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A Message from the 2nd Vice President – JULY 2019

Greetings… Summer has finally arrived! We are probably planning vacations, spending time with family, or just wanting to stay home and just relax.

I am going to write about something different this newsletter. I am going to write about the benefits you receive as a FFAM member. Many times when I travel the state and visit departments, I have a lot of members that ask about what benefits they are suppose to receive as a member.

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A Message from the 2nd Vice President

Greetings, Spring has arrived! We are all now thinking about vacations, going fishing, visiting family and friends, having picnics, and of course the kids are itching to get out of school for the summer.

The FFAM has been very busy since the last newsletter. Firefighter Day at the Capital in Jefferson City, on March 6, was a huge success. Firefighters from all over the state were visiting their representatives and senators, some were even were invited on the floor of the House of Representatives, talking about the issues in hand. Including workers compensation and other fire related issues. The Missouri Firefighter Funeral Assistance Team were the featured guests of the Fire Marshal’s office and also Governor Parson. While at the Capital, there was a special service recognizing the funeral team and also a visit with Governor Parson in his office, to talk about the issues the fire service is facing today. Kudos to Fire Marshal Bean and his staff in hosting a very successful Firefighter Day at the Capital.
March 30, was a busy day for myself and Assistant Director Josh Koepke of District 11. We first started traveling to the Alma Fire Protection District for their open house they were having at their station. The district was thanking the citizens for their continued support of the district. They had numerous actives going on like showing the trucks, activities for the kids, an auto extrication demo, Air Evac was there selling memberships and they even had a BBQ serving hamburgers and hot dogs to its patrons. While we were there 1st Vice President Larry Jennings was in attendance as well. Chief Jeff Buford and the Alma Fire Protection District thanks for the invite and it is obvious the patrons of your District support your department.

Later in the day Assistant Director Koepke and myself traveled to another Lafayette County department. We attended the open house at the Odessa Fire Protection District. Odessa was trying to educate their patrons of a upcoming April ballot, in which they were trying to pass two different issues. The first was a 30 cent levy increase to move the ambulance from the city to the fire district and another 15 cent levy increase to help with staffing for the district. They did much like what Alma did, and had patrons tour the station, look at the trucks and equipment the district had, and they too had a BBQ. While we were there they had several EMS calls, myself and Assistant Director Koepke rode out on the trucks to see how their operation worked. I am happy to say that both issues passed in Odessa. It is good to hear that the voters of Lafayette County support Public Safety. Thanks to Chief Kevin Campbell and his staff for the invitation, Josh and myself really enjoyed the visit.

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A Message from the 2nd Vice President

Greetings membership, I Hope everyone had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year and that you got to spend it with the ones you love and cherish. The FFAM is starting the new year with a bang with lots of activities coming up in the coming months. By now you should have received your membership packets for renewal, please make sure that you get those back to us as they were due back January 1, if you have not done so yet. You don’t want to miss the activities and benefits the FFAM has to offer you.

At the December meeting, if you have not heard President Hoover announced that he will be retiring as Chief of the Little Dixie Fire Protection District. Chief Hoover served for 45 years in the Fire Service and has been the face for the FFAM for many years. Thank You Chief Hoover for your leadership and what you have done for the Missouri fire service.

On December 22, I had the privilege of standing with my union brothers and sisters of IAFF Union 2195 with the Lee’s Summit Fire Department on the corner of 3rd and Douglas to help collect funds for the Needy family fund in Lee’s Summit. We did this for 3 days and we collected a record amount of 30,000 in those days, on a boot block. This is quite an accomplishment and congratulations to IAFF 2195 on a job well done. Keep up the great work.

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A Message from the 2nd Vice President – NOV 2018

Greetings… Wow, where has the year gone! It is already November and before we know it Christmas and the New Year will be here.

The FFAM board and its committees are continuing to represent the Missouri fire service not only in Missouri but also at the national services in Colorado Springs, CO, and Emmitsburg, MD. Some of our board members have also been representing the FFAM as members of the Missouri Fire Service Funeral Assistance Team with the LODD in El Dorado Springs, Missouri.

As you can see the board is working for you, the membership. Speaking of membership, the membership packets for renewal are due to be mailed at any moment, so be looking in your mailbox for this packet.

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A Message from the 2nd Vice President – 09-2018

Greetings… Wow where has the year gone, We are already three fourths of the way thru the year, children have returned back to school, before we know it we will be celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving and even Christmas.

