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Death Announcement: Chief Joseph R. Robison, MFCA Past President

The Officers and Members of the Maryland Fire Chiefs Association are saddened by the passing of MFCA Past President Joseph R. Robison.

Chief Robison led a distinguished life serving his community including all volunteer fire and EMS departments in our State. He was a Life Member and Past Chief of Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, a Charter member of Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad, Past Mayor of Laurel, served as a Prince George’s County Fire Commissioner 1970-2003, President of the PGCVFRA 1968-1969, President of the Maryland State Fire Association 1998-1990 and MFCA President from 1974-1975.

Chief Robison was awarded many recognitions throughout his tenure as a “no non-sense” leader being recognized by the MFCA with the following honored presentations:

  • 1983 – William G. Perry Award recognizing an individual of the Maryland fire, rescue or emergency services community who has gone above and beyond and who has made an outstanding contribution throughout the year to the Maryland Fire Chiefs Association.
  • 2003 – Chief Leslie B. Thompson Memorial Award recognition of distinguished service shall be demonstrated by an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the welfare of the fire, rescue and emergency medical services of Maryland; who has provided distinguished service to their department and other departments; and who has provided distinguished service to their county, other counties, regional organizations and the State of Maryland.

In the early years of our association Chief Robison was instrumental in the beginning of a “Endowment Fund” where funds are kept in interest bearing account set aside to be used as the membership of our association determines. Chief Robison always had a friendly smile, always willing to talk with anyone needing guidance, fellowship and mentoring. We thank Chief Robison for his commitment and leadership to our association and our thoughts and prayers are with the Robison family, the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, Maryland State Firemen’s Association and all that knew him.

May He Rest in Eternal Peace…

The Laurel Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a drive through viewing for Past PGCVFRA & MSFA President Joe Robison today, November 13, 2020, from 2pm to 6pm at Company 10.

Apparatus is welcome to join in the event to honor Joe, who was a Life Member of Laurel Volunteer Fire Department and Charter member of Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad.

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