MCFCA Announces its 2020 Meeting Schedule

Mark your calendars

Meeting Schedule for 2020

All meetings:
Dinner: 18:45
Meeting: 19:30

January 21, 2020 — Skippack Fire Company – Station 86
1230 Bridge Rd., Skippack, PA 19474

March 17, 2020 — Upper Gwynedd Fire Department – Station 80
660 Garfield Ave., West Point, PA 19486

May 19, 2020 — Limerick Fire Company – Station 51
390 West Ridge Pike, Limerick, PA 19468

July 21, 2020 — Public Safety Training Campus
1175 Conshohocken Road, Conshohocken, PA 19428

September 15, 2020 — Wissahickon Fire Company – Station 7
245 Race Street, Ambler, PA 19002

November 17, 2020 — Black Rock Fire Company – Station 99
260 Green Tree Road, Oaks, PA 19456


Ed Ross Honored For Decades of Service to MCFCA

l-r: Commissioner Leslie Richards, Ed Ross, Fire Chief’s Association President Brian Gwiazdzinski and current Treasurer Michael Gallagher Sr.

Ed Ross, who stepped down recently as Treasurer of the Montgomery County Fire Chief’s Association after serving in that capacity for 40 years, was honored for his decades of service at the organizations meeting in March at Flourtown Fire Company, Station 6.

Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards presented Ed with a proclamation signed by all three commissioners and the Fire Chief’s Association presented his a plaque in appreciation for his service.

Ed joined the fire service in 1949 and served as a firefighter and line officer at several companies in New York and New Jersey before moving to Whitpain Township in 1965.

He joined the Centre Square Fire Company that year, where he has served on numerous occasions as Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, President and Treasurer of both the company and its relief association, and Captain of Fire Police.

Ed, a Life Member of the Montgomery County Fire Chief’s Association, served that organization as its Treasurer from 1972 to 2012 and continues to serve as Assistant Treasurer.

In addition, Ed Ross served as an instructor at the Montgomery County Fire Training School from 1969 to 1976 and was recognized with an award for his exemplary service there and numerous awards for all of the other jobs he has filled. Pictured here: l-r: Commissioner Leslie Richards, Ed Ross, Fire Chief’s Association President Brian Gwiazdzinski and current Treasurer Michael Gallagher Sr.


Montgomery County Fire Chiefs enter the Computer Age

The Montgomery County Fire Chief’s Association has purchased a laptop to keep the association records for membership data, financial data and other pertinent information of importance to the association.

The laptop is in the possession of the Treasurer. It will be at the meetings of the association and will be available to the members who request information as to their standing in the association, such as length of service, addresses, e-mail addresses, fire company affiliation, etc.

We are connected to the Internet and have access to the various county, state and Federal web sites.

Please use our contact form to reach us, it is checked every day for incoming messages and if there is an answer required it will be sent out the same day.


Palmyra Fire Department’s 15th Annual Fisherman’s Flea Market

The Palmyra Fire Department is hosting its 15th Annual Fisherman’s Flea Market on February 12th 2012. Our success as a volunteer fire department depends greatly on the generosity of organizations such as yours so that we can achieve our goal of another successful fundraiser. We’re hoping you could pass this information along to all the Chiefs in your organization. We look forward to your support and thank you in advance for your consideration.

Thank you
John Skowronski
Fund Raising Committee Member

Palmyra Fire Department
15th Annual Fisherman’s Flea Market

Sunday, February 12th, 2012
Charles Street School
100 West Charles Street, Palmyra, Burlington County NJ 08065
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Admission: $3
Early Admission at 8:00 AM: $10
New and Used Equipment
Fresh and Saltwater Gear
Rain, Snow, or Shine
For more info, contact: John 856-786-0718 or Rick 856-829-0805

Announcements History

Historic Marker to be Unveiled Honoring Country’s First Volunteer Fire Company

Fire Companies throughout Montgomery County are invited to the 275th Anniversary of the founding of the Union Fire Company in Philadelphia. A Historic Marker will be unveiled and a celebration is being planned at the nearby Fireman’s Hall, hosted by the Philadelphia Fire Department.

When: October 1, 2011, 10 AM

Where: On Market between 2nd and 3rd Streets

RSVP: by August 8, 2011 to

For more Information about the Historic Marker and Festivities – See Invitation – Union Fire Co PA Historical Marker Unveiling

Announcements Meetings

Change of May 2011 Meeting Date

Due to the elections being held on May 17, 2011 the May Meeting of the Montgomery County Fire Chiefs’ Association will be held on May 24th at:

Oreland Volunteer Fire Company – Station 700
1500 Bruce Road, Oreland, PA 19075

All meetings:
Dinner: 19:00
Meeting: 19:30

Documents to Download Meetings

January 2011 Meeting Recap – County Radio Status Update

The following documents are in response to MCFCA’s inquiry to the status of County Radios which was discussed at the January 2011 meeting of MCFCA. The following documents have been provided by Richard K. Lohwasser Jr., Assistant Director for Technical Services, Montgomery County E.D.S. E9-1-1 (download them through the following links [PDF format]):

MCFire Chiefs Meeting Jan 2011

Fire MCS-MTS Radios totals Sheet1

Fire Alpha Pager Counts Sheet1

Motorola Letters 1.12.11


Historic Photo of Montgomery County Fire Chiefs’ Mutual Aid Assoc. Discovered

Pictured below is a photograph of the beginnings of the “Fire Chiefs’ Mutual Aid Association” which appeared in the Time Herald on September 14, 1959.

The caption reads: “Six new members for the Fire Chiefs’ Mutual Aid Associati on are shown above being signed for membership by Norristown Chief Joseph Hartman, founder of tihe association, seated at left, and John Berkheimer, Center Square Chief, who was host chair- man yesterday, The new members, left to right, are Walter C. Smith, Jr. assistant chief of Flourtown Fire Company; Charles H. House, Flourtown Chief; John W. Smith, chief of West Conshohocken’s George Clay Company; Robert E. McCloskey, Flourtown assistant chief; George W, Clark, Trappe Chief, and Charles J. Smedley, Collegeville Chief. (Times Herald Photo)”


MCFCA Announces Dues Increase for 2011

To All Members:

At the November 16, 2010 meeting of the Montgomery County Fire Chiefs Association, a resolution was passed to increase the annual dues to $5.00 per year. The amount due for new membership was increased to $6.00.

These increases are effective with the year 2011.

Yours truly,

Edward E. Ross, Treasurer


MCFCA Meets the Third Tuesday of the months of

January – March – May – July – September – November


MCFCA Announces 2011 Schedule of Meetings

Mark your calendars

Meeting Schedule for 2011

All meetings:
Dinner: 19:00
Meeting: 19:30

January 18, 2011
Lower Providence Fire Company – Station 53
3199 West Ridge Pike, Eagleville, PA 19403

March 15, 2011
Ringing Hill Fire Company – Station 59
815 White Pine Lane, Pottstown, PA 19464

May 24, 2011
Oreland Volunteer Fire Company – Station 700
1500 Bruce Road, Oreland, PA 19075

July 19, 2011
Montgomery County Fire Academy
1175 Conshohocken Road, Conshohocken, PA 19428

September 20, 2011
Souderton Fire Company – Station 74
266 North Second St, Souderton, PA 18964

November 15, 2011
Wissahickon Fire Company – Station 7A
Ambler: 245 E Race Street (between Butler Pike and Lindenwold Ave) Ambler, PA 19002