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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. 

“As a lifelong resident of Howard County, it’s both a privilege and honor to have served this community as a firefighter and now chief of our renouned combination fire department,” said Fire Chief William Anuszewski. “One of my current objectives is updating our strategic plan with input from both internal and external stakeholders. I see the talent we have and my vision is to ensure we educate, protect, and serve Howard County at the highest level. Our members: career, volunteer, and civilians, are some of the best in the business, the residents and visitors of Howard County are well protected by our department.” 

Since serving as Fire Chief, Anuszewski continues to prioritize safety within the community through programs such as Mobile Integrated Community Health and safety for firefighters and paramedics by continuing to staff at least four personnel on engine companies. Anuszewski values the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the fire service and remains committed to implementing those ideals through HCDFRS recruitment and education.

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