Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Archive | March, 2015

An Update From the 2nd Vice President – March 2015

With spring just around the corner activities will begin to pick up in the FFAM world. We start with April 11 and the grand opening of Fireman’s Landing at Silver Dollar City. Opening ceremonies will start with a parade inside the park at 9:30 a.m. on the square and then make their way down to the landing.

Silver Dollar City has spent over 8 million dollars for this new attraction that will be dedicated to Firefighters around the world. This is going to be a major event for the FFAM and all members are granted free admission into the park from March to May with a department ID and /or your FFAM membership card, plus a huge discount for family members. Continue Reading →

News From District 2 – March 2015

Hello from District 2. A lot has been going on and is coming up in District 2. First off, LaPlata firefighter Jeff Crow was honored at a special presentation on February 2. Firefighter Crow, at an accident scene on January 11, was able to save several EMS personal as he got them out of harms way when a car lost control and struck an ambulance. Jeff himself was injured and I was able to meet him at the winter fire school equipment exposition. Thank you Jeff for your heroic efforts and saving members of our public safety family. Continue Reading →

Missouri State Fair Volunteer FD Update

State-FairHello, from the Missouri State Fair Volunteer Fire Department! If you have not been following the Missouri State Fair’s website, concerts have begun being announced. The Fair has announced Def Leppard, Styx and Tesla. This is an indication of a great lineup being formed. There have been some great acts the last few years which has increased attendance. With an expected increase in attendance we are planning for an increase in call volume.

The Missouri State Fair Volunteer Fire Department (MSFVFD) has begun accepting applications to work during the 2015 State Fair. Applications may be submitted up to the last day of the FFAM Convention. The 2015 Fair is scheduled for August 13-23. Continue Reading →

President’s Remarks – March 2015

Spring is just around the corner and I am sure all of us are ready for its arrival. It has been a busy winter with many activities that we all attended. I know I am ready for the season to change and for the life to return to the trees and grass and for thing to come alive again.

Winter Fire School was a huge success thanks to MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute’s hard work. Thank you for the commitment to educate and keep our emergency service personnel safe.

My thoughts at this time are to encourage everyone to participate in the grand opening of Silver Dollar City’s “Fireman’s Landing”. They have spared no expense in this dedication and I appreciate the opportunity they have extended to the FFAM to be one of the lead fire service organizations to help them celebrate this milestone in their history. Continue Reading →

Fire Marshal’s Update – March 2015

As I write this article, I am looking out over the snowy fields of Big Cedar Lodge trying to convince myself that spring is just around the corner. At home, I have seen the signs of the impending spring; birds flying north, crocus blooming along the sidewalk and robins arriving in flocks. After what seems to have been a long winter, I welcome the thought of spring. Spring has to be one of my favorite seasons. A time of growth and renewal; not just for the trees, grass and flowers, but also of the spirit.

I can hear some asking, “Ok Greg, where are you headed with this thought?” Last article I mentioned my New Year’s resolutions, to train and get into better shape. So far, those goals are coming along well. But, I have found times in the last few months that I let the winter doldrums play a role in my personal and work life. Spring gives me a chance to examine how well I have performed and try to renew my resolve to perform my duties better and focus my energy on growth. Not just personal growth, but the growth of our division and Missouri’s fire service. Continue Reading →

Auxiliary Minutes – March 2015

Meeting called to order by Diane Hanes at 9:05 a.m.

Diane Hanes, Galt FPD; Jessica Miller, Norborne FD; Theresa Cox, Wentzville FPD; Sheri Berendzen, Cole County FPD; Sherry Hoover, Little Dixie FPD; Pam Carsten, Cole County FPD.

Diane asked if everyone reviewed the December 2014 meeting notes; no changes, corrections or updates are needed. Theresa made a motion to accept the meeting notes, Sheri seconded, motion passed.

Financial report reviewed. Income of $195 for membership dues, expenses for a donation to Burns Recovery Support Group for $241 and a donation of $1,500 to the Missouri Fire Service Funeral Assistance Team. Leaving us with a new balance of $2,595.46. Jessica made a motion to accept the financial report as read, seconded by Pam, motion passed. Continue Reading →