J. Allen Brennan, respected volunteer fire official, died January 30, 2019 at age 79 following a long illness.
Allen was a volunteer member of the Fredericksburg VA Fire Department for most of his adult life.
He was a highly respected spokesperson for volunteer firefighters having served as the President of the VA State Firefighters Association (VSFA) in 1985-1986 and President of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association (CVVFA) in 2004.
Allen was a member of a family who embraced public safety. His late father was a police officer. Wife Sharron and daughter Karen, who predeceased him, were both past presidents of the Auxiliary to the VSFA. Karen was also a certified firefighter and paramedic.
Allen held the position of VA State Director of the National Volunteer Fire Council. He was a founding member of the CVVFA Presidents Council that meets regularly with volunteer fire officials in the mid-Atlantic for the betterment of the volunteer fire service.
Allen is survived by his daughter Liz Garnet, son in law Stephen and grandchildren Joe and Sarah.
“Past President Brennan was a giant in our organization” said Cumberland Valley VFA President Chief Allen Baldwin. “His wise council and gentle demeanor will long be remembered in the ranks of the fire service” he added.
Services: Family visitation Covenant Funeral Service, 4801 Jefferson Davis Highway Fredericksburg, VA 22408, Friday, February 7 from 5 PM to 8 PM.
The funeral service will be held at Fredericksburg Baptist Church, 1019 Princess Anne St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 on Saturday, February 8 at 1 PM.
Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association & Franklin County Public Safety Training Center Presents Spring Training Day Saturday April 18 2020
08:00 – Are we Operating Safe Apparatus? – A realistic look at how truly safe the apparatus we operate is, how to rectify issues and avoid problems to keep your personnel safe. Instructor Tom Shand, Emergency Vehicle Response
10:00 – A Survivors Story- Fire Service Cancer – One firefighter’s personal account with his battle and road to recovery. He will also discuss the latest trends affecting firefighter health and ways to protect you from this disease. Instructor Deputy Chief Steve Weissman, Stafford County Fire & Rescue.
10:00 – Foam More than Making Bubbles – An overview of foam operations for the rookie through the seasoned firefighter and officer. This will be a classroom and hands on. Deputy Chief Bart Lace
12:30 – Insurance Services Office Fire Suppression Rating Schedule, What You Need To Know – An overview of the current ISO Fire Suppression Rating Schedule and one departments successful efforts to improve their rating. Instructor Chief Dustin Amtower, New Creek Volunteer Fire Department and Phillip Leitma, Senior Field Representative, Insurance Services Office.
12:30 – The Fire Puzzle — Knowing fire behavior, Reading Smoke, and Flow Path Management separately is one thing. With this class you will see how putting them together well help the fire officer understand and predict what going to happen rather than just what’s happening. There will also be discussion on what is and where to look for the fatal funnels. Instructor FF/Technician Adam Funkhouser, Winchester Fire and Rescue Department.
14:30 – Risk Control for Mid-Level Managers – This program is designed to re-introduce the emergency services officer (supervisor, FTO, etc.) to risk control and how it plays an integral part in safety as well as overall operations. Topics include Risk Management, Risk Control Techniques, Roles and Responsibilities, Risk Control Pitfalls. The program concludes with review of actual case studies covering various risks involving vehicles, medical malpractice, and employment practices and general liability. Instructor John Kottmyer.
All classes will be held at the Franklin County Public Safety Training Center 3075 Molly Pitcher Hwy. South, Chambersburg, PA 17202.
There is no cost for registration. Sign up at – SignupGenius
Lunch being provided by VFIS
Questions? Assistant Chief Allen Baldwin at email@example.com
December 31, 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
With New Year upon us I want to take a moment to thank you for your support and commitment to the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association and wish you and your family a very Happy, Prosperous and Safe New Year in 2020.
2020 will be a defining year for our organization and everyone’s help is needed. Your leadership is hard at work planning several meetings and events. The spring meeting weekend in Greencastle PA on April 18 and April 19 will include a variety of training seminars at the Franklin County Training Center on Saturday with lunch being provided. Saturday night is a social and open house at the Chambersburg Fire Museum. Sunday morning is the Spring Meeting at the Rescue House Company in Greencastle.
Additionally, the Convention Committee is working diligently with our Brothers and Sisters in Williamsport to plan a great convention. We are also working on setting up a Committee Workshop and Leadership Training Day in Gettysburg in late February along with a Pre-convention CVVFA Association Social for those attending the Maryland State Firemen’s Convention in June.
We look forward to visiting with you at the various events across the country we attend every year. We will be at Fire Rescue East, the FDIC, CFSI, Fire Expo and Fire Rescue International to name a few.
2020 promises to be a great year for the Association and we need your help as we move into our 119th year and beyond. I look forward to greeting you personally.
Chief Allen Baldwin
President Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association
The Rescue Hose Company of Greencastle PA will host the CVVFA 2020 Spring Meeting on Saturday and Sunday April 18-19. Rescue Hose is a Charter Member of the CVVFA and hosts a large collection of CVVFA memorabilia in their museum. Home Office Manager Mike Cox is coordinating the planning. Check this page often for hotel information and agenda.
Training classes are now scheduled all day Saturday at the Franklin County Training Center. A Social Event at the Chambersburg Fire Museum is Saturday night. Sunday will be a Breakfast Meeting.
50 Pine Dr., Greencastle, PA, 17225 (717) 798-3578. Featured Amenities: Free WIFI Free Hot Breakfast, Smoke Free CVVFA Block contains 10 rooms for Friday Night and 20 rooms for Saturday night. EXCELLENT! 4.5 of 5 (795 Reviews) $70 per night plus tax. Mention Cumberland Valley when making reservations.