"Honoring the Past, Committing to the Future"

The Vigiles was established by Caesar Augustus in 6 AD after a particularly disastrous fire in Rome, thus was born the first organization of firefighters. Also known as Vigiles Urbani (watchmen of the city), the Corps of Vigiles was comprised of several thousand freed slaves who would win citizenship after six years service in Vigiles. After a century, freed men would enter the service of the Vigiles merely for
the prestige that came with the service.

Thus the fire service was born. Members of the Vigiles Societas honor the past and pledge their commitment to the future of the fire service.

Vigiles: A corps who were the fire brigade of ancient Rome nicknamed Spartoli, named because of the buckets they carried water in which were made of rope and sealed with pitch. They were strategically located throughout the area of Rome, becoming one of the earliest predecessors of the fire and emergency services.The Vigiles Societas is composed of a corps of men and women who are committed to the fire service and pledge to advance the educational knowledge of others in the fire service and the public. As a member of this distinguished group you will have the opportunity to impact the future of the fire service by helping fund the costs associated with the educational opportunities available at all conferences organized by the Florida Fire & Emergency Services Foundation. Your contribution will help fund the costs associated with scholarships for members of the fire service to attend conferences, to pay for travel costs incurred by instructors and key note speakers, producing educational materials, and pay for the cost of equipment needed for presentations.

Joining the Ranks of the Vigiles Societas:  To join the ranks of the Vigiles Societas you need to pledge your support to advance the educational knowledge of others in the fire service and to improve the public’s awareness by committing to one of the Roman Firefighter position or consider paying for a Roman Scholar Package which would allow a member to attend one or all of the conferences listed below. 

Roman Firefighter Positions

Uncinarius - The firefighter who was a “hook” man, who carried a large fire hook for pulling off burning roofs.  With your $250 donation you will receive a Vigiles Societas lapel pin.

Siphonarius - The firefighter who was responsible for the supervision and operation of the water pumps.  This level is achieved with a $500 donation.With your $500 donation you will receive a Vigiles Societas lapel pin.

Aquarius - The firefighter whose main duties were the supply of water to the siphos or pumps and the organization of “bucket chains”. This level is achieved with a $750 dollar donation With your $750 donation you will receive a Vigiles Societas lapel pin.

Praefectus Vigilum - The first documented group to command the first firefighters. Thus, being the first recorded Fire Chief.  With your $1000 donation you will receive a Vigiles Societas lapel pin encrusted with a ruby.

Emperor - The leader of Rome or founder of public firefighting force called the Vigiles.  With your $3000 donation you will receive a sterling
silver fire ax lapel pin.

Individuals that chose to join at the Uncinarius, Siphonarius, and Aquarius levels will be recognized with Vigiles Societas lapel pin. Only one lapel pin will be provided for members joining or upgrading within these three levels. Individuals joining or upgrading to the Praefectus Vigilum will receive a Vigiles Soietas lapel pin encrusted with a ruby. Individuals joining or upgrading to the Emperor level will receive a sterling silver fire axe lapel pin.

The Florida Fire and Emergency Services Foundation provides many educational opportunities to the fire service each year. The scholarships provided by the Foundation allow individuals to participate in the many educational opportunities they may not otherwise have access to.

Centurion Scholar Sponsor

Thank you to our Fire-Rescue EAST 2017 Centurion Scholar Sponsor - Warren Patterson

The Florida Fire and Emergency Services Foundation provides many educational opportunities to the fire service each year. The scholarships provided by the Foundation allow individuals to participate in the many educational opportunities they may not otherwise have access to. A Centurion Scholar Sponsor has the opportunity to help with educating many members of the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association.
The Centurion was the most professional of the ranks and they were viewed as great leaders, well respected by those they led.  They were held personally responsible for the training and conduct of those in their ranks, and inscriptions have been found indicating that they may have had the title "centuro et campidoctor (Training Officer). By assuming the responsibility for training, those who sponsor scholarships have earned the rank of Centurion.

With your commitment a scholarship will be reserved in your name for  the conference you select. There is no limit to the number of scholarships you can sponsor. By sponsoring the scholarship you will be joining the ranks of the Vigiles Societas.  Furthermore, your named scholarship  will  be posted on the FFCA/FFESF webpage, will be recognized in the Florida Fire Service publication, and will be listed with all conference material.

