The Annapolis Fire Department (AFD) exists to provide a safe environment for the community by minimizing the impact of fire and injury through public education, quality service, emergency preparedness and an overall culture of safety.
The Annapolis Fire Department regretfully shares the news of the untimely passing of AFD Lieutenant Joshua (Josh) W. Snyder. Josh was hired in September of 2006 and was a graduate of the Anne Arundel County Fire Academy Class 47. He was assigned to the Taylor Avenue Station as a member of our Special Operations Team until his promotion to Lieutenant in 2017 when he was reassigned to the Eastport Station. He received several accolades, letters of Commendations and a Unit Citation throughout his career.
Josh succumbed to a hard-fought battle with cancer on November 9, 2019. He was surrounded by his family and friends, which included several members of the Annapolis Fire Department. Josh was 34 years old, married and had two children.
The family will receive visitors on Friday, November 15th from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. at the McComas Family Funeral Home, 1317 Cokesbury Road, Abingdon.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, November 16th at the New Life Baptist Church, 5501 Lloyd Ave, White Marsh. Burial will follow at a family burial site.
Dress uniforms are encouraged for members of the fire service attending the viewing or funeral. Due to limited parking at all sites, carpooling is encouraged and departments are asked to refrain from bringing fire apparatus.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Harford County, 2913 Creswell Road, Bel Air, MD 21015.
Chief Remaley and Deputy Chief Spriggs hosted a Holiday Party for the Fire Dept crew and some guests.
Chief Remaley promotes Lieutenant Swink and Firefighter First Class Clark during a recent pinning ceremony.
On October 28, Chief Remaley joined in the celebration of “Young Dylan”, aka Dylan Gilmer, an Annapolis Rapper who appeared on Ellen and America’s Got Talent. Dylan recently announced that he will be starring on a Tyler Perry sitcom. The motorcade through Annapolis ended at City Hall with a special presentation of a key to the city.
Chief Remaley recently promoted F1/c Andrew Collins and F1/c John Wardell II.
Chief Remaley presented FF Allison Hays with a Meritorious Award for her quick actions in assisting a fellow swim competitor who was in distress with severe leg cramps during the Annapolis Sailors Triathlon in July.
The Department proudly announces that Battalion Chief Robert F. Christian has been recognized by the National Fire Academy as an Executive Fire Officer (EFO). Fire Chief Remaley presented Battalion Chief Christian with his award at a recent Command Staff Meeting. Congratulations to Battalion Chief Christian on this career achievement!
The Annapolis Fire Department took part on October 11, 2019 with other area departments Fire and Police personnel to raise a flag that was a tribute to 9/11. The “Ground Zero Flag” has traveled for eighteen years after flying over Ground Zero as a reminder of the sacrifices made on 9/11/01. The Team that travels with the flag also carries a piece of white marble recovered from Ground Zero that was fashioned into a cross by the recovery workers on site and a log book that documents the missions of the flag and cross around the world. This will be retired on 11/2/21 which will be the 20th Anniversary of when the flag came from Ground Zero. After that they hope the flag, cross and log book will be in a museum for future generations.
Project for the 50 states from 1st grade class at George Long Elementary. The crew from the Forest Drive Fire Station #35 in Annapolis was more than willing to hold your high five card and take a picture for your project from Maryland!
Employees Lauren VanBenCoten, Lauren Beard and Chase Dooley of the Boatyard Bar and Grill are awarded Annapolis Fire Department Citizen Citations of Merit from Chief Remaley and Deputy Chief Spriggs for their quick assistance to a customer who was choking and then required CPR.
On September 24, 2019, personnel from the Annapolis Fire Department joined with approximately 30 representatives from the Hershey Corporation who had a conference in Annapolis. They all walked through the Annapolis Gardens Community giving out candy to children from several communities in Annapolis. A good time was had by all!
On September 9, 2019, the Annapolis Fire Department held a Pinning Ceremony for the promotions that occurred effective September 8, 2019. Family members attended to assist in changing the pins for the ranks of our personnel. Newly promoted personnel are: Battalion Chief Philip Morris, Captain Bud Zapata, Lieutenant David McGill, Jr., Lieutenant Christopher Pentz, Firefighter First Class Thomas Frankhouser, Jr., Firefighter First Class Craig McCracken. And effective Thursday, October 3, 2019 Firefighter First Class Samuel Winner,Jr.
At the City Council Meeting on Monday, September 9, 2019, Mayor Buckley, Chief Remaley and Deputy Chief Spriggs presented several Fire Department Civilian Citations of Merit.
Max Shapiro from the Harbormasters Office was awarded for his assistance saving a kayaker and another citizen in the water who were trying to locate another kayaker who had gone under water.
Several of the Watermark Cruises crew were awarded for their assistance when a citizen went into cardiac arrest while on the dock near them and they began CPR.
Also awarded, but unable to attend were several of the employees at the Boatyard Bar and Grill who assisted a patron who had choked with the Heimlich and then when the patron went into cardiac arrest started CPR.
On Saturday, September 7, 2019, the Annapolis Fire Department joined by family members and Anne Arundel County Fire Department personnel held a graveside memorial ceremony on the 55th Anniversary of the Line of Duty Death of Firefighter John W. Schwallenberg of the Rescue Hose Company Number 1.
We will never forget.
On August 26, 2019, Fire Chief Douglas M. Remaley and Deputy Fire Chief Caroll H. Spriggs, II are sworn in by Mayor Buckley while former Fire Chief David L. Stokes, Sr. watches.
On July 30, 2019, Acting Fire Chief Douglas M. Remaley and Acting Deputy Chief Caroll H. Spriggs, II, joined owner Pat Sajak to celebrate WNAV’s 70th Anniversary as Annapolis’ “Hometown Station”.
On February 28, 2019, the Annapolis Fire Department team of Firefighter First Class Jonathan Krisman, Firefighter First Class Louis Johnson and Lieutenant Michael Lonergan, Jr. received their trophy as the first winners of the Inaugural Annapolis Sailor's Triathlon which was held July 28, 2018. This race consisted of a 500 meter swim across the Spa Creek, a 12 mile bicycle course through Annapolis and across the Naval Academy Bridge to Greenbury Point and a 3.8 mile run through the streets of Annapolis and the USNA. Congratulations to our team!