Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Archive | 2018

Auxiliary Meeting Minutes – November 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; Chris Slaughter, Warrenton FPD; Kerrie Mattox, North Central Carroll FPD; Missy Erdel, Little Dixie FPD; Jessica Miller, Norborne Fire Protection District; Theresa Cox, Wentzville FPD; Kay Asher, Wentzville FPD. 

Diane asked if there were any changes or comments for the August 2018 meeting minutes. No changes were brought forward. Theresa made a motion to accept the meeting notes, seconded by Missy, motion passed.

Financial report
There were no deposits and expense of $350 and the ending total of $ 7,139.80. Jessica made a motion to accept the financial report, seconded by Chris, passed.

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Central Jackson CO FPD Achieves Two Goals

The Central Jackson County Fire Protection District (CJC) achieved two important goals this year that have a direct impact on our citizens, visitors, and businesses. 

In October, a presentation was made to the CJC Board of Directors by the Insurance Service Office (ISO), awarding CJC an ISO Public Protection Class (PPC) of 1, the best rating possible and effective January 1, 2019. This is based on evaluation of response, water supplies, training, fire prevention, and other capabilities to determine a risk class for residential and commercial properties, which can affect insurance costs. This new rating of one could have implications for residents and business owners, with lower rates. It can also be of benefit to community development as lower rates can make Blue Springs and Grain Valley more attractive to new businesses and allow existing businesses to stay. 

Of the approximately 47,000 fire departments looked at, CJC is one of only 329 awarded a class one rating and one of only four in Missouri. 

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Globe Awards Turnout Gear

Since 2012, Globe by MSA, DuPont Protection Solutions (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have partnered to provide 403 sets of new, state-of-the-art turnout gear to volunteer fire departments in need. An additional 13 departments in the U.S. and Canada will each receive four sets of gear through the 2018 Globe Gear Giveaway Program. The Pattonsburg Fire and Rescue Protection District was selected to be outfitted with four sets of new Globe turnout gear.

“MSA and Globe’s mission is to see to it that men and women live and work in safety and health, and that speaks to the heart of exactly why we’re proud to support the NVFC,” said Globe chief operating officer Tom Vetras. “Firefighters deserve nothing less than the very best personal protective equipment. Our Globe Gear Giveaway program – in partnership with DuPont – is just one of the ways we’re happy to support the many NVFC initiatives that help improve volunteer firefighters’ overall health, wellness, and safety.” The Pattonsburg Fire and Rescue Protection District has 22 volunteer firefighters who protect a population of 1,900 on nearly 130 square miles. The Pattonsburg community rests next to the heavily traveled Interstate 35 in northern Missouri, where millions of vehicles travel each year. Because of the highway, the department’s firefighters must be prepared to respond to the same kinds of emergency situations that a major metropolitan department may face, such as fires, motor vehicle accidents, hazardous materials spills, and more, but with limited resources.

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Division Spotlight – November 2018

The Division of Fire Safety salutes the service of Monty and Joyce Thompson. Through forty-eight years of marriage, the Thompsons have served the public through their volunteer work with the Kearney Fire and Rescue Protection District. They’ve also spent part of thirty-seven summers working at the Missouri State Fair.

In 1970, Monty joined the Kearney district and Joyce joined the Ladies Auxiliary. Forty-eight years later Monty continues to serve the district as a volunteer assistant chief. Joyce continues her work with the auxiliary.

In 1981, Monty received his EMT license. In 2010, he received his Fire Fighter I and II certifications. Since Kearney did not have an ambulance and the closest one was with the Holt Volunteer Fire Department, Monty would help get patients ready until an ambulance arrived. He also worked weekends at Smithville Hospital.

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Meeting Minutes – November 2018

Vice President Larry Jennings called the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri to order at 9:00 a.m., Sunday, October 7, 2018, at the Missouri State Fair Fire Department in Sedalia, Missouri. Vice President Jennings led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call of Board of Directors and other officials:

First Vice President Larry Jennings, Johnson County FPD; Secretary Treasurer Jaime Miller, Johnson County FPD #2; Sergeant-at-Arms Rex Reynolds, Southern FPD of Holt County.

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Fire Marshal’s Update – November 2018

Greetings from the thirteenth floor, I just can’t believe it is November! I look out my office window here and see the beauty God has painted for us, and I’m amazed!

I begin with the sad news of the passing of Firefighter Russell Hayes from the El Dorado Springs Fire Department. Russ had been a volunteer with the department for 32 years. In speaking with Chief Bob Floyd, Russ was a very active member of the department. He was dependable, devoted, caring, and the list could go on and on. He will be missed by the community and the department. Let’s keep his wife Susan, and his two step-sons in our prayers in the days and weeks to come. Bless you Firefighter Hayes for your service to your community and the State of Missouri’s fire service.

I would like to take the time and expose everyone to a very important form which every firefighter in our state needs to print off and have on file with your agency. Please, please, please, please take the time right now and print this, fill it out and take it to your agency secretary or whomever keeps your personnel files and have them file it where it can be located if you are killed in the line of duty. It doesn’t matter if you are a career or volunteer fire fighter! All first responders, police, sheriff, and EMS personnel need to have this document filled out and on file with their agency. If you have any questions call me at 573-751-1742, please!

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President’s Remarks – November 2018

What a beautiful fall season so far. Cool, crisp air in the mornings and even though they are a couple of weeks late, the colors of the fall foliage remind us of the changing of the life cycles of Mother Nature.

I want to thank 1st Vice President Jennings for chairing the October board meeting in my absence. I appreciate people that have a “can do” attitude when asked to do something for the organization. That is what makes this group so great to work with.

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Greetings From District 9 – 09-2018

Well it hasn’t cooled down much yet in our part of the state but the leaves are starting to get a little bit lighter in color and actually beginning to fall. A sure sign that Fall is coming soon! Time seems to be going by so fast it seems like only a couple months ago the new year was starting. Guess I’m getting old!

We are excited here at West Plains with the addition of our new training facility. We have never had such a facility that will take care of most all our training needs. We will also be able to host any NFPA 1403 certification testing if the DFS or MU FRTI has the need in south central Missouri. We welcome any of our neighboring departments to come and make use of the facility. We have 83 fire departments in our region so if you don’t mind doing a little traveling, “Come see us!”

We spent last Saturday with some of our neighboring departments raising money for the MDA Boot Drive. Thanks Howell County Rural, Lanton, Pomona, and Pumpkin Center Fire Departments for helping us raise $6545 for MDA!

Until next time, everyone please stay safe and healthy!