Happy New Year to all from the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Where did 2014 go?
As most people do, I always make New Year’s resolutions. One of mine is to spend more time with my family. Part of that resolution is built upon me taking time to eat a little better, and less, get the sleep I need and exercise more often. Too often, I blame my schedule or work for my bad eating habits and lack of time to exercise. As I plan to be around for the next several years to enjoy time with my wife, my son and daughter as well as any potential grandchildren, I know I will have to change some of my habits.
My second resolution is to train more. I believe it is important that I get out into our state and attend some of the no-cost training our Fire Education Commission contracts to provide. This serves two purposes. One, it provides me with the same educational insight as the responders participating in the training. Secondly, it lets me see firsthand the quality of the courses being offered to Missouri’s fire service. I know it is impossible for me to attend each and every training opportunity offered, but don’t be surprised to find me sitting in a training session in your area.
The legislative season is upon us. We will soon start the process of legislative and budget hearings. Even though the Division tries to remain diligent to identify any legislation that may affect Missouri’s fire service, some legislation does escape our notice. If you see proposed legislation that may affect your agency, either directly or indirectly, please feel free to let me know your thoughts. I encourage anyone wanting to have a voice in the legislative process to consider providing expert testimony at a hearing. We try to represent Missouri’s fire service to the best of our ability, but we can only do that if we know what you believe is the best course of action to take.
The Division appreciates the unwavering support we receive from fire service. It is only through that support that we can accomplish the many goals we have. I and our Division will try to never take that support for granted.
Finally, my New Year’s wish is for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015 for all Missouri’s responders and their families. Stay safe.
Assistant State Fire Marshal