Fire Fighters Association of Missouri

History Made at Fire Chief’s Winter Seminar

Fire Chief’s Winter Seminar in Branson, February 24, 2018. From left to right: Retired Chief of the Kansas City Fire Department and past President of the International Association of Fire Chief’s “Smokey” Dyer, Bill Westhoff, Jim Silvernail, President of the Missouri Association of Fire Chief’s Scott Fransen, and Missouri State Fire Marshal Tim Bean.

The Missouri Association of Fire Chief’s meet every year about this time at Big Cedar Lodge for their annual winter seminar. This year two individuals were honored for their service. Chief Jim Silvernail retired in 2010 after nearly a half-century of service. He was a member of the Metro West Fire District in St. Louis County for 35 years, twenty-four of those years as the fire chief of that organization. He then additionally served as the fire chief in the Mehlville FPD for another five years. Jim’s Son is the chief of the Kirkwood Fire Department. This is the second lifetime achievement award for Westhoff, having received one from the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri in 2013.