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A Message From The 1st Vice President

Greetings all! I hope your summer has been going well and you are finding time to enjoy the great outdoors and the many activities our state offers. The Missouri State Fair is upon us and the Missouri State Fair Fire Department will proudly be representing the FFAM to all fair visitors. My thought for the FFAM and the fire service this time is actually a question: What is the image we are portraying?

By “we” I mean the collective whole and the individual members. The members of the fire service, whether just in the state of Missouri or across the entire nation have an obligation to each other. That obligation is to exhibit a strong image, gain respect through our image and protect the image of the fire service. There was once a time in our history that all members of the service were revered not only in their local community, but all across our nation. Through the actions of some, but certainly not the majority, our sterling image and the respect it commanded has waned a bit. Continue Reading →

Awards and Nominations

Believe it or not the awards committee is already asking for nominations for the annual awards scheduled to be presented at the 2018 FFAM Convention in Chillicothe. The various award categories and nomination criteria are available on the FFAM website and can be submitted at any time up to the February 28, 2018, deadline. When you identify someone worthy of nomination it is often best to submit that nomination as soon as possible so the busy schedules we all keep don’t force you to try to remember a “last minute” nomination.

Many of our members are worthy of nomination for the various awards, but without your help with submitting a nomination, the awards committee has no way of knowing who they are. Don’t sit back and make the presumption someone else will make a nomination as they may be operating on the belief you are submitting the required documentation. Take a step towards recognizing a worthy member of our organization and make a nomination today!

Forms Available Online:

ffam.org/committees/awards/

Until Next Year

Why is it that you anticipate, plan, scheme, prepare and generally run yourself about half-way past crazy to make sure an event is ready and then before you know it, the event is over? On behalf of the planning committee who worked to make this year’s convention successful we say, thank you for your patience and attendance. For those of you that have hosted in the past, you know how frustrating and rewarding the process can be, but in the end the good times we have far outweigh any of the perceived “concerns” we had in the planning stages. Many of you pitched in and assisted the committee at various times during the convention and even if we didn’t thank you at the time, your assistance was appreciated and you helped us provide a successful event.

This year was no exception to the fine tradition of conventions with fun had by those attending, competitive battles won and lost, notable awards being presented, scholarships awarded and maybe the best part, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. Sedalia and the Missouri State Fairgrounds were again a fitting setting to host the event as the FFAM has deep roots planted from the many years of service to the fair and has forged lasting relationships across the Sedalia area.

We hope those of you that were not able to join us this year will mark your calendars and make the effort to join the group in Chillicothe in 2018. I know next year’s host is already working hard to put together a worthwhile convention for all. To those of you that were able to join us this year please help spread the word about the event and encourage other members of your agency or perhaps your neighboring agencies to take part next year.

2017 FFAM Convention Awards and Recognition

Chief Robert Looper, Holt Community Fire Protection District.

The Awards Committee was honored again this again this year to process, evaluate and assist in the selection of awards for many of our deserving members. We had several nominations for the award categories we recognize, but there is always room for more. The awards given this year were: Continue Reading →

A Message From the 1st Vice President – May 2017

Thank you! I know we normally say thank you at the end of many of our conversations, but I feel it is correct in this context to say it up front. It was humbling to have received encouragement from many of you for me to fill the vacant 1st Vice President position. It is an honor to be selected to fill the position and although I was the only candidate, I would like to think at least some of you thought I would be the best candidate.

Unlike many in today’s politics I don’t have an “agenda” that I want to push through, but I do have a thought or two about our organization and the fire service. My thought to share today is, I believe we must continue to define, refine and showcase the FFAM as the premier organization representing the entire Missouri fire service. By entire I mean each and every one of us including all full-time, part-time, paid, volunteer, union, non-union, and new or veteran members. We have instilled so many descriptive terms for the members of our profession that we have at times drawn dividing lines where there should not be any, after all aren’t we all just “firefighters” trying to make our communities better? There are many organizations that represent certain pieces of us and they each have their respective purpose and goals. In my belief, the FFAM should be the one single clearing house that serves every member of the fire service with no judgment, bias, discrimination, hard feelings or division. Continue Reading →

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.

Recognition and Awards Time!

As we move closer to the 2017 convention we also move closer to the February 28, deadline to submit award nominations. The Awards Committee evaluates nominees to determine who may be given the appropriate recognition during the convention for their actions and contributions to the fire service.

The task given the Awards Committee is completely driven by the nominations submitted by each of you, yes that includes you! Each of us works with or knows of someone or an agency that is deserving of one of the various awards. The award categories are: Chief Officer of the Year, Fire Department of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, Life Saving Award, Meritorious Action, Youth Program Award and the Phil Sayer Lifetime Achievement Award.

Detailed explanations of each category and nomination forms with instructions are available at www.ffam.org/committees/awards.

Convention 2017…We Want You There!

Now that we have made it through the busy holiday season it’s time to think about the spring weather and getting together with our extended “fire family and friends.” What better way is there to reconnect with fellow fire service related people than attending the Annual FFAM Convention?

Convention 2017 planning is in full swing and we are starting to finalize plans in hopes of making this the best convention yet. Mark your calendars now for April 21-23 and plan on joining us on the beautiful grounds of the Missouri State Fair. You will have the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. We are working on an opening ceremony with a little extra flare so if you have a color guard or even just a department flag contact Shelby Phifer and let her know if you would like to participate and be represented at the convention. Continue Reading →