The Chesapeake Update provides apparatus news from the
Baltimore-Washington Metroplex. This includes areas in northern Virginia
through Washington, DC, Baltimore and into the northern Baltimore suburbs. It
includes coverage of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery
and Prince Georges Counties. Fire departments within this area range from
large urban departments like Washington, DC, Baltimore, Alexandria, and
Annapolis, to single station volunteer departments. There are also several
major county departments operating within this area: Anne Arundel, Baltimore,
Montgomery, and Prince Georges in Maryland, and Arlington and Fairfax in
Virginia. Numerous military and federal facilities, and several airports also
operate their own fire departments and coverage of these is included. The
Chesapeake Update is written by Curt Elie.
F.A.J. Contributing Editor
The Chesapeake Update
is written by Curt Elie. Curt's interest in the fire service extends
back to his youth in the late 1940s when he began his fire buffing
at the quarters of Engine 33 and Ladder 15 in Boston's Back Bay.
Curt served two years in the Coast Guard in the late 1950s, then
moved to the Washington, D. C. area in 1962. In 1965 he and two
other members of Washington's Friendship Fire Association began to
publish that group's quarterly newsletter, The Wagon Pipe which is
still published today. Curt is currently one of the foremost
authorities on fire boats.
Curt may be contacted by writing to him at