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The Maryland State Firemen's Association is proud to introduce Sara Paul Miss Fire Prevention 2017-2018 From Carroll County, and Lauren Caudill, 1st Runner Up 2017-2018 From Harford County!  The ladies may be contacted to attend your events via the email address and respectively.  Congratulations to both of these wonderful Fire Prevention Ambassadors!! 

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Maryland State Firemen’s Association

125th Annual Convention



Maryland Company Making Best Appearance - Chief Marvin Gibbons Memorial Award - Leonardtown VFD

Maryland Company Making Second Best Appearance - Easton VFD

President’s Award  (1) – Hampstead VFD

Company Coming Longest Distance – Leitersburg VFC

Company Coming Second Longest Distance – Williamsport VFD

Best Appearing Fire Department Marching Unit (10 or more personnel) - Maryland Fire-Rescue Pipes and Drums                           

Second Best Appearing Fire Department Marching Unit (10 or more personnel) - English Consul VFD

Third Best Appearing Fire Department Marching Unit (10 or more personnel) - Lenoardtown VFD

Company with Most Uniformed Emergency Service Personnel - Easton VFD


Fire Engines – 1500 GPM and Over

Making Best Appearance – Bay District – Eng 32

Second Best Appearance – New Market – Engine 152

Third Best Appearance – Rescue Hose Co, Cambridge Eng 1-3

Honorable Mention (5)  - Leonardtown VFD Engine 10

                                      Easton VFD – Engine 64

                                      Hollywood VFD – Engine 72

                                      North Beach VFD – Engine 12

                                      Gamber VFD – Engine 134


Fire Engines – 1250 GPM

Making Best Appearance – Glen Echo VFD – Engine 711B

Second Best Appearance – Riviera Beach VFD – Engine 131

Third Best Appearance     - Bryans Road – Rescue Engine-113

Honorable Mention (5)     - Church Creek VFC – Engine 46-1

                                         Newark VFD Engine 505

                                         Trappe VFD – Engine 38

                                         Powellville VFD – Engine 1103

                                         Ridgley VFD – Engine 401

Fire Engines – 1000 GPM and Under Making Best Appearance –Easton VFD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

                               Second Best Appearance   Pittsville VFD Engine 702

                               Third Best Appearance      Bryans Road VFD – Engine 111

Rescue Pumper Making Best Appearance -       Easton VFD – Rescue Engine 68

                               Second Best Appearance   Bishopsville VFD Recue Engine 902

                               Third Best Appearance      Parsonsburg VFD – Res Engine 605

Pumper Tanker Making Best Appearance (1500 gallon capacity tank and over)

                                                                        Frankford, DE. ET- 76-2

                               Second Best Appearance   Hampstead ET-24

Tanker Making Best Appearance (1500 gallon capacity tank and over)

                                                                        Easton VFD – Tanker 61

                               Second Best Appearance   Trappe VFD – Tanker 36

                               Third Best Appearance      Deale Island – Chance VFD Tanker 4

Brush Unit – Making Best Appearance             Leonardtown VFD Brush 1

                               Second Best Appearance   Hacks Point VFC – Brush 9

                               Third Best Appearance      New Market VFD – Brush 156

                               Honorable Mention (3)       Berlin VFD – Brush 6

                                                               Huntingtown VFD – Brush 6

                                                               Trappe VFD – Brush 35


Aerial Truck Making Best Appearance              College Park VFD ` Truck 812

                               Second Best Appearance   Pittsville VFD – Truck 7

                               Third Best Appearance      Goodwill VFC York Township Tk 19-2

Elevated Platform Making Best Appearance     North Beach VFD – Tower 1

                               Second Best Appearance   Bay District VFD – Tower 9

                               Third Best Appearance      Easton VFD – AT-61

Squad Truck Making Best Appearance             Hollywood VFD – Squad 7

                               Second Best Appearance   New Market VFC – Rescue Squad 15

                               Third Best Appearance      Easton VFD – Rescue 61

Ambulance Making Best Appearance               Accokeek VFD – Amb 824

                               Second Best Appearance   New Market VFC – Amb 159

                               Third Best Appearance      Water Witch Fire Co. Amb 793

                               Honorable Mention           Snow Hill VFD A-400 R-3

                                                                        Gaithersburg - Wash Grove A-708C

                                                                        Sharptown VFD  - Ambulance 14

                                                                        Solomons VRS & FD Amb 39

                                                                        Cordova VFA – Amb 51

Command Unit Making Best Appearance         Prince Georges Co. HazMat

                               Second Best Appearance   Leonardtown VFD – Command 1

                               Third Best Appearance      Water Witch EMS Chief

Marine Rescue Unit Making Best Appearance  Md. Fire Marshal’s Bomb Squad

                               Second Best Appearance   Md. State Police Boat # 1 UWR Team

                               Third Best Appearance      Md. Dept. of Natural Resource

Emergency Service Special Unit Making Best Appearance                        

(Canteen, Forestry, Hazmat, Jeep, Gator, Etc.) Leonardtown VFD Gator

                               Second Best Appearance   Prince Georges Co HazMAt

                               Third Best Appearance      77 Rescue EMS Support “Daisy”



