Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Archive | March, 2017

Convention Time!

As you all are probably aware by now the 2017 FFAM Convention is just around the corner. Hopefully by the time you are reading this you have already submitted your registration, made your lodging reservations and have made plans to join us in Sedalia, April 21-23. We plan to have a great convention and it will only be better if you each can join us as we visit with old friends, make new friends, take part in some friendly competition and conduct the official business of the FFAM.

We are offering four training opportunities this year so those attending can enhance their knowledge and skills. Certified Fire and Ambulance District Board Training and Strategies of Leadership: Recruiting and Retaining Emergency Service Volunteers will both be offered. Additionally, we are offering a four-hour Pipeline Association of Missouri Emergency Response training on Friday morning and a two-hour Introduction to Public Safety Officer Benefits training on Friday afternoon. All you need to do is register for the training(s) of your choice and you will be good to go. All trainings are scheduled to end early enough to allow you an opportunity to visit the various vendors that will be present in the Mathewson Exhibition Center.

We all hope you have made plans to join us and we look forward to seeing each of you on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia in April.

Boles FPD Starts New Tradition

On behalf of Boles FPD, we would like to thank our residents for passing Proposition Safety last April. Due to your generosity, we are able to hire twelve additional full-time career firefighters and will be able to bring on additional reserve firefighters.

As of January 22, 2017 we were able to staff all 4 stations with 2 members 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. With the additional staffing, we will cut initial response time’s district wide.

With hiring additional career and reserve firefighters, many changes have taken place. We started a new tradition within our organization. We hosted our first pinning ceremony on February 15, 2017. During that presentation, 24 received new badges. Continue Reading →

Randolph County Awards

On February 11 the Randolph County Fire Departments Second Annual Awards Dinner was held. This dinner is held to recognize Fire Fighters and Citizens of the communities that have a positive impact for the respective Fire Districts. There were approximately 240 people in attendance with the Little Dixie FPD Color Guard Presenting the Colors also with an excellent meal provided by Poppa Rocks Catering. Guest Speaker for the nights event was Acting State Fire Marshal Greg Carrell.  Also in attendance were State Representatives,  Tim Remole, Chuck Basye, Cheri Toalson Reisch, Presiding Commissioner John Trusdale, Fire Fighters Association President Chief Kenneth Hoover, Fire Fighters Association District 3 Director Chief Larry Jones. Emcee for the nights events was Captain Charlie Peel,  Southeastern Randolph FPD.Listed below are the award winners for each district. Continue Reading →

City of Riverside Press Release

Since 2012 Greg Mills has held two different positions with the City of Riverside: as the Director of Public Safety, a position he assumed in 2005; and Riverside’s City Administrator. In 1975 Riverside established the Department of Public Safety, which had police officers dual trained as fire fighters. No longer a safe or efficient model for providing for the public safety, in 2008 Riverside established a separate fire department, with Mills leading both police and fire. Over the next several months Mills will transition to retirement and in preparation for that Riverside’s Board of Aldermen has eliminated the position of Director of Public Safety and has selected a Police Chief and a Fire Chief. These two people will be officially sworn in at the March 7th Board of Aldermen meeting, which begins at 7:00 pm at Riverside’s City Hall.

To be appointed as Chief of Police is Riverside Police Major Chris Skinrood. Major Skinrood was hired as a Reserve Public Safety Officer in June of 1995 and became a full time officer in October of 1995. Since then he has risen through the ranks being promoted to Patrol Sergeant in 2005, moved to the Administrative Sergeant’s position in 2008, and promoted to the position of Captain in 2009. In March of 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Major. Major Skinrood is responsible for the daily operations of the police division, including, budgeting, patrol, communications, and the Criminal Investigation Unit. He is a member of the Metro Squad and the Metropolitan Area Regional Radio System Committee. Continue Reading →

Southeastern Randolph FD Receives Grants

Gathered for the Enbridge Energy Company donation to the Southeastern Randolph Fire Department shown from left: Richard McKenzie, Lafe Stone, Carols Cruz, Charlie Peel, Fire Chief Vic Sharp, Board President Kevin Thompson, Randolph County Presiding Commissioner John Truesdell, Commissioner Jerry Crutchfield, Mitchell Croney, Ann Farnen, Commissioner Wayne Wilcox; and Assistant Chief/Mutual Aid Group Coordinator Jim Wilson.

It’s an exciting time for the Southeastern Randolph Fire Department (SRFD). SRFD Fire Chief Vic Sharp said the department in Clark, Missouri, received a Community Reinvestment Grant of $9000 and a Safe Community Grant of $1000 from Enbridge Energy Company on October 6th.

The funding will got to constructing a 30-by-30-foot training building at the Clark station for all local fire departments – as well as the community – to use, said Charlie Peel, who works with Enbridge and volunteers at the SRFD.

The plans for the building so far include an open design, but the building will likely have garage doors to close when necessary, Peel said. Continue Reading →

Howell County Rural Fire District #1 Dinner

Howell County Rural Fire District #1 recently had a Firefighter Appreciation dinner. We honored those that had been with our department for five years or more. In the picture first row from left to right are: Lieutenant/Head Safety Officer Lee Arthurs- 6 years of service; Captain Verlin Bunch, 8 Years of service; Assistant Chief Chris Wilbanks, 7 years of service; and Fire Chief Joe Auffert, 35 years of service. Back row from left to right: Administrative Officer Christel Cantrell, 15 years of service; Board Vice President Doyle Surritte, 15 years of service; Board President Joe Bean, 17 years of service; and Secretary Fern Welker, 5 years of service. We appreciate these men and women serving our community.