Highlights of the 1970 Decade


1971 – The founding year of the O.F.B.A.
(Ontario Fire Buff Associates)

Our First Executive

PRESIDENT

VICE-PRESIDENT

SECRETARY

TREASURER

THIRD ALARM EDITOR

ASSISTANT EDITOR

TRUSTEE

TRUSTEE

                                   Harold R. McMann

                                   John J. Dybus

                                   John Holden

                                   John Holden

                                   John Holden

                                   Harold McMann

                                   John Skillen

                                   Walter McCall

This years Highlights:

April 1st, – Ontario Fire Buffs Association founded

August 2nd, – First Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the Ontario Fire Fighters’ Association Annual Convention,held in Aurora.

Membership Card 32 has been issued.


1972 Executive

PRESIDENT

VICE-PRESIDENT

SECRETARY

TREASURER

THIRD ALARM EDITOR

ASSISTANT EDITOR

TRUSTEE

TRUSTEE

TYPIST

                                   Harold R. McMann

                                   John J. Dybus

                                   John Holden

                                   John Holden

                                   John Holden

                                   Harold McMann

                                   John Skillen

                                   Walter McCall

                                   Val Sebris

This years Highlights:

January 22nd, – OFBA Winter Meet held in Toronto.

August 7th, – Second Annual Meeting held in conjunction with OFFA Convention & Parade in Mount Forest.

November 25th, – Fall Meeting and Tour held in Toronto/East York/North York and Scarborough.

Membership Card 55 has been issued.


1973 Executive

PRESIDENT

VICE-PRESIDENT

SECRETARY

TREASURER

THIRD ALARM EDITOR

ASSISTANT EDITOR

TRUSTEE

                                   Harold R. McMann

                                   John J. Dybus

                                   John Holden

                                   John Holden

                                   Walt McCall

                                   Harold McMann

                                   John Skillen

This years Highlights:

May 26th, – OFBA Spring Meet held in St. Catharines,  Niagara Falls and Welland.

November 3rd, – Fall Meet held in Toronto and Etobicoke.A new Club crest was introduced at the Annual Meeting.

Membership Card 81 has been issued.


1974 Executive

PRESIDENT

VICE-PRESIDENT

SECRETARY

TREASURER

THIRD ALARM EDITOR

TRUSTEE

TRUSTEE

                                   Harold McMann

                                   John J. Dybus

                                   John Holden

                                   John Holden

                                   Walt McCall

                                   John Skillen

                                   Doug Slack

This years Highlights:

May 25th, – OFBA Spring Meet held in Hamilton.

July 12th, – OFBA granted affiliation with International Fire Buff Associates at the 1974 IFBA Convention in Boston, Massachusetts.

September 24th, – Fall Meet held in Trenton, Be11eville, Thurlow Township and the C.F.B. in Trenton.

November 30th, – Annual Meeting held in Toronto and York.

A constitution was drafted this year.

Membership Card 120 has been issued.

There are currently 108 active members.


1975 Executive

PRESIDENT

VICE-PRESIDENT

SECRETARY

TREASURER

MEMBERSHIP

PUBLICATIONS /THIRD ALARM EDITOR

                                   Harold McMann

                                   Jim Campbell

                                   Doug Slack

                                   John Skillen

                                   John Holden

                                   Walt McCall

This years Highlights:

John Dybus, a founding member of the club stepped down from the executive.

May, – OFBA Spring Meeting at King-Seagrave Ltd., Woodstock, London and St. Thomas.

September 20th, – Fall Meet held in Brantford and Cambridge.

November, – Annual Meeting (Seminar format) Toronto, hosted by Gary Wignall – at his apartment building.

Hamilton’s Box 43 celebrated their 25th anniversary

There are currently 129 active members.


