KSFFA Regional School Requests for 2020

KSFFA Regional Fire School requests are now being accepted until July 31, 2019. 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.

School Request Application Form

 

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KSFFA Regional Fire School – Clearwater – May 2019

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by Clearwater Fire Department
May 18-19, 2019
Location: Clearwater High School, 1201 E. Ross, Clearwater

Saturday – All Day – All 8-hour classes

  1. Search and Rescue
  2. Engine Company Ops for Small Departments
  3. Pump Operations
  4. Vehicle Extrication

Sunday – Morning – 8 a.m.

  1. Reading Smoke
  2. Lessons Learned
  3. Fire Cause and Determination

Sunday – NOON

  1. KSFFA Burn Trailer

 

  • These courses are offered at no charge.
  • These schools are open to all firefighters/EMS
  • The KSFFA furnishes medical insurance for all participants.
  • The KSFFA is not responsible for lost or damaged clothing or equipment.
  • If you desire to have Firefighter One or Two testing, this must be pre-registered through Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute.
  • The KSFFA offers fit testing with its porta-count machine at all regional fire school.

 

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Firefighter Memorabilia & Surplus Gear Benefit Auction

October 19th – 10:00 a.m.
Kickapoo Township Fire Department

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Larry Ray Smart

Larry Ray Smart Larry Ray Smart, 68, Burlingame, Kansas died peacefully September 7, 2019, surrounded by his beloved family.

Larry was born June 10, 1951 in Topeka, the son of Faye Byron Smart and Irene Louie Salsbury Smart. He spent the first few years of his life in Carbondale before the family moved to Osage City. While attending Osage City High School, Larry worked for his father at the Vickers filling station and doing custom wheat harvest. He graduated from Osage City High School in 1969. After graduation he worked for Benner Williams in Osage and joined the Army Reserves. Larry then worked for nine years at Santa Fe in Topeka. When he left Santa Fe, he started his own construction company and built and remodeled homes. Larry was a gifted, self-taught artist and craftsman and over the years designed and built many beautiful cabinets and furniture pieces, some of which included his own custom stained glass. Later Larry went to work for KNI, working as a maintenance technician, putting to good use all of his building skills and retired in 2017 after 21 years of service. Larry also took over a tax service from a family member and did taxes for the surrounding communities until his death.

Larry was a dedicated member of the Burlingame community. He volunteered on the fire department for 37 years, serving as the assistant chief. Larry also served on the city council and fire board and was president of the cemetery board. Larry would help anyone at a moment’s notice and was a wonderful husband, father, friend and neighbor.

Larry began dating Karen Hotchkiss in 1972 and they were married on August 18, 1973. After they married, they moved to Denver, Colorado but eventually returned to Kansas and settled in Burlingame where they raised their two sons, Christopher and Bryan. Larry was a devoted father, coaching baseball teams, going on Boy Scout camping trips, many wonderful family vacations and attending every single game and event his sons were involved with, often the loudest person in the stands cheering them on or scolding the refs. Larry and Karen were a loving and devoted couple and they enjoyed being together attending Kansas State football games, golfing, going on cruises and car trips and spending time with their family. Larry’s most recent title, Papa, brought him great joy and his grandchildren were the apples of his eye.

Larry was preceded in death by his infant son Larry Ray Smart, Jr. and his parents.

Larry is survived by his wife Karen, sons Christopher and Cathy Smart, Alma, and Bryan and Jessica Smart, Burlingame; grandchildren Lillian, Madison and Kimberlyn Smart and J.R. and J.D. Kirby; siblings Kaye Dayhoff, Osage City, Deanna Collins, Durango, CO, Connie Detwiler, Emporia, and Barry Smart, Emporia, as well as many nieces and nephews, a father in law, and multiple brothers in law and sisters in law, all who loved him dearly.

As per his wishes, Larry was cremated. A memorial service will be held 1:00 P.M. Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Burlingame Federated Church, Burlingame, Kansas. Inurnment will follow in Burlingame Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Friday at the Burlingame Federated Church, where the family will greet friends and relatives from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Burlingame Fire Department and sent in care of Carey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 196, Burlingame, KS 66413.

2019 KSFFA Conference Minutes

Below are the 2019 KSFFA Conference Minutes in pdf format

ksffa 2019 conference minutes

Job Opening – Firefighter/EMT/AEMT/Paramedic – Neodesha Fire Department

Full-time FIREFIGHTER / EMT / AEMT / Paramedic
City of Neodesha Fire / EMS Department
Neodesha, KS

Salary contingent to EMS Certification Level

Applications accepted for an immediate opening

TO APPLY
Submit an Application for Employment with City of Neodesha at
http://neodesha.org/jobs

JOB DESCRIPTION
Responds to fire alarms & other emergency calls to protect life & property by combating, extinguishing & preventing fires; gives care and transport the sick and or injured persons; participates in fire prevention programs, inspection, training activities, maintenance of fire & EMS apparatus & equipment & stations.

EDUCATION
High school diploma or G.E.D. Certification

REQUIREMENTS
* National Registry or Kansas EMT/AEMT/Paramedic certification & maintain certification
* Firefighter 1 with Hazmat Operations certifications in the State of Kansas or equivalent International Fire Service Training Association with International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or Pro Board Certification preferred
* Must be eighteen (18) years of age at time of appointment
* Must live within 15-minute response time
* Must possess a valid Kansas Class B driver’s license, or obtain within (1) one year of appointment
* Must pass the City of Neodesha’s pre-employment requirements relative to background check, pre-employment physical, & drug screening prior to final job offer

PROPOSED START DATE: Immediate

Submit an Application for Employment with City of Neodesha at http://neodesha.org/jobs

CONTACT
For more information, please contact:
Neodesha Fire Department
112 S 4th St, Neodesha, KS 66757
(620) 325-2642
dbanzet@neodeshaks.org

VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AT:
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Roger Timothy Hayworth

Roger Timothy Hayworth, 51, of Lincoln, KS, passed away Friday, August 30, 2019, in Lincoln. He was born January 8, 1968, in Clay Center, to Gerald (Jerry) Merle and Donna Jean (Lee) Hayworth.

Left to celebrate his life include: his wife, Kae Marie (Ray) Hayworth, of the home; daughters, Tori (Brian) O’Toole, Tia Hayworth, and Tana Hayworth, all of Lincoln, KS; brothers, Rick Hayworth, of Mayfield, KY, Randy Hayworth, of Joshua, TX, Rodney Hayworth, of Junction City, KS; sister, Kelly (Mike) Holte, of Clay Center, KS.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Gerry Jean Jensen.

Visitation: 1-8:00 P.M. Friday, September 6, 2019, at Hall Chapel, Lincoln, KS, with family receiving friends 5-8:00 P.M.

Service: 10:00 A.M. Saturday, September 7, 2019, at Lincoln Elementary School, Lincoln, KS, with interment following in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lincoln Fire Boys or Pheasants Forever Chapter 635, in care of Hall Funeral Home, 111 E. Elm, Lincoln, KS, 67455.

