Fire Fighters Association of Missouri

An Update from the 1st Vice President – November 2015

I hope to find everyone enjoying the opening of fall. I have enjoyed watching the changing of the trees during my travels. I just returned from the MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute’s Instructor Conference at the Lake of the Ozarks. I must say it was one of the best conferences I have attended. Good job Dave, Kevin, and staff, I appreciate you maintaining a professional and user friendly training institute. Thanks for blazing a trail for us all, for the past forty-eight years!

A huge congratulations to Mark Arnold from Thayer Fire Department for winning the 2014-2015 Instructor of the Year award. I am happy to have worked with Mark over the years and this is well deserved.

We at West Plains Fire Rescue under the hard labor of Firefighter Paul Bradshaw Jr. found a company that will take your old obsolete turnout gear and recycle it into, backpacks, purses, carrying bags, and numerous other items. I personally have a backpack made from of our gear, which is awesome. It’s a great way to get rid of your old turnout gear, and help recycle. Here is the company we used,, visit the site, I think you will enjoy it.

Everyone stay safe and enjoy your families and friends throughout this Thanksgiving season.

J. Tim Bean

First Vice President (In God we Trust)