IFBA Updates & Info
Sun. Jul 14th 2019

The IFBA Montreal Convention is over, all that went from what I have heard had a great time, I know I did.

So here are some highlights, visits to various station, Montreal Airport, FD Shops, Training area, a pub night with the Toronto FD Pipes, a parade on Saturday.

The Montreal Group did a fantastic job. For Region 1 we had about 20 people in attendance, including wives.

The Fire Buff of the Year went to Steve Garnett, this years President. The media Website award went to Signal 51 Group Shreveport LA.

At the business meeting the by-laws and constitution updates were approved. As soon as the new ones are completed I will send them out to you. There was some discussing that some IFBA clubs / members are not getting information or communications from the IFBA Executive Board of their region. Please froward any info I send out to your clubs. The IFBA clothing store is up and running, see the web site. There was a suggestion that everyone buy a shirt to have at next years convention. They will design just about anything, your name, maybe a club name or even we can get a Region 1 all the same style and color. Lets see if we can have the most members from a region with a shirt. There may be a prize for this at the Convention next year. I will talk this up more during the year.

And speaking of the Convention next year 2020 ...... we are going to Nashville, no passport needed and no money to exchange ...... The tentative dates are September 26 thru October 1. The tentative hotel is the Maxwell House Hotel just off of downtown.

For other Conventions:

  • 2021 looking for a host
  • 2022 looking for a host
  • 2023 Milwaukee
  • 2024 and beyond are all available

Please get back to me if you are interested in hosting and we can talk about ideas.

TURNOUT UPDATE  - The Indiana publishing team is getting out of the publication of Turnout. The next issue will be their last. The IFBA is looking for a group and or people to continue this great publication. The latest edition of TURNOUT is now available on line at There are three articles from Region 3 including articles from Chris Oliphant and Mike Sanders.

There may be a survey coming out (again) regarding club activities.  Please take the time to complete it.  It concentrates on Rehab service.  Even if your group does not offer Rehab service, please return it.

Here is what is coming up in Region 1

Get a article ready for Turnout

Submit your newsletter / website info for the media award for next year

I am sure each of our clubs has a member that is deserving of the Fire Buff of the Year Award, start gathering your information to submit for next year, contact me if you need any assistance.

I am looking for a host for next years Region 1 meeting, contact me if your are interested. 

We are also looking for anyone that may be interested in being the IFBA Region 1 Vice President, its a good time to shadow me to learn what goes on and what you have to do.

The Connecticut Fire Photographers will be having their Silver City Fire Fest with Special Guest Randolph Mantooth - Johnny Gage from Emergency Saturday July 20 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, see attached flyer.

"Burn Boston Burn" a book about the arson epidemic of the early 80's will be released at a joint Boston Sparks / Box 52 dinner at Florian Hall in Boston on September 9th.

There is a movie in the works about the circus fire in Hartford that occurred 75 years ago, July 6, 1944

The Special Signal Fire Association is holding a Golf Tournament. The Tournament will be held on Friday, September 13th at Cranston Country Club 69 Burlingame Rd in Cranston, RI. 08:00 Registration, with a 9:00 Shot gun start. The flyer / form is attached and also here is a link to their web page

The Boston Sparks Association has for auction a set of Boston FD Company Patches to support member and Boston Fire LT Glenn Preston who is currently battling occupational cancer. Glenn is a legacy member of BSA along with his brother LT Kevin Preston BFD and his late dad George Preston who was a long time member.

We are asking you to share this message to who may be interested in helping Glenn and his family. He has a long road ahead of him and the costs to him and his family are staggering and mounting both in a personal and financial way. 

The occupational cancer problem in the fire service is an epidemic that is hitting us all hard and it is our duty as members of the fire buff community who serve and support the fire departments in our various regions to do whatever we can to get the message out about the dangers of exposure and carcinogens on the fireground and the threat the members face because of this. Firefighters are three times more likey to contact cancer than any other work group.

Please take a moment to view this video of Glenn and his story, it hits home, and it is a must see for all active firefighters. It can be seen at

The Company Patches will be raffled off at the joint Boston Sparks and Box 52 meeting at Florian Hall on September 9, 2019 at 2000 hrs. All are welcome to attend the meeting

Those interested in purchasing raffle tickets may do so at ,payment via our Pay Pal account, check credit card, or stop by any Friday night to out Quarters (344 Congess Street).

Sent: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 2:42 PM
To: William Mokros <>
Subject: Two Port Authority Silk Touch Polos | $4.95 Each | Regularly $37.95

Dear William,
There is still time to try TWO top-selling Port Authority Silk Touch Polos for just $4.95 each with your order of $50 or more. Regularly $37.95, we're offering additional silk tough polos of this style for just $12.95 each! These shrink and wrinkle resistant polos are perfect for both office and outdoor use. or check the IFBA Store here: 

Please froward to your groups 

That is all for right now, I will see you at the "BIG ONE"

Ken Beliveau, IFBA Region 1 Vice President

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