150th Celebration – Abilene Fire Department

The Abilene Fire Department is celebrating its 150th anniversary on Saturday, October 12, 2019. To
commemorate this special anniversary, we are hosting a celebration including a Fire Truck parade, Bell
Ceremony honoring past firefighters, open house and Safety Trailers for the kids and community
members.
In order to make this a five-star parade, we are requesting your help by bringing fire apparatus to show
off in the parade. This type of parade doesn’t happen very often, so we anticipate a large attendance.
The purpose of the parade is to showcase our equipment and the brotherhood we have with other
departments. Whether we work with you daily or not, we are all united by this brotherhood.
Please contact me by October 1, 2019 to reserve your spot. If you cannot participate in the parade, we
invite you to attend and show your support.
Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to your participation!

Kirk Gable
Abilene Fire Department
Ph: (785) 263-1121
Email: kirk@abilenecityhall.com

 

Donation or sale of MSA bottles

We use 4500 psi composite and we will accept bottles out of hydro date, as we will pay for certification testing.

Thank you

Ed Morrison
SMSD
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Executive Skills Series

Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute and the National Fire Academy are working together to advance the professional status of fire and emergency services personnel. Newton Fire Department is hosting the following education program to support fire departments and emergency services organizations in preparing for, preventing and responding to fires and other hazards. 

Executive Skills Series: Exercising Leadership Within Communities 

Newton Fire and EMS Dept Stat 2

200 E 3rd

Newton, KS 67114

November 18 & 19, 2019

Click here to register for ELWC Newton

The purpose of this two-day course is to provide fire service authority figures with knowledge and skills, enabling them to exercise leadership when confronting adaptive challenges presented by increasingly diverse internal and external communities. The goal of the course is for participants to use the diversity of ideas, peoples and cultures as resources in exercising leadership to address adaptive challenges in their communities.

Leadership in Supervision training

 

 

Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute and the National Fire Academy are working together to advance the professional status of fire and emergency services personnel. Hays Fire Department is hosting the following education program to support fire departments and emergency services organizations in preparing for, preventing and responding to fires and other hazards.

 

Leadership in Supervision: Creating Environments for Professional Growth

Ellis Co Emergency Services Bldg

1105 E 22nd

Hays, KS 67601

September 12 & 13

 

This two-day course presents the supervisory with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the fire service environment. The course includes concepts related to a successful transition to supervisory and leadership roles, including concepts of adaptive leadership; change management; active followership; effective communication, including difficult conversations and advocacy-inquiry based dialogue; ethics; authority; power; decision-making; and active engagement through development of a personal plan.

 

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Job Opening – Firefighter/EMT Paramedic Trainee – Wellington Fire Department

The Wellington Fire & EMS Department is accepting applications for individuals who are presently in paramedic class or who are interested in taking the paramedic class.   Applicants must be currently certified as a Kansas EMT.  The selected candidate if not in paramedic class will be required to start paramedic class six months after hire.  Paramedic scholarship of $5,000 with a two year commitment to the department is available for paramedic class and department will allow time off for attendance. Applicants must be an IFSAC or Pro Board certified Firefighter I or the ability to obtain that certification within 16 months.  Interviews and physical ability test will be scheduled shortly after the application deadline.  Starting base salary for a Firefighter/EMT is $34,824, Firefighter/Paramedic is $42,041.  Six month raise based on evaluation and a 2.5% salary increase is budgeted for the year 2020.   There is FLSA and call in overtime available.

Wellington Fire & EMS employs 20 full time personnel.  The department responds on an average to 2000 EMS calls and 1300 fire calls annually.  Staff work 24 hour shifts and must reside within 20 miles of the fire station within 6 months.

The City of Wellington offers KP& F retirement, 10 paid holidays, vacation, Christmas savings plan, sick time incentive, and health/dental insurance.

Apply and review the City of Wellington Firefighter/EMT requirements at hrepartners.com   Application deadline is September 3, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

Contact Tim Hay at 620 326-7443 with any questions concerning this position.

Leadership in Supervision

Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute and the National Fire Academy are working together to advance the professional status of fire and emergency services personnel. Lenexa Fire Department is hosting the following education program to support fire departments and emergency services organizations in preparing for, preventing and responding to fires and other hazards.

 

Leadership in Supervision: Frameworks to Success

Lenexa Fire Dept Stat 3

24000 Prairie Star Prkwy

Lenexa, KS 66227

October 17 & 18

Click here for FTC Lenexa

 

This two-day course provides the supervisor with the knowledge and skills to perform successfully in the fire and Emergency Medical Services environments. The course addresses professionalism, resilience, emotional intelligence, and situational awareness, as well as managing conflict, delegating mentoring, coaching, empowering, and building collaboration and synergy for professional growth.

 

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Company Officer Academy – Salina

More info – COA 2020-Salina KS

 

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Job Opening – Firefighter/EMT – Salina Fire Department

 

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Job Opening – Firefighter – Atchison Fire Department

The City of Atchison is establishing a candidate eligibility list for the position of Firefighter.  Requirements include, but not limited to:  Must be 18 years of age or older; high school diploma or GED; possess valid driver’s license.  Kansas EMT certification preferred but not necessary to apply.  More information is located on the city’s web site at www.cityofatchison.com under Fire Dept. Recruitment.  Interested individuals should apply at www.hrepartners.com no later than Noon, Friday, August 23, 2019.  Written and physical agility testing will be held beginning at 9:00 a.m. August 30th at the Atchison Fire Dept., 218 N. 6th Street, Atchison.  Failure to appear on testing date will result in disqualification.  EOE/AA

 

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Job Opening – Paramedic Trainee – KCK Fire Department

Applications and instructions to applicants may be obtained in the Human Resources Department of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, 701 North 7th Street, Rm. 646, Kansas City, Kansas between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applicants must be a US citizen; possess and maintain a valid unrestricted Kansas driver’s license; good moral character; vision with at least 20/100 correctable to 20/30; at least 19 years of age. Must have completed High School or GED by the anticipated date of hire. Applicants must be an Emergency Medical Technician through the State of Kansas or a National Registered Emergency Medical Technician. Candidates must be willing to move into Wyandotte County within twelve months of Employment. The Unified Government reserves the right to require additional information if necessary, to prove residency within Wyandotte County.
The Paramedic Trainee will enter an accredited Paramedic Training Program or be currently enrolled in an Accredited Paramedic Program so that they may meet the minimum requirements necessary in order to enter the Fire Academy as a Recruit Firefighter when practical and feasible. The paramedic courses will be reimbursed up to $5,000 paid for after receiving a Paramedic Certification and be paid at the end of the first year working as a Firefighter/Paramedic. The Paramedic Trainee must pass the class with a minimum score of a 75 percent average, and/or meet the accredited institution criteria for State testing. Upon completion, the Paramedic Trainee will then be required to test for NREMT-P or Kansas State Paramedic certification as prescribed by the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department. The Paramedic Trainee will be allowed 3 retests for the written state test and 3 retests for the practical portion of the state certification testing. Failure to successfully pass the NREMT-P or Kansas State Paramedic certification with the requisite minimum grade, and/or failure to pass the Paramedic certification testing within the prescribed parameters will result in immediate termination. Additional career enhancement activities may take place if time is afforded according to the scheduled timeframe for Training Division and the occurrence of an applicable Fire Department Recruit Academy. Candidates may be required to participate in a Firefighter I & Firefighter II program and achieve certification and must pass the class with a minimum score of a 2.0 grade point average and meet the KCKCC criteria for State testing. The Firefighter Trainee must comply with all KCKFD policy parameters including code of conduct, grooming standards and scheduled activities and assignments in order to remain in the Paramedic Trainee program. The approximate starting salary is $2341.73 per month.

