Fire Fighters Association of Missouri

Osage Fire Protection District

Right to left are: Zach Veit, 5 years; Blake Bruemmer, 10 years; Cheryl Morgan, 15 years; Roger Gerling, 20 years; and Dale Braun, 35 years.

The Osage Fire Protection District held their annual Years of Service Awards on January 27, 2018, at the Wardsville Lion’s Club.

Iberia Rural Fire Protection District Awards

On January 27, 2018, the Iberia Rural Fire Protection District held its annual Firefighter Appreciation and Awards Dinner. Dusty Russell and Chip Sanders were recognized for 5 years of service. Harold Holtmeyer was recognized for 35 years of service. Alan Blomberg was voted the 2017 Firefighter of the Year. Fire Chief Greg Onstott presented the 2017 Call Volume Report: 279 calls were made in 2017; structure fire, 18; vehicle fire, 6; brush fire, 31; medical emergency, 180; motor vehicle accidents, 13; with extrication, 2; farm equipment fire, 2; and other incidents, 27. Chief Onstott also reported that the district had provided mutual aid to other departments 26 times in 2017. Not Pictured: Firefighter of the Year Alan Blomberg.

History’s Corner – March 2018

THE VERY EARLY DAYS

Fire protection began in Kansas City with the spontaneous formation of bucket brigades in an attempt to control fires that broke out in the mostly wood buildings of the city.

On March 12, 1867, the Missouri legislature granted permission to the city to form a fire department, to create and enforce a building code and to utilize necessary tax dollars for fire protection.

One year later, the steamboat Kate Kinney delivered Kansas City its first steam engine for the fire department. Chief Frank Foster and his volunteer firefighters tested the new engine on March 14, 1868. The engine was named John Campbell No. 1. The tests were completed at 4:56 p.m. on March 14, 1868, and the Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department (KCFD) has existed since that time.

On August 2, 1871, the first career fire fighter was hired. The volunteer force of KCFD continued to decrease and by May of 1872, KCFD was staffed mostly by career personnel. Continue Reading →

Missouri State Fair FD Update

Hello everyone, I hope this letter finds everyone in good health and safe surrounding. The weather has started to warm up a little more as this year slowly, but yet quickly flies by. Big events for the year are quickly approaching as well as deadlines for applications.

I would like to extend a thank you to the MU FRTI team for hosting another very well run, organized, and largely attended Winter Fire School in Columbia. I know classes had large attendance and I have heard nothing but how well everyone liked the classes they attended. I know there were a lot of the personnel from the Missouri State Fair Fire Department who took classes and are ready to use what they learn into action.

With the annual FFAM State Fire Convention coming up in May in St. Joseph, it reminds me, to remind all of you across the state that Missouri State Fair Fire Department applications are due by May 1, 2018, before the convention. So please make sure you have them filled out and sent in. If you do not have an application you can go to: ffam.org/committees/state-fair/ and print an application. Also remember if you want to register to attend convention and you want to receive the discounted rate, have your registration sent in by March 16, 2018. Continue Reading →

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 2nd Vice President – 03-2018

Missouri House of Representatives Resolutions presented to Brian Beissenherz and Wes Young by Representative Glen Kolkmeyer from the 53rd District

Greetings, this winter has been a interesting one. Lots of departments in our state have been battling grass fires due to dry conditions, some have been battling snow and ice working lots of motor vehicle accidents and here lately our departments in southern Missouri have been battling the recent floods. To say the least, this winter has been a challenging one.

On February 18, I was asked to attend the Wellington Napoleon Fire Protection District banquet. They had a wonderful meal, and was attended by most of the personnel and their families. In the first five minutes of starting the banquet, they were called by mutual aid to help the Fort Osage Protection Fire District on a structure fire and grass fire. It was amazing to me to see how many wives kissed their husbands before they left and told them to come back safe. This was truly a great sight to see and to see how close this fire family is. Great job, Chief Randy Jones you have something special at Wellington Napoleon Fire Protection District.

That night I also got to witness again another special moment. Two of Wellingtons finest retired from the service. Brian Beissenherz and Wes Young retired with 36 years and 25 years respectively. They were presented with awards from the department and also were presented a Resolution from the Missouri House of Representatives. The resolutions were presented by Representative Glen Kolkmeyer of the 53rd District. Continue Reading →

Little Dixie FPD Presents Service Awards

Formed in 1974, the Little Dixie Fire Protection District celebrated 43 years of service with the citizens of Audrain County in 2017.

Station 1 was constructed at its present location in 1978. Station 3 was constructed in 1993 on Highway T, Northwest of Centralia, and Station 4 was constructed in 2001 on Highway D, Southwest of Mexico.

Little Dixie Fire Protection District employs two career firefighters and forty volunteer firefighters. All firefighters are fully trained in fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials, medical first responder, and fire prevention.

Little Dixie provides emergency services to 600 square miles of Audrain County, Missouri, averaging 400 request for services each year. Continue Reading →

A Message from the 1st Vice President – 03-2018

Greetings all! Hopefully you have avoided the flu, upper respiratory invasion and the cold weather. Just think, before we are ready we will all be talking about how hot and humid it is and will be hoping for fall weather to cool things off. I am sure each of you have an abundant amount of things already lined up on your schedules for the remainder of the year and I hope you have included convention, the state fair, relaxation and family time to help balance out your hectic schedules.

Let’s talk about the term professional this time. What does that really mean and how does it affect the fire service and you? Of course the dictionary says things like “relating to or connected to a profession; engaged in a specified activity as one’s main paid occupation rather than as a past time; a person engaged or qualified in a profession”, but how do those definitions fit in the fire service?

Whether you are paid for what you do in the fire service or not, do you consider yourself a professional? I hope you answer here is a resounding, yes. If not then perhaps you should spend some time reflecting on why you do not. I believe it does not matter if you are paid or not, in the fire service or in any other field of work, you should always strive to be a professional. If you think about it just a little, would you want a doctor who has attended school, graduated at the top of their class and been around for a long time cutting into you to “fix” a problem if they are also not a professional? The same can be applied to calling a fire department for assistance. Even though they have shiny trucks, well dressed staff and carry their book of certificates with them wherever they go, if they are not professional in their behavior and service module do you think the public values them? Continue Reading →