The Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA)

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SPAAMFAA is a diverse organization of firefighting enthusiasts who share a passion for new and antique fire apparatus, and the history and traditions of the fire service.  Members include: men and women; children and adults; firefighters, retired firefighters, never-been firefighters, and wanna-be firefighters (fire explorers).  We have photographers, collectors, historians, and fire buffs.  Some members own antique fire apparatus others, while many others do not.  Some document fires and fire apparatus though photography, while still others collect books, patches, toys and models, and all manner of fire fighting memorabilia.  You do not need to own an antique fire truck to join.  Anyone with an appreciation for, (or preservation of), the fire service is welcome. 

First established in Syracuse New York in 1958, the organization is still based primarily in the United States and Canada, but it has grown to encompass fifty local chapters, and boasts more than twenty-four hundred members living around the globe.

Local vs. National

The SPAAMFAA organization consists of both individual local chapters and as an overall national (international) organization.

Members may choose to join a local chapter, several different local chapters, and/or the National organization as a whole.  Joining SPAAMFAA National does not include membership in a local chapter, and membership in a local chapter does not include membership in SPAAMFAA.  Each option provides different benefits.

Local Chapters (found in most major metropolitan areas) are the vanguard.  They provide face-to-face (and often hands-on) support and organizational resources for fire apparatus enthusiasts living and working in a given geographic area.  Most local chapters organize regular meetings and host special events, and their members are also often more focused on documenting fire service and fire apparatus history on a local level.     

The SPAAMFAA “National” organization, provides an exceptional organizational network and resources to support the “local chapters.”  They also provide an array of benefits and resources above-and-beyond those which are provided by most local chapters, and are also an outlet for those members not living in or near a local chapter.

Benefits of joining a Local Chapter
  • Meet and network with others in your area.
  • Participate in local activities and events (parades, fire apparatus displays, fire shows).
  • Local meetings and programs.
  • Newsletter with (local) news and events.
Benefits of SPAAMFAA National
  • Full access to SPAAMFAA website resources.
  • Quarterly issues of “Enjine-Enjine!” a full-color magazine featuring articles on antique fire apparatus, restoration, member rigs, etc.
  • Quarterly issues of “Silver Trumpet” a national newsletter with articles on chapter activities, member news, calendar of events, classified advertisements.
  • National Sponsored Events – One winter meeting and one summer fire engine “muster.”
  • Historical fire apparatus manufacturer’s delivery lists.
  • Access to the SPAAMFAA archives online and in-person. This also allows reciprocal access to the ATHS archive collections.
  • List of experts on different manufacturer’s for technical advice on vehicles and restoration.
  • Restoration/Repair Resource List.
  • D&O insurance covering officers and directors of active local chapters.
  • Liability insurance for local active chapters covering any claims resulting from activities at sanctioned chapter events.