Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Archive | May, 2018

News From District 3 – 05-2018

So much has already happened in 2018, but we still have lots left to do. The 2018 convention has already happened and a big thank you for all who worked to make it happen. Also, congratulations to all the winners of the contest and everyone that came to support their team. Don’t forget that in May, we have the 2018 Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial Services. Saturday night will be the Candlelight Service and Sunday morning is the full service. They both are very special and make you want to keep going back each year.

The second big event for FFAM is the Missouri State Fair in August. This is a time to be part of the only eleven day fire department in our nation. By the time you get this, the deadline for workers will have passed but you can still come and visit the fire department at the fair. That is a good way to see if working in 2019 at the fair is for you. Talk to anyone that has worked there and find out how great it is.

During all the FFAM activities going on, we know how busy you can be at your local department. It makes for a very busy lifestyle. Be safe and enjoy the summer.

Auxiliary Minutes – May 2018

Member of the Year Award, Diane Hanes, Galt Fire Protection District

2018 FFAM Convention Meeting, Sunday, May 6, 2018

Meeting called to order by President Diane Hanes at 9:05 a.m. Colors were posted, and the Pledge of Allegiance was said. Chris Slaughter, Warrenton FPD, read the invocation, The Fireman’s Wife Prayer.

Introduction of Officers

President Diane Hanes, Galt FD; 1st Vice President Jessica Miller, Norborne FPD; 2nd Vise President Theresa Cox, Wentzville FPD; Secretary/Treasurer Sheri Berendzen, Cole County FPD; Historian Chris Slaughter, Warrenton FD; Sergeant at Arms Ann Jones, Madison West Monroe FD, absent.

Jessica Miller, Norborne FPD, explained the voting procedure on the election of officers. Continue Reading →

Desoto FD and Valle Ambulance Respond Quickly

On January 29, 2018, at approximately 20:35 hours, off duty Captain James Coleman of the City of DeSoto Fire Department was driving home on South Main Street in DeSoto. As he came upon the 600 block, he visualized a fire in a commercial structure housing a Church on the first level and apartments on the second floor. The structure had exposures to the North and South as well as to the West in the alley.

Captain Coleman requested a first alarm response. Soon after, he was made aware of persons trapped on the second floor in one of the apartments. A woman was leaning out of a window and there was dense, black smoke billowing out behind her. A cell phone video before the first truck arrived gave visual and audio account of the woman contemplating jumping from the window. Bystanders, along with an off duty deputy, attempted to calm her and ask her to wait for the firefighters. It was determined in this process that there was also a male still inside the apartment along with the couple’s pet. Continue Reading →

Smoke Dangers

Smoky environments are dangerous. Smoke is the result of incomplete combustion and contains a variety of toxic by-products.

Smoke contains a variety of gasses. The composition of gasses in smoke will vary greatly depending on the amount of oxygen available to the fire. The composition of what is burning also influences the contents of smoke. In other words, a fire fed by wood will produce different gasses than a fire fed by plastics.

Smoky environments contain carbon monoxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen cyanide, carbon dioxide, phosgene, ammonia and chlorine. Continue Reading →

A Message from the 2nd Vice President – 05-2018

Greetings FFAM members. Things are happening with the FFAM. Convention just got done in St Joseph, services at the memorial are fast approaching, the FFAM historian items are being moved to Kingdom City, and before we know it the Missouri Sate Fair Fire Department will be in service. Whew, just hearing that I starting to get excited!

On April 7, I was invited to the North Central Carroll County chili benefit in Bogard, Missouri. It was a great night of networking with the local first responders and of course had a great bowl of chili. This benefit was a huge success for the department. Thanks Chief Billy Smith for the invite. I really enjoyed the evening.

On April 19, I attended a benefit for the FFAM museum in Columbia at Pot Belly Sandwiches. The evening was a great night of fellowship and raising funds for this project. Thanks to Gail Hagans and Dr. Baker for the invite. Continue Reading →

Meeting Minutes – May 2018


President Kenneth Hoover opened the 64th Annual FFAM Convention by ringing the bell on Friday, May 4, 2018, at the Stoney Creek Hotel in St. Joseph, MO.

The St. Joseph Fire Department and Chillicothe Fire Department Honor Guard members posted the colors. President Hoover led the Pledge of Allegiance. Dr. Ron Baker gave the invocation.

St. Joseph Fire Department Chief Mike Dalsing welcomed attendees to the convention. Continue Reading →

President’s Remarks – May 2018

Greetings from the thirteenth floor! Ever have a commercial that after you’ve seen or heard it, it just continues running over and over in your mind? Like, “Toyota lets go places,” or “Like a good neighbor State Farm is there.” Motel 6 has, “We’ll leave the light on for you,” or “Click it or Ticket it,” one my wife absolutely loves, is something about a house siding company, “Call Now,” not! Anyway you get my drift.

I want to introduce, or in some cases reintroduce, and I hope after my article, it will become the number one theme throughout every fire department within the State of Missouri!

“Sound the Alarm” Continue Reading →

Fire Marshal’s Update – May 2018

What a busy time for all of us in the fire service. The spring weather has been beautiful, and we have not been receiving any rain to amount to anything. As far as the weather goes, everyone at the FFAM Annual Convention in St. Joe, Missouri told me it was one of the best that they can remember in many years. I want to thank Gail Hagans for all of the photographs. She did an outstanding job of recording the history of the 2018 FFAM Convention. I have yet to go through all of the photographs. History is so important, please never forget that.

The opening ceremony on Friday night went well and I appreciate everyone that attended. The contests were well attended and a crowd of around 250 was in attendance at the Saturday night banquet. All of these things I mentioned did not just happen by chance, but was because of a well planned and executed effort by the St. Joseph FD and the Convention Committee led by Chief Larry Jones of the Madison Fire Protection District.

Congratulations also to all the award winners and contest winners. I will let the committee chairs write about this in their articles. The speaker at the banquet did a good job. Continue Reading →