Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Archive | May, 2019

Thank You Chief Hoover

Just a quick note to offer a huge thank you for the presentation of a Presidents Award plaque recognizing the Branson Fire Department’s “Commitment, Devotion, and Dedication to our Community during the Mass Casualty Incident on Table Rock Lake.”

Ride the Ducks starts from an established location in our community and journeys through Taney and Stone Counties, including a mountain-top view of and a water-based tour of Table Rock Lake. Ride the Ducks tours the famous Highway 76, providing guests an insightful journey across the scenic area.

Tragedy struck on the evening of July 19, 2018, when a Ride the Duck vessel sank quickly after becoming caught in a severe thunderstorm during the lake portion of the tour. Emergency Responders serving the Southern Stone County and Western Taney County Fire Protection Districts, Mercy Paramedics, Taney County Ambulance District, Stone and Taney County Sheriff’s Departments, and so many more responded to this incident that claimed the lives of 17 guests.

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Museum Update

On April 25, materials were dropped off to begin the construction of the Museum. While there have been a few rain delays, things are progressing smoothly. We hope that you will be able to attend this year’s memorial ceremony and see the progress for yourself.

While the Foundation has enough funding to build the shell, we still need help in raising funds to finish this project. This is going to take everyone’s help, just as the memorial did. We have had several small fund raising activities of late, and hope to have some more coming soon. Keep watching our Facebook page under “Missouri Firefighters Museum Project” with the red FFAM logo for announcements of any in your area. If you have any fund-raisers you would like us to be a part of feel free to reach out to any of the Memorial Foundation members.

News From District 11 – MAY 2019

Greetings and happy spring hopefully everyone had a great and safe Easter!

Wow where to begin! It has been a very busy beginning to the year so far, from departments all over the state responding to flooding incidents. Now we are responding to severe weather calls, on top of our everyday runs from the simple EMS to complex fire scenes. Always watch everyone’s back while on any of these calls. We can’t help our citizens if we get hurt ourselves.

Convention 2019 is concluded and it was a great turnout for the Friday mixer and Saturday’s formal banquet. I want to thank all the departments that were represented both at the banquet and the firefighter games. Also a big thank you to all the vendors that attended as well. If you couldn’t make it this year, mark your calendars now for the 2020 convention in its 66th year will be held in District 11s backyard as we once again return to Kearney, Missouri. The event planning committee that I’ve talked to are getting a lot of things getting lined up to make this a huge event. I will provide details as they get released.

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2019 Fire Prevention Poster Winners

Fifth and Sixth Grade

Third and Fourth Grade

First and Second Grade

Special Needs

Basic Firefighter Class at Shelby Community FD

Shelby Community Fire Department in Shelbyville, conducted a Basic Firefighter course with nine department members completing the course on March 12. Firefighters completing the course were Preston Hall, Andrew Pantaleo, Maverick Taylor, Bryant Gibbons Vernon Cash, Brad Arment, Rowdy Vanskike, Clay Kiser, Corey Cooper, and Ethan Geisendorfer.

Fun While Training at Holden Fire

Holden Fire and Rescue has been working hard on new and fun ways to train. Keeping fire personnel engaged, motivated and eager to learn is key to building a firehouse and fire family. We have been busy with a lot of new updates and look forward to the future of what Holden Fire will be.

Convention 2019 – The Aftermath

Well, it is over. That’s right Convention 2019 has come and gone and all that is left is some nifty shirts and memories. It was the pleasure of the FFAM Board of Directors to serve as host for the 2019 Convention and we hope each attendee had an enjoyable experience.

Returning to familiar territory, the event was held on the beautiful grounds of the Missouri State Fair, home too many of our members for 11 days a year during the State Fair. We were fortunate enough to have decent weather and made it through the entire weekend without rain, torrential winds or snow, all of which have blessed the convention on various other occasions.

As others will be providing additional details about the Convention throughout this edition let it suffice to say the fire fighter challenge contest and awards banquet went well. We tried something a little different this year and included a Friday evening meal as part of the registration fee. We put together a pretty tasty picnic style meal and were able to accommodate almost everyone’s dietary needs for the evening.

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