KSFFA Regional School Requests for 2019

KSFFA Regional Fire School requests are now being accepted until July 31, 2018. If your department would like to host one of our regional fire schools, please fill out the below information. We are requesting that the application be filled out by either the current fire chief or with his acknowledgement. Selection is decided in August. The KSFFA holds 12 regional fire schools a year in various parts of the state. These courses are offered free of charge. If you have any question about what your responsibility will be to host a KSFFA Regional Fire School, please contact any KSFFA Executive Board Officer.

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2 dogs rescued from Manhattan apartment fire

By Brian Dulle
KSNT – April 18, 2018

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Two dogs were rescued Wednesday morning from an apartment fire in Manhattan.

The Manhattan Fire Department was sent to a reported structure fire just before 9 a.m. at 1010 Garden Way, just south of Anderson Ave.

When crews arrived they could see smoking coming from the three-story apartment building. The fire was quickly contained and no people were found inside the apartment that had the fire.

All other residents were able to exit before the fire department arrived.

Crews removed two dogs and were able to resuscitate them.

The estimated amount of damage is reported to be $30,000.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but is believed to be accidental.

 

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Seward County Fire Quickly Extinguish Blaze

By Joe Denoyer
KSCB – April 18, 2018

Seward County Fire Rescue was dispatched around 4:20 pm yesterday to a grass fire at Hwy 54 and ROAD x, east of Kismet. Units arrived on scene with a rapid rate of spread fire that jumped the tracks and continued north east. Local farmers arrived quickly with tractors and discs and contained the fire. Josh Dixon was dispatched for air support, the fire quickly contained at less than 100 acres. Plains Fire assisted with the fire. Units spent numerous hours mopping up about 1 mile of railroad tracks that were burning. Cause of the fire appears to be roadside.

 

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Small grass fire reported in Leavenworth

Leavenworth Times – April 18, 2018

A neighbor helped to extinguish a small grass fire in Leavenworth before firefighters arrived, a Fire Department spokesman said.

The fire was reported at 3:10 p.m. Monday in the area of 10th Avenue and Gatewood Street.

Mark DeMaranville, division chief of prevention for the Leavenworth Fire Department, said a small pile of leaves and some brush were burning. The neighbor was able to put out much of the fire before firefighters arrived.

DeMaranville said he did not know what started the fire.

 

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Family Thankful To Escape Today As Ark City Home Is Engulfed In Flames

By Shane Farley
NewsCow – April 18, 2018

John and Heather Irving are thanking God they were able to wake up this morning, quickly gather their three children and escape from their Ark City home just before it was destroyed by fire.

“My wife had seen a bright light at the back of the house and woke me up. My first thought was to get everyone out of the house and try to put out the fire,” John Irving said this morning as he stood a few feet from the charred remains of his home at 1313 South L. “But by the time I ran through the house there were already flames shooting out the side of the house. With 45 seconds to a minute the house was fully engulfed in flames.”

The home and two vehicles – including a 2016 Ford Mustang the family recently purchased – were completely destroyed by the fire.

The couple, though, said they were just grateful their family escaped unharmed. One pet is thought to have perished in the fire.

Firefighters were called to the report of the house fire around 12:40 a.m. Fire officials said strong winds enabled the fire to spread very quickly and caused an issue for firefighters trying to control the blaze. An official cause remains under investigation.

Crews from Winfield and Udall were called to the scene to assist. It took a few hours to bring the fire completely under control. A small crew remained at the scene this morning to monitor any flare ups.

The family was able to stay with family that lives close by in south Ark City. The Irvings have owned the home for sometime and had used it as a rental property.

They moved back in about a year ago and had been remodeling the residence.

 

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Kansas Wildfire Disaster

By Todd Pittenger
KSAL – April 18, 2018

Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer has issued a disaster declaration in response to a series of wildfires in the western part of the state.

Wildfires were reported Tuesday in Stanton, Morton and Wallace counties. At least 90 homes in Stanton and Morton counties were evacuated when the fire threatened the area.

Wallace County Sheriff Larry Townsend says several structures were damaged and three firefighters were taken to a hospital with injuries after the flames reached their truck.

According to Butler County Rural Fire and EMS, moments before flames consumed a Butler fire truck, a yell for help came over the radio, and then silence. Minutes later two firefighters were spotted making their way out of harms way from the smoke and flames that over took them. The fire truck was a total loss. The agency says they are in need of monetary donations to replace the truck.

 

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Russell Fire Department Awarded Grant from Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant Program

By David Elliott
KRSL – April 18, 2018

The City of Russell Fire Department has been awarded a $3,550 grant from the Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant Program.

The grant will be used to purchase structural firefighting boots.

The City Fire Department responds to structure and grass fires, as well as rescue and hazardous materials incidents.

These boots will continue to keep firefighters safe at all times and decrease the risk of injury during fire department operations.

The City of Russell Fire Department thanks the Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant Program for their support.

(Information courtesy City of Russell Fire Department.)

 

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Multiple fires burn throughout Kansas

By Ashonti Ford
KSN – April 18, 2018

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Governor Jeff Coyler issued a disaster declaration for several fires burning throughout Kansas. Fires started late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The largest one came out of Stanton and Morton counties.

One fire located in eastern Colorado along the Kansas line was pushed into Stanton and Morton counties in the southwest part of the state.

Approximately 90 homes were evacuated from the two counties, including homes in the town of Richfield in Morton County. The fire was reported to be under control late in the evening.

Another fire was reported near Weskan in Wallace County. The fire moved east of town. No word yet on how much damage that fire caused.

“Right now, our brothers and sisters throughout western Kansas are battling the fires,” said Bryan Ellis, Sedgwick County Division Chief. “We just need to be cognizant of anything that would start fires, especially with the wind and dry conditions.”

Closer to home, Sedgwick County and Bel Aire fire crews helped Park City first responders contain a fire of the 300 block of E. 51st Street North. Crews were dispatched to the area around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. Residents in the Park City area told KSN that they heard a loud boom in the middle of the night.