For more information – COMPLETE Paramedic Trainee Posting- FINAL 7.24.2019

Job Opening – Firefighter/Paramedic – Wellington Fire Department

The Wellington Fire & EMS Department is accepting applications for Firefighter/Paramedic. Applicants must be currently certified as a Paramedic or will complete Paramedic class in 2019. Applicants must be a certified Firefighter I or the ability to obtain that certification within 12 months. Applicants must attend a physical ability test or a current CPAT will be accepted. Interviews and physical ability test will be scheduled shortly after the application deadline. Starting annual salary for a paramedic is $42,041 this does not include FLSA overtime. Salary step increase after 6 months and the cities 2020 budget includes a 2.5% cost of living increase.
Wellington Fire & EMS employs 18 full time personnel, and two administrative staff. The department responds on an average to 2000 EMS calls and 1300 fire calls annually. Staff work 24 hour shifts and must reside within 20 miles of the fire station within 6 months.
The City of Wellington offers KP& F retirement, 10 paid holidays, vacation, Christmas savings plan, sick time incentive, health insurance and opportunities for overtime.
Apply and review the City of Wellington Firefighter/Paramedic position requirements, at hrepartners.com Application deadline is August 19th, 2019 at 5:00 PM.
Contact Tim Hay at 620 326-7443 with any questions concerning this position.

2020 KFRSG grant application period is now open

Our office sent out a press release yesterday announcing this year’s Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant (KFRSG) application period is now open. You can find the information and forms at www.firemarshal.ks.gov/KFRSG. I apologize for the month delay in announcing the grant, but our office has reached a critical stage in our budget and funding. We were not sure we would have the $400,000 available to fund the grant for this fiscal year.

Our office is completely fee funded and we receive no State General Funds. Over the last 5 years our fees have been swept by the State for a little over $10 million. The sweep of $1 million last fiscal year has put our agency in the position of being in a negative budget position by the end of this fiscal year. I visited with staff, and we identified some other line items that we could possibly reduce in our spending to make sure we had the funds for the Grant.

I also consulted with the Governor and her staff and received her full support and recommendation that our office move forward with the KFRSG grant program, even though funding for our office was very tight, not only for this fiscal year, but for future years as well.

I just wanted to explain the delay in opening the grant application period and to make you aware of the funding issue we are experiencing. I would also ask for your support in the upcoming Legislative session, as our office tries to address our current funding shortfall, and by doing so, hopefully continue the KFRSG grant in support of the state fire service.

Doug Jorgensen

Lexipol Educational Content & Upcoming Webinars

Using Fire Department Operational Data to Demonstrate Community Value is the first in a three-part series on the fire department operational data necessary to know and understand your community and your local fire department.

What actions are fire departments taking prior to a critical incident or after the Critical Incident Stress Management team leaves? Firefighter Peer Support: The Missing Piece of the Mental Health Puzzle explores where firefighter peer support enters the equation.

And, in case you missed it, Crisis in the Streets: Fire Department Response to Homeless Individuals is now available on-demand. This free webinar explores how two urban fire departments have evolved their deployment systems and programs to address challenges and worked to improve safety for both firefighters and unhoused individuals.

Donald J. Harper Sr.

Donald James Harper Sr. of Paola, KS died Tuesday, July 30, 2019 after a long and hard fought battle with the only enemy he ever had, cancer. Don was born September 16, 1934, to William H Harper Jr. and Loretta J. Harper (Ziegelmayer) in Kansas City, KS. On December 30, 1980 he married the love of his life Carol M Dahn. Don was our family hero; our own personal John Wayne. He was the tall oak in the forest of our lives and we are all grateful to have lived under his protective shadow for more than 84 years. It is hard to review a life and put it into a few paragraphs. While his smile and gentle spirit will not grace our lives anymore, our remembrance of him always will. After a long lived family-driven and love-blessed life, our hero has taken a well deserved rest. We will all miss him dearly, but know that heaven is a much safer place now because of him. His spirit never diminished and he leaves with no regrets. He was a rare combination of a man who had a love of life and a firm understanding of what was important in life. He joined the Army at 17 (after trying to get in at 16) during the Korean War. He served for 3 years. He was in the 7th Infantry unit and was on the second wave at the infamous Battle of Pork Chop Hill. Upon returning to the states, he continued what would be his life’s work in public service by joining the fire department. He served the community of northeast Johnson County (KS) for 35 years and retired in 1989 as Assistant Fire Chief of Consolidated Fire District #2 of NE Johnson County. In 1995, Carol dragged this city boy to the country kicking and screaming, it didn’t take long for him to settle in and it became impossible to drag his country butt back into the city. He is survived by his wife Carol (Dahn) and trusty sidekicks Cooper, EJ and Ollie, son Donald “Sam” J Harper Jr (Julie) and granddaughter Nicholette Kruger (Bradley) 2 great-grandchildren, Lane and Brayden Kruger, sister Donna Geivette (Earl), sister Sharon Harper, sister Dorothy Harper, sister Gayle Weinand (George), sister Judy Masters (Eldon) and many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless extended friends and fire department family spread across the country. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Patricia Harper, son Kenneth Harper, daughter-in-law Crystal Mallicoat-Harper, sister Carol Harper and brother William H Harper III. The family would like to thank Drs Griffin, Walton and Kaplan and their staff as well as all the many healthcare providers that have so graciously cared for him through the years. A celebration of Don’s life will be at 3:00 P.M. Tuesday August 6th at Abdallah Shrine Temple, 5300 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS. A time for fellowship and telling lies will follow the service from 4:00 – 6:00 P.M. In honor of the way Don lived his life, please dress in something comfortable (and colorful). Bring a story (lies) to share if you feel so inclined. Inurnment will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations to Kansas Palliative & Hospice Care or the Wheel of Fortune Ranch (Haysville, KS). Car201 is 10-42

KSFFA helps train Lyon County firefighters

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The weekend was hot as firefighters from across Lyon County gathered in Emporia to train with the Kansas State Firefighters Association.

Training for the firefighters consisted of classes in the morning including lessons on interior firefighting, farm extrication, search and rescue. Later on, they performed live-fire exercises with one that helped teach the firefighters how to put out a vehicle fire and another on the second day to learn about interior fire evolutions.

President of the KSFFA Kevin Flory states why these exercises are so vital for rural firefighters.

