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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 →

A Message from the 2nd Vice President – 01-2018

Greetings, I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. On November 3, I traveled to the Lake of the Ozarks to attend the MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute’s, Missouri Emergency Services Instructor Conference. This conference is for instructors that do emergency services training for our fellow firefighters and EMS workers in the state. Kevin and his staff put on a great conference and great training for the instructors. The training included several train the trainers including basic firefighter skills, live burn training, and water supply for rural and urban departments to name a few. Great speakers and also naming the Instructor of the Year for the institute. Kevin and Gail did a great job with this as always. Keep up the great work, and thank you for what you do!

November 21, was a special day for our former FFAM Secretary and Treasurer Dale Arnold. Dale retired from the fire service after a 40 year career. Dale started his career with the Carrollton Fire Department and served for nine years before moving on to Central Jackson Fire Protection District where he served thirty-one years moving thru the ranks and retiring as a captain. Dale served nine years as a assistant director to one of our founders of the FFAM Joe Jackson, and eventually served as Secretary/Treasurer for our organization from 1989-2011. Dale also served on the memorial committee for several years. I attended Dale’s retirement ceremony in Blue Springs, lots of good things were said including words from our State Fire Marshal Tim Bean, who also presented Dale with an award, thanking him for his service. Dale enjoy retirement and spoil those grand-daughters of yours, I think you have earned it. Continue Reading →

A Message from the 2nd Vice President

Greetings, I hope this article finds you, your family, and your department doing well. The season of fall is upon us, temperatures are cooler and if your in an agriculture community, many of the farmers are finishing up with harvest.

The FFAM is busy this time of year as the committees have been preparing their budgets for the budget committee to be approved by the board at the December meeting. If you have any questions about the budget please contact your director for your area. Continue Reading →