Currently the Florida Fire and Emergency Services Foundation offers scholarships for Fire Rescue-East, the National Emergency Vehicle Technician Training Academy, the Emergency Services Leadership Institute, Executive Development Conference, and the Safety and Health Conference.

Fire-Rescue East is the premier Fire/EMS/Emergency services exposition and educational conference organized by the Florida Fire and Emergency Services Foundation. Cost for one scholarship is $900.

The National Emergency Vehicle Technician Training Academy provides training  for vehicle technicians and fire department driver engineers and is the largest testing facility in the  nation.  Cost for one scholarship is $850.

The Chief Craig Haun Memorial Executive Development Conference Scholarship offers Centurion Scholar Sponsors an  opportunity to  sponsor this new special Scholarship opportunity named in Chief Haun's memory. Part of Chief Haun's legacy was his community and Association involvement, commitment and leadership for this conference as well as serving as FFCA’s 41st President (1997-1998).  The scholarship will include full registration and lodging to the Annual Executive Development Conference which provides numerous classroom presentations and networking opportunities.  Cost for one scholarship is $1500.

The Safety and Health Conference provides a forum for departments safety and health committees to come together to discuss the latest in   safety training, research, and healthy lifestyles within the fire service. Cost for one scholarship is $500.

Vigiles Societas and Centurion Scholarship Donations
Craig Haun Executive Development Conference Scholarship Application


Note:  All gifts should be made payable to the Florida Fire & Emergency Services Foundation
(*These amounts can be gifted over time)  
*Advancement to subsequent levels available by a cumulative gift.

Current Vigiles Societas Members

Emperor - $3000 Level
Anthony Apfelbeck, CFPS, CBO, CFO, FM
Julius E. Halas, CFO, EFO
Jo-Ann Lorber, EFO, CFO, MIFireE
Rand Napoli, EFO
Warren Patterson
Janet A. Washburn, CFPS, FM, MS
Thomas G. Weber, CFO, EFO, MPA, MIFireE

Praefectus Vigilum - $1000 Level
Ed Arrants
Gary Ballard
Scott Barnes
Jess Lapin-Bertone
Donald Bouwer
Ronny Coleman
Charlie Deal
Pamela DeMeo
Darrel Donatto
John Knoll
Mike Long
Alan McLaughlin
Lee Newsome
Robbie Robertson
Lawrence E. Scovotto, CAE
Mark Souders, CFO
E. Laney Stearns III, CFO
Wayne Watts
Ray T. Weeks

Aquarius - $750 Level
John Albritton
Bill Alm

Philip Blanc
Robert Cabot
Dan Chichester
Jim Dixon, CFO
Tuffy Dixon
Richard Knoff
Wayne Martin
Tom McCrone
Dennis Merrifield
Jeffrey Money

Derryl O'Neal, CFO, EFO, MPA
Jeffrey Page
Mayor Wayne Poston
Gene Prince
Ron Rogers
Kingman D. Schuldt, CFO
Ron Siarnicki
James Wright

Siphonarius - $500 Level
James Angle
Karen Ballard
Richard Butcher
Dave Downey
Nate Gilman
Leland Greek
William Gulbrandsen
Jeff Hoyle
Joe Landreville
James McEvoy
Tim Mossgrove
Ron Parrish, MPA, CFO, EFO
John Pedalino
Tim Pilson
Randy Safer

Ty Silcox
William Wentlandt

Uncinarius - $250 Level
Francis Arrants
Barry Baker, CFO
William Bingham, MS, EFO, CFO, CMO
Charles Cooper
David Dobryzkowski
Daniel Duncan
John Fish
Ralph Franklin
Gene Gallo
Pete Gannon
Shawn Hanson
Timothy Hawver
Nat Ippolito
Gary Jordan, CFO, CFOS, CFEI
Jonathan Kanzigg
Matt Keller
Scott Leisen
Richard LePere
TJ Lyon
Gene Madden
Debra Martin
Will Gray May, EFO
Helen McLaughlin

Robert A Mitchell, CFO, FPEM, ILO
Dorian Page

David Quaderer
Lew Simon
Robert Staples, CMO, MS, NREMT-P
Richard Talbert, CFO
Gary Weiss, CFO, EFO
Michael Williamson

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