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Emporia Fire Battalion Chief Jesse Taylor explains the benefits of training alongside firefighters from surrounding communities.

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By Lance Moore, KVOE News

Final – KSFFA Regional School Requests for 2020

KSFFA Regional Fire School requests are now being accepted until July 31, 2019. 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.

School Request Application Form

Eligibility List for Position of Deputy Fire Chief/EMS Supervisor

Edwardsville Fire Department is accepting applications to create an eligibility list for the position of:  DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF/EMS SUPERVISOR.

Position is open for applications until August 20th, 2019.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

The Deputy Fire Chief provides leadership and direction, and sets high standards in all aspects of the operations of the Fire Department, an employee in this class is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the operation of the Emergency Medical Service unit within the Fire Department. This position is also responsible for the coordination of Fire Department operations, administration and supervision of all training programs within the Fire Department, and management of all motor vehicle and equipment maintenance. These programs include: emergency response protocols, fire company training sessions, vehicle and equipment maintenance, and other inter-agency trainings.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

The Deputy Chief will work with the Fire Chief establishing priorities, strategies and initiatives for the operation to achieve the goals and objectives set out in the strategic plan. Work includes assisting with preparation and implementation of the annual budget, approval of new equipment and vehicles, investigation of citizens’ complaints and supervision of EMS operations and staff. Considerable independent judgment and initiative are required in planning and directing all activities, policies and procedures of a complex Emergency Medical Service. Considerable tact and courtesy are required in dealing with local, state and federal officials, hospital and medical staff, and the public. Duties are performed under the general direction of the Fire Chief through daily interactions, briefings, reports and the overall effectiveness of the Emergency Medical Service. Completes fire and EMS reports in compliance with State and Federal Reporting Requirements.

As a condition of employment, incumbents shall maintain an Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic licensure during their employment period.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Requires considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of modern fire-based EMS operations and administration. Requires considerable knowledge of specialized practices of EMS functions to which assigned. Requires considerable knowledge of Medical Protocols, ordinances, department rules and regulations and the ability to enforce them tactfully and impartially. Knowledge of attaining the most potential from the employees under the command, by using the skills of good management effectively and fairly.

Requires ability to instruct subordinates in emergency medical techniques and methods and proper techniques in equipment operation. Ability to use this knowledge to assist in making decisions for mitigating emergency situations in the most efficient manner. Ability to lead, direct and supervise personnel effectively; to maintain discipline; to exercise sound judgment and to cooperate with other municipal officers and deal with the general public in a professional manner.

Ability to read, write and understand the English language and to comprehend written and verbal orders so communications will be disseminated to both superior officers and to subordinates accurately. Knowledge of patient care and handling. Knowledge and ability to direct all operations at emergency incidents and supervise the manpower involved, to safely and efficiently bring them to a conclusion.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

The employee must have graduated from a four-year college or university, a master’s degree in public administration, organizational leadership, emergency management or disaster planning is preferred. A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in fire and emergency medical services field, and five (5) years of progressively responsible experience as a Chief level officer or an administrative or supervisory capacity. Endorsement as, or ability to obtain endorsement as an Executive Fire Officer (NFA) from the National Fire Academy. Credentialed as, or ability to obtain Credentials as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO), or Chief Emergency Medical Services Officer (CEMSO) through the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE).

LICENSES AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) certifications of Fire Officer II. State of Kansas Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic certification or Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic. NIMS ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800 and complete Wildland Certifications of S-110, S-130, S-190 within 12 months of being hired. Maintain state-mandated continuing education requirements, including current American Heart Association (AHA) certification in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), or equivalent. Must possess or be eligible for a State of Kansas driver’s license.  Must successfully pass a background investigation with no felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions related to weapons, assault, controlled substances, or theft within the last 10 years.  Position is subject to successful completion of pre-employment drug testing.  Subject to a one-year probationary period. Ability to successfully complete written, physical, and oral exams during probationary period.

STARTING SALARY: Depending on Qualifications.

TO APPLY:  Please submit a Resume, Cover Letter, three professional references, proof of Paramedic Licensure.  A complete job description and other necessary forms are available at City Hall, or on the city web page. Return completed applications to the Fire Chief by mail to: Deputy Fire Chief Selection Attn: City of Edwardsville FD, P.O. Box 13738, Edwardsville, KS 66113

Eligibility List for Position of Fire Medic – Edwardsville Fire Department

Edwardsville Fire Department is accepting applications to create an eligibility list for the position of:  FIRE MEDIC.

Position is open for applications until Filled.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  This position, under minimal supervision, protects life and property by performing firefighting and EMS duties, administering emergency aid, mitigating hazardous materials situations and performing fire prevention duties.  Maintains Fire and EMS apparatus, equipment and facilities.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

This is the entry-level classification in the Firefighter classification series, characterized by the responsibility to provide emergency services in fire suppression, first response medical services, and hazardous materials incidents.  The employee’s assignments, objectives, work methods, and sequence of steps are either specified or explained in general terms.  Work review is integrated into daily assignments.

Work includes, controlling and extinguishing fires using a variety of specialized equipment and techniques, evacuating persons from areas of danger, and performing emergency treatment. Work includes inspecting multi-occupancy and commercial buildings for fire hazards and violations of the Fire Code and instructing the public on the principles of fire preventions. The department also provides advanced life support and field paramedical work responding to emergency calls from the public to perform medical assistance with emphasis on the stabilization of patients to permit safe transport to a full-service medical facility. Contact with the general public, the comforting of patients, the reassuring of family and others in the vicinity, and cooperation with fire and police authorities are of major significance to this work. Duties are performed according to standard paramedical practices and established
drug therapy protocol. Work is performed under the general supervision of a fire officer. Completes fire and EMS reports in compliance with State and Federal Reporting Requirements.

As a condition of employment, incumbents shall maintain an Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic licensure during their employment period.  Depending upon the needs of the Fire Department, incumbents of positions in this classification and meet the standards established by the City of Edwardsville Fire Department may be assigned the specialty of Fire Medic.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Knowledge of firefighting and EMS procedures, practices and techniques.  Knowledge of testing, maintenance, inspection and operation of fire department apparatus, equipment and tools.  Skilled in the use of tools and equipment used in the repair and maintenance of department vehicles and equipment.  Must be a self-starter and have the ability to work independently and follow a job task through from start to finish.  Report writing skills and experience with computers essential.  Must possess good verbal and written communication skills. Must have basic knowledge of portable radio operations and be able to communicate clearly over a radio. Skilled in analyzing fire and emergency situations and providing an effective course of action. Skill in effectively dealing with people under stress.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  High school diploma or equivalent required, associate’s degree or higher preferred.  Current National Registry Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic, or State of Kansas Paramedic license, with one year of experience with an Advanced Life Support treatment and transport service. Certification and experience as a firefighter is preferred.

Maintain state-mandated continuing education requirements, including current American Heart Association (AHA) certification in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), or equivalent.

