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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

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 →

FFAM 2017 Convention Details

The 2016 FFAM Convention is behind us and hopefully all that were able to attend had a great time and were able to make new and re-visit old friendships. The convention is in part about getting the business of the organization done, but is also about the fellowship and strengthening of each of us at a personal level as we continue to participate in an often thankless job that can be filled with a roller coaster of positive and negative experiences.

Convention 2017 is being hosted by the State Fair Fire Department and the committee has been working hard to make next year’s convention a successful and rewarding experience for each of you. We hope you will start making plans now to attend and will spread the word to everyone you work with so they can make plans to attend also. Continue Reading →

The Winner Is…

trophyFebruary 28, 2016 is approaching faster than most of us would want to admit at this point, but the reality is that it is coming no matter how much we refuse to believe. With that being the case it is time you take a look at those members of the FFAM in your area that have performed noteworthy actions that merit a nomination for an award from the FFAM.

You may remember from earlier articles the award categories have been reviewed and most have received some adjustments to provide additional clarification or in some cases a broader range for actions that fit within the criteria of the awards. Although we all like those periods of time when things just idle along at a “routine” pace and nothing extraordinary takes place it always seems those periods don’t last often and without doubt you know of someone in your area whose actions are befitting consideration for recognition.

Please review the award categories and nomination criteria on the FFAM website, and make your nomination today.

All nominations and supporting documentation must be submitted to meet the February 28 deadline. Once the information is received the committee members will take those nominations under consideration in preparation for the award presentations at the 2016 FFAM Convention April 29-May 1 in Osage Beach.


Larry Jennings, Committee Chair

Larry Jennings, Committee Chair

I am taking this opportunity to introduce myself to those of you who have not met me and to re-introduce myself to many of you that have known me for years. President Hoover has asked that I act as chairman of the FFAM Awards Committee and asked that I give you an introduction to me and the Awards Committee.

First about me, I have been in the fire service for thirty-nine years serving the entire time in Johnson County. I have served as Chief of the Johnson County Fire Protection District for the past nineteen years with the last eight as a full-time paid position. During the years of fire service I have also served time as a police officer, investigator for the Missouri Division of Fire Safety and an investigator for a large insurance company. Continue Reading →