Maryland State Firemen's Association

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June 16-22, 2018
June 15-20, 2019
June 20-25, 2020
June 19-24, 2021

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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
Ocean City


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December 8, 2017
Breakfast with Santa
December 8, 2017
Due to the Expected Inclement Weather the Annual Christmas Party/Ugly Sweater Contest has been cancelled.
December 8, 2017
Due to the Expected Inclement Weather the Annual Christmas Party/Ugly Sweater Contest has been cancelled.
December 6, 2017
Glyndon VFD is hiring BLS Providers
December 4, 2017
2007 Ford Expedition for Sale
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December 11, 2017
Charles County Assn. of Emergency Medical Services
Dentsville
December 11, 2017
Calvert County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Assn
Prince Frederick Fire
December 12, 2017
Allegany County Emergency Services Board
TBA
December 13, 2017
Cantina Mamma Lucia Lunch and Dinner
Cantina Mamma Lucia, Hanover, MD
December 13, 2017
Talbot County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Assn
Queen Anne-Hillsboro
December 13, 2017
Harford County Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Assn
Joppa-Magnolia
December 13, 2017
Prince George's County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Assn
West Lanham
December 13, 2017
Worcester County Volunteer Firemen's Assn
Berlin
December 17, 2017
New Market Volunteers All You Can Eat Breakfast Fundraiser with Santa
New Market District VFC #15 76 West Main St New Market, MD 21774
December 17, 2017
MSFA EMS Committee
Darlington Volunteer Fire Company
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Bereavement Uniform Program

‘Taking Care of Those Who took Care of Us’ ™

BUP Manual

The Lighthouse Uniform Company, long known for its Fallen Fire Fighter Dress Uniform Program, has dropped the LODD requirement and has expanded the program’s scope to make a dress uniform available to any firefighter’s family wanting one for burial purposes.

The Program, being called the Bereavement Uniform Program, is a collaborative effort.  It calls for departments and firefighters to check the ‘closet’ for uniforms ‘retired’ or no longer fitting and to send them in to the Lighthouse.

The Lighthouse cleans, refurbishes, reconfigures to rank and makes them available to any family requesting one for burial purposes, overnight if necessary, at ‘no cost’ to the family.  The only charge is for freight which will be billed to the affiliated department.

Access to the Bereavement Uniform Program is at http://bereavement.lighthouseuniform.com/.

One of the Bereavement Uniform Program webpage features is a section called ‘Observations from the Fireground’™.  It is a rotating series of quotes, thoughts, ‘pearls of wisdom’ if you will, both dug up and solicited from customers, poster formatted and designed to be hung on day room walls.  They are available at no charge. Below are a few current contributions; they will make you think and make you smile;

"Don't let go of the hose, it knows where the fire truck is".  Tim Wren Lt. (ret). Troy Fire Department, Troy Michigan

“The worst mistake you can make on the fire ground is failing to recognize that plan A is not working”. Attributed to retired Battalion Chief Darwin Chenault. Contributed by Gary Nuckols, Chief Portales FD, Portales, NM

"When your warning lights begin to melt, it's a sign you're parked too close".  Attributed to Alan Brunacini.  Contributed by John Morris, Chief, NASCC

The success of the Bereavement Uniform Program is directly related to access.  Please consider ‘linking’ the Program to your department’s web page or Facebook page. 

Doing so will insure your people easy, timely access, anonymity and will keep the program at the top of Google searches. Use
http://bereavement.lighthouseuniform.com.  For more information or to engage the Program, call the Lighthouse at 800-426-5225.

 

Greetings to the Maryland Fire Service Community from all at Lighthouse Uniform Company, home of the Bereavement Uniform Program (BUP).

After almost five years, the BUP has come to the end of its beginning.  The program is up, running and available to all and the opportunity for every firefighter, paid or volunteer, active or retired, to answer their ‘last call’ in a Class A at no charge to the family, is now a reality…

… and it is time to thank those who were instrumental in getting the program to where it is today.

A big thank you is in order to the Maryland State Firemens’ Association for taking the lead in making sure all in Maryland had awareness of the BUP.

Additionally and more importantly, this thank you recognizes that associations don’t really do anything.  People do and the following folks were instrumental in making sure enough surplus dress uniforms were donated to accommodate all the requests.

I am very pleased to say that members of Maryland’s firefighting community were among the ‘most generous’, and demonstrated on numerous occasions a willingness to ‘step up’ and put their surplus dress uniforms where their hearts were.

Among those that led from the front;

--> MSFA Trustee Doug Alexander who was there from the beginning and who lent his weight to the promotion of the BUP.  Without a doubt, Doug’s efforts were a driving force behind the BUP’s success in Maryland and it is safe to say, the Bereavement Uniform Program would not be where it is today without his presence.

--> Hull FD’ retired Chief Robert Hollingshead, the first person in the continental United States to donate a surplus uniform to the BUP 

--> Chief Jimmy Seavey, who put the BUP on his back and did his best to get the IAFC and VCOS interested

--> ...and last but not least, to all the departments and individuals who sent in their surplus dress uniforms.  Without them, the program couldn’t work. You can find their donations memorialized on the Bereavement Uniform Program’s ‘Be Remembered’ Wall of Fame.

The next phase of the BUP is two-fold. It is less glamorous and more difficult and hopefully, this note will inspire those not yet involved to ‘throw their surplus dress uniforms and voices’ into the ring.

Surprisingly, what’s proving most difficult, getting the BUP message into the hands of the smaller and volunteer departments.  That message; the Bereavement Uniform Program is not charity in any way, shape or form.  It is an ‘earned’ recognition of service and a benefit that

‘comes with the job’.  It is a thank you from the Lighthouse to the Fire Service.  It is a thank you from the Fire Service to itself and it is an extraordinary opportunity for the firefighting community to do something very special for those that call it ‘family’.

The second thing is to keep those surplus dress uniforms coming.  Without donated dress uniforms, a unique opportunity to raise the level and manner in how America’s Fire Service ‘takes care of all its members’ will be lost and the Bereavement Uniform Program will join other ‘good ideas’ in the dust bin of history.

Don’t let it happen on our watch.

Respectfully yours,

Steve Cohen, Pres.

Lighthouse Uniform Company

Home of the Bereavement Uniform Program

 

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