Maryland State Firemen's Association

Future Convention Dates
June 14-20, 2019
June 19-25, 2020
June 18-24, 2021

Executive Committee Meetings

December 1 & 2, 2018
Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.

February 9 & 10, 2019
United Communities VFD, Queen Anne's County

April 6 & 7, 2019
Friendsville VF&R, Garrett County

December 7, 2018
2019 Maryland Weekend at the NFA
November 21, 2018
Training Announcement - Subject: R0158 Emergency Medical Services: Quality Management
November 12, 2018
FEMA announces opening of the 2018 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant application period
October 28, 2018
New Information on Candidate Responses has been added
October 24, 2018
To All MSFA Member Companies Please go to MSFA front page and review the Candidate Responses
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Online Calendar
Next Seven Days
December 18, 2018
Wicomico County Volunteer Firefighter's Assn.
December 19, 2018
Harford County Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Assn
December 20, 2018
St. Mary's County Fire Board Assn
Public Safety Bldg. Leonardtown
December 20, 2018
Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Assn.
December 20, 2018
Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Assn
Rosedale VFC
December 22, 2018
Breakfast With Santa
Westminster Volunteer Fire Dept., 28 John Street, Westminster, MD
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The Mission of the Maryland State Firemen's Association is to Serve, Promote, Advocate and Represent the Interest of the Volunteer Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services of Maryland

Reminder that Executive Committee Reports are Due NOW!

All Officers, Committee Chairs and Organizations Representatives:

President Richard C. Blair has scheduled the next meeting of the Executive Committee of the Maryland State Firemen's Association for Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd, 2018 at the Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Company, Inc., 4718 Snow Hill Road, Snow Hill, MD.  The meeting will be called to order promptly at 0930 hours. 

For those desiring to stay overnight, arrangements have been made at the Howard Johnson Oceanfront Plaza, 1109 Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, 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 1-800-926-1122.  Ocean Front Rooms are $75.00 per night plus tax or Ocean View Rooms are $69.00 plus tax, using code Maryland State Firemen’s Association.  Reservation must be made prior to November 9, 2018     

President Blair has indicated that he is working on a reception for Friday, November 30, 2019

President Blair has announced for those not participating in the meeting on Saturday, the ladies are planning some activities.  Details will be announced at a later date.

Lunch will be provided on Saturday by Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Company.

Attached you will find a copy of the agenda.  You will note that all Partners will report on Saturday and Branch Directors and Committee Chairs reporting on Sunday.

Remember - All Committee Chairs, Organizations and Agencies are reminded that your reports must be sent electronically to the Secretary’s Office at no later than November 24, 2018.   A copy of the Agenda for Committees and EMSOF Partners reporting time, will be forthcoming.  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 

Everyone is encouraged to attend and participate in these meetings of the Executive Committee so that you can be better informed and you can update your members on the various emergency services issues that are being discussed by your association.   

IN BALTIMORE, MD 11/13 @ 1000 AM.

Please Join Us for the Maryland State Firemen's Association’s

“Holiday Night at the Blue Dog Cafe

300 N Washington St, Snow Hill, Maryland

Christmas Dinner Show

Musical Comedy Holiday Review


4:30pm Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres

5:30pm Dinner

7:00pm Showtime


Chicken Breast stuffed w/ Apricot Stuffing

Served with Fresh Salad, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, and Dessert.

*Non-alcoholic beverages included

$38pp includes taxes and tip


Sliced tenderloin w/ Bourbon Glaze and Jumbo Garlic Shrimp

Served with Fresh Salad, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, and Dessert.

*Non-alcoholic beverages included

$48 pp includes taxes and tip

(We can accommodate all beef or all shrimp requests and other dietary needs such as vegetarian, etc.)

*Two Cash Bars*

Attire: Festive Casual Dress!

Please make checks payable to the “MSFA” and mail to:

                                                 President Rick Blair, MSFA

                                                        10921 Roessner Ave.

                                                     Hagerstown, MD  21740

Must be received by Thanksgiving Day * Seating limited to 85 guests!

