Maryland State Firemen's Association

Active Announcements
07/22/2014
3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
07/22/2014
Midland Fire Company's Carnival and Parade 2014
07/21/2014
Joppa Magnolia hosting Remembrance Rescue Project (RRP)
07/15/2014
For Sale - 1990 Sutphen Aerial Ladder Fire Truck
07/11/2014
Southern Maryland Brew & BBQ Festival 1st Annual Firefighter Skills Challenge
07/05/2014
2014 MSFA Constitution and Bylaws
06/25/2014
FDNY - Remembrance Rescue Project
06/24/2014
MD Rt 5 & MD Rt 6 in Charles County Closing for CSX Rail Repair
04/25/2014
MFCA Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Shock Truama

Online Calendar
Next Seven Days
07/23/2014
Domino's Pizza Fire Prevention Program
Various locations through out the state.
07/23/2014
Annual Fire Company Carnival at Mt. Airy
1008 Twin Arch rd., Mt. Airy, Md. 21771
07/23/2014
Harford County Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Assn
Bel Air (election)
07/24/2014
Domino's Pizza Fire Prevention Program
Various locations through out the state.
07/24/2014
Annual Fire Company Carnival at Mt. Airy
1008 Twin Arch rd., Mt. Airy, Md. 21771
07/24/2014
Gala Fire Company Parade at Mt. Airy
N. Main St. to Park Ave. to Carnival Grounds
07/25/2014
Domino's Pizza Fire Prevention Program
Various locations through out the state.
07/25/2014
Annual Fire Company Carnival at Mt. Airy
1008 Twin Arch rd., Mt. Airy, Md. 21771
07/26/2014
Domino's Pizza Fire Prevention Program
Various locations through out the state.
07/26/2014
Annual Fire Company Carnival at Mt. Airy
1008 Twin Arch rd., Mt. Airy, Md. 21771
07/26/2014
Basket and Bag Bingo
Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company
07/27/2014
Domino's Pizza Fire Prevention Program
Various locations through out the state.
07/28/2014
Domino's Pizza Fire Prevention Program
Various locations through out the state.
07/28/2014
Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen's Assn
North Beach VFD
07/29/2014
Domino's Pizza Fire Prevention Program
Various locations through out the state.


Events

Future Convention Dates

June 20-26, 2015
June 18-24, 2016
June 17-24, 2017

Scheduled Executive Committee Meetings

August 23-24, 2014
Williamsport Fire And EMS

December 6-7, 2014
Pocomoke City

February 7-8, 2015
Sudlersville VFD

April 18-19, 2015
Urbana VFC

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By Jim Jarboe, Takoma Park VFD
June 13, 2012

Who are they? Is it just someone that is real old? Or is it someone that's been a member of a fire department for many years? Well, it could be both. So look around, every fire department has them. Sometime during the day, there may be one or two that will stop by your station for a cup of coffee, a talk or just to hang around. Many of them still miss the excitement of riding the apparatus, and others it could be the friendship, or the 2nd family; but due to health issues, age, riding requirements or the distance they live from the station, they have to hang up their boots. When it comes to history about the fire service, they just might be the ones you'll need to get the facts right. Now it's just memories of the past. We must not forget there are still old timers out there that are still riding. For others, they hope they'll be able to share some of their stories, especially to new members.

Yes, a few old stories would follow and they would be nice and listen to the stories, some might be re-peats and usually one question will end up with a few more. You might even see some Old Timers at your company drills. Just because they don't ride anymore, they can still share a lot of knowledge and experience. You might not think much about an Old Timer, but sadly, some of you may not be around to be called an old timer.

Oh, let's not forget LOSAP! You'll might hear someone say, the only reason they come around is for the LOSAP. Well, when LOSAP started, many of them already had many years of active service that they did not get credit. So they have to make up lost time in order to collect it. So why shouldn't they come around to get their LOSAP points. Most, if not all deserve it maybe only missed a year or two. So it's not too late for them, or is it?
Talking about years of service, there is a very spe-cial person, that is well known throughout the fire service and this is MSFA Past President Oscar Baker, and if I'm not mistaken, this year he will celebrate his 70th year in the fire service. Unbelievable! Congratulations to all that he has done for the fire service. If you are looking for history about the fire service, he's the person to go to. Just remember an Old Timer has been there, done that with pride and dedication to his/her department and community over many, many years.

Some of the Old Timers usually start with small talk, which may end up being a big talk. Hopefully, you will enjoy their talks and learn some interesting facts. Some of them will bring in old newspaper clippings, pictures of fires and old apparatus and what turnout gear and buildings looked like back then. Some might bring in old items such as tools, badges, or hel-mets. So, then next time an Old Timer comes through the door, be polite and take a little time to listen; you might learn something. And would you believe that I am one of those so called Old Timers. I'll stop by the station and say hi and to look around!

In closing, I hope that I have not offended anyone in the fire service regarding Old Timers or seniors. Just think of all the history about the fire service that they have provided for us over the years. We must also not to forget the ones that we have lost along the way.

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