LICENSES AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) certifications of Firefighter I, Firefighter II and ADO-Pumper through the Kansas Fire Service Certification System are requirements for this position. The obtainment of Firefighter I will be waived for one (1) year from hire date. The obtainment of Firefighter II and ADO-Pumper certifications will be waived for three (3) years from hire date. State of Kansas Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic certification or Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic. NIMS ICS 100, 200, 700, 800 and complete Wildland Certifications of S-110, S-130, S-190 within 12 months of being hired. Must possess or be eligible for a State of Kansas driver’s license.  Must successfully pass a background investigation with no felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions related to weapons, assault, controlled substances, or theft within the last 10 years.  Position is subject to successful completion of pre-employment drug testing.  Subject to a one-year probationary period. Ability to successfully complete written, physical, and oral exams during probationary period.

STARTING SALARY: $ 38,864.00, not including educational incentives.

TO APPLY:  Please submit a Resume, Cover Letter, three professional references, proof of Paramedic Licensure.  A complete job description and other necessary forms are available at City Hall, or on the city web page. Return completed applications to the Fire Chief by mail to: Fire Medic Selection Attn: City of Edwardsville FD, P.O. Box 13738, Edwardsville, KS 66113

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KSFFA Regional Fire School – Emporia – August

KSFFA Regional Fire School
hosted by Emporia Fire Department
August 3-4, 2019
Location: Flint Hills Technical College

Saturday Morning – 8:00 a.m.

  1. KSFFA Skills Trailer – 8 hours
  2. Rural Water Supply – 8 hours
  3. Farm Extrication – 12 hours
  4. Wildland – 8 hours
  5. Car Fires – 4 hours

Saturday Afternoon – 1:00 p.m.

  1. KSFFA Skills Trailer, cont.
  2. Rural Water Supply, cont.
  3. Farm Extrication, cont.
  4. Wildland, cont.
  5. Fire Rehab – 4 hours

Sunday Morning – 8:00 a.m.

  1. Reading Smoke
  2. Lessons Learned
  3. Farm Extrication, cont.
  4. Grain Elevators
  5. Chief Officers

Sunday NOON

  1. KSFFA Burn Trailer
  • These courses are offered at no charge.
  • These schools are open to all firefighters/EMS
  • The KSFFA furnishes medical insurance for all participants.
  • The KSFFA is not responsible for lost or damaged clothing or equipment.
  • If you desire to have Firefighter One or Two testing, this must be pre-registered through Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute.
  • The KSFFA offers fit testing with its porta-count machine at all regional fire school.

 

 

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Firefighter Eligibility Recruitment Announcement – Johnson Co. Fire District #1

Recruitment Announcement -Eligibility List 2019

KSFFA Regional Fire School – Downs – December 2019

KSFFA Regional Fire School
hosted by Downs Fire Department
Location: Lakeside High School, 1306 Morgan Ave, Downs, KS
December 14-15, 2019

 

Saturday Morning

  1. Engine Company Operation for Small Department – 8 hours
  2. Fire Behavior – 4 hours
  3. Chief Officer – 4 hours
  4. Basic Skills – KSFFA Skills Trailer

Saturday Afternoon

  1. Basic Skills – KSFFA Skills Trailer
  2. Engine Company Operation for Small Department, cont.
  3. Reading Smoke
  4. Firefighter Safety and Survival

Sunday Morning

  1. Lessons Learned
  2. Fire Streams and Hose Practices
  3. GPS for Emergencies & USAR Markings
  4. Emergency Vehicle Operations
  5. Grain Elevator Emergencies

Sunday Noon

  1. KSFFA Burn Trailer
  • These courses are offered at no charge.
  • These schools are open to all firefighters/EMS
  • The KSFFA furnishes medical insurance for all participants.
  • The KSFFA is not responsible for lost or damaged clothing or equipment.
  • If you desire to have Firefighter One or Two testing, this must be pre-registered through Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute.
  • The KSFFA offers fit testing with its porta-count machine at all regional fire school.

Contact Info – Chief Kail Schoen chief173.ks@gmail.com or KSFFA NW Trustee Justin Couse justincouse1973@hotmail.com, 785-420-0465

 

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Robert “Bob” Harris

For nearly 50 years, Robert “Bob” Harris was the face of the Paola Fire Department.

Whenever a call came in to the old fire station attached to Paola City Hall, Harris was never far away. In fact, he usually was across the street, working at his business — Bob’s Automotive.

Harris would jump in a vehicle and head to the fire, possibly stopping briefly along the way to pick up a fellow firefighter such as Arlin Prothe or Dennis Hinman.

“The fire department was his life,” Hinman said. “Saturdays and Sundays, he was always on call. He always wanted to be the first one at a fire.”

Even after Harris retired in 2006, the fire department remained a part of his life. While fixing radios and refilling fire extinguishers out of his small shop on Silver Street, Harris would keep a close watch on the department he led for nearly five decades.

“He was still listening to the scanner up to a few days before he got ill,” Hinman said. “He kept a list, and when he heard a number he didn’t recognize, he would call and ask us which firefighter that was. He was always keeping track of the department.”

Members of that department have been in mourning since learning that Harris passed away Wednesday, June 19, at the age of 91.

Current fire chief Andy Martin said Harris’ legacy can be seen all throughout the department.

“He was the turning point of the fire department really getting into training,” Martin said.

Harris also fought in the early 1980s to get the first Hurst Rescue Tool, also known as the Jaws of Life, into the county.

“Hard saying how many dozens of lives he saved with that equipment,” Martin said. “We ran so many of those grinder calls back before the cars were as safe as they are now.”

Harris’ legacy also lives on in the everyday language of the Paola firefighters. To most firefighters across the country, the strategy of getting a hose spraying water onto a fire as quick as possible is known as “resetting” the fire. To Paola firefighters, the practice is called “Bob’n” the fire.

The procedure was affectionately named after the department’s former chief, who practiced it frequently.

“He’d get off a truck, pull a booster line out, stick it in a window and have the fire out before the other guys finished putting their gear on,” Martin said.

During a recent training class in Olathe, Martin said he remembers getting a curious look from the instructor after Martin was asked what he would do in the training scenario.

“Well, I’d ‘Bob’ that fire,” Martin remembers saying.

Harris joined the Paola Fire Department in 1957 and was promoted to chief in 1969. He was already a veteran when he recruited Prothe in 1971, Hinman in 1973 and countless others. He hired Martin in 1992 and eventually passed the torch to him upon retirement in 2006 after 49 years of service.

“He always did a good job,” Prothe said of his longtime chief.

A lot has changed over the years for the department, which has grown from a handful of volunteers to 28 trained firefighters, but Hinman said the department has always taken pride in protecting and serving the local community. That’s something Harris always made sure of.

“I remember he did a great job on the Hadlock Cabinet fire (1983), and we saved the house next door in the middle of a blizzard,” said Hinman, who recently received his 45-year service pin from the city of Paola. “We had a pretty good team.”

Crisis in the Streets – Fire Department Response to Homeless Individuals

Tuesday, July 9, 3 pm ET/12 pm PT
From veterans to migrants, homeless (unhoused) people are found in nearly every community in the United States—even when their presence may not be obvious.

