Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Archive | August, 2015

Iberia Students Win Statewide Poster Contest

By Ginny Duffield, The Advertiser

These Iberia Elementary art students, taught by Cara Swofford (right), were selected in a poster contest sponsored by the Iberia Rural Fire Protection District to compete in the statewide contest. Two students, Melia Lawson-Lytton and Josh Hamilton placed first in their grade divisions in the state contest.

These Iberia Elementary art students, taught by Cara Swofford (right), were selected in a poster contest sponsored by the Iberia Rural Fire Protection District to compete in the statewide contest. Two students, Melia Lawson-Lytton and Josh Hamilton placed first in their grade divisions in the state contest.

Last fall during Fire Prevention Week, several elementary students at Iberia R-V School participated in a poster contest sponsored by the Iberia Rural Fire Protection District and the Fire Fighter’s Association of Missouri.

The theme for the contest was Working Smoke Alarms Saves Lives: Test Yours Every Month. Those posters were on display at the school during Fire Prevention Week.

This spring, firefighters then selected three posters from each age group and entered them into a poster contest that was held at the 2015 FFAM Convention May 1 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. Those selected were created by: first and second graders Brookelynn Humphrey, Melia Lawson-Lytton and Briana Long; third and fourth graders Brady Luttrell, Conner Onstott and Livie Crosthwait; fifth and sixth graders Josh Hamilton, Dalton Shadow and Carson Whittle. Continue Reading →

Hello from District 2 – July 2015

Hello from District 2. Not a lot is going on right now in our district, unless it has something to do with water. I know that most of you are dealing with high water so be careful.

The Region B fire chiefs met in May at the Shelbina fire station, and had a big turnout. Feldfire and Air Evac put on programs and a lot of items were talked about. Several fire departments will be doing events for the Fourth of July, so be safe.

I hope everyone that was able got to attend the Firefighters Memorial Service in Kingdom City in May. The committee and others put a lot of work and planning into making it happen and it showed. The weather played along, and a big crowd was on hand as we honored our fallen and honored those that served their communities. The 100 flags that were posted on the grounds around the memorial were impressive. Make sure right now you mark your calendar for the 3rd weekend in May, 2016. Continue Reading →

The Museum Project – July 2015

rifleMy report will be brief this month. I had an accident last week and fractured, shattered is more accurate, a bone in my left pinky finger. I have to type by the “airplane” method, circle and land.

Thanks to many of you, we posted 100 flags for the memorial service this year. We sold 61 flags, had about 20 retained from last year, posted 7 line of duty death flags and used others to make the 100. Thanks for your support, they were impressive blowing on the hill by our memorial.

We have been approved for the Missouri State Employees Charitable Campaign for 2016-17. Kickoff will be in August. Anyone who is a state employee can designate a contribution from their check each month. As soon as I have our identification number, I will share it with you.

We will also be having a fund-raising event at Texas Roadhouse in February at Winter Fire School. That Friday evening they will donate 10% of your purchase to the museum project. This year they made total donations of $700. Plan on helping us with this opportunity.

FFAM is raffling a Henry .22 rifle, Firefighter Edition. The rifle and special display case will be drawn for at the 2016 state convention. The rifle, valued at $1,000 was donated by County Guns, Midwest Cerakote, Jay Weinstein and Partners Insurance. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. You can email me at ffammuseum@ for information on how to get your tickets. Proceeds will go to the museum project. You can also call me at 573-220-8344.

I would like to challenge each department to do a fund-raising event during the year for “your” museum. 100 departments raising $500 each would generate $50,000. I am willing to work with you on these. Texas Roadhouse in your area will work with us as will other restaurants and business establishments. Together, we can do this!

Dr. Ron Baker
Director of Development/Public Relations

History’s Corner – July 2015

University of Missouri Fire Instructor Bill Westhoff conducting fire extinguisher training at the hospital in Washington in the 1970’s.

University of Missouri Fire Instructor Bill Westhoff conducting fire extinguisher training at the hospital in Washington in the 1970’s.

