International Fire Buff Associates - Fun, Fellowship & Fire Trucks

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While not really a "buff club" the New York Firemen's Cycle Club has been in existence since 1896 and will be celebrating its 125th. Anniversary next month.
 

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Mark your Calendars. October 9th at the Philadelphia Second Alarmers, help them celebrate their 100th Anniversary with an all day Open House at their quarters.
The Philadelphia Second Alarmers provide volunteer rehab support 24/7 to the Philadelphia Fire and Police Departments.
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The day long ceremonies and festivities were attended by representatives from IFBA clubs from Connecticut to Virginia. Friendships made and friendships renewed.
 
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NYCFire.net, a virtual network with 3900+ registered members sharing interests in the fire service, was recently welcomed as the newest organizational member of the International Fire Buff Associates, joining other member organizations from the US and Canada.

This year's annual convention, the first 'live' meeting since 2019 (post CoVid) will be held June 22-25 in Woburn, MA in conjunction with SPAAMFAA. (Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America.)

Convention details can be found in the Winter Spring issue of Turn Out magazine, available on the IFBA website.

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Highlights of the IFBA-SPAAMFAA 2022 Convention

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Friendships were made and renewed at the first post-covid live convention since 2019. It was also the first joint convention in many years.

Following membership and board meetings, convention attendees had opportunities for well organized bus trips, antique fire apparatus activities, and informative seminars. The convention venue had numerous places to meet with friends and associates.

Tours of fire museums, fire departments in the Merrimack Valley and Battle Roads areas and shopping at the New Hampshire outlet stores were conducted. The Bedford Fire Department hosted breakfast and one group lunched at Boston’s Faneuil Hall. Tour bus drivers showed their skill navigating area traffic.

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Presentations on fire apparatus design, fireground photography, vintage fire video, rehab apparatus, restorations, history of leather fire helmets and Maxim fire apparatus were offered. Boston Fire tackled a 5th alarm high rise fire on Friday.

SPAAMFAA members brought their apparatus, filling the convention hotel parking lot. On a clear, sunny Saturday, apparatus was paraded to the Aleppo Shriners Hall for a muster and a collectables flea market. A highlight was the Handtub Muster where participants could experience what early 1800’s firefighting was like.

The convention rounded out with a banquet attended by over 300 people. The next issue of Turn Out will have details and photos.

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