Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Archive | May, 2018

Training with Johnson Co Missouri Fire Association

Pine Point Fire Training and Consulting, a Maine Based Fire Officer Training Company, traveled to Holden Missouri on March 17, to present an all-day seminar on Short Handed Firefighting for the Johnson County Missouri Fire Association. Over forty firefighters attended the program.

Herculaneum Fire Chief Retires

Fire Chief Bill Haggard retired after 35 years as Fire Chief of the Herculaneum Fire Department. Bill started as a Junior Firefighter in 1968. He joined the department as a volunteer in 1969 at the age of 18. Through the years he moved through the ranks as lieutenant, captain, assistant chief and on January 1, 1982 he assumed the position of fire chief. He is currently the president of the Jefferson County Firefighters Association and has chaired the annual Jeffco Fire Engine Rally for 25 years. He officially retired as fire chief on December 31, 2017. Bill will remain as a member of the fire department in a limited capacity.

Assistant Chief Chris Baker has been selected to serve as the interim Fire Chief until the department election occurs in June 2018. Chris started as junior firefighter and joined the department in 1996. He has served in the position of captain and has been the assistant chief since 2008.

The Herculaneum Fire Department thanks Chief Bill Haggard for his forty-nine years of service and dedication.

Mike Shelton Retirement – 40 Years of Service

Mike Shelton is retiring from the City of Riverside on July 2, after close to 40 years of service and almost 50 years in public safety. On Friday, June 29, at 6:00 p.m. we are having a little get together to honor Mike and his service. The Argosy Casino is hosting it for us in one of their ballrooms, there will be some light snacks and a cash bar for beverages. We have some presentations for him to put in his man cave at home. If there is anyone who wants to present something or speak please let me know at my below contact information. Or if you have memories you would like for us to put up on a slide show or a poster board etc. If you know someone that knows Mike please pass this along to them.


Gordon A Fowlston
Fire Chief
Riverside Fire Dept.
2990 NW Vivion Rd.
Riverside, MO. 64150

Cedar Hill FPD Gets New 2018 Pierce Tanker

The Cedar Hill Fire Protection District has purchased a new 2018 Pierce Tanker. The tanker is built on a Freightliner M-112 Chassis powered by a Detroit DD13 450 horse power motor with a Allison automatic transmission. Truck has a 3000 gallon booster tank, 1000 GMP Pump, 3000 gallon porta-tank, 24’ extension ladder, 14’ roof ladder and 10’ folding ladder, 10” rear electric operated swivel newton dump valve, 2 preconnects and 1000’ of 3” supply hose. This truck replaced a 3000 gallon 1991 Ford L9000 tanker built by S & S. The truck was delivered on March 9th and was placed in service on April 10, 2018 and is housed at the Districts Station 2 located at 8800 State Route 30, Dittmer, MO 63023.

St James FPD Gets New Tanker from AFG Grant

The St. James Fire Protection District placed into service a new tanker. The tanker is a Pierce built on a Kenworth T-800 Chassis. The tanker is equipped with a 3000 gallon tank and a 750 GPM Waterous pump. The apparatus was sold by John Borgmann of Schuhmacher Fire Equipment. The apparatus was purchased with funds from a 2015 AFG Grant.

History’s Corner – May 2018


The 1904 Metropolitan, 1,000 gpm steamer saw much duty for Engine Co. 40. The horses are Blondie, Bismarck, and Jim.

The St. Louis Fire Department was established in 1857 and is the second oldest career fire department in the United States. Prior to 1847 a number of volunteer fire companies were in service in the city, starting around 1822. Members of these fire companies came from all walks of life and the fire company member’s wielded considerable political influence. It was the pride and ambition of each fire company to be the first to reach the fire and the most efficient to extinguish the fire.

It was one of the first departments in the nation in 1926 to establish a fire department training academy to study fire and to train recruit firefighters. The department also took the lead in exceptional apparatus, being one of the first departments to purchase a 100’ ladder truck. In 1987 the department was the first in the nation to use a “Total Quint Concept”, combining the traditional fire pumper and hook and ladder into one piece of equipment. The first of 30 new Quint apparatus were placed into service in 1987 and 1988. Continue Reading →

The Museum Project – May 2018

Some thoughts on raising funds for the fire fighters’ museum.

1. Applications to companies and others seeking grants, this is a very difficult proposition. The applications have to be very precise and applicable to the company interests. One of the first questions they want answered is, “How much have you and your constituency invested in this project?” While we have a substantial amount that has been raised and donated, there is still a large sum to complete the task at hand.

2. Individual donations, this is probably the hardest of all the possibilities. People don’t like to ask friends for donations, no matter how valued the project. I have gone to the state employees charitable campaign several times and come out with minimal results. It seems that pets, abused children, and other ventures outweigh what we are presenting. An empty lot with plans to build some day. Continue Reading →

News From District 7 – 05-2018

Hello from District 7. I hope everyone is doing well. I believe spring has sprung and summer is upon us. As they say that’s a wrap, the 2018 St. Joseph convention is in the history books and a good time was had by all that attended. Thank you to the St. Joseph Fire Department for the hospitality.

At the convention, the fire prevention posters were judged. I want to say thank you to the FFAM Auxiliary who have the difficult task to choose which artist has the best poster and when I see the posters, I wish I could say everyone is a winner and in a way they are because they won from their department or district.

The theme was Plan Two Ways Out, Every Second Counts. Sixty-six posters were submitted from seven districts or departments. With that being said, I’m challenging all directors, departments and districts to get the word out and let’s get more posters for next year. I want to give a thank you to Gail Hagans for the question she asked, “Who is able to submit posters?” School curriculum/schedules can be difficult, and departments often aren’t able to get the poster contest in their local schools. This poster contest is open to all organizations including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, home-school kids or even just kids in your community. As long as they fit within the grade requirements and are sponsored by their local department, their poster can be submitted. I challenge everyone that reads this to go out and spread the word. Fire prevention is every day, not just in October. Continue Reading →