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August 26, 2017
Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company

December 2, 2017
Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department

February 24, 2018
Singerly Fire Company

April 14, 2018
Midland Volunteer Fire Deparment #1

June 17, 2018
Ocean City

June 22, 2018
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July 20, 2017
MSFA SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING DATE CHANGE
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July 17, 2017
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July 16, 2017
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July 22, 2017
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July 22, 2017
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Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company
July 26, 2017
Recruitment & Retention Committee Meeting
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July 26, 2017
Garrett County Volunteer Firemen's Assn
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MSFA News Items!

2017 Executive Committee Meeting

August 26, 2017!!

All Officers, Committee Chairs and Organizations Representatives:

   

President Mark Bilger has scheduled his first meeting of the Executive Committee of the Maryland State Firemen's Association forSaturday, August 26, 2017 at the Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company, 1745 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster, MD.  The meeting will be called to order promptly at 0900 hours. 

 

A Hot Breakfast will be offered by the Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company on Saturday starting at 0730 hours prior to the start of the meeting.  Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company will be serving lunch for a charge.  

 

For those desiring to stay overnight, arrangements have been made at the Best Western Westminster, 451 WMC Drive, Westminster, MD.  A block of rooms is being held for MSFA at a reduced rate.  Each individual is responsible for making their own arrangements. For reservations, call 410-857-1700.  Rooms are $106.00 per night.     

 

A “Welcome Reception” is planned for Friday Evening at the Best Western Westminster, 451 WMC Drive, Westminster, MD between 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. where you will have a chance to mingle with all.  The room number will be announced at a later time.  

 

Remember - All Committee Chairs, Organizations and Agencies are reminded that your reports must be sent electronically to the Secretary’s Office at report@msfa.org no later than August 19th, 2017.   A copy of the Agenda for Committees and EMSOF Partners reporting dates, will be forth coming.  You are also requested to have fifteen (15) copies of your report prepared for distribution prior to your reporting time and should be turned into the Secretary’s Office as soon as possible. 

 

As in the past, any budget request must be submitted to Chairman Stephan Cox at budget@msfa.org. 

 

President Bilger has announced that this will be a one day only meeting.

 

Everyone is encouraged to attend and participate in these meetings of the Executive Committee so that you can be better informed and updated on the various emergency services issues, to better serve the citizens of Our Great State.   

 

 

Greet Our new Leadership Team!

Congratulations to Mark Bilger, President MSFA, Rick Blair, 1st Vice President, and Michael Faust 2nd Vice President on their Recent Election to lead the MSFA!

 
Mark Bilger, President MSFA
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Rick Blair, 1st Vice President
 
Michael Faust 2nd Vice President
Maryland State Firemen’s Association
125th Annual Convention
TROPHIES AND AWARDS LISTING
 
Maryland Company Making Best Appearance and winner of the Chief Marvin Gibbons Memorial Award
Lenoardtown VFD
Maryland Company Making Second Best Appearance Easton VFD
President’s Award Hampstead VFD
Company Coming Longest Distance Leitersburg VFC
Company Coming Second Longest Distance Williamsport VFD
Fire Department Marching Unit
(10 or more personnel)
Making Best Appearance Maryland Fire-Rescue Pipes and Drums
Second Best Appearance English Consul VFD
Third Best Appearance Lenoardtown VFD
Company with Most Uniformed Emergency Service Personnel Easton VFD
   
