The Trenton Fire Department just accepted delivery of new uniform shirts. The new red shirts have an additional logo on the right sleeve containing the American Flag and the words, “Remember Everyone Deployed.” These new shirts show our support and appreciation to all veterans especially those deployed from our local 548th Transportation Company.
The Eastern Douglas County Volunteer Fire Department is blessed to announce that they have been awarded a SAFER grant in the amount of $182,919 that will be used over a four year period of performance for the recruitment of new firefighters. Chief Chris Hammett commented, “We are extremely blessed to receive this grant. Nationwide volunteering is at an all time low, and rural fire departments all across the state are feeling the effects from it. Most rural departments are barely keeping the doors open, let alone have extra funds to spend on recruiting new members. With this grant award, we can make the community aware of the need and dedicate one person to actively recruit new members, pay for their training, personal protective equipment, and worker’s compensation insurance. We are beyond blessed!”
Over the last fifty or so years that I have been blessed with the opportunity to interact with fire service people, I have encountered some really awesome folks. In the 1960’s and 70’s, my position with the University of Missouri allowed me to travel to literally hundreds of fire department’s in the state and teach classes in remote, small communities as well as the metro area’s.
Since it is a beautiful Fall day here in Branson and I am on my back deck writing this article, I am reminded of another Fall day in the late 60’s when my travels took me to the small community of Doniphan for a class we called “Basic Firemanship.” This was a futile attempt to cram everything a community needed to know about firefighting into four classes that took three hours to complete on four consecutive evenings. Continue Reading →
Hello from District 2. Lots going on around the district. Many fire departments held their annual dinners and fundraisers in the last few months. Atlanta fire department first responders held their very first fundraiser and went way over what they had hoped for. Congratulations. Numerous fire departments are holding something for Halloween coming up at the end of October.
I hope everyone got to watch the National Fallen Firefighter Candlelight and Memorial Service in Emmitsburg in October. Two Missouri firefighters were honored this year as they gave the ultimate sacrifice. Continue Reading →
Greetings! It would appear that this year is getting close to going in the books so to speak. It is hard to believe how fast time passes by with our busy lives. I hope you are making plans to spend time with family and friends during the upcoming holidays. If you have a friend or maybe somebody at the fire station who has no one to share this time of year with, you might think about including them in your plans. A little bit of kindness surely couldn’t be a bad thing. Keep in mind the holidays are a stressful time with many extra issues added to not only our lives, but those we serve. Suicide attempts or contemplations have traditionally been thought this time of the year so take that extra minute and make sure those around you are coping well and don’t need a little extra help or understanding. Continue Reading →
Your memorial foundation has not been able to meet since the last article was presented in the September-October newsletter. We do not have a mounting list of things to do, but we are faced with some process questions which have been hanging for a time in hopes of a greater understanding being revealed to assist in current and future process management. A lot of this has been routed to Brian Zinanni for additional research and guidance including the time to do so. We should have a way forward on some of this by the next newsletter. Continue Reading →
Shane has been in some aspect of the fire service for over 28 years. He began as a Junior Firefighter in High School and successfully climbed the ranks from “go-for” gopher to Lieutenant, from Training Officer to Chief. In the beginning, he served in many capacities for the Belle Volunteer Fire Department with over 274 square miles as his responsibility when he also became one of the youngest Fire Chiefs in the State of Missouri. Continue Reading →