“We had such heavy fire involvement,” said Chief Ellis. “Semi trailers on fire, plus all the trees back behind it so, we were trying to gain access with our trucks, and then also just trying to battle the wind as far as getting the fire knocked down to where it didn’t spread to the other trailers.”

There is still no cause for the fire and because of the rapid spread, crews still aren’t sure where the fire started.

“We’re not for sure if it’s actually remnants of pallets,” said Chief Ellis. “Property owner said that there was also some pounds of cardboard that they pulled off of the pallets and part of it is cardboard and part of it is remnants of pallets.”

Crews stayed in the Park City location throughout the morning to make sure the fire was contained with no sign of reigniting.

 

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Texas woman killed in rollover crash in west Topeka

By Johanna Hecht
KSNT – April 18, 2018

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The Kansas Highway Patrol said a woman from Texas died in a single-vehicle rollover crash in west Topeka Tuesday night.

Theresa Greig, 52, of Coppell, Texas, was driving too fast as she was turning onto I-70 eastbound. Greig lost control and ran her Nissan truck off the road. She hit a tree and rolled the truck several times.

The accident happened on I-70 eastbound near the Fairlawn exit just before 11:30 p.m.

There were no other occupants inside the vehicle and no other cars were involved.

 

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Multiple departments battle grass fire Southwest of Topeka

By Alicia Rogers
KSNT – April 18, 2018

Multiple departments are working to battle a grass fire in SW Topeka.

The fire is located near 109th and Docking Rd.

Auburn, Dover, Mission, Burlingame, and Harveyville fire departments, and a tanker from the 190th Air Refueling Wing, are on scene working to keep the grass fire contained.

Spot fires throughout a one square mile area of field remain the focus. Crews have formed a line to protect any structures near the field.

This is a developing story. We will bring you updates as they become available.

 

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Fire crews battle fully involved fire Tuesday at North Topeka business

By Katie Moore
Topeka Capital Journal – April 18, 2018

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Fire crews battled a fully involved structure fire on Tuesday at a North Topeka business.

Firefighters found heavy smoke and flames when they responded shortly after 3 p.m. to L&M Recycling, 1801 N.E. Grantville Road. The location of the fire is just west and north of the Kansas River and south of US-24 highway.

Topeka Fire Department shift commander Dan Macke said at the scene that all of the employees were able to evacuate and no injuries were reported.

An employee at a neighboring paint business said the area that caught fire is where the recycling business empties car fluids.

An investigation concluded the blaze was accidental. Macke said the fire began when an employee at the recycling business who was working on the gas tank of a car hit something unintentionally. Propane tanks and tires were likely the source of the small explosions.

The fire spread because there were oil tanks nearby, causing substantial damage to the exterior and roof of one of the structures belonging to the business. Once the blaze was under control, fire crews built a small gravel dam to block water contaminated with oil from leaving the area. They also used orange tubes that can soak up oil, Macke said.

The fire caused $25,000 in damage to the shop and $5,000 in contents loss.

There were at least five Topeka fire engines on scene.

 

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Crews fight wildfires across western Kansas

KWCH – April 18, 2018

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Fire crews have managed to contain a large wildfire out of southwest Kansas.

Early reports from the National Weather Service office in Dodge City say the fire spread across southwest Stanton and northwest Morton counties.

Voluntary evacuations for the town of Richfield have been lifted. If anyone happened to get displaced, a shelter has been set up at the Elkhart City Hall.

Morton County Emergency Management says as of about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, the fire is contained and crews remain on scene to monitor conditions and clean-up.

Residents in Morton and Stanton counties are asked to turn off their sprinkles so that fire crews have access to water.

 

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Hutchinson fire crews battle two-story house fire

KWCH – April 18, 2018

Fire crews battled an overnight two-story house fire in Hutchinson.

The fire happened on north Lorraine Street. When crews arrived on scene they found heavy fire conditions that had engulfed the entire home.

Firefighters say due to the increasing winds that rapidly spread the fire, the roof and second story walls had collapsed in as crews were stretching the initial hose lines. Heavy embers sparked spot fires up to two hundred yards from the structure that stretched available resources thin.

No one was home at the time of the fire. Crews will remain on scene throughout the night monitoring hotspots and to ensure that no additional brush fires are started.

The fire remains under investigation. The Hutchinson Fire department urges citizens to use extreme caution over the next few days as the fire danger index will climb into the extreme range.

 

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Kansas teen dies after crash with cement truck

Hays Post – April 18, 2018

A Kansas teen died in an accident just after noon Tuesday in Barton County.

The Barton County Sheriff’s office reported a 2007 Saturn Ion driven by Shealee A. Stover, 18, rural Olmitz, was westbound on Northeast 30 Road and failed to stop at the stop sign at Washington Avenue.

A northbound International cement truck driven by Billy Love, 39, Great Bend, struck the Saturn. Both vehicle continued north of Washington. The Saturn came to rest on its roof. The cement truck rolled onto its passenger side.

Stover was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Sheriff Brian Bellendir. Love was not injured. Both drivers were wearing properly restrained at the time of the crash, according to Bellendir.

 

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Authorities investigate Baxter Springs grass fire

By Austin Hyslip
Four States – April 18, 2018

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Authorities are investigating after a grass fire ignites a mobile home in Baxter Springs.

Just after 10:30 this morning, the Baxter Springs volunteer fire department responded to a fire at 1341 South East Gum Lane. A grass fire caught a mobile home on fire.

Firemen were able to control the grass fire and the mobile home fire in about forty minutes. Galena and Columbus fire departments helped out today.

The fire is under investigation by the Kansas Fire Marshal’s Office.

 

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Doghouse catches fire in Emporia

By Ryann Brooks
Emporia Gazette – April 17, 2018

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No injuries were reported after a doghouse attached to a residence at 417 S. Union St. caught fire Tuesday morning in Emporia.

At about 9:40 a.m., scanner traffic indicated a structure fire in the 400 block of South Union Street.

