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News From District 11 – MAY 2019

Greetings and happy spring hopefully everyone had a great and safe Easter!

Wow where to begin! It has been a very busy beginning to the year so far, from departments all over the state responding to flooding incidents. Now we are responding to severe weather calls, on top of our everyday runs from the simple EMS to complex fire scenes. Always watch everyone’s back while on any of these calls. We can’t help our citizens if we get hurt ourselves.

Convention 2019 is concluded and it was a great turnout for the Friday mixer and Saturday’s formal banquet. I want to thank all the departments that were represented both at the banquet and the firefighter games. Also a big thank you to all the vendors that attended as well. If you couldn’t make it this year, mark your calendars now for the 2020 convention in its 66th year will be held in District 11s backyard as we once again return to Kearney, Missouri. The event planning committee that I’ve talked to are getting a lot of things getting lined up to make this a huge event. I will provide details as they get released.

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News from District 11 – JAN 2019

Greetings and happy new year to all from the west side of the state, hope everyone had a fantastic and safe holiday and new years! 

What a great holiday season it has been. I have seen that Santa visited a lot of fire stations so he could meet the community kids and get their wish list along with seeing departments and districts having banquets for their members and showing appreciation for them along with the out pour. I’ve seen from the communities where I volunteer and my career job as well as the other social media post from other fire and EMS agencies the community brought goodies and thanks to on-duty crews Christmas Eve and day along with new years holiday. Hopefully everyone sees how much they are appreciated for what we sacrifice to protect our neighbors.

I had to think hard for what I wanted to present to you in this newsletter as I was busy and haven’t traveled to visited my district as much as would have liked during November and December, so a goal I thought of that I would like to attempt and challenge each and everyone of you individually and as departments and see if we can be proactive and take the initiative to be the best boots on the ground and make sure everyone goes home safe and not have a LODD in the state of Missouri in 2019. Hoping that in 2020 we have no names to be written on the wall in Kingdom City during the May Memorial. You ask how can we prevent this? 

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News From District 11 – November 2018

Wow! What a busy couple months we’ve had with fall open houses by numerous department to getting up for fire prevention week, trainings, and memorials. I would like to thank the Cosby-Helena Fire District for the invitation to come train with them on auto extrication and also Sentinal Fire Equipment for bringing all the E-tools up to use. I met a great group of people that train to make themselves better everyday to provide the best they can for their community. I’ve been impressed with all the social media post of the excellent work for fire prevention the month of October from both volunteer, combination and career departments and applaud everyone for their commitment of involvement within their districts.

On a more solemn note, I had the opportunity to attend the IAFF Fallen Memorial located in Colorado Springs, CO. I invite anyone who has the chance to see the beautiful granite walls and the serenity feel of the memorial, whether you’re an IAFF member or not it’s a truly humbling experience and grateful for IAFF Local 5 doing an excellent job hosting the memorial. If you can make a ceremony or the candlelight vigil, that is an experience within itself. As a bonus there is so much to do around town. There is something for everyone, especially an eatery with great people and great food called N3 Taphouse, a retired fire house that was kept as original as possible during the make over. 

It’s that time again folks! Time to renew your department and its members for the 2019 year. For any questions please reach out to your FFAM representative and we’ll gladly assist you in any way we can and spread the word to neighboring mutual aid departments. This also includes EMS and Dispatching entities. Please have them get in contact with us so we can explain benefits and perks. Word of mouth can help us along the way especially with un-staffed stations so the FFAM representative can set up a time to meet with them.

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News From District 11 – September 2018

Greetings from District 11. It has been a fun and eventful summer within our district in our state and so much training has been provided from local and state agencies. One of them that I attended was the grain bin entrapment rescue class provided by MU FRTI which I found a very fun and informational course and if given a chance for anyone to attend I would recommend it. To any member that has obtained their instructor this year, I would recommend attending the Missouri Emergency Services Instructor Conference in November. It is a great networking and trying opportunity as a new instructor to seek advice plus it’s at the Lake of the Ozarks which is an added perk.

I would like to thank the agencies from District 11, Higginsville EMS, Wellington-Napoleon Fire/Rescue and Lee Summit Fire Department for donating your apparatus during the fair in August. That was a great public relation tool we used to showcase your departments during those two weeks and we even had members of your communities that would come up and ask about seeing their home departments on display and in use there.

We are approaching renewal time quickly for FFAM membership and I encourage existing members to talk with neighboring departments and personnel that might not be members this year and encourage them to contact one of their district or any of the listed representatives and we would be glad to explain our organization and benefits for them. There were some changes this year to add EMS and dispatch entities so please help us help them as well. Continue Reading →

News From District 11 – July 2018

Greetings from the west side of the state! I am hoping that everyone is having a fantastic summer thus far.

I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself as the second assistant director for District 11. I am incredibly grateful and humbled for this opportunity and hope to serve you all well.

I started my fire service journey in the winter of 2008 as a volunteer with the  Edgerton Trimble Fire Protection District (2008-2012). There I was introduced to the FFAM organization by Chief R. Deckman. Eventually I served with the combination staffed fire districts of Smithville Area Fire Protection District in 2015, Plattsburgh Fire Protection District from 2015-2016, and Pleasant Valley Fire Department. I was granted a full time career opportunity with the Kansas City Missouri Fire Department in the winter of 2011 under the leadership of Retired Chief R. “Smokey” Dyer. Currently I am assigned to a squad company within the organization. Continue Reading →