In the fall of 2004 two members of Ontario 7 who lived in the western regions of that chapter decided to try to start a chapter of the Red Knights in the Cobourg area. A date was set for a meeting and notices were sent to area fire stations. Eight firefighters attended a meeting at the Baltimore Fire Hall on November 25th and it was decided to apply for a chapter charter. The Charter for Ontario 13 was granted on the 18th of January 2005. From those original 8 members we have grown to a membership of over 30 and we grow a little more each year. In 2008 the Chapter took over the annual Scott's Ride for Bucko, a charity ride to raise funds for Camp Bucko, a BUrn Camp for Kids in Ontario. Camp bucko is supported by many Ontario fire departments and individual firefighters. Ontario 13 also supports the Big Brothers Big Sisters annual Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser by entering 2 or 3 bowling teams. ON 13 proudly hosted the Ontario Association's annual convention in 2010 and look forward to hosting it again in 2015.
During the summer of 1982 several firefighters were visiting "Randy's Cycle Shop" in Boylston, Massachusetts and the subject of motorcycle clubs came up. Soon they were all grousing about the fact that law enforcement people had a motorcycle club known as the Blue Knights but there was no club for firefighters. After this tire kicking session, owner Randy Wilson suggested to Ed Wright, a firefighter from Northboro, MA, that he stop talking about the lack of a club and form one instead.
Recognizing a good idea when he heard one, Ed Wright went home that afternoon and made some hand printed posters inviting firefighters from the area to meet and determine if there was enough interest to form a motorcycle club. On August 17th, 1982, Fire Chief Jack Pierce allowed a small group of motorcycle enthusiasts to meet in Northboro Fire Headquarters to lay the ground work for the formation of a motorcycle club.
On October 19th, 1982, firefighters Colin Mackey, Bob Bourassa, Ed Wright, Roger Wentzell, Dave Hamilton, Bob Goulet, David Hunt, Jon Tripp, Don Parker, Norm Beausleil and Chief Pierce met again. There was interest in promoting the positive image of motorcycling while enjoying the camaraderie of other firefighters. It was decided then that this group would be known as the Red Knights Motorcycle Club.
News of this new club spread like a grass fire. In July of 1983, a chapter was formed in Connecticut. In October of that year a second Massachusetts chapter was formed. Soon applications came in from such distant places as Nevada and Louisiana.
In August of 1983 the founding members realized the organization was rapidly growing beyond their original expectations. To properly handle this growth they elected a committee to serve as a National Board of Directors. With applications from Ontario and Saskatchewan, Canada, the club became the Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club.
To promote motorcycle safety
To project a postive image of motorcycling
To enjoy the community of FireFighters
To engage exclusively in social charitable and educational actiities directed at increasing the general understanding of, enjoyment of competency, sportsmanship and participation in the sport of motorcycling
"LOYAL TO OUR DUTY"