Faust elected to Md. State Firemen’s Association
SUDLERSVILLE — A longtime member of the Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Company has been named second vice president of the Maryland State Firemen’s Association.
Michael Faust, who has held many posts in his 30 years in the up-county company, is a fourth generation firefighter and will raise to the post of state president in 2019 in the normal order of business with the state organization.
When he becomes president, he will be the first volunteer firefighter from Queen Anne’s County to attain this position since 1993 when Philip Hurlock of Church Hill Fire Company was the state president.
Faust has held both fire suppression and administrative offices in his company, and at the state level he has been assistant financial secretary, and was serving on the Executive Committee in his fourth term representing Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties.
He was introduced at the annual convention of the state firemen’s group in Ocean City last week along with other elected officials that included Ronald J. Siarnicki, treasurer, who is also president of the United Communities Volunteer Fire Department Company on Kent Island. Siarnicki, who also had the job of general chairman of the 125th Anniversary Convention of the state association, was re-elected to his position.
Faust said, “Give the opportunity, I am confident I can lead this organization and help it grow.”
Also on display with new fire apparatus in the parking lot of the resort city convention hall during the week was Goodwill Fire Company’s newest truck, a 2017 Pierce engine, which has been put in service as Engine 45, at a cost of $500,450.
The new truck will pump 1,000 GPM, carries 1,000 gallons of water, along with 30 gallons of foam, a Hurst tool, generator, 1,200 feet of 6-inch hose and 400 feet of 1 1/2-inch hose.
Volunteers from all over the state met in the convention hall in Ocean City for three days of meetings and to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the association’s founding in 1893 in Frederick, Md.
Special events reflected on the history and dedication of the Maryland volunteer emergency services. At the somber Memorial Service on Sunday evening, five members who died within the past year in the line of duty were recognized in a special ceremony. They were: Geoffrey Lewis, Montgomery County Fire Rescue; John E. Ulmschneider, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department; Christopher E. Hill, Prince George’s Fire/EMS Department; Jacob A. Howser, Pocomoke City Fire Department; and Charles Gentlecore, Montgomery County Department of Fire Rescue Services.
Hundreds lined the streets on Wednesday, June 21, as a mammoth firemen’s parade marched through the resort city.
Butch Kaufman looks over the pump system on the new Goodwill Engine 45, which has been put into service and was on display with new fire apparatus at the Maryland State Firemen’s Convention in Ocean City last week. Kaufman is an engineer with the company.
Ron Siarnicki is getting into his Model A 1931 Ford he has refurbished into his own fire apparatus on display at the state firemen’s convention in Ocean City last week. Siarnicki, who is president of United Communities Volunteer Fire Department on Kent island, was also general chairman of this year’s big convention. Note the red lights on the car and Fire Department printed on the hood.