Best Appearing Company from Delaware         Delmar VFD

                               Second Best Appearing     Selbyville VFC

Best Appearing Company from Pennsylvania   Goodwill Fire Co. – York Township

Antique Emergency Apparatus Making Best Appearance (Over 25 Years or Older In Service)                                                     Church Hill VFD89 Mack TL-5

                               Second Best Appearance   Leonardtown VFD – Brush 1

                               Third Best Appearance      Church Creek VFD – Engine 46-1                                                   

Antique Emergency Apparatus Making Best Appearance (25 Years or Older Not in Service)                                                        Frederick – United Steam 1939                                                                        Ahrens Fox

                               Second Best Appearance   Easton VFD 1954 Mack Engine 62

                               Third Best Appearance      Berlin VFD 1924 Mack

                               Honorable Mention           Green Haven Volunteers Aerial Truck                                                        14 – 1986 Seagrave

                                                               Bryans Road VFD & RS – 1963 C850                                                                Ford – Engine 111

Antique Automobile Making Best Appearance (25 Years or Older)

                                                                        Ron Siarnicki– 1931 Model A

                               Second Best Appearance   Frankford VFC – C-76 11968 Cadillac                                                             Ambulance

Hand Drawn Antique Making Best Appearance          Leonardtown VFD

Best Appearing Maryland Fire Auxiliary In Uniform     Leonardtown VFD

Auxiliary In Uniform Coming The Longest Distance    Leonardtown VFD

Fire Service Color Guard Making Best Appearance          Williamsport VFD

                               Second Best Appearance             Hollywood VFD

                               Third Best Appearance                Southern Md. VFA


Non Fire Service Color Guard Making Best Appearance          Westminster Band

Fire Prevention Entry Making Best Appearance – Governors Award  - Leonardtown     

                               Fire Prevention Entry Making Second Best Appearance - Esston        


Miss Fire Prevention Making Best Appearance           Eve Van Horne - Easton

                               Second Best Appearance             Chelsey Roberts – Glen Burnie

                               Third Best Appearance                Katelynn Cherry - Trappe

                               Fourth Best Appearance              Anna Webster - Delmar

                               Honorable Mention                      Kara Hutchison - Cordova

                                                                        Emily Moyers - Gaithersburg

                                                                        Lauren Candill - MSFA

                                                                        Sarrah Paul - MSFA

                                                                        Susan Hilton – MFCA

                                                                        Lydia Hill – Washington Co.

                                                                        Daryenne Dorsey  Frederick Co

                                                                        Krysta Brockell - Cecilton


Junior Miss Fire Prevention Making Best Appearance  Sierra Hawkins – S. Md.

                               Second Best Appearance             Breanna Reardon – North East

                               Third Best Appearance                Megan Wilhelm - Hampstead

                               Fourth Best Appearance              Ainsley Robison – S. Md.

                               Honorable Mention                      Abby Younkins - Gaithersburg

                                                                        Elizabeth Hann - Hampstead

                                                                        Ashlyn Plato - Cecilton

                                                                        MacKenna Steininger - Harfor

                                                                        Sara VanRyswick  Leonardtown

                                                                        Madison Tossback – “  Same “







Little Miss Fire Prevention Making Best Appearance   Aleese Augustin - Delmar

                               Second Best Appearance             Releigh Cunningham – Cecil Co  

                               Third Best Appearance                Bridget Reardon - MFCA

                               Fourth Best Appearance              Isabel Oche - Easton

                               Honorable Mention                      Annette Clougherty - Cordova

                                                                        Clare Morris - Trappe

                                                                        Autumn Holland - Cecilton

                                                                        Elizabeth Marcum – Hacks Pt.

