Howard County Professional Fire Fighters

Fire Ops 101 - A Reporter's Perspective

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IAFF Local 2000 is proud to announce, former Local 2000 member Christine Uhlhorn has been appointed as County Executive Ball's decision to serve as the new Fire Chief for Howard County Fire and Rescue. Chief Uhlhorn has been a proud member and supporter of Local 2000 for many years. We look forward to a wonderful working relationship with our new chief!

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Lieutenant Nathan Flynn - Killed Fighting 7-Alarm Fire

We are deeply saddened to announce the Line of Duty Death of Fire Fighter Nathan Flynn.

Brother Flynn was injured on Monday July 23, 2018 while fighting a multi alarm house fire in Clarkesville, MD. Brother Flynn was immediately provided care by the members on the scene and transported to Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, where he passed away.

The members of IAFF Local 2000 are devastated by the loss of our Brother. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the Flynn family during this extraordinarily difficult time, and we will continue to support them for as long as they need and beyond.

Service Arrangements

The Celebration of Life Ceremonies for Brother Nathan Flynn are as follows:

Viewing - Friday, July 27, 2018 12:00 PM–8:00 PM - Open to the Public

Memorial Service - Saturday, July 28, 2018 11:00 AM - Open to the Public

Mountain Christian Church, 1802 Mountain Road, Joppa, MD 21085

Help Support Lieutenant Flynn's Family

The Howard County Professional Fire Fighters Association has established a GoFundMe fundraiser in memory of Fallen Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services Lieutenant Nathan Flynn. This is the official online campaign that has been created to support the family of Brother Flynn. Please consider making a contribution to support Nathan's wife and five children during this tragic time.

PLEASE continue to keep Nathan's family in your daily thoughts and prayers.

We cannot begin to thank those of you who have reached out to us with condolences and offers of support. They have come from far and wide and we cannot be more appreciative.

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IAFF Center of Excellence

Click on the photo below for more information about the IAFF Center of Excellence.  

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IAFF Local 2000 members joined IAFF Local 1619 on the weekend of the September 9th to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 14 IAFF Local 2000 members put together a softball team and enjoyed the comradery of several other teams representing their perspective locals. Special thanks to Brother Pratt, Brother Goldman and Brother Shanley for taking the lead and organizing the event. Through their hard work and dedication, the team was even able to make a cash donation to the MDA. Moving forward, IAFF Local 2000 members plan to continue the long standing tradition of charitable giveback.

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Brad's Battle

Recently, our Brother Brad Scott better known as "Boobah" was diagnosed with Colon/Rectal Cancer. Brad has been a staple in every firehouse he has been in. He is currently assigned as the Engine driver for Station 7 "C" shift. Brad's wife Charlene and his three daughters Alyssa, Brennah, and Laini have been right by his side in the fight. Please see a release from his wife Charlene;

“When Brad turned 40 he decided that he needed to make some lifestyle changes; eat healthier, stop smoking, exercise, and to make the most out of everyday. Fast forward 6 months and he's smoke free! But, Brad started to have some stomach issues. After seeing his doctor a cat scan was ordered to rule out diverticulitis. Within an hour of the cat scan our lives took a dramatic unexpected turn. After multiple tests, biopsies, and specialist appointments Brad was diagnosed with stage 4 colon rectal cancer with mets to his liver and lungs. At that moment our whole world stopped. We were speechless, dumbfounded, and in disbelief. Things like this don't happen to an otherwise healthy 40 year old. Trying to explain to our children that their father has cancer was the single most difficult thing we've ever done in our lives. Over the past 3 weeks we have experienced every emotion that you can have while trying to keep things as normal as possible for our children. Brad is an honest person and wanted honest answers from his doctor. When the doctor explained the expected prognosis for his type of cancer our breath was taken away and fear crept back in. With the help of friends we were able to seek a second opinion from a doctor at Penn as well as an appointment with the National Institute of Health in Bethesda Maryland. Knowing what we know now, Brad is not a statistic, a piece of medical records, and he's not a number; he's a fighter. All of the doctor's agreed that the treatment presented to us is the best course of action for him. Bring on the chemotherapy! Positivity, prayers, optimism, and the support of family and great friends help to make this "new normal" for our family a little more bearable. We truly appreciate all of the support that we have received. At a time like this it unbelievable how everyone rallied together to make sure that Brad was ok, the kids are ok, and that I'm ok. We both couldn't be more thankful for the group of men and women that he works with. They are continually thinking about 2 steps ahead of us and supporting their brother in every way possible. One day at a time and a house full of positivity is how we are going to get through this. It is a club that no one ever wants to join but with faith, family, and friends that are now family we will get through this.”

