Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Archive | May, 2015

An Update from the 1st Vice President

Ribbon Cutting and Dedication to Open Station #3 in West Plains

Ribbon Cutting and Dedication to Open Station #3 in West Plains

Happy Spring everyone, hope this finds you enjoying the sights and sounds of what this time of year brings to you.

It has been a busy time since the last newsletter. Several departments were represented at Firefighter Day at the Capitol. If you have never attended this event, put it on your calendar for next year. Your legislative representatives look forward to visiting with you and we have found that it does help!

The Fire Alliance provided the food and drinks for the cookout for the state legislators. We figured there were over two hundred that ate with the fire services representatives. Thanks to my department for cooking the hot dogs and burgers. Continue Reading →

Firefighter Hospitalized

By Neal A. Johnson, Unterrified Democrat Editor

Photo by Jerry Voss, Unterrified Democrat Publisher.

Photo by Jerry Voss, Unterrified Democrat Publisher.

Linn Fire Protection District (LFPD) firefighter Adam Strope, 23, was hospitalized last Wednesday after being shot in the foot at a house fire.

Chief Ron Hoffman explained that during the initial attack of the fire at 63 Daffodil Lane in Bonnots Mill, while throwing smoldering items out of a bedroom window to the yard, some popping occurred in the bedroom. Strope, unaware at first what had happened, exited the structure to discover that he had been shot in the foot by a .380 handgun that had “cooked” off from the heat. The pistol was located in a dresser drawer. Continue Reading →

News from District 3

By the time you read this, half of 2015 will be over. We, FFAM, have been so busy, it’s hard to believe we still have more to do.

If you missed out on the grand opening of Fireman’s Landing, you can still go to Silver Dollar City and enjoy it. It was a very special time to be in the “sea of blue” going into the landing and watching everyone having a good time. Special thanks to all involved with doing that event. Continue Reading →

Scholarships Announced

Hello FFAM members. I Hope everyone that attended the 61st FFAM Convention at Tan-Tar-A Resort had a great time, we could not have asked for any better weather. At the convention the 2015 recipients were announced they are as follows. Continue Reading →

Meeting Minutes – May 2015

President Kenneth Hoover opened the 61st Annual FFAM Convention by ringing the bell on Friday, May 1, 2015 at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri.

The Mid-County Fire Protection District Color Guard and Lake Area Emergency Services Association Magic Dragon Pipes and Drums posted the colors.

Lake Ozark Fire Protection District Fire Chief Mark Amsinger led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Monsignor Marion Makarewicz gave the invocation. Continue Reading →

Fire Marshal’s Update – May 2015

In my last few articles, I have written about my steadfast belief in attending training, in bettering ourselves and in our duty to return home from the call.

For this article, I thought I would stay on the training theme, specifically certification and the certificates you receive from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

I recently had a firefighter ask me about my signature on his certificate. He noted both Training/Certification Deputy Chief Kim Becker and I had actually hand signed the certificate instead of using a computer generated signature. Allow me to explain our reasoning for that. Continue Reading →

President’s Remarks – May 2015

What a busy time for all of us in the emergency services field. The spring weather has been beautiful and we have been receiving rain in a timely manner. As far as the weather goes, the FFAM Annual Convention in Osage Beach, Missouri the first weekend in May was one of the best that I can remember in many years. I was pleased that we did not receive, rain, sleet, and snow like we have in the past.

The opening ceremony on Friday night had one of the largest crowds I have ever seen. The contests were well attended and a crowd of around 400 was in attendance at the Saturday night banquet. Chief Dennis Reilly from Sunrise Beach was an excellent speaker and gave us all something to consider. All of these things I mentioned did not just happen by chance, but was because of a well planned and executed effort by the Lake Ozark Emergency Services Association, consisting of Chief Mark Amsinger, Lake Ozark Fire Protection District, Chief Jeff Dorhaurer, Osage Beach Fire Protection District, Chief Drew Stark, Camdenton Fire Department, Chief Ed Hancock, Gravois Fire Protection District, and Chief Scott Frandsen, Mid County Fire Protection District. Along with Chief Dennis Reilly, Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District and all of their crew. It took many people to pull off a class act such as the one we were privileged to attend. Every time I had a request, the Lake Area Chiefs responded quickly. They were awesome to work with. Continue Reading →