Catskill Chapter of SPAAMFAA was granted a Charter
on February 23, 1974. The Catskill Fire-Cats, as it
was called, is the 6th oldest of the SPAAMFAA
The first President was Robert Reynolds and the
first Chapter Secretary was Marvin H. Cohen. George
Neder, owner of a school bus fleet and fire
apparatus collector, hosted early meetings at his
Otisville, N.Y. garage.
July 24, 1976 was the date of the Fire-Cat’s first
Fire Apparatus Muster, held at Fancher-Davidge Park
in Middletown. Musters have been held every year
since then, many at Orange County Park.
Other early members included Dan Snyder, Dave Finn,
George Carroll, Bill Moore and Randy and Sharon
Kellerhouse, as well as many others.
In February 1998, the Fire-Cats hosted the National
Winter Convention in Middletown which featured trips
to the New York City, West Point and Stewart Field
Membership today is at an all-time high and interest
continues in preserving and demonstrating antique
fire apparatus. Throughout the years many members
have owned various pieces of apparatus, some owning
one or two and others owning many trucks that have
given a tremendous boost to the Fire-Cats. You do
not have to own an antique fire truck to be a member
– just the love and appreciation of the older fire
apparatus is desired.
Monthly meetings are held on the last Thursday of
each month along with an Annual Muster held during
the summer months.
(Most of this information was compiled by Marvin
Cohen. Thank you Marvin.)