Fire Fighters Association of Missouri

Cedar Hill Fire District New Pumper

Pumper 7734 is a 2019 Pierce Enforcer. The truck has a 1250 GPM Pump, 1000 gallon Booster Tank, 30 gallon foam cell with class A foam, Husky 12 foam system, Hercules 140 CAFS Compressor, 2100 gallon Porta Tank, 24’ extension, 14’ roof, 10’ folding ladder, Tempest PPV Fan, Holmatro Core power unit and combi tool, 2 bottle cascade system, 20’ of 6” hard suction, Wilbert LED Light Tower and 1800’ of 3” supply hose.

Prevent, Mitigate, Educate

In August of this year, Central Jackson County Fire Protection District (CJCFPD) underwent significant restructuring in its Fire Prevention and EMS Divisions. As a result of this reorganization, the CJCFPD Community Risk Reduction Bureau (CRR) was formed. While the CRR concept is not new to the fire service, the scope of the CJC CRR Bureau is unique. Under the umbrella of community risk reduction falls the EMS Operations Division, the Mobile Integrated Health program (CJCares), traditional fire prevention and investigation activities, as well as several emergency management functions. 

In late 2016, CJC launched CJCares, a Community Paramedic/Mobile Integrated Health program designed to deliver non-emergency assistance and care to at-risk populations and high utilizer groups. CJC had experienced a 25 percent increase in calls for assistance between 2012 and 2016. The goal of CJCares was and remains, to deliver services in a non-emergency setting, thereby preventing the need for unplanned emergency assistance. By preventing the emergency, patient outcomes should improve and 911 system utilization should decrease. By the end of 2018, patient satisfaction with the CJCares program was high, repeat patients were calling emergency crews half as frequently, and overall agency-wide call volume decreased.

By the time operation of the program was in full swing, the similarities of “preventative” activities involving CJCares compared to traditional fire prevention activities became apparent. Essentially, each program, CJCares and fire prevention, represented a side of the “prevention” coin. One, emergency medical call prevention and the other, traditional fire prevention. In fact, as each program moved forward, similar methodologies were used to identify elements of community risk. For instance, call data indicated the most common call for assistance from CJC patrons in 2018 was related to a fall of some kind. This group of calls accounted for over fifteen percent of all calls for assistance. Additionally, the average age of the individual calling for assistance after a fall was 72.4 years old. Using this type of data evaluation, CJCares began researching fall prevention programs and fall potential identification. Using similar methodology, fire agencies have traditionally identified circumstances of frequently occurring fire and have aimed prevention activities at the identified common causes.

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26th Annual Jeffco Fire Engine Rally

The 26th Annual Jeffco Fire Engine Rally was held on Saturday, September 28, at the Herculaneum City Park. The annual event is sponsored by the Jefferson County Firefighters Association. The Fall weather was overcast with a spot rain shower following the opening ceremony. The annual event attracted firefighters, children and festival-goers from across the state. 

As in the past, this year’s rally kicked off with a parade of over 50 emergency apparatus traveling from Crystal City to the city park in Herculaneum where the apparatus remained on static display throughout the day. 

Following the parade, an opening ceremony and memorial was held that included the dedication of the 26th Annual Jeffco Fire Engine Rally in remembrance of Keith W. Parker, retired Crestwood Department of Fire Services engineer and long-time Jeffco Fire Engine Rally Committee. Keith was a member of the Jeffco Fire Engine Rally planning committee for several years and served as the apparatus judge. During the dedication, Keith’s wife Jan was presented with a Maltese cross plaque in recognition of his years of service to the rally. Mrs. Parker was also presented with a framed certificate in recognition of Keith’s name being added to the Memorial Wall at the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri memorial in Kingdom City. Following the presentations, Jan addressed the audience and thanked everyone for their support and love for Keith.

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New Firefighting Apparatus

The Johnson County Fire Protection District recently took delivery of two new KME engines on International four door chassis and two new KME tankers on International two door chassis from Jon’s Mid-America Fire Apparatus, Inc. These apparatus are the first four in a planned replacement program of apparatus purchased beginning in 2002.

The engines have a 1250 GPM pump with a 1000 gallon water tank. The tankers have 2000 gallon tanks and an articulating extendable rear dump allowing discharge on both sides and to the rear.

Both engines were designed to incorporate features focused at personnel safety which include lower access hose lays to help reduce the need for personnel to leave the ground for hose deployment to reduce potential injury. Ground ladders, hard suction, and pike poles were placed inside the body for better deployment access and additional cabinet storage space. Booster line was added to the apparatus beneath the steps to the cab in order to assist with gross decontamination at scenes.

