From the beginning the Board of the Tampa Firefighters Museum has volunteered their time and donated their money to help nurse to life the goal of having a place to showcase the history of the Tampa Fire Department.
Since the inception of a museum came to life the Board members, past and present, have come from many different walks of life. Credit union presidents, historians, community activists, architects, and government officials have toiled alongside active and retired firefighters and fire department spouses to move their dream forward.
Today the Board of the Tampa Firefighters Museum stands tall on the shoulders of those who have come before them but the Board does not stand still. Much work has been done to create a fire museum in Tampa, even more work has to be done to keep the museum relevant and to help it prosper and grow.
Current Board Members
Bill Wade - President
Bill Wade is a retired Tampa Fire Captain. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Florida.
In retirement Bill teaches EMS classes. He has been involved with the fire museum for more than 10 years.
Vacant - Vice President
Steve Fredlund - SECRETARY
Steve Fredlund is a life-long Tampa resident and has served on the Board of Directors for the Tampa Fire Museum for many years.
Steve is currently the Secretary. He is retired from Tampa Fire Rescue.
Marcelo Sempe - TREASURER
Marcelo J. Sempe’ is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
He graduated from the University of Tampa and is the sole shareholder in the accounting firm of Marcelo J Sempe’, CPA, PA.
Marcelo has been a board member for over ten years.
Randall Jordan - PAST PRESIDENT
Randall Jordan is a lifelong resident of Tampa.
He retired from Tampa Fire Department after 30 years of service.
He is a founding member of the Tampa Fire Museum and a past president of the Board.
Matt Kohan - PAST PRESIDENT
Matt Kohan is a Tampa native and second-generation Tampa firefighter.
He also serves on the Executive Board of Tampa Firefighters Local 754.
Matt is a past president of the Museum Board.
Todd Spear - PAST PRESIDENT
Todd Spear retired as Tampa’s Fire Marshal.
He is a founding member of the Fire Museum.
Todd is a past president of the Board.
Wes Adwell is a retired Fire Captain of 30 years with Tampa Fire Rescue.
He is currently a Financial Advisor with Lincoln Investment in his 2nd career.
Wes has been a volunteer board member with the museum for 6 years.
Ken Bass is a Tampa native who graduated from Chamberlain High School. He has an Associates Degree from Hillsborough Community College.
In addition to his career with Tampa Fire Department Ken has worked for Pepin Distributing as a CPR Instructor, Photographer, and Videographer.
Eric Bunch joined the Tampa Firefighters Museum 4 years ago shortly after the passing of his brother, Tampa Fire D/E Matthew Bunch.
Eric is committed to preserving the History of Tampa Fire Rescue and volunteers with renovations and events.
Eric is the owner of NTP 2, LLC, a Photography and Video Production in Tampa
Joy Bunch joined the fire museum as the Store Manager in 2016.
She has recently been placed on the Board to help guide the development of the museum store and the museum exhibits.
Joy has a background in retail, her family ran a successful Tampa-based business for more than 20 years.
Cindy Fredlund, District Manager for a national REIT, Camden Property Trust. In her role with CPT, she is responsible for 2738 apartment homes in Tampa Bay.
This is her second time as a Board Member for Tampa Firefighters Museum.
Cindy has been married to retired Tampa Fire Captain, Steve Fredlund for 30 years.
Jan Gorrie is a lawyer/lobbyist with Ballard Partners and Panza, Maurer & Maynard, PA.
She is a lifelong resident of Tampa and she has been a board member for over 15 years.
Dan Hamrick has been involved with the museum, through his wife, for more than 25 years.
Retiring as a Nurse Anesthetist after 35 years at the VA hospital he has decided to take a more active role in the museum and has joined the board.
Margaret Hamrick was one of the first civilians that the City of Tampa hired to work in the Communications Division (dispatch) over 35 years ago.
After close to 30 years of service in Tampa she accepted a position as Manager of the 9-1-1 center for Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.
Nicolas Ligori is a Tampa native. For about 2 years he was the docent/manager for the museum.
He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University.
Nicolas is currently is a firefighter/EMT with Tampa Fire Rescue.
Scott Mays is a lifelong resident of the Tampa Bay Area. He is an active Firefighter with Tampa Fire Rescue.
Scott has been involved with the Tampa Firefighters Museum for 8 years as a docent and board member.
Rolando Reyes served as a firefighter and paramedic for Tampa Fire Rescue retiring as a Lieutenant.
Mr. Reyes also holds a Nursing degree that he earned at St. Petersburg College.
The Tampa native is currently the owner-operator of a small business, Covadonga Cigars.
Karl Wolf is a longtime supporter and Board member.
He retired as a Captain from Tampa Fire Rescue in 2014.
Michael Rametta is an active member of Tampa Fire Rescue and a family man.
Latest News From Dispatch:
At the September Board Meeting, it was decided that the Tampa Firefighters Museum will remain CLOSED TO VISITORS THROUGH OCTOBER. Our museum store is now offering contactless pickup. Call (813) 964-6862 for more information.
At the August Board Meeting, it was decided that the Tampa Firefighters Museum will remain CLOSED TO VISITORS THROUGH SEPTEMBER. Our museum store is now offering contactless pickup. Call (813) 964-6862 for more information.
Dear Friends and Supporters of the Tampa Firefighters Museum, On behalf of myself and the Board of Directors, we want to thank all of the first responders and medical community members who have spent the last four months responding to the call to action to help our...