Battalion Chief Tony Fuller said there were four people at the home when the fire ignited. Sixteen animals were also in the home.

“There were four occupants in the house and 16 animals,” Fuller said. “Most of them have been accounted for.”

Fuller said no animals had been found deceased inside of the home

Emporia Fire Department personnel were still investigating the cause of the fire. Fuller said more information would be provided later in the day.

 

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MLFD honors Davis after 28 years of service

Gyp Hill Premiere – March 12, 2018
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Mike Davis retired from the Medicine Lodge City Fire Department after 28 years of service. He was honored at the Medicine Lodge City Fire Department’s annual banquet on March 3rd, 2018. In the 28 years that Mike was on the fire department, he would have been paged out to over 500 fire calls. Mike was very helpful because of his knowledge of all of the firefighting equipment and his experience. When the pager goes off it is not only the firefighter affected, his family members are affected as well. A firefighter’s family worries about him until he returns home with the strong smell of smoke saturated into his clothing. The Medicine Lodge City Fire Department and City of Medicine Lodge are thankful for Mike’s service and appreciate his family sharing him with us over the past 28 years.

 

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Rural Robinson home damaged in fire

Hiawatha World – April 17, 2018
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A rural Robinson home was damaged April 11 in an early-morning fire.

Robinson fire Chief Dennis Tietjens said the fire department was called to 2949 Timber Rd., around 2 a.m. that morning. Upon arrival, firefighters found the lower level of the two-story home fully engulfed in flames. They were able to contain the fire to that area, however there was heat damage to other sections of the house.

Residents were home, but got out safely. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is currently investigating the cause of the fire. Assisting were Hiawatha Fire Department, Iowa Tribal Fire Department, Brown County Rescue Squad, Town and Country EMS, Iowa Tribal Police Department and Brown County Sheriff’s Department.

 

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Ditch fire sparked by powerline

Jewell County Record – April 5, 2018
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Friday evening around 6:15 p.m., Mankato Volunteer Fire Department answered a call at the intersection of highway 36 and 14. The fire was in the southeast ditch. A powerline had apparently arched and shot sparks into the grass, igniting the ditch. Fever than 5,000 square feet burned.

 

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Electrical fire causes extensive smoke damage

Sabetha Herald – April 17, 2018

An early morning electrical fire caused extensive smoke damage in a Sabetha home.

At 12:38 a.m. Monday, April 16, the Sabetha Fire Department was called out to Roger and Ilene Hartter’s house at 1526 Virginia in Sabetha, for a house full of smoke. Upon arrival, the Sabetha Fire Department found the basement to be full of smoke and a fire, which was contained to the furnace room.

According the Sabetha Fire Chief Jim Johnson, after an investigation by the State Fire Marshal, it was determined that the fire was accidental and electrical in nature. The house suffered extensive smoke damage and no injuries were reported.

The total loss has yet to be determined, pending the insurance adjuster’s report.

The Sabetha EMS was on standby, and the Sabetha Fire Department was on scene until 2:18 a.m.

 

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Fire destroys vacant house; old Mt. Airy School

Kansas Chief – April 5, 2018
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Early last Saturday morning, fire of unknown origin claimed a vacant house at the intersection of 175th and Randolph roads.

It was reported that a passerby discovered the blaze, which at one time had been the B.J. Studer residence, shortly after 2:00 a.m.

The fire had caused extensive damage by the time Wathena volunteer firefighters arrived at the scene. The wood-frame structure eventually fell into the basement, then was covered by the tin roof. Firefighters remained on the scene for 2 1/2 hours. The blaze also ignited the grass around the house, extending to 175th.

 

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Hutchinson grass fire damages home

By Gordon Bassham
KSN – April 17, 2018

A Grass fire east of Hutchinson damaged one home and threatened three others Monday afternoon.

The Hutchinson Fire Department said in a news release crews responded to a grass fire in the in the 800 block of Barnes Lake Road around 2 p.m. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found an out-of-control grass fire that had extended to one home and threatened three others as well as multiple sheds.

Fire Chief Steve Beer said the fire spread to a row of cedar trees which then jumped a driveway and spread into an adjacent wooded area.

Beer said the fire started after a homeowner was burning a small ditch that quickly got out of control.

No one was hurt in the blaze

Firefighters from the Hutchinson and Buhler fire departments fought the fire.

 

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Several grass fires reported Monday

By Zach Hacker
Emporia Gazette – April 17, 2018

Fire departments throughout Lyon County were kept busy Monday afternoon as dry conditions caused several controlled burns to get out-of-hand.

A rare day without strong winds prompted several area landowners to burn their pastures Monday, as gusty conditions were expected to return today and Wednesday. A handful of those fires, however, still managed to spread out of control, prompting calls to local fire departments to stop the spread.

The mayhem began at 1:20 p.m. when a fire was reported near the intersection of Road 50 and Road T — about seven miles southeast of Olpe. The fire was small, however, and firefighters from Emporia – Lyon County, Olpe and Hartford – Neosho Rapids had it knocked down within a few minutes after they arrived.

At 2:50 p.m., a larger fire broke out at Road 210 and Road D — about three-and-a-half miles southwest of Americus. The controlled burn got out of control and about five acres that weren’t supposed to burn caught fire. Though initial calls from dispatch stated there were cattle in the near vicinity of the blaze, no animals were injured as crews were able to push the flames back.

Another fire got out-of-control in northwest Lyon County less than 30 minutes later, when crews responded to an estimated 10 acres on fire near the intersection of Road 360 and D, north of Bushong. At 4:15, another 5-acre fire was reported at Road 260 and Road K — about eight miles south of Allen.

Three more acres were reported to be on fire at 6:04 p.m. in the 1400 block of Road 250, just east of The Orchard. The last call of the day came in at 6:27 p.m., when 10 acres were said to be on fire in 3900 block of North Highway 99 — five miles north of Admire and about one mile south of the Wabaunsee County line.

