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A Message From The 2nd VP – September 2021

Greetings FFAM members. Wow, where did the summer go! I swear it was just spring and we were all thinking vacations, spending time with families, or just looking at getting away. Now the kids are back in school, our days are getting shorter and it’s getting darker earlier in the day. The year has been a fast one for sure.

The FFAM has been busy. We have been attending numerous conferences and events across our state promoting the organization and the benefits we have to offer. Those events include the Revolutionary Fire Tactics at the Lake, the Missouri State Fair, and in the future the Jefferson County Engine Rally, and the memorial at Kingdom City.

The Revolutionary Fire Tactics at the Lake was a huge success. The FFAM promoted membership and was selling challenge coins at this event. We gained some members at this event, and we sold all the challenge coins we had. This was a great conference to do some networking with our fellow brothers and sisters in the fire service and do some exchanging of challenge coins. I would like to thank FFAM members Chris Thompson and Carissa Thompson of Holts Summit Fire Protection District, Assistant Director Josh Koepke of Kansas City Fire Department, and FFAM President Larry Jennings for joining me at the conference to help promote our great organization. Continue Reading →

A Message From The 2nd VP – July 2021

Greetings FFAM members. Summer is upon is us. As the temperature outside begins to get hot, we start getting sunburned and then tan from activities we are doing or we just need that break from life to enjoy a vacation. Especially when we could not do these activities from this time last year since the COVID-19 pandemic. My article this time around will be a bit different. In this article, I am going to write about our first 911 agency that has joined the FFAM and I will also tell about the activities that the FFAM has planned for the later part of the year.

Our fire 911 agency that has joined the FFAM is the Monroe County Joint 911 Communications Center in Paris, Missouri. The agency is under the direction of Cory Putnum. The agency has 8 full-time and 6 part-time dispatchers. They answer calls for a county that covers 912 square miles, and they dispatch for 3 fire departments, 2 ambulance services, and 2 law enforcement agencies. There are 2 dispatchers on at all times of the day. They answered 21,421 calls last year with a population of 14,000 for the county, but during Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, their population swells to 2 million visitors that visit Mark Twain Lake. In the last year under the direction of 3 county commissioners and Director Putnam, they will be receiving a new Computer Aid Dispatch System and Geo Linx system for their dispatch center. Congratulations to Monroe County for being the first 911 center to join and spread the word about how great the FFAM is.

As I am writing this article, the FFAM is represented at the Missouri Association of Fire Protection Districts at the Lake of the Ozarks. The FFAM has a booth at this conference, and we are telling departments what our great organization has to offer and the many benefits we offer our membership. Thanks go to Director Gary Berendzen and Assistant Director John Scheper for manning the booth at this conference. I appreciate the help. Continue Reading →

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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