SPAAMFAA was founded in 1958 at Syracuse, NY, with the purpose of preserving and displaying antique fire apparatus and promoting an appreciation of fire service history all across America.
In 1969, the SPAAMFAA board of directors conceived the idea of organizing
regional chapters in addition to the established National organization. On
Sept. 29, 1969, the California Chapter became only the second SPAAMFAA chapter
ever to be granted a charter, with Leonard Williams (still a Chapter member) as
the first president. The first-ever SPAAMFAA chapter,
in eastern Pennsylvania, has been disbanded and reorganized several times since,
making the California Chapter the oldest continuously operating chapter of
Both the California Chapter, and National SPAAMFAA, are non-profit
Ownership of fire apparatus is not required for membership. As of December 15, 2013, we have 265 paid members.
You can contact the chapter president, Will Radcliffe, at the chapter's email box, or the chapter editor, Chris Cavette.