Maryland State Firemen's Association

Future Convention Dates
June 15-21, 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


Announcements
February 22, 2019
SAFETY TRAINING OFFERED TO MARYLAND FIREFIGHTERS
February 21, 2019
SAFER Webinar - In case you missed it !!
February 20, 2019
Death Announcement: James L. McNeal, Father of Jamie McNeal
February 19, 2019
MSFA SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING
February 17, 2019
Queen Anne Texas Hold 'Em - March 16th, 2019
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Online Calendar
Next Seven Days
February 23, 2019
Bull & Oyster Roast
Earleigh Heights Vol.Fire Company 161 Ritchie Hwy Severna Park MD 21146
February 27, 2019
Harford County Vol. Fire and Ambulance Association
Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance
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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
Check out the NEW MSFA Convention Web Site!  ALL Forms and Documents related to the Convention and Memorial Service are now OnLine Submissions!  Please see them all at:  https://convention.msfa.org

2018 Tax Year Income Tax Forms

502V for Charitable Mileage Deductions

502 SU for Subtractions from Income Tax

MSFA Form P.2.2 2018 LOSAP Certification Form

The MSFA Recruitment and Retention Committee Presents:

Releasing the Reins: The Art of Succession

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Date: February 22 – 24, 2019
Location: Holiday Inn Oceanfront, Ocean City, MD
Cost: No Cost for the class; lunch included both days
Hotel Accommodations: $106.00/night
(reimbursable through MSFA if participant lives 50+miles from location)

Instructor: Chief Norvin Collins; Sauvie Island Fire District, Oregon
Intro/Meet & Greet: Friday, February 22nd 1900hrs
Class: Saturday, February 23rd 8am-4pm & Sunday, February 24th 8am-3pm

**Please register for this seminar through www.mfri.org**
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Objectives for “Releasing the Reins”:
• Basic strategic planning as it pertains to succession planning
• Key features of succession planning
• Building blocks for successful delegation
• Mentorship
• Change management
• Building an exit strategy

This seminar drives the attendees to think critically about themselves and the future of their organization and members.  Tools are shared that will help members and leaders plan by recognizing the gaps that need to be ?lled.  Change is a part of growth and succession; therefore, change management techniques are shared.  Most importantly, an understanding of fear and how to work with and through fear is included to strengthen the interpersonal skills of the workshop participants.

Please contact BClementsmsfa@gmail.com with any questions

Notice of Executive Committee Meeting!

All Officers, Committee Chairs and Organizations Representatives:

President Richard Blair has scheduled his next meeting of the Executive Committee of the Maryland State Firemen's Association for Saturday, February 9, 2019 and Sunday, February 10, 2019 at the Kent Island Elks, 2525 Romancoke Road, Stevensville, MD.  The meeting will be hosted by the United Community Volunteer Fire Department and the meeting will be called to order promptly at 0900 hours. 

For those desiring to stay overnight, arrangements have been made at the Best Western Kent Narrows Inn, 3101 Main Street, Grasonville, 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 410-827-6767.  Rooms are $79.00 per night.  Reservation must be made prior to January 25, 2019

Welcome Reception.  United Community Fire Company, who is hosting the event had scheduled the reception to be at the Best Western Kent Narrows Inn. However President Siarnicki advised that the event will be moved to Fisherman's Inn, which is located across the street from the hotel.  The event will be between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

A Hot Breakfast will be offered at the Kent Lodge on Saturday starting at 0730 hours prior to the start of the meeting. A fee will be charged.  A hot lunch will also be served starting at 1200 noon for a charge.  

President Blair announced for those not participating in the meeting on Saturday, the ladies are planning some activities.  Details will be announced at the Welcome Reception on Friday Evening.    

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 February 1st, 2019.  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. 

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.

PILOT PROGRAM FOR UPDATED EMT CIRRICULUM ANNOUNCEMENT

At this time, we are pleased to announce that MFRI will be offering a new EMT class curriculum, developed and used by the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Department for their career recruit classes. This curriculum is centered around the National Registry model and has been very successful. Under the direction and support of MFRI Executive Director Michael Cox, MFRI will be holding three pilot EMT classes at the WMRTC, College Park, and Arbutus VFD locations beginning in February with dates to be announced shortly.

Changes in the curriculum include: an individual learning assessment of each student using the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level Assessment so the instructor can identify student learning capacities; classes will use a different EMT manual (Emergency Care and Transport of the Sick and Injured; 11th Edition by Jones and Bartlett) rather than the Brady editions, and the class will discontinue the use of the MyBradyLab computer program. *This change was made after it was suggested that the Brady EMT course content was not desirable for the final outcome of testing for NREMT.

In addition, all students will be issued a tablet to use that follows along with the curriculum, as well as delivers quizzes after that session’s lesson that focus on the current chapter. This is similar to the MyBradyLab currently being used but the content and quizzes are geared more towards computer adaptive learning with exposure to NREMT-type questions from the very beginning of the course rather than at the end. Teaching, reading, testing, and group activities will all focus around the use of the tablet and will be based off of the main five NREMT categories of Airway, Respiration & Ventilation, Cardiology & Resuscitation, Trauma, Medical/Obstetrics/Gynecology, EMS Operations. Module exams will be issued through EMSTesting (Platinum Planner) which is NREMT-based.

Also, each instructor will have access to the quizzes and how their students are progressing through the course. This feedback and consistent analytics are important for the student to see where they may need additional instruction and will allow the instructors to tweak this classes to ensure that each student is grasping the content.

Instructors will also have the opportunity to use reverse classroom tactics, hands-on, out-of-classroom lessons as well as making auditory learning available to all students who prefer to learn using this method.

It is the intention of MFRI to also include preparation hours for the NREMT test as well as offer the NREMT test itself at the conclusion of the course to ensure that all students take the test, improving accountability and accuracy of success rate data.

To summarize, we are hopeful that by utilizing this new type of curriculum, Maryland EMT students are immediately set up for success from the beginning of the class with the exposure to NREMT-type questions and technology. By allowing the instructor to play a more vital role in the assessment and progression of the student with analytics and feedback, their students will be better prepared. Finally, incorporating the NREMT test at the end of the course rather than leaving it up to the student to schedule and take on their own, will also ensure that the student takes the test immediately after completing the course and closes the accountability gap.

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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!

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?

CLICK The Maryland Volunteer Button below

 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
MSFA News Items!
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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)


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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)


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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)

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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)


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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 savagevfc@gmail.com... (Full Story & Photos)

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Join Team MSFA for the 2018 Polar Bear Plunge Raising Funds for Special Olympics Maryland

MSFA Polar Bear Plunge 2018 Team, January 27

CELEBRATING 22 YEARS OF THE “COOLEST” MARYLAND TRADITION JANUARY 25TH-27TH, 2018

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)

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STOP CANCER AT THE DOOR

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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You're striving to be the best first responder you can be. We're here for you every step of the way. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the only organization created solely to support volunteer firefighters, EMTs, and rescue personnel through a wide range of programs and benefits.

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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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