Save the Date....

The 2020 Annual Memorial Gala

will be held on September 26

at the Singerly Fire Department in Elkton




It is with deep sorrow that the Maryland State Firemen’s Association, The Maryland Fire Chiefs Association, and the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute announce the passing of MFRI Executive Director Emeritus, Chief John W. Hoglund.  John passed away peacefully on January 2, 2020 due to complications of Parkinson's disease. John was a nationally renowned and much loved leader in the fields of fire fighting education, fire prevention, and public safety. He was a man of faith, family, and service. John was born in Ashland, Wisconsin on October 4, 1930, and grew up in the nearby town of Mellen. In high school John was a Junior Forest Ranger and a National 4-H Club winner, played varsity basketball, and delivered two daily newspapers. At age 16 John fought wildland fires with the U.S. Forest Service and joined the Mellen Volunteer Fire Department, where he would eventually become chief at a very young age. When the Korean War began, John interrupted his university studies to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps with his brother James. He graduated from Northland College in Ashland and became Assistant Director of Safety Services for the State of Wisconsin in Madison. He was also a part-time firefighting instructor for the State Board of Vocational and Adult Education. In 1963 John joined the faculty of the Maryland Fire Service Extension Department, University of Maryland. In 1970 he became director and collaborated with University officials, fire service organizations, and Annapolis legislators to nurture the funding and growth of statewide emergency services training and education, leading to the 1975 legislative mandate that created the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute. During his 22-year tenure as director, MFRI opened six statewide regional fire training centers and broadened its curriculum to include state of the art fire, safety, and rescue training programs. Today MFRI is a nationally recognized fire training and educational institute. John was an early champion of diversity in the fire service for both women and minorities. The International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters (IABPFF) honored him for these efforts in 1975. More recently, John was honored by the African American Fire Fighters Historical Society at the 8th Annual Salute Dinner in Baltimore. The Virginia Equity/Diversity Advisory Committee also honored him for his work in this area. At the national level, John formed lasting bonds with multiple organizations to improve firefighting training and safety. From 1962-1973, John was a member and officer of the International Society for Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI). John served six terms on the Joint Council of National Fire Service organizations. He was a founding/24 year member of the National Professional Qualifications Board (the "ProBoard") formed in 1972 to address the need to standardize firefighting training around the country. He served 25 years, 17 as chairman, on the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Technical Committee on Fire Service Training and Education. From 1982 to the present John served on the Board of the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA), Oklahoma State University, Fire Protection Publications, the author and publisher of training manuals and books worldwide.  He has served as president of the Maryland Fire Chief's Association and was honored to serve as its Chaplain for many years. John was inducted into the Maryland State Firemen's Association's Hall of Fame for his contributions to the Maryland fire service. His many other awards and recognitions included being the recipient of IFSTA's Everett Hudiburg Trophy for significant contributions to the training of fire service personnel. He founded and attended all 51 years of the annual Chief Officers Seminar. On the 50th anniversary, the seminar was renamed the John W. Hoglund Maryland Officers Seminar in his honor. John was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Landover Hills, Maryland and a charter member of the Fellowship of Christian Fire Fighters. He was a member and past president of the Prince George's County Rotary Club, maintaining a perfect attendance record for decades. Survivors include his beloved wife Nancy; children Jackie Hoglund, Jeanne Velasco, John Hoglund IV, and Jennifer Henkens; and grandson Matthew Velasco. He is also survived by sister-in-law Florence Hoglund, brother-in law Ronald Roethig and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother James Hoglund and sister Carol Ann Sutton. On behalf of the Officers and members of the Memorial Foundation, we want to extend our condolenses to John's wife Nancy and the entire Hoglund family. Director Hoglund was a charter member of the Foundation and proudly served until recent health issues prevented that. He was a good and faithful servant. May he Rest In Peace.




December 9, 2019

Presentation from the

Maryland State Fire Marshal Alumni Association 

Deputy Joseph Walters

presents a donation to the

Maryland Fire-Rescue Services Memorial Committee

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October 2017

Presentation of Appreciation to the
New Arts Foundry

"In recognition and appreciation of your extraordinary

effort and contribution toward fulfilling the

mission of the Foundation."

The New Arts Foundry is a full service fine arts bronze foundry dedicated to quality and personal service located at 1401 Clipper Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211.The New Arts Foundry handles all bronze casting needs for the Maryland Fire-Rescue Services Memorial and Wall of Honor including; each Fallen Hero's bronze name plate on the Wall of Honor, Rodney Carroll's "Between Morning and Midnight" bronze sculptures, and the various bronze plaques of recognition that are a part of the Memorial.  


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