Fire Engines – 1500 GPM and Over
Making Best Appearance Bay District – Eng 32
Second Best Appearance New Market – Engine 152
Third Best Appearance Rescue Hose Co, Cambridge Eng 1-3
Honorable Mention (5) Leonardtown VFD Engine 10
  Easton VFD – Engine 64
  Hollywood VFD – Engine 72
  North Beach VFD – Engine 12
  Gamber VFD – Engine 134
Fire Engines – 1250 GPM
Making Best Appearance Glen Echo VFD – Engine 711B
Second Best Appearance Riviera Beach VFD – Engine 131
Third Best Appearance Bryans Road – Rescue Engine-113
Honorable Mention (5) Church Creek VFC – Engine 46-1
  Newark VFD Engine 505
  Trappe VFD – Engine 38
  Powellville VFD – Engine 1103
  Ridgley VFD – Engine 401
Fire Engines – 1000 GPM and Under
Making Best Appearance Easton VFD
Second Best Appearance Pittsville VFD Engine 702
Third Best Appearance Bryans Road VFD – Engine 111
Rescue Pumpers
Making Best Appearance Easton VFD – Rescue Engine 68
Second Best Appearance Bishopsville VFD Recue Engine 902
Third Best Appearance Parsonsburg VFD – Res Engine 605
Pumper Tanker (1500 gallon capacity tank and over)
Making Best Appearance Frankford, DE. ET- 76-2
Second Best Appearance Hampstead ET-24
Tanker (1500 gallon capacity tank and over)
Making Best Appearance Easton VFD – Tanker 61
Second Best Appearance Trappe VFD – Tanker 36
Third Best Appearance Deale Island – Chance VFD Tanker 4
Brush Unit
Making Best Appearance Leonardtown VFD Brush 1
Second Best Appearance Hacks Point VFC – Brush 9
Third Best Appearance New Market VFD – Brush 156
Honorable Mention Berlin VFD – Brush 6
  Huntingtown VFD – Brush 6
  Trappe VFD – Brush 35
Aerial Truck
Making Best Appearance College Park VFD ` Truck 812
Second Best Appearance Pittsville VFD – Truck 7
Third Best Appearance Goodwill VFC York Township Tk 19-2
Elevated Platform
Making Best Appearance North Beach VFD – Tower 1
Second Best Appearance Bay District VFD – Tower 9
Third Best Appearance Easton VFD – AT-61
Squad Truck
Making Best Appearance Hollywood VFD – Squad 7
Second Best Appearance New Market VFC – Rescue Squad 15
Third Best Appearance Easton VFD – Rescue 61
Ambulance
Making Best Appearance Accokeek VFD – Amb 824
Second Best Appearance New Market VFC – Amb 159
Third Best Appearance Water Witch Fire Co. Amb 793
Honorable Mention Snow Hill VFD A-400 R-3
  Gaithersburg - Wash Grove A-708C
  Sharptown VFD  - Ambulance 14
  Solomons VRS & FD Amb 39
  Cordova VFA – Amb 51
Command Unit
Making Best Appearance Prince Georges Co. HazMat
Second Best Appearance Leonardtown VFD – Command 1
Third Best Appearance Water Witch EMS Chief
Marine Rescue Unit
Making Best Appearance Md. Fire Marshal’s Bomb Squad
Second Best Appearance Md. Dept. of Natural Resource
Emergency Service Special Unit
(Canteen, Forestry, Hazmat, Jeep, Gator, Etc.)
Making Best Appearance Leonardtown VFD Gator
Second Best Appearance Prince Georges Co HazMAt
Third Best Appearance 77 Rescue EMS Support “Daisy”
Company from Delaware
Making Best Appearance Delmar VFD
Second Best Appearance Selbyville VFC
Company from Pennsylvania
Making Best Appearance Goodwill Fire Co. – York Township
Antique Emergency Apparatus
Making Best Appearance Leonardtown VFD – Brush 1
Second Best Appearance Church Creek VFD – Engine 46-1
Antique Emergency Apparatus
(25 Years or Older Not in Service)
Making Best Appearance Frederick – United Steam 1939 Ahrens Fox
Second Best Appearance Easton VFD 1954 Mack Engine 62
Third Best Appearance Berlin VFD 1924 Mack
Honorable Mention Green Haven Volunteers Aerial Truck 14 – 1986 Seagrave
  Bryans Road VFD & RS – 1963 C850 Ford – Engine 111
Antique Automobile
Making Best Appearance Ron Siarnicki– 1931 Model A
Second Best Appearance Frankford VFC – C-76 11968 Cadillac Ambulance
Hand Drawn Antique
Making Best Appearance Leonardtown VFD
Maryland Fire Auxiliary In Uniform
Making Best Appearance Leonardtown VFD
 
