Old Dominion

A Welcome Message

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 our event photo archive on Flickr.

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.

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.