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Missouri Public Safety Medals

The nomination deadline is February 28, 2021, for Missouri Public Safety Medals honoring first responders and civilians for heroic acts performed during 2020. Less than 2 months remain for nominations for Medal of Valor, Governor’s Medal, and Public Safety Civilian Partnership Award

Missourians and the state’s first responder community faced unprecedented public health challenges in 2020 and continued to respond with heroic and lifesaving deeds to protect their fellow citizens. The Department of Public Safety is now soliciting nominations to honor first responders and civilians who went above and beyond to save lives and protect others.

The Missouri Public Safety Medals – Medal of Valor, Governor’s Medal, and the Public Safety Civilian Partnership Award – will once again be awarded for outstanding acts to protect the public and save lives. The nomination deadline for the awards honoring acts performed in 2020 is February 28, 2021. The awards are:

The Missouri Medal of Valor recognizes heroic service by first responders in an effort to save a life. The Medal of Valor is Missouri’s highest award for public safety officers and is awarded to those who exhibit exceptional courage, decisiveness, and swift action without regard for their own safety in their attempt to save a life. Law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services, state and local corrections officers, court officers, and emergency management personnel are eligible. Continue Reading →

Meeting Minutes – May 2019


President Kenneth Hoover opened the 65th Annual FFAM Convention by ringing the bell on Friday, April 12, 2019, at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri.

The Honor Guard, represented by members of several departments, posted the colors. President Hoover led the Pledge of Allegiance. David Hedrick gave the invocation.

Missouri State Fire Marshal Tim Bean welcomed attendees to the convention.

Representatives from the Sedalia Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomed attendees to the convention.

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Fire Marshal’s Update – May 2019

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.

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2019 Work Hard/Play Hard – Win a Garage Makeover from California Casualty

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

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 The winner will be announced in November.

FFAM members can learn more about California Casualty and how it appreciates all you do at

Greetings From District 4 – JAN 2019

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.  

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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