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Worcester County, Maryland Government Website - www.co.worcester.md.us

NO BURN BAN - However a "High Fire Danger" Alert remains in effect due to the winds.
All outside burning CANNOT be left unattended.  
Currently there is NO Burn Ban in effect in Worcester County

Qaulity Assurance Program (QAP) for compliance with Fire Protection Systems in Structures - CLICK HERE
Fire Protection Vendors - Click Here

*** RECALL ***
Kidde Recalls Smoke and Combination Smoke/CO Alarms Due To Alarm Failure - CLICK HERE for Link

 
EFFECTIVE July 1, 2015 - Residential Fire Sprinklers
Written by Jeff McMahon   
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 11:45

Effective July 1, 2015, all new One & Two Family dwellings constructed in Worcester County, Maryland shall be protected with a residential fire sprinkler system. This requirement is determined by the IRC, the International Residential Code.  The fire sprinkler systems for one & two family dwellings shall be designed and installed in accordance with the following:

- One & Two Family Dwellings (3 stories or less) – NFPA 13D, 2010 Edition
- One & Two Family Dwellings (4 stories) – NFPA 13R, 2010 Edition
- All Sprinkler Systems shall be designed and installed by a contractor licensed by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.

All fire sprinkler systems installed within Worcester County must be submitted for review and approval to the County's FIre Marshal's Office and MAY be included with the County or appropreaite City or Towns permit application PRIOR to installation of the fire sprinkler system. Additionally, water supplies for all NFPA 13R fire sprinkler systems must be reviewed and approved by the County's Fire Marshal's Office prior to installation. Underground water supply permits will not be approved without appropriate documentation from a sprinkler designer attesting to the correct size of the water supply. Underground water supplies should be installed in accordance with the applicable sprinkler installation standard or NFPA 24, Installation of Private Fire Service Mains and Their Appurtenance, 2007 Edition.

Worcester County Building Permit Submitals For Review (Section 3) - CLICK HERE (From the Worcester County Developement, Review, and Permitting Department 410.632.1200)

Any questions related to these or any other code requirements should be directed to the County's Fire Marshal's Office at 410.632.5666 or Fire Marshal Jeff McMahon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
August 3, 2015 - Ocean Pines Residential House Fire
Written by Jeff McMahon   
Monday, 03 August 2015 16:02

96pinehurst_sm.jpgThe Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a residential structure fire located at 96 Pinehurst Road in Ocean Pines, Maryland.  At approximately 12:25 am on Monday, August 3, 2015 the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for a reported residential structure fire.  The Ocean Pines, Berlin, and Showell Volunteer Fire Companies were alerted to assist.  Upon their arrival, Firefighters observed smoke coming from a two story residential structure.  Upon entry into the structure a kitchen fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the area of origin.  The dwelling was occupied at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.  The dwelling involved is owned by Elizabeth Harbison on Frederick, Maryland.  The house was occupied by a Robert Conner.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Fire Marshal Jeff McMahon or Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Korb at 410-632-5666 (Email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or the Maryland Arson Hotline at 1-800-492-7529.

 
July 31, 2015 - Ocean Pines Vehicle Fire Ruled Arson
Written by Robert Korb, Jr.   
Monday, 03 August 2015 16:02

3barnacle1_smThe Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a vehicle fire located at 3 Barnacle Court in Ocean Pines, Maryland.  At approximately 11 pm on Friday, July 31, 2015 the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for a reported vehicle fire.   Upon their arrival, they observed smoke and fire extending from the rear of a Ford Truck.  The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the rear of the truck.  The truck was not registered and is owned by Richard Hill.  The cause of the fire has been determined to be intentionally set, arson.  Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Korb at 410-632-5666, by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or the Maryland Arson Hotline at 1-800-492-7529.

 
July 20, 2015 - Ocean City Boat Fire
Written by Matt Owens   
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 08:58

    The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a boat fire located just south of the Commercial Harbor in West Ocean City, Maryland in Worcester County. At approximately 4:45 pm on July 20, 2015 the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for a reported boat fire. Upon their arrival, they observed smoke and fire extending from the remains of a pontoon boat. The vessel burnt to the water line. The Ocean City Fire Department was assisted by the Maryland Natural Resources Police and the United States Coast Guard. The vessel involved in the fire was owned by Under the Bridge Watersports LLC. The vessel was occupied by 7 persons at the time of the discovery of the fire and all were able to escape with no injuries reported. The fire originated at the motor of the vessel and extended to the entire boat. The fire is listed as accidental. Anyone with additional questions is asked to contact Chief Deputy Matthew Owens at 410-632-5666 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
July 23, 2015 - Bishopville House Fire
Written by Matt Owens   
Monday, 27 July 2015 08:38

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a residential structure fire located at 10721 St. Martins Neck Road, Bishopville, Maryland in Worcester County. At approximately 5:30 pm on July 23, 2015 the Bishopville Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for a reported residential structure fire at the above mentioned address. The Showell, Selbyville, Roxana, and Ocean City Volunteer Fire Companies were alerted to assist. Upon their arrival, they observed smoke and fire extending from a two story residential structure. The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the area of origin. The dwelling was occupied at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. The dwelling involved in the fire is owned and occupied by Kelly Hawkins and Adeilia Rachele Price. The fire was caused by unattended cooking and is listed as accidental. Anyone with additional questions is asked to contact Chief Deputy Matthew Owens at 410-632-5666 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
July 16, 2015 - Berlin Fire Investigations
Written by Robert Korb, Jr.   
Thursday, 16 July 2015 15:45
The Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office investigated several fires including a fire on the exterior of a single-family dwelling located at 2006 Pony Island Lane in Berlin, Maryland at approximately 7:26 AM. The home is owned and occupied by Karl and Catherine VanVonno. Additionally there were several other outside fires occurring at the same time in the immediate area. The cause of the fires are still under investigation and the Fire Marshal’s office is seeking help with anyone that might have additional information. Questions should be directed to Deputy Robert Korb, Jr. at 410-632-5666 or you can remain anonymous by calling 800-492-7529.
 
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