Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Archive | July, 2018

Tracking Firefighting Exposures

Any record of exposure is better than no record. Currently there is no national guidance for the collection and reporting of exposures to toxicants, including carcinogens or tumor-promoting agents. Exposure reporting guidelines exist for hazmat incidents, but guidelines need to be developed and implemented for exposure to chemicals, toxicants and carcinogens from incidents other than those covered by traditional hazmat guidelines. Firefighters need to change their perception and acknowledge that structure, vehicle, dumpster and even wildland fires contain the same chemicals and toxicants, sometimes in greater concentrations, than in hazmat releases and exposure records need to be maintained for all of these exposures.

Certainly the establishment and maintenance of exposure tracking systems needs to be the primary responsibility of the fire department, but each individual firefighter needs to ensure that they are also tracking their own exposures. Each firefighter should establish their own method of capturing this type of information, using personal computers, mobile devices or even index cards, if for no other reason than having a backup.

The IAFF and several state union organizations, such as the California Professional Fire Fighters, have established cancer registries and/or exposure tracking systems for their members. While some of these systems have been available for many years, utilization by individual firefighters can still be significantly enhanced as the definition of toxic and carcinogenic exposures expands to include more and more incidents. In states where cancer presumptive legislation has been implemented, having exposure records bolsters the case of the impacted firefighter as more and more cases are being challenged and existing presumptive legislation is coming under re-examination. Continue Reading →

A Message from the 1st Vice President – 07-2018

Greetings! I hope each of you are having a tolerable summer and have had the opportunity to get away with family or friends for even a brief break from the normal day to day of our hectic lives as servants to the public.

This time let’s talk about hats and tee shirts. So immediately, the thought crossed your mind that the old guy has officially lost it because what could hats and tee shirts have to do with the fire service anyway? Stick with me on this one and just maybe I am not as far gone as some may think.

Have you ever given much consideration to why people join the fire service. Whether it be on a paid full time agency or a completely volunteer agency where personnel don’t even receive a stipend of some sort? Well think about it a minute, because there has to be a reason buried somewhere in the history and future of this profession. We have examined this issue from time to time on a local basis and I think we may have discovered why people keep agreeing to join a dangerous, often thankless, dirty, stressful, mind numbing, time consuming and physically demanding profession… it has to be the hats and tee shirts that have our stunning, yet not really unique, logo proudly displayed. Continue Reading →

News From District 11 – July 2018

Greetings from the west side of the state! I am hoping that everyone is having a fantastic summer thus far.

I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself as the second assistant director for District 11. I am incredibly grateful and humbled for this opportunity and hope to serve you all well.

I started my fire service journey in the winter of 2008 as a volunteer with the  Edgerton Trimble Fire Protection District (2008-2012). There I was introduced to the FFAM organization by Chief R. Deckman. Eventually I served with the combination staffed fire districts of Smithville Area Fire Protection District in 2015, Plattsburgh Fire Protection District from 2015-2016, and Pleasant Valley Fire Department. I was granted a full time career opportunity with the Kansas City Missouri Fire Department in the winter of 2011 under the leadership of Retired Chief R. “Smokey” Dyer. Currently I am assigned to a squad company within the organization. Continue Reading →

Meeting Minutes – July 2018

President Ken Hoover called the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri to order at 9:00 a.m., Sunday, June 3, 2018, at the Missouri State Fair Fire Department in Sedalia, Missouri.

President Hoover led the Pledge of Allegiance. Then asked for a moment of silence in remembrance of Chief Jim Silvernail. Continue Reading →

Fire Marshal’s Update – July 2018

Greetings from the thirteenth floor! Having trouble with the fact that six months of this year has come and gone. What?

Judy and I would like to express a hearty Independence Day to one and all. I’m glad the Declaration of Independence was signed which allows us to become the United States of America, the greatest nation on God’s earth. Take a moment with me and read or sing God Bless America

God Bless America, land that I love, Stand beside her and guide her through the night with the light from above, From the mountains to the prairies, to the oceans white with foam, God Bless America, my home sweet home, God Bless America my home sweet home! Continue Reading →

President’s Remarks – July 2018

What a great annual Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial Services held on May 19-20, 2018, at the Auxvasse Elementary School. I believe this is the most important activity I am involved in every year.

As they have done for many years, Chief Greg Lubbert and crew, Central Callaway Fire Protection District spent many hours cleaning all of the granite walls and other tasks the Thursday night prior to the services. Chief Lubbert and others have faithfully overseen this task year after year. Thanks!

Many hours were also given for the Candlelight Service and the Sunday Morning Services. Keith Smith, Warrenton Fire Protection District and Bill Albus, Little Dixie Fire Protection District/Missouri State Fire Marshal office, worked many hours gathering information and developing the programs for both services. I thank both of you! Continue Reading →