fire Station has gained a new member. We would like to welcome Division Chief Mikules to the station. We are looking forward to a positive and productive future under the command of the new Chief! 


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