Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Archive | March, 2015

Certified Fire District Board Training

Certified Fire District Board Training

Join us at the Fire Fighters of Missouri annual convention and take advantage of this course offering. The fee for this class will be paid for by the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri and will be held in conjunction with their annual convention at Tan-Tar-A Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Boles Fire Department Awards Banquet

The Boles Fire District had its annual Awards Banquet on January 24, 2015. During the banquet, service awards were presented to the following: Chief Jim Casey and Assistant Chief Bill Strothkamp received 35 year service awards; Firefighter Mike Wussow and Chad Fallert received 5 year service awards; Fire Inspector Doug Allen, Firefighter/ Paramedic Joseph Sam Johnson, and Firefighter Larry Clements Jr. received 10 year service awards.

Two Departments Dispatched for Imminent Birth

BirthOn May 10, 2014 Boles Fire and Meramec Ambulance District were dispatched for an imminent birth. Upon arrival the crews found a mother had given birth to a 26 week gestation premature infant. The crews intubated and performed CPR on the scene and en-route to Mercy Hospital in Washington Missouri. This was the youngest infant ever treated at the ER at Mercy Washington. The infant was then flown to St. Louis. The infant is now 8 months old and doing excellent at home with his family.

New Moberly Fire Department Engine

Moberly-FDThe Moberly Fire Department recently took delivery of a 2014 Pierce Saber PUC Rescue Engine. This apparatus was purchased from Schuhmacher Fire Equipment in Washington MO, working with salesman Dan McDonald. The rescue engine is equipped with a 1500 GPM pump, 1000 gallon water tank, 30 gallon Class A foam system, and has six seated positions in the cab. It is equipped with a 26 inch extended front bumper, which allows for two hydraulic hose reels and extrication tools to be pre-connected for deployment. The apparatus is powered by a Cummins ISL9 400 HP engine. The cost of the apparatus was $410,000 and was purchased through HGACBuy, a GPO cooperative in Galveston TX.

Cole County Fire Protection District Awards

The Cole County Fire Protection District held their 2014 annual service awards banquet. The annual event shows appreciation to the firefighter’s for their years of service and dedication to the district.

There is another aspect that really stands out with the 2014 service awards. We recognized 11 firefighters who have given 205 years of service to the district. The combined years of service of district personnel are over 1,200 years. This in itself shows the commitment to the district by its personnel in the aspects of training, call response and the rewards of helping others in their time of need. Continue Reading →

Fire Damages Herculaneum Senior Living Center

Senior-CenterAt 5:45 a.m. on January 5, 2015, the Herculaneum Fire Department was dispatched to an alarm sounding at Autumn Ridge Senior Living facility, a multi-story residential facility in Herculaneum. Immediately, Jefferson County 911 Dispatch received multiple phone reports of visible flames on the exterior wall and roof of the building. The alarm was quickly upgraded to a first alarm assignment resulting in mutual aid assistance from the Festus Fire Department, Crystal City Fire Department, Dunklin Fire Protection District and the Joachim-Plattin Ambulance District. Continue Reading →

History’s Corner – March 2015

For the remainder of the year, and maybe there after, depending on how long I last, we will be featuring individual people places and things around our great state. These articles will involve folks, departments and maybe even fire trucks. I would like to call this effort People, Places and Things I Have Known and Loved!

Authors note:
When I was the Fire Chief of the Columbia Fire Department, let’s just say in the 1980’s, I had an experience that one might call a major career modification. I shot my first wife’s lover in the driveway of our home north of Columbia. Needless to say, city governments do not take that kind of action lightly, nor does law enforcement of the courts. Never went to jail and he did not die, thank goodness, but did make me rather paranoid for a period of time. The deed took place in November and the following year at Winter Fire School in February I went over to visit some old friends and was still looking for a job, and a life.

One of the first people I encountered in the hall was Al Banken, the Chief of the Dexter Fire Department We visited a couple of minutes and his almost exact words were “You know the boys and I have been comin’ to Columbia for fire school for years and the city is always nice enough to give us some cash to eat lunches and stuff on. We talked it over this morning and if I saw you they all wanted you to have this.” At this point he pressed around $150 in cash into my palm. These are the kind of folks I want to tell you about that I have known and loved! Continue Reading →

The Museum Project – March 2015

The past few months have been very busy getting ready for the grand opening of “Fireman’s Landing” at Silver Dollar City in Branson. They have invited FFAM to be front and center for the opening ceremony on April 11. Selections are being made for 13 firefighters and families to be special guests and honorees at the ceremony and Charlie Neubert has done a fantastic job of working directly with SDC on the logistics. I am hoping that FFAM can flood SDC on the 11th for that great ceremony. I have had the privilege of seeing the partially finished area and am eager to see the completed location. It will be an area dedicated to you who serve in communities all over Missouri and beyond, and remind children how much you do to serve. There will be 6 specially designed activities for children, all centered around firefighters, and 4 additional rides for all others. Station #3 is the centerpiece and has an authentic “bell” on top. Make your plans to bring your family to SDC on the 11th of April and take part in this memorable event. Continue Reading →