Faust elected to Md. State Fire­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion

Record Observer - - News - By DAN TABLER Con­tribut­ing Writer

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.

PHO­TOS BY DAN TABLER

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.

MIKE FAUST

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