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A Message From The 2nd VP – May 2021

Greetings FFAM Membership. Spring has arrived! Everyone is busy this time of year with graduations, taking care of our yards, and started planning vacations as COVID restrictions are now being relaxed. The FFAM has been busy representing the Missouri fire service across our great state by attending banquets of our members, promoting the organization at various events, and assisting departments with training thru MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI).

On March 11th, I attended the virtual pinning ceremony of the Warrensburg Fire Department. The ceremony gave cadets and current personnel their badges either thru starting as a probie or being promoted thru the ranks of the department. Thanks go to Training Officer Matt Soer for sending me the link to attend this very special ceremony. I am glad I could be a part of this special event and appreciate the invitation.

Carrollton Fire Department annual ham and bean dinner fundraiser for life-saving equipment.

Nine days later, I was invited to the Carrollton Fire Department annual ham and bean dinner. This event is a fundraiser for the department to raise money for life-saving equipment that the department might use shortly. Also in attendance was Assistant Director Billy Smith. This invite was very special to me as this was the department where “Mr. FFAM” Joe Jackson was from. Thanks to Chief Lonnie Sensenich for the invite, Assistant Director Smith and I appreciate it.

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A Message From The 2nd VP – March 2021

Alma Fire Protection District retirement ceremony for Fire Chief John Greiwe honoring 40 years of service.

Greetings my brothers and sisters. This winter has been one that we have not seen for a while in Missouri. Some departments have been busy with ice rescues, numerous structure fires caused by space heaters, and of course, the frigid temperatures making our jobs more challenging than ever. These challenges are nothing we cannot overcome or adapt to as the Missouri Fire Service.

This last week was special for me, I attended the retirement ceremony and annual dinner of the Alma Fire Protection District. This is the department that I started my career with. At this ceremony, they were honoring Fire Chief John Greiwe who had served the department for 40 years.

John was my mentor, I will never forget when I moved to Alma, he was one of the first to welcome me to town and invited me to join the department as he knew I was pursuing to get my EMT license. John also taught me how to pump a truck, how to treat patients with respect, and to kill people with kindness and a smile. These things I have always cherished in my life and still live by today.
I have many memories of my career with John, he invited me to Independence Fire, when at the time John was serving as an engineer on Pumper 2 and I had a ride-along with his crew and learned a lot about city EMS and fire-tactics vs rural. John was always a teacher and for that, I want to thank you.

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A Message From The 2nd VP – January 2021

Greetings FFAM members. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. 2021 is upon us now, and many of us are glad to see 2020 gone. 2020 brought many challenges to the fire service. The year brought us the COVID-19 pandemic, treating numerous patients, budget shortfalls, not being able to train in person, attending zoom meetings, and social distancing. The Missouri Fire Service overcame these obstacles and still provided a professional service to our citizens. 2021 will be no different. We will have COVID-19 to deal with, patients to care for, fires to fight, but we, the Missouri Fire Service, as our fire marshal has said, will have boots on the ground and overcome any obstacle that comes our way.

At the December meeting, the FFAM board of directors approved the budget for this year. Some of the highlights are scholarships for winter and summer fire school, equipment grants for departments to purchase the necessary equipment to keep them safe, and promotional items when the FFAM is attending conferences or meetings across our great state.

The FFAM has plans to attend several events throughout the year, including the Missouri Chiefs Conference, Missouri Fire Districts Conference, Missouri EMS Conference, Missouri Public Safety Communications Conference, Revolutionary Fire Tactics at the Lake, MU FRTI Summer Fire School Expo, the memorial services in Kingdom City and of course the FFAM Convention. If there is an event that you would like the FFAM to attend, whether it be a county meeting, a banquet, a chief’s meeting, or a conference, please reach out to me. The organization is always looking at other events to attend. Continue Reading →

A Message From The 2nd VP – November 2020

Greetings brothers and sisters. I thought this newsletter I would write about something different. I wanted to write about what your membership’s benefits are as a member, as it has become time again to renew your membership. The membership packets are mailed or soon will be to your department. Your memberships are due January 1st to Jamie at the office. We use this money to run the organization and provide benefits to its membership. Also, a portion of that money goes to the memorial.

As an FFAM member, you have many benefits. A member of the largest fire service Association in the State of Missouri. Support from an organized voice on important annual fire service legislation in Jefferson City. Having representation in the National Volunteer Fire Council. A line of duty death benevolence program that makes available $1,000 to your beneficiary. You are eligible to receive assistance with the repair or loss of broken eyeglasses up to $200. You have access to college scholarships for yourself, dependents, or family members. Department members are eligible to apply for up to $3,000 in an equipment grant. Receive discounts of up to 25% on select VFIS Volunteer Fire Service Insurance programs. Access to low-cost accidental death and dismemberment insurance. You can receive a Jones & Bartlett Learning and IFSTA training manual. You have exclusive access to California Casualty Insurance programs for preferred auto and home. Receive discounts on tuition through Columbia Southern University and Waldorf College. Receive discounts from Missouri Storm Shelters. Discount medical screenings from LifeLine Screenings. Air Evac membership discounts Airmedcare membership application. Discount tickets to Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun, and Six Flags. Department/member MU FRTI Winter Fire School training scholarship. ID machine available for check-out. Contact RB Brown at 636-692-8500.

