Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Archive | March, 2020

History’s Corner – March 2020

As we indicated in part one of this article in the last newsletter, we will now feature the real experts in apparatus renovation. The Washington Volunteer Fire Company has a long and rich history which has been reinforced by years of work by a number of their members collecting and restoring much of their apparatus from the past.

I believe the passion for their restoration efforts stem from the “built in” German ancestry in the community and the fire department tradition of excellence over the last couple of centuries.

I asked my friend Chief Tim Frankenberg to give us a little rundown of each of these restoration efforts and his comments have included within this article. A special thank you goes out to him and all of the WFD folks who devoted their time and effort to providing the community with this apparatus history.

Restored Washington FD 1917 Model T Ford.

The Washington Blaze Chasers led the investigation of what happened to the first WFD truck, the 1917 Model T. It was located in the mid 1980’s in a junk yard just blocks from the present headquarters. The truck was known to be sold to the Stumpe’s and they confirmed it was in their salvage yard. The truck was unique in that it was a Model T car with a Smith Form-A-Truck modification. The Smith Form-A-Truck added a frame extension and replaced the existing rear wheel with a large sprocket and a new axle was installed on the extended frame with a chain drive. The truck had very little left and was built from the ground up.

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State Fair Committee Update

I will leave the District 11 portion of the newsletter to my assistant Josh. I will tell you the committee has been trying to get ready for the 2020 State Fair. President Hoover is going to get an appointment with the fair director.

Carissa Thompson has agreed to run the kitchen during the State Fair. If you are interested in helping in the kitchen please send in a fair application. Mother Joyce, Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Mattox will be there to help out, but new blood is needed to help out and learn the operation. They will prepare lunch and dinner. Breakfast will be prepared by fire and or ems crews. I will set up a kitchen patrol shift schedule. We will need everyone’s assistance to make this run smooth.

We need help in all areas for the fair. The application deadline is June 1, 2020. Hope to see everyone at Kearney May 1-3. It will be a good weekend. Be safe out there.

Iberia Rural FPD Awards Dinner

On January 22, 2020 the Iberia Rural Fire Protection District hosted the 2019 Firefighter Appreciation Dinner. Jamie Rodden and Alan Blomberg were recognized for 25 years of service. Nathan Duncan was also recognized for 10 years of service and voted the Firefighter of the Year by his peers. Chief Onstott reported the fire district had 335 calls for service in 2019. A listing of the calls are as follows: 10 structure fire, 20 motor vehicle accidents, 9 vehicle/equipment fire, 4 natural cover fire, 230 first responder (medical emergencies), 1 missing person search, 4 carbon monoxide, 3 propane leak/liquid spill, 1 power line down, 29 person in distress, 24 other or miscellaneous emergencies.

State Beta Club Convention in Springfield

The Beta Club is an organization for 4th through 12th grade students. Its purpose is “to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, leadership and service among elementary and secondary school students.” The State Beta Club Convention was held in Springfield this past November. Mallorie Miles who’s father is Jeff Miles, an assistant chief for the Woodland FPD submitted an entry related to the fire service. She took the back of an old fire engine and made an American flag display with flashing lights, etc. She won first place for her entry and will now travel to the National Beta Club Convention in Texas in June.

Montrose Junior Firefighter Program

As a rural fire department with the need for future firefighters and an interest among the youth of Montrose, Missouri. A Junior Firefighter Program was started in 2019. After hours of classroom and skills, seven juniors completed the Basic Fire Fighter course and are currently working on their first aid and CPR training.

Dale Bailey, Bailey Carter, Jaiden Crowder, Taylor Rohus, Lane Wareham, Drew Bailey, Chloe Rohus, Brandon Engeman.

Pumpkin Center Rural FPD Awarded New Pumper

Pumpkin Center Rural Fire Protection District was awarded a new pumper/tanker from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. State Fire Marshal Tim Bean was in attendance and led the christening. The department was on hand to push it into the station and put the new apparatus into service.

Firefighters Honor Service in Randolph County

For the fifth consecutive year, the firefighters in Randolph County gathered on February 29, to honor the service of those in the fire service who serve the community. For the fifth consecutive year, the Municipal Auditorium in Moberly was filled to capacity with family and well-wishers.

Each of the five fire protection districts that serve Randolph County and the City of Moberly Fire Department joined together to honor special individuals from each agency and the community.

The City of Moberly’s Mayor Jerry Jeffery presented a 20-year service award to Firefighter Ron Thompson and a 30-year award to Captain Jerry Washam.

Special recognition was bestowed upon several City of Moberly police officers, City of Moberly firefighters and personnel from the Randolph County Ambulance District who each played a critical role in saving the life of a 4 week-old infant. Paramedic Tasha Kelly, EMT Joshua Clay, Officers Andrea Paige, Tim Maag, and Sargent Bobby Calvert, Firefighter Ben Wolverton and Fire Capitan Bobby Hardy all responded to a child not breathing and provided live-saving service that allowed the infant that was found unresponsive and not breathing to fully recover after a short hospital stay.

Special recognition was bestowed upon several City of Moberly Police officers, City of Moberly Firefighters and personnel from the Randolph County Ambulance District who each played a critical role in saving the life of a 4 week-old infant.
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MU FRTI Director To Retire

Kevin D. Zumwalt, director of the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI), has announced that he will retire in August 2020. Zumwalt’s association with MU FRTI goes back to 1983, when he served as an instructor during the 50th anniversary Summer Fire School.

“Training firefighters has been a passion for me beginning in my early volunteer days with the St. Clair Fire Protection District,” Zumwalt said. “It has been an honor and privilege to have been a part of the institute’s rich history of providing training to fire and emergency responders in Missouri and beyond.”

MU FRTI, a continuing education unit of MU Extension, provides training to approximately 15,000 fire and emergency service first responders each year, enabling them to better protect lives and property within their communities.

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