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Fall Meeting to Be Held in Winchester VA
Sunday, October 16, 2016 
The Fall CVVFA Meeting will be held at the Historical Charley Rouss Fire Company, at the corner of Braddock and Boscowen Streets in Winchester VA on Sunday October 16, 2016. Committee meetings begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by a luncheon at noon with meeting to follow. 

Battalion Chief JD Orndorff of the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department, will give a talk on Cancer in the Fire Service from a safety officer’s perspective.  He will review how cancer has impacted the fire service and offer suggestions how leadership can help minimize the risk.  This session will cover where the fire service has been, where it needs to go, and some ideas on how to get there. 

Information on nearby hotels will follow. Check back at this site.



Rouss Fire Company
Convention Parade Prizes Announced
Saturday, August 6, 2016 

115th CVVFA Parade Prize List

August 6 2016


Judges Awards and $40

               Harford County Honor Guard

               Singerly Fire Co.

               Cecil County Emergency Services 

Best Appearing Engine 1250 GPM or Larger

               1st Place and $50 Whiteford Fire Company

               2nd Place and $40 Williamsport Fire Company 

Best Appearing Engine under 1250 GPM

               1st Place and $50 Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Co.

               2nd Place and $40 Chesapeake City Fire Co. 

Best Appearing Aerial Device

               1st Place and $50 Aberdeen Fire Co.

               2nd Place and $40 Millcreek Fire Co. 

Best Appearing Engine/Tanker

               1st Place and $50 Norrisville Fire Co.

               2nd Place and $40 Chesapeake City Fire Co. 

President’s Award

               1st Place and $50 Justice Boucher

               2nd Place and $40 Cecilton Fire Co. 

Best Appearing Rescue or Squad

               1st Place and $50 Level Fire Co.

               2nd Place and $40 Singerly Fire Co. 

Bests Appearing Ambulance/BLS

               1st Place and $50 Level Fire Co.

               2nd Place and $40 McConnellsburg Fire Co. 

Best Appearing Ambulance/ALA

               1st Place and $50 Water Witch Fire Co.

               2nd Place and $40 Chesapeake City Fire Co. 

Best Appearing Special Unit-Air, Wagon, Traffic, Utility, Command

               1st Place and $50 Newtown Square

               2nd Place and $$0 Belair Fire Co. 

Best Appearing Brush Truck

               1st Place and $50 Ogden Fire Co.

               2nd Place and $40 Hacks Point Fire Co. 

Best Marked Apparatus for Highway Incident Scene Safety  

               1st Place and $50 Newtown Square Fire Co. 

Best Marked Ambulance for Highway Safety

               1st Place and $50 Water Witch Fire Co. 

Best Appearing Antique Hand Drawn Pumper or Hose Reel

               1st Place and $50 Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Co. 

Best Appearing Antique Fire Engine Driven in the Parade

               1st Place and $50 Chesapeake City Fire Co.

               2nd Place and $40 Russel Piper 

Fire Department Apparatus Traveling the Farthest Distance

               1st Place and $50 McConnellsburg Fire Co. 

Best Appearing Privately Owned Antique Fire Apparatus

               1st Place and $50 Tony Blazek 

Best Appearing Harford/Cecil Fire Department

               1st Place Chesapeake City Fire Company

               2nd Place Level Fire Company 

Best Appearing Cadet Marching Unity

               1st Place Joppa Fire Co.

               2nd Place Chesapeake City Fire Co. 

Best Appearing Cadet Honor Guard

               1st Place Joppa Fire Co.                            





Rest In Peace

Massive Fire Destroys Great Cacapon Fire Station and Apparatus
photo by Jimmy Kimble
   photo by Jimmy Kimble
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 

A massive fire of yet undetermined origin completely destroyed the Great Cacapon Volunteer Fire Company in Morgan County WV on July 5. Great Cacapon is a member company of the CVVFA. Over the years the company has hosted social events for CVVFA conventions when they were held in the area.  The fire was reported late-morning. Two pieces of apparatus were saved by driving them through the inoperable bay door of the station. Other apparatus was lost. Fire companies from WV, MD and VA assisted in bringing the fire under control.

Hancock MD Past Chief Greg Yost, CVVFA Past President is the point person for the Association should CVVFA members wish to provide assistance to Great Cacapon VFC. Greg may be contacted at (240) 329-6202 or by email

 A special account for cash donations has been opened at
Citizens National Bank of Berkeley Springs 
212 S Washington St, Berkeley Springs WV 25411

Herld Mail News Story

Great Cacapon VFC Fundraising Page
3 Past Presidents Deliver Highway Safety Message
L to R CVVFA PP Bob Cumberland, Greg Yost, Charlie Myers
   L to R CVVFA PP Bob Cumberland, Greg
      Yost, Charlie Myers
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 
Past CVVFA Presidents Bob Cumberland, Charlie Meyrs and Greg Yost delivered the Slow Down Move Over message to motorists who stopped at the Keystone Welcome Center on I-81 near Greencastle PA. The CVVFA has used this unique opportunity to interact with the public by informing them of the danger that emergency responders face while working on the roadway especially when motorists are speeding our distracted. Our booth will be back at the Welcome Center on July 22 and again during Fire Prevention Week on October 7. All members are encouraged to participate. Our team will provide the training. Please contact any of these Past Presidents if you are available to volunteer some time.

