The New Hampshire State Firemen's Association was founded August 17, 1898. The first meeting was held in Manchester, NH. The purpose was to assist firefighters and their families with financial funds when a member of the Association was injured or killed in the line of duty.
Since its inception, the Association has been able to assist families to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads while a firefighter recovers from their injuries.
New Hampshire State Firemen's Association has always had a concern about education and legal rights of firefighters in the State. Sponsoring the annual convention each September allows firefighters to attend educational sessions and visit with vendors and to have hands on with new industry technology. Members also have the opportunity to hear from members who are on state committees that address the fire service in NH. The annual convention is also a great social event for many firefighters to visit with each other and attend the annual fireman's ball.
Welcome to the New Hampshire State Firemen's new web site. Please excuse us while we work to make the web site more user friendly and provide you with a value added member experience. Our goal is to provide you with information to assist you in information going on in the association and in the state. Please check out the information about the upcoming convention, the firefighter memorial and benefits for you to belong to the NHSFA. We appreciate your patience while we update this web site.
The NHSFA Executive Board
Director Deborah Pendergast and the staff of the NH Fire Academy and Emergency Medical Services regret to announce the passing of Captain Robert Pragoff early morning December 18.
Bob was also a 25 year member of Deering Fire and Rescue and retired as Assistant Chief.
Please keep Bob’s family in your thoughts and prayers.
Goodbye old friend.......... Sargent at Arms, Captain Bert Leonard
The New Hampshire State Firemen's Association regrets to announce the passing of our Sargent at Arms and 50 year member of the association.
Albert "Bert" H. Leonard
Born: June 01, 1943
Died: December 11, 2015
Albert H. "Bert" Leonard of Goffstown, NH, formerly of Lebanon, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a courageous battle with lymphoma with his family by his side at the age of 72.
Born on June 1, 1943, Bert was the oldest son of the late Lawrence and Blanche (Bassett) Leonard. He lived much of his childhood with his late aunt and uncle, Helen and Bob Agan, in White River Jct, VT.
He was the loving husband of Mary P. Leonard and the late Sandra Geratowski, devoted father of Pamela J. Leonard of Lebanon, and dedicated stepfather of Leah (Jason) Meehan of South Boston, MA and Renee (Jason) Marshall of Beverly, MA. He was a caring grandfather to Kevin and Brian Marshall also of Beverly, MA. Bert is also survived by his brothers and sisters, whom he loved dearly: Lawrence (Linda) Leonard, Jr of Lebanon; Patricia (George) Blanchard of Lebanon; Stanley (Linda) Leonard of Kings Chapel, NC; Delina Nichols of Canaan; and John (Donna) Leonard of Lebanon; his great aunt, Mary Johnson of White River Junction, VT; numerous in laws; several cousins; many nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and great-great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Ann Tolbert.
Bert attended schools in White River Junction, VT and at the age of 17 he joined the United States Air Force. Following his discharge, he began employment with the City of Lebanon. He started in the Water Department and then moved to the Lebanon Fire Department, where he worked as a full-time firefighter from 1967 until retiring in 1988 with the rank of Captain. After his retirement, Bert became a member of the call department and worked as a fire command post liaison from 1988 until 2010, when he became a lifetime member of the Lebanon Fire Department. Early in his career he was the Fire Prevention Officer. He spearheaded the fundraising for the city's first Jaws of Life equipment and he was a Fire Alarm Specialist. He led the Fire Explorer Program for many years. Bert worked as a Special Police Officer in Lebanon for 8 years and in Hanover for 23 years, retiring in 2010. For many years, he ran his own business, L & L Services. He also held many other different jobs in the Upper Valley. For the last 5 years, he worked for Merchant's Auto in Hooksett, NH.
Bert's dedication to his fellow firefighters did not end with his retirement. He served as the Grafton County Representative on the Executive Board for the New Hampshire State Firemen's Association from 1967 until 2013. Since 1967, he only missed two conventions. During his last two years, he served as Sergeant at Arms. On November 14, 2015, he was elected as the NHSFA Vice-President Emeritus. Bert also served his community as a member of the Lebanon City Council for 8 years and from March 2000-2001, he served as Assistant Mayor.
Bert had a natural gift when it came to engaging with people. He enjoyed people and quickly made friends of all ages wherever he went. Bert also liked to entertain people. He loved to recount stories of the good old days. Bert was an avid fan of the Patriots and the Red Sox. He enjoyed playing cards, bowling and horseshoes throughout his life. In his early years, he also enjoyed playing softball and basketball. He loved his dogs and cats, of which he had many over the years. Most of all, Bert loved spending time with his family and extended family.