Maryland State Firemen's Association

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

Executive Committee Meetings

February 24, 2018
Singerly Fire Company

April 14, 2018
Midland Volunteer Fire Deparment #1

June 17, 2018
Ocean City

June 22, 2018
Ocean City

May 21, 2018
Fire Prevention Ambassador Recognition 2018 Program
May 21, 2018
OC FOOLS H.O.T. Training at the Beach / Hands On and Classroom Sessions
May 17, 2018
May 9, 2018
Have you registered for the MSFA Convention ?
May 9, 2018
Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
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Online Calendar
Next Seven Days
May 22, 2018
Odenton VFC Carnival
Odenton Volunteer Fire Company
May 23, 2018
Odenton VFC Carnival
Odenton Volunteer Fire Company
May 23, 2018
Harford County Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Assn
May 24, 2018
Westminster VFD Big Money Raffle
Westminster VFD, 28 John Street, Westminster, MD
May 24, 2018
Odenton VFC Carnival
Odenton Volunteer Fire Company
May 25, 2018
Odenton VFC Carnival
Odenton Volunteer Fire Company
May 26, 2018
New Market District VFC Emergency Medical Services Open House
New Market District VFC 76 West Main St New Market, MD 21774
May 26, 2018
Odenton VFC Carnival
Odenton Volunteer Fire Company
May 27, 2018
Odenton VFC Carnival
Odenton Volunteer Fire Company
May 28, 2018
Odenton VFC Carnival
Odenton Volunteer Fire Company
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The Recruitment and Retention Toolbox

The Recruitment & Retention Committee has started a toolbox of resources, suggestions and ideas on how you and your organziation can improve its efforts in recruitment and retention.


Please check back here often to see what has been added

We encourage and welcome your suggestions, ideas and resources that have worked for your organization.



Best practices and other guidance used by various organizations to bring new membership into your organization.





Ever wonder why your members don’t always stay? There are many reasons – but there are many that your organization has control over. Here are some ideas and suggestions to  improve your efforts to hold onto your most valuable resource.


Cadets/Junior Programs

Do you think recruiting only means the pool of people of high school age or older? How old were you when you first had the interest in fire trucks? Consider a program that brings in a new and earlier source of potential future leaders. Here we’ll offer  information, suggestions, and best practices for initiating or improving upon a cadet or junior firefighter program.


Now that you’ve taken that leadership position, could you use some help? Lieutenant? Board Member? President? Chief? Or maybe you’re only thinking about taking that next step into leadership. Let’s discuss some recommendations for preparing to be a  successful leader of your organization.



Suggestions and recommendations to help your organization improve relations with the citizens in your community. Marketing your organization is an enabler to better your recruiting and financial support efforts.




Does your organization keep your skills sharp through practice? Here we’ll offer recommendations for various types of training exercises. The ideas will offer suggestions  from quick tabletop mind challenges as well as large scale drills for hands on refreshers.



Are you getting through? You may be talking but are you really getting your message across? Here are some tips and suggestions on improving critical communication – both within your leadership and membership as well as to external organizations.



Guidance on methods to apply for and obtain grants and other financial support from your community as well as corporate and government offerings.



Do you have suggestions or ideas that you are willing to share with others?
Send your ideas to


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