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State Fair Fire Department

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all who worked and donated services and time to make a successful fair this year. There were 48 departments represented with 662 total personnel working the fair activities during the 12 days we were in service for an average work force of 55 each day.

The inspection crew installed 181 batteries in the facilities smoke detectors and CO alarms and completed 151 inspections. They flowed, flushed and marked all 29 fire hydrants in 220 hours prior and during the fair. The EMS calls this year were 138 at the start of the last Sunday and we had 206 walk-ins to the first aid station.

The fire crews responded to all events for standby and completed several demonstrations for the public. We had 3 live fire demonstrations for fire extinguishers. The first Saturday of the fair had record attendees at the fire house and we stayed out for two and a half hours showing proper usage of fire extinguishers to the fairgoers. The extrication demonstration is always popular with the crowds as they get a close up view of what they see too often on the side of the road as they are driving by. We made sure to remind the crowds to slow down and give anyone on the side of the road their full attention and let us complete our duties safely so we can all return home safely. Continue Reading →

Charlie Neubert is Recognized

Charlie Neubert is recognized for years of service by the Commissioners and Firefighters of the 2017 Missouri State Fair Fire Department.

Today, the Missouri State Fair Fire Department recognized Charlie Neubert for 40 years of service to the department. Charlie started with the department as a junior dispatching for the station during the fair. Charlie served as the Fire Chief of the State Fair Fire Department for the years 1988 and 1989. He has been a commissioner of the department since 1994. Charlie was a career firefighter for 33 years and is currently serving as Deputy Chief of the Highlandville Fire Department.

Charlie’s memories of the State Fair Fire Department are numerous and he shared a few of them for this article. During the 1989 Missouri State Fair, they were dispatched to a burn victim at the Midway. Upon arrival, they saw heavy smoke showing from the area of the carnival. They had four engine companies from the Missouri State Fair Fire Department respond to the scene. There were seven tractor trailers used by the carnival on fire. They requested mutual aid from the City of Sedalia Fire Department for an additional engine company. They brought the fire under control and were on the scene for about six hours. The State of Missouri Fire Marshal Office was contacted to assist with the investigation. The cause of the fire was determined to be arson. Continue Reading →

Poster Contest Winners

The 2017 Poster Contest Winners attended the Missouri State Fair.  They are being presented their award check along with Fire Prevention Committee Chairman RB Brown.

Fifth Grade: Trenten Bailey – Union FPD

Third and Fourth Grade: Calvin Brune – Union FPD

Third and Fourth Grade: Eli Schmieder – Union FPD

Third and Fourth Grade: Macey Shatzer – Paris Rural FPD

State Fair FD Awards

At the Awards Ceremony and Business Meeting held Saturday, August 19, at the Missouri State Fair Fire Department, it was decided that the Department Union will be making several donations to various causes. The Missouri State Fair Fire Department (MSFFD) Union collects fines during the fair from firefighters and EMS personnel to raise funds for these different donations. It is all done with good intentions. The fines are collected from personnel who have committed silly actions the previous day and gotten caught.

The first donation will be used for the 2017 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Jefferson City which will be hosted by the Missouri State Fire Marshall on September the 10th at the Jefferson Building. The MSFFD has elected to donate $350 to sponsor a floor during the stair climb. The fire department will also buy three bricks in memory of fallen Firefighter Jeffrey Sanders of Mayview, Captain John Kemper from St. Louis FD and Firefighter Jesse Ketchum of Memphis who lost their lives in the line of duty. The department voted to purchase a fourth brick for the 2017 MSFFD. These bricks will proudly be displayed at the Firefighter Memorial located in Kingdom City. Continue Reading →

Honoring LODD

At the meeting of all personnel on August 19, 2017 we gathered to honor the Clinton Missouri police officer who lost his life in the line of Duty, Officer Gary Michael. His Road Sergeant, Chad Nepple represented the Clinton Police Department for the presentation. We gave the family a firefighter flag that was signed by Law Enforcement, EMS, Fire, Conservation and State Officials at the 2017 Missouri State Fair to honor his ultimate sacrifice. He lost his life on August 6, 2017, during a traffic stop.

Propane Emergency Training in Sedalia

lp-1The Fire Fighters Association of Missouri and the Missouri State Fair Fire Department (MSFFD) hosted a no cost, two-day training in cooperation with the City of Sedalia Fire Department, Pettis County Fire Department, National Propane Education and Research Council, Missouri Propane Education and Research Council, University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute, and the State of Missouri Fire Marshall’s office for firefighters at the Missouri State Fairgrounds firehouse. EMS equipment and an ambulance were furnished by the Higginsville Fire Protection District, Higginsville EMS and Wellington Fire Protection District for rehab and on scene medical care.

The trainers instructed twelve hours of classroom training on how to handle propane emergencies to assist the firefighters on scene and eight hours of hands on firefighting skills dealing with propane fires and vehicles. The bobtail delivery vehicles were used for vehicle familiarization if an emergency occurred and were furnished by Heet Gas Company of Cole Camp and MFA Oil Company of Warrensburg. These companies also fueled the live fire training props with propane for the exercise.

Live fire props of a domestic propane tank and bobtail were used for the live fire training. Basic propane equipment and parts were used to assist in building firefighter knowledge and awareness when arriving on the scene. Several industry experts were on hand for questions and instruction during the evolutions of live fire training. Continue Reading →

2016 Missouri State Fair Fire Department Report

The Missouri State Fair started in typical August fashion with hot weather. We had a staff on hand of 75 volunteer’s average per day to manage and care for all the fair visitors. We had five ALS ambulances and four engines ready to respond during the 264 hours we were in service. The Missouri DMAT team again deployed to assist with patient care free of charge for the fair visitors. Their staff averaged eleven people per day and were available to provide care and treatment as needed. We provided service with a total of 756 personnel during the fair totaling 18,144 hours of service.

The concerts and events kept us busy with the heat for opening weekend. Calls are always interesting to make it through all the crowds safely to assist those in need. We had big turn outs at the firehouse for kids wanting to see the equipment and of course Patches and Pumper and the famous Sparky and Smokey the Bear. We have great participation from all the crews on standby staying at the firehouse to assist with public relations. Continue Reading →

Propane Responders Conference

The Fire Fighters Association of Missouri and the Missouri State Fair Fire Department (MSFFD) hosted a no cost, two day training in cooperation with the City of Sedalia Fire Department, Pettis County Fire Protection District, Pettis County Ambulance District, and the City of Higginsville EMS. The National Propane Education and Research Council, the Missouri Propane Education and Research Council, the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute, and the State of Missouri Fire Marshall’s office coordinated the operations for the benefit of these firefighters at the Missouri State Fairgrounds on September 12-13, 2015.

The instructors provided eight hours of classroom training on how to handle propane emergencies to assist the firefighters on scene and an additional eight hours of hands-on firefighting skills dealing with propane fires and vehicles. The transport delivery vehicle and bobtail delivery vehicles were used for vehicle familiarization if an emergency occurred. Continue Reading →