ODHFS Central Region May 2021 Newsletter
Sunday, May 16th, 2021

ODHFS Central Region Members;

Spring is finally here and the world is inching back to normal. The number of parades and events our organization normally participates in are starting to increase. I hope to see you out and about soon.

First I want to pass my compliments to our Northern Region for the great job they did hosting the Back to the Bloom muster in Winchester on May 1. There were 59 apparatus there for judging, an apparatus rodeo, and a flea market. President Tommy Herman and his wife were there selling ODHFS merchandise. Here is a news article on the event:

There has been a change again concerning the Virginia Fire and EMS Memorial Service that will be held at the Richmond Raceway Complex on June 5, 2021 at noon. The venue has been changed from the Amphitheater back to the Exhibition Hall where the service has been held for many years. The service will NOT be open to the public but will be live streamed (more information on the live stream on the VDFP website later). Attendance will be restricted to families of the 12 Honorees, a limited number of members of their departments, apparatus from those departments, invited honor guard members, and a limited number of antique apparatus. All attending will be sent a health check form to complete and return prior to the service and will be given a temperature check prior to entering the facility. Inside the exhibit hall will be limited to four apparatus: two ladder trucks to display the US Flag and two antiques (ODHF's 1921 Rio and Tom Yenovkian's Pierce Dash) . The space in the exhibit hall where apparatus were parked in previous years is being used for socially distanced tables this year. All other in-service and antique apparatus will be parked in two columns outside of the exhibit hall for the families to drive between as they arrive. A few more ODHFS Antiques are welcome to display outside the exhibition hall but you will need to be in place by 0930, plan on being there until the service is over at 1400 +/-; and notify me ASAP so you can be placed on the health screening email list. There is no longer a need for hose carts to be displayed.

If anyone needs any hose to outfit your apparatus, contact ODHFS Member William Boisseau - ASAP at The Fork Union Fire Department (Fluvanna County) has about 15 sections of hose (1 1/2", 2 1/2", 4") that failed test that if not taken soon will be discarded.

The following are events that I know about in or near the region:

  • May 29, 2021 AACA Car Show Fredericksburg For more information:
  • June 19, 2021 9 AM - 3 PM NC Transportation Museum Fire Truck Show, Spencer NC. Advance Tickets Recommended. For more information:
  • July 3/4 Brandermill 4th of July Celebration Parade. More information later.
  • September 17,18, & 19, 2021. Field Day of the Past Amelia County This event that was held in Goochland County for decades is relocating to Amelia County on Route 360 @ Route 153. More information will be sent out later.
  • September 25, 2021 Richmond Railroad Museum Train Day Celebration. They would like to have antique fire apparatus on display during their celebration. If you can participate, contact Tim Torrez at
  • October 9, 2021 10:00 AM ODHFS Annual Muster at Wilck's Lake Park in Farmville VA. Registration opens in July. As of today, the park is still closed due to Covid restrictions but with other events opening up throughout the Commonwealth, it is hoped we will be allowed to have our Muster there as planned so add this to your calendar. Please note that due to the two universities in the town, hotels in the area fill up quickly on weekends. Therefore if you will need lodging, it is recommended you make the arrangements ASAP. Here is a link that shows the available facilities in the area: For more information on the Muster contact Floyd Greene at:

If you learn of any parades or events our Members would be interested in, be sure to let me and web chief Jack Sullivan know about them.

As detailed in the Spring 2021 Torchbearer Newsletter, we have implemented the SPOND app to improve the communications among our members. If you have any questions contact Jack Sulivan

For those of you in the region that have not renewed your dues for this year, please do so now. I have attempted to call each of you or left you a voicemail. Please call me if you have any questions or concerns. 804-347-9016. If you lost your renewal letter, please send your $15 to ODHFS; P.O. Box 4196; Chester VA 23831 or use the Pay Pal site that is on the ODHFS website.

