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Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association News
Hospitality Night During Spring Meeting Weekend at Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co.
Apparatus on Display From the Last 2 Centuries
   Apparatus on Display From the Last 2
      Centuries
Saturday, April 2, 2016 
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The Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. 1 invites all participants of the Spring CVVFA Presidents Council and Meeting Weekend to attend a open house at the fire station and museum located at 28 John St. Westminster MD on the evening of April 2, 2016. Westminster is rich in history. The firehouse includes a modern functional station in the center core with a hall on one end and the museum on the other. Come out and enjoy a great evening.


 
Westminster VFD

Map to Fire Station
Reputation Managament Project Report for 2015
   Fire Service Reputation Management Review 2015
Thursday, January 14, 2016 
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Click on this great video prepared by Candice McDonald Chief Instructor of the CVVFA Fire Service Reputation Management Project


 
Spring CVVFA Presidents Council and Meeting Weekend Scheduled
Carroll County Public Safety Training Center
   Carroll County Public Safety Training
      Center
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 
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Spring CVVFA Presidents Council and Meeting Weekend Scheduled 

The Carroll County MD Fire Training Center is the location for the Spring Presidents Council and Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association Meeting on Saturday April 2nd and Sunday April 3rd 2016. The Center is located at 50 Kate Wagner Rd, Westminster, MD 21157.

The Presidents Council Meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Saturday. Representatives are expected from many Mid-Atlantic fire associations as well as some national organizations. 

Plans are underway for a Saturday night social event. The Spring CVVFA meeting will take place on Sunday. Everyone is invited, memberships are available for $5 per year dues. 

 A special room rate of $71 per night plus tax has been negotiated at DAYS INN WESTMINSTER

25 SOUTH CRANBERRY RD WESTMINSTER, MD 21157. Phone: 410-857-0500, Fax: 410-857-1407,

Email: gm.daysinnwestminster@gmail.com 

The CVVFA is known for tackling tough problems in the fire and emergency services and providing innovative solutions. Come see what we are all about.

 


 
Training Center and Association

Days Inn Westminister MD
Vivian Myers Beloved CVVFA Member Passes Away
Vivian keeps one eye on the kids and the other on the CVVFA Parade years ago in Tanneytown MD
   Vivian keeps one eye on the kids and the
      other on the CVVFA Parade years ago in
      Tanneytown MD
Monday, November 30, 2015 
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Vivian Myers a beloved member of the CVVFA passed away this morning following a courageous battle with cancer. She fought the good fight until the end with dignity and a good nature that was her trademark though out her entire life.
Vivian served in many roles in the PA Fire Service including President of the Ladies Auxiliary to Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania. Her husband Charlie Myers is a Past President of the CVVFA. At this time arrangements are not completed. Expressions of  sympathy my be forwarded to:
Charles Myers, 325 E. Garfield Street
Shippensburg PA 17257


 
Full Tribute
Past CVVFA President Charlie Myers Win Prestigious Award
   
Saturday, November 21, 2015 
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Past CVVFA President Charlie Myers who served 2 terms as President of our Association as well as the President of the Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania and the Cumberland County Firemen's Association received the First Chet Henry Advocacy Award from the PA Fire and Emergency Services Institute at the annual PFESI Dinner in Camp Hill PA.

The award, named in memory of the state's first fire commissioner, recognizes a person who has improved awareness of fire, emergency service of life safety issues at the local, county, state and national level. This is a very special award due to the relationship and friendship that Charlie had with Commissioner Henry.

Charlie is the Chief Emeritus of the Vigilant Fire Company of Shippensburg PA.


