Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Archive | March, 2014

60th FFAM Convention – May 2-4, 2014 – Festus, MO

JeffCo-copyRandolph Mantooth will highlight the 60th Fire Fighters Association of Missouri Convention this May 2–4.

“Sixty Years of Brotherhood in the Fire Service” is the theme of the 60th Fire Fighters Association of Missouri convention hosted by the Jefferson County. The convention will be held at the Best Western Shalimar Plaza Hotel & Convention Center, 1200 West Gannon Drive, Festus, Missouri, on Friday, May 2 through Sunday, May 4. The Jefferson County firefighters previously hosted the convention in 1964 and 1996.

Most of the convention activities will take place around the host hotel including the competitions on Saturday, the vendor booths and meetings. The Friday night mixer and Saturday banquet will be held in the atrium room of the hotel. There are several food establishments nearby, with many in walking distance of the hotel.

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Fire Marshal’s Update – March 2014

Wanted Dead or Alive – Punxsutawney Phil – described as contributor to “cabin fever”, with small beady eyes, chubby and furry! Seriously…bring on Spring!

The bitter cold temperatures, snow and ice have challenged all of you on a daily basis and I applaud you for your commitment and dedication to protecting those you serve in these adverse conditions.

Since late fall these conditions too have attributed to a notable increase in the number of residential fire-related fatalities and injuries. From November to date, the Division has assisted with the investigation of 28 incidents resulting in 33 civilian fatalities. Many of these incidents were the result of alternative heat source uses and lack of smoke alarms. Once again, I encourage you to take every opportunity to raise the level of awareness and educate the public on the importance of adequate smoke alarm coverage. If we do not commit to this task who will?

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Promotion of Gary W. McCutchen

O'Fallon-promotion-copyThe O’Fallon Fire Protection District (OFPD) Board of Directors: Chairman Bill Laughlin, Vice Chairman Matthew Simmons, and Treasurer Matthew Gober, and Fire Chief Mike Ballmann are proud to announce the promotion of Engineer Gary W. McCutchen to the rank of Captain.

Captain McCutchen participated in a promotional process with seven of his peers. The promotional process consisted of a written test, practical skills assessments, testing on the proper application of policies and procedures, and an oral interview.

Captain McCutchen began his career as a volunteer Firefighter with the O’Fallon District, October 13, 1998, was promoted to a career firefighter January 1, 2002, and one year later was promoted to a career Engineer’s position. Captain McCutchen is a Missouri State certified Fire Officer II, Fire Service Instructor II, Fire Inspector, and is a member of the St. Charles County Technical Rescue Taskforce.

Captain McCutchen resides in Moscow Mills, Missouri with wife Shelly and their two teenage daughters. All members of the O’Fallon Fire Protection District congratulate Captain McCutchen on his promotion!

History’s Corner – March 2014

history-corner-newsThe featured antique newsletter for this article is volume nine, number three, which was published in May of 1966. You may ask why I selected this issue to highlight the 1960’s but the answer is clear if you check the lower left hand corner of the copy, my picture is there!

The 1960’s were wild times for our country. In 1964 Congress gave President Johnson authorization to use ‘conventional’ military force in South East Asia and by 1966, we had 500,000 troops in Vietnam. In March of 1966, two months before this newsletter was published, 200,000 people participated in a worldwide demonstration against the war.

This was also the time in our history when race riots continued to increase across our nation. In many major cities, the National Guard was called out to bring back law and order.

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Open Call – District Nominations

By-Laws State the following:

“Article V – Section 6. Board of Directors The Board of Directors shall consist of thirteen district Directors, a President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, and Sergeant-at-Arms. Board of Directors shall be elected for a term of three years. Board of Directors shall be re-elected on staggered terms to be due for re-election on their third anniversary. The State of Missouri will be divided into thirteen districts with board members residing within the district, which they are elected to represent.”

There are five districts which will stand for election at the 2014 Convention in Festus, Missouri. All five of the Directors currently serving in these Districts have filed for re-election. Anyone currently listed from a department of good standing within the listed districts may submit their name for nomination. A district listing can be found on the FFAM website; www.ffam.org. Go to Officers – District and a state map is located at the bottom of that page. You must reside within the district you are running for.

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The Museum Project – March 2014

The brotherhood of firefighters came together once again because of a line of duty death. Lt. Britt’s tragic death is a reminder that firefighters face different kinds of risks on every call they make. We join with all of you in expressing sympathy to the family and fellow firefighters of Columbia. Our prayers have been and continue to be with all involved. One significant tribute was the presentation of the U.S. Honor Flag. Several individuals were present at the Firefighters’ Memorial as they stopped with the flag. The ceremony was simple and brief, but very meaningful. Other tributes were meaningful as well.

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Firefighter Dies at Scene of Walkway Collapse

Bruce Britt

Bruce Britt

Lieutenant Bruce Britt, a 23-year veteran of the Columbia Fire Department, died yesterday morning while working at the scene of a walkway collapse at a University of Missouri apartment complex.

Britt, 48, suffered fatal injuries while trying to assist residents at University Village, 601 S. Providence Road, Columbia Fire Chief Charles Witt said. Columbia Fire Department units responded to Building 707 of the MU apartment complex at 4:41 a.m.

Witt said Britt became entrapped after the collapse of a section of second-floor exterior walkway and was taken by ambulance to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Witt talked about the incident during a brief news conference yesterday afternoon at Fire Station No. 1 on Orr Street.

Britt is the first Columbia firefighter to die in the line of duty since Donald “Hector” Crum was killed December 1, 1986.

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President’s Remarks – March 2014

What a busy time since our last newsletter. Many things have taken place since then, and I will try to enlighten you on several of them.

Because of the severe weather, we canceled our scheduled February 2 FFAM Board meeting that was to be held in Festus, Missouri at the host hotel of our annual convention. So I re-scheduled the board meeting for March 2 in Sedalia, but again, the weatherman was predicting 6 to 8 inches of snow on top of some ice. I felt the safety of all that would be attending would be at risk and therefore canceled that meeting also. We might look for a better date but could end up just waiting for the board meeting at convention in May.

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