Put Your Organization Front and Center in the CVVFA Convention Book
Convention Books from the 1970's popular then. Popular now.
   Convention Books from the 1970's popular
      then. Popular now.
Monday, April 4, 2016 
Your business or organization can be part of the 115th Annual CVVFA Convention Program. Don't miss this opportunity to deliver your message to the members and guests as they attend this gathering of fire service leaders. Click on the title of this article to download the informational flyer and order form. Questions may be directed to Bob Romig CVVFA Publicity Manager whose cell phone appears on the downloads.

New CVVFA Responder Safety T-Shirts Now Available

New t-shirts are now available for sale with the recently adopted CVVFA Logo.  All proceeds will benefit Emergency Responder Safety Institute programs.

The logo on the back includes the chevrons and our slogan “On The Highway We’ve Got Your Back”.  Also on the back of the shirt is Emergency Responder Safety Institute.      

Sizes range from Youth Medium which you see makes an excellent night shirt for a two-year-old or a proud 5-year-old can wear the same shirt as their dad, mom or grandparents.  Youth sizes are $10 each.

Adult sizes range from Adult Small to XL, $15 for members and $20 for non-members (which includes a year’s membership to CVVFA). For those of us who has over-developed we have 2X for $22 or $17, 3X for $23 or $18 and 4X for $25 or $19. (Models are grandsons of Greg Yost – Landyn, 2 yr. old on left and Parker, 5 yr. old on right)

Shirts are available at meetings or by contacting Greg Yost at 240-329-6202


Hospitality Night During Spring Meeting Weekend at Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co.
Apparatus on Display From the Last 2 Centuries
   Apparatus on Display From the Last 2
Saturday, April 2, 2016 
The Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. 1 invites all participants of the Spring CVVFA Presidents Council and Meeting Weekend to attend a open house at the fire station and museum located at 28 John St. Westminster MD on the evening of April 2, 2016. Westminster is rich in history. The firehouse includes a modern functional station in the center core with a hall on one end and the museum on the other. Come out and enjoy a great evening.

Westminster VFD

Map to Fire Station
CVVFA Past President Jim Werner Dies
President Warner
   President Warner
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 
Chief James Werner President of the CVVFA in 1985 died in February 23 in Harrisonburg VA where he lived a life of community service in the Fire Service and Veterans and Community organizations.He served in the United States Air Force stationed in Germany. Jim was active with the CVVFA during the 1980's and hosted a meeting at Hose Company #4 in Harrisonburg where he was a member.

Click on the title of the story to obtain the Full Obituary

Reputation Managament Project Report for 2015
   Fire Service Reputation Management Review 2015
Thursday, January 14, 2016 
Click on this great video prepared by Candice McDonald Chief Instructor of the CVVFA Fire Service Reputation Management Project

Vivian Myers Beloved CVVFA Member Passes Away
Vivian keeps one eye on the kids and the other on the CVVFA Parade years ago in Tanneytown MD
   Vivian keeps one eye on the kids and the
      other on the CVVFA Parade years ago in
      Tanneytown MD
Monday, November 30, 2015 
Vivian Myers a beloved member of the CVVFA passed away this morning following a courageous battle with cancer. She fought the good fight until the end with dignity and a good nature that was her trademark though out her entire life.
Vivian served in many roles in the PA Fire Service including President of the Ladies Auxiliary to Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania. Her husband Charlie Myers is a Past President of the CVVFA. At this time arrangements are not completed. Expressions of  sympathy my be forwarded to:
Charles Myers, 325 E. Garfield Street
Shippensburg PA 17257

Full Tribute
Past CVVFA President Charlie Myers Win Prestigious Award
Saturday, November 21, 2015 
Past CVVFA President Charlie Myers who served 2 terms as President of our Association as well as the President of the Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania and the Cumberland County Firemen's Association received the First Chet Henry Advocacy Award from the PA Fire and Emergency Services Institute at the annual PFESI Dinner in Camp Hill PA.

The award, named in memory of the state's first fire commissioner, recognizes a person who has improved awareness of fire, emergency service of life safety issues at the local, county, state and national level. This is a very special award due to the relationship and friendship that Charlie had with Commissioner Henry.

Charlie is the Chief Emeritus of the Vigilant Fire Company of Shippensburg PA.

CVVFA Granted PA Sales Tax Exemption
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 
The Commonwealth of PA has granted a Sales Tax Exemption to the CVVFA recognizing the federal tax and now PA non profit states of the Association. Documents relating to the exemption may be reviewed from the Download Section of this website under Corporate Governance.

CVVFA Accepted into FL Fire Chiefs Association
Monday, October 19, 2015 

The CVVFA was notified that the Association was accepted as an Affiliate Member of the Florida State Fire Chiefs Association (FSFCA). The CVVFA has several members in Florida a number who are Volusia County Fire Police. Bob Romig CVVFA Publicity Manager and a Florida resident arranged for the Association to apply for membership. FSFCA is the sponsor organization of Fire Rescue East in Daytona Beach each January. The CVVFA has been invited to speak and/or display at this important conference the last several years. Membership in the FL State Fire Chiefs Association is recognition of the CVVFA’s national presence.

FL Fire Chiefs Association
Slow Down Move Over Theme for Public Education at Rest Area
Friday, October 9, 2015 
President Hoby Howell and Past President, current Director Bob Cumberland provided information to motorists and their families who stopped by the PA Rest Area in Greencastle along I-81 just north of the MD state line. The Welcome Center has hosted the CVVFA for a number of years. Discussions with the public include the Mover Over Law, distracted driving and other topics regarding emergency responders working on the roadways while helping others. The outreach is an important part of the CVVFA efforts to improve safety of the traveling public.

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