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Delaware City Fire Company Hosts the 114th Annual CVVFA Convention Download Registration and Information Here
DCFC#1 Photo By Brian Slattery
   DCFC#1 Photo By Brian Slattery

It is time to make plans for the 114th Annual CVVFA Convention July 29-August 1 in Delaware City DE Hosted for the first time by the Delaware City Fire Company Station 15. Delaware City is the home of Past President Jim Watson. Delaware City Fire Company has supported a number of video shoots for modules on the ResponderSafety Learning Network. They have again stepped up to the plate and voted to host the annual convention.

All meetings will be held in the Delaware City Fire Company Hall 815 5th Street, Delaware City, DE 19706.

 Housing is in Newark DE at the Red Roof Inn about 14 miles from Delaware City.   Phone 302-368-8521. Room rate is $62.00-King and $69.00-Double plus tax. Mention CVVFA to get this rate. Amenities include.

Download Convention Registration  By Clicking on the title of this article

Delaware City Fire Company
Top Notch Education Program Announced for Convention

Delaware City Fire Company and the CVVFA announce Fire Service Education Sessions during the 114th Annual Convention in Delaware City July 29 through August 1, 2015.

The program offers something for all fire company members and is open to everyone.

Wednesday July 29 7:00 p.m. – An Evening with the Masters, swap stories with Dr. Harry Carter in an informal roundtable

Thursday July 30 1:00 p.m. – Zero Pac Cold Storage Fire, Chief Allen Baldwin Winchester VA Fire Department

Friday July 31 9:00 a.m. - Fire Service Reputation Management, Candice McDonald

Fire Sprinkler Strategy Summit with Tim Travers from the NFPA and Jim Dalton from the National Sprinkler Association

Friday July 31 1:00 p.m. Youth in the Fire Service Roundtable Dr. Denis Onieal Deputy US Fire Administrator                           


Click on the Title of this article to read or download the full convention schedule

Chief Allen Baldwin
   Chief Allen Baldwin
Candice McDonald
   Candice McDonald
Newly Revised Logo Up for Adoption at Convention

 A revised Association Logo is up for adoption at the Convention in Delaware City.

The original CVVFA Logo was derived from the Cumberland Valley Railroad Logo and incorporated the 4 states that the railroad serviced. The railroad logo resembled a Maltese cross owing to the influence of the fire service whose history especially in PA, is intertwined with that of the railroad. 

The CVVFA Logo included the initials of association in the center and state abbreviations. The colors were assigned to each state. Gold-Maryland, Red-Virginia, Blue-PA, Green WV 

The logo remained unchanged until the admission of Delaware into the association in the 1990’s when it was redesigned to its present form that placed Pennsylvania in the center signifying the founding location in Chambersburg PA. 

Since the 90’s the CVVFA has grown to encompass members from 30 states and the District of Columbia. In 2014 the association was recognized as a national organization by admission to the Congressional Fire Services Institute National Advisory Committee. 

The proposed logo recognizes today’s CVVFA and at the same time preserves the history of the four original states by maintaining their colors in the Maltese cross. 

Members will be asked to vote on the adoption of the new logo at the 2015 Convention in Delaware City DE.

Click on the title of this article to see the older logos.

New Logo to be voted on at Convention
   New Logo to be voted on at Convention
Most Current Logo
   Most Current Logo
Golf Added to Convention Agenda

Golf Added to Convention Program 

Past CVVFA President Jim Watson has arranged a golf outing for all CVVFA duffers and their friends to kick off the 114th Annual Convention on Wednesday morning July 29th at 9:00 a.m. 

The Back Creek Golf Course in Middletown DE, not far from Delaware City has plenty of turf that will make for some good divots. Email Jimmy or call him at 302-528-2273. Deadline for signing up is July 24.  

Parade Prizes Posted for 114th Annual Convention Parade In Delaware City DE
CVVFA President Robertson and Caden Garner in the 2014 Convention Parade
   CVVFA President Robertson and Caden
      Garner in the 2014 Convention Parade
The CVVFA Convention Committee in conjunction with the Delaware City Fire Company posted the Prize list for the 114th Annual Convention Parade to be held Saturday August 1 in Delaware City DE. The prizes consist of plaques and cash awards. Now is the time to register for the parade as well as the convention. Click on the title of this article to download the Registration and the Prize List.

By-Law Changes to Be Voted on at Convention

By-Law revisions reflecting changes proposed at the October 2014 Strategic Planning Meeting and refined at several subsequent Association meetings are to be voted under Old Business at the 114th Annual Convention at Delaware City.

These changes reflect the larger role the CVVFA plays in the fire service as well as our geographically diverse membership from 30 states.

The number of officers and directors as well as the method for electing them has been modified. Additionally one Booster meeting and the January Board of Directors meeting are recommended to be eliminated.

