Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Archive | October, 2014

Memorial Foundation – September 2014

Meeting was brought to order by Chairperson Keith Smith

Keith Smith, Ken Hoover, Steve McLane, Don Wilmesher, Don Hahne, and Harriett Vaucher. Guests present: Ron Baker, Don Vaucher and Josh Biggers

Chairperson Smith advised that since we only have 7 board members present that does not consist of a quorum so any votes needed will be continued for approval by telephone or e-mail if needed. Several members had last minute changes and could not make the meeting. Doc Kritzer will be arriving late if possible.

Motion was made by Ken Hoover to accept the resignation of Randy Cole, 2nd by Don Wilmesher. Motion carried with a quorum of 7 members.

Keith Smith discussed the recent passing of his father, Vice Chairman Art Smith. Keith thanked the foundation members for the support and from the support of the funeral assistance team. The family is very grateful to all that were present and for the many long hours in preparation for the services. Chief Hoover advised the Memorial Board presented a memorial statute to the Smith family for the many years of dedication and service to the Memorial and to the entire family of FFAM. Continue Reading →

History’s Corner – September 2014


Since the last newsletter was published, two of my old and dear friends have answered their last alarm. This seems to be a trend in a person’s life when you are reaching nearly three quarters of a century old. Many of the “fire service warriors” who built fire districts and other fire service organizations in our fine state are reaching or have passed retirement age. Others like the two featured in this article have gone on to their final reward. The beauty of this story about two of our fire service leaders is that they have in both cases provided another generation to follow in their footsteps. Continue Reading →

Meeting Minutes – September 2014

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 3, 2014 at the State Fair Fire Department in Sedalia, MO.

Roll Call of Board of Directors

President Kenneth Hoover, Little Dixie FPD; First Vice President Tim Bean, West Plains FD; Second Vice President Charlie Neubert, Highlandville Rural FPD; Secretary Treasurer Jaime Miller, Johnson County FPD; Sergeant-at-Arms Rex Reynolds, Southern FPD of Holt County; Past President Keith Smith, Warrenton FPD; Historian Kay Asher, Wentzville FPD. Continue Reading →

Fire Marshal’s Update – September 2014

It seems every time I write a cautionary note about dry summer weather, it rains. But as wet as it is in some areas, the rain in Missouri continues to be spotty with some portions of the state receiving little precipitation over the last few months. Additionally, wet summer weather brings high humidity and the dangers associated with working in those conditions. As we progress into the fall, please remain vigilant in monitoring those fire service responders working in our changing weather. Continue Reading →

President’s Remarks – September 2014

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 an extremely difficult year for me as I have had to say goodbye to many dear fire service friends. I had the honor of officiating at the funeral of my dear friend, Arthur “Shorty” Smith. Shorty was a true example of what a fire service leader is. Art sacrificed many times providing for numerous departments in this state and for numerous firefighters, by giving financially and of his time. I was proud to call Art a friend, my assistant chief, and a leader to all who knew him. There were many others that have passed this year as well and my thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.
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. My personal thanks go out to each of you for your professionalism, commitment and faithfulness to FFAM. I believe this was the best fair for many years, the weather, the professional abilities and attitudes, and the willingness to put others before themselves. Great job everyone. Continue Reading →

Auxiliary Minutes – September 2014

Vice President Diane Hanes called meeting to order at 9:01 a.m.

Asked if there were any corrections or additions to the June 1st, 2014, meeting notes; there were none. Jessica Miller made a motion to accept the meeting notes as they are, and motion seconded my Pam Carsten, motion passed.

Theresa handed out and read the financial report. Beginning balance was $4,351.77; income of $60.00, and expenses of $171.31 for a new balance of $4,240.46. Pam Carsten made a motion to accept the financial report as read, seconded by Sherri Berendzen, motion passed. Theresa indicate a check for the quilt raffle at the convention still needs to be written. Continue Reading →