Responding to unhoused individuals living in alternative situations such as encampments, streets or vacant structures poses significant challenges for responders, including fire and life-safety situations, responder safety threats and proliferation of communicable diseases. Such calls also add to an ever-increasing incident volume.

Join Lexipol to learn how two urban fire departments have evolved their deployment systems and programs to address these challenges and worked to improve safety for both firefighters and unhoused individuals.

You’ll learn:

  • Health and safety risks unhoused populations face, from fires in encampments to substance abuse and exposure to communicable diseases
  • Firefighter safety considerations when responding to calls involving unhoused people or encampments
  • Strategies and tactics fire departments have used to successfully mitigate risks to firefighters and improve quality of life for vulnerable populations

Presented by:

Billy Goldfeder
Deputy Chief
Loveland-Symmes (OH)
Fire Department
Alan Long
Division Chief
Anaheim (CA) Fire &
Rescue
Brian Schaeffer
Chief of Department
Spokane (WA) Fire Department

Darrin Lee Briggs

Darrin Lee Briggs, Burlingame, died Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, after an extended illness. He was 53.

He was born Feb. 18, 1966, at Topeka, the son of Dean and Lyla Rae Lieshman Briggs. He lived Scranton, and graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School in 1985. He attended Scranton United Methodist Church until its closure.

He joined Scranton Fire Department and worked as a volunteer firefighter for 30 years. During that time, he also volunteered with Burlingame Fire Department. He always enjoyed being a volunteer firefighter and was ready to go any time he got a call.

He coached little league baseball when his children played and totally enjoyed it. He attended all of his kids sporting events and never missed them. He loved cheering the kids on. He also enjoyed watching sporting events on television with his children.

He married Tina Morgan, Sept, 6, 1991. She survives of the home.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Jimmy Briggs.

Besides his wife, he is survived by three children, Joshua Briggs and fiancé, Bree Coon, Topeka, Crystal Briggs, Burlingame, and Jordan Briggs, Burlingame; twin grandbabies, Hunter Dean Briggs and Carter Andrew Briggs, Burlingame; a nephew, Aaron Briggs and family, Pomona; and a niece, Christina Briggs and family, Lawrence.

A funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday, June 21 at Burlingame Federated Church, Burlingame. Burial will follow at Burlingame Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Carey Funeral Home, where the family will greet friends and relatives 6 to 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made Scranton Fire Department and sent in care of Carey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 196, Burlingame, KS 66413.

Manhattan Fire Department is hiring

 

 

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KSFFA Regional Fire School – Galena – July 2019

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by Galena Fire Department
July 13 – 14, 2019
Location: Galena High School, 702 E 7th St, Galena, KS 66739

 

Saturday – 8 a.m.

  1. Vehicle Extrication (Bunker gear) – 12 hrs.
  2. Rural  Water Supply – 8 hrs.
  3. Engine Company Ops for Small Dept. – 8 hrs.
  4. KSFFA Skills Trailer (Bunker gear, SCBA) – 8 hrs
  5. Incident Safety Officer – 8 hrs.

Sunday – 8 a.m.

  1. Fire Behavior – 4 hrs.
  2. Lessons Learned – 4 hrs.
  3. Vehicle Extrication cont. – 4 hrs.
  4. Chief Officer Class – 4 hrs.

Sunday – NOON

  1. KSFFA Burn Trailer (Bunker gear, SCBA)

Contact Info: Galena Fire Chief Bill Hall 620-783-5404, or KSFFA SE Trustee Ron Ewing 620-366-5399, setrustee@live.com

  • These courses are offered at no charge.
  • These schools are open to all firefighters/EMS
  • The KSFFA furnishes medical insurance for all participants.
  • The KSFFA is not responsible for lost or damaged clothing or equipment.
  • If you desire to have Firefighter One or Two testing, this must be pre-registered through Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute.
  • The KSFFA offers fit testing with its porta-count machine at all regional fire school.

 

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NVFC Volunteer Experience Survey

Tell us about your volunteer experience and earn $100

 

The NVFC is conducting a research project interviewing current AND former volunteers to better understand the issue of retention. Participation involves a telephone or webcam interview of less than one hour. All participants selected will receive $100 in exchange for their time.

In order to qualify for the study, we need to ask a few quick questions in this surveyhttps://www.research.net/r/NVFCretention

Please share with all current and former volunteers you can. There are limited interview slots, so please don’t wait.

 

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June 2019 KSFFA Presidents Article

 

Hello Kansas Fire Service.   It has been a busy past few months.   We would like to extend our gratitude to Salina Fire for another excellent conference.  The 131st Annual Conference was a huge success and well attended by over 120 delegates.   We thank all those members who served on committees and help steer the direction of this association.   Elections brought all members back to their positions.   However, during the conference, Treasure Romine and myself did indicate to the group that this would likely be our last terms on the Board.    Dan has served almost thirty years and he has a wealth of knowledge on this organization.   I will be near twenty years on this board when my term is up.   Circumstances may change, but we wanted the organization to be on notice to be thinking about this in the future.  Put on the calendars though that we will be in Topeka in 2020 on April 23, 24, and 25.  It will be a very different format as almost the entire conference will be centered around training topics.  There will also be a large celebration on Saturday following our business meeting to help Topeka Fire celebrate their 150th Anniversary.   Plan to bring your family along to help in the celebration and participate in the many activities that are planned.  Watch the Firewire and the website for more details.

Speaking of changing circumstances, from last year to this year, what a difference.  Wildfires were all the concern last year.  Now this late spring, we are dealing with flooding in many areas of the state.   Many of your departments have been faced with swift water rescues.  This is just another point to highlight the all hazards approach that the fire service has to have.  Focusing on solely firefighting in today’s world is not a realistic way to maintain funding for your agency and serve the expectations of our citizens.  At the end of the day, we serve them and their wishes.  Not ours.    As we roll into summer, I hope all of our members stay safe and continue to be vigilant on emergency scenes to send everyone home.

One final note I will leave you with is to ask you all to keep our webmaster in your thoughts.  Gwen Romine has served this Association quietly behind the screen for many years.   She is the electronic presence of this Association and builds all of our web content daily.  She recently suffered a medical issue that will require some longer-term treatment.   We wish her a speedy recovery and want her and Dan to know we do greatly appreciate the work she has done all these years for the fire service in Kansas.    We do ask that you bear with us during this time as we work towards helping her fill the void of electronic news and the book sales.  Keep your crews safe and we will see you soon at a Regional School near you!

-KSFFA President, Kevin Flory

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KSFFA Regional Fire School – Ellinwood – September 2019

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by Ellinwood Fire Department
September 14-15, 2019
Location: Ellinwood High School, 300 N. Schiller

Saturday – 8 a.m.

  1. Rural Water Supply – 8 hrs.
  2. KSFFA Skills Trailer – 12 hrs.
  3. Engine Company Operations for Small Depts – 8 hrs.
  4. Wildland Fires – 8 hrs.

Sunday – 8 a.m.

