Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Archive | September, 2018

2018 State Fair Fire Department

News From District 3 – 09-2018

Greetings from District 3. We made it through the State Fair and on to the next event.

There are 3 free classes held in September, October, and November about line of duty death/public safety officers benefits. Please contact George Wright at 660-415-7990 or Brian Zinanni at 314-973-0685 for more information. There is also a 2018 Missouri EMS and Missouri Fire Funeral Team Training weekend on October 19-20, 2018, at Osage Beach. Please contact the above numbers for more information.

Now for 2019. The FFAM Convention has an entirely new date, April 12-14, 2019. It will be held at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia by your FFAM Board of Directors. There will be some new things happening at this 2019 Convention so check out all the information you can find about it. If you have ideas or would like to help just let your board members know. Continue Reading →

Where there is smoke, there is…

We often joke that where there is smoke there is fire. As fires burn they produce smoke. It is a fundamental of fire.

Smoke is the result of incomplete combustion and carries a variety of toxic by-products. Smoke includes three major components: particles, which are solids, vapors, which are finely suspended liquids, and gasses.

Smoke particles include unburned, partially burned, and completely burned substances. Unburned substances are just that, unburned items. They are lifted into smoke by the thermal column produced by the fire. Partially burned particles result from incomplete combustion. Completely particles are typically ash.

Smoke contains vapors. Vapors are small droplets of liquid suspended in the air. Some of the vapors are the result of us applying water to the fire. Other droplets result from products as they burn. When items burn they produce droplets that become part of smoke. Continue Reading →

Auxiliary Minutes – September 2018

Meeting called to order by President Diane Hanes at 9:00 a.m.

Members Present
Diane Hanes, Galt FPD; Sheri Berendzen, Cole County FPD; Ann Jones, Madison West Monroe FD; Chris Slaughter, Warrenton FPD; Angela Fields, Paris FPD; Kerrie Mattox, North Central Carroll FPD; Laura Peel, SEFD; Missy Erdel, Little Dixie FPD; Joyce Thompson, Kearney Fire and Rescue; Jessica Miller, Norborne Fire Protection District; Nichole Sohn, Kansas City Fire Department; Katie Schowengerdt, South Metro Fire Protection District; Lily Schowengerdt, South Metro Fire Protection District; Shelby Schowengerdt, South Metro Fire Protection District; Danielle Arnold, Central Jackson County Fire District.

Ann Jones read a poem, Auxiliary Members Prayer.

Diane asked if there were any changes or comments for the June 2018 meeting minutes. No changes were brought forward. Ann made a motion to accept the meeting notes, seconded by Jessica, motion passed. Continue Reading →

News From District 11 – September 2018

Greetings from District 11. It has been a fun and eventful summer within our district in our state and so much training has been provided from local and state agencies. One of them that I attended was the grain bin entrapment rescue class provided by MU FRTI which I found a very fun and informational course and if given a chance for anyone to attend I would recommend it. To any member that has obtained their instructor this year, I would recommend attending the Missouri Emergency Services Instructor Conference in November. It is a great networking and trying opportunity as a new instructor to seek advice plus it’s at the Lake of the Ozarks which is an added perk.

I would like to thank the agencies from District 11, Higginsville EMS, Wellington-Napoleon Fire/Rescue and Lee Summit Fire Department for donating your apparatus during the fair in August. That was a great public relation tool we used to showcase your departments during those two weeks and we even had members of your communities that would come up and ask about seeing their home departments on display and in use there.

We are approaching renewal time quickly for FFAM membership and I encourage existing members to talk with neighboring departments and personnel that might not be members this year and encourage them to contact one of their district or any of the listed representatives and we would be glad to explain our organization and benefits for them. There were some changes this year to add EMS and dispatch entities so please help us help them as well. Continue Reading →

VFA Grant Awarded to Osage FPD

Pictured are Michael Schulte, Forestry Division Crew Leader and Chief Dennis Braun. The picture is of the items purchased from the VFA Grant for Fire Departments. The items are personal protective gear, communications equipment and wildfire suppression equipment to help increase the fire departments capacity to suppress wildfires safely and efficiently.

Mapaville Fire Chief Retires

Chief Darryl Reed retires after thirty-three years as Fire Chief of the Mapaville Fire Protection District. Chief Reed started as a volunteer in 1983. The whole time he was with the fire district he was a volunteer.

Darryl worked for the Metropolitan Sewer District in St. Louis, Missouri, from 1985 until he retired in 2010.

He was very devoted and moved through the ranks to become chief in 1985. Darryl was instrumental on getting a FEMA grant to build a new fire house in partnership with Joachim Plattin Ambulance District. He also headed up getting full and part time paid firefighters.

He has been on the Joachin Plattin Board of Directors for fifteen years. He was also a combat veteran of Vietnam, 1967 through 1968. He attends his yearly unit reunion and participated in the Honor Flight in 2017.

Darryl is loving his retirement spending time with his wife, grandkids, great grandkids, family and friends, fishing trips and just enjoying life.