The Pilot Grove Fire Fighters held an open house on August 21, 2021, for their new station at 612 College St. (Hwy 135) in Pilot Grove. This new station was made possible by an interest-free loan from the USDA REDLG program in conjunction with COMO Connect. Their board members: Corey ten Bensel, John Schuster and Gene Eulinger along with Representative Tim Taylor and Mayor Dennis Knipp were present to oversee the dedication.
Deputy Chief Ken Prichard has announced his retirement effective September 10, 2021. Deputy Chief Prichard began his career as a volunteer in 1970 with the Robertsville Fire Protection District. Kenny was an integral participant in merging the two fire districts, forming what we know today as the Pacific Fire Protection District. After the merger was complete, Kenny transitioned to full-time on September 3, 1992. After 50 years of service, we are not only losing a wonderful friend and mentor but his many years of knowledge and experience. Please help me congratulate Deputy Chief Ken Prichard and wish him well on the next phase of his life!
— Chief Sagehorn
Fruitland Area Fire Protection District held a badge pinning ceremony to celebrate their first three full-time captains in department history. The fire department had been a volunteer department since 1977 and in April of 2017 voters approved the district to go to a combination District. Since then we have slowly secured staffing and in July 2021 the department promoted Collin Cummings, Tyler Brugger and Ben Whited to the rank of captain.
Fruitland Area Fire Protection District recently donated $10,001.44 to Midwest Children’s Burn Camp. We usually donate to the burn camp every year with a boot drive but with Covid last year we were unable to do so. We were unsure how well a boot drive would go over this year with covid still lingering around but our community blew us away with their generosity. In just 2 days we raised over $10,000. 100% of the profit goes towards sending children who have been burned in a fire to the camp to meet other children who are going through the same struggles.
In March of 2021, the Warrensburg Fire Department hosted their first Firefighter I and II program in over two years. The class was comprised of members of the Warrensburg Fire Department, Johnson County Fire Protection District, Johnson County Fire Protection District #2, and Higginsville Fire Protection District. As of this month, all students have completed their coursework and practical skills testing. Each student will soon complete the state written examination. They have balanced their family and work-life while attending. Despite the hectic schedules, they performed with excellent resolve and a high-grade point average. On behalf of the Warrensburg Fire Department, we are proud of your accomplishment and look forward to seeing each of your careers grow. Congratulations!
Cedar Hill Fire Protection District would like to announce promotions that will be taking effect on July 4, 2021. Battalion Chief David Jones will be promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief. Battalion Chief Jones has served the district for 35 years. Lieutenant Matthew Shuster will be promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief. Lieutenant Shuster has served the district for 29 years. Engineer Christopher Guse will be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Engineer Guse has served the district for 23 years.
The Sumner Fire Department received $3,000 from Shane Cooper with Pioneer Seed to purchase the Great Wall of Grain Rescue Equipment. From left to right is Shane Cooper Pioneer Seed Dealer, Randy Thudium Fire Chief, and Jim Stewart Board member. Thanks again Shane and Pioneer Seed.
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.