Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Archive | January, 2019

Johnson County FPD Recognition

Johnson County Fire Protection District held a years of service reception recognizing member’s years of service. Standing left to right: Dennis Crowden, 5 years; Lt. Andrew Oglesby, 10 years; Capt. Scott Wiltrout, 10 years; Batt. Chief Larry Eggen, 25 years; Capt. Chad Kosmiski, 25 years; Jack Hart, 20 years; Chief Larry Jennings; Dean Hill, 5 years; Lt. Jason Coon, 10 years; Brandon Cole, 5 years; Eric Edwards, 5 years; Asst. Chief Dee Bennett; Jackson Short, 20 years; Ronnie Crowden, 5 years; Matt West Jr, 10 years. Front row left to right: Cody Reynolds, 10 years; Collin Fitterling, 5 years; Capt. Kegan Wilson, 10 years; Batt Chief Jeremy Vanwey, 20 years. Not pictured: John Brown, 10 years; Keith Randall, 15 years; Capt. Michael Myers, 25 years

The Museum Project – JAN 2019

Opportunities for fundraising
Winter Fire School is fast approaching and many of you are planning on attending. Not only is this an opportunity to hone your skills and learn new techniques for protecting and preserving your communities, but it is an opportunity to help us raise the necessary funds to build a wonderful museum preserving and sharing the history of fire service in Missouri. Let me share a couple of ideas for you to consider:

  1. Eat at texas roadhouse, to the right is a coupon that you can take to Texas Roadhouse on Friday, February 1, between 3:30 p.m. and closing. Present the coupon and they will donate 10% of your ticket to the museum project. Over the last several years, we have received about $500 from Texas Roadhouse. They do ask that you call ahead if possible because it is a Friday night and they will have other customers as well. Additional brochures will be available at the museum booth in the atrium of Holiday Inn.
  2. We will be raffling a Bullard fire helmet, autographed by former nascar driver Carl Edwards. Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. All proceeds from the raffle will go to the museum project.

In addition to the above possibilities, we will always take your donations. We will also have kneeling fire fighter statues to sell as well.

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Thanks in advance for your support of this worthwhile project.

History’s Corner – JAN 2019

Joplin Fire Department, 1939 was a great year

By Bill Westhoff with assistance from Joplin Fire Chief James Furgerson, Battalion Chief Doug Nolan and Patrick Cox II – MU Journalism Major

Most readers of the “History’s Corner” section of the newsletter know from previous articles over the years that I am a huge fan of “vintage” fire apparatus. From the inception of motor fire apparatus in our country in the early 1900’s, literally hundreds of fire truck manufacturers have come and gone. Thousands of fire trucks have also come and gone in that period of time but lots of them have also survived to live on to support our fire service heritage. 

At one time in my life, our family actually owned as many as four “antique” fire apparatus. Fortunately for my continued effort to stay married for over thirty year’s we are down to one – the most important one – a 1939 Chevrolet/Central pumper built by Central Fire Truck Corporation of St. Louis. 

1939 Chevy/Central became part of our family in 1978 and has been featured in daughter’s and granddaughter’s weddings and tons of parades. It is all original with a 216 straight six engine, four speed manual transmission and has a Waterous 400 gallon per minute rotary gear mid-ship mounted fire pump.

This is the first 1939 rig featured in this article. It was delivered to the Montgomery City, Missouri Fire Department sometime in late fall 1939 by Jack Manning, a partner in Lang and Manning Company, a dealer for Central. According to Jack, they “shot water over the Court House,” and it was one of the first apparatus built by Central that was painted white.

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News from District 11 – JAN 2019

Greetings and happy new year to all from the west side of the state, hope everyone had a fantastic and safe holiday and new years! 

What a great holiday season it has been. I have seen that Santa visited a lot of fire stations so he could meet the community kids and get their wish list along with seeing departments and districts having banquets for their members and showing appreciation for them along with the out pour. I’ve seen from the communities where I volunteer and my career job as well as the other social media post from other fire and EMS agencies the community brought goodies and thanks to on-duty crews Christmas Eve and day along with new years holiday. Hopefully everyone sees how much they are appreciated for what we sacrifice to protect our neighbors.

I had to think hard for what I wanted to present to you in this newsletter as I was busy and haven’t traveled to visited my district as much as would have liked during November and December, so a goal I thought of that I would like to attempt and challenge each and everyone of you individually and as departments and see if we can be proactive and take the initiative to be the best boots on the ground and make sure everyone goes home safe and not have a LODD in the state of Missouri in 2019. Hoping that in 2020 we have no names to be written on the wall in Kingdom City during the May Memorial. You ask how can we prevent this? 

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A Message from the 2nd Vice President

Greetings membership, I Hope everyone had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year and that you got to spend it with the ones you love and cherish. The FFAM is starting the new year with a bang with lots of activities coming up in the coming months. By now you should have received your membership packets for renewal, please make sure that you get those back to us as they were due back January 1, if you have not done so yet. You don’t want to miss the activities and benefits the FFAM has to offer you.

