We take great pleasure introducing Doug Wilson, our most recent selection as the bimonthly member spotlight…. “Inside the Fire Station”.
Doug is a recent member of the fire company, having joined in 2019. Although relatively new to Chestertown VFC, Doug has long history with the fire service. In 2008, he retired from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department after 35 years of faithful and dedicated service. Doug started out as a volunteer with the Arundel Volunteer Fire Department there in 1969. He was subsequently hired by the county to be a career firefighter in 1973. By 1976, he had promoted to become a Driver / Pump Operator.
In 1986, he transitioned over to become a Fire Investigator with the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Serving in that branch with distinction, he has served on the Maryland Arson Task Force, and the Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms National Response Team where he was a K-9 handler - specializing with a dog trained in accelerant detection. From 1996 – 2018, Doug also worked for “Fire Arson Investigation Consultants” as a senior investigator.
Doug lived in South Carolina for a time where he worked for the Horry County Fire Department as a Fire Investigator, with the rank of Captain. They decided to move back to Maryland where they could be closer to family, especially grandchildren.
In the short-time Doug has been a member of the Chestertown VFC, we’ve made good use of his experience and talents. He serves on our Apparatus Committee and the Membership Committee. Doug is consistently one of our top responders, where he mostly drives. He especially enjoys driving our Tanker 6. When it comes to training, his knowledge and experience is greatly appreciated, and we make haste to take advantage of it.
Along with his wife Cheryl, they live in the “Flyway” development, just south of Chestertown. While Doug claims the Fire Service is his hobby, he also enjoys a good game of golf. Doug also enjoys hunting and takes advantage of the many and varied opportunities that hobby offers here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Doug also wants to share that he is a cancer survivor. He recently beat Leukemia and has been in remission for two years. We sincerely hope and believe that will continue.
Please join us in thanking Doug for his long experience in the fire service and for the service he is now providing to the Chestertown community.