Despite the amount of fires, firefighters were able to keep damage to a minimum. No injuries to people or animals were reported and no structures were lost.

 

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Man killed in Reno County farming accident

KWCH – April 17, 2018

A Reno County man died in a farming accident Monday morning.

The Reno County Sheriff’s Office says 34-year-old Daniel Bruce Smith, of Penalosa, died when the bucket of a skid steer fell on him.

The sheriff’s office says Smith was setting t-post when the bucket became separated from the skid steer. It hit Smith in the head before coming to rest on his victims lower extremities.

The skid steer operator got out and attempted to move the bucket off of Smith. Once it was removed, he did CPR on Smith.

After about 30 minutes for life-saving efforts from the sheriff’s office and EMS, Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff’s deputies investigated and determined the incident to be an accident.

 

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Fire destroys Topeka home, does damage to second home next door

By Phil Anderson
Topeka Capital Journal – April 16, 2018

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A south Topeka house was completely destroyed by fire Monday morning, and an adjacent home also suffered damage to its outside.

Crews were sent to the scene of a fully-involved house fire at around 8:50 a.m. Monday morning at 1717 S.W. Harp Place.

No injuries were reported. Several people were able to get out of the house safely, as well as one pet dog.

Smoke and fire was visible when crews arrived. Big columns of black smoke filled the air.

Firefighters initially did a defensive attack from the outside, before eventually going in.

A fire investigator told The Capital-Journal the cause is still undetermined, but it is believed it started in the living room.

The house was determined to be “a total loss,” Topeka Fire Department Shift Commander Chris Herrera said.

The heat from that burning house caught the siding on fire for the house next door at 1725 S.W. Harp Place.

Jim Knowland, the man inside that house, said three men who were working nearby saw the fire and told him he needed to get out. He was able to get out safely with his dog, and he pulled his car out of the garage.

The three people working for Continental Siding Supply up the street told The Capital-Journal they heard a woman scream after the fire. They came over and helped a man who had been in the fire over the fence and gave the man some clothes to keep warm.

The location of the fire is just east of S.W. Burlingame and north of S.W. 37th.

 

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Topeka fire crews fight another blaze at house damaged in December arson

By Katie Moore
Topeka Capital Journal – April 16, 2018

A fire Sunday caused significant damage to a detached garage at a residence where an intentionally set fire occurred in December.

The blaze was reported shortly after 5:05 p.m. at 2042 S.W. High, which is just west of the Washburn University campus.

The residence is vacant, Topeka fire shift commander Dan Macke said on the scene.

When fire crews arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the garage. The fire also damaged the siding on the house, siding on the house to the immediate north and some of the trees.

No one was injured in the incident, Macke said.

In December, a fire at the house caused $7,500 in damage. Investigators determined that blaze was intentionally set. Damage from that fire was still visible on the front of the house on Sunday.

Five fire engines responded to the scene Sunday. One of the westbound lanes on S.W. 21st was blocked by emergency vehicles as crews responded.

 

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Local Fire Captain ensures all Kansas firefighters are trained

By Erika Hall
WIBW – April 16, 2018

Firefighters do more than just fight fires, they need to be versatile and do a bit of everything, from water rescue to confined space recovery.

One local fire captain is helping ensure all Kansas fire departments are trained, free of charge.

Shawnee Heights Fire Captain Laramie McPherson volunteers his time as part of a 9 person training group with the Kansas State Firefighters Association. They’re busy with free trainings the first weekend of every month for fire departments across the state.

“I also work part time as an instructor for the University of Kansas Fire Rescue Training Program and teach rope rescue classes, grain rescue classes, stuff to help firefighters advance their careers,” McPherson said.

The firefighter training for him all started at home.

“January 16th, and I don’t recall the year but I remember the day, my mom and step-father lived in a home in Perry Kansas, it was very very cold and I came home from school to see my house up in flames,” McPherson said. “And these gentlemen were 100 percent volunteers they didn’t get paid for anything, and they were out there with icicles hanging off their masks trying to do everything they could to save my mom’s home.”

Since then he’s never looked back, helping fellow fire fighters along the way.

“For people trying to get into the fire service there is not a lot of free training available, but most of the time when they come in if they don’t have any background training we’ll train them from beginning level up to where they need to be,” McPherson said.

In climbing the fire fighter ranks, McPherson has worked as the Shawnee Heights Captain for the past 9 years. Then he was recently promoted to Battalion Chief, but the changes in his rank aren’t changing his philosophy on training fire fighters.

“I’ll continue what I do as training, taking care of the people and assisting in anything I can to help others, us as a whole, make it better for our community,” McPherson said. “It’s not about me it’s about my guys, and as long as we are moving our guys forward I’m excited and hope this opportunity continues.”

On Monday 4/16 Captain McPherson’s promotion officially took effect becoming Shawnee Heights Fires newest Battalion Chief.

Congrats Chief McPherson!

 

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Union leaders discuss proposed budget cuts

KSNT – April 16, 2018

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Fewer fire trucks could be on Wichita roads and some say that would make fire and rescue efforts more dangerous for both firefighters and Wichitans.

For a city of nearly 400,0000 fireman Matt Schulte says squad trucks handle about a third of the department’s calls.

“It has two firemen on it, fully trained to handle any emergency anywhere in the city, car wreck, tornado comes through, big car wreck, or your loved ones not breathing,” says Schulte.

He is also the Wichita Firefighter’s Union president and says Friday Chief Tammy Snow proposed idea to cut 14 department squad trucks.

“We’re not sure how much there is left to cut. Like I said earlier, I’ve been doing this for 31 years and they’ve been cutting the budget every year. We’re almost down to where you can’t.”

Schulte says he hopes elected officials can find a way to help the department, possibly by raising taxes to help fund the department.

 

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Investigators working to find cause in east Topeka house fire

KSNT – April 16, 2018

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The Topeka Fire Department responded to a house fire Friday night at 306 SE Lake St., just west of Ripley Park.

Topeka Fire said the fire broke out before 10 p.m.