1976 Executive

PRESIDENT

VICE-PRESIDENT

SECRETARY

TREASURER

MEMBERSHIP

THIRD ALARM EDITOR

THIRD ALARM PRODUCTION

TRUSTEE

TRUSTEE

PAST – PRESIDENT:

                                   Jim Campbell

                                   Walter (Walt) McCall

                                   Alan (Al) Craig

                                   John Skillen

                                   Harold McMann

                                   Walt McCall

                                   John Holden

                                   Douglas (Doug) Slack

                                   J. Fred Calder

                                   Harold McMann

This years Highlights:

May 29th, – Spring Meet held in Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa.

September, – Fall Meet went “International” in Buffalo and Eggertsville, New York. At this meet a decision was made to host the 1978 IFBA Convention in Toronto.

November 27th, – Annual Meeting hosted by Alan Craig in Toronto.

There are currently 129 active members.


1977 Executive

PRESIDENT

VICE-PRESIDENT

SECRETARY

TREASURER

MEMBERSHIP

THIRD ALARM EDITOR

THIRD ALARM PRODUCTION

TRUSTEE

TRUSTEE

PAST – PRESIDENT:

                                   Jim Campbell

                                   Walter (Walt) McCall

                                   Alan (Al) Craig

                                   John Skillen

                                   Harold McMann

                                   Walt McCall

                                   John Holden

                                   J. Fred Calder

                                   Jerry Hourigan

                                   Harold McMann

This years Highlights:

June 4th, – Spring Meet, another “International” adventure, Windsor and Detroit.

September 17th, – Fall Meet held in Burlington, Oakville and Milton.

November 27th, – Annual Meeting held at the Scarborough Fire Department and East York Community Centre.

There are currently 129 active members.


1978 Executive

PRESIDENT:

VICE-PRESIDENT:

SECRETARY:

TREASURER:

MEMBERSHIP:

THIRD ALARM EDITOR

THIRD ALARM PRODUCTION:

CONVENTION:

CONVENTION:

SALES:

PROPERTY AND ARCHIVES:

PAST – PRESIDENT:

                                   Jim Campbell

                                   Walter (Walt) McCall

                                   John L. Holden

                                   John Skillen

                                   Harold R. McMann

                                   Walt McCall

                                   John Holden

                                   Alan M. Craig

                                   Fred Beeton

                                   Fred Calder

                                   Jerry Hourigan

                                   Harold McMann

This years Highlights:

May 27th, – Spring Meet, Hamilton, Stoney Creek, and Dundas.

July 12th to 15th,, – OFBA hosts the 1978 International Fire Buff Associates Convention in Toronto. Program includes Toronto Fire Department display, and evolutions at the Training Academy, and a bus tour to Niagara Falls

September 23rd, – Fall Meet held at the Toronto International Airport and the Mississauga Fire Department.

November, – Annual Meeting held in Etobicoke, Toronto Fire Department, and East York Community Centre.

This year the club purchased a retired 1939 Bickle – Seagrave Custom 65’ Service Aerial from the City of Woodstock (Ontario) Fire Department.

There are currently 129 active members.


1979 Executive

PRESIDENT:

VICE-PRESIDENT:

SECRETARY:

TREASURER:

MEMBERSHIP:

THIRD ALARM EDITOR

PUBLICATIONS:

PUBLIC RELATIONS:

SALES:

ARCHIVES:

PAST – PRESIDENT:

REGION 10 VICE – PRESIDENT:

                                   John L. Holden

                                   John D. Skillen

                                   Harold R. McMann

                                   Fred Beeton

                                   Harold McMann

                                   Walt McCall

                                   Walter (Walt) McCall

                                   Alan M. Craig

                                   Fred W. Calder

                                   James Campbell

                                   James Campbell

                                   Jim Campbell

This years Highlights:

June 1st – 3rd, – OFBA Spring Meet held in Ottawa.

June 16th, – First OFBA Antique Fire Apparatus Muster held on Saturday in Toronto at the Harbourfront.

September 29th, – OFBA Fall Meet held in Richmond HilI, Newmarket, and Markham

October 29th, – The O.F.B.A was officially incorporated.

November 10th, – Annual Meeting held in Toronto.
OFBA acquired its second rig, ex-Toronto High Pressure Monitor 2, a 1949 LaFrance.

There are currently 124 active members belonging to the group.