If you would like to donate, please go to

And follow along with family and friends on the Brads Battle Facebook Page:

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HB100 Passes the House and Senate!

Great News for Maryland Firefighters and Police, HB100 passes the House and Senate! This tax bill provides a subtraction modification for Maryland residents income tax for retired members of fire, rescue, EMS and law enforcement. The bill now goes before the Governor for a signature before becoming law. We want to wish a special thank you to PFFMD's Mike Rund, Andy Pantelis, Jeff Buddle, and all Locals and representatives that testified on this bill's behalf!

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5th Annual PFFMD St. Patricks Day Parade

On Sunday March 5th Members from Howard County Professional Firefighters Local 2000 joined the PFFMD in Annapolis for the 5th Annual St. Patricks Day Parade. Members got the chance to share breakfast with Governor Hogan, IAFF GP Harold Schaitberger, 4th District VP Andy Pantelis, PFFMD President Mike Rund, and other honored guests prior to the parade. Good times were had, and the Local was proud to represent the IAFF as well as Howard County Fire and Rescue.

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Members Attend 4th District Educational Program

On March 31 members traveled to Herndon Virgina for the first annual 4th District training. The event was attended by Locals from all over the 4th district as well as General President Harold Schaitberger. To date, this training event was the largest IAFF district training to date, with over 250 members in attendance.
Many issues were discussed, such as generational differences, union administration and their roles, discipline and the growing issue of behavioral health in the fire service.

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Houston Firefighter Succumbs to Injuries from 2013 Fire

Houston’s “Iron Bill” Succumbs to Injuries From Fatal 2013 Motel Fire
Houston, TX Local 341 member Bill Dowling passed away on Tuesday, March 7, of complications from his line-of-duty injuries in the infamous 2013 Southwest Inn fire. Captain Bill Dowling was 43.

On May 31, 2013, four of Houston’s bravest gave their lives trying to save others in what has been considered the worst tragedy to date involving the Houston Fire Department. Fire fighters Matthew Renaud, Robert Bebee, Robert Garner and Anne Sullivan were killed in a massive blaze at the Southwest Inn off Highway 59. Thirteen other fire fighters were injured in the fire, including Dowling.

Despite his injuries, Dowling was able to hit his Mayday button and was pulled out, but his injuries were so serious that doctors were not sure that he would make it through the night. Dowling sustained a brain injury that left him unable to verbally communicate and both legs were partially amputated. Bill Dowling’s courageous fight to survive after being severely injured in the fire earned him the nickname “Iron Bill.”

“’Iron Bill’ Dowling is a shining example of what our profession stands for. His tremendous fight to recover gave us a glimpse of who he was as a loving husband, great father and a good fire fighter,” said General President Harold Schaitberger. “Bill lived a life of honor and will be remembered forever as he joins Matt Renaud, Robert Bebee, Robert Garner and Anne Sullivan on the granite walls of our Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Colorado Springs.”

Bill and his wife had recently moved to Durango, Colorado, to take advantage of a sports recovery program and can be seen fishing and enjoying life in an in-depth interview with Houston’s KHOU.

“As we begin to reflect on Captain Dowling’s life, we remember why we call him ‘Iron Bill.’ The incredible strength and bravery he showed as he and his family rebuilt his life – and theirs – after his injuries inspired us all,” said Houston, TX Local 341 President Patrick “Marty” Lancton. “We also are grateful to our fire fighter brothers and sisters in Houston and around the world for the extraordinary assistance they provided to the Dowlings since 2013 – from medical equipment and other items to friendship, support and thoughts and prayers.”

Dowling’s passing has seen an outpouring of tributes from fellow fire fighters to NFL players to local newscasters. “Bill was an amazing man and fire fighter and he was surrounded by love and family until the very end,” said 11th District Vice President Roy L. “Sandy” McGhee. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his extended family of fire fighter brothers and sisters.”

Dowling leaves behind his wife, Jacki, and their three children, Forrest, Foster and Faith. Dowling’s son, Forrest, became a Marine in 2014 – following in his Dad’s footsteps.

Captain Dowling’s memorial service has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 15, at 10:00 a.m., at Houston Baptist University (HBU), Morris Cultural Arts Center (Dunham Theater).

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Pantelis for IAFF 4th District VP

The Howard County Professional Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 2000 is pleased to announce our endorsement of Andrew Pantelis for IAFF 4th District Vice-President.  

We have had the good fortune of knowing and working with Andrew for several years. He will bring fresh ideas and a new perspective to the IAFF Executive Board. Andrew is an impactful leader of Prince George’s Local 1619 and has been instrumental in helping to make the Professional Fire Fighters of Maryland a force to reckon with in Annapolis.  

