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Johnson County Receives $2,500 FM Global Grant

From left to right: Chad Hildebrand, Larry Jennings, FM Global’s Kayla Works, Kirby Carroll, Christa Cox, Johnson County Fire Investigation Unit President Ken Jennings, Jeremy VanWey, unit Secretary Joe Jennings, and unit Vice President Andrew Oglesby.

The Johnson County Fire Investigation Unit received a $2,500 fire prevention grant from FM Global, a commercial property insurer.

FM Global representatives presented the award to the Johnson County Fire Investigation Unit at Warrensburg Fire Department, Station 2 in Warrensburg on November 28. The award will be used to buy equipment to help fire investigators more efficiently investigate and determine the cause of a fire. The unit is comprised of multiple agencies that operate within Johnson County: Warrensburg Fire Department, Warrensburg Police Department, Johnson County Fire Protection District, Johnson County Fire Protection District 2, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Knob Noster Fire Department, Missouri Division of Fire Safety, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Conservation Department, Missouri State Park Rangers and the University of Central Missouri-Public Safety.

“The unit’s multi-agency, multi-discipline approach, facilitates a more effective means of conducting fire investigations by combining resources and expertise,” states unit President Ken Jennings. Because fire continues to be the leading cause of property damage worldwide, during the past forty years FM Global has contributed millions of dollars in fire prevention grants to fire service organizations around the globe.

“At FM Global, we strongly believe the majority of property damage is preventable, not inevitable,” a company spokesman, Michael Spaziani, said. “Far too often, inadequate budgets prevent those organizations working to prevent fire from being as proactive as they would like to be. With additional financial support, grant recipients are actively helping to improve property risk in the communities they serve.”

A Message From the 1st Vice President – September 2017

Wow how time flies. By the time you are reading this not only has the Missouri State Fair come and gone and the Missouri State Fair Fire Department (MSFFD) members have assembled, served and returned to their normal lives, but summer itself is almost a thing of the past. I hope each of you had the opportunity to enjoy family and friends throughout the summer. I also thank each of the men and women who took the time to serve on the MSFFD providing service to all visiting the fair grounds. You provide a vital service and showcase the true spirit of Missouri’s Fire Service in all you do.

My thought for this edition is one of respect. Now most of us understand the dictionary version of the word respect. Webster’s definition includes: 1. To take notice of; to regard with special attention; to regard as worthy or special consideration; hence, to care for; to heed. 2. To consider worthy of esteem; to regard with honor. Continue Reading →

Cold Weather Preparedness

winterSummer has come and gone and cold weather is just around the corner. With the change in seasons you should take time to prepare yourself and your equipment for inclement conditions. There are several items that you can gather before a long unexpected stay in freezing weather. Warm socks are one of the most important additions that I make every winter. A pair of wool socks left with your PPE will come in handy on those cold winter days. Another important addition is a pair of warm gloves. Our bunker gloves work well until we get them wet. A good pair of insulated work gloves will help keep your fingers toasty for those long fire incidents.

From time to time winter will bring us snow and ice. Snow and ice conditions increase firefighter hazards while working on emergency scenes and around the station. Several companies manufacture traction devices that can be placed on your boots. These devices range in cost but are a good investment as they reduce your chances of slip and fall injury. You should also dress warm under your bunker gear but keep in mind that too many layers under your PPE decreases maneuverability so bring an extra sweatshirt that can be put on if you need it.

These are just a few additions to your cold weather PPE that have been discovered from trial and error. Rubber boots and wet gloves will not keep you warm so take time to prepare yourself, it will pay off in the end. Stay Safe!