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November 17, 2019
Bowling Green Volunteer Fire Department 12420 McMullen Highway, SW, Cumberland, MD. 21502
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November 19, 2019
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November 19, 2019
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November 20, 2019
Kent - Queen Anne's Volunteer Fire, EMS and Rescue Association
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November 21, 2019
Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association
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November 21, 2019
St. Mary's County Fire Board Association
Public Safety Building, 23090 Leonard Hall Rd, Leonardtown, MD
November 21, 2019
Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association
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November 21, 2019
Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association
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November 21, 2019
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Purpose of Award: Recognition of a Department's Participation in Formal Training

Award Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Zembower In Memory of Mr. & Mrs. Cromwell Zembower
Award Administered By: MSFA Training Committee
The Zembower Fire Service Training Award was established in 1976 by Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Zembower in memory of his late parents, Mr. & Mrs. Cromwell Zembower of LaVale, and accepted by the Executive Committee.  Cromwell Zembower was a Past President of the MSFA and a member of the Training Committee for many years.  The Zembower Fire Service Training Award is based on the average number of formal training hours per active member for fire and rescue training completed in the fiscal year prior to the award.  The original award was based solely on the formal training offered by MFRI, however, in 1995 the award will be based on formal training offered by other recognized agencies.
The award consists of a trophy which is presented to the winning department at the MSFA Annual Convention.  The department is permitted to display the trophy until the next convention.  The trophy is then to be returned for presentation to the next recipient.  The department surrendering the trophy is then presented with a plaque for permanent display.  First and second runner-up awards are also presented.  The first runner-up award is sponsored by the Daniel J. and Bobbi Stevens in honor of former Bay District VFD Treasurer Bob Stevens.  The second runner-up award is sponsored by the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company in honor of former Chief Herman Dill.
Award Rules:
1.     This award is to the department which has the highest average number of formal training hours per active member.  Formal training will include:
  • All coursed and seminars sponsored by MFRI
  • Formalized courses sponsored by local training academies which are members of the Maryland Council of Fire and Rescue Academies
  • Courses and seminars sponsored by MIEMSS
  • Courses sponsored by the National Fire Academy, and
  • Refresher training classes
In order for the training to be considered, it must be validated by a pocket card or certificate and verifiable by the organization providing the training.  The training year will be from July 1 through June 30 of the year prior to presentation of the award.
2.  The number of active members in your department as reported on the Statistical Report provided to the MSFA Statistical Committee for the most recent fiscal year will be used to compute the average number of training hours per active member.  The Statistical Report submitted by each member company should reflect the actual number of members responding to calls and taking training.  Accurate and up to date training records can prove to be an asset in legal decisions and ISO rating.  If you did not submit a report to the Statistical Committee, this information cannot be verified and your application will not be considered.
3.  To be considered for this award, complete the attached application and submit it to the following address no later than April 15 to:
                        MSFA Training Committee
                        c/o Maryland Fire/Rescue Institute
                        University of Maryland
                        College Park, MD 20742
TRAINING YEAR JULY 1,          THROUGH JUNE 30,          
Department Name                                                                                        
Mailing Address                                                                                            
City                                        County                            Zip Code                   
On an attached sheet, list all courses and seminars sponsored by MFRI, formalized courses sponsored by local training academies which are members of the Maryland Council of Fire and Rescue Academies, courses and seminars sponsored by MIEMSS, and courses sponsored by the National Fire Academy which your department has participated in during the training year noted above.  Enter all information as requested and be as accurate as possible to ensure eligibility.  All fire and rescue departments in the State are eligible for consideration for this award.
Formula for Computing Points
1.  Multiply number of hours for each course or seminar by the number of students successfully completing that course or seminar to determine the number of student hours for that course or seminar.  The training information will be based on information provided by the sponsoring organization.
2. Total the student hours for all courses and seminars.
3.  Divide the total number of student hours (in #2 above) by the number of active members in the department from current Statistical Report.
4.  The result is your training hours per active member.
5.  Enter training hours per active member:                        
Layout for Course List to Qualify for the   Zembower Fire Service Training Award - Enter all information in columns using the following format:
Full Name of Student; Social Security Number; Location/Host Co.; Ending Date; Class Title; Course Hours;  and Total Student Hours     .  Total Number of Active Members from MSFA Statistical Report      .
Number of course hours for MFRI courses.  The hours should be similar for courses sponsored by local academies.


