I think 2020 is going to be a great year for ODHFS and our antique fire truck hobby. I bet some trucks got some TLC with the recent warmer February weather. As I try and do each month, here are some quick highlights and key dates to keep in mind for our Northern Region ODHFS team:
Some updates for our Northern Region:
I love announcing new members to the Northern Region and ODHFS!
A special welcome to…
March 7, 2020 - 10:00am – 1:00pm - Manassas Fire Department
Northern Region 2020 kick off, business meeting, tour of museum. You should have received a save the date email with additional information. Additional reminder will be coming out soon.
March 29, 2020 - Mt. Airy, Maryland Fire Memorabilia & Equipment Sale – Carroll County, Maryland
The unofficial event that kind of kicks off the fire shows each year. Flea market items. Great time just hanging out with folks, and not too far from Virginia.
April 3-4, 2020 - ODHFS State wide meeting at the Keystone Tractor and Truck Museum in Colonial Heights, VA. I encourage to attend, as I believe you will really like the museum. Nice group of antique fire trucks on display as well.
May 1, 2020 - Apple Blossom in Winchester, VA.
IMPORTANT – this is just a quick and short list of some of the ODHFS activities. Make sure you check out the ODHFS calendar at: https://odhfs.org/calendar.html
Jack Sullivan does an awesome job on the ODHFS web page. When you visit the calendar, check out the many other items found on the site.
Are you a member? If not, please consider it. ODHFS is the Virginia Chapter of SPAAMFAA. Membership includes good information via newsletters, magazine, etc. ODHFS and SPAAMFAA go good together.
Congratulations to our ODHFS President Tom Herman who had his 1977 Mack CF from Chesterfield, VA featured on a recent back cover of SPAAMFAA’s Enjine! Enjine! magazine.
SPAAMFAA web page: https://spaamfaa.org/
Not so long ago you should have received notification to pay your 2020 Dues. Please don’t forget!
I will wrap up this update with this…..
Please plan to attend our Northern Region meeting at the Manassas Volunteer Fire Company on March 7th. At one time, Manassas ran an awesome 1977 Hahn/LTI 85’ as their Tower 1. And Tower 1 is now owned by our own club member Mark Olsen. The photo attached of Tower 1 was taken at Apple Blossom last year and was just one of numerous fire trucks old and new. If you have not ever attended Apple Blossom, you are missing a great event. Don’t miss it.
The “flagship” fire truck for many years of Apple Blossom has been Rocky Keplinger’s beautiful and unusual 1967 Ford C/Young open cab pumper. The Young fire truck company made very few open cab Ford C fire trucks, and most of them served at stations in our general area. Check out the Sara Zane Ford photo. If that truck does not get you in the mood for Apple Blossom, we have problems.
Don’t forget about our “Owners Pride” web page that showcases our ODHFS members rigs. I am the caretaker of that web page, and if your truck is not on there, that can cause me some stress. Help me remove stress…..send me photos of your rig via email and let me add it to the numerous trucks included on the site. www.odhfs.smugmug.com.
Look forward to seeing many of you at Manassas on March 7th