President Kenneth Hoover called the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri to order at 9:00 AM, Sunday, October 6, 2013 at the Woman’s Building, Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, MO.
First and foremost, please check out our brand new FFAM.org website. It looks great and is very user friendly. Thanks to everyone that worked so hard to get it designed and up and running.
I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful fall weather. This has been the nicest fall that I can remember for many years and we are finally receiving some much needed rain. But the nice fall weather has also brought the normal fall activities we all can expect.
The fall season also brings the traditional turkey and deer hunting season. I wish all of you the best of luck with your search for those trophies and again, practice safe habits, and please be careful.
Six months after (11) firefighters representing five local area fire departments were killed in the April 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas; EPA, OSHA and ATF have issued an advisory on storage, handling and management of ammonium nitrate. This is part of an ongoing federal effort to improve chemical safety regarding ammonium nitrate in relation to proper building design, storage containers and fire protection at facilities. I encourage all, but especially those of you who have primary response to chemical facilities within your jurisdiction to ensure your emergency response plans are up to date and maintained. More information related to this advisory can be viewed via www.epa.gov/oem/docs/chem/ AN_advisory.pdf.
In the January/February 2013 FFAM newsletter, an article, “Keep Hope Alive” was featured which highlighted the impact first responders have on potential organ donation viability when their patient cannot be saved. The article written by Debra Simaitis, mother of an organ donor and a member of the Governor’s Organ Donation Advisory Committee, mentioned a future training program targeting first responders and actions they can perform to ensure organ donation can remain viable. The training is now available online and those successfully completing the training are eligible for one hour of CEU toward their EMS certification. Go to www.health. mo.gov/organdonor. Click on the link to “Keep Hope Alive” training and register to participate. Your participation may allow you to save multiple lives by taking the appropriate action at fatal accident scenes. Whether you need CEU’s or not, I recommend all first responders take 30 minutes and watch the training video.
The Missouri State Fair Fire Department (MSFFD) has wrapped up another year of service to the patrons of the Missouri State Fair. The MSFFD continued to provide service to the 400 acre Missouri State Fairgrounds and the average 30,000 to 50,000 daily attendees, and possibly a record breaking attendance in 2013.
Members of the 2013 MSFFD represented 43 different agencies from Missouri and the Missouri Disaster Medical Team established a mobile hospital next to the firehouse. The Missouri Disaster Medical Team provided TdaP (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) vaccinations to fairgoers each day of the fair, for the normal MSFFD price, FREE.
During the 2013 campaign, the MSFFD responded to 142 total calls for service (111 in 2012). These calls for service included 59 medicals, 46 traumas, 5 transfers from the fairgrounds to Bothwell Hospital, 2 power pole fires, 2 motorist assists, a transformer fire, a transformer explosion, a gas leak and provided 25 special standbys for events. Emergency medical personnel treated 186 patients in the first aid station located within the firehouse.
As the State Fair came to a close on Sunday, August 18th, it was a reminder that summer too, will soon be over. I am sure I speak for all of us; the unseasonably mild weather during August has been a welcome sight, even though our utility companies may not agree!
A big congratulations and thank you goes out to all those that volunteered their time to serve at the Missouri State Fair Fire Department. There is no doubt your service to those individuals on the fairgrounds made a difference just knowing their personal safety was your mission. Thanks to Chief R.B. Brown for his leadership day in and day out during the fair.
Schools are back in session and we are all winding down all of our summer activities. It has been a very busy summer for many of us. It has been many days now without rain and the temperatures in the upper 90’s. We need some relief soon.
I had the privilege of being at the State Fair Fire Department during the State Fair and seeing many old friends and the opportunity to make many new ones. It is always encouraging to see so many firefighters and EMS personnel from all over the state come together to serve the fair attendees. We had several new faces this year and each one of them told me they enjoyed serving at the fair and looked forward to hopefully getting to return next year. My personal thanks go out to each of you for your professionalism, commitment and faithfulness to the FFAM.
President Kenneth Hoover called the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri to order at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, August 4, 2013 at the State Fair Fire Department in Sedalia, Missouri.
This is a reminder of the annual Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial services coming in May 2013.
The Saturday night Candlelight Services will be on May 18, 2013 at 9:00 pm.
The Sunday morning services will be on May 19, 2013 at 10:30 am
We will be paying respects to three (3) Line of Duty Deaths and approximately forty (40) Non Line of Duty Deaths this year.
Our Honor/Color Guard Commander this year is Lieutenant Joe Haefer of the Metro West Fire Protection District. We invite all Honor/Color Guards to please participate honoring our fallen brothers and sisters. You may contact Lieutenant Haefer at 636-236-9539 or his e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org