Other changes will improve the operation of the Association. The By-Laws Committee recommends the changes be adopted.

Download a summary sheet with the recommended changes by clicking on the title of this article.

2015 Convention Book Sponsorships On Sale Now
Convention Books from the 1970's
   Convention Books from the 1970's

Did your organization or business miss out on last year’s Convention Sponsorship Book? If so you lost a great opportunity to communicate with key fire service folks who attend the CVVFA Convention. The 2014 Book was the largest ever published and thanks to our loyal supporters it was the best ever.

Don’t miss your chance to be showcased in this annual publication. Publicity manager Bob Timko (PA) and his assistant Bob Romig (FL), a former CVFA Publicity Manager, have pledged to work with the Delaware City Fire Company, this year’s host to produce an outstanding book; to do that they need your help.


Download the invitation letter and the sponsorship form now and follow the instructions.  

May Booster Meeting Weekend Held in Conjunction with Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester VA April 30 to May 3 2015

Fire Chief Allen Baldwin invites members and guests of the CVVFA to attend and extended Booster Meeting Weekend in conjunction with the 88th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Historic Winchester VA.

There are special firefighter events planned for your enjoyment including a Thursday April 30th evening muster at Shawnee Fire Company. Friday evening is the massive Firefighters Parade one of the largest in the nation. Saturday features the Grand Feature Parade. (Reserved seating at a reasonable price is available at Rouss Fire Company for both parades).

The Booster Meeting will be held beginning with a luncheon at noon on Sunday at the Friendship Fire Company 627 North Pleasant Valley Road
Winchester, VA 22601 (540) 667-6961

Rooms are available at BEST WESTERN Lee-Jackson Inn & Conference Center 540-662-4154. Room rates are $66.59 plus tax for 2 persons or $62.09 for a single. For the room block indicate CVVFA. Please call the hotel direct to get this rate.

Download the Muster information and registration here.

88th Annual Shenadoah Apple Blossom Festival
Winchester Fire and Rescue Department
Shawnee Volunteer Fire Department
Rouss Fire Company
Friendship Fire Company #1 Facebook Page
Chief Allen Baldwin
   Chief Allen Baldwin
Large Crowd at Spring Presidents Council in Lancaster PA
Saturday, April 11, 2015 
A large and engaged crowd attended the Spring CVVFA Presidents Council Meeting hosted by the Firemen's Association of the State of PA and Lacaster County Firemen's Association at their headquarters and printing plant the home of the PA Fireman Magazine.

Items discussed included tactics that builders and others are using to oppose residential fire sprinklers. State reports on current legislative sessions and EMS issues were other "hot" topics. Guests included Dan Ioven who spoke on the Keystone Firefighters Conference in Oaks PA this August. There was a review of current programs underway at the CVVFA. Information was provided for the 114th Annual Convention in Delaware City DE.

CVVFA Fire Service Reputation Management Project Awarded $15,000 Grant from NVFC Foundation
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 

The National Volunteer Fire Council Foundation awarded the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association Firefighter Reputation Management Project a $15,000 grant to provide learning opportunities throughout the nation. As a result of this generous gift, the CVVFA will expand efforts to teach fire service members how to prevent behavior that undermines the high moral ground from beneath the feet of the fire service.

Improper and often illegal activities by a small minority of firefighters diminish the earned trust the public has placed in the fire service for hundreds of years.

The funds will be used for travel and instructional material. Classes will be provided at no cost by the CVVFA’s trained instructors who volunteer their time.

The CVVFA established an effort to combat poor firefighter conduct after being asked to study the issue by members of the CVVFA Presidents Council, a 30 year old round table of fire service leaders sponsored by the Association. The effort resulted in the creation of the Firefighter Behavior White Paper and the Fire Fighter Code of Ethics, all available on the CVVFA Fire Service Behavior website.

The CVVFA Firefighter Behavior Instructor Team is led by Candice McDonald. The team presents at numerous conferences for both the career and volunteer fire service. “We ask only to have our actual expenses covered when we speak” says Candice. “This wonderful opportunity that the NVFC Foundation has provided gives us the ability to deliver our message to audiences that we might not otherwise be able to reach. The NVFC, like the CVVFA is concerned with Fire Service Reputation Management. We are pleased to be working with them,” she added.


CVVFA to Join the Florida Fire Chiefs Association during Fire Rescue East in Daytona Beach FL January 22-24th 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015 

The CVVFA again will feature our ResponderSafety Booth at Fire Rescue East in Daytona Beach in January. The Association had a booth at the show last year thanks to member Bob Romig who is active in the volunteer section of the Association. The FFCA has provided the booth space at no charge and allowed us to address the volunteer chief officers. As a result of the strong relationship with the Volusia County Fire Police and the Chiefs Association it was agreed at the October Booster Meeting to join the organization.  Over the years the CVVFA has had a presence at many state shows and as finances and logistics permit our plan is to expand our show schedule.