Officials said no one was inside the home at the time of the fire, but said an adult and child are displaced because of the fire.

The estimated dollar loss is $20,000.

A preliminary investigation was unable to determine the cause of the fire.

 

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Fire erupts Friday

By Gale Rose
Pratt Tribune – April 16, 2018

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Fire roared across wheat stubble and CRP grass Friday afternoon just northeast of Pratt after strong winds appeared to reignite a fire that burned several acres north of NE 10th Street and just east of a residence on the east side of K-61 highway earlier this week. The fire on April 10 burned several acres of grass and damaged some trees. The fire April 13, that started about 4 p.m., appeared to start on the east edge of the April 10 fire.

Strong winds blew the flames eastward across wheat stubble towards a farmstead by NE 20th Avenue and south of NE 20th Street. Flames burned north and south of the farm but fire trucks were able to get the fire knocked down before buildings or vehicles were damaged. While the trucks were protecting that residence, the fire jumped NE 20th Avenue and got into some CRP grass. The fire raced across the CRP and traveled about a mile before fire crews were able to get the fire under control.

Several bales of feed in the CRP field caught fire and a small tractor and disc were brought into work the land around the bales. Two full sized tractors with discs made fire brakes that helped bring the fire under control.

It took about an hour for fire units to get the fire under control then about another half hour to get all the hot spots knocked down. Some fire units were released while a few stayed on-scene as a small tractor and disc worked the are around the bales.

Fire units from Township 12, Iuka, Cullison and Preston helped battle the blaze the filled the sky with smoke that was visible for miles.

No one was injured in the fire.

 

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Discarded cigarette causes west Wichita apartment fire

By Johnnie Harvey
KSN – April 16, 2018

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Wichita Fire Marshal Stuart Bevis says the cause of a fire at an apartment complex in west Wichita Saturday was accidental. He says it started because of a carelessly discarded cigarette on a balcony.

The fire happened just before 3:30 p.m. in the 8400 block of West Central at the Aspen Park Apartments.

Bevis says there was only one building in the complex that was impacted and residents of all 16 units have been displaced.

When crews arrived on scene, flames and smoke were coming from the building. As firefighters worked, part of the roof collapsed in forcing them to evacuate and fight the fire from outside.

There were no injuries in the fire.

Bevis says the estimated loss is $1.4 million for the structure and $150,000 for contents.

 

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Grass fire in Hugoton contained

KWCH – April 16, 2018

Stevens County Emergency Services says a grass fire south of Hugoton, between road 14 and 15 is contained.

Fire crews got the call around noon Saturday. Multiple agencies had to be called in to assist.

No homes were lost, but some people were evacuated as a precaution.

 

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Two alarm fire at Olathe Ford RV

KSHB – April 16, 2018

Gardner fire crews were called to Olathe Ford RV on Gardner Road just before 1:00 a.m. Saturday.

Fire District #1 crews say the fire started in a maintenance type room towards the back of the large building, and there is smoke damage throughout.

No injuries were reported, as the fire was contained to that maintenance room. No RV’s were burned, but some in the building suffered smoke damage.

The fire was under control in thirty minutes, and declared out in less than an hour.

The cause is still under investigation, but it’s not believed to be suspicious.

 

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Volunteer firefighters strained by drought and grass fires

KWCH – April 16, 2018

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Changing weather patterns are putting the state at a higher fire danger and there’s not enough full time firefighters to help out.

About 90 percent of firefighters in Kansas are volunteers or mostly volunteers according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Several states across the country face that same high percentage but in Kansas, one fire chief says volunteers here are facing more strain as we see more grass fires.

A drought and dried vegetation from the previous growing season are fueling grass fires across the state.

A spokesperson with the Kansas Forest Service says this is a drought pattern that’s been moving in over the last 30 years because of changing weather patterns.

Cowley County Fire Chief Randy Hoffman says there’s been fewer volunteer firefighters throughout the years, which creates a strain on both the firemen and resources.

“The biggest problem with any volunteer fire department in any state in the United States is lack of volunteers anymore. We just almost have to beg people to volunteer,” says Hoffman.

Hoffman says now many of the volunteers he has have to train to fight fires hours are away and have to work their normal jobs.

“You go fight fires for 12 hours in another county and then you come back and hopefully sleep for another couple of hours and then go back to work at your regular job and keep on going.”

Hoffman also says a lot of the Cowley County volunteer firefighters save vacation time at their full time jobs leading up to fire season, just so the volunteer stations are staffed on high fire danger days.

 

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One person dead after house fire near Lake Shawnee

KSNT – April 16, 2018

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One person is dead after a house fire broke out early Saturday morning near Lake Shawnee, according to Shawnee Heights Fire District Chief Rick Deibert.

First reports of the fire came in around 5:23 a.m. and crews were still battling flames up until 10:00 a.m.

This happened at 3404 SE Peck near Lake Shawnee, according to officials.

Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire. The house appears to be a total loss.

Multiple area agencies reported to the fire including the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

 

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Press Release: City of Hays Firefighter Training

April 13, 2018

This training tests the ability of the five on-duty firefighters to quickly place large fire streams at work to control a building fire or keep such a fire from spreading to other buildings.

The City of Hays Fire Department policy is to conserve water as practical while maintaining the capabilities to respond to emergencies. By conducting this training in the park, the water is also being used to help maintain the grass and other landscaping.

 

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Job Opening – Firefighter Pending Paramedic or Firefighter Paramedic – KCK Fire Dept

FULL Firefighter MICT-P MICT Posting 03.28.2018  

 

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Man dead after early morning rollover near Meriden

By AJ Dome
WIBW – April 13, 2018

Jefferson County authorities say a man is dead after a crash near Meriden early Thursday morning.

The Sheriff’s Office there says they received word of a rollover around 1:45 a.m. at the intersection of NE 82nd St. and Sherman Rd.

Authorities say Gary D. Kirkwood, 69, of Topeka lost control and struck a pole, sending his 2007 GMC Grand Canyon Pickup into the ditch.

