Welcome to the English Consul Volunteer Fire Department – 100% Volunteers
In response to the Baltimore Sun article appearing on 4/15/2014 entitled “Volunteer Firefighter Accused of Setting Halethorpe Blaze.”
Several months ago, a member of our company reported to our Chief and Board of Directors that he had been arrested by Federal law enforcement authorities. The member was not able to divulge the nature of the charges or details as part of his pre-trial release agreement. As a result of that information, the Board of Directors placed the member on administrative leave of absence, and restricted his access to the fire department until the case was adjudicated in court. The administrative leave of absence is standard operating procedure for any member charged with a crime. In the Sunpaper’s article a statement was made by the member of a “rite of passage.” The alleged actions taken by the member charged was the sole responsibility of that member.
I can assure you that the ONLY rite of passage in the English Consul Volunteer Fire Department is to become well-trained, and provide the best possible fire suppression and EMS service to the citizens we serve.
Persons applying for membership in our company are subjected to criminal background checks and drug analysis. Our company does not condone or tolerate violations of the law. We have always cooperated fully with our County, State, and Federal law enforcement partners.
I can assure you that the men and women of the English Consul Volunteer Fire Department will continue to protect and serve our community with pride and respect as we have done since our company was established in 1944.
Bradford A. Thomas, Chairman of the Board
English Consul Volunteer Fire Department
On behalf of the officers and members of the English Consul Volunteer Fire Department