We are confident that Andrew is the right choice for the 4th District.

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Fire Ops 101 - Event Video

On May 8, 2015 nearly 50 members of Local 2000 spent the day providing local elected officials, legislative aides, partners, and media members the opportunity to be a fire fighter for a day. Participants suited up in fire fighter protective clothing, donned self- contained breathing apparatus, and entered a real fire to experience firsthand the environment in which fire fighters work.

County Executive Allan Kittleman, Deputy Chief of Staff J-Tab Siddiqui, County Councilman Jon Weinstein, State Senators Ed Kasemeyer and Guy Guzzone, State Delegates Trent Kittleman, Eric Ebersole, Dr. Terri Hill, Dr. Clarence Lam, and Vanessa Atterbeary, legislative aide to Delegate Kittleman Chelsea Amason, attorney Matt Darby, and WBAL TV reporter/anchor Sarah Caldwell participated in the day-long event.

We wish to thank the members who made for a fantastic experience for the participants, DFRS for helping to make the event a reality, and the key decision makers who took time out of their busy schedules to experience what it is like to be a Howard County fire fighter for day.

Worker’s Compensation attorney Matt Darby also provided this testimonial and thank you to the members of Local 2000.

Other news stories for our Fire Ops 101 Event...

Columbia Patch

Elected Officials Train with Howard County First Responders 

Baltimore Sun

Kittleman, officials get hands-on fire and EMS training 

Howard County Fire Training


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Fire Ops 101 - Feel The Heat!

WBAL News Anchor Sarah Caldwell "Feels The Heat" during Fire Ops 101
Click on the photo above to see the video 
Our second Fire Ops 101 event on Friday, May 8, 21015 was a huge success. Over 50 members of Local 2000 gave their time to provide elected and appointed officials from Howard County a chance to experience first-hand what it is like to be a fire fighter and EMS provider.
We would like to thank Chief Butler and his entire staff for their support of this effort. We would also like to thank County Executive Allan Kittleman, Deputy Chief of Staff J-Tab Siddiqui, County Councilman Jon Weinstein, State Delegates Ed Kasemeyer and Guy Guzzone, State Delegates Trent Kittleman, Eric Ebersole, Dr. Terri Hill, Dr. Clarence Lam, and Vanessa Atterbeary, and Aide Chelsea Leigh Amason for spending the day with us and participating.  Sarah Caldwell from WBAL-TV also attended and put together a news story shown on the 5 PM news that night.
The participants worked in teams of three, with each participant being assigned a Local 2000 member as a "Shadow."  The teams rotated through four scenarios: Interior Structure Fire, EMS scenario with simulated cardiac arrest (complete with fake vomit), Auto Extrication, and Auto Fire.
The Baltimore Sun's Jon Sham also stopped by and produced a video for their website; link here.
Photos will be added to our site over the next several days and weeks.

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County Executive Kittleman Honors Howard's Bravest

County Executive Allan Kittleman is braving the cold temperatures this weekend as a Super Plunger to raise money for the Special Olympics of Maryland. Before his second plunge he took the time to remember a beloved member of Local 2000, Nick Garner, who died this past Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.

Thank you, Mr. Executive!

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Fire Fighters Battling Cancer - Why We Fight to Protect Our Members

Ever wonder why you hear about fire fighter unions fighting so hard to provide benefits to our members?  The video above is representative of the fight that fire fighters all over the country are facing each day; the fight against cancers caused by the hundreds of different chemicals we come in contact with every day. 

Highlighted in the video is the little discussed issue of diesel exhaust.  Even fire fighter/paramedics who might spend more of their time on ambulances than fire engines or fire trucks still come back to the same fire stations where diesel exhaust permeates the air, settles on any and all surfaces, and soaks into our gear and other porous materials.

As more studies are done, and more information is learned, the picture gets even more grim.  This is why we fight for our members.

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Worker's Comp Cell Phone App

If you are interested in having some basic information available at your fingertips, check out the new cell phone application designed by Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby. 

The application contains information about Worker's Comp law, your rights as an injured worker, the Heart & Lung Presumption for Fire Fighters, Occupational Cancer, and more.  It also includes contact information for the Towson office (Matt Darby's location), and the Gaithersburg office (Ken Berman's location). 

The application can be downloaded by going to the BSGFD website (, under "Important News and Updates" on the left hand column click on "for public safety officers, click here."  On the ensuing page will be links to both the Android Google Play app store and the Apple App Store.

The application is an additional resource at your disposal.  If you need any additional information, please let us know.

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