Kirkwood was pronounced dead at the scene. No other people or vehicles were involved.

13 NEWS has confirmed that Kirkwood was headed to an Honor Flight trip set to depart for Washington D.C. later in the morning.

 

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Kansas man dies in motorcycle crash

Hays Post – April 13, 2018

A Kansas man died in an accident just before 4p.m. Thursday in Johnson County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2016 Harley Davidson driven by Donald Attebery, 59, Shawnee, was northbound on Interstate 435.

The driver lost control of the motorcycle as he took the exit for eastbound Shawnee Mission Parkway and left the road.

Attebery was pronounced dead at the scene and transported to Frontier Forensics.

 

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Firefighters respond to basement fire in south Wichita

KSN – April 13, 2018

Fire crews responded to a house fire in south Wichita Thursday.

The fire was reported a little after 5:00 p.m. in the 1700 block of S. Market. When crews arrived they found heavy smoke showing.

WFD Battalion Chief Tom Carney said crews did a great job getting inside the home and containing the fire to the basement.

One occupant was in the home and was able to evacuate safely.

Due to high winds, the firefighters used extreme caution when it came to ventilating the home.

“Normally we try to open up and ventilate when we can, and with the winds the way they are today we are very cautious of when and where we do that,” explained Battalion Chief Carney.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

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High Winds Drive Wildfires in Seward County

By Joe Denoyer
KSCB – April 13, 2018

At about 2:30pm on Thursday afternoon, Seward County Fire Rescue was dispatched to a grass fire on Road 16 and Road G. Mutual Aid was immediately requested from Josh Dixon, Liberal City Fire, Haskell, Stevens, Grant, Turpin, Texas Co. Kansas Forest Service, KDEM, Kansas ANG, Seward County Sheriff’s office, Kansas Fire Marshal And the State of Kansas Southwest Taskforce due to weather conditions.

The fire was a rapid spread fire burning North and then Northeast. The fire was contained around 6:30pm to approximately 2725 acres. Units continue to work and monitor the scene. Seward County asks that all residents be firewise the next few days, as the weather conditions will favor out of control wildfires.

They want to thank all the local farmers who provided major help containing this fire with tractors and discs, and those that helped with supplying water.

 

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Derek Scott Messner

Derek Scott Messner, 44, of Coffeyville passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018 from injuries received in an automobile accident west of Coffeyville.

He was born on June 14, 1973 at Caney, Kansas to Dwayne and Sonya (Fitchl) Messner. Derek grew up in the Caney area attending Lincoln Memorial Elementary School, Caney Valley Junior High, and graduated from Caney Valley High School in 1991. Following high school he attended Independence Community College and Kansas State University, receiving a Bachelor Degree from Pittsburg State University and a Bachelor Degree from Emporia State University.

On July 20, 2002 he married Courtnee Welton in Jamaica. Following their marriage they made their home in Coffeyville. They were later divorced.

Derek joined the Coffeyville Fire Department where he served the citizens of Coffeyville over 15 years attaining the rank of Lieutenant.

Derek attended Tyro Christian Church in Tyro, Kansas, he enjoyed hunting, target shooting, collecting guns, car restoration especially muscle cars, and sports especially when his son was playing. But most of all he loved spending time with his family and brother firefighters.

Survivors include his son, Ty Messner of Independence; his mother Sonya Hall and husband, Rick of Havana, Kansas; his father Dwayne Messner and Carlotta Gordon of Caney, Kansas; two brothers, Dustin Messner of Goodman, Missouri, and Matthew Messner and wife, Lyndsee of Copan, Oklahoma; three step-sisters, Tarrah Foulk and husband, Jay of Bronaugh, MO, Hailey Hall of Bartlesville, OK, and Rainey Hall of Owasso, OK; step-brother, Brian Gordon; three nephews, Gavin Messner, Braydon Messner and Eli Messner; and one niece, Maysa Messner; two step-nieces, Maurissa Foulk, and Jillian Foulk; two step-nephews, Henry Foulk and Emmett Foulk, step-grandmother Kay Dunham and his most special friend, Olivia Gysel.

A Memorial Service celebrating Derek’s life will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2018 at the Tyro Christian Church with Evangelist Nathan Boldt officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Lutheran Cemetery southwest of Tyro, Kansas. Derek will have a full firefighters funeral with honor guard.

The family will greet friends on Friday from 1:00 p.m. to service time at the church.

Memorials are suggested to a fund being established to benefit his son, Ty Messner’s education; contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.

 

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Cloud Co. Community College holds explosion drill

By Ann Olamiju
WIBW – April 12, 2018

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Cloud County Community College had a mass casualty situation on its hands Wednesday, but it was only a drill.

Faculty, students and the Junction City Fire Dept. came together to make the practice exercise as realistic as possible. They used a smoke machine to simulate an explosion and firefighters responded in full gear.

Students dressed as injured victims in the scenario, wearing fake blood and bandages.

School staff members said they treat the drill very seriously and respond exactly how they would in a real life.

Junction City Fire Chief Terry Johnson said the drill gave his firefighters additional training.

“We used an explosion in the kitchen area and so we had fire units, EMS unit, and the police department and sheriffs department come out so its been a full joint effort,” Johnson said.

Student Krissy Still said she always felt safe on campus but the drill gave her more confidence in the staff.

“It showed me that the instructors and staff of Cloud Community College – they were prepared for this and they knew what to do in situations like this,” Still said.

School staff say the drill was a success.

 

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Governor issues disaster declaration for Kansas wildfire danger

KAKE – April 11, 2018

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Governor Jeff Colyer issued a disaster declaration for the state of Kansas due to the high potential for wildfires.

The declaration announced Wednesday allows state agencies to preposition firefighting assets and personnel in case fires develop. Extreme grassland fire danger is forecast across much of the state through Friday and perhaps into Saturday due to warmer temperatures, low relative humidity, and strong winds.

The state adjutant general’s office said in a news release that Kansas National Guard Black Hawk helicopters and crews are on standby.

Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas facing tornado and wildfire threats

A Red Flag warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for numerous areas of the state. Any fires that start will have extreme fire behavior and the potential to spread rapidly, the release said.

Sedgwick County firefighters on Wednesday battles several grass fires near Andale High School. Capt. Kevin Nelson said a passing train set off spot fires along the tracks.

Andale High School did not have to evacuate and kept its students inside because of the heavy smoke. Andale Assistant Superintendent said, “the remainder of today and tomorrow and Friday are going to be even worse. So we are just going to have to be on high alert and have our maintenance crew run the sprinklers 24/7 to make sure everything is wet.

 

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Job Opening – Fire Chief – Soldier Township Fire Department

Job Opening for the Position of
Soldier Township Fire Chief
Soldier Township Fire Department
600 NW 46th St. Topeka, KS 66617
785-286-2123 FAX 785-286-2121

 

Classification​
Exempt

Salary Range
Negotiable based on experience and qualifications

Reports to
Soldier Township Administrator and Board of Directors

Date
Applications will be accepted through May 7, 2018

JOB DESCRIPTION

Summary/Objective
The fire chief performs a variety of technical, administrative and supervisory work in planning, organizing, directing and implementing fire prevention, suppression and emergency medical services to prevent or minimize the loss of life and property by fire and emergency medical conditions.  This individual will direct activities of the fire department by performing the following duties and functions either directly or through subordinate supervisors.

Essential Functions

  1. Plans, coordinates, supervises and evaluates fire and EMS operations.
  2. Establishes policies and procedures for the fire department to implement directives from the Township Administrator and the Township Board of Directors.
  3. Plans and implements fire and EMS programs for the township to better carry out the policies and goals, including those set forth in the township’s affirmative action plan; reviews departmental performance and effectiveness; formulates programs or policies to alleviate deficiencies.
  4. Supervises and coordinates the preparation of the annual budget for the fire department in conjunction with the township administrator and board members; dictates the implementation of the departments’ budget; plans for and reviews specifications for new or replaced equipment.
  5. Responds to alarms and may direct activities at the scene of emergencies, as required.
  6. Supervises the inspection of buildings and other properties for fire hazards and enforces fire prevention ordinances. Responsible for providing approvals for new buildings, sub-divisions and occupancy reports.
  7. Supervises the operation of departmental in-service training activities.
  8. Controls the expenditure of departmental appropriations.
  9. Handles grievances, maintains departmental discipline, conduct and general behavior of assigned personnel.
  10. Prepares and submits monthly reports to the Township board members regarding the department’s activities and prepares a variety of other reports as appropriate, including the annual report of activities.
  11. Plans departmental operations with respect to equipment, apparatus and personnel; supervises the implementation of such plans.
  12. Assigns personnel and equipment to such duties and uses as the service requires; evaluates the need for, and recommends the purchase of, new equipment and supplies.
  13. Meets with the public, answers phone calls and responds to emails in order to address concerns or issues that may be related to the Fire Department.
  14. Meets with elected or appointed officials, other fire/EMS officials, community and business representatives, and the public on all aspects of the department’s activities.
  15. Provides public education to patrons of the township and other individuals as needed.  This includes both medical (CPR, etc.) as well as other public information.  Responsible for acquiring, managing and distributing public education materials and other information.
  1. Responds to requests from other departments, agencies and businesses in order to provide relevant information to include but not limited to insurance reports, fire reports, law enforcement requests, requests for information from the State Fire Marshall, State and Local Departments of Emergency Management as well as any other requests from public and governmental entities.
  1. Attends conferences and meetings to keep abreast of current trends in the field.
  2. Represents the Township Fire Department in a variety of local, county, state and other meetings.
  3. Performs the duties of command personnel as needed and fulfills obligations during duty days or duty weeks.
  4. Serves as a member of various employee committees.

 

Required Competencies

  1. Ethical Conduct.
  2. Stress Management/Composure.
  3. Problem Solving/Analysis.
  4. Communication Proficiency.
  5. Strategic Thinking.
  6. Teamwork Orientation.
  7. Diversity and Inclusion.
  8. Technical Capacity.

Supervisory Responsibility

Manages three subordinate Battalion Chiefs who supervise a total of 40 firefighters within the Fire Department.  Exercises supervision over fire department personnel.  This individual is responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of the fire department.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s polices and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Work Environment

This job primarily operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat and vibration and risk of electrical shock. The individual may be exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials during the course of duties.  The employee may occasionally work near moving mechanical parts and in high precarious places.

Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from the public, regulatory agencies or member of the business community.  Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed formats and standards.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups and/or boards of directors.

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference and volume.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw conclusions.  Ability to interpret an extensive variety or technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variations.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; talk; hear; stand; walk; use hands and fingers to feel, handle, or operate objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, taste and smell.

The employee must frequently lift or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move over 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This position regularly requires long hours and frequent weekend work.

Travel

Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area travel and overnight trips may be expected.

 

Required Education and Experience

  1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in fire science, public administration, business administration/management or a closely related field. High school graduation and a minimum of 60 semester hours of credits earned in an accredited university, college or technical school in business administration, fire science or a related field may be substituted when combined with at least five years of full-time administrative experience in an upper-level position in a public safety agency.
  2. Successful completion of Kansas Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter I & II courses. Must possess Kansas EMT and Firefighter I and II certification.
  3. Five years of satisfactory performance in a supervisory role involving fire-fighting and administration in a fire department.
  4. Thorough knowledge of modern fire suppression and prevention and emergency medical service principles, procedures, techniques and equipment.
  5. Working knowledge of first aid and resuscitation techniques and their application as demonstrated through state EMT certification.
  6. Considerable knowledge of applicable laws, ordinances, departmental standard operating procedures and regulations.
  7. Must successfully pass a medical exam after job offer.
  8. Must pass an annual physical fitness assessment.
  9. Meet requirements of Fire Apparatus Driver Operator and Fire Officer I within one year of employment.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

Valid Kansas Class B or above driver’s license.