**Please include your Dinner Choices in your response**

MSFA's Beautiful Night Together – Celebrating the Holidays!


The 2018 Election is over see where the winners


Click here to View Candidate Responses to the MSFA Questionaire

Have You and Your Officers Read the Lavender Ribbon Report?

The Volunteer and Combination Officers Section of the National Volunteer Fire Council, has released it's Lavender Report which provides 11 Actions to Help Mitigate the Risk of Cancer!

Chief James Seavy Sr. Had this to say about Cancer in the Fire Service!

The issue of occupational cancer has been on the forefront of firefighter safety for the past few years.  Cancer is now recognized as one of the major killers of both career and volunteer firefighters, which we in the public safety community have only recently begun to admit.  It is our duty to accept the need to change the safety culture as it relates to occupational cancer. The impact cancer brings to our family, children, friends and colleagues can no longer be ignored.  The carcinogens associated with the building industry, as well as the fire-retardant materials found in homes and business today impact all public safety response personnel.  This report provides information for members of the response community on the actions necessary to protect ourselves from occupational cancer.  We have named it the Lavender Ribbon Report since lavender is the symbol for general cancer awareness and represents ALL cancers.

Read the Report Here!


Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Announced

49 Fire Departments in 17 Counties Receive $104,099


The Maryland Department of Natural Resourcesannounced the 2018 Volunteer Fire Assistancegrants to 49 volunteer fire departments. The projects, distributed throughout 17 counties, aim to assist volunteer fire companies and departments enhance wildland fire protection in rural areas and communities.

The Maryland Forest Service awarded $104,099 in match funding to complete $245,907 in total projects. The maximum grant awarded was $3,000 per department. The funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

“This essential grant funding will help equip and train local fire companies and departments throughout the state,” Maryland State Fire Supervisor Monte Mitchell said. “Through this financial and technical assistance to rural volunteer fire departments, we seek to improve emergency response, firefighter safety and wildland fire suppression capabilities.”

2018 Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Awards
Fire Department County Project Cost Award
Baltimore Pike Volunteer Fire Company Allegany $2,567 $1,284
Barton Hose Company 1 Allegany $6,108 $2,878
Bedford Road Volunteer Fire Department Allegany $4,045 $2,022
Bowling Green Volunteer Fire Department Allegany $10,745 $3,000
Bowmans Addition Volunteer Fire Company Allegany $10,000 $3,000
Good Will Volunteer Fire Company 1 Allegany $6,625 $3,000
LaVale Volunteer Fire Department Allegany $2,960 $1,480
Mt. Savage Volunteer Fire Department Allegany $1,199 $599
Oldtown Volunteer Fire Department Allegany $7,110 $3,000
Orleans Volunteer Fire Company Allegany $2,229 $1,115
Rawlings Volunteer Fire Department Allegany $1,600 $800
Shaft Volunteer Fire Department Allegany $6,590 $3,000
Ferndale Volunteer Fire Company Anne Arundel $7,434 $3,000
Jacksonville Volunteer Fire Company Baltimore $6,000 $3,000
Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Department Baltimore $3,454 $1,727
Providence Volunteer Fire Company Baltimore $4,028 $2,014
Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department Calvert $13,587 $3,000
St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department Calvert $4,279 $927
Goldsboro Volunteer Fire Company Caroline $4,076 $2,038
Greensboro Volunteer Fire Company Caroline $11,000 $3,000
Ridgely Volunteer Fire Department Caroline $4,700 $2,350
Cobb Island Volunteer Fire Department Charles $6,704 $3,000
Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad Charles $1,371 $685
Tenth District Volunteer Fire Department Charles $5,897 $653
Church Creek Volunteer Fire Company Dorchester $6,098 $3,000
Eldorado Brookview Volunteer Fire Company Dorchester $3,197 $1,598
Lakes and Straits Volunteer Fire Company Dorchester $5,817 $2,909
Linkwood Volunteer Fire Company Dorchester $5,930 $2,965
Madison Volunteer Fire Department Dorchester $3,200 $1,600
Vienna Volunteer Fire Company Dorchester $5,654 $2,827
New Market Volunteer Fire Company Frederick $2,220 $1,110
Bittinger Volunteer Fire Department Garrett $3,756 $1,878
Eastern Garrett County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Garrett $2,300 $1,150
Whiteford Volunteer Fire Company Harford $7,000 $3,000
Betterton Volunteer Fire Company Kent $5,089 $2,545
Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company Kent $3,998 $1,999
Galena Volunteer Fire Company Kent $4,800 $2,400
Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department Prince George’s $1,600 $550
Queen Anne Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Company Queen Anne’s $6,385 $3,000
Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Company Queen Anne’s  $3,371 $1,686
Mt. Vernon Volunteer Fire Department Somerset $4,200 $2,100
Easton Volunteer Fire Company Talbot $6,225 $2,626
Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Company Washington $2,940 $1,470
Hancock Fire Company Washington $7,595 $3,000
Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Company Washington $4,543 $2,272
Maugansville Volunteer Fire Company Washington $3,875 $1,938
Potomac Valley Volunteer Fire Company Washington $5,887 $2,944
Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Company Washington $1,595 $798
Pittsville Volunteer Fire Company Wicomico $4,324 $2,162
Total      $104,099
2018 Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Small Tool Awards
Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Company Allegany 4 Rakes and 4 Bladder Bags  
Community Fire Company Perryville Cecil 2 Rakes and 2 Bladder Bags  
Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department Montgomery 4 Rakes and 4 Bladder Bags  
Total      $1,541
Grand Total      $105,640