Auxiliary In Uniform Coming The Longest Distance Leonardtown VFD
Fire Service Color Guard
Making Best Appearance Williamsport VFD
Second Best Appearance Hollywood VFD
  Southern Md. VFA
Non Fire Service Color Guard
Making Best Appearance Westminster Band
Fire Prevention Entry
Making Best Appearance and winner of the Governor's Award Leonardtown
Second Best Appearance Easton
Miss Fire Prevention
Making Best Appearance Eve Van Horne - Easton
Second Best Appearance Chelsey Roberts – Glen Burnie
Third Best Appearance Katelynn Cherry - Trappe
Fourth Best Appearance Anna Webster - Delmar
Honorable Mention Kara Hutchison - Cordova
  Gaithersburg
  Lauren Caudill - MSFA
  Sarah Paul - MSFA
  Susan Hilton – MFCA
  Lydia Hill – Washington Co.
  Daryenne Dorsey  Frederick Co
  Krysta Brockell - Cecilton
Junior Miss Fire Prevention
Making Best Appearance Sierra Hawkins – S. Md.
Second Best Appearance Breanna Reardon – North East
Third Best Appearance Megan Wilhelm - Hampstead
Fourth Best Appearance Ainsley Robison – S. Md.
Honorable Mention Abby Younkins - Gaithersburg
  Elizabeth Hann - Hampstead
  Ashlyn Plato - Cecilton
  MacKenna Steininger - Harford
  Sara VanRyswick  Leonardtown
  Madison Tossback – “Same“
Little Miss Fire Prevention
Making Best Appearance Aleese Augustin - Delmar
Second Best Appearance Releigh Cunningham – Cecil Co
Third Best Appearance Bridget Reardon - MFCA
Fourth Best Appearance Isabel Oche - Easton
Honorable Mention Annette Clougherty - Cordova
  Clare Morris - Trappe
  Autumn Holland - Cecilton
  Elizabeth Marcum – Hacks Pt.
  Liela Scully - Leonardtown
Junior Fire Chief 
Making Best Appearance Nathan Raley - Leonardtown
Second Best Appearance Caden Arches – Cecil County
Third Best Appearance Coalson Plato - Cecilton
Fourth Best Appearance Gavin McLoud – Parsonsburg
Junior or Cadet Company
Making Best Appearance Elkridge VFD
Second Best Appearance English Counsel VFD
Marching Band
Making Best Appearance Maryland Pipes and Drums
Second Best Appearance Westminster Band
Majorettes
Making Best Appearance Boonsboro VFC Silver Starlettes Majorettes and Honor Guard
Second Best Appearance Marvelette Stars Baton, Drum
Comic Entry Making Best Appearance The Water Witch
Mascot Making Best Appearance Md. Forest Service – Smokey
Judges Awards  (10)
Parsonsburg VFD Brush Unit
Rescue 77 – “Betty Lou”
Quarryville, Pa. Fire Comp.
Church Hill VFD – Truck -5
Fruitland VFD – Chiefs Car
Good Will Fire Co. (Pa) Amb.
BCC Rescue Alumni Cadillac
Bay District VFD – Engine 32
Hollywood VFD
Wheaton VRS – ALS Car 7

 

Maryland State Firemen’s Association
 Award Winners
 125th  Annual Convention and Conference

Colburn Trophy Lt. Rachel Itzoe Level VFD - Harford
Gladhill-Thompson Award Richard Smith Oxford - Talbot
Marbery F. Gates Service Cup Award Daniel J. Stevens Waldorf - Charles
Firefighter of the Year Eddie Tatum Hollywood VFD - St. Mary’s
Robert H. Shimer, Administrator of the Year Craig B. Harman Odenton - Anne Arundel
John E. “Sunny” Rose, Jr., Memorial Training Award Taiwade Edwin Bond, Jr., Odenton - Anne Arundel
Smith N. Stathem, Jr., P.P., Memorial Safety Award Francis J. Raley Ridge VFD - St. Mary’s
Edward L. Emkey, Sr., Cadet Program Award Arcadia VFC Baltimore

 

Zembower Fire Service Training Award

Winner New Market District VFD Frederick
Members
35
Total Student Hours of Training
3,653
Average Training Hours Per Student
104.37
1st Runner Up Independent Hose Company No. 1 Frederick
Members
44
Total Student Hours of Training
3,860.5
Average Training Hours Per Student
87.34
2nd Runner Up United Steam Fire Engine Company No. 3 Frederick
Members
49
Total Student Hours of Training
4,271.5
Average Training Hours Per Student
87.17
3rd Runner Up Bethesda Chevy-Chase Rescue Squad Montgomery
Members
204
Total Student Hours of Training
8,315.5
Average Training Hours Per Student
40.76
Josiah A. Hunt, M.D., EMS Person of the Year Elizabeth (Beth) R. Larimore Odenton   Anne Arundel
Past President C. Oscar Baker Rookie of the Year Andrew Eppley Manchester  -  Carroll
Senator William H. Amoss Memorial Legislative Award  Del. Marvin E. Holmes, Jr. District 23B
  Del. Deborah Ray District 29B
Silver Spring Trophy Elyssa Cool Frederick County Fire and rescue Association
Francis L. Brannigan Instructor of the Year    
Chief A. Marvin Gibbons Memorial Trophy Leonardtown VFD St. Mary’s
Fire Marshal of the Year Thomas M. Harr Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal
MSFA Miss Fire Prevention
Miss Fire Prevention Sarah Paul Carroll County
1st Runner Up Lauren Caudill Harford
LAMSFA Honey Award
Honey Award Leone Gatton Hollywood  -   St. Mary’s
$10,000 Raffle
$10,000 Dan Martin Pittsburgh, PA
$  2,500 Ronald Lippy Stoney Beach, MD
$  1,500 Wayne Williams Delmar, DE
$  1,000 Mike Donaghy Hellam, PA
$     750 Dorothy Morse Ocean City, MD
$     500 Norrisville VFC Norrisville, MD
$     250 David Johnson White Plains, MD
$     100 Kathleen Parker Bel Air, MD
$     100 Gordon Rifle Essex, MD
$     100 Riviera Beach VFC Pasadena, MD
 

 

MSFA Committee Chairs - You must submit your Budget Request Quickly Click here to get a copy! 2017 Fire Prevention Grant Application is now Available.  For More Information
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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MSFA!

