In response to requests from volunteer fire companies for full time
liaison staff for the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services community, the
Frederick Board of County Commissioners on August 7, 2014, appointed
Chip Jewell to serve as Director-Volunteer Chief of the new Division of Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services.
Mr. Jewell reports to the County Manager and receives direction from the Director-Fire Chief of the Division of Fire and Rescue Services, as well as from the Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association Executive Board. Mr. Jewell previously served as Director of the Frederick County Emergency Communications Department since 2006. Previously, he served as Director of Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services. Prior to that, he worked in the insurance business, while he continued to volunteer in the fire service. Before that, he was a 911 dispatcher and became certified as an emergency medical technician in 1974.
He started his fire service in 1969 at age 16 when he became a
Firefighter for United Steam Fire Engine Company Number 3. Mr. Jewell
volunteers and is a life member at the Junior Fire Company Number 2 and
Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department. He also volunteers at the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Museum in Emmitsburg, MD.
Mr. Jewell has authored 2 books about the fire service in Frederick
County. He holds a bachelor’s degree in fire science / fire fighting
from the University of Maryland University College.
Watch Fire and Rescue Services Advisory Board meetings on FCG TV, cable channel 19, or on the county's web-casting site.