KQA as­so­ci­a­tion dis­cusses low turnout

Record Observer - - News - By DAN TABLER

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 msfa125@msfa.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.

PHOTO BY DAN TABLER

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.

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