Must be able to pass background check and NFPA 1582 physical examination to perform duties.

Benefits include health care, KPERS, disability insurance, vacation and sick leave.  Please submit completed application and resume to the by close of May 7, 2018.

STFD is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon the applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin (Public Law 88-352, July 2, 1964, 78 Stat. 253, 42 U.S.C Sec. 2000e et. Seq.).

Application packets are available at:

Soldier Township Fire Department
600 NW 46th St.
Topeka, KS 66617
Or by emailing: STFDadmin@soldiertownship.org

 

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Man dies after crashing motorcycle into forklift loader in west Wichita

KAKE – April 11, 2018

Police say a man has died after he crashed his motorcycle into a forklift loader in west Wichita.

The accident happened at around 8 a.m. Wednesday in the 4500 block of West Irving, near Kellogg and I-235. Sgt. Bill Stevens with the Wichita Police Department said the motorcycle rider attempted to pass the loader and collided with the forks on the loader.

The 45-year-old man on the motorcycle was taken to an area hospital where he later died. His name was not released.

The crash is under investigation. The man’s death is Wichita’s 8th vehicle fatality of 2018.

 

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Sparks from a cutting torch ignited a grass fire that burned dozens of acres

By Gale Rose
Pratt Tribune – April 11, 2018

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Dozens of acres of grass burned April 10 after sparks from a cutting torch ignited grass north of NE 10th Street and east of K-61. Adam Clark said he was cutting a metal post for a fence for Rocky Patterson when a spark ignited the grass.

Clark said he called 911 but the wind pushed the fire north to a small row of cedar trees on the south side of a residence. Clark went to house to alert the residents but no one was at home.

Township 12 firefighters were quickly on site and got the lawn fire stopped just a few feet south of the residence. But the wind pushed the fire north through tall grass. Several Township 12 and Emergency services as well as a unit from Iuka fought the fire that burned dozens of acres of grass.

Firefighters had the fire knocked down and most of the hot spots out in about an hour. There was no damage to the house but a lot of grass and trees were burned. No one was injured in the fire.

 

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Responders prepare for downtown emergency

By Jason E. Silvers
Fort Scott Tribune – April 11, 2018

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Several emergency responders, city and county officials and representatives of other groups assembled Tuesday to discuss a plan for an event similar to a devastating March 2005 fire in downtown Fort Scott.

Bourbon County Emergency Manager William Wallis wrote and coordinated the mock tabletop exercise, which took place inside the Emergency Operations Center at the Bourbon County Courthouse.

Participants included representatives of the city and county, Mercy EMS, Fort Scott fire and police departments, rural fire departments, the county dispatch center, Bourbon County Public Health, the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office, the Bourbon County Emergency Management office, and the Community Emergency Response Team.

During the exercise, participants discussed a mock scenario involving a downtown fire in the 100 block of South Main Street in October. The group talked as various modules were presented focusing on different aspects of the scenario, then broke off into separate groups to answer questions that were discussed in forming a plan.

Topics in the discussion include the use of water to combat the fire, roadblocks set up at the scene, and potential weather conditions such as wind direction and speed. Backup resources and chain of command were other topics.

 

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Fire crews fight grass fire in northwest Ellis County

By Cristina Janney
Hays Post – April 11, 2018

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Area fire crews are on the scene of a large grass fire in the northwest section of Ellis County as of about 3:45 p.m., the fire was in the area of St. John/St. Andrew Road and 170th Road.

It is unknown at this time if any structures have been affected.

Area residents are asked to stay clear of the area at this time.

The fire was being fanned by wind gusts of 24 miles per hour. Dry conditions persist in the area. Hays has received only 1.41 inches of moisture since January.

UPDATE 7:18 a.m. – Fire crews remain on scene Wednesday morning monitoring flare ups after a large grass fire in northwest Ellis County.

According to Ellis County Director of Fire and Emergency Management Darin Myers, the fire started near construction equipment crews working near 150th Avenue and Severin Road.

The quickly became out of control and traveled about 4.5 miles to the east where fire crews finally got it stopped at Yocemento Avenue. Crews battled rough terrain and limited roads in the area as well as high winds and very dry grass.

Crews from Ness, Trego, Graham, Rooks and Russell counties, along with the Hays Fire Department, provided mutual aid. The Red Cross, Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Public Works and EMS also assisted.

They also received local support from farm implements and businesses hauling water.

Myers said one firefighter was injured and taken to Hays Medical Center for evaluation. He has since been released.

The majority of the fire crews were released around 3 a.m.

Myers said Ellis County crews will most likely return throughout the next several days to clean up hot spots.

 

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More than 500 people come out for HFD’s Pancake Feed

By Joey May
Hiawatha World – April 10, 2018


Members of the Hiawatha Fire Department include front (l-r), Andy Trent, Joe Nigus, Gene Atlant, Nicholas Barber, Dillon Killoren and Paul Shaefer; back, Nic Siebenmorgen, Ryan Shockley, Caleb Hill, Cory Lay, Gary Shear, Bill Roland, John Merchant Jr., Abigail and Jordanne Shockley.
Photo by Sarah Roland

The Hiawatha Annual Pancake Feed was held April 8 at the Fire Station. Volunteer members of the Department served over 500 people and the feed was a huge success.

The money raised will be used to purchase equipment for the Department. The Hiawatha Fire Department appreciates the community and surrounding communities support and hope to grow the feed even bigger next year.

The Fire Department would like to thank everyone who donated.

 

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Car fire under investigation

Leavenworth Times – April 10, 2018

A car fire that was reported over the weekend remains under investigation, a Fire Department official said.

The passenger car fire was reported at 4:36 p.m. Sunday in the area of 14th and Cherokee streets.

“No occupants were in the vehicle when we extinguished the fire,” said Mark DeMaranville, division chief of prevention for the Leavenworth Fire Department.

The fire resulted in an estimated $3,000 loss.

 

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