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Emmitsburg

Firetown U.S.A.

 
 
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By Larry Gertner, September 18, 2016
1. Emmitsburg - Firetown U.S.A. Marker
Inscription.  Emmitsburg has become known as “Firetown U.S.A.” because of its unique position in the world of fire and emergency services. Thousands of fire and emergency service personnel visit Emmitsburg every year to learn for the future and to pay tribute to those who have gone before.

The National Emergency Training Center has hosted hundreds of thousands of students from fire departments and emergency management agencies from across the nation and sometimes beyond. Classes at the National Fire Academy, the delivery arm of the U.S. Fire Administration, as well as those of the Emergency management Institute, on the NETC campus have been widely proclaimed and attendance is highly coveted.

Also at NETC, The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial includes the names of men and women, career and volunteer, who have died in the line of duty serving others. Each October, in concert with National Fire Prevention Week, well-attended memorial services culminate a weekend of remembrance of our nation’s emergency service personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Frederick County Fire & Rescue Museum seeks to preserve and
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By Larry Gertner, September 18, 2016
2. Emmitsburg - Firetown USA marker site
Part of a triptych in the parking area of the Mason-Dixon Visitor Center.
display artifacts that depict the rich history of firefighting in the country, with exhibits ranging from small badges to full-sized hand-drawn and motorized fire apparatus.

Co-located with the Museum is the National Fire Heritage Center, which works to “Preserve the Perishable” – the written word of all aspects of Fire in America. The NFHC collection included documents, books, and other print materials regarding the firefighting services and fire protection disciplines.

Officially established in 1884, as the Town (sic) was starting to install water mains, the 100% volunteer Vigilant Hose Company, located just west of Town Square, is today proud to be the most visited fire station in the world, owing in part to visitations from NETC students and instructors.
 
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Location. 39° 42.507′ N, 77° 18.83′ W. Marker is in Emmitsburg, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Catocin Mountain Highway (U.S. 15). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Mason-Dixon Visitor Center, Emmitsburg MD 21727, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Emmitsburg (here, next to this marker); Emmitsburg Longrifles (a few steps from this marker); a different
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By Larry Gertner, September 18, 2016
3. Emmitsburg Marker
General town info on side two of the triptych.
marker also named Emmitsburg (a few steps from this marker); Emmitsburg Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Emmitsburg Operation Urgent Fury and Lebanese Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Emmitsburg Persian Gulf Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Emmitsburg Operation Just Cause Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Emmitsburg Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Emmitsburg.
 
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By Larry Gertner, September 18, 2016
4. Emmitsburg Marker
"Sacred Mountain Sanctuary" on side 3 of the triptych.
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By Larry Gertner, September 18, 2016
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By Larry Gertner, September 18, 2016
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7. Inset
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 4, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 4, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   7. submitted on August 6, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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