FL State Fire Chiefs Association
CVVFA Admitted into the Congressional Fire Services Institute National Advisory Committee
CFSI National Advisory Committee December 11, 2014  Phoenix Park Hotel Washington DC Photo by Rod Ammon
   CFSI National Advisory Committee
      December 11, 2014 Phoenix Park Hotel
      Washington DC Photo by Rod Ammon
Thursday, December 11, 2014 
The Congressional Fire Services Institute National Advisory Committee unanimously approved membership for the CVVFA at its meeting held in Washington DC of December 11, 2014. The application was presented by Chief Dennis Compton who represents the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA). Dennis is the CFSI/NAC Membership Committee Chair as well as a member of the CVVFA Emergency Responder Safety Institute.  A prerequisite for membership is that an organization must be national in focus in programmatic activities. The CVVFA met this requirement for our long term commitment to Highway Incident Scene Safety, Fire Service Reputation Management and for our sponsorship of the CVVFA Presidents Council.

The CVVFA has a long term relationship with CFSI. We have purchased tickets for our President at every CFSI National Fire Service Dinner and Seminars for the last 26 years. In addition we have exhibited at the Seminars for several years and transported the CFSI trade show booth to various fire service events around the nation.

CVVFA President Walter Robertson appointed Past President Bob Cumberland and Past President Greg Yost as the Association's representatives to the CFSI/NAC. PP Cumberland is a current member of the National Fire Academy Board of Visitors representing the CVVFA. Bob has chaired the CVVFA Legislative Committee for many years. PP Yost is the Chief Financial Officer for the CVVFA Emergency Responder Safety Institute and has been our primary contact in arranging logistics for moving CFSI's trade show materials. He enjoys an excellent working relationship with CFSI Staff.

The CVVFA’s membership application clearly showed that our some 1300 members in 30 states and our programs have made a positive impact on the entire fire service and qualified us to be considered an organization with national impact. Thanks to a cost sharing agreement with IFSTA the expense of CFSI NAC membership will be shared. Like CFSI the CVVFA enjoys a productive partnership with IFSTA.

Congressional Fire Servcies Institute
CVVFA Mourns the Loss of Chief Harvey Eisner
Chief Harvey Eisner
   Chief Harvey Eisner
Friday, October 24, 2014 

Chief Harvey Eisner, Editor Emeritus of Firehouse Magazine and nationally known fire service writer, speaker and photographer died of a massive heart attack while hospitalized following surgery in New York. 

Harvey was a member of the CVVFA and  a presenter at the annual conventions. Harvey was a particular friend of the CVVFA Presidents Council. 

Through his efforts to promote the Firehouse Expo in Baltimore and Firehouse World in San Diego, he arranged CVVFA Fire Service Reputation Management and Responder Safety speakers to be part of those programs. 

As the Editor for Firehouse, Harvey was on the scene for the largest fires and disasters over the last 18 years. Harvey was a Past Chief of the Tenafly NJ Fire Department and was a police/fire photographer in the City of New York. 

Harvey attended the CVVFA Annual Convention in Chambersburg this year. He will be missed.



Sweeping Changes To Association Proposed at Meetings
Monday, October 20, 2014 
Changes to meet the needs of our current and future members while protecting the CVVFA Brand were proposed at the October 19-20 Strategic Planning and Booster meeting held in Aberdeen/Fallston MD.

Proposed changes include a revamping of the Officer and Director positions to allow members to run for offices from any state; the establishment of an Executive Committee to replace the current Board of Directors; changes in committee structures to consolidate and streamline operations and revamping the convention agenda among others.

The draft strategic plan will be made available to all members. Implementation will necessitate a number of By-Law changes but other improvements may be made by the President or the membership at a regular meeting.

Changes are needed to update the Association's business plan as the CVVFA is emerging as a national organization with partnerships with the other organizations and federal agencies. Members are asked to remain involved by

Members are asked to remain involved in the planning process by attending meetings and voicing their opinions.

Other business approved at the regular Booster Meeting included submitting a membership application to the Florida State Fire Chiefs Association, approving the CVVFA as the Fire Service Sponsor of the new Keystone Firefighters Conference. An invitation to host the spring 2015 Presidents Council Meeting on April 11 in Lancaster PA was received and accepted  from the Firemen's Association of the State of PA. A Resolution was presented to Don Strock for his steadfast support of the organization for many many years.

These are exciting times for our Association. Many of these changes present the opportunity for us to meet the needs of younger members of the public safety community and ensure that succession planning takes place by encouraging emerging leaders to become involved in our programs and governance.

