The African American Fire Fighters Historical Society’s mission is to collect, preserve and disseminate historical data, and information relating to the contributions made by fire fighters of color, and others who have made a contribution to such history; to be used for the purpose of education, fire prevention and mentoring. AAFFHS is a 501C (3) Charitable Organization in need of support from people like you. In 2010 we started our Annual Salute Dinner honoring African American fire fighters. This is the only event of its kind in the world and we are proud of having this event as the Signature of our brand.
All honorees over the last 8 years were deserving of their recognition. Most have never had their contributions acknowledge. These individuals are humble men and women, who just were doing what needed to be done. With your new interest in our organization I would like to share with you a few of our honorees which shows how your contribution would help continue our mission.
We have been able to reveal the stories of people like Edward Collic, Baltimore City Fire Department’s First African American Lieutenant Pilot (driver of the fireboat). Lt. Collic held this position for over 10 years as Acting Lieutenant. always placing 1st or 2nd on the promotional exam and had to deal with either one or no promotions depending on his placement on the list. One year he was even removed from 1st and had the 2nd place person promoted over him. After a time, someone didn’t get the memo that he was Black and he was finally promoted to possibly be the First African American Fireboat Lieutenant Pilot in Maryland.