                                                                        Liela Scully - Leonardtown


Junior Fire Chief Making Best Appearance                 Nathan Raley - Leonardtown

                               Second Best Appearance             Caden Arches – Cecil County

                               Third Best Appearance                Coalson Plato - Cecilton

                               Fourth Best Appearance              Gavin McLoud – Parsonsburg


Best Appearing Junior or Cadet Company                  Elkridge VFD

                               Second Best Appearing                English Counsel VFD


Marching Ban Making Best Appearance                     Maryland Pipes and Drums

                               Second Best Appearing               Westminster Band


Majorettes Making Best Appearance                           Boonsboro VFC Silver                                                                                    Starlettes Majorettes and                                                                                 Honor Guard                 

                               Second Best Appearance             Marvelette Stars Baton, Drum                                                                                  and Color Guard Unit


Comic Entry Making Best Appearance                       The Water Witch

Mascot Making Best Appearance                                Md. Forest Service – Smokey  






Judges Awards  (10)                                                   Parsonsburg VFD Brush Unit

                                                                        Rescue 77 – “Betty Lou”       

                                                                        Quarryville, Pa. Fire Comp.                                                                              Engine 57-4

                                                                        Church Hill VFD – Truck -5

                                                                        Fruitland VFD – Chiefs Car

                                                                        Good Will Fire Co. (Pa) Amb.

                                                                        BCC Rescue Alumni Cadillac                                                                          Ambulance

                                                                        Bay District VFD – Engine 32

                                                                        Hollywood VFD

                                                                        Wheaton VRS – ALS Car 7


Maryland State Firemen’s Association
Award Winners
125th  Annual Convention and Conference

Colburn Trophy - Lt. Rachel Itzoe - Level VFD - Harford

Gladhill-Thompson Award - Richard Smith - Oxford - Talbot

Hall of Fame

1 –   Gene Aaron - Hurlock - Dorchester

2 –   James A. Bair  -  Jarrettsville    -  Harford

3 –   Eric N. Bernard   -   Rockville    -   Montgomery

4 –   William H. “Bill” Lewis, Jr.  -  Odenton   -  Anne Arundel

5 –   Brian Lowman  -   Williamsport    -    Washington

6 –   Charles Dewayne Rogers, Sr.   -  Odenton   -   Anne Arundel

7 –   Russell J. Strickland  -  Singerly   -    Cecil

8 –   John R. Sullivan  -   Trappe    -   Talbot

9 –   John W. Wathen, Jr.  -  Ridge VFD  -   St. Mary’s

10 –  Stanley J. Williams, Jr.,  -  Hollywood VRS   -  St. Mary’s


1 –   Dr. Harry E. Hickey  -  Charter Member, National Fire Heritage Center

2 –   Dr. Thomas M. Scalea  -  R. Adams Cowley, Shock Trauma Center

3 –   Nolan Scully  -  Nolan Strong

Marbery F. Gates Service Cup Award  -    Daniel J. Stevens  -  Waldorf   -   Charles

Firefighter of the Year  -   Eddie Tatum  -  Hollywood VFD  -  St. Mary’s

Robert H. Shimer, Administrator of the Year  - Craig B. Harman  -  Odenton  -  Anne Arundel

John E. “Sunny” Rose, Jr., Memorial Training Award  -  Taiwade Edwin Bond, Jr., Odenton  -  Anne Arundel

Smith N. Stathem, Jr., P.P., Memorial Safety Award -  Francis J. Raley - Ridge VFD  - St. Mary’s

Edward L. Emkey, Sr., Cadet Program Award  -    Arcadia VFC   -   Baltimore

Zembower Fire Service Training Award - 

Winner - New Market District VFD   -  Frederick

Members              Total Student Hours of Training        Average Training Hours Per Student

       35                                          3,653                                               104.37

1st Runner Up  -   Independent Hose Company No. 1   -   Frederick

Members              Total Student Hours of Training        Average Training Hours Per Student

       44                                        3,860.5                                              87.34

2nd Runner Up –   United Steam Fire Engine Company No. 3   -     Frederick

Members              Total Student Hours of Training        Average Training Hours Per Student

      49                                          4,271.5                                             87.17

3rd Runner Up  -   Bethesda Chevy-Chase Rescue Squad   -   Montgomery

Members              Total Student Hours of Training        Average Training Hours Per Student

      204                                        8,315.5                                            40.76

Josiah A. Hunt, M.D., EMS Person of the Year  -   Elizabeth (Beth) R. Larimore  -  Odenton   Anne Arundel

Past President C. Oscar Baker Rookie of the Year  - Andrew Eppley  -  Manchester  -  Carroll

Senator William H. Amoss Memorial Legislative Award  -   Del. Marvin E. Holmes, Jr. District 23B

                                                                                                       Del. Deborah Ray    District 29B

Silver Spring Trophy  -   Elyssa Cool  -  Frederick County Fire and rescue Association

