Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Archive | September, 2017

A Message From the 2nd Vice President – September 2017

Greetings FFAM membership. I hope this finds everyone doing well. The FFAM has had some very busy times since our last newsletter. The Missouri State Fair Fire Department just completed another year of service to the patrons of the State of Missouri, the hotel for our next convention has been booked in St Joseph and, committees have been meeting to address items that have been given to them to help with the future of the FFAM.

The Missouri State Faire Fire Department just finished another great year. They answered 146 total calls, 144 of them were EMS calls or standbys and 2 fire calls, one of which was a structure fire at a concession stand that had a grease fire. The public relations department for the fair was really busy this year, they handed out materials describing the FFAM, they dressed up as Smoky the Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog, which was a big hit with the children , they did fire extinguisher demos, which were also a huge hit with children. One day they were out doing this for 2 hours, as kids kept coming up, and they also handed out public relations materials donated by the Jefferson City Fire Department. Thank you Larry Eggan of the Johnson County Fire Protection District for heading this up, you did a amazing job. Continue Reading →

A Message From the 1st Vice President – September 2017

Wow how time flies. By the time you are reading this not only has the Missouri State Fair come and gone and the Missouri State Fair Fire Department (MSFFD) members have assembled, served and returned to their normal lives, but summer itself is almost a thing of the past. I hope each of you had the opportunity to enjoy family and friends throughout the summer. I also thank each of the men and women who took the time to serve on the MSFFD providing service to all visiting the fair grounds. You provide a vital service and showcase the true spirit of Missouri’s Fire Service in all you do.

My thought for this edition is one of respect. Now most of us understand the dictionary version of the word respect. Webster’s definition includes: 1. To take notice of; to regard with special attention; to regard as worthy or special consideration; hence, to care for; to heed. 2. To consider worthy of esteem; to regard with honor. Continue Reading →

Firefighter Cancer

Firefighter cancer is a looming personal catastrophe for each and every firefighter. Cancer is the most dangerous and unrecognized threat to the health and safety of our nation’s firefighters. Most of you who are reading this either know a firefighter who has passed from cancer, had cancer and is in remission, or who is currently fighting cancer.

Multiple studies, including the 2013 released NIOSH cancer study, have repeatedly demonstrated credible evidence and biologic creditability for statistically higher rates of multiple types of cancers in firefighters compared to the general American population. Continue Reading →

Meeting Minutes – September 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, August 6, 2017, at the Missouri State Fair Fire Department in Sedalia, Missouri.

Roll Call of Board of Directors and other officials:

Officers

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 #2; Sergeant-at-Arms Rex Reynolds, Southern FPD of Holt Co. Continue Reading →

Fire Marshal’s Update – September 2017

Greetings from the thirteenth floor! I want to begin this article by recognizing all of my fellow Americans suffering due to the floods that occurred in Texas and Louisiana. They need our prayers and support during this tragedy and trying times ahead. From the State Fire Mutual Aid system we have helped organize eighteen departments and one EMS unit to assist the FEMA\EMAC system in Texas. This historic event will take long to recover from and I am sure other resources will be requested as time goes along. Thanks in advance for your assistance when we call.

I also recognize that many of our fellow Missourians are still suffering form the epic flooding that took place in late April and early May of this year. I want you to know our support is still available. Please contact us if we can be of any service to you. Continue Reading →

President’s Remarks – September 2017

Schools are back in session or soon will be and we are all winding down all of our summer activities and vacations. It has been a very busy summer for many of us.

I again had the opportunity to be at the State Fair Fire Department during the state fair and pleasure of seeing many old friends and the opportunity to visit with many of our legislators. It is always encouraging to see so many firefighters and EMS personnel from all over the state come together to serve the fair goers. My personal thanks go out to each of you for your professionalism, commitment and faithfulness to FFAM. This was another great fair. The weather provided a few storms but very little damage, a couple of canceled concerts, but other than that, it was pretty smooth. Again this year there were several new firefighter and EMS personnel. It is very encouraging to work with new people and see the excitement in their face and their willingness to work so hard. Great job everyone. Continue Reading →