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Truck Checks: A New Perspective

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 →

2017 State Fair Fire Department Photos

Firefighter Cancer

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 →

MFA Oil Foundation Awards Grant

The MFA Oil Foundation has awarded a grant to the Firefighters’ Historical Preservation Foundation to assist with purchasing display cases. The MFA Oil Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that are working to improve communities where MFA Oil has a significant concentration of members and employees. Since it was established in 1998, the MFA Oil Foundation has awarded more than one million dollars in grants.

MFA Oil President and CEO Mark Fenner described the MFA Oil Foundation as “a program that allows our company to give support back to the rural communities that are the foundation of our business. The grants the Foundation awards help support many youth programs and organizations active in addressing and solving community problems and improving the quality of life.” Continue Reading →

Line of Duty Death Training

loddOn Friday October 21, a training was held at the Lodge of Four Seasons in conjunction with the Missouri Public Safety Weekend, held on October 21-23. The course provided information on Line of Duty Deaths and PSOB benefits. Instructors for the class were Executive Director Eric Johnson from Supporting Heroes in Louisville, KY, and Missouri State Director Brian Zinanni of Supporting Heroes, who is also the head of the Missouri Fire Funeral Assistance Team.

This six hour program shared information on how to prepare for LODD in your organization and how important it is to have a plan already formed for your organization. How important it is to have information on all your members and have it on file was stressed many times throughout the program. PSOB benefits were also talked about and how important it know what you need and don’t need.

27 members from law enforcement, fire, and EMS attended the training. This training is also available to organizations by contacting Supporting Hero’s at, or contact Brian Zinanni with the Missouri Fire funeral assistance Team.

2016 FFAM Convention Awards and Recognition

The FFAM Awards Committee was pleased to be tasked with the responsibility of evaluating the various award nominations received in an effort to select the final recipients. This task is not always as easy as it may appear from the outside as many qualified nominees are presented, all largely deserving of an award. As with many things in life there can at times only be one selected to be the “winner” and that is where the process becomes more difficult. By all means we prefer to have numerous nominees so we can attempt to recognize as many of Missouri’s fire service as possible and we approach the task very seriously. Continue Reading →

Holden Fire Department Red Kettle Campaign

HFDHolden Fire Department and the Holden Masonic Lodge teamed up to do a Red Kettle Campaign bell ringing at Yoss Bros Grocery and other downtown businesses on Fridays and Saturdays from November 20 – December 18 to raise money for the Salvation Army. $1,020.00 was raised.