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A Message from the 1st Vice President – November 2019

It is hard to believe, but it appears the end of the year is upon us and somehow most of us ran out of time to accomplish all the things we wanted to or more likely should have completed this year. I hope each of you find successes when available and remember to take the “big picture” into account before deciding your efforts fell terribly short.

I think we should talk a little about family this time. As we scrape the surface of this element of our lives I want to talk a little about our “home” family and about our “fire” family. We all know the importance of our families, whether they are traditional, blended, functional or like many, dysfunctional. The connection to your family often provides the foundation or at least the materials to make a foundation that will connect you to the world throughout your lifetime. Without some basic skills learned through your family connection we would be left floundering around searching for where we “fit” in to society.

The family dynamic has certainly changed over the years and we each can form our own opinion on what has been good and what may not have been so good in these changes. The busy lives, hectic work schedules and desire to serve our communities we have undertaken in recent times have helped to change some basic family functions. As less time is spent with our family it is easy to lose sight of the importance our family interaction serves. With this in mind we all need to make the effort to carve out time to interact with your family and perhaps take the high road and work towards repairing any damage that has been done in the past without casting blame or expecting praise for doing so.

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A Message from the 2nd Vice President – November 2019

Hello FFAM membership. Summer has left us and the fall season is upon us. The farmers are in the field taking care of the 2019 harvest, deer hunters are anxious to get into their deer stands and pumpkin spice is in full swing.

The FFAM has been continuously busy working for the membership. We are attending events that you the membership are inviting us to. Many directors have been working on budget request for next year’s budget to better serve the membership or having a presence at the national level at the memorial service in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

On September 11, I was a very busy attending events on the behalf of the FFAM. The day started with an invite from Knob Noster Fire Department for their 911 ceremony. The ceremony was held at the city hall with the lowering of the flags and remembering the lives that were lost that day. The ceremony was also attended by the Whiteman Air Force Base Fire Department as well. This was a very moving service and reminded us that many lives were lost that day but never forgotten. Thanks to Chief Rick Johnson for the invite, I thoroughly enjoyed this ceremony.

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Cancer Support Network

After firefighters extinguish a structure fire, they typically re-enter the building to conduct overhaul activities. During overhaul, firefighters often open up and look in the walls, ceilings, attics, and any other void space where these still-burning embers might be located. To accomplish the strenuous task of overhaul, firefighters use thermal imaging cameras (TICs), and other tools such as axes, chainsaws, and pike poles to search for hidden fire after the main body of the fire has been extinguished. 

During overhaul, there may be little or no smoke, so most firefighters remove the face piece of their SCBA (self contained breathing apparatus) and work in the environment without any respiratory protection. Firefighters falsely believe that due to the reduced amount of smoke and fire during overhaul, they are not being significantly exposed to the products of combustion. Science has proved this notion to be false. Firefighters are, in fact, routinely breathing toxic gases and being exposed to dangerous carcinogens in the post-fire environment. These products may include hydrogen cyanide (HCN), aldehydes, benzene, nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PNA), and other substances. 

Recent scientific studies show that the post-fire environment may be more dangerous than firefighters realize. Based on that concept, all fire departments should have an overhaul policy that requires firefighters to wear respiratory protection throughout the overhaul phase of the fire.  The Firefighter Cancer Support Network has sample policies on its website if you need a starting place.

The Foundation Update – November 2019

The Funeral Assistance Team is in the process of adding two new and larger trailers to better accommodate weight and length of inventory. Both will be replacing existing equipment and better suited for cross state and occasionally out of state assistance. Brain has wrapped up registering and titling, next steps are custom lettering followed by the change-over of equipment. Both could be in service by December 1. In the next newsletter we will have pictures of the two new trailers and Brian will provide a wrap-up of this project, a summary of their work for 2019 and his thoughts and comments regarding 2020.

As 2019 nears conclusion, the Foundation begins the annual focus in gathering information on those who have served and passed in 2019 and those we may have missed in 2018. The 2020 Services will be held May 16-17. The Candlelight Service is May 16 at 9:00 p.m. or dark which ever comes later. The Sunday Morning Service on May 17, will start at 10:30 a.m. Regardless of weather, both services will be held at the memorial grounds. Services will be held outside around the service walls if weather cooperates or inside of the museum if weather does not.

If you have a loved one or know of someone who has passed we need to know. I will gladly accept dozens of duplicate notifications rather than miss anyone deserving of honors. The Foundation uses a three year guideline in accepting those for honors. For this service, those who have passed in 2019 and those we may have missed which passed in 2018 or 2017. Also, if the family elects to do so, we will recognize January through March of 2020, versus waiting another for the 2021 services. Due to logistics, we cannot offer April of 2020.

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