Woodland Beach Volunteer Chief Bobby Howlin won the John Weedon Smith Volunteer Station Commander Award last month. The award recognized Howlin for his commitment, dedication and professionalism.
The award is selected on criteria set out in the National Fire Protection Association "1021 standard, Fire Officer II section." All volunteer station commanders are eligible for the award.
According to Chief Michael Cox of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, Chief Howlin joined the Woodland Beach Fire Company in April of 1992 and, after completing the required training, moved up the ranks of lieutenant and captain. He is currently serving his fifth year as the volunteer company chief.
Chief Howlin is dedicated and committed to the community he serves as well as the members of his company. Each year the Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Company does a toy drive to benefit those less fortunate in Anne Arundel County county. On the first Sunday of December, Chief Howlin organizes the "Santa’s Run" through the community.
The members of the Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Company staff ride their apparatus, and antique fire trucks through the Edgewater communities with Santa Claus sending holiday greetings to all.
This event has taken place for over ten years and the community has played a huge role in the success of this event by donating new books, toys or clothing to help make Christmas a little brighter for those children who might not have a Christmas.
This year the Woodland Beach Fire Company under the leadership of Chief Howlin was able to help 15 families, over 50 children and three non-profit organizations.
The Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Company has 34 active riding members and 25 administrative members, as well as seven volunteers who are completing their training. Chief Howlin is responsible for making sure all members of his company complete training, meet mandatory requirements such as OSHA, CPR and AED, etc. and he schedules drills to keep his members educated and knowledgeable of new tools and skills that will help them perform their job effectively.
Chief Howlin participates in all aspects of his company to include running calls on the engine or squad to cooking in the kitchen at the annual carnival, he also organizes all public education events which help to promote fire safety and education within the community.