Fire Fighters Association of Missouri

News From District 11 – July 2019

Greetings from the western side of the state. I hope everyone is having a good season so far, even though mother nature is being unfair with the rain. Also that everyone had a safe and fun July 4th. There’s been a lot of things going on across the state from summer fire school and fire tactics at the lake, to the July 4th activities within our own districts. A few of the events in District 11 have been the Firefest hosted by Independence 76. There was fun activities and a good turnout of antique fire trucks on display and even pumping master streams from a draft tank. Which was cool to see the old apparatus working as they did when they were new. The second big event was the inaugural, all girls, Catching Fury on June 22 and 29, which was a success. 

What is Catching Fury, you ask? Catching Fury is a preparatory precursor to its big sister: Camp Fury. This one day camp is an immersive experience for 8th and 9th grade girls. This year, women from Kansas City, MO Fire Department, Kansas City, KS Fire Department, Kansas City, MO Police Department, Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office, and multiple other agencies came together to give the campers a taste of a day in the life of a firefighter or police officer. Twenty campers ages 13 and 14 experienced a simulated fire, simulated traffic stops, an hour of physical training, police defensive tactics, and bucket rides on a ladder truck. 

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A Message from the 2nd Vice President – JULY 2019

Greetings… Summer has finally arrived! We are probably planning vacations, spending time with family, or just wanting to stay home and just relax.

I am going to write about something different this newsletter. I am going to write about the benefits you receive as a FFAM member. Many times when I travel the state and visit departments, I have a lot of members that ask about what benefits they are suppose to receive as a member.

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Auxiliary Meeting Minutes – July 2019

Meeting called to order by President Diane Hanes at 9:00 a.m.

Members Present
Diane Wynne, Galt FPD; Theresa Cox, Wentzville FPD; Sheri Berendzen, Cole County FPD; Ann Jones, Madison West Monroe; Joyce Thompson, Kearney Fire; Barbara Mattox, North Central Carroll FPD; Kerrie Mattox, North Central Carroll FPD; Michelle Sims, West Plains FD; Carissa Thompson, Holts Summit FPD; Frances Barger, Kearney Fire & Rescue; Jessica White, Mayview FPD; Corissa Hayward, Mayview FPD.

Minutes
Diane asked if there were any changes or comments for the April 14, 2019, meeting minutes. Carissa made a motion to accept the meeting notes, seconded by Theresa, motion passed.

Financial report
There were deposits of $975 and expenditures of $621.34 with a total of $7,970.91 in our account. Joyce made a motion to accept the financial report, seconded by Carissa, motion passed. 

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$3000 Donation – Cole County FPD

The Cole County Fire Protection District has received a $3,000 donation from a Country Financial® Supports Local Fire Department with Equipment Funding Through Operation Helping Heroes donation. Country Financial Representative Patrick Prenger and Richie Conley were pleased to announce Cole County Fire Protection District as the 2019 recipient of $3,000, through a Country Financial Operation Helping Heroes donation. Patrick and Richie presented the donation to Cole County on Thursday June 6, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the administration building at 5206 Monticello Road. The funds will assist with the purchase of specialized extrication gloves when gaining access to a patient who are trapped in a vehicle while using the jaws of life. 

The Cole County Fire Protection District wishes to say, “Thank You to Country Financial for the generous donation to help our fellow citizens in their time of need.” 

“Our volunteer firefighters go above and beyond, serving others selflessly and providing an invaluable service to our community,” said Patrick. “Country Financial is proud to support our first responders, active duty military and veterans through Operation Helping Heroes donations in the communities we serve.” 

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A Message from the 1st Vice President – JULY 2019

Believe it or not, it may actually get to be summer sometime this year, well maybe. Hopefully for those of you affected in large or small ways by the unusual weather patterns and flooding, you are able to recover. I think we should talk about retirement in this edition.

Although you might not be ready to “retire” just yet please continue to read as this isn’t just about what you think retirement is in the traditional sense. Let’s talk about traditional retirement first so we can get that out of the way. If you are ready to retire and you have things lined up so you can “fade” away in style then I say congratulations and I hope all is well. But, hey don’t forget when you go you are taking along a vast amount of experience and knowledge. Perhaps you could find a way to share that knowledge with those remaining in the fire service.

For those of us that are getting closer to traditional retirement there is still time to get your things in order so you can leave in style and still be able to live comfortably. Hopefully, by this point in your career you have made wise investments, lived life to its fullest and above all taken care of your health.

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Memorial Update & News

On May 18 and 19, your memorial foundation was honored to present 44 individuals who had served in the Missouri Fire Service. Russell H. Hayes with the Eldorado Springs Volunteer Fire Department was in the Line of Duty. Our Candlelight service was held at the Auxvasse Elementary School Gym due to severe weather, but the morning service was conducted at the memorial. 

That was the last time we should have to move the service from the memorial grounds now that we have a new building there. Weather cooperated long enough for the Sunday service to be held at the memorial. Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten was our guest speaker. 

Our service dates for 2020 will be the May 16-17. The “Thank You” list for all of the assistance in making the 2019 services possible is very long and includes dozens of people that are not on the Foundation Board. The enormous support of your Foundation makes all of this possible. Thank you!

Meeting Minutes – July 2019

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 2, 2019, at the Missouri State Fair Fire Department in Sedalia, Missouri.

Vice President Jennings led 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; Second Vice President Grant Oetting, Higginsville FPD; Secretary Treasurer Jaime Miller, Johnson County FPD #2.

Directors
District 1, Terry Wynne, Galt FPD; 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 Co FPD; District 9, Roy Sims, West Plains FD; District 10, Greg Brown, Eureka FPD; District 11, Monty Thompson, Kearney FPD; District 14, Rick Dozier, Southern FPD of Holt Co.

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