Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Archive | September, 2019

News From District 11 – September 2019

Greetings from the west side. I hope everyone has had a great summer even though myself and Director Thompson have no idea where summer has gone due to it coming and going so quickly. There has been a lot happening  across the state from the Missouri State Fair to the EMS conference, Margaritaville at Lake Ozark and numerous 9/11 stair climbs. Hopefully everyone has or gets to attend one of these events. 

The Missouri State Fair was successful. I would like to thank all the departments and vendors that donated apparatus and various equipment to us for the two week event. This could not be done without your support of our organization and the same thank you goes out to all the people that volunteered their time and skills for the citizens of Missouri. Please, if you missed the fun this year sign up for two days or two weeks for the 2020 fair. Applicants have until June 1, 2020, to submit their application with membership. 

We are beginning to come into brush fire season so this time of year would be a great opportunity to go over the SOG and equipment while we begin to get into cooler temperatures. Also show the new recruits no matter if you’re a volunteer or career that you’ve gotten on board over the summer. So they learn how to operate the brush units and effectively combat a woodland incident. Also don’t forget to show the Indian packs if you still use them. With the cooler evenings coming it would be excellent training to get with your neighboring departments and set up mutual aid evolutions with them before the fun outdoor training ends due to ice and temperatures. 

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Firemen and Women Also Known As Firefighters

A few weeks ago, Tim and I attended a recognition of service ceremony. One speaker addressed the crowd as “Firemen” then quickly corrected himself and added “Firewomen.” A female voice, from the back of the room, corrected him with a loud, “Firefighters.” This got me to pondering… Firefighting has historically been a male profession throughout the world, so who was the first American firewoman? 

Molly Williams

The first known female firefighter in the United States was Molly Williams. An African American, she was held as a slave belonging to a New York City merchant by the name of Benjamin Aymar. In most cases, the men that volunteered in the early days were those who had the most to lose. Merchants like Aymar could be wiped out by one spark of the “red devil” if it flamed out of control among the warehouses along lower Manhattan. Whatever Aymar’s motivations were, he didn’t give up his lifestyle when he worked his volunteer shifts at Oceanus Engine Company #11. To make sure he was properly tended to he brought along his slave, Molly. Molly cooked and cleaned for the firemen. She also helped maintain the heavy, hand-pulled water pumper. According to lore, Molly was in the fire house with Aymar, doing her chores as well as taking care of the men who had been stricken with a severe flu. 

The alarm bell sounded. There was a fire, and Molly was one of the few well enough to go. She had been around the fire house enough to know how the pumper worked, so it was during the blizzard of 1818, Molly Williams took her place on the dragropes and hauled out the pumper with as much strength and speed as any man. Answering the call of duty, she helped pull the pumper to the fire through the deep snow. 

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News From District 2 – September 2019

Hello from District 2. Well, the state fair for 2019 is in the books. I wish to thank all that took part. Are you interested in being a part in 2020 Missouri State Fair Fire Department? Keep an eye on your FFAM magazine for the application. Spend a day, several days, or the whole fair. Great food, bunk at the fire station, great training and great fellowship with your fire and EMS brothers and sisters. 

The museum project is coming along. A special fund-raiser that started August 1, is now going on. Wynne Angus Farm has made a donation of two sides of beef. Tickets are $10 each and that is for two chances. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. See any memorial foundation member for the tickets, myself, as well as some members of the FFAM have tickets as well. Drawing is at the 2020 convention, May 1-3. We need your help in finishing the inside. This is a great way to help and get some great angus beef. Processing is included. If you wish to be a part and can help finish the inside, any donation will help make this project a reality. 

The Missouri Fire Funeral Assistance Team with the Missouri EMS Funeral Response Team will be holding their annual conference November 1-2, 2019, at the Inn at Grand Glaize resort in Osage Beach. Supporting Heroes CEO Eric Johnson from Louisville, Kentucky, will be the instructor for the program, Ultimate Honors. Friday from 1:00-5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00-3:00 p.m. Closing out the conference will be a banquet Saturday night. Remembering those that have passed in the last year will be a part of the program as we honor the crew of LifeNet 2-2, Last mission August 26, 2011. Awards, a plated diner, and a special guest will close out the 2019 conference. A flyer was in your last FFAM newsletter. But if you are interested in attending drop me an e-mail at for more information and a copy of the flyer. If you wish to attend the banquet go to and click on the store for tickets.

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Meeting Minutes – September 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, August 4, 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 4 Joe Vaughn, Pleasant Hill FPD; District 7 RB Brown, Union FPD; District 10 Greg Brown, Eureka FPD; District 11 Monty Thompson, Kearney FPD; District 14 Rick Dozier, Southern FPD of Holt Co.

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Fire Marshal’s Update – September 2019

Greetings from the thirteenth floor. Fall is about to fall, my question is, where did summer go? This has been a very pleasant summer, with rain and fair temperatures.

I want to pause and thank God for his protecting hand being over several of our state’s firefighters in the last two months. I have visited with nine firefighters who were injured in firefighting incidents. Some will carry scars the rest of their lives from these events. Continue to pray for their total recovery. Be diligent, use training to your benefit, and keep a watch on your fellow firefighter, so everyone goes home!

October 6-12, is National Fire Prevention Week. The theme for this year is Look, Listen, and LearnBe Aware, Fire Can Happen Anywhere. You can go to for more information. This is a great opportunity to visit with schools, daycares, senior citizens centers, and churches about fire safety. Preventing fires should be our mission and that is our goal from the thirteenth floor. Join us in putting fire out of business!

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President’s Remarks – September 2019

I again had the opportunity to be at the State Fair Fire Department during the State Fair and see many old friends and had the opportunity to visit with many of our legislators. It is always encouraging to see so many new firefighters and EMS personnel from all over the state come together to serve the fair-goers. My personal thanks go out to each of you for your professionalism, commitment and faithfulness to FFAM. This was another good fair and the weather provided very few problems. Great job everyone. 

As president of FFAM, I want to thank each director and assistant director that came to the fair to work and give of their time and talents or to just visit and encourage everyone. 

I appreciate Fire Marshal Tim Bean for being present many days and for having many of his staff there working and teaching fire prevention.

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