The Johnson County Fire Protection District was the recipient of a $2,500 Community Investment Grant from local energy transportation company, Enbridge. Funds donated to the District will support their efforts to purchase additional portable lighting to be used on emergency scenes throughout the District. Additional on scene lighting will aid fire personnel in avoiding many of the hazards often hidden on scenes due to poor visibility in darkened structures and other emergency scene areas. Enbridge Inc. is North America’s premier energy infrastructure company with strategic business platforms that include an extensive network of crude oil, liquids and natural gas pipelines, regulated natural gas distribution utilities and renewable power generation. The company safely delivers an average of 2.9 million barrels of crude oil each day through its Mainline and Express Pipeline, and accounts for nearly 65% of U.S. bound Canadian crude oil production, and moves approximately 20% of all natural gas consumed in the U.S. serving key supply basins and demand markets. Enbridge also has interest in more than 2,500 MW of net renewable generating capacity in North American and Europe. The Company has ranked on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations index for the past nine years.
The Johnson County Fire Protection District recently received a $202 donation from the Warrensburg Westlake Ace Hardware. The funds were raised by the store during a fundraiser in July 2019, to assist the District in purchasing equipment to produce digital training and safety programs for the District’s members. Ace employee Mallory Platt presented the donation to Training and Safety Division Chief Ken Jennings. Platt attends the University of Central Missouri and recently completed an internship program with the District.
There are several things going on with the National Volunteer Fire Council but I will defer to just two. One directly involves the Midwest, but it will be a while in coming. The NVFC Conference Committee is trying new ideas in making the Fall Meeting more inviting to bolster attendance. They have noticed a slight drop when their Fall Meeting locations are far removed from other areas of the county or in popular but expensive regions. In the fall of 2022, they have selected a central area of the US which has a lot to offer but moderately priced hotels, food and air travel. Also very easy access by multiple interstate systems for Midwest States. Of all things, the location was actually suggested by the Assistant Director from Massachusetts. The recommendation was made to the full membership in the Spring 2019 meeting, voted on and accepted. Congratulations, the 2022 Fall meeting will be held in Kansas City, Missouri. Yes, this is three years away, but that is how NVFC rolls and a key reason they always have a great Fall Conference, a lot of advanced planning. They are still working out details of a conference hotel in proximity to the Airport or more downtown. To be clear, NVFC is hosting and running the meeting plus assuming the financial responsibility but how could we not get involved and help in away way possible. This is an opportunity to welcome a great organization and some wonderful people to our State.
In the FFAM October Board meeting, I will be introducing a motion that FFAM adopt a resolution of support to the NVFC 2022 Fall meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. Exact details of what that will involve are yet to be determined but we need to let NVFC know they have the support of our states largest fire service membership organization. Next steps will be contacting other fire service organizations to partner with FFAM and hopefully generate some interest in regional Kansas City Fire Departments to assist with some logistics prior to and during the conference.
The 2019 Fall meeting for NVFC will be in Georgia the last week of October. Rob Erdel will be representing Missouri this year. Jenny and I have a wedding that week and being the parents of the groom, we have opted to stay much closer to home. Maybe it is a sign of how the stars are aligning, but the wedding is in Kansas City!
The NVFC Membership Director 2nd VP Dallas Renfrew, has reached out to several of the states including Missouri with regard to bolstering individual NVFC membership opportunities which were followed up by a series of information webinars. I will be presenting a summary of that initiative and other NVFC information to the FFAM board of directors at the October business meeting.
The City of Cameron Fire Department accepted delivery of a new 2019 Heiman WildThing Apparatus in August of 2019. The purchase of the apparatus was made by the Cameron Rural Fire Protection District. The sale of the apparatus was made possible through Heiman Fire Equipment Sioux Falls SD. The apparatus was constructed to meet the many needs of the fire department. The Cameron Fire Department and City of Cameron thanks the Cameron Rural Fire Protection District for making this purchase possible. The Cameron Fire Department is a paid-per-call fire department responding to approximately 350 fire and emergency related calls per year. The Department provides protection for the City of Cameron and 144 square mile Cameron Rural Fire Protection District with a total population of approximately 18,000 residents.
The Western Taney County Fire District took delivery or this 2019 Rosenbauer Engine/Tanker. It is the fire districts eleventh’s engine/tanker. It is built on a 2019 Rosenbauer Commander Chassis with Cummings 450 HP motor and Allison Transmission. It has a 1,500 GPM Darley PSD rear mounted pump and a 1,500 gallon water tank and 50 gallon Class A foam tank. Besides being an fully capable engine and tanker, the truck carries vehicle rescue equipment and equipment for wildland firefighting.
A couple of months age I received a call from Fire Chief David Pratte of the Bonne Terre Fire Department. Actually I should say the Bonne Terre/Big River Fire Service since he told me that the two departments had merged. The Big River Fire Department is a rural tag supported department that protects a large area around Bonne Terre.
Chief Pratte was calling to see if I would be interested in being the keynote speaker and MC for the dedication of their new fire station. My first question to him was, “how did you find me?” and the second was, “how did you know I was still alive?”
I guess the answer to the last question is oblivious if your department is a member of the FFAM, since these history articles keep appearing in the newsletter. The answer to the first was easy because he was acquainted with someone who was aware we had moved to Branson.
He said that he had attended a number of classes I had conducted when I was with the University of Missouri and would be happy to have me there and I was honored and flattered to be invited.Continue Reading →
The Johnson County Fire Protection District hosted eight of the District’s Junior Firefighters for an all-day academy on August 2, 2019, at the District Headquarters in Warrensburg. The academy provided one-on-one training opportunities for each participant. The academy focused on enhancing basic firefighting skills which included personal protective equipment and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) donning, an SCBA confidence course, forcible entry, fire behavior, hose line deployment, and advancing and flowing hose lines. The District’s Junior Firefighter Program has been active since 1999 and allows youth 14 to 17 years old to participate in District activities which include trainings and response to emergency incident scenes in a supporting role. The District currently has 11 participants and has had a positive influence on area youth including many participants who moved on to become firefighters after turning 18 years old.
Well another fair is in the books, seems like they go faster the older I get.
I would like to thank everyone who came for work weekends to get ready for the fair and anything else that was done to make the 2019 State Fair Fire Department a success. Thanks to all who donated items, equipment, food, radios, and time. I know Larry will list all people who donated in his article.
Also the fair would not operate without you the FFAM members. This could not operate without you! Also the committee as we strive to make each year better.
I would like to thank Kenny, Rick, RB, Terry and all other committees for their input and support. Also a thank you to the Board of Directors for having faith in me and support in me as chairman of the committee. A special thanks to Gail Hagans-Reynolds for the outstanding pictures. I believe you now have a title, “State Fair Photographer.”
This year we will accept fair applications until June 1, 2020. I will get applications in next newsletter. Again many thanks to all and God Bless you all.