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Archive | January, 2015

History’s Corner – January 2015

Directly across Highway 76 from my home in Stonebridge Estates in Branson West is the entrance to a place that will take you back in time to the late 1800’s and life in the Ozarks. In those days there was no Table Rock Lake or a gazillion shows on a “strip” of highway that always has more cars on it than any other in the state. There was no downtown or landing to draw folks into this unique area of Missouri. The thing that did draw settlers to Stone County Missouri in the 1800’s was the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains, the White River and the naturally fertile soil suitable for growing corn and wheat.

The Delaware Indians immigrated to this region about 1800 to 1808 and remained until their evacuation under government orders in 1830 to the Kansas Territory. The settlers of the county generally came from Kentucky and Tennessee in search of a better life for their families and more land to develop.

The county was officially formed in February of 1851, out of parts of Taney County, Missouri. It was named after William Stone, a veteran of the War of 1812 and a prominent citizen of Taney County. Jamestown was named the county seat. It was later renamed Galena due to natural lead deposits in the area. Other towns, including Reeds Spring and Kimberling City, soon formed as well. Kimberling City was named after John Wesley Kimberling, who operated the Kimberling ferry. The ferry was the only way to cross the White River until the Kimberling Bridge was built. Continue Reading →

Job Opening: Assistant Chief – Training And Education

Western Taney County Fire Department
Salary: $44,000/yr depending on qualifications
Closing Date: Open until filled

The Western Taney County Fire District is recruiting for the position of Assistant Chief of Training and Education.

The ideal candidate should have a passion for educating firefighters, enhances learning by utilizing modern teaching styles, and embracing new technologies. Continue Reading →

The Museum Project – January 2015

A belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you. I hope your holidays were uneventful and rewarding for you and your families. I am excited about the possibilities for 2015. First, because of the opportunity we will have to share our message about ffam and the museum project at the grand opening of Fireman’s Landing at Silver Dollar City in Branson. It is going to be a wonderful and fun filled weekend, the grand opening is April 11. I still need letters of recommendation from your supervisor if you want to win a 2-night, 3-day trip to Silver Dollar City that includes 2 nights at a condo for you and your family near Silver Dollar City and meal vouchers for your time there as well as passes and recognition at the park.

Please mail your letter to: Ron Baker, ffam Museum Project, P.O. Box 245, Fulton, MO 65251. If you need more information, email me at or call me at 573-220-8344. Recommendation letters need to be to me by March 1. Continue Reading →

Auxiliary Minutes – January 2015

Meeting called to order 9:04 a.m. by President Chris Slaughter.

Chris asked if there were any changes, deletions or additions to the September 2014 meeting notes, no responses. Susan Voss made a motion to accept the meeting notes and second by Sheri Berendzen, motion passed.

Financial report was reviewed. The changes were to the new balance date and date of term served by Treasurer. Ending balance for September was $4,140.46. November ending balance is $4,140.46. Susan made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report with the changes noted, seconded by Diane, motion passed. Continue Reading →

Cole County FPD Purchases Two Apparatus

Cole-Co-FPDThe Cole County Fire Protection District purchased two Pierce Contenders apparatus from Schuhmacher Fire Equipment, Washington, MO. The Contenders are mounted on Kenworth chassis powered by a 330 horse Detroit diesel with Allison automatic transmissions. The units have Waterous 1250 GPM pumps, 1000 gallon poly tanks, Whelen LED warning lights, Whelen LED telescoping scene lights and roll up compartment doors. The district purchase the apparatus for $396,000. The apparatus will replace two front line pumpers at the Henley and Mary’s home stations.

Fires Strike Johnson County Vacant Residences

Johnson-Co-FireFire personnel from Johnson County Fire Protection District were alerted at 5:20 a.m. December 23, 2014 of smoke in a bedroom and garage of a residential structure southeast of Warrensburg. Those residents were advised to evacuate the residence and when they did they found the neighboring residence fully involved in fire. Crews arrived on scene to find the involved residence already in partial collapse. The fire was contained and the neighboring structures were protected from fire spread. The structure had reportedly been vacant for approximately one year, but some utilities were still in service. Due to the massive destruction no cause was determined following examination of the scene.

Firefighters were again summoned at 10:45 p.m. the same day for a second structure fire in a vacant residence in Chilhowee, near the opposite end of the District. Neighbors again were not aware of the fire until the structure was well involved with fire and was partially collapsing. Personnel arrived on the scene and extinguished the fire and prevented damage to an adjacent residence. The cause of the fire was determined to be incendiary. Continue Reading →

Congratulations Ken Hoover

Ken-HooverThe Little Dixie Fire Protection District recently honored FFAM President/Chief Kenneth Hoover for his 40 years of Service. He received this award at the annual banquet and was presented to him by Deputy Chief Steve Gentry and the board of directors. Chief Hoover started his career at Little Dixie Fire Protection District on June 1, 1974 and has been an integral part of their development over the years. Congratulations to Chief Hoover for 40 years of service!

An Update From the 2nd Vice President

I hope that everybody had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and are all ready for the 2015 year ahead. We already have a lot planned for the new year starting with Winter Fire School. The classes and expo seem to get larger every year and I enjoy so much seeing everybody.

April the FFAM will be front and center for the grand opening of the new Fireman’s Landing at Silver Dollar City! Firefighters from all over will converge in the Branson area for a very special weekend. A firefighter from each one of the FFAM districts will be selected for a free weekend that includes rooms, food, and of course free tickets to Silver Dollar City. Get in contact with your board member in your district to have your name on the list to get selected. Each director will pick one person for a free weekend and to be part of the opening ceremony April 11, 2015. To all the firefighters please check out the article from Silver Dollar City. If you wear a uniform or show a department id you can get in free for the day and your family receives discount tickets as well. Please plan on wearing a uniform for a very special sea of blue walk to lead thousands of people to the grand opening. Pass the word, fun times are to be had at Silver Dollar City! Continue Reading →