In my last several articles I have featured “people, places and things” that I love about the fire service in our great State of Missouri. To continue that trend, I want to cover one of the finest organizations I know and have worked with in many training experiences over the years. That organization is the Washington, Missouri Fire Department. Their website has this slogan very proudly displayed “Courageous Professionals Since 1852”. It seems to me that says it all.

For over two decades, I traveled from one end of this state to the other, Macon to Monett, Hayti to Hannibal, Kirksville to Kansas City, and every crossroads where there was a fire department of any size that needed training. As a field instructor for the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute and later, the director, I visited hundreds of fire stations in every corner of the state.

That period was also a huge learning experience of me. One major thing I learned was that the fire department that I visited was only as good as the leadership that guided its destiny. If you walked into a station and the equipment was dirty and building a mess, you could be assured that the fire chief was a person that was just filling the slot because no one else in the community was willing to step up to the job. Continue Reading →

An Update from the 1st Vice President – July 2015

beanI’m stunned 2015 is half over, the longest day of the year just happen, my grass is growing like someone sneaked in and fertilized it. But I’m happy its warm!

I along with five other members of the Region G All-Hazard Response Team, during the week of June 16-19 attended training at the Security and Emergency Response Training Center in Pueblo, Colorado. The class we attended was, Crude By Rail Emergency Response and was sponsored by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad. We thoroughly enjoyed the classroom portion and the practical skills training provided. Some of the topics covered were, design of pressure and non-pressure tanks, properties and the burning nature of crude oil, and many other topics associated with the railroad and hazardous materials issues. I would encourage anyone interested in free training and an all expenses paid trip to contact your local Burlington Northern representative for more information. Continue Reading →

Conference Teaches Hot Lessons to Responders

LPGA Propane Industry Responders’ Conference will be held September 12-13 in Sedalia at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The session will facilitate the exchange of vital propane safety information, techniques, and experiences among industry responders.

The conference is being sponsored by the Missouri Propane Education and Research Council with support from the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri, the University of Missouri Fire Rescue and Training Institute and the Missouri State Fire Marshal. It will cover the evolution of propane emergencies, propane response, and mitigation strategies, including hands-on, live-fire training. Students will earn 4 hours CEUs for Fire Instructor and 8 hours for Hazardous Materials – Technician toward recertification.

Registration materials will be available shortly through MU FRTI and online at There is no registration fee for qualified Missouri firefighters and first responders. Additionally, bunk space is available without charge at the State Fair firehouse and all meals will be included. Continue Reading →

Auxiliary Minutes – July 2015

Meeting called to order by Chris Slaughter at 9:02 a.m.

Chris Slaughter, Warrenton FPD; Diane Hanes, Galt FPD; Susan Voss-Beaufort, Leslie FPD; Theresa Cox, Wentzville FPD; Jessica Miller, Norborne FPD; Sheri Berendzen, Cole County FPD; Ann Jones, Madison West Monroe FPD; Pam Carsten, Cole County FPD; Joyce Thompson, Kearney Fire and Rescue.

Chris commented the memorial service was a success this year. Diane stated Galt made 350 ribbons and could have used at least 50 more. This year glow sticks were used vs. candles, liked them better.

Chris asked if anyone had any changes or comments from the previous meeting notes. Pam made a motion to accept the meeting notes, seconded by Sheri, motion passed. It was suggested to ask Jamie if we could put the meeting notes on the website in PDF format to enable viewing and printing by the members. Theresa said she will see if she could generate all correspondence in PDF format going forward. Continue Reading →

Funeral Team Update

As many of you follow us through our Facebook page and receive our notifications from our email blast system, you know we have been busy serving our fire service family. Many of you see what we do, preparing and assisting agencies in honoring their firefighters. The funeral honors is the “icing on the cake”. But, what I feel is most important about our roll in serving agencies are the things you do not see, the “cake”. We spend a lot of time with the families of our fallen. When a firefighter dies in the line of duty, our assistance to families remains for many years. Yes….years. Continue Reading →