  1. Lessons Learned – 4 hrs.
  2. Reading Smoke – 4 hrs.
  3. Chief Officer – 4 hrs.
  4. KSFFA Skills Trailer – continued

Sunday NOON

  1. Burn Trailer

 

 

Contact Info: Ellinwood Fire Chief Chris Komarek 620-566-7510, ckomarek@cityofellinwood.com

  • These courses are offered at no charge.
  • These schools are open to all firefighters/EMS
  • The KSFFA furnishes medical insurance for all participants.
  • The KSFFA is not responsible for lost or damaged clothing or equipment.
  • If you desire to have Firefighter One or Two testing, this must be pre-registered through Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute.
  • The KSFFA offers fit testing with its porta-count machine at all regional fire school.

 

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Fire Chief Allen Shelton announces retirement

After 44 years with the Garden City Fire Department and 37 as its chief, Fire Chief Allen Shelton is planning to retire from the department on July 1.

“I am very grateful and honored to have had the opportunity to serve this department and community for the past 44 years,” Shelton said in a press release from the City of Garden City. “I am looking forward to having more time with my family, friends, travel and pursuing my interest in our community and faith-based projects. Garden City is a great place to work and live.”

Before being named the department’s first career fire chief in 1984, Shelton worked at the GCFD as a volunteer firefighter, volunteer assistant chief and volunteer fire chief for the then all-volunteer department.

During his time as fire chief, the department has grown from one full-time employee to 38 paid employees, including three battalion chiefs, a fire marshal, six lieutenants, 26 firefighters and an administrative assistant.

Shelton has been a member of numerous committees and associations and served on various boards, according to the city’s release. He’s worked with Garden City Community College to enhance the college’s fire science curriculum and provide technical and leadership training to department staff.

In October 2018, he was named Fire Chief of the Year by the Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs.

“It’s hard to imagine a Garden City Fire Department without Chief Shelton,” City Manager Matt Allen stated in the release. “Chief has devoted his entire professional career to transforming a volunteer fire department into a predominantly full-time department that has the personnel, equipment, and training capable of serving a growing city.”

According to the release, the city will begin searching for a new chief this summer.

Job Opening – Firefighter/EMT – Edwardsville Fire Department

City of Edwardsville
Location: Edwardsville, KS

Edwardsville Fire Department is accepting applications to create an eligibility list for the position of:  FIREFIGHTER/EMT.

Position is open for applications until May 20th, 2019.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  This position, under minimal supervision, protects life and property by performing firefighting and EMS duties, administering emergency aid, mitigating hazardous materials situations and performing fire prevention duties.  Maintains Fire and EMS apparatus, equipment and facilities.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

This is the entry-level classification in the Firefighter classification series, characterized by the responsibility to provide emergency services in fire suppression, first response medical services, and hazardous materials incidents.  The employee’s assignments, objectives, work methods, and sequence of steps are either specified or explained in general terms.  Work review is integrated into daily assignments.

Work includes, controlling and extinguishing fires using a variety of specialized equipment and techniques, evacuating persons from areas of danger, and performing emergency treatment. Work includes inspecting multi-occupancy and commercial buildings for fire hazards and violations of the Fire Code, and instructing the public on the principles of fire preventions. The department also provides advanced life support and field paramedical work responding to emergency calls from the public to perform medical assistance with emphasis on the stabilization of patients to permit safe transport to a full-service medical facility. Contact with the general public, the comforting of patients, the reassuring of family and others in the vicinity, and cooperation with fire and police authorities are of major significance to this work. Duties are performed according to standard paramedical practices and established drug therapy protocol. Work is performed under the general supervision of a fire officer. Completes fire and EMS reports in compliance with State and Federal Reporting Requirements.

As a condition of employment, incumbents shall maintain an Emergency Medical Technician – Basic licensure during their employment period.  The requirement for employment can be modified to require and maintain an Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic license during their employment period with no negotiation. Depending upon the needs of the Fire Department, incumbents of positions in this classification and meet the standards established by the City of Edwardsville Fire Department may be assigned the specialty of Firefighter/EMT.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Knowledge of firefighting and EMS procedures, practices and techniques.  Knowledge of testing, maintenance, inspection and operation of fire department apparatus, equipment and tools.  Skilled in the use of tools and equipment used in the repair and maintenance of department vehicles and equipment.  Must be a self-starter and have the ability to work independently and follow a job task through from start to finish.  Report writing skills and experience with computers essential.  Must possess good verbal and written communication skills. Must have basic knowledge of portable radio operations and be able to communicate clearly over a radio. Skilled in analyzing fire and emergency situations and providing an effective course of action. Skill in effectively dealing with people under stress.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  High school diploma or equivalent required, associate’s degree or higher preferred.  Current National Registry Emergency Medical Technician – Basic, or State of Kansas Basic EMT license, with one year of experience with an Advanced Life Support treatment and transport service. International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) certifications of Firefighter I, Firefighter II through the Kansas Fire Service Certification System or other licensing body are requirements for this position. Certification and experience as a firefighter is preferred.

Maintain state-mandated continuing education requirements, including current American Heart Association (AHA) certification in Basic Life Support (BLS).

LICENSES AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) certifications of Firefighter I, Firefighter II and ADO-Pumper through the Kansas Fire Service Certification System are requirements for this position. The obtainment of Firefighter certifications may be waived for one (1) year from hire date. The obtainment of ADO-Pumper certifications will be waived for three (3) years from hire date. Must possess State of Kansas Emergency Medical Technician – Basic certification or Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician – Basic. NIMS ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800 are required within 12 months of being hired. Must complete Wildland Certifications of S-110, S-130, S-190 within 12 months of being hired. Must possess or be eligible for a State of Kansas driver’s license.  Must successfully pass a background investigation with no felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions related to weapons, assault, controlled substances, or theft within the last 10 years.  Position is subject to successful completion of pre-employment drug testing.  Subject to a one-year probationary period. Ability to successfully complete written, physical, and oral exams during probationary period.

TO APPLY:  Please submit a resume, cover letter, complete application with three professional references, proof of EMS Licensure.  A complete job description and other necessary forms are available at City Hall, by calling HR at 913-441-3707, ext. 21, or on the city web page. Return completed applications to the Fire Chief by mail to: Firefighter/EMT Selection Attn: City of Edwardsville FD, P.O. Box 13738, Edwardsville, KS 66113

Applications received after 5:00 pm, May 20th, 2019 will not receive review for employment.

Job Opening – Firefighter I – Consolidated Fire District #2

http://www.cfd2.org/careers/apply-now/

Firefighter Career Opportunities – Lenexa Fire Department

FIREFIGHTER CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The City of Lenexa, Kansas Fire Department is currently seeking highly motivated men and women who are passionate about serving the public and delivering the highest level of professional service as a firefighter. The City of Lenexa is a progressive, dynamic,
and growing community located in Johnson County, Kansas. The department is accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and has been awarded the highest public protection classification rating by the Insurance Services Office. The firefighter position is a non-standard, rotating work, shift schedule (nine 24 hour shifts in a 27-day work period), requiring weekend and holiday work.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To be acquired prior to conditional job offers on July 26, 2019.

