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Howard County Fire and Rescue Chief retires after 30-year career

Posted at 2:52 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 14:52:45-05

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Howard County Fire and Rescue Chief Christine Uhlhorn announced her retirement after a 30-year career.

County Executive Calvin Ball appointed her as the first woman chief in Howard County in December of 2018 at the beginning of his first term.

“Chief Uhlhorn was committed to our vision of creating a safe and engaged community, setting new standards for limiting carcinogen exposure for firefighters, and helping all our residents live healthier lives, while thriving” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “With 30 years serving Howard County Fire and Rescue, she has dedicated her life to protecting the residents of Howard County, and I’m incredibly grateful for the time she served, taking every opportunity to make our County the best place for all.”

Uhlhorn began her career with Howard County in 1989 as a firefighter recruit and emergency medical technician working at Station 9, Long Reach. She was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2016. During her career, she served in various leadership roles and held positions as the Fire Officer Association president and Safe Kids Coordinator.

Uhlhorn was also one of the first of four women Fire Chiefs in the state of Maryland.

“I am honored to have been able to serve Howard County for over 30 years, and to be chosen by County Executive Ball as the county’s Fire Chief,” said Chief Christine Uhlhorn. “I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to support the County Executive and his team in their vision. I hope that I have moved the Department of Fire and Rescue forward, making us a better department and a safer community.”

Chief Uhlhorn’s last day will be February 29. Deputy Chief Bill Anuszewski will serve as Acting Chief beginning March 1.