Francis L. Brannigan Instructor of the Year  -

Chief A. Marvin Gibbons Memorial Trophy  -   Leonardtown VFD  -   St. Mary’s

Fire Marshall of the Year  -  Thomas M. Harr

Family Appreciation Award  -

Miss Fire Prevention  -  Sarah Paul  -  Carroll County

1st Runner Up  -   Lauren Caudill  -  Washington

Honey Award  -   Leone Gatton   -    Hollywood  -   St. Mary’s

$10,000 – Raffle Winners  -         Dan Manlin

                                                $2,500  -  Ronald Lipps

                                                $1,500  - Wayne Willing

                                                $1,000  - Mike Donaghy

                                                  $750  -  Morse

                                                  $500  -  Norrisville VFC

                                                  $250  - David Johnson

                                                  $100  - Kathleen

                                                  $100  - Gordon Rifle

                                                  $100  -  RBVFC


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Through the 2016 to 2017 Year, the Maryland State Firemen's Association is celebrating it's
125th year of service to the Emergency Services of the State of Maryland!

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Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Dept. mourns the loss of Past President James F. Mattingly, III

Member of Member Company John Montgomery, June 26

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Past President James “Jimmy” F. Mattingly, III. Jimmy has served 40+ years with the fire service. He was a Past President of Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, Past President of Solomon’s Volunteer Fire Department, and Past President of the Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen’s Association. He was also a member of the Mechanicsville ... (Full Story)


MSFA Committee Chair Richard Snader, May 31

New This year at the Convention! Join MFRI on the Beach behind the Fire Fighter Memorial (2-12 N. Atlantic Ave.) in Ocean City and learn how to stop the bleed! Please Download the attached PDF, and Png pictures and put them up in your station, your community, and please post them to your facebook and Twitter Timelines! This training can save a life!... (Full Story & Photos)

Cumberland Valley TIM's Training with MIEMSS Credit Available

MSFA Committee Chair C. Kingsley Poole, April 26

Through a special agreement with the Federal Highway Administration, the Responder Safety Learning Network (RSLN) offers a National TIM Training Certificate for registered users who complete ten specific RSLN online self-paced programs. MIEMSS has approved CE Units (attachment) for this program.

To earn credit for each program, you must view the program in its entirety and pass the Skills Challenge ... (Full Story)

MSFA announces several recruitment and retention incentive programs

MSFA Past President David Lewis, March 14

Over the past week, the MSFA has announced several incentive opportunities that are funded from the SAFER Recruitment and Retention grant program. These incentives include:

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities - The MSFA has committed to sponsoring six personnel to FDIC in Indianapolis from April 22-25, Fire Rescue International in Atlanta from August 26-29, and IAFC/VCOS Symposium in the Sun in ... (Full Story & Photos)

Introducing the New Volunteer Company Assistance Fund (VCAF) Web Pages

MSFA Committee Member Craig Harman, September 08

Is your company planning to buy a new Engine or Ambulance, or maybe build a new station, but you’re not sure how to make the finances work? Well a VCAF loan might be your answer. A VCAF loan, which is issued at a 1% interest, is probably your company’s most affordable way to purchase, replace, or improve its equipment and/or station.

Are you interested in finding out more about the VCAF program? ... (Full Story & Photos)

Free, Targeted 8-Minute VOLUNTEER Diversity Recruitment Video Is Now Available From Fire 20/20!

MSFA Committee Chair Joseph Chornock, November 15

The Why I Chose Fire: Next Generation VOLUNTEER video informs, inspires and motivates qualified, inclusive, diverse, and safety-conscious Generation Y, ages 15-25 to join the fire/emergency medical services.

Why I Chose Fire: Next Generation features inspirational interviews with diverse first responders about why they love volunteering and what inspired them to get involved in the fire/EMS services. ... (Full Story)

ATF Warns Emergency Response Personnel about Flame Jetting Phenomenon

ATF, March 06

The ATF crew wanted to share this information and below video segments for distribution on The Secret List. They have been trying to get the word out to firefighters, fire investigators and code officials. It's a not-so-well known flame jetting phenomenon that they came upon while evaluating a suspects statement. Since they've begun to get the word out, it turns out that there have been numerous ... (Full Story)

Essential Information for Applicants and Awardees on the System for Award Management ( Registration

MSFA Past President David Lewis, February 10

Essential Information for Applicants and Awardees on the System for Award Management ( Registration

We understand that it is frustrating to deal with the new SAM (System for Award Management) registration system for grants, especially when it requires migrating previous DUNS numbers and Central Contractor Registry (CCR) information.

To help you make the transition, here are ... (Full Story)


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