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Cole County FPD Donations

Cole County Fire Protection District recently received a $10,000 check from the Three Rivers Helping Hands Community Foundation. The money will be used to buy and install electric transfer switches to convert from utility/land power to generator power in case of a power outage at the district’s fire stations. The Cole County Fire Protection District also received a grant check from Phillips 66 Pipeline in the amount of $30,000. The grant money was used to buy a 35KW generator which is shown in the background. The District is extremely grateful to these two organizations for helping obtain much-needed equipment to keep fire operations functioning during a disaster.

New 3000 Gallon Tanker For Cole County FPD

The Cole County Fire Protection District has received a new 3000-gallon tanker manufacturer by Danko Emergency Equipment. The tanker took ten months to produce. This is the first large purchase since the voters in Cole, Miller, and Osage counties approved a tax increase for the district. This is the first tax increase since the district was formed in April 1993. As promised, the tanker will replace a 35-year-old piece of equipment. As funds become available the District will continue to replace trucks that are over ten years old.

The tanker will be stationed at Station 4 on Monticello Road which gives the tanker versatility to respond to any part of the District in a timely matter. The tanker will enhance the ability to deliver much-needed water to rural areas with no fire hydrants. The tanker can dump the full 3000 gallons in two minutes into a 3000-gallon portable tank, which came with the tanker. The new tanker will complement the District’s fleet of tankers to provide much-needed water on a fire scene. We will continue to be progressive when purchasing equipment for the firefighters to protect the citizens in the District.

Hoskins Promoted to Fire Chief

Fair Grove Fire Protection District is pleased to announce the promotion of Randall Hoskins to Fire Chief. Mr. Hoskins joined Fair Grove Fire as a volunteer in 2009 after graduating from Fair Grove High School. He left the Fair Grove area for the opportunity to further his fire service career as a firefighter in Parsons, Kansas, and Rogersville, Missouri. After returning to the area, in 2013 he was hired at Fair Grove Fire as a firefighter, he moved up the ranks as a Captain and then Assistant Fire Chief. He was promoted to Fire Chief on March 12, 2020. Mr. Hoskins lives in Fair Grove with his wife and two daughters.

Mayview Fire Protection District Awards Picnic

The Mayview Fire Protection District (MFPD) celebrated their volunteer firefighters with an annual appreciation dinner on Sunday, June 14, 2020. The Board of Directors hosted a picnic in the park and provided hamburgers, hot dogs, and brats. The Mayview Fire Ladies Auxiliary provided the sides, desserts, and drinks. An informal awards presentation was given by Chief Kris White.

Front Row MFPD Officers left to right: 1st Captain Jake Hayward, Assistant Chief Jeff Ryun, Chief Kris White, and 2nd Captain Chris Liles. Second Row: Trever Johnston, Corbin Ryun, Warren Hawthorne, Kenny Fiegenbaum, and Allen Pierce. Third Row: William Soendker, Travis Fricke, Tim Wright, Emmet Cox, and FFAM’s Grant Oetting. Top Row: MFPD Board Members: Vice-President Scott Wright and Will Ogan. Not Pictured: Volunteer firefighters Daniel Duncan, Eric Butler, and Chaplain Brooks Stotts and Board President Albert Ryun.
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20 Years – MFPD

The Mapaville Fire Protection District hosted an “Open House” to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Fire District from a Fire Association. The open house was held on June 8, 2020. A luncheon was provided after the dedication for the new pavilion was held. The public was encouraged to attend to visit the station, speak with the firefighters, and see the recent improvements that have been accomplished.

Fire prevention educational materials were available for all that attended.

On June 9, 2000, the voters of Mapaville Fire Protection District elected to form the tax-supported fire district to replace the previous arrangement for fire protection with the Mapaville Fire Association. The Fire Association was financially supported by the sale of fire subscription tags and bingos.

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Gudde Retires from Holden Fire and Rescue

Holden Fire and Rescue would like to announce the Retirement of Chief Michael Gudde. Chief Gudde has served Holden Fire and the Holden Community for forty years. We wish him the best in his future endeavors. Battalion Chief Andrew Watkins has been promoted to Chief as of April 1, 2020. Chief Watkins has been on Holden Fire for over ten years and will bring a lot to the Department and the Community. Congratulations to both!

Chief Michael Gudde Retires After 40 Years.
Andrew Watkins is Promoted to Chief.

Chillicothe Stay Strong Parade

With the recent stay at home order by the Governor, the City of Chillicothe was promoting a stay strong parade for the citizen of Chillicothe on April 6. This included the Chillicothe Fire Department, Chillicothe Police Department, Parks Department, Street Department, and the Mayor. There were 12 vehicles included and covered every ward and went by every nursing home. We wanted everyone to keep up their social distancing and asked them to stay either on their porch or in their yards as we went up and down the streets.

Knob Noster Fire Department Birthday Parades

On the first of April, the Knob Noster Fire Department (KNFD) found that due to the modified EMS responses for first responders in our area and because of the COVID-19 virus, that we were becoming disconnected from the citizens of our community.

So in observing what other departments across the nation were doing to stay connected with their communities but still practicing social distancing, KNFD decided that like our motto “Being There” states, we needed to be there for our community. We began birthday drive-bys throughout the city to brighten some of those little one’s days. We have also embarrassed a few 2020 seniors due to their parents asking them to be wished happy birthday at work. To date, KNFD has made ten birthday parades, including our very own Assistant Chief Ben Fundaburg.

KNFD would also like to thank Johnson County Ambulance Service for assisting with these birthday parades, their support is always appreciated. Hopefully, everyone is doing their part during these trying times by staying home whenever possible, washing your hands frequently, and practicing social distancing! Stay healthy and be safe!