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Latest News: Swearing-In Ceremony for Fire Chief Anuszewski

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Today, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and members of the Howard County Council participated in the official swearing-in ceremony of Fire Chief William Anuszewski. Chief Anuszewski was appointed as Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) Chief on May 25th but due to the ongoing pandemic, the swearing-in ceremony was delayed. This afternoon, he took his official oath of service surrounded by his family, friends, and colleagues. 

"Chief Anuszewki is a proven leader," said County Executive Calvin Ball. "Our Fire & Rescue Services and community have benefitted from his leadership throughout this pandemic – preparing our emergency services, setting up hospital liaisons, and safely responding and transporting COVID-19 patients. Chief Anuszewski has deep experience within our Department and has the upmost respect of his colleagues, my sincere congratulations on his official swearing in as Fire Chief." 

Before his appointment, Chief Anuszewski served as Deputy Chief of Operations and Emergency Management. Anuszewski began in the fire service as a volunteer with the Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department in 1983 prior to being hired by HCDFRS in 1990. Over his 30-year career, he has held various leadership roles in multiple bureaus within the department, serving as Battalion Chief of Special Operations, Field Operations, and Assistant Chief of Logistics and Administrative Services.