Sixty volunteer fire companies and departments from 19 different counties applied for grant funding assistance totaling $310,388.

If you would like to be involved in MSFA Committees making decisions that mold the future of the Volunteer Emergency Services in Maryland, let 1st Vice President Rick Blair know!  Click here to Express your willingness to help the MSFA help our member companies!
CLICK HERE To Express Your Interest!

Existing Committee members, officers, and liasions are asked to use this form to update your Directory Information!


Interested in learning more about Volunteer Fire, EMS, and Rescue Companies?

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 Maryland Income Tax Subtraction Modification Form for 2017

Maryland Tax Form 502v

Reminder that there are also Scholarships Available for Volunteers from MSFA and from the Maryland Higher Education Commission.  Information regarding other MSFA Scholarships can be found on the Scholarship Committee Page

CLICK HERE for more Information Regarding the Charles W. Riley Firefighter and Ambulance and Rescue Squad Member Scholarship.

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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Passing of Washington County Volunteer Fire Rescue Associati President Dale L. Hill

MSFA Committee Chair Richard Snader, October 02

As many are already aware, on Friday, September 28th, President Dale L. Hill of the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association (WCVFRA) suffered a sudden medical emergency and subsequently passed from this life. The passing of WCVFRA President Hill presents a tragic and significant loss to the emergency service community here in Washington County. President Hill’s leadership, strength, ... (Full Story)

NFPA Releases New Standard for Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response

MSFA Committee Chair Teresa Chrisman, July 18

New podcast from CRR Radio - NFPA 3000

CRR Radio from The Vision 20/20 Project has a new podcast focusing on the provisional standard just released, NFPA 3000 Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response Program.

Only the second provisional standard in NFPA’s history, this underscores the urgency and need for this standard in today’s world. In this episode of CRR Radio, we talk with three key people involved ... (Full Story)

No Caption Barton R. House Sr. of Sandy Spring Fire Department Answers His Last Alarm

MSFA Committee Chair Richard Snader, May 01

Barton R. House Sr. of Sandy Spring Fire Department answers his last alarm

Barton R. House Sr, died peacefully at home on Saturday April 28, 2018, surrounded by his beloved wife of 57 years, Pauline E. House, daughters Karen House-Sapp and Elaine House-Custead, son Barton R. House Jr., and his brother in-law, Raymond H Roberts. In addition to his wife and children and their spouses,, he is survived ... (Full Story & Photos)

1993 Pierce Lance Pumper For Sale!

Member of Member Company William Lawman, April 25

Engine 61 For Sale!!!

