Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Archive | November, 2015

History’s Corner – November 2015

HC1Well, here we are again, starting the holiday season all over again. I consider myself blessed that I am now about to embark on my seventy-sixth holiday season and all the blessings that go with it. At this time of year we all find ourselves reflecting on things we have done and folks we have known. We also look forward to interaction with family and friends, individuals we have known and loved and ones we continue to love.

We also look around us to review the changes we have found in our communities and our surroundings. The news today, as an example, headlined the fact that today was the 50th anniversary of the opening of the St. Louis Arch! Fifty years ago, the arch was opened to the public and was dedicated to the memory of Thomas Jefferson. Since I grew up in the shadows of the construction of the arch in St. Charles County, the building of it is clear in my memory. The thing I do not understand about the arch is why we waited 189 years to honor such an American icon and founder father with this structure, since he was the second President of the United States and a principal author of the Declaration of Independence! President Jefferson died in 1826 in Charlottesville, Virginia. There will be more about that subject later in this article. Continue Reading →

22nd JeffCo Fire Engine Rally Award Winners

JeffCo4Over sixty-five fire trucks and ambulances ascended on the Herculaneum City Park on Saturday, September 26 to take part in the 22nd Annual Jeffco Fire Engine Rally sponsored by the Jefferson County Firefighters Association. The fall weather was absolutely gorgeous and the event attracted firefighters, children and festival attendees from across the state. The 22nd rally followed in the footsteps of its predecessors by once again being a very successful event.

As in the past, this year’s rally kicked off with a parade of emergency apparatus traveling from Crystal City to the city park in Herculaneum. Following the parade, an opening ceremony was held that includes a memorial service honoring the men and women associated with the Jefferson County fire service who passed away during the previous year. The memorial includes the reading of the individual’s name, their years of service and department followed by a single ring of the memorial bell. Individuals remembered this year included: Terry Bouska, Goldman Fire Protection District; Farris H. Hamlyn, Sr. High Ridge Fire Protection District; Daniel E. Marler, Herculaneum Fire Department; Dennis W. Marler, Herculaneum Fire Department; Joseph F. Peery, Sr. Jefferson R-7 Fire Protection District; Anthony A. (Tony) Picarella, Crystal City Fire Department; Richard Saller, Antonia Fire Protection District; Stephen F. Siracusa, Crystal City Fire Department and Wayne Weber, Cedar Hill Fire Protection District. A moment of silence in remembrance of September 11, 2001, is also included in the memorial. Members of the Ozark Firefighters Association provided the Color Guard for the fire engine rally. Continue Reading →

Funeral Team Update – November 2015

Working in public safety we all know that, to a degree, we must distance ourselves from the event which we are called to respond to. It’s not our emergency, but someone else’s, and they call on us to assist them in handling it. By depersonalizing the incident, it allows us the ability to maintain an objective perspective so we can make appropriate decisions based on facts, standards, and guidelines, versus emotion.

Today I want to talk to you about a very difficult topic, honoring our public safety officers. When a tragedy occurs within our own organization, maintaining objective decision making abilities is extremely difficult because this is now “our” emergency. We often act on emotion versus those facts, standards, and guidelines we employ when making objective decisions for someone else’s emergency. Continue Reading →

News From District 3

Greetings from District 3. The year 2015 is almost ready for the books. It has been filled with local fire department runs and events.

We have also had a busy FFAM year. If you didn’t do an FFAM event in 2015, do it in 2016.

Our upcoming events include: Winter Fire School on February 5-7, 2016 in Columbia, FFAM Convention on April 29 – May 1, 2016 at the Lake of the Ozarks, the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service at Kingdom City, and the Missouri State Fair in August. You will be finding out information about all of these events in upcoming FFAM newsletter. If you haven’t attended some of these events, please try them in 2016.

All of us from District 3 wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas.

Larry Jones

Director of District 3

An Update From the 2nd Vice President

I want to first express my deepest sympathy for our lost brothers who answered their final call with the Kansas City Fire Department (KCFD). My heart fell when the news came on with the report of the fire and the wall that collapsed on four firefighters. My eyes started to water thinking of how, without a second delay, the guys went after their brothers. Having seen something similar when a wall fell on an engine company trapping a man in the jump seat. Your heart stops, then all you want to do is get to them as fast as possible, do everything possible, thinking of nothing but getting them out. My prayers to the families, the entire Kansas City Fire Department, and especially to the men and women on the scene that night. God be with you all!

Changing focus to a completely different spectrum, the State Fair is over and with the blink of an eye the holiday season is here! Time really does fly by! I realize that it has been said many times but I do want to thank everybody that gave their time and vacations to work this year’s fair. It always is impressive how everybody works so well together regardless of what part of the state they come from. I want to add a special thanks to the command staff for all the hard work that they do. Many of these guys help me out in a big way by getting equipment to use during the fair. Items such as pumpers, ambulances, EMS carts, EMS supplies, heart monitors, rescue tools, etc. Lots and lots of equipment, that with the work from the staff, and the huge help from fire departments, ambulance districts, and equipment companies that supply these at no cost for us. Thank you! Continue Reading →

Bolivar City FD Participates in NYC Stair Climb

Bolivar City Fire Department

Bolivar City Fire Department

Bolivar City Fire Department members traveled to New York City to participate in the very first City of New York Fire Department (FDNY) sponsored stair climb.

Each participant paid tribute to a FDNY firefighter by climbing or walking the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center, 2200+ stairs. Each individual tribute not only remembered the sacrifice of an FDNY brother, but symbolically completes their heroic journey to save others. Continue Reading →

Eastern Randolph County FPD Training

Basic firefighter class live burn for flammable liquids at the Eastern Randolph County Fire Protection District in Moberly.