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Chester, VA  23831


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The Old Dominion Historical Fire Society is the Virginia Chapter of the Society for the Preservation & Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America



Website Updates & Postings - 07/05/2014

2014 ODHFS Officers

President - Clyde Clark - (703) 255-2016    

Vice President - Bill Jones - (804) 956-0878

Secretary & Membership Chair - Richard Moss - (804) 748-2940     

Treasurer - Mike Dubus - (804) 748-4048      

Eastern Region Director - Tom Sharpley - (757) 759-0959      

Central Region Director - Carl Maurice - (540) 785-0555

Northern Region Director - Paul Lamp - (540) 533-5293       

Southwest Region Director - Jeffrey Saunders - (540) 440-0095  

Western Region Director - Karl Ehlshlager - (540) 774-8752

Safety Director - Bob Banach - (757) 546-3916


ODHFS now on Twitter too!


The SPRING 2014 ODHFS Newsletter, The Torchbearer
is now online for Members Only (04-01-14).


7-05-2014: New photos posted in our Flickr Archive!
Photos from The 4th of July and the
2014 Apple Blossom Firefighter's
Parade & Muster have been posted.

If you have a large number of photos that you plan to send to
the WebChief, please e-mail or call me first so we can
prevent overloading the e-mailbox. 

7-05-2014: New events posted on our Calendar Page


If you are a current member of the ODHFS in good standing
(i.e. your dues are current!) please send an e-mail to
Jack Sullivan
to request your User ID and Password for this website.

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News Headlines
Privately owned fire trucks operated by FDs: 1977 American LaFrance
Sat. Jul 5th 2014
Privately owned fire trucks operated by fire departments:It is not often when a privately owned fire truck is offered and used by a local fire department.  I have seen this situation occur several times in Virginia and recently I had the opportunity to photograph an ODHFS truck where this is th...

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56Th Annual National SPAAMFAA Summer Muster Photos
Fri. Jul 4th 2014
The 56th Annual S.P.A.A.M.F.A.A. National Summer Muster was hosted by the Central Ohio Antique Fire Apparatus Association on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Ohio Fire Academy inReynoldsburg, Ohio. Photos from that event have been posted at this link: 56th Annual S.P.A.A.M.F.A.A. National Summer Muste...

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2014 Apple Blossom Firefighter's Muster Photos & Awards Posted
Sun. May 25th 2014
Lots of photos from 2014 Apple Blossom Firefighter's Muster posted in ODHFS photo archive:2014 Antique Fire Equipment AwardsPrivately Owned:Best in Class – 1800′s – 1919Ralph Dull 1918 Model TBest in Class – 1920-1939Buddy Sutton 1937 SeagraveBest in Class – 1940-19...

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VA Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service - June 7, 2014
Sun. May 11th 2014
To all ODHFS Members:On June 7th, firefighters, dignitaries, family members will gather to pay honors to those Line Of Duty Deaths that occurred in 2013. We will be honoring 4 gentlemen this year from paid and volunteer departments from across the Commonwealth.  Each year of this service has gr...

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1940 GMC/Pirsch - Ex-Richmond FD on eBay!
Tue. May 6th 2014
WOW! This is a 1940 GMC fire truck/hose truck that was built by Peter Pirsch & Sons Fire Equipment and purchased by the City of Richmond, Virginia, the state capitol, in 1939. The truck was in service with the city from 1940 until 1976. It is being offered on eBay right now. Sure would be great ...

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Upcoming Events

Thu. Jul 24th 2014

10:00am - 4:00pm
Sun. Aug 17th 2014

11:00am - 3:00pm
Sun. Sep 7th 2014
(PA) Annual Muster- Schuylkill Historical Fire Society

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