Weekly Report week ending 11.25.22
MSFA Weekly Report for County Associations and Partners
Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Dial 988
SAFER Position Filled: The MSFA SAFER team welcomes Diana Fraser of Carroll County to
the role of Northern Maryland Recruitment and Retention Coordinator. Diana will be the point of
contact for the MSFA SAFER initiatives for Kent, Harford, Cecil, Baltimore, and Carroll
counties. She comes with R and R experience in several counties and we look forward to
partnerships with R and R teams across the northern region. Once Diana’s email is set up and
linked in to the MarylandVolunteer.org website, Diana will begin to reach out to her county
MSFA Mentorship Program Casting Call: To help kick off the official rollout of the MSFA
Mentorship Program, we are looking for those that have had positive experiences with a
mentorship program, either formal or informal, in your departments to share your experience.
We are looking for individuals who have been mentors, mentees, as well as someone who has
been integral in the development of a successful program. Please send Executive Director
Loveless your contact information at email@example.com and SAFER Marketing Manager
Stephen Jenkins will reach out to coordinate.
MSFA 2023 Convention and Conference: Planning for the 2023 MSFA Convention and
Conference is officially underway! The first meeting of the 2023 Convention Planning
Committee was held and each division of the committee reported out. As we move into
December, important information will be disseminated regarding the Convention program and
any updates and changes that are made.
–Be sure to start submitting your department credential forms on January 1st at
–Have a class you would like to teach at the beach? Classes will be limited so get your RFP
submitted ASAP. The online RFP form is live at
–Would you like to honor a member of your department that has passed away in 2022? Fill out
the Joint Memorial Service Request Form by February 1, 2023.
–Program Book ads will be available for purchase online by December 1st.
MSFA Name Change: Taskforce Chair Teresa Crisman has coordinated two open forums that
will be held in person at the Bel Air VFD and the Branchville VFD at dates to be announced
shortly. There will also be two zoom forums for those who cannot attend in person.
President Kurtz hanks each of you for your patience as the efforts to gather are organized.
As a reminder, President Kurtz has asked that NO NAME CHANGE PROPOSALS BE
SUBMITTED until after January 1, 2023.
NFIRS Reporting Delinquency: The Office of the State Fire Marshal has asked that the
following departments send in their NFIRS reports ASAP:
Caroline County – Marydel; January, April
Charles County – Nanjemoy, Bel Alton, Bryan’s Road; all need January – June
Queen Anne’s – Crumpton; January – June
Somerset County – Mt. Vernon; May – June
Wicomico – Willards; January – June, Powellville; June
Worcester – Ocean City; April – June
BWI – January – March, May
Cancer Screening/Colonial Life Partnership Reminder: The MSFA is excited to share the
announcement of a comprehensive benefits package that is now available to fire service
volunteers and their families. For more information on the plans available for cancer screenings,
accidental injury and critical illness coverage specific to fire service personnel needs, check out
the website www.mdvfdbenefits.com. Members of the Colonial Life team will be reaching out to
departments across the state to schedule a visit with their membership to review the package with
no obligation to purchase. Please note that policies are for individuals and not groups. Please
contact Bobby Goninan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 228–383–3146 with any questions.
MSFA Committee Notices:
The Volunteer Trumpet is getting a new look and the 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 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 first 2023 MSFA Safety Committee Meeting will be on January 8, 2023 from 1100–1430 at
the MD Shock Trauma Center on Greene Street in Baltimore. We will first meet at MIEMSS and
go down the street to the Trauma Center. Lunch is available in the UMH Cafeteria. Everyone is
invited to attend our meetings from other committees. Any questions please contact Safety Chair
– Michael LeCompte at 443–366–0328.
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 next 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 you are interested in being on an MSFA committee, please visit the MSFA website and submit
the following interest form: https://www.msfa.org/committees/interest-form
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