Floyd -

ODHFS Central Region May 2021 Newsletter
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Sunday, November 7th, 2021
ODHFS Central Region Members: Despite the threatening weather that kept about 1/2 of the registered vehicles away, we still had a good turnout at the Muster in Farmville on October 9, 2021. While it rained (on me) on the way there and on the way home, other than a very short sprinkle early in the d...
Saturday, November 6th, 2021
VDOT TO HOST “HIGHWAY HEROES” EVENT NOV. 6Public invited for responder vehicle touch-a-truckSOUTH CHESTERFIELD – Traffic incident management is a coordinated team effort of local, state, federal, and private partners, working around the clock to meet the goal of quick incident clea...
Friday, October 1st, 2021
President Tom Herman regrets to announce that ODHFS Central region member Jim Hanifer has passed away. Jim had been a member of ODHFS since 2012 and could be seen each July 4th Brandermill parade riding with one of us through the parade.
Saturday, September 18th, 2021
(VA) 51st annual RRAACA Car Show and Swap Meet Another reminder! Sat. Sep 18th 2021 ALL DAY Richmond, VA - 51st annual RRAACA Car Show and Swap Meet - Richmond Region - St. Joseph's Villa, 8000 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227 Hope to see many of you at this upcoming show! The ODHFS...
Monday, August 30th, 2021
The ODHFS regrets to announce that Northern Region Member James Allison passed away on Wednesday, August 25th. Visitation will be Friday, September 3rd from 3-5pm and 7-9pm at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton, VA.
ODHFS Annual Antique Fire MusterSat. Oct 9th 2021 9:00am - 3:00pmMuster Flyer can be downloaded here! The 2021 ODHFS Annual Muster is scheduled for Oct. 9th, 2021 at Wilck's Lake Park, 1623 West Third Street, Farmville, VA FREE Admission - Public Welcome! Open to all antique and in-serv...
Thursday, July 15th, 2021
ODHFS Eastern Region Newsletter – July 15, 2021Hello folks, Sorry that I have not been posting anything on events in our area. I have been in contact with different groups on their status of events.
Wednesday, July 14th, 2021
Happy Summer! The grandkids and daughter arrive from Hawaii in a week. Our son arrives from Tucson in about 10 days. Life will be good...or at least hectic. First I want to welcome another "long distance" member to our region.
Saturday, July 10th, 2021
The 2021 Summer edition of the IFBA Turnout Magazine has just been released and can be viewed here:
Tuesday, June 8th, 2021
Robert J. Rohrback - December 13, 1945 - June 5, 2021Robert J. "Bob" Rohrback, 75, of Roanoke, Va., passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2021. He was born on Thursday, December 13, 1945, to the late Robert L.
ODHFS Central Region Members:The following are events that I know about in or near the region:June 19, 2021 2 PM - 4 PM Fathers Day Car Show Dunlop House Assisted Living, 235 Dunlop Farms BLVD, Colonial Heights.
ODHFS Central Region Members;Spring is finally here and the world is inching back to normal. The number of parades and events our organization normally participates in are starting to increase. I hope to see you out and about soon.First I want to pass my compliments to our Northern Region for the ...
ODHFS Central Region Members;As difficult as it was, I did come home from Hawaii. I'm waiting for my "Longest Distance Traveled Trophy" for attending the Board of Director's Meeting via zoom at 4 AM while I was there.First, welcome to the newest members in the region: Steve Korb...
Recent Member News:We have two more new members to welcome this month. Thomas Owens and Thomas Woodford. Hopefully they can make it out to Apple Blossom this year and get to meet manyof us.Another friendly reminder that a couple of folks may have overlooked, paying their dues for 2021.
Wednesday, April 7th, 2021
The ODHFS regrets to announce that ODHFS Life Member Patrick Aloysius Bahen, 72, of Mechanicsville, Va., died Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at Bon Secours Hospice in Richmond, Va. Pat was an early Founding Member of the ODHFS having been involved with the club since day one.
Recent Member News:We have two new members to welcome this month. Kaegan Horvat and Brian Martin.Hopefully they can make it out to Apple Blossom this year and get to meet many of us.A friendly reminder that some folks may have overlooked paying their dues for 2021.Remember our membership year runs f...
ODHFS Central Region Members;Frist, I'm sorry for the delay in my February newsletter but I kept waiting for some new news to pass on to you but until this weekend when I learned about Farmville finally being allowed to have their 150th Anniversary Parade, I had nothing new to report.
Sunday, February 14th, 2021
Unfortunately, The ODHFS has lost another member. It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Johnnie Ray Blanton of Loris, South Carolina, born in Georgetown, South Carolina, who passed away on February 4, 2021, at the age of 65, leaving to mourn family and friends.
Good evening all! I hope 2021 is starting out to be a better year for most of you as compared to 2020. As I sit here writing to you all, I am saddened to the fact that more and more events keep getting cancelled for this year.
ODHFS Northern Region NewsletterFebruary 2021Recent Member News:No activity has been reported for the month of January.Apple Blossom News:We have an event! Saturday May 1st, from 10 AM until 3 PM at the Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester, VA.
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