 
CVVFA Accepted into FL Fire Chiefs Association
Monday, October 19, 2015 
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The CVVFA was notified that the Association was accepted as an Affiliate Member of the Florida State Fire Chiefs Association (FSFCA). The CVVFA has several members in Florida a number who are Volusia County Fire Police. Bob Romig CVVFA Publicity Manager and a Florida resident arranged for the Association to apply for membership. FSFCA is the sponsor organization of Fire Rescue East in Daytona Beach each January. The CVVFA has been invited to speak and/or display at this important conference the last several years. Membership in the FL State Fire Chiefs Association is recognition of the CVVFA’s national presence.


 
FL Fire Chiefs Association
   
   
Slow Down Move Over Theme for Public Education at Rest Area
   
Friday, October 9, 2015 
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President Hoby Howell and Past President, current Director Bob Cumberland provided information to motorists and their families who stopped by the PA Rest Area in Greencastle along I-81 just north of the MD state line. The Welcome Center has hosted the CVVFA for a number of years. Discussions with the public include the Mover Over Law, distracted driving and other topics regarding emergency responders working on the roadways while helping others. The outreach is an important part of the CVVFA efforts to improve safety of the traveling public.


 
President Howell Leads CVVFA Delegation to PA Fire Convention




President Hoby Howell led a delegation of at least 7 CVVFA members to the Annual Firemen’s Association of the State of PA (FASP) during the last week of September. President Howell welcomed the delegates and guests to visit the Responder Safety booth at the Expo and invited all to join the CVVFA.

Home Office Manager Steve Heefner attended as well as Past Presidents Charlie Myers (who is also a PP of the FASP attended as did PP Walter Robertson and PP Steve Austin. DE Director Harry “Griff” Balthis and member Mike Cook assisted setting up and working the tradeshow booth.

The convention season was complete for this year with the CVVFA being present at MD, WV, NY, DE and PA state fire conventions. We missed VA this year due to the fact it was scheduled at the exact same time as the CVVFA Convention in Delaware City. Photos courtesy of the PA Fireman


 
President Hoby Howell addresses delegates at the opening of the FASP Convention
   President Hoby Howell addresses
      delegates at the opening of the FASP
      Convention
Pictured left to right: Steve Austin, Steve Heefner, President Hoby Howell, Mike Cook, Griff Balthis
   Pictured left to right: Steve Austin,
      Steve Heefner, President Hoby Howell,
      Mike Cook, Griff Balthis
The CVVFA Wants to Communicate with Our Members
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 
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If you are not receiving the CVVFA Express Newletter by email you are missing out on many of the exciting things your Association is doing as well as opportunities to become more involved.

To enroll simply click the Newsletter block in the upper right hand corner of the page and register. There is no cost and we do not share your email address.

We have over 100 members who once received email from the CVVFA but have changed their email address without notifying us. If you have a new email address please let us know by emailing us.

Help us to help you by staying connected with your Association.


 
CVVFA visits FASNY Convention
Thursday, August 20, 2015 
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The CVVFA ResponderSafety Team is on the road. The gang is all set up at the Desmond Hotel just outside Albany New York. The CVVFA has been represented at FASNY for a number of years. We are fortunate that many members of the Firemen's Association of the State of New York are also CVVFA members.

FASNY President Bobby McConville and VP Kenny Pienkowski attended the CVVFA Convention this year in Delaware City along with Dave Jacobowitz  CVVFA Director who is a FASNY Past President.

The CVVFA Delegation is led by President Hoby Howell. The booth team is educating members of the New York Fire Service about the various CVVFA Programs as well as signing up new CVVFA members.


 
FASNY Web Page
Left to right: Dave Lewis, Dave Jacobowitz, Hoby Howell, Diane Howell, Steve Heefner
   Left to right: Dave Lewis, Dave
      Jacobowitz, Hoby Howell, Diane Howell,
      Steve Heefner
   
Hoby Howell Elected CVVFA President
Hoby and his family posed for this photo just after he was sworn into office
   Hoby and his family posed for this photo
      just after he was sworn into office
Friday, August 14, 2015 
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Hoby Howell a long time member at Joppa- Magnolia Fire Volunteer Company and who is a career firefighter with Baltimore County was elected at the President of the CVVFA for the coming year.

