Weekly Report Week Ending 1.27.23
National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Dial 988
NAME CHANGE TOWN HALL DATES & LOCATIONS: Please see the attached agenda.
Sunday, January 29th Bel Air VFC 10am – 12pm
Saturday, February 18th Branchville VFD 10am – 12pm
Sunday, February 19th Washington County Training Ctr 10am – 12pm
Monday, February 27th Huntingtown VFD 1800 – 2000
Upcoming Executive Committee Meeting:
February 11-12, 2023 Prince Frederick VFD; 450 Solomons Island Rd Prince Frederick, MD All are welcome to attend. 0900hrs start time on both days.
Notice from the OSFM: OVERDUE MFIRS REPORTS FOR CY2022:
|ALLEGANY||Corriganville – September –December Ellerslie – October –December|
|CALVERT||Prince Frederick – December|
|CHARLES||LaPlata – November, December
Hughesville – October –December
Waldorf – October, November
Benedict – July – December
Tenth District – October – December
Indian Head – September – December
Bel Alton – August – December
Bryans Road – December
Waldorf – November, December
Newburg – December
Dentsville – November, December
|DORCHESTER||Vienna – December
Rescue – December
Lakes & Stratis – December
Hoopers Island – December
Taylors Island – December
|GARRETT||Grantsville – November, December|
|QUEEN ANNE’S||Kent Island – August – December|
|ST MARY’S||Ridge – October – December
Hollywood – October –December
|SOMERSET||Ewell – September & December
Mt. Vernon – June- December
Fairmount- November & December
|TALBOT||Cordova – November & December|
|WICOMICO||Pittsville – December
Willards – July – December
Mardela Springs – December
Powellville – June – December
Westside – September – December BALTIMORE COUNTY November & December
MONTGOMERY COUNTY November & December
BWI AIRPORT January – March, May
MSFA Tag Reminder: ALL required signatures and owner/vehicle information MUST be on the tag application form. Please do not send in copies of the vehicle registration. If you are a county coordinator, please make sure the application is filled out in its entirety and that the appropriate fee is included. Incomplete applications are being mailed back for corrections.
2022 Tax Forms Now Available: For the newest tax subtraction form, letter from the Incentives Committee Chair Rick Hemphill, and tax rules for 2022, please visit:
SAVE THE DATES:
March 8-11, 2023 Miltenberger Emergency Services Seminar
March 25, 2023 Public Fire and Life Safety Educator Seminar; MFRI HQ College Park
March 30-31, 2023 1st Responder Conference on Mental Health and Wellness; Ocean City
MSFA 2nd Vice President Candidate Position for 2023 Now Open:
If you or someone you know is interested in running for the Office of 2nd Vice President of the MSFA in 2023, please submit a formal interest letter to the Office of the Secretary.
MSFA 2023 Convention and Conference:
SUBMISSION DEADLINE FEBRUARY 1st: To honor a member of your department that has passed away in 2022, please fill out the Joint Memorial Service Request Form https://convention.msfa.org/registration/department–credentials/joint–memorial–service/
-Check out the available awards that you can nominate your members for at https://www.msfa.org/awards/Awards are presented at the Convention in June.
-Submissions of department credential forms began on January 1st at https://convention.msfa.org/registration/department–credentials/
-Have a class you would like to teach at the beach? Classes will be limited so get your RFP submitted ASAP. The deadline to submit in March 1, 2023. The online RFP form is live at https://convention.msfa.org/registration/instructor–proposal/
-Program Book ads are now available for purchase online
MSFA Committee Notices:
CONTENT DEADLINE JANUARY 30th! The Volunteer Trumpet committee is looking for content! Do you have a new rig you would like to show off? Want to highlight a member of your department? Have important news to share? What better way than to put an article in the Volunteer Trumpet? Message Chair Jonathan Dayton at email@example.com to submit your content today!
The VCAF Committee has announced that the application period for 2023 is now open. Please visit the VCAF homepage on the MSFA website at https://www.msfa.org/committees/vcaf/ . All of the information you need to begin the application process is available on the page.
The MSFA Rural Water Supply Committee is looking for departments to host a drill in early 2023! The last few drills have been a huge success with the participation of over 15 departments. Contact Committee Chair Steve Barry at Barry_Steven@comcast.net for more information.
The Scholarship Committee is asking for leads on potential scholarships that could be offered to our membership. Chair Lynn Hawkins is in the process of updating the information on the committee page on the MSFA.org website that will include a new updated application as well as resources for available scholarships available to public safety personnel. An announcement will be made shortly once these updates are posted. Scholarships are a great retention tool so please encourage your members to apply!
The MSFA Cancer Committee has announced its 2023 Walk of Hope in Annapolis which will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2023. They hope to have an excellent turn out again this spring!
The MSFA Ways and Means Committee reminds all departments that the 2023 Convention $10,000 Raffle tickets have been distributed to all Executive Committee members. Please be sure to contact them to get your tickets!
**If any Committee wishes to share information via this weekly report including meeting dates and times, please submit it to Executive Director Kate Loveless at KLoveless@msfa.org by the Wednesday of each week for Friday distribution.
If your department has an upcoming event, please post the information to the MSFA Information Sharing page on Facebook. The page grows each week and it is a useful tool to help advertise your events. You can also share important information and milestones on the MSFA website by submitting an announcement form online at
MFRI is Now Hiring Instructors:
MFRI is looking for instructors to teach Fire, EMT, Rescue, HazMat, Industrial, ALS, and the Simulation Center. Contact MFRI Director of Operations Steve Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your county Executive Committee members:
|Allegany/Garrett; Tim Daytonemail@example.com|
|Anne Arundel; Ron Blockfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Baltimore; Doug Simpkins, Jr.||email@example.com|
|Calvert/Charles/St. Mary’s; Randy Smithfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Carroll/Howard; Theresa Collinsemail@example.com|
|Dorchester/Talbot; Bob Phillipsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Frederick/Washington; Chip Jewellemail@example.com|
|Harford/Cecil; PP Steve Coxfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Montgomery; Buddy Suttonemail@example.com|
|Prince George’s; Lee Lutzfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Queen Anne’s/Kent/Caroline; Robbie Blackiston email@example.com
Somerset/Wicomico/Worchester; PP Roger Steger firstname.lastname@example.org
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MARYLAND STATE FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION
Representing the Volunteer Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical Services Personnel
Town Hall Agenda – Bel Air VFC
0930-0955 hrs Light Refreshments
Speaker Sign In
1000 hrs Town Hall called to order by Moderator MSFA Executive Director Kate Loveless
Review of Code of Conduct
1010 hrs Comments from MSFA President Ben Kurtz Reading of President’s Letter to the Membership
Comments from Name Change Taskforce Chair Teresa Crisman
1020 hrs Brief Update on New Voting Platform for 2023 – Steve Cox, PP
1030 hrs Opening of the floor to speakers (2-minute time slot per speaker)
At the conclusion of hearing from all speakers and comments from MSFA Officers or members of the Executive Committee in attendance, Moderator will officially close the floor
Comments from MSFA Officers or members of the Executive Committee in attendance
Announcement of additional Town Hall meetings dates and times
Town Hall Adjournment