Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Archive | Grant Oetting RSS feed for this section

A Message From the 2nd Vice President – September 2017

Greetings FFAM membership. I hope this finds everyone doing well. The FFAM has had some very busy times since our last newsletter. The Missouri State Fair Fire Department just completed another year of service to the patrons of the State of Missouri, the hotel for our next convention has been booked in St Joseph and, committees have been meeting to address items that have been given to them to help with the future of the FFAM.

The Missouri State Faire Fire Department just finished another great year. They answered 146 total calls, 144 of them were EMS calls or standbys and 2 fire calls, one of which was a structure fire at a concession stand that had a grease fire. The public relations department for the fair was really busy this year, they handed out materials describing the FFAM, they dressed up as Smoky the Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog, which was a big hit with the children , they did fire extinguisher demos, which were also a huge hit with children. One day they were out doing this for 2 hours, as kids kept coming up, and they also handed out public relations materials donated by the Jefferson City Fire Department. Thank you Larry Eggan of the Johnson County Fire Protection District for heading this up, you did a amazing job. Continue Reading →

A Message From The 2nd Vice President

Greetings FFAM membership. Since our last newsletter Missouri has been a busy state with record amount of rainfall weather related calls, water rescues, and even tornados keeping our fire departments, EMS agencies and 911 dispatchers very busy. Thank you for all your hard work and the agencies involved you did a great job and represented your our state well.

Unfortunately also since our last newsletter Missouri had two line of duty deaths. The first was with the Memphis Fire Department. Firefighter Jesse Ketchum died Monday, May 29, 2017, as a result of an apparatus accident while responding to a call. Firefighter Ketchum served the City of Memphis Fire Department for four years. He also served with the Scotland County Fire Association.

The second was with the Mayview Fire Protection District. Firefighter Jeffery Sanders died on June 19. Jeff has been involved with the Mayview Lions Club, the Odessa FFA Advisory Board, the Mayview Special Road District, and the Mayview Fire Protection District. Jeff was also treasurer of the Mayview Zion Cemetery Board. Continue Reading →

FFAM Scholarships

Hello FFAM members. I hope all is well with you and your departments.

At our annual convention the committee had the privilege of awarding five scholarships to our members and the winners are as follows: Cameron Lauber, Johnson County District 2; Maddison Breid, Madison West Monroe Fire Protection District; Kayla Littrell, Duenweg Volunteer Fire Department; Cole Allen, Duenweg Volunteer Fire Department.

Continuing Education

Shelby Phifer, Southern Stone Fire Protection District.

Please congratulate these members and wish them the best in their future.

Welcome Our New Second Vice President

By Charlie Neubert

As I am sure most of you know, I have decided not to run for office for the FFAM. I have been a member of the association for the last 44 years and have had the honor of serving as a board member or officer for about 30 years. I have enjoyed every minute, month, and year, serving you the members, my friends, very dear friends, for all this time. I appreciate so much the support I have had with my fellow officers and directors over the years. I also wish to thank every member for the years of voting me into office and allowing me to work for you to make the fire service in Missouri and the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri the finest in the USA.

This is not good-bye, I am just moving aside to allow new ideas to come into play to help keep the organization growing and moving forward. I am and will continue to remain a member of this association as an active member, and will continue to support the leaders of the organization.

Continue Reading →

Scholarship Update – January 2017

Hello FFAM members. I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.

So has your high school senior thought about going to college or have you thought about going back to school yourself? The FFAM offers two different scholarships one that is issued to high school seniors going on to college or a vo-tech school and one that is a continuing education scholarship for anyone wanting to go back to school including us adults. This is a great benefit the FFAM offers to its membership!

The applications can be found online on the FFAM website. Go to and click on the committee tab at the top of the page, then scroll down to the scholarship tab. On that page you will find the rules and the applications for both scholarships. The deadline for the applications is February 28. Don’t hesitate to apply, you never know if you will get a scholarship or not unless you apply. Continue Reading →

Greeting from the Missouri State Fair

2016msf-14This year’s fair was a good one, weather for the most part was great, we had a few hot days at the beginning of the fair that kept crews busy with lots of heat cases. As the fair went on, the temps cooled off and crews continued to be busy with trips and falls. The ems department ran a total of 181 calls, which is down from last years 212 calls, first aid saw 149 people, which is up a little from last year at 146 people, and DMAT which is the mobile hospital on the fairgrounds saw 157 patients. The DMAT hospital saw a lot of patients that were burnt, many being concession workers getting burnt from grease, several chest pains, including a couple of MI’S that just walked in, and of course your minor scraps and bruises. The ems department ran with 5 ALS ambulances on the fairgrounds and saw a great variety of calls, everything from your very minor sprains to even the life threatening calls like a major chest injury, that patient was flown from the fairgrounds to a local trauma center in Kansas City where he was admitted into ICU for a couple of days. The EMS department could not operate without the great donations from our members, so for that I want to say thank you, without you we would not have a successful ems operation at the fair. Thanks again for all your continued support. Continue Reading →

Help the Missouri State Fair Fire Department

The Missouri State Fair Fire Department (MSFFD) provides fire and medical response during the Missouri State Fair. The MSFFD is operated by members of the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri. The MSFFD is the only fully operational fire department in the United States that operates for only eleven days a year. The department is staffed with seventy-five dedicated volunteers twenty-four hours per day throughout the State Fair providing fire suppression and advanced life support emergency medical services. Continue Reading →

FFAM Members Scholarships

FFAM_2016-May-Jun-small4I hope everyone is enjoying the spring weather, and I hope everyone enjoyed the FFAM Convention if you were in attendance. As it was announced at the FFAM Convention we awarded 4 high school scholarships and 1 continuing education scholarship.

The high school winners were Nathan Boone Pumkin Center Fire Department, Vanessa Gilbert Highlandville Fire Protection District, Hannah Gerdts Concordia Fire Protection District, and Audrey Smith North Central Carroll County Fire Protection District. The winner of the Continuing Education was Heather Young of the Union Township Fire Department. Congratulations to all the winners.

If you are going to have a high school senior next year or you as a adult would like to go back to school, please look at the scholarship information. The information can be found on the FFAM website. If you have any questions feel free to contact me by email at or cell 660-229-4525.