Its Here! Electronic Access to the VISITING FIREMAN.

You now have the ability to update your listing, organization or museum information on line using our online system. As we prepare for the 2022 book this will give you the opportunity to keep your information up to date on your schedule and upload photos for printing in the book.
For those who do not have Internet access we will still provide a paper listing form to send in.
Thank you all for your patience.

on Wednesday July 24th 2024

The VISITING FIREMAN is an annual publication of Fire Service Enthusiasts from across the world who all share a common interest in the Fire Service.

Many different interests make up the world of fire buffing. Fire Fighters, Fire Buffing, Fire Scene Photography, Historical Preservation, Fire Apparatus Photography, Apparatus Restoration, Preservation of Fire Memorabilia, Rehab/Canteen Operations, Communications, Scanner Monitoring, Fire Alarm Telegraphic Alarm Systems, Model Apparatus Building, Toy Collectibles, and Fire Museums are but a small sampling of the diverse area of interest to Enthusiasts and Fire Buffs alike.

The VISITING FIREMAN is a book that ties the many diverse interests of Enthusiasts and Buffs together in a common forum - The sharing of information, and photos. Every year the book not only provides current information but preserves many important historical aspects of the fire service for future generations.

The VISITING FIREMAN is also an invaluable travel guide for business and pleasure. The book has been characterized as the "Bible of Fire Buffing" and one of those books "You Do Not Leave Home Without"!!

Listing Information in the VISITING FIREMAN

ListingsThe Directory Section of the VISITING FIREMAN contains the names, and addresses of those who participate in the book. Along with this information we include, at your option, a home, work, pager, or cell phone number. We also include your email address as part of the listing. In addition to your mailing information we, again at your option, include up to six lines of information about your fire service or fire buffing interests. Folks like you can then quickly locate others with similar interests or talents which might be beneficial. The Directory Section therefore reads like a telephone book of fire service enthusiasts. A typical listing looks like this:

In addition to being listed in the Directory Section, if you use our on line system to enter your Classified or Swappers ad it is at no cost to you. Paper entries will cost $4 each regardless of the word count. Classified and Swapper’s ads are not accepted without a listing in the book.

With the new on line system you are able to keep your listing up-to-date. For those who do not have Internet Access you can always use the public library or other public source with their Internet access to update your listing. Paper forms will come out in the Fall of the year, and anticipate the paper version of the book to be printed in late Spring or Early Summer every two years. The Adobe PDF version of the book will be updated monthly and be available to all who participate in the VISITING FIREMAN.

Do not want to be listed in the book? No Problem. Many of our participants get the book directly from us without being listed. Just make a note on the listing form and we will get the book in the mail as soon as it is published. The book does sell out early - don’t delay! Order now for the latest edition!

The cost of the book depends on where you live. In the United States and Canada delivery is by 1st Class - Air or Priority Mail.

For European and Atlantic Rim addresses, Europe, UK, England, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Italy, and Africa, the book is sent by Global Priority Air Mail.

For Pacific Rim addresses, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and SE Asia, the book is sent 1st Class Air Mail.

Check out our Order Form page in Adobe Acrobat for your cost. We accept Checks, Money Orders, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover. Checks must be drawn on a US Bank and be in US Funds.

How did the VISITING FIREMAN start? The book was started in 1953-54 by Joseph Hallett of Norwell, Massachusetts. Joe had many friends interested in fire buffing but no way to keep in touch. Joe was also interested in sharing his ideas about fire buffing with others. Out of his dream The VISITING FIREMAN was born.

From the first edition here is the forward: "Here Comes the VISITING FIREMAN. The VISIT is admittedly an experiment, although enough of you fire fighters and buffs have indicated a desire for it to make The VISITING FIREMAN a reasonably safe gamble. If you like it (and please let me know) The VISITING FIREMAN will be an annual publication with the next issue ready early in 1955... all new features and revised lists".

"This book is designed by you, and you, and you to make your firematic contacts, hobbies, and travels more pleasant. If your special fire-hobby-interest is not covered let me know and it will be in the 1955 book if at all possible".

"There are at least 2 million of us... full time, and volunteer firemen, buffs, and associates. This first edition of the VISITING FIREMAN will reach only a few of you but in the years to come, it is my hope that it will be a link of friendship between men with fire interests; that the VISITING FIREMAN will develop our fraternity and will be of value to you personally, in your firematic pursuits".

From this humble beginning the book has grown over the last 53 years and goes to more than 20 different countries, worldwide. LuAnn and I would like you to be part of the VISITING FIREMAN and to share in the fellowship of our fire buffing fraternity. Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you in the 53rd Edition of the VISITING FIREMAN in 2007.

Who participates in the VISITING FIREMAN? As mentioned earlier, the VISITING FIREMAN consists of a great diversity of individuals who all share a common bond with the fire service. Among those in the book are Fire Chiefs, Chief Officers, Fire Fighters, Fire Service Support folks, Public Safety Officers, Fire Investigators, Emergency Medical Services folks, and more. Of course a number of individuals in the VISITING FIREMAN are those who have a love of the fire service and support fire fighters through their civilian status and involvement. These are individuals who preserve fire fighting history though photography, video photography, firematic collections, preservation of apparatus, and of course fire museums. Many of this world's fire museums are supported and cared for by folks who are not fire fighters, but have a strong desire to watch over the history of fire fighting.

What does it all boil down to? As in the beginning our Philosophy today is simple: Connect Fire Fighters, Fire Service Enthusiasts, and individuals who share the love of the fire service from around the world.

Promote Fire Service Camaraderie, Fire Apparatus Preservation, Fire Museums, Fire Service Photography, and Fellowship among all who share an interest in the Fire Service.

Publish articles and photographs about fires, fire apparatus, and fire service activities.

Provide a book that promotes and preserves the colorful history of the Fire Service, Fire Buffs, Enthusiasts, and Apparatus alike.

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