HEART OF ILLINOIS FIRE ENTHUSIASTS AND COLLECTORS
We are the downstate Illinois chapter of the national SPAAMFAA organization. We promote the appreciation and preservation of antique fire apparatus, and in general, all aspects of the fire service. Our members bring a variety of interests to meetings and events. Some members own fire apparatus from the 1920’s, 1930‘s, 1950’s and the 1960’s. Other members collect large toy fire apparatus replicas; die cast reproductions of vintage and modern apparatus; fire service publications and fire apparatus photos. The membership includes paid fire fighters, members of fire protection districts, retired fire fighters and fire buffs. Anyone with a genuine interest is welcome to join HOIFEC.
While our membership is centered in the greater Peoria, Illinois area, we do have active members from the Chicago, Bloomington, Springfield, Decatur and metro St. Louis areas. We also have a few members from out of state.
Meetings are usually held monthly on the third Thursday, and are often hosted at area fire station locations. Additional activities include participation in area parades, fire engine rally musters and competitions, and car and truck specialty shows. Our chapter has participated in the national SPAAMFAA summer muster as well.
HOIFEC has annually sponsored the Duke Welty Memorial Scholarship Assistance Award. Through fund raising activities we have awarded a stipend to a person that is enrolled in a fire science program. Duke Welty, a former Tremont Fire Protection District Fire Chief was an enthusiastic member and supporter of HOIFEC.
The long history of the fire service in Illinois, the many aspects of fire fighting, and the great people that make up the fire service combine to form a group that is a pleasure to be associated with.
Being part of a national organization such as SPAAMFAA allows us to know when various events are being planned in Illinois and throughout the USA. We also provide our membership with a quality award winning newsletter that is published quarterly to keep our members aware of various meetings and activities. Our membership fee is a modest $20.00 a year. We welcome your membership and participation, and guarantee that you will get as much out of our organization as you put into it.
Thank you for your interest.
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