As Fire Marshal Tim Bean discussed during the Sunday board meeting at convention and again at the June directors meeting there is a conversation underway on a minimum training standard. NVFC is also taking up that issue, having asked some questions and attempting to get a better understanding of this across the nation. This will perhaps start a genuine conversation on this important topic at a national level. I find some comfort in both the local and national process of starting with a minimum that is reasonable and obtainable versus heading straight to the highest mark available. This in no way detracts from the utmost encouragement to pursue Firefighter I and II, plus several allied certifications but there are certain realities that are just going to be what they are. Doing nothing, leaves nothing, but doing something is at least a step in the right direction of, “better than we were.” So within that narrative and as presented, how do we best protect those that are trying their level best to protect their communities? That is the discussion currently underway both in Missouri and other areas. Done correctly this can have a very good outcome. Continue Reading →
The Western Taney County Fire District received two 1,800 gallon tankers for the stations Hollister and Rockaway Beach. The Freightliner chassis have Rosenbauer aluminum bodies with 1,500 GPM Darley midship pumps in addition to carrying 400 GPM Darley portable pumps. The also have three dumps, three cross lays, a deck gun and carry a 1,000 feet of 5” supply hose. They replace two 24 year old Freightliner 1,550 gallon tankers which have been sold.
The Warrensburg Fire Department is pleased to announce the recent promotion of three part-time firefighters to full-time firefighter positions. These promotions took place to fill three vacancies.
The Douglas County Missouri Fire Chief’s Association is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a regional Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for $230,477 to be used for personal protective equipment (PPE) and training for seven local fire departments. The participating fire departments will only have to pay 5% matching funds towards their purchases.
This grant will allow Ava City VFD, Brixey-Rockbridge VFD, Dora VFD, Eastern Douglas County VFD, Skyline VFD, Squires VFD, and Twin Bridges VFD to collectively purchase 83 complete sets of PPE, by apply through a host department. None of the fire departments could make purchases of this magnitude on their own, considering all but one department is association membership based. Continue Reading →
Shane Anderson, a fire officer with the Monett Fire Department in Monett, Missouri, was recently awarded the Waldorf University Learning Partner Scholarship.
Waldorf partners with the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri and other associations, companies and organizations to provide a tuition discount and offer a special scholarship program exclusively for partners. Anderson’s scholarship will cover up to $17,100 in one Waldorf online degree program.
Recently the Linn Fire Protection District started marking the Osage River with mile markers. They have installed mile markers on the first thirty miles starting at the mouth of the Osage River where it flows into the Missouri River.
This past weekend Cole County and Osage Fire Protection District personnel traveled by boat to install mile markers to mile marker 48 on the Osage River. Both fire districts provide service along a 48 mile section of the Osage River in Cole and Miller County. The last mile marker installed is located near the St. Elizabeth area.
Future visions are for other fire districts along the Osage River to place mile markers all the way to Bagnell Dam in Lake Ozark. Continue Reading →
FFAM Auxiliary Meeting, Sedalia, Missouri, June 4, 2017
Meeting called to order by President Diane Hanes at 8:58 a.m.
Introduction of Officers
President Diane Hanes, Galt FPD; Theresa Cox, Wentzville FPD; Sheri Berendzen, Cole County FPD; Ann Jones, Madison West Monroe FD; Angela Fields, Paris FPD; Joyce Thompson, Kearney Fire Rescue; Kerrie Mattox, North Central Carroll FPD; and Chris Slaughter, Warrenton FPD. Continue Reading →
Greetings FFAM membership. Since our last newsletter Missouri has been a busy state with record amount of rainfall weather related calls, water rescues, and even tornados keeping our fire departments, EMS agencies and 911 dispatchers very busy. Thank you for all your hard work and the agencies involved you did a great job and represented your our state well.
Unfortunately also since our last newsletter Missouri had two line of duty deaths. The first was with the Memphis Fire Department. Firefighter Jesse Ketchum died Monday, May 29, 2017, as a result of an apparatus accident while responding to a call. Firefighter Ketchum served the City of Memphis Fire Department for four years. He also served with the Scotland County Fire Association.
The second was with the Mayview Fire Protection District. Firefighter Jeffery Sanders died on June 19. Jeff has been involved with the Mayview Lions Club, the Odessa FFA Advisory Board, the Mayview Special Road District, and the Mayview Fire Protection District. Jeff was also treasurer of the Mayview Zion Cemetery Board. Continue Reading →