At the December meeting, if you have not heard President Hoover announced that he will be retiring as Chief of the Little Dixie Fire Protection District. Chief Hoover served for 45 years in the Fire Service and has been the face for the FFAM for many years. Thank You Chief Hoover for your leadership and what you have done for the Missouri fire service.

On December 22, I had the privilege of standing with my union brothers and sisters of IAFF Union 2195 with the Lee’s Summit Fire Department on the corner of 3rd and Douglas to help collect funds for the Needy family fund in Lee’s Summit. We did this for 3 days and we collected a record amount of 30,000 in those days, on a boot block. This is quite an accomplishment and congratulations to IAFF 2195 on a job well done. Keep up the great work.

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Missouri Fire Service Funeral Assistance Team

G reeting, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season filled with great memories with family and friends. I would like to take a moment to remember the family of Russell Hayes, El Dorado Springs Fire Department who gave his life in service to his community, this past October. Our organization has had the honor of working with the Hayes family and the El Dorado Springs FD.

I have had the honor of presenting to many fire service agencies and organizations regarding Line of Duty Death (LODD). If you have attended any of my training classes, you may recall me sharing that when someone is considering the loss of an agency member and has to determine if this meets LODD criteria, that we must apply the circumstances of the loss a minimum of 5 times, to begin to find an answer. The Federal Public Safety Officer Benefit (PSOB), the State of Missouri Line of Duty Compensation, the National Memorial, the State of Missouri Memorial and the International Association of Fire Fighters each have their own defining parameters. Sometimes the answer is easy, and the circumstances surrounding the death will meet the parameters of each organization. It can be very confusing for families and agencies when the circumstances of the death meet one or two of the parameters, but not all. This is especially true with it comes to Federal and State benefits. 

I recently attended a benefits update training class hosted by the Bureau of Justice Assistance Programs through the Department of Justice (DOJ). The class provided us new information regarding the Federal PSOB benefits and how the laws have changed that impact the circumstances in which the benefit may be considered compensable. 

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Greetings From District 4 – JAN 2019

I hope that everyone has had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. There are many things that we are thankful for over the years and we count our blessings a lot of times around the holiday season. Weather it is reuniting with long lost relatives to making new family with our coworkers. As emergency services personnel we get a renewed spirit for helping others during this time of year. Now that the holiday season is over it is time to take that renewed spirit back to the citizens you serve in your districts. In the spirit that we call the brotherhood/sisterhood of fire and EMS services, I would like to welcome Pettis County Ambulance District (PCAD) to the FFAM. We have partnered with PCAD over the last several years on our EMS operations at the Missouri State Fair. It has been a pleasure to work with Chief Eric Dirck and Assistant Chief Roy Pennington and the rest of their staff and now I want to welcome you to the organization and say thank you for your support as we continue to work together.

Speaking of the spirit we call the brotherhood/sisterhood of the fire and EMS services, there is no better showing of this than at MU FRTI Winter Fire School, February 1-3, 2019. From networking with the vendors at the Equipment Exposition, to running in to old friends from across the state that you only get to see at events like this and picking up right were you left off last year without missing a beat. Supporting the FFAM memorial and museum project by dining at Texas Roadhouse on Friday night, the display of spirit and camaraderie is endless. Saturday and Sunday play host to some of the best instructors in the State and in the US. There are classes for everyone and at every level and even webcasts for those of us that are unable to make it to Columbia, but have the desire to further their education. If you make it there and see me at the expo or in a class please say hello.

I would like to take this time to recognize our President of the FFAM Chief Ken Hoover from Little Dixie FPD, I would like to thank him for his years of service not only to the FFAM but for his 45 years in the fire service and the countless positions he has held through all his years of service. Enjoy your retirement Sir, it is well deserved. If you would like to give him your well wishes there will be a retirement gathering hosted by Little Dixie FPD on March 16, at the Audrain County 4H Center,  21509 Highway D, Mexico, Missouri. The reception will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  

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Get Your Team Ready for the Contests

Greetings from your contest committee and welcome to the new year. As we look into 2019 and start planning don’t forget the annual FFAM convention and firefighter challenge. The dates this year are April 12-14, 2019. The firefighter challenge will be on Saturday morning. We invite you to come out and compete! 

There are three divisions to play in; firefighter, female and junior firefighter. If your department can’t field a team by itself, the rules allow you to piece teams together with other departments. All contestants must be current FFAM or Auxiliary members. If you have questions the rules and contest layouts are on the FFAM website under the contest tab. Also you can contact any committee member and we will be glad to answer or assist in any way. Their contact info is also on FFAM website.

The schedule this year is like normal. Contest grounds will be set up Friday morning around 9:00 a.m. The challenge will start Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. If you would like to help at either of these times we would be glad to have you and we will have a job for you. Location will be at the parking lot West of the armory on the Missouri State Fairgrounds.

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