Community mourns retired firefighter David Insley

When David Allen Insley Jr. died Sunday, the world lost an admirable man, those who loved him said this week, for his good-heartedness, his commitment and humility. “I always wanted to be just like my father. Even now, I’m still trying. I don’t know if I’ll ever make it, but I try every day of […]

Veteran John Tull is named Salisbury Fire Chief

Assistant Salisbury Fire Chief John Tull has been named the new Fire Chief, replacing Rick Hoppes. Tull, who has 26 years of experience with the city department, was chosen from about 40 applicants and confirmed by City Council members during a special session on Monday, said Council President Jack Heath. “I’ve known John for quite […]

City fire volunteers seek county fire funding

City of Salisbury volunteer firefighters will lobby Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver, as well as candidates for that seat and for County Council, in an effort to get county funding restored for Stations 2 and 16. But Culver – who budgeted about $820,000 for FY19 for Salisbury’s fire and ambulance — this week insisted the […]

Fire Chief Rick Hoppes to step down after 33 years service

The city is advertising for a new Fire Chief to replace the retiring Rick Hoppes, whose 30 years of service evoked glowing comments from Mayor Jake Day. “I am grateful for his commitment to the city, his loyalty, his dedication to his employees. He is a person who is always interested in improvement and learning […]

Wicomico, Salisbury sign Fire Services Agreement

County Executive Bob Culver and Salisbury Mayor Jake Day signed a new five-year agreement on Friday that compensates the city for providing fire and emergency services to county residents who don’t live within the city limits. The Fire Services Agreement is the result of two years worth of negotiations. The county will pay the city […]

Impending Fire Services pact could sort out territory battle with city volunteers

City and county officials are close to adopting a Fire Services Agreement as the matter of unhappy volunteer firefighters leaving city Station No. 1 and forming a new company continued to smolder. Expected this week, the agreement, Mayor Jake Day said, “will dictate a lot of what happens from this point forward.” By state law, […]

Wicomico meets with rebelling firefighters

Wicomico County Council members will meet at noon Thursday with rebelling Fire Department volunteers who have served east Salisbury, adding to the political complexity already surrounding the firefighters’ dispute with the city of Salisbury. After volunteer firefighters concluded they could not reach an agreement with city officials about command and performance issues at Station No. […]