Dennis Braun retired as a maintenance man from the Osage Fire Protection District on May 1. He continues to serve the district as fire chief. Pictured with him is the new maintenance man, Roger Gerling. Roger is a 20 year veteran of OFPD.
The Polk Township Rural Fire Protection located in Maryville, MO recently took delivery on a new Toyne Tanker. The truck features a 3000 UPF tank, Zico hyd. portable tank rack, and a 300 G.P.M., diesel powered Waterous pump. The truck is built on a 2018 Freightliner M2 112 Chassis. The members of the Polk Rural Fire Protection District protect 100 square miles surrounding the City of Maryville, Missouri.
As summer gives way to fall, the State Fire Marshal’s office would like to remind everyone about extension cord safety. Extension cords are designed to be a temporary solution to a problem, not a permanent installation. Most are designed for interior use only.
If you must use an extension cord make sure it is rated for the item being plugged in. Many are not rated or designed to be used with every appliance. Only a specially designed extension cord, for example, will ensure a microwave or refrigerator operates safely.
A large number of extension cords are designed for light duty use. This means they are designed for a single item to be plugged in, like a lamp or your cell phone charger. When you need to plug in more than one item you should consider using a UL-approved power strip instead. Continue Reading →
We would like to extend a huge thank you to all who worked and donated services and time to make a successful fair this year. There were 48 departments represented with 662 total personnel working the fair activities during the 12 days we were in service for an average work force of 55 each day.
The inspection crew installed 181 batteries in the facilities smoke detectors and CO alarms and completed 151 inspections. They flowed, flushed and marked all 29 fire hydrants in 220 hours prior and during the fair. The EMS calls this year were 138 at the start of the last Sunday and we had 206 walk-ins to the first aid station.
The fire crews responded to all events for standby and completed several demonstrations for the public. We had 3 live fire demonstrations for fire extinguishers. The first Saturday of the fair had record attendees at the fire house and we stayed out for two and a half hours showing proper usage of fire extinguishers to the fairgoers. The extrication demonstration is always popular with the crowds as they get a close up view of what they see too often on the side of the road as they are driving by. We made sure to remind the crowds to slow down and give anyone on the side of the road their full attention and let us complete our duties safely so we can all return home safely. Continue Reading →
Well the 2017 Missouri State Fair has come and gone. Once again, the Missouri State Fair Fire Department (MSFFD) was in full operation during the fair to provide fire and emergency medical services to the fairgoers and citizens of the State of Missouri. From my point of view as the Captain of Communications for the MSFFD this year, the department responded to 146 calls. From the time, the dispatcher on duty received the call until the time all personnel and apparatus returned to the station, each call was handled in the most professional, courteous, and timely manner at which all personnel of the MSFFD was able to provide.
With the department being down on personnel as a whole this year, each person there was working extra hard to make sure things went right and worked smoothly. From, August 9 at 1800 hours until August 21 at 0800 hours, there was always someone at the ready. The weather was absolutely amazing during the days of the fair, except for the occasional rain shower and annual thunderstorm that always decides to make an appearance. With the weather the way it was, the fairgoers and the crews were able to enjoy the fair even more. Continue Reading →
Today, the Missouri State Fair Fire Department recognized Charlie Neubert for 40 years of service to the department. Charlie started with the department as a junior dispatching for the station during the fair. Charlie served as the Fire Chief of the State Fair Fire Department for the years 1988 and 1989. He has been a commissioner of the department since 1994. Charlie was a career firefighter for 33 years and is currently serving as Deputy Chief of the Highlandville Fire Department.
Charlie’s memories of the State Fair Fire Department are numerous and he shared a few of them for this article. During the 1989 Missouri State Fair, they were dispatched to a burn victim at the Midway. Upon arrival, they saw heavy smoke showing from the area of the carnival. They had four engine companies from the Missouri State Fair Fire Department respond to the scene. There were seven tractor trailers used by the carnival on fire. They requested mutual aid from the City of Sedalia Fire Department for an additional engine company. They brought the fire under control and were on the scene for about six hours. The State of Missouri Fire Marshal Office was contacted to assist with the investigation. The cause of the fire was determined to be arson. Continue Reading →
The 2017 Poster Contest Winners attended the Missouri State Fair. They are being presented their award check along with Fire Prevention Committee Chairman RB Brown.
At the Awards Ceremony and Business Meeting held Saturday, August 19, at the Missouri State Fair Fire Department, it was decided that the Department Union will be making several donations to various causes. The Missouri State Fair Fire Department (MSFFD) Union collects fines during the fair from firefighters and EMS personnel to raise funds for these different donations. It is all done with good intentions. The fines are collected from personnel who have committed silly actions the previous day and gotten caught.
The first donation will be used for the 2017 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Jefferson City which will be hosted by the Missouri State Fire Marshall on September the 10th at the Jefferson Building. The MSFFD has elected to donate $350 to sponsor a floor during the stair climb. The fire department will also buy three bricks in memory of fallen Firefighter Jeffrey Sanders of Mayview, Captain John Kemper from St. Louis FD and Firefighter Jesse Ketchum of Memphis who lost their lives in the line of duty. The department voted to purchase a fourth brick for the 2017 MSFFD. These bricks will proudly be displayed at the Firefighter Memorial located in Kingdom City. Continue Reading →