1993 Pierce Pumper
Pierce Lance Chassis
Seating for 6; 5 SCBA seats
6V92TA 400 HP Diesel Engine
Transmission Model: HT740
Engine Brake
Waterous 1250 GPM Pump
750 Gallon Water Tank
Date of Last Pump Certification: 08/2017
Driver's Side Discharges: (2) 2 1/2"
Driver's Side Suction: (1) 6", (1) 2 1/2"
Officer's Side Discharge: (1) 2 1/2", (1) 4"
Officer's Side Suction: (1) 6", ... (Full Story & Photos)

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The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning or Special Weather Statements for all all Maryland Counties except Garrett

State Fire Supervisor Monte R. Mitchell, April 12

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning or Special Weather Statements for all all Maryland Counties except Garrett. See advisories and links below....

Issued: April 12 at 4:48AM EDT Expiring: April 12 at 8:00PM EDT Urgency: Expected Status: Actual

Areas affected:Central and Eastern Allegany; Central and Southeast Howard; Central and Southeast Montgomery; Charles; Extreme ... (Full Story)


Member of Member Company Michael Hitt, March 21

Savage Volunteer Fire Company is pleased to announced that we have partnered with Fire Replica's to reproduce their 2017 105' HD Aerial Pierce Arrow XT. The fire company is selling these museum grade models as part of a fundraiser.

The units will cost $329.00 plus shipping and handling.

Please contact Mike Hitt if interested in purchasing one at 240.565.4464 or (Full Story & Photos)

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No Caption Join Team MSFA for the 2018 Polar Bear Plunge Raising Funds for Special Olympics Maryland

MSFA Polar Bear Plunge 2018 Team, January 27


The MSFA has been a long time Supporter of the Maryland Special Olympics and the MSP Polar Bear Plunge! this year we are hoping for the largest team ever, and hope to raise a record amount to support the Plunge and the Special Olympians!

Please Join Diane Gunderson, and Sarah Paul as they lead the MSFA Plunging Team! ... (Full Story & Photos)


MSFA Committee Chair Michael Le Compte, January 24

International studies have shown that firefighters have a significantly higher risk of developing cancer in comparison to the average wider population. Because of insufficient proof of the interrelationship between cancer and the different cases of fire, in many countries this is still not recognized as being an occupational illness. Especially here, in the case of fire, various structures of cancer ... (Full Story)


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MSFA Members can join for as little as $7.50/year

The Maryland State Firemen's Association Is Proud To Announce A Partnership With California Casualty Auto & Home Insurance Company.
MSFA chose California Casualty because of it's unique coverages, long term financial stability, exceptional customer service and solid reputation.  California Casualty insurance products are only available to nurses, educators, firefighters and law enforcement - and not to the general public.  For more information click here or click below

The Maryland State Firemen's Association Is Proud To Announce A Partnership With BlueHarbor Auto Loans. 

BlueHarbor works with a network of local credit unions and national lenders to find you the most competitive auto loan rates in the nation.  Their loan consultants provide concierge service to work with you every step of the way.   

MSFA chose BlueHarbor because of their unique program, exceptional customer service and solid reputation.  BlueHarbor is a wholly owned subsidiary of BlueYield Inc. BlueYield is proud to be the leading provider of automotive financial services to prestigious companies such as Hertz, BankRate, LendingTree and many others.

For more information click here or click below or call (888) 389-9062

Our website also provides an array of significantly discounted non-insurance products including a free pharmacy card, discount vision, dental, etc. See the ?Discount Benefits? button to access these fine products.

For Additional Discounts on other Products and Services offered to members of the MSFA Click here!

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