Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Archive | March, 2019

A Message from the 1st Vice President – MAR 2019

Greetings! During these cold, ice and snow covered days in parts of our state it is hard to think that Spring, if we get to have one this year, and then Summer will be upon us in no time at all and we will all be discussing how hot and humid our state is and how much we wish Fall or Winter was near.

In this edition let’s talk about investing. Seems like a simple enough topic on the surface, but investing can take on many forms at many different levels in our lives. I think we can all agree that an investment in the obvious form normally deals with a financial matter. In other forms investment can be doing things for your betterment, we have all heard the saying “invest in your future” at some point or another.

When you consider the overall importance of financial matters in the long term well-being of any of us it becomes pretty evident that at some point we each need to make investments. Although money is not everything, it is an unfortunate thing that in our society money is required to meet many of our obligations. The recent federal government shut down news coverage was riddled with the sensational stories of employees that had not yet missed the first paycheck, but were already going to be evicted or had no food for themselves. I am fully aware that there are many people in our society that live literally from one paycheck to the next, but to have this outcry before a check was missed should be a wake up call to anyone working and receiving a paycheck.

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News From District 7 – MAR 2019

With Spring about to be sprung and we move forward to Spring and Summer, that only means warmer weather and the FFAM convention on April 12-14, at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. I hope everyone has enrolled and will be attending the great classes that are being offered free of charge. A reminder to all departments that will be entering their winning posters. They need to be delivered to the ladies’ auxiliary booth before the opening of the convention or they will not be judged. Also, please read over the rules for the contest to ensure the posters meet the contest requirements and all necessary information is filled out on the label. I hope everyone attends for the fun, fellowship, education, competitions and much deserved awards.

Talking about much deserved awards, some of you reading this may not know but a great friend of mine and the fire service received a much-deserved award in February, my friend Chief Ken Hoover retired from Little Dixie Fire Protection District after more than 40 years of service. Thank you for all you’ve done for the fire service, FFAM, and for me. Thank you for being a friend, mentor, and teacher. Have a great time with your family and enjoy your new life of retirement and let the good times roll.

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Gravois Firefighters Donation

Firefighting is a dangerous profession. A growing body of research and data shows the contributions that job related exposers have a higher risk of cancer. This same research details a number of means to lessen the risk of cancer. Two of these measures are to remove contaminated gear at the fire scene and cleanup on scene. Gravois Firefighters Association is sponsoring two projects to assist in reducing risks.

First will be to provide funds to allow for the purchase of a second protective hood, used to aid in the protection of ears, neck and face area in conjunction with the helmet. The second hood will allow for a clean hood in the event of a second fire. The cleaning is used to remove contaminates and reduce additional exposure for the firefighter.

Second will be providing funds for on scene cleaning wipes for the firefighters to clean skin from contaminates. The head, face, ears and hand cleaning are essential to prevent additional exposure until firefighters can return to firehouse for a complete cleanup.

The association feels strongly that we can help our firefighters in the prevention of cancer.

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Partners with NVFC

Entertainer Chase Rice Hosts Intimate Concert as Part of Contest for Firefighters

To celebrate and support the nearly 70 percent of firefighters who volunteer their service, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire has announced a partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC). A donation of $75,000 will be made by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire to the NVFC to help support volunteer firefighters nationwide. 

The NVFC is a nonprofit membership association representing the interests of volunteer fire, EMS and rescue services. The organization serves as an advocate for the volunteer on the national level and provides needed programs and resources to first responders addressing critical needs such as safety, health, recruitment, retention, training, funding and more.  

“There are over 800,000 firefighters across the country who volunteer to serve and protect their communities, and we work to make sure these heroes have the tools and resources they need to thrive,” said NVFC Chair Kevin D. Quinn. “Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire shares our passion for and dedication to the fire service, and we are excited to partner with them to give back to our boots-on-the ground.” 

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Changing of the Guard

From left to right: Captain Aaron Minnick, Captain Derrick Allen, Captain Tracy Bradley, Lieutenant Rob Williams, Battalion Chief Les Hinnen

The Chillicothe Fire Department (CFD) has had some significant changes in leadership recently. With the retirement of a 40-year veteran, Assistant Chief Kevin Hoskins, the CFD lost a wealth of knowledge. His retirement obviously will have a huge impact on the department and will be hard to replace. After some precise budgeting and command staff restructuring by Fire Chief Darrell Wright, Kevin’s retirement created multiple openings for some up and coming firefighters, looking to continue the success of the department’s reputation. Captain Les Hinnen, Lieutenants Aaron Minnick and Tracy Bradley, and Firefighters Rob Williams and Derrick Allen were all selected for promotion in a lengthy formal selection process. 

Captain Les Hinnen was promoted to Battalion Chief. He has served over 31 years with CFD. He began his career as a firefighter with the Chula Rural FD. In 1988 he was hired by CFD as a paid by call firefighter. In November 1990 he was hired on full time. Promoted to engineer in 1998. Promoted to lieutenant in 2012. Promoted to captain in 2014. Recently promoted to battalion chief. Two children, Monica Burton of Danaco Colorado and Jessica of Independence, Missouri. And three grandchildren who he loves spending time with. Les enjoys fishing on his time off.

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Meeting Minutes – March 2019

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, January 27, 2019 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


President Ken Hoover, Little Dixie FPD; First Vice President Larry Jennings, Johnson County FPD; Second Vice President Grant Oetting, Higginsville FPD; Secretary Treasurer Jaime Miller, Johnson County FPD #2.


District 1, Terry Wynne, Galt FPD; District 2, Greg Wright, Shelbina FD; District 3, Larry Jones, Madison West Monroe FPD; District 5, Terry Plumb, Southern Stone FPD; District 6, Gary Berendzen, Cole Co FPD; District 10, Greg Brown, Eureka FPD; District 11, Monty Thompson, Kearney FPD.

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President’s Remarks – March 2019

Spring is just around the corner and I am sure all of us are ready for its arrival. It has been a busy winter with many activities we have all attended. I know I am ready for the season to change and for the life to return to the trees and grass, and for things to come alive again.

Winter Fire School was a huge success thanks to MU FRTI’s hard work. Thank you for the commitment to educate our emergency service personnel. I did not make it to the Exposition this year but heard there was a very large crowd and that it was a huge success.

I was unable to attend the annual Missouri Fire Chief’s Conference at Big Cedar Resort this year. I heard it was an excellent conference with some outstanding presenters. I have been told that I received a Lifetime Achievement Award along with two of my longtime friends. I appreciate the thoughtfulness.

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