Fire Fighters Association of Missouri

Auxiliary Nomination Committee

Past Presidents Kim Voss, Beaufort-Leslie Fire, and Chris Turner, Warrenton FPD report the slate of officers recommended for 2020-2022 as follows, 2-year term, and can extend duties another 2 years for the same position:

    Nomination for President:   Jessica Miller, Norborne FPD
    Nomination for 1st Vice President:  Diane Hanes, Galt FPD
    Nomination for 2nd Vice President:  Sheri Berendzen, Cole County FPD
    Nomination for Secretary-Treasurer: Theresa Cox, Wentzville FPD
    Nomination for Sergeant at Arms:    Joni Fields, Paris FPD
    Nomination for Historian:   Carissa Thompson, Holt-Summit FPD

This will be presented at the August meeting due to the postponement of the FFAM Convention this year. You are encouraged to make it to the meeting to ensure your vote!

Auxiliary Meeting Minutes – July 2020

Meeting called to order by First Vice President Jessica Miller at 9:00 a.m.

Members Present
Jessica Miller, Norborne FPD; Theresa Cox, Wentzville FPD; Sheri Berendzen, Cole Co FPD; Ann Jones, Madison West Monroe FPD; Joyce Thompson, Kearney Fire and Rescue; Joni Fields, Paris Rural Fire Protection District.

Minutes
Jessica Miller asked if there were any changes, comments, or corrections for the February 2, 2020 meeting minutes. Ann Jones made a motion to accept the meeting notes as written, seconded by Theresa Cox, motion passed.

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Mayview Fire Protection District Awards Picnic

The Mayview Fire Protection District (MFPD) celebrated their volunteer firefighters with an annual appreciation dinner on Sunday, June 14, 2020. The Board of Directors hosted a picnic in the park and provided hamburgers, hot dogs, and brats. The Mayview Fire Ladies Auxiliary provided the sides, desserts, and drinks. An informal awards presentation was given by Chief Kris White.

Front Row MFPD Officers left to right: 1st Captain Jake Hayward, Assistant Chief Jeff Ryun, Chief Kris White, and 2nd Captain Chris Liles. Second Row: Trever Johnston, Corbin Ryun, Warren Hawthorne, Kenny Fiegenbaum, and Allen Pierce. Third Row: William Soendker, Travis Fricke, Tim Wright, Emmet Cox, and FFAM’s Grant Oetting. Top Row: MFPD Board Members: Vice-President Scott Wright and Will Ogan. Not Pictured: Volunteer firefighters Daniel Duncan, Eric Butler, and Chaplain Brooks Stotts and Board President Albert Ryun.
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20 Years – MFPD

The Mapaville Fire Protection District hosted an “Open House” to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Fire District from a Fire Association. The open house was held on June 8, 2020. A luncheon was provided after the dedication for the new pavilion was held. The public was encouraged to attend to visit the station, speak with the firefighters, and see the recent improvements that have been accomplished.

Fire prevention educational materials were available for all that attended.

On June 9, 2000, the voters of Mapaville Fire Protection District elected to form the tax-supported fire district to replace the previous arrangement for fire protection with the Mapaville Fire Association. The Fire Association was financially supported by the sale of fire subscription tags and bingos.

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A Message From The 2nd Vice President – July 2020

Brothers and Sisters in the Fire Service

I hope this finds everyone well since our last newsletter. Our nation is in a trying time right now as we have seen on the news with all of the riots in our major cities including here in the State of Missouri and also still dealing with the COVID-19. I am so proud of our members and also the Missouri Fire Service as a whole on how professional we have handled these calls over the last couple of months. As our fire marshal has always said, “neighbors helping neighbors.” For this meeting, travels have picked up in the last couple of days as the restrictions have been lifted in most parts of the state and I have been invited to events later this year from agencies.

My first invite was from the Mayview Fire Protection District. They hosted a picnic for their members and handed out awards for years of service. Some of their members received awards for 35 and even 40 years in the fire service and still serving. Thanks, Chief Kris White and your wife Jessica for the invite. I totally enjoyed the night.

The FFAM is in its busy season, to say the least. We will be attending the Revolutionary Fire Tactics at the lake on July 17. The FFAM is a vendor for this training and also the sponsor for the coffee for the attendees. Thanks go to David Woodward and the Lake FOOLS for the invite. Hope to see you there.

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News From District 2 – July 2020

Well usually at this time I thank everyone that attended the memorial services in May. As you know that was postponed. Make sure you have marked your calendar for October 10-11. The Missouri State Fire Marshal 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is also that weekend. It will be held in Jefferson City on Saturday, October 10. Bring a team or donate to the stair climb on their website. Then make the drive north thirty minutes to the candlelight service that evening.

As you know the FFAM annual conference has been canceled for this year. However, the annual meeting will be held Sunday, August 9, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. at the State Fair Fire Department building on the grounds of the state fair in Sedalia. See information about it in this issue.

The Missouri Firefighter’s Educational and Historical Preservation Center is now up. Work remains on the outside and we are now raising money to finish the inside. Thanks to all the folks that purchased tickets for the beef and congratulations to the winners.
Not a lot going on in my area as many departments are just cranking up their meetings again due to COVID-19.

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Meeting Minutes – July 2020

President Ken Hoover called the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri to order at 9:00 a.m., Sunday, June 7, 2020, at the Missouri State Fair Fire Department in Sedalia, MO. The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call of Board of Directors and other officials

Officers
President Ken Hoover, Little Dixie FPD; First Vice President Larry Jennings, Johnson County FPD; Secretary Treasurer Jaime Miller, Johnson County FPD #2.

Directors
District 2, Greg Wright, Shelbina FD; District 3, Larry Jones, Madison/West Monroe FPD; District 5, Terry Plumb, Southern Stone FPD; District 6, Gary Berendzen, Cole County FPD; District 11, Monty Thompson, Kearney FPD.

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Fire Marshal’s Update – July 2020

Greetings from the thirteenth floor. I’m happy to report we all are doing well. No COVID-19 issues, so far. I pray daily for the protection of all first responders, fire departments, EMS, police departments, and health care providers as you serve across our state. Thank you for all you do 24-7, 365! Being the best boots on the ground and leaving things better than you found them!

We have been able to re-establish our normal work position here on the thirteenth floor. With that being said we have some work to do to accommodate the over 7,000 requests for state-certified testing. If you want to attend and take a state-certified test, please visit our website and click on “Firefighter Training” (dfs.dps.mo.gov/programs/training/) and then “Testing Update.” Here you will find times and locations of test sites and new procedures.

We have scheduled testing dates and sites listed on our website. Click on “Programs and Services” under “Firefighter Training and Certification” you will find the “Course Calendar” (dfs.dps.mo.gov/programs/training/course-calendar.php). We will update the calendar moving forward. Due to a large number of tester’s, and limited staff, please be patient with us as we process your test results. I promise we will get those to you as quickly as possible. If you have any questions please try and use email to communicate with the training division when possible. Please reach out to us at the following emails:

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