Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Archive | July, 2017

Awards and Nominations

Believe it or not the awards committee is already asking for nominations for the annual awards scheduled to be presented at the 2018 FFAM Convention in Chillicothe. The various award categories and nomination criteria are available on the FFAM website and can be submitted at any time up to the February 28, 2018, deadline. When you identify someone worthy of nomination it is often best to submit that nomination as soon as possible so the busy schedules we all keep don’t force you to try to remember a “last minute” nomination.

Many of our members are worthy of nomination for the various awards, but without your help with submitting a nomination, the awards committee has no way of knowing who they are. Don’t sit back and make the presumption someone else will make a nomination as they may be operating on the belief you are submitting the required documentation. Take a step towards recognizing a worthy member of our organization and make a nomination today!

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Meeting Minutes – July 2017

President Kenneth Hoover called the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri to order at 9:00 a.m., Sunday, June 4, 2017, at the Missouri State Fair Fire Department in Sedalia, Missouri.

Roll Call of Board of Directors and other officials:


President Kenneth Hoover, Little Dixie FPD; First Vice President Larry Jennings, Johnson County FPD; Second Vice President Grant Oetting, Higginsville FPD; Secretary Treasurer Jaime Miller, Johnson County FPD.


District 1, Terry Wynne, Galt FPD; District 2, Greg Wright, Shelbina FD; District 3, Larry Jones, Madison West Monroe FPD; District 6, Gary Berendzen, Cole County FPD; District 11, Monty Thompson, Kearney FPD; District 14, Rick Dozier, Southern FPD of Holt Co. Continue Reading →

Fire Marshal’s Update – July 2017

Happy Summer, Missouri Fire Service. When we use that word, Summer, as a first responder there are some things we need to remember: stay hydrated, take frequent breaks, stay out of the sun when possible, wear sunscreen, and use common sense while working in the sun.

It is with a heavy heart that I continue the next portion of my article.

On Monday, May 29, we had our first line of duty death in Missouri. Firefighter Jesse W. Ketchum of the Memphis City Fire Department was responding on a mutual aid fire call. Firefighter Ketchum was driving a pumper truck en route to the fire when it overturned killing Jesse. We at the Division of Fire Safety and the Missouri fire service extend our continued support to his wife Jenna and their four children, Zada, Cora, Rhet, and Kruz. Let’s keep them in our thoughts and prayers please. Continue Reading →

President’s Remarks – July 2017

This newsletter article brings me to the annual Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial Services held on May 20-21, 2017, in Kingdom City. I believe this is the most important activity I am involved in every year and will commit a large portion of my article to.

As they have done for many years, I thank Chief Greg Lubbert of the Central Callaway Fire Protection District and Chief Lana Karhoff of the North Callaway Fire Protection District that spent many hours cleaning all of the granite walls and other tasks the Thursday night prior to the services. Chief Lubbert and Chief Karhoff have faithfully overseen this task year after year.

A special thank you to Lieutenant Steve Nichols from the Little Dixie Fire Protection District for overseeing the maintenance on the memorial again this year. Lieutenant Nichols always has everything looking good for the annual services. There are many people that helped Steve with this task, including many of the foundation board members. Thanks to everyone. Continue Reading →