Shelby Community Fire Department in Shelbyville, conducted a Basic Firefighter course with nine department members completing the course on March 12. Firefighters completing the course were Preston Hall, Andrew Pantaleo, Maverick Taylor, Bryant Gibbons Vernon Cash, Brad Arment, Rowdy Vanskike, Clay Kiser, Corey Cooper, and Ethan Geisendorfer.
Holden Fire and Rescue has been working hard on new and fun ways to train. Keeping fire personnel engaged, motivated and eager to learn is key to building a firehouse and fire family. We have been busy with a lot of new updates and look forward to the future of what Holden Fire will be.
On April 1, 2019, Kevin Hoskins completed nearly 40 years of service to The Chillicothe Fire Department. Kevin Hoskins began his career with the city on September 17, 1979. During his 4 decades of service, Hoskins has held the ranks of emergency medical technician, paramedic, firefighter, lieutenant, captain, assistant emergency management director, and has held the position of assistant fire chief since April 1, 1986. He has overseen the modernization of the current ambulance service changing from basic life support to advanced life support, and has molded the lives of so many young recruits. He has taught numerous classes to many which has helped mold the future of the Chillicothe Fire Department, the emergency medical field and emergency services for decades to come.
Kevin and his wife Kathleen are members of the Pleasant Grove Church. Kevin’s family includes: son Joshua and wife Jacy, Daughter Caitlin and husband Ben, Daughter Carlie and husband Adam. Daughter Stacey and husband Kyle. Stepchildren Stoney and wife Crystal, Matthew and Alex and wife Katie, 16 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren. 6 Brothers, 6 sisters, and several nieces and nephews.
Over Kevin’s four decades of service he has helped change the future of the Chillicothe Fire Department and EMS services and we wish him and his family the best.
The Iberia Rural Fire Protection District held its annual Firefighter Appreciation Dinner on January 26, 2019. Tim Vinson was awarded the 2018 Firefighter of the Year by a vote of his fellow firefighters. Matt Gruber was given a 5 year service award. Gary Pendleton was given a 20 year service award. Jim Humphrey was recognized for 25 years of service. Fire Chief Greg Onstott reported the district had 349 calls for service in 2018. The breakdown of those calls are as follows: 19 structure fire, 2 flu fire, 8 vehicle/equipment fire, 14 natural cover fires, 28 motor vehicle accidents, and 42 other miscellaneous calls.
Johnson County Fire Protection District held a years of service reception recognizing member’s years of service. Standing left to right: Dennis Crowden, 5 years; Lt. Andrew Oglesby, 10 years; Capt. Scott Wiltrout, 10 years; Batt. Chief Larry Eggen, 25 years; Capt. Chad Kosmiski, 25 years; Jack Hart, 20 years; Chief Larry Jennings; Dean Hill, 5 years; Lt. Jason Coon, 10 years; Brandon Cole, 5 years; Eric Edwards, 5 years; Asst. Chief Dee Bennett; Jackson Short, 20 years; Ronnie Crowden, 5 years; Matt West Jr, 10 years. Front row left to right: Cody Reynolds, 10 years; Collin Fitterling, 5 years; Capt. Kegan Wilson, 10 years; Batt Chief Jeremy Vanwey, 20 years. Not pictured: John Brown, 10 years; Keith Randall, 15 years; Capt. Michael Myers, 25 years
Cedar Hill Fire District recently purchased and placed in service two new brush truck/quick response units. They are 2018, 4×4, Ford F-550 chassis, with V10 motors, and extended cabs, built by CET Manufacturing and purchased through Banner Fire Equipment in Roxana, Illinois.
They have a 300 gallon water tank with a 10 gallon foam cell, Scotty around the pump foam system and a 275 gpm pump. They have 200’ booster reels with 3/4” hose and a 150’ pre-connect with 1-3/4” hose. They have a Code 3 lighting package. Truck #7718 is located at Station 1 at 6766 Cedar Hill Road, Cedar Hill, Missouri, and truck #7728 is located at Station 2, 8800 State Route 30, Dittmer, Missouri.
These trucks will be used for brush fires, running EMS calls and areas with limited access.
The 2017 4×4 Ford F-550 chassis that was at Station 2 has now been moved to Station 3 as truck #7738.