Convention Parade Prizes Posted
CVVFA Members carried the banner for Chambersburg FD
   CVVFA Members carried the banner for
      Chambersburg FD
Friday, August 29, 2014 


Saturday August 2, 2014 NOON

Chambersburg PA

Best Appearing Uniformed Fire Company with Music with 25 or more members:

1st Place Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by the Cumberland Valley Hose Company of Shippensburg, PA)

Delaware City Fire Company-Mike McMichael

2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Steve and Peg Flickinger of Newport, Pa. in memory of Past President H.M. Flickinger Jr.)

Chambersburg Fire Department Banner Carriers

Best Appearing Engine 1250 GPM or Larger:

1st Place David O. Gabler & Harold E. Snyder Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by Franklin Fire Company #4 of Chambersburg, PA)

Newburg Hopewell Fire Company

2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by First Hose Company of Hagerstown, MD)

Cumberland Valley Hose Company

Best Appearing Engine under 1250 GPM:

1st Place Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by the Provident Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA)

None Entered

2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by the Mont Alto Volunteer Fire Company of Mont Alto, PA)

None Entered


Best Appearing Aerial Device:

1st Place Robert J. Gerhart Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by Junior Hose and Truck Company #2 of Chambersburg, PA)

New Franklin Fire Company

2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Mason Dixon Fire Store of Hagerstown, MD)

Citizens Fire Company No. 1 of Newport

Best Appearing Engine/Tanker:

1st Place Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by Perry House of Awards, Newport, PA)

Rescue Hose Company of Greencastle


2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Rescue Hose Company #1 of Greencastle, PA)

MMP&W Volunteer Fire Company of Mercersburg

President’s Award:

1st Place Chief Elmer J Ellison Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by the Aetna Hose, Hook, and Ladder Company of Newark, DE)

2nd Place Guy M. Flory Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Vigilant Hose Company #1 of Shippensburg, PA)

None Entered


Best Appearing Rescue or Squad:

1st Place William E. Haug Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by the Mill Creek Fire Company of Wilmington, DE)

Fayetteville Fire Company

2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Dave’s Truck Repair of Chambersburg, PA)

Waynesboro Fire Department

Best Appearing Ambulance/ Basic Life Support:

1st Place Merle Kauffman Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by the Goodwill Steam Engine and Hose Company #3 of Chambersburg, PA)

Pleasant Hall Fire Company

2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by the Mont Alto Ambulance Squad of Mont Alto, PA)

Fayetteville Fire Company

Best Appearing Ambulance/Advanced Life Support:

1st Place James McGowan Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by the Newport Ambulance League of Newport, DE)

Fayetteville Fire Company

2nd Place Louise Fahreney Memorial Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by the Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway, MD)

West Shore Medic

Best Appearing Special Unit-Air, Wagon, Traffic, Utility, Command:

1st Place Secretary Emeritus Louise Dell Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by the Active Members of the CVVFA)

Franklin County Fire Company

2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Past President Walter Robertson of Stuarts Draft, VA)

Delaware City Fire Company



Best Appearing Brush Truck:

1st Place Barbara L. Fischer & Dennis P. Deshong Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Company of McConnellsburg, PA)

Mont Alto Fire Company

2nd Place Past President Charles D. Baker Memorial Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Past President Wayne Baker)

Pleasant Hall Fire Company

Best Marked Fire Apparatus for Highway Incident Scene Safety:

1st Place Emergency Responder Safety Institute Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by Chief Crawford G. Wiestling of Prior Lake, MN)

Marion Fire Company

Best Marked Ambulance for Highway Safety Incident Scene Safety:

1st Place Deputy Chief Mark Reid Sr. Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by Chief Stephen M. Reid of Myersville, MD)

Fayetteville Fire Company

Best Appearing Antique Hand Drawn Pumper or Hose Reel:

1st Place Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by Past President Steve Austin of Newark, DE)

Rescue Hose Company of Greencastle

2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Past President George Dove of Winchester, VA)

None Entered

Best Appearing Antique Fire Engine Driven in the Parade:

1st Place Reverend Dr. David R. Hoover & Past President Martin I. Mowen Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Company of McConnellsburg, PA)

Cumberland Valley Hose Company

2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Past President Robert P. Cumberland Jr. of Westminster, MD)

Hagerstown Fire Department

Fire Dept. Owned Apparatus that Traveled the Farthest Distance:

1st Place Robert K. Wright Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by the Citizens Fire Company #1 of Newport, PA)

Delaware City Fire Company

Best Appearing Privately Owned Fire Dept. Antique Apparatus:

1st Place Past President Raymond T. Kimble Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by Emergency Vehicle Specialist of Hagerstown, MD)

Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company of Newark DE (Steve Austin)


Judges Awards

Alex Baker

Dave’s Towing

Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company of Newark DE

Winchester VA Fire Department

Franklin Fire Company


Special Judges Awards

The Spinning Illusions Marching Group

Superstar Twirlers




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