KQA association discusses low turnout
CHURCH HILL — A low turnout of members was discussed at the Sept. 9 meeting of the Kent and Queen Anne’s Fire, EMS and Rescue Association held at the Church Hill firehouse.
President Doug Guare and other officers urged members to talk up the two-county group’s monthly dinnermeetings in an attempt to get a better attendance at the meetings. The next session will be held on Friday, Oct. 14, at the Chestertown firehouse with dinner at 7 p.m.
Mike Faust, a member of the Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Company and who is also on the executive committee of the Maryland State Firemen’s Association, handed out brochures that describe the upcoming 175th anniversary of the state association’s founding next year.
He noted to the membership that 70 percent of the firefighters in America are volunteers.
He explained that 365 volunteer fire departments make up the membership of the MSFA to provide emergency services on a daily basis across the state. There are an estimated 25,000 volunteer members of those companies.
Four regional events are being held to celebrate the 175h anniversary. One has already been held in Arbutus in August, the next will be Oct. 15-16 in St. Mary’s City; in Frederick, Feb. 2526, 2017; and at the Water Witch station in Port Deposit on April 22-23, 2017. The folder explained a final event for the celebration will be held at the association’s annual convention in June in Ocean City.
Members wishing more information may contact past president Tom Mattingly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The treasurer of the state association is Ron Siarnicki, who is also a member of United Communities Fire Company on Kent Island. He is the executive director of the Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Emmitsburg.
Mike Faust, left, Maryland State Firemen’s Association executive committee member, also a member of Sudlersville fire company, is greeted by Phil Hurlock, a past president of the state group and a member of Church Hill Fire Company, who hosted the Kent and Queen Anne’s Fire, EMS and Rescue Association on Sept. 9.