The FFAM has been busy as well. The State Fair Committee just finished the fair and the Memorial Committee has been busy talking about the museum. The board of directors are working on the budget for next year and their requests have to be in by the October board meeting to the budget committee.

On July 17, I attended a historical event at the Wellington Napoleon Fire Protection District. On this evening Wellington had their promotional ceremony where a brother and sister were both promoted to Lieutenant. Nathan Jones was promoted over fire suppression and Kaitlyn Jones was promoted over EMS operations. Congratulations to you both and thanks again for the invite. Continue Reading →

A Message from the 2nd Vice President – 07-2018

Jefferson City Fire Department broke ground on their new Station 2 on June 13, 2018.

Greetings… What a busy time of year it is, we are thinking of summer vacations, going to the lake or just wanting to take time off to visit family and friends. The FFAM has been busy as well, lots of history happened since the last newsletter.

The first historical moment occurred at the Memorial Service on May 20. The memorial committee and several members of the fire service broke ground on the museum. This has been a long awaited project for years. After the ground-breaking occurred several donations were made towards that project. The donations totaled $17,000. If you would like to make a donation towards this project please contact myself or and memorial committee member.

The history of the Missouri fire service was moved from Kay Ashers basement and garage to the memorial site in Kingdom City on June 2, 2018.

The second historical event occurred on June 2. The history of the Missouri fire service was moved from Kay Ashers basement and garage to the Memorial site in Kingdom City. This has always been a goal of Kays and her wish was made possible from members from seven different fire departments that day. The whole history was moved in just three and a half hours, from Wentzville to Kingdom City, and between rain storms. Thanks goes to Kays family especially Theresa Cox for having everything boxed up ready to go when the help arrived. Many thanks goes to the seven departments that sent help that day, Southeastern Randolph County, Paris Fire Protection District, Warrenton Fire Protection District, Wentzville Fire Protection District, Madison West Monroe Fire Protection District, Little Dixie Fire Protection District and the Higginsville Fire Protection District. Thanks also goes to the FFAM Auxiliary for helping as well, and to the Kansas City Fire Department for offering to come to Kingdom City to help unload if they were needed. Continue Reading →

A Message from the 2nd Vice President – 05-2018

Greetings FFAM members. Things are happening with the FFAM. Convention just got done in St Joseph, services at the memorial are fast approaching, the FFAM historian items are being moved to Kingdom City, and before we know it the Missouri Sate Fair Fire Department will be in service. Whew, just hearing that I starting to get excited!

On April 7, I was invited to the North Central Carroll County chili benefit in Bogard, Missouri. It was a great night of networking with the local first responders and of course had a great bowl of chili. This benefit was a huge success for the department. Thanks Chief Billy Smith for the invite. I really enjoyed the evening.

On April 19, I attended a benefit for the FFAM museum in Columbia at Pot Belly Sandwiches. The evening was a great night of fellowship and raising funds for this project. Thanks to Gail Hagans and Dr. Baker for the invite. Continue Reading →

A Message from the 2nd Vice President – 03-2018

Missouri House of Representatives Resolutions presented to Brian Beissenherz and Wes Young by Representative Glen Kolkmeyer from the 53rd District

Greetings, this winter has been a interesting one. Lots of departments in our state have been battling grass fires due to dry conditions, some have been battling snow and ice working lots of motor vehicle accidents and here lately our departments in southern Missouri have been battling the recent floods. To say the least, this winter has been a challenging one.

On February 18, I was asked to attend the Wellington Napoleon Fire Protection District banquet. They had a wonderful meal, and was attended by most of the personnel and their families. In the first five minutes of starting the banquet, they were called by mutual aid to help the Fort Osage Protection Fire District on a structure fire and grass fire. It was amazing to me to see how many wives kissed their husbands before they left and told them to come back safe. This was truly a great sight to see and to see how close this fire family is. Great job, Chief Randy Jones you have something special at Wellington Napoleon Fire Protection District.

That night I also got to witness again another special moment. Two of Wellingtons finest retired from the service. Brian Beissenherz and Wes Young retired with 36 years and 25 years respectively. They were presented with awards from the department and also were presented a Resolution from the Missouri House of Representatives. The resolutions were presented by Representative Glen Kolkmeyer of the 53rd District. Continue Reading →