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"From Xbox to Box Alarm" will be presented in Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, January 17

The MSFA Recruitment & Retention Committee as part of the MSFA/MFCA SAFER Grant is please to be able to present "From XBox to the Box Alarm" by Deputy Fire Coordinator Tiger Schmittendorf, Erie County (NY) Department of Emergency Services, on Sunday January 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM, at the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department, 4030 Old Town Road; Huntingtown MD, 20639.

This interactive discussion will ... (Full Story & Photos)

SMVFA Honor Guard are Looking for NEW Members to Serve

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, January 10

Please see the attachment and pass it on to your friends in St. Mary's and Calvert Counties...... (Full Story)


Warming Centers Available During the 2016-2017 Winter Season

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, December 13

The public buildings listed below are available as warming centers during regular business hours for frigid temperatures during the 2016- 2017 winter season:

Capital Clubhouse, 3033 Waldorf Market Place, Waldorf
Open 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Daily

Charles County Public Library, all branches
La Plata Branch, 2 Garrett Avenue., La Plata
P.D. Brown Memorial Branch, 50 Village Street., Waldorf
Potomac Branch, ... (Full Story & Photos)

MD Independent News Story December 2, 2016

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, December 02

Very Proud of Corporal LaFontant and we thank Chief Stevens for his commitment and support of our 21 years of program service!!... (Full Story & Photos)

Save the Date - Beyond Hoses and Helmets & From the Xbox to the Box Alarm - March 31 - April 2, 2017

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, October 24

The MSFA Recruitment and Retention & Training Committees, in partnership with the Fire Chief's Associations Training Committee is pleased to present:

Beyond Hoses and Helmets
Strategy and Tactics of Leading a Volunteer or Combination Fire/Rescue Organization

The class is designed to assist administrative and operational leadership of volunteer fire departments in becoming more proficient in operating ... (Full Story & Photos)

SAFETY MESSAGE

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, September 30

FIRE AND EMS ASSOCIATION LEADERSHIP URGE EVERYONE TO KEEP THEIR HEADS ON A SWIVEL WHEN OPERATING ON THE EMERGENCY SCENE. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS VIDEO!!!... (Full Story & Photos)

8-Year-Old Maryland Girl Saves Mother's Life by Calling 911

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, September 28

An 8-year-old girl is being hailed as a hero for calling 911 after she recognized that her mother was having a stroke.
A'nasia Clayton was home with her mother in Charles County, Maryland, when she saw that one half of her mom's face had gone slack. She quickly called 911 and described the situation to the dispatcher.

"I'm in the house with my mom and I think she's having a stroke now," A'nasia tells ... (Full Story)


Awesome Work by CCSO and Waldorf VFD/EMS

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, September 20

This is the type of teamwork that happens to frequently yet rarely gets the media's attention. CCSO and MSP did remarkable, heroic work in removing the infants and driver from the burning vehicle. The firefighters cutting trees to access the car, extinguishing the fire, and simultaneously using the "jaws of life" to extricate the trapped occupant from the vehicle, undoubtedly saved that person's life. ... (Full Story)


 
MSFA SAFER Grant Tuition Reimbursement Incentive Program

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, August 26

Maryland State Firemen's Association Policies and Procedures Tuition Reimbursement Incentive Program
Effective Date: June 18,2016

POLICY
It shall be the policy of the Maryland State Firemen's Association to maximize the retention of qualified active volunteer fire and rescue personnel through the use of a SAFER funded College Tuition Reimbursement Program for any member or a member's immediate ... (Full Story)


HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MSFA!

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, August 17

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! During each of the Executive Committee Meeting weekends there will be special activities that we would like to invite you to take part in. For a full list of these Activities and the schedule around them, please see our MSFA Website @ ... (Full Story)


Hughesville VFD Receives $20,275 Federal Grant for New Hose

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, July 29

WASHINGTON (July 28, 2016)—A $20,275 federal grant has been awarded to the Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad through the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The funds will be used to replace aging hoses.

"The Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad Inc. is very thankful to receive the Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency ... (Full Story & Photos)

Fire Association Awarded MSFA Fire Prevention Mini Grant

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, June 14

We are pleased to announce the Charles County Volunteer Firemen's Association was awarded a "mini grant" from the MSFA Fire Prevention Committee. This years awardees will receive (48) 10 year smoke alarms to be awarded at the state convention next Tuesday. President Gilroy and I will be on hand to accept the award on behalf of the association during that time. Other departments in our county have ... (Full Story)


NFFF: The Silent Killer: Firefighter Cancer

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, June 09

Firefighters and authorities who've dealt with cancer first-hand or who've watched others battle it share their stories in "The Silent Killer: Firefighter Cancer". Hear what they have to say about why cancer-prevention is so important. ... (Full Story & Photos)

 

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