During the past year, the Cole County Fire Protection District lost Senior Assistant Chief Galen Hammann and Assistant Chief Robbie Hammann. With their passing, the Fire District has made the following promotions as shown in the picture below. Pictured from left to right are; Assistant Chief Scott Kempker, Assistant Chief Jason Hammann, Captain Justin Braun, Fire Chief Wayne Hammann, Captain Adam Bashore, Lieutenant Mac Kennedy, and Lieutenant Bradley Kempker.
The South Central Buchanan County Fire Protection District recently put a new brush truck into service. The department has been without a devoted wildland fire vehicle for several years, using dual-purpose pickup trucks for natural cover fires. The Ford F350 was purchased through the Missouri Contract Purchasing program. The Heiman Fire skid unit as well as the radio and hand tools were purchased in cooperation with Missouri Department of Conservation grants. The Fire Protection District is in Northwest Missouri and covers 80 square miles with two firehouses in Buchanan County. It also covers calls on nearly 10 miles of Interstate Hwy. The District has strong mutual aid agreements with 8 surrounding fire departments and mutual aid calls add the District answering nearly 400 calls for service per year. The fire department members for the District are all volunteers.
We would like to recognize all our officers from the oldest to the newest. Pictured here on the front row are Fire Chief Joe Auffert and Assistant Chief William Wilbanks. On the back row are Safety Officers Wesley Hendricks, Jerry Lewis, and Tim Dailey. All three safety officers were promoted from firefighter to safety officer within the last six months. All of our officers are very dedicated to the fire department and work very hard to maintain as safe of an environment as possible on all incidents we respond to and at the fire station.
Howell County Rural Fire District #1 recently donated $350 to Cystic Fibrosis. We usually help out at the concerts they have every year for a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis research. This year they were unable to host the concert again due to COVID. We would like to challenge all emergency service organizations in Missouri or any individual that can to donate something if possible. Every little bit donated helps out and it all goes to Cystic Fibrosis research to help find a cure for that disease someday.
The Mayview Fire Protection District (MFPD) celebrated their volunteer firefighters at the annual appreciation dinner on Sunday, April 18th. The Board of Directors hosted the event at the Mayview school gym and provided a barbecue meal from Dempsey’s BBQ of Concordia. Special guests included State Fire Marshal Tim Bean and FFAM Assistant Directors, Josh Koepke and Billy Smith.
Followed by a recap of the year’s accomplishments, Chief Kris White presented each of Mayview’s fourteen volunteer firefighters with a challenge coin.
The Mayview Fire Ladies Auxiliary members were also recognized for their contributions over the last year. One of their goals for this year is to help raise funds to go towards the purchase of new extrication tools.
Volunteer Firefighter Emmet Cox was named the 2021 Jeff Sanders Memorial Firefighter of the Year. This award is determined based on the total number of training hours and the total number of calls answered and was presented by Connie Sanders, wife of Jeff Sanders.
Volunteer Firefighter Jake Hayward was presented with a House Resolution from State Representative Terry Thompson and a certificate and challenge coin from the State Fire Marshal’s office in recognition of twenty-two years of service to the Mayview Fire Protection District. Hayward announced his retirement from his position as a volunteer firefighter in March of this year.
On behalf of the Mayview Fire Protection District’s Board of Directors, a sincere thanks to all MFPD volunteer firefighters and their families for their service and dedication to their community and beyond.
On Thursday, March 11, 2021, the Warrensburg Fire Department held a badge pinning ceremony to celebrate a recent promotion as well as several recent new hires to the department. The Whiteman Air Force Base Honor Guard was present to present the colors to start the evening. David Mellen, a 23-year student of the fire service and owner of Valor Fire Training was the keynote speaker.
During the ceremony, Amanda Byers was recognized for promotion to the rank of Firefighter Specialist. Firefighter Specialist Byers has been a member of the WFD since 2016. During the badge pinning ceremony, a total of 12 members were recognized. Two are new full-time employees. Matthew Soer is the new Fire Training Officer and James Stephens is a Firefighter/EMT assigned to B-shift, Station 1. Ten new part-time Firefighters were pinned as graduates of the WFD Recruit Academy. Those completing the recruit academy were Daniel Brown, Tyler Brown, Kylie Frerking, Zander Hargrave, Luke McKiddy, Steven Mueller, Jon Myers, Riley Rexford, Ben Woods, and Breanna Yates. Firefighter Frerking and Firefighter McKiddy were recognized as Top Recruits of this academy class. This was a great class of recruits. We look forward to their continued contribution to the fire service and the Warrensburg Fire Department!
The Cosby-Helena Fire Protection District has placed into service a 2008 Pierce Saber with a 1500 GPM pump and a 1000-gallon tank. Engine 62 also has an onboard foam system and a hydraulic-powered generator. They purchased the engine from the City of Rochester Hills, Michigan Fire Department, where it previously served as their Engine 1. Firefighters have trained on driving and operation of the apparatus, and it represents a 13-year upgrade from the current engine at the department. Cosby-Helena has also implemented paperless reporting via iPads that were donated to the department. For more information and pictures, you can find them on Facebook @cosbyhelenafire.
The Cole County Fire Protection District has received a new 3,000-gallon tanker manufacturer by Danko Emergency Equipment. It is a sister truck to the one purchased last year. It is the second large purchase since the voters in Cole, Osage, and Miller counties approved a tax increase for the District. It is the first tax increase since the District was formed in April 1993. As promised, the tanker will replace a 1980’s 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 1 on County Park Road. The tanker will enhance the ability to deliver much-needed water to rural areas with no fire hydrants. The tanker can dump the full 3,000 gallons in two minutes into a 3,000-gallon portable tank, which came with the tanker. The tanker will complement the District’s fleet of tankers to provide much-needed water to the fire scene.
The photo of the driver’s door shows the name of Assistant Chief Robbie Hammann who always drove engine 1110. Robbie passed away on December 20, 2020.
The Cole County Fire Protection District recently placed a new 2021 Chevrolet 3500 4×4 brush truck into service. The truck will replace a 1995 model. In November 2018, voters approved a property tax increase to improve the fire district assets. The extra funds will enable the district to replace trucks that are over 20 years old. The new brush truck came equipped with a 300-gallon tank, high-pressure pump with two 150-foot high-pressure booster lines with nozzles. Also the truck is equipped with forestry lines, rakes, shovels, and a backpack blower.