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Frederick County Appoints New Director of Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services | county

Frederick County has a new Director of Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services.

With County Council approval on Tuesday, County Executive Jan Gardner announced the appointment of Deputy Chief Shane Darwick as Director of Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services.

As Director, Darwick, who has nearly 50 years of experience, will support and coordinate with the Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Companies. He succeeds retired director Kevin Fox.

“Shane’s knowledge, work experience, strong communication skills and work ethic make him ideal for the managerial role,” Gardner said in a press release. “He is well respected by staff and volunteer companies, and has done an exemplary job as the Deputy Chief of the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services.”

Darwick started as the deputy chief of the county’s volunteer fire and rescue services in 2019, the statement said.

He spent 35 years with the Montgomery County Fire Department and reached the rank of Battalion Commander. Darwick was also the director of the training center for the Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association.

Darwick has held a number of management positions during his career, including with the National Capital Region Incident Management Team and the Maryland Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team. He is nationally certified as an Emergency Service Instructor III and Fire Rescue Institute instructor at the University of Maryland.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University and a Professional Certificate in Emergency Management from Frederick Community College.

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