Through the 2016 to 2017 Year, the Maryland State Firemen's Association is celebrating it's
125th year of service to the Emergency Services of the State of Maryland!

For Anniversary activities and Collector's Items Click Here

 
 
Sprinklers Save lives Especially in Residential Buildings like your home!       
This is a must see video!  You won't believe the difference!
MSFA Side-by-side Sprinkler Demonstration Video
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MSFA Executive Committee Meeting 08/26/2017

MSFA Secretary Doyle Cox, July 21

All Officers, Committee Chairs and Organizations Representatives:

President Mark Bilger has scheduled his first meeting of the Executive Committee of the Maryland State Firemen's Association for Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company, 1745 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster, MD. The meeting will be called to order promptly at 0900 hours.

A Hot Breakfast will ... (Full Story)


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MSFA 2017 Annual Award Winners

MSFA Committee Chair Richard Snader, July 21

Maryland State Firemen’s Association

125th Annual Convention
TROPHIES AND AWARDS LISTING


Maryland Company Making Best Appearance and winner of the Chief Marvin Gibbons Memorial Award
Lenoardtown VFD
Maryland Company Making Second Best Appearance Easton VFD
President’s Award Hampstead VFD
Company Coming Longest Distance Leitersburg VFC
Company Coming Second Longest Distance Williamsport ... (Full Story)


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Chief Ron Siarnicki, MSFA Treasurer and Director of the NFFF receives Dr. John A. Granito Award for Excellence in Fire Leadership and Management Research

MSFA Committee Chair Richard Snader, July 10

Congratulations to Chief Ron Siarnicki, Director of the NFFF, and Treasurer of the Maryland State Firemen's Association. Ron was selected to receive the Dr. John A. Granito Award for Excellence in Fire Leadership and Management Research. Ron is shown above receiving the Award from Retired MFRI Director John Hogland and NFFF Chairman Denny Compton at the 2017 Summer IFSTA Conference in Tulsa Oklahoma ... (Full Story & Photos)

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In Memoriam, MSFA Past President Richard L. Yinger, October 13, 1941 - July 2, 2017

MSFA Committee Chair Richard Snader, July 10

Richard L. Yinger, 75, Fishing Creek, Maryland. Was born October 13, 1941 in Frederick, Maryland, passed away at home early Sunday morning, July 2, 2017 with his loving family by his side.

Richard is survived by his wife of 56 years, Christine L. Yinger, Children Belinda Rhoads (Michael) Barnesville, MD, Richard A. Yinger (Tina) Fishing Creek, MD, Mary Levesque (Eric) Lynchburg, VA. Grandchildren ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Dept. mourns the loss of Past President James F. Mattingly, III

Member of Member Company John Montgomery, June 26

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Past President James “Jimmy” F. Mattingly, III. Jimmy has served 40+ years with the fire service. He was a Past President of Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, Past President of Solomon’s Volunteer Fire Department, and Past President of the Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen’s Association. He was also a member of the Mechanicsville ... (Full Story)


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STOP THE BLEED!!

MSFA Committee Chair Richard Snader, May 31

New This year at the Convention! Join MFRI on the Beach behind the Fire Fighter Memorial (2-12 N. Atlantic Ave.) in Ocean City and learn how to stop the bleed! Please Download the attached PDF, and Png pictures and put them up in your station, your community, and please post them to your facebook and Twitter Timelines! This training can save a life!... (Full Story & Photos)

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Cumberland Valley TIM's Training with MIEMSS Credit Available

MSFA Committee Chair C. Kingsley Poole, April 26

Through a special agreement with the Federal Highway Administration, the Responder Safety Learning Network (RSLN) offers a National TIM Training Certificate for registered users who complete ten specific RSLN online self-paced programs. MIEMSS has approved CE Units (attachment) for this program.

To earn credit for each program, you must view the program in its entirety and pass the Skills Challenge ... (Full Story)


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MSFA announces several recruitment and retention incentive programs

MSFA Past President David Lewis, March 14

Over the past week, the MSFA has announced several incentive opportunities that are funded from the SAFER Recruitment and Retention grant program. These incentives include:

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities - The MSFA has committed to sponsoring six personnel to FDIC in Indianapolis from April 22-25, Fire Rescue International in Atlanta from August 26-29, and IAFC/VCOS Symposium in the Sun in ... (Full Story & Photos)

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