This week our new content includes a biography page on San Rafael's own Dr. Stephen Mizroch, M.D., an avid fire memorabilia collector and also a long-time San Rafael Fire Commissioner. Thanks go to Dr. Mizroch for sharing images of his collection and for also being a contributing member of our Marin County Fire History Committee. Fire Patch collecting is a very popular hobby, and especially with fire departments, who often have large displays of patches from other FD's in their stations. Dr. Mizroch also collects badges, fire speaking trumpets, antique photographs, and other documents like ID cards.
One of the largest fire patch collections in the fire world can be found at and near the National Fire Academy campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland. In addition to patches at the NFA, the local Vigilant Hose Company VFD in Emmitsbug is known as the most visited fire house in America. Visiting firefighters often leave patches for their massive collection. Next door to the FD is the Ott House Bar and Grill, whose walls and bar tops are filled with thousands of fire patches from around the world. Enjoy some images of current and historical Marin County fire service patches on Dr. Mizroch's page. Also from his collection shown below is a membership card for Lorin Hall from the California State Firemen's Association in 1963. He was a Captain in the Marin County FD, and a volunteer fireman in Larkspur.
Our Blog announces new site content, and gives the context of the topic and it's relationship to fire service history. Written by Bill Lellis & Paul Smith