Greetings from the thirteenth floor. April showers brings May flowers, pollen, allergy, leaves, and some areas of our state flooding. I appreciate this time of year because it is a time of change. Something old becomes new again.
Judy and I enjoyed our time with many of you during the annual FFAM convention recently held in Sedalia. The convention committee knocked it out of the park. They showed team work, works! We are looking forward to attending next year’s convention in Kearney.
The 100th General Assembly session will end May 17th, so the next two weeks will be very busy within the capitol. We have been busy working on our budget and other bills. One item we are watching again is the funding for the Volunteer Fire Protection Association Workers Comp grant legislation. If funded this will be very beneficial to our Volunteer Associations across the state. We will cross are fingers and anticipate a favorable outcome.
California Casualty, Firefighters Association of Missouri endorsed program for auto & home insurance, wants to thank you with a new Work Hard/Play Hard Sweepstakes. One lucky firefighter, EMT or law enforcement officer will receive a $7,500 Garage Makeover. FFAM members can enter at www.PoliceFireGiveaway.com.
The winner of the newest Work Hard/Play Hard Sweepstakes from California Casualty will be handed a $7,500 check to create the garage of their dreams.
Imagine the possibilities: new cabinets, custom tool storage, shiny new flooring or even a beverage and snack area to go with a big screen TV.
Whether it’s a gym, workshop, or refuge from the stresses of the day, California Casualty will help create the ultimate garage. It’s our thanks for the hard work first responders do, often putting their lives in danger, to keep our communities safer.
The Work Hard/Play Hard “$7,500 Garage Makeover” drawing is open to all FFAM members; entries are being taken now through October 31, 2019, at www.PoliceFireGiveaway.com. The winner will be announced in November.
FFAM members can learn more about California Casualty and how it appreciates all you do athttps://mycalcas.com.
I hope that everyone has had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. There are many things that we are thankful for over the years and we count our blessings a lot of times around the holiday season. Weather it is reuniting with long lost relatives to making new family with our coworkers. As emergency services personnel we get a renewed spirit for helping others during this time of year. Now that the holiday season is over it is time to take that renewed spirit back to the citizens you serve in your districts. In the spirit that we call the brotherhood/sisterhood of fire and EMS services, I would like to welcome Pettis County Ambulance District (PCAD) to the FFAM. We have partnered with PCAD over the last several years on our EMS operations at the Missouri State Fair. It has been a pleasure to work with Chief Eric Dirck and Assistant Chief Roy Pennington and the rest of their staff and now I want to welcome you to the organization and say thank you for your support as we continue to work together.
Speaking of the spirit we call the brotherhood/sisterhood of the fire and EMS services, there is no better showing of this than at MU FRTI Winter Fire School, February 1-3, 2019. From networking with the vendors at the Equipment Exposition, to running in to old friends from across the state that you only get to see at events like this and picking up right were you left off last year without missing a beat. Supporting the FFAM memorial and museum project by dining at Texas Roadhouse on Friday night, the display of spirit and camaraderie is endless. Saturday and Sunday play host to some of the best instructors in the State and in the US. There are classes for everyone and at every level and even webcasts for those of us that are unable to make it to Columbia, but have the desire to further their education. If you make it there and see me at the expo or in a class please say hello.
I would like to take this time to recognize our President of the FFAM Chief Ken Hoover from Little Dixie FPD, I would like to thank him for his years of service not only to the FFAM but for his 45 years in the fire service and the countless positions he has held through all his years of service. Enjoy your retirement Sir, it is well deserved. If you would like to give him your well wishes there will be a retirement gathering hosted by Little Dixie FPD on March 16, at the Audrain County 4H Center, 21509 Highway D, Mexico, Missouri. The reception will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Truck checks are a basic function of every fire department. They’re an appropriate task for all members, especially new volunteers. Safety, reliability and equipment familiarity are all improved when trucks are checked on a regular basis.
It’s a great feeling when engines start and run, and folks know where tools and equipment are located. This is especially important during times of stress, like during a working structure fire or auto entrapment.
Difficult situations are made worse when your members can’t find tools, or are unfamiliar with how to start engines on ventilation fans or extrication pumps. Unfortunately, members of your community will see this confusion, which isn’t a good look.
This article is written to address the need for truck checks in all types and sizes of fire department, and how they can be a simple and effective training opportunity for both new and experienced members. Continue Reading →
Firefighter cancer is a looming personal catastrophe for each and every firefighter. Cancer is the most dangerous and unrecognized threat to the health and safety of our nation’s firefighters. Most of you who are reading this either know a firefighter who has passed from cancer, had cancer and is in remission, or who is currently fighting cancer.
Multiple studies, including the 2013 released NIOSH cancer study, have repeatedly demonstrated credible evidence and biologic creditability for statistically higher rates of multiple types of cancers in firefighters compared to the general American population. Continue Reading →