Fire Fighters Association of Missouri

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.

This year’s winners will be the guests of the Missouri State Fair Fire Department. The winner and immediate family will get passes for the fair and the winner will get a carnival wrist band and prize money and, if they wish, they are welcome to have lunch or supper with the crews.

1st and 2nd Grade Division

1st Place – Dylan Wall, Iberia FD

2nd Place – Journi Vail, Iberia FD

3rd Place – Raygen Crum, Paris FD

3rd and 4th Grade Division

1st Place – Annie Barton, Madison-West Monroe FPD

2nd Place – McKenna Shelton, Iberia FD

3rd Place – Kiya Smith, Little Dixie FPD

5th and 6th Grade Division

1st Place – Abigail Wheeler, Paris FD

2nd Place – Erica Loveit, Galt FPD

3rd Place – Karlie McGee, Madison-West Monroe FPD

Congratulation to all the winners and thank you to all that entered a poster. I hope to meet all the winners at the Missouri State Fair in August. If the sponsoring departments/districts would help to contact the winners and have them contact Secretary Miller at 660-429-1327 to make the arrangements.

I want to welcome the new Assistant Director to District 7, Andy Caldwell from Boles Fire Protection District. Thank you to Ed Kriska for your service as Assistant Director and enjoy your retirement.

With summer about to be in full swing let’s talk about some summer safety awareness. Heatstroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps are serious. Those most at risk include:


Infants and young children


Elderly people


Pets


Individuals with heart or circulatory problems or other long-term illness


People who work outdoors


Athletes and people who like to exercise – especially beginners


Individuals taking medications that alter sweat production

Heat Exhaustion

When the body loses an excessive amount of salt and water, heat exhaustion can set in. People who work outdoors and athletes are particularly susceptible.

Symptoms are similar to those of the flu and can include severe thirst, fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting and, sometimes, diarrhea. Other symptoms include profuse sweating, clammy or pale skin, dizziness, rapid pulse and normal or slightly elevated body temperature.

Uncontrolled heat exhaustion can evolve into heatstroke, so make sure to treat the victim quickly:


Move them to a shaded or air-conditioned area


Give them water or other cool, nonalcoholic beverages


Apply wet towels or take a cool shower

Heat cramps

Heat cramps are muscle spasms that usually affect the legs or abdominal muscles, often after physical activity. Excessive sweating reduces salt levels in the body, which can result in heat cramps.

Workers or athletes with pain or spasms in the abdomen, arms or legs should not return to work for a few hours. Instead:


Sit or lie down in the shade.


Drink cool water or a sports drink.


Stretch affected muscles.


Seek medical attention if you have heart problems or if the cramps don’t get better in an hour.

The best way to avoid a heat-related illness is to limit exposure outdoors during hot days. Air conditioning is the best way to cool off, according to the CDC. Also:


Drink more liquid than you think you need and avoid alcohol


Wear loose, lightweight clothing and a hat


Replace salt lost from sweating by drinking fruit juice or sports drinks


Avoid spending time outdoors during the hottest part of the day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Wear sunscreen; sunburn affects the body’s ability to cool itself


Pace yourself when you run or otherwise exert your body

When we think of water safety, we often think of the potential for young children to drown. But drowning also is a concern for teens and young adults. While drowning is more common for children 5 and younger, it’s the second leading cause of death for people age 5-24. According to NSC data, 737 people age 5 to 24 drowned in 2014.

Swimmers should keep in mind:


Don’t go in the water unless you know how to swim; swim lessons are available for all ages


Never swim alone

• Learn CPR and rescue techniques


Make sure the body of water matches your skill level; swimming in a pool is much different than swimming in a lake or river, where more strength is needed to handle currents


If you do get caught in a current, don’t try to fight it; stay calm and float with it, or swim parallel to the shore until you can swim free


Swim in areas supervised by a lifeguard


Don’t push or jump on others


Don’t dive in unfamiliar areas


Never drink alcohol when swimming; alcohol is involved in about half of all male teen drownings, according to KidsHealth.org

And in closing, I hope everyone has a great and safe Memorial Day and the next time you see a member in the Armed Forces or a Veteran, stop and say thank you, because without them, we could not do what we are doing today. The Missouri State Fair is getting closer and the work detail for the fire station is June 8-10. Hope to see ya and take care until we meet again.

Robert (R.B.) Brown

District 7