Welcome Message from the ODHFS Immediate Past-President
Hi and Welcome to the ODHFS Website!
Chances are that, if you are visiting our website, you are a current, retired, or past firefighter,
or a fire apparatus buff or enthusiast. Either way, we are glad that you took the time to
stop by. Take the time to check out our News Headlines, Classified Section, About Us
(history of the ODHFS), Calendar of events, Oren Fire Apparatus Section, and most
importantly fill out our Guest Book.
We, at the Old Dominion Historical Fire Society (ODHFS), welcome you to our site and
our organization. The ODHFS was started in 1978, in the Richmond area, when a few
fire apparatus collectors got together to share their mutual passion for the restoration
of antique fire apparatus. From that humble beginning, our organization has grown to
over 300 members through-out Virginia, and in neighboring states.
We are the Virginia Chapter of the Society for the Preservation & Appreciation of Antique
Motor Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA). “The mission of SPAAMFAA is to serve
as a place where people having an interest in antique fire apparatus can gather to share
that interest and to further the preservation of antique fire apparatus”.
We enjoy great friendship and fellowship, discussions of like interests, collaboration about
our next restoration project, and reminiscing about the past and how we can keep the historic
fire apparatus history alive and well in the Commonwealth. We also possess one of the
largest collections of historic archives, to include, but not limited to; apparatus manuals,
delivery photos, in-service photos, pump manuals, just to mention a few. Information for
a particular apparatus may be obtained by checking the Archives Information Tab and
sending us the request form.
Through-out the year we gather around the state for musters, meetings, parades, displays,
weddings, and other outings. You will find a current list of these events under our Calendar
Tab on this site. We would love to have you join us at any of our events. Furthermore, we
encourage you to become a member of our organization. You don’t need to own a piece of
fire apparatus to be a member, just check on the Membership Applications Tab on the home
page and mail that in to us and we will provide you with you Certificate of Membership.
We welcome members from anywhere around the world, you do not have to be a resident
of Virginia to join the ODHFS.
Some of the new items that we will be adding to our website are, a web store where you will
be able to purchase ODHFS clothing and other memorabilia, on-line dues renewal and payment
of dues, and the ability to request information from our archives collection.
Membership dues for our organization is very modest, and we welcome all those with any
interest to join our ODHFS family, for a great time, apparatus information, and fellowship.
Why not go ahead, right now and check on the Membership Application Tab, send in your
enrollment form today, so you will be just in time to attend our annual general membership
meeting in April.
If I can answer any questions, or you would need any additional information, please do not
hesitate to contact me.
Thomas R. Sharpley, Sr.
3400 Monticello Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464