Hoby previously served on the MD State FIremen's Association Safety Committee. He is highly committed to the health and safety of all members of the fire service.


 
114th Annual Convention Parade Winners




CVVFA 114TH CONVENTION PARADE PRIZE LIST

Saturday August 1, 2015 Delaware City DE

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)
Citizens Hose Company of Smyrna DE
2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Steve and Peg Flickinger of Newport, Pa. in memory of Past President H.M. Flickinger Jr.) Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company of Newark DE


Best Appearing Engine 1250 GPM or Larger:
1st Plodace David O. Gabler & Harold E. Snyder Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by Franklin Fire Company #4 of
Chambersburg, PA) Delaware City Refinery
2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by First Hose Company of Hagerstown, MD) Hacks Point MD Fire Company  


Best Appearing Engine under 1250 GPM:
1st Place Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by the Provident Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA)
 Church Hill MD Fire Department
2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by the Mont Alto Volunteer Fire Company of Mont Alto, PA)
Greenwood DE Fire Company


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) Volunteer Hose of Middletown DE

2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Mason Dixon Fire Store of Hagerstown, MD)
Church Hill MD Fire Company
3d Place Plaque and $40.00    Five Points Fire Company of Richardson Park DE

Best Appearing Engine/Tanker:
1st Place Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by Perry House of Awards, Newport, PA) DE City Refinery

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) Delaware National Guard Band

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


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)
Port Penn DE Fire Company
2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Dave’s Truck Repair of Chambersburg, PA)
Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company of Newark DE

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) McConnellsburg PA Fire Company
2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by the Mont Alto Ambulance Squad of Mont Alto, PA)
Christiana DE Fire Company

Additional Judges Awards:
1st Place James McGowan Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by the Newport Ambulance League of Newport, DE)
Bowers Beach DE Fire Company
2nd Place Louise Fahreney Memorial Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by the Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway, MD)
Delaware River and Bay Authority Motorcycle

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)
 Delaware City Refinery
2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Past President Walter Robertson of Stuarts Draft, VA)
Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder 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) Millcreek Fire Company of Marshallton DE
2nd Place Past President Charles D. Baker Memorial Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Past President Wayne Baker)
McConnellsburg PA 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) Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company of Newark DE

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) McConnellsburg PA 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)
Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company of Newark DE

Special Judges Award
Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Past President Robert P. Cumberland Jr. of Westminster, MD)
New Castle County DE Police Department ATV

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)  Wilmington Manor DE Fire Company

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

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)
McConnellsburg PA 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) Steve Austin of Newark DE
  

 

 



 
Steve Heefner is Member of the Year
   
Thursday, August 13, 2015 
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CVVFA Home Office Manager Steve Heefner of the Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway MD received the  President E. Wade Thomas Memorial Member of the Year award at the 114th Annual Convention in Delaware City. Steve has been the Home Office Manager for many years and this year he announced he is stepping down. The award was presented by President Walter Robertson and Past President George Dove who is Chairman of the Member of the Year Committee. The award is given to a member who provides significant service to the CVVFA.


 
By-Law Changes Adopted at Convention
By-law changes that usher in sweeping changes to meet the demands of a modern fire service organization were adopted without opposition at the 114th Annual Convention. The changes that reduce the number of officers and directors along with the time necessary to reach the office of President were the cornerstone of the revisions.  In addition meetings were reduced from 5 to 3 each year. The newly revised By-Laws will soon be posted on the website for review. Portions of the changes have already taken effect. The first election under the new rules will take place at the Convention in 2016. An overview of the changes are attached to this article.


 
New Logo Adopted At Convention
New Logo adopted at 2015 Convention
   New Logo adopted at 2015 Convention




A new Association Logo was adopted 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 new 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. 

In order to control costs the new logo will be phased in over time.

 


 
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