Robert “Bob” Colvin
February 4, 1938 – March 5, 2017



It is with incredible sadness and great sorrow that we announce the passing of Robert “Bob” Colvin on March 5, 2017. Bob co-founded Maryland Fire Equipment Corporation in 1961 and served as our President and CEO since 1976. He developed the idea of this fire equipment company because he saw the great need to support the fire service in our community. Mr. C has maintained his ardent support for the fire service nationwide for 56 years.

Mr. C was a great visionary, leader, and mentor. He was the first person to identify the need for complete care of firefighter protective equipment. He developed and implemented the industry’s first PPE Care and Maintenance center in 1984 which is still in operation today. Mr. C sat on many industry related advisory boards and assisted other companies in developing other PPE centers as well.

Funeral services for Mr. Colvin will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. Visitation with the family will be from 10am – 12noon with the funeral service beginning at 12 noon. Internment at Ft. Lincoln Cemetery immediately following the service.


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