Each member receives this bi-monthly newsletter delivered to your home. The newsletter details a large variety of fire service issues on a regional, state, and national level, a training schedule of regional and state fire schools, featured articles, equipment classifieds, political issues, and more.

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A Message From The 2nd Vice President – September 2020

Greetings to my brothers and sisters of the Missouri fire service. Wow, where has the summer gone? With the COVID-19 pandemic going on we have lost our summer, kids are back to school, vacations have come and gone, county fairs and festivals have been canceled or moved to next year and most of our concerts and sporting events are going on with no fans or little fan base in the stands. This has been a year to remember to say the least, but we in the fire service have stayed strong through this and we will continue to push forward.

The Missouri State Fair has come and gone. If you had not heard there was a youth livestock show. The FFAM provided fire and EMS operations for this event. This was by far a slower than usual fair. They only ran eleven calls for the entire ten-day fair, but there was some excellent training going on while they were waiting for calls to happen. The FFAM hosted a Basic Firefighting class for our personal that did not have this certification and they also trained on firefighter CPR in case a mayday was called at a fire scene. Let’s not forget about the food as well. I can tell you when I visited the personnel on the first Saturday of the fair, if you went hungry, it was your own fault, the kitchen staff was amazing, and they wanted to make sure you were happy before you left.

I would like to thank the agencies that supplied equipment for the fair, Mid County Fire Protection District, Union Starr Fire Protection District, Southern Stone Fire Protection District, Wellington-Napoleon Fire Protection District, Buchanan County EMS, Pettis County Ambulance District, Johnson County Ambulance District and Higginsville EMS. Without these agencies, the fair would not work as effectively as it does. Thanks to Chief Plumb and his staff for a job well done.

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A Message From The 2nd Vice President – July 2020

Brothers and Sisters in the Fire Service

I hope this finds everyone well since our last newsletter. Our nation is in a trying time right now as we have seen on the news with all of the riots in our major cities including here in the State of Missouri and also still dealing with the COVID-19. I am so proud of our members and also the Missouri Fire Service as a whole on how professional we have handled these calls over the last couple of months. As our fire marshal has always said, “neighbors helping neighbors.” For this meeting, travels have picked up in the last couple of days as the restrictions have been lifted in most parts of the state and I have been invited to events later this year from agencies.

My first invite was from the Mayview Fire Protection District. They hosted a picnic for their members and handed out awards for years of service. Some of their members received awards for 35 and even 40 years in the fire service and still serving. Thanks, Chief Kris White and your wife Jessica for the invite. I totally enjoyed the night.

The FFAM is in its busy season, to say the least. We will be attending the Revolutionary Fire Tactics at the lake on July 17. The FFAM is a vendor for this training and also the sponsor for the coffee for the attendees. Thanks go to David Woodward and the Lake FOOLS for the invite. Hope to see you there.

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A Message from the 2nd Vice President – May 2020

Greetings FFAM membership. As I sit at my desk to write this message to you, I can’t help to think how much our lives have changed since the last newsletter. COVID-19 has changed so much in our daily lives. How we respond to EMS calls, social distancing, staying home, what businesses are open, and do we need to be wearing a mask at all times, etc.

The COVID-19 outbreak has also affected the FFAM. We can’t promote the organization or have the events that we have become accustomed to like convention and the memorial service when they are regularly scheduled. Convention and the memorial services have been postponed to later dates which are a blessing for everyone and I will speak more about that later in this message.

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, I was able to attend two events. The first was my department awards banquet in Higginsville on March 7. A nice meal was provided by the American Legion ladies and our annual awards were handed out. The department also gave out a nice gift to all personnel as a thank you for our service. Fire Marshal Tim Bean and his wife Judy were in attendance. Thanks for all that were involved in making this night special not only to the firemen and their spouses but also to our fire marshal and his wife.

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A Message from the 2nd Vice President – March 2020

Greetings. I hope that you have survived the winter so far. This winter has been a typical Missouri winter, freezing one day with snow and the next it’s 50 with the sun shining. The flu season is in full effect and hope that you are washing your hands and keeping yourself safe.

Jimmy Sebree receives the International Association of Fire Chiefs Lifetime Achievement Award.

The FFAM has been busy this calendar year so far. We have been attending meetings across the state representing the Missouri fire service and had representation at the LODD service at West Peculiar and even had representation at the Missouri Fire Chiefs meeting at Big Cedar. At the MoChiefs meeting, Jimmy Sebree was given the Lifetime Achievement Award. Congratulations Jimmy!

At the LODD at West Peculiar, the FFAM had several members there serving on the funeral team for the service. They included Jonathan Evans, Billy Smith, John Hesson, Joe Vaughn, and myself. Speaking with the department, they were very happy with the service we provided and they even became members of the FFAM after the service.

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