Old Dominion

ODHFS Central region Newsletter – February 2023


First I hope everyone received the notice last night of the passing of longtime ODHFS Life Member from the Central Region Sharon Urofsky. Her memorial service will be held today at the Virginia Home, 1102 Hampton ST Richmond at 2 PM.

Next I have some good news. We picked up two new members in the Central Region in January:

  • Clayton Fuhrman – Clayton owns a 1948 American LaFrance engine that originally saw service at the Raritan Fire Department in Pennsylvania. He will also be an asset to the club because at his day job he is a fire apparatus fleet mechanic at one of the larger Richmond area departments.
  • Enon Volunteer Fire Department in Chesterfield County – Enon recently welcomed home their 1981 CF Mack that had been “foster cared for” during the several years by ODHFS member Coleman Goodman.

You should have received your $15 dues renewal notice by now. Please don’t just set it aside and then forget about it. You can either send your check to ODHFS, P.O. Box 4196, Chester VA 23831 (Include a note on whose dues the check is for if you have lost the notice) OR you can renew on-line now at: https://www.odhfs.org/store.html (which does include a $1 processing fee). Please don’t be “that person” that I have to pester.

Here is a list of upcoming events in the region and beyond.

  • March 11, 2023 Raleigh NC St. Patrick’s Day Parade For more information or to sign up contact Cassie Young; nctrains2000@yahoo.com ; 919-523-9964
  • April 1, 2023 ODHFS Annual Meeting At our recent Directors meeting we decided to provide a free meal to all who attend the meeting. More information to follow about the meeting an signing up for it. There will also be dinner on your own get together on Friday evening.
  • May 5, 2023 95th Annual Apple Blossom FireFighters Parade in Winchester. More information will be posted on the ODHFS website or you can contact Northern Region Director David Gantt at: racindave@msn.com
  • May 6, 2023 Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department 75th Year Celebration. 10 AM – 2 PM. ODHFS has been asked to have apparatus on display at this event. For more information or to register contact Calvin Balderson, calvinbalderson@gmail.com ; 804-761-2015.
  • May 13, 2023 4th Annual Breakthrough Car Show by the Car Club Council of Central Virginia. 8 AM until …. 6955 Duncan RD Petersburg. For more information contact Colin Romanick; aromanick@pamplinpark.org ; 804-861-2408.
  • June 3, 2023 Virginia Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service, Richmond Raceway Complex Noon. There will be 10 Firefighters who will be honored at this service that made the ultimate sacrifice in 2022 or before. ODHFS has been asked to have antique vehicles on display during this service. More information to follow.
  • August 1, 2023 National Night Out for Seniors Stonebridge Recreation Center 11 AM – 2 PM. 230 Carl Linn Drive; North Chesterfield. ODHFS has been asked to have units on display at this event.
  • October 14, 2023 ODHFS Annual Muster Farmville VA. More information to follow.
  • October 14, 2023 Goochland Fire and Rescue Fire Show Goochland High School 5 – 9 PM. They would like to have ODHFS units on display during this event. (Maybe you could stop by on your way home from the Farmville Muster). For more information contact Chief Eddie Ferguson – eferguson@goochlandva.us or 804-556-5304.

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