Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Archive | September, 2018

South Central Buchanan CO FPD

On August 19, 2018, the South Central Buchanan County (SCBC) Fire Protection District broke ground to build a new fire station at their Faucett, Missouri, location. A new 12,000 square foot fire house will be built on a new site location at State Highway 371 and Grand DD in Faucett. The department’s fire house in Agency, Missouri, will also be expanded by 6,500 square feet.

The SCBC Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1973. The district was formed in 1989 and became tax based in 1995. The department averages 350 calls for service per year while protecting eighty square miles in Buchanan County.

President of the District Board, Jeff Grubb stated that the district and department are grateful to the patrons of the district in recognizing the need for expansion of the district’s facilities and supporting that need with a recent levy increase.

Fire Chief Dennis Johnson stated the department has been planning for this expansion for over twenty years and the current expansion will serve the department and the community for many years to come.

Crystal City Gets New Apparatus

The City of Crystal City accepted delivery of a new 115 foot Rosenbauer T-Rex Articulating Platform on June 1, 2018. The platform is the first T-Rex apparatus sold in the state of Missouri. The apparatus was purchased through Sentinel Emergency Solutions in Arnold, Missouri at a cost of $1.5 million dollars.

The apparatus has a 2,000 gpm pump and 1,250 pound platform capacity. The truck can lift 8,800 pounds, carry a wheel chair or patient in a stokes basket from 115 feet to roughly 20 feet below grade. The apparatus has a 300 gallon water tank, 30 gallons of foam, 500 feet of 5” LDH hose, two 1-¾” water/foam hose lines in the front bumper, battery operated ram fan and battery operated Hurst rescue tools. The truck is also equipped with MSA G-1 self-contained breathing apparatus with thermal-imaging. The apparatus also features smart technology operations. Continue Reading →

Fredericktown Fire Department New Station

With the passage of the Proposition P tax the Fredericktown Fire Department is one step closer to a new station. It will be a combined Public Safety Complex which will include Fire, Police and the Municipal Court. It will allow the department to add on to current bays to allow for more room.

Also upcoming in October will be our Chili Cook off on October 13, 2018. Free entry for any fire department who wants to enter with their chili cooking skills.

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History’s Corner – September 2018

Left to Right: Claude Owens, Happy Roberts, J.W. Thompson, on 1940 Hercules.

Columbia’s first paid fire department was formed in 1893 and consisted of Chief Albert Newman, an Assistant Fire Chief and 11 part-time or volunteer firemen. Newman received $30 a month and the Assistant Chief received $20.

Motorized equipment came to Columbia in 1913 following a series of major fires. A “Kissel” truck complete with 1,000 feet of hose, several ladders and a 40-gallon chemical extinguisher was purchased by the city and housed in a city-rented two-story brick building located on the northwest corner of Seventh and Walnut (the building located directly across Walnut former Fire Station #1). Beds were included for three fire fighters who were given four hours a WEEK to spend with their families and take care of personal business.

That same year, Earl Kurtz was appointed Chief with a salary of $75 per month. Assistant Chief F.W. Ketchum and Fire Fighters Edward Harrel, Thomas Walden and W.N. Griffiths comprised the remainder of the paid department. Additional personnel came from area volunteers. Continue Reading →

City of St Charles Fire Chief

NorvielMayor Sally A. Faith has announced the appointment of George W. Sheets as the next fire chief of the City of Saint Charles Fire Department. Sheets has more than thirty-six years of fire and emergency medical service experience, serving twenty-two of those years as a fire chief. He joins the Saint Charles Fire Department from the Village of Oak Lawn, Illinois Fire and Rescue Department serving concurrently under an innovative and creative “shared” fire chief concept for two separate communities. Sheets will begin his new position on Monday, July 16, 2018.

“After conducting a national search, Saint Charles is welcoming a highly skilled, highly educated and very experienced fire service executive in George Sheets who will lead our fire department,” said Mayor Faith.

“George transformed our Fire Department, held costs in check. Worked well with our board and management team, implemented innovative changes that enhanced services for residents and did so with grace and professionalism under very stressful conditions. He is well respected in our community and I know he will make a wonderful Chief in yours,” said Sandra Bury, Mayor of Oak Lawn, Illinois. Continue Reading →

A Message from the 1st Vice President – 09-2018

Greetings! Hopefully you have had an opportunity to enjoy the summer as once again a simple blink of the eye and it seems like it is already ending. Normally a time filled with activity including vacations, local and state fairs, sports and other events. Unfortunately for many of us it has not been a time filled with much if any needed rain. Speaking of fairs, the Missouri State Fair has come and gone and from all reports the staff of the Missouri State Fair Fire Department did another outstanding job serving all visiting the fair. Great work folks!

This edition, let’s talk a little about convention. As you are or will become aware as you read this edition the FFAM 2019 Convention is being hosted by the FFAM Board of Directors and is being planned for April 12-14, 2019. Put those dates on your calendars and as soon as we develop more information concerning the planned events, lodging and other news we will let you know so you can make plans to be there.

What is convention? The dictionary, an old paper version of a google search for a word, defines the word as the summoning or convening of an assembly; an assembly of persons met for a common purpose; a meeting of the delegates of a political party for the purpose of formulating a platform and selecting candidates for office. Okay, so what is the FFAM Convention? The FFAM Convention draws a little from all portions of this definition. We do summon our members, we do meet for a common purpose and it is a meeting of the delegates, in our case for our annual meeting. So let’s look at each of these elements just a bit. Continue Reading →

A Message from the 2nd Vice President – 09-2018

Greetings… Wow where has the year gone, We are already three fourths of the way thru the year, children have returned back to school, before we know it we will be celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving and even Christmas.

The FFAM has been busy as well. The State Fair Committee just finished the fair and the Memorial Committee has been busy talking about the museum. The board of directors are working on the budget for next year and their requests have to be in by the October board meeting to the budget committee.

On July 17, I attended a historical event at the Wellington Napoleon Fire Protection District. On this evening Wellington had their promotional ceremony where a brother and sister were both promoted to Lieutenant. Nathan Jones was promoted over fire suppression and Kaitlyn Jones was promoted over EMS operations. Congratulations to you both and thanks again for the invite. Continue Reading →

Five Family Members Work Together in Mid-MO FD

Gary Berendzen surrounded by his children, from left, Adam, Jennifer, Eric and Jesse. The family currently serve on the Cole County Fire Protection District. Photo Credit: Mark Wilson/News Tribune.

The idea of becoming a firefighter when they grew up just seemed natural for the Berendzen children.

Their dad, Gary, was always going out on calls; and his children, if they could, always wanted to see their dad in action.

“I was right there looking out the windshield and looking at all the lights and saying, ‘this is awesome,” Gary’s son Eric said.

“We found out that the fire department isn’t just a department; it’s a family,” Gary’s daughter, Jennifer, said. “I’ve known the guys on the department all my life.”

It was the same for Gary’s other children, Jesse and Adam. All five family members serve with the Cole County Fire Protection District and are currently or have in the past served with the Jefferson City and Holts Summit fire departments.

“I can remember Dad’s pager going off and hoping I’d hear him say we needed to jump in the truck and head out to a call,” Jesse said. “I always wanted to be the person to push the button to turn the lights on Dad’s truck. When we’d get on the scene, he’d tell us to stay in the truck; but the truck had a back window that would slide, and we’d get out into the bed of the truck to get a better look at things.” Continue Reading →