Late summer greetings, man it pains me to say that because I know what is around the corner. It seems like I just put my winter coats up. Just for the ones that do not know, I hate cold weather!
It has been a very busy summer around West Plains, opening a new station, hiring more full time firefighters, and the best news ever, being awarded the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for a new 77-foot aerial truck. Ferrara Fire Apparatus out of Louisiana was awarded the bid. I have to say “Thanks” to my Assistant Chief Roy Sims for his hard work on writing the grant, to Lanton Fire Chief Blake Bowers, and to the City of West Plains for their support of the Fire Department.
My visit to the Missouri State Fair Fire Department again this year validates another reason I am very proud to be a member of the FFAM. Observing the men and women across the state coming together and donating their time to protect the lives and property of the Missouri State Fair and the citizens that attend, is astonishing!
As your first vice president and we as the association appreciate each one of you, for your dedication, time, labor, and professionalism, it is noticed. Thanks again. I recommend you come next year and experience it for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.
J. Tim Bean
First Vice President