Emergency Medical Technician - Basic 131
Emergency Medical Technician - Re-fresher 24
EMT I 540
EMT I to P Bridge 442
Emergency Medical Services Officer I 48
Emergency Medical Services Officer II 42
First Responder Basic 45
Paramedic Refresher 40
First Responder Refresher 15
Aerial Apparatus Operators 30
Aerial Apparatus Operator (Combined TCO&AAO) 24
Arson Investigation for Officers 6
Fire Command I 27
Fire Officer I 63
Fire Officer II 45
Fire Officer III 60
Fire Officer IV 60
Incident Safety Officer 16
FD Safety Officer 30
Officer Continuing Education Classes 3
Firefighter I 108
Firefighter II 60
Fireground Operations I 24
Fireground Operations II 24
Leadership & Supervision 18
Protective Envelope & Foam 9
Pumps 30
Special Fires  24
Sprinkler & Standpipe  6
Truck Company Operations 30
Emergency Vehicle Driver In Service 12
Emergency Vehicle Operator Course 30
Rescue Technician  66
Rescue Specialist I 45
Rescuer Refresher  27
Rescue Tech Rope Rescue 50
Trench Rescue 30
Confined Space Rescue 30
Instructor Training I 30
Instructor Training II 36
Hazardous Materials Operations 24
Hazardous Materials Technician 51
Swift Water Rescue Tech 30
Boat Operations 8
Strategy & Tactics   45
NIMS 100 3
NIMS 300 24
NIMS 400 16
NIMS 700 3
NIMS 800  3
Refresher Classes - (annually)  
SCBA 1.5
Hazardous Materials 1.5
Blood Borne/Airborne Pathogens 1.5
Trench Rescue 1.5
Confined Space Rescue 1.5
One day seminars are considered 6 hours and two day seminars are considered 12 hours.  Seminars may include Executive Development Seminars, Chief Officers Seminar, Hazardous Materials Training, Confined Space, Rescue Weekends, Water Supply Drills, etc.  CPR training and other classes offered in station must be documented with the number of hours of all students.  Documentation could include AHA or ARC pocket cards, or a signed letter from a certified instructor.  All courses will be reviewed by the Training Committee for verification and acceptance of the appropriateness of the training for award consideration.
The following list of National Fire Academy courses is not an exhaustive list, but are those that are routinely offered and are 12 hours each:  Firefighter Health & Safety, Firefighter Safety & Survival, Incident Command System, IRHMIBC, IRHMICI, MCTO: Decision Making, MCTO: Preparation, MCTO: Tactics, Incident Safety Officer, Health & Safety Officer, Conducting Basic Fire Prevention Inspections, and Basic Life Support-Hazardous Materials.
          Previous Recipients:


Year   Department County
1976   Huntingtown VFD Calvert
1977   Huntingtown VFD Calvert
1978   Prince Frederick VFD  Calvert
1979   Deer Park VFD Garrett
1980   Bay District VFD St. Mary’s
1981   Bay District VFD St. Mary’s
1982   Potomac Heights VFD Charles
1983   Leonardtown VFD St. Mary’s
1984   Community Fire Company of Millington Kent
1985   Bay District VFD St. Mary’s
1986   Bedford Road VFD Allegany
1987   Church Hill VFD Queen Anne’s
1988   Bay District VFD St. Mary’s
1989   Glen Burnie VFD Anne Arundel
1990   St. Leonard VFD Calvert
1991   St. Leonard VFD Calvert
1992   St. Leonard VFD Calvert
1993   Church Hill VFD Queen Anne’s
1994   Lineboro VFD Carroll
1995   Blue Ridge Summit VFD Pennsylvania
1996   Lineboro VFD Carroll
1997   Savage  Howard 
1998   Fifth District - Clarksville Howard 
1999   Fifth District - Clarksville Howard 
2000    St. Leonard VFD Calvert
2001   Bay District VFD St. Mary’s
2002   Rockville VFD Montgomery
2003   Indian Head VFD Charles
2004   Urbana VFC Frederick
2005   St. Leonard VFD Calvert
2006   Walkersville VFR Frederick
2007   St. Leonard VFD Calvert
2008   St. Leonard VFD Calvert
2009   St. Leonard VFD  Calvert 
2010   Bethesda Chevy Chase Montgomery
2011   St. Leonard VFD Calvert
2012   St. Leonard VFD Calvert
2013   Ellicott City Howard
2014   Emmitsburg Vol. Ambulance Co. Frederick
2015   New Market District Frederick
2016   New Market District Frederick
2017   New Market District Frederick
2018   United Steam Fire Engine Co. 3 Frederick





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