  • Minimum of 18 years of age at time of employment offer
  • Valid driver’s license with good driving record
  • High school diploma or certificate of high school equivalency
  • Firefighter I and II certificate and EMT certification; OR a paramedic certification with or without the Firefighter I and II certificates
  • Successful completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) within 1 year of application submission
  • Fire Service Entrance Exam (FSEE) minimum score of 70%

Information for CPAT and FSEE opportunities can be found in the following links:

http://www.jccc.edu/academics/credit/fire-science/ce-fire-science-cpat.htmlOpens a New Window.

http://www.jccc.edu/academics/credit/fire-science/fire-science-entrance-exam.htmlOpens a New Window.

https://www.mcckc.edu/professional-dev/public-safety-institute/fireacademy/Opens a New Window.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATION: National registry or Kansas paramedic certification highly preferred.

PROCESS: The application packet must be submitted before the close of business May 31, 2019. Structured interviews will be scheduled from June 24 to June 28, 2019. Candidates moving forward in the process will be scheduled for a ride along activity between July 8 through July 12, 2019. Finalists will participate in an interview with the Fire Chief July 22 through July 25. Successful candidates who receive a conditional job offer will be required to successfully pass a psychological and medical exam, urine drug screen, and pre-employment background screening. Lenexa firefighters are required to establish residency to be able to report for work within 30 minutes within one year of hire.

STARTING SALARY for Firefighter is $40,653/yearly and starting salary for Paramedic is $44,718/yearly. Firefighter I and II certification training will be provided for successful paramedic candidates without these credentials. Competitive benefits package includes vision, dental, and health insurance; short-term disability; life insurance; state and city sponsored pension plans; and educational tuition reimbursement.

TO APPLY: Applications are only accepted online and must include both resume and minimum qualification certifications. All documents must be saved as a single record and submitted with the online application. The resume should include education and
credentials, as well as the previous ten years of employment history. Application packets must be submitted no later than May 31, by 5:00 p.m. C.D.T. Additional information and application assistance is available at:

City of Lenexa, Human Resources Department

913-477-7550

https://www.lenexa.com/jobs 

EOE

 

KSFFA Conference Banquet

The hotel has requested we have our final number of attendees for the banquet to them by Wednesday, April 24th at 12:00 as they have to place the final food order Wednesday afternoon. Anyone attending the conference that would like additional banquet tickets need to notify the Salina Fire Department Conference Committee as soon as possible.
After noon on Wednesday, April 24th we cannot ensure that we will be able to provide any additional banquet tickets, therefore no access to the banquet on Friday, April 26th.
KSFFA conference attendees that would like to request additional banquet tickets, $30.00 each, ( may be paid for at the registration table), please contact Mark Grosland or Shane Pearson with the Salina Fire Department.
Salina Fire Department Administration, 785-826-73440

Job Opening – Firefighter/EMT – Northwest Consolidated Fire District

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT 4/15/2019
CLOSING DATE 5/31/2019
Job Title: Firefighter/EMT

NWCFD is establishing a hiring eligibility list for new Firefighter/EMT positions in 2019. Firefighters perform duties related to fire prevention, suppression, emergency rescue, basic life support, and first aid under emergency conditions frequently involving considerable danger. Employees in this classification work under the direct supervision of a Battalion Chief or Lieutenant and must adhere to rules and regulations for the safety of all persons. Training provides firefighters with general guidance to perform this position, and ongoing knowledge development/maintenance is required.

NWCFD offers a competitive benefit package including a health, dental, and vision insurance plan, Kansas Police and Fire (KP&F) defined-benefit Retirement System, eligibility to voluntarily participate in the supplemental State of Kansas KPERS 457 deferred compensation plan, paid vacation leave, paid sick leave, paid personal leave, paid holidays (x2.0 of regular wages on holidays worked; 12 hours on holidays not worked), and paid bereavement leave. Firefighters work a modified Berkeley shift schedule of alternating days of 24 hours on-duty and 24 hours off-duty for a total of three shift days over a five-day period. Firefighters are compensated with an overtime rate in accordance of the FLSA Section 7(k) exemption.

Annual Starting Earnings (Base; Excluding Overtime & Benefit Package):
$35,122 (Recruit)
$36,175 (Post-Probation in 1st Year)
Lateral pay will be considered for qualified candidates with previous full time experience.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

● Must be 21 years or older
● Must possess a valid driver’s license with a safe driving record
● High School Diploma or equivalent
● Firefighter I and II Certifications
● Kansas (Transitioned) or National EMT Certification
● Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Certification taken within the last 12 months
● Written Fire Service Entrance Exam (FSEE) with a score of 70 percent or better within the past two years
● The ability to pass a post offer physical, drug screen, and background investigation

NWCFD Employment Application and copies of Firefighter I & II, Kansas (Transitioned) OR National Registry EMT certifications, CPAT, and FSEE results must be included to be considered as a qualified candidate. Please submit all documents along with a NWCFD Employment Application (available at the address below or online at www.nwcfd.org) via mail or in-person at:

Northwest Consolidated Fire District
9745 Kill Creek Rd.
De Soto, KS 66018

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Louisburg hires veteran fire official to be new chief

The Louisburg Fire Department has a new chief. And he is already well known in the community.

At its April 1 meeting, the Louisburg City Council endorsed Gerald Rittinghouse to be the new chief. Rittinghouse had served as an interim captain with the volunteer fire department while a search for former Fire Chief Paul Richards’ successor took place. Richards retired in fall 2018.

City Administrator Nathan Law said Friday, April 5, that Rittinghouse had accepted the position. The chief will begin his new duties April 23.

“We had a pretty good pool of qualified candidates,” Law said.

Rittinghouse stood out for his leadership capabilities, his 32 years of experience in firefighting service, and his familiarity with the Louisburg department — having been a volunteer with the department for a number of years, Law said.

Rittinghouse’s other professional experience includes serving 28 years at Johnson County Fire District No. 2 and four years of service with the Shawnee Rescue Squad. Chief Rittinghouse is credentialed as a Fire Officer by the University of Kansas. He also attended Hutchison Community College for his High Angle Rescue certification.

Louisburg has 21 volunteer firefighters which Rittinghouse praised for their professionalism and dedication.

“We’ve already made several changes since September,” Rittinghouse said of the interim between full-time chiefs. “One was changing some radio terminology.”

Rittinghouse said he thought Miami County commissioners made the right choice to hire a consultant to determine the best way to convert all the agencies in the county to a standard radio system. He said being able to communicate between departments is essential. The consultant’s review is ongoing.

Rittinghouse has been an avid off-road adventurer for numerous years. In his down time, the chief enjoys going to the Mark Twain National Forest (Missouri) or the Ouachita National Forest (Arkansas), he said.

Chief Rittinghouse said he is pleased to have this opportunity to lead the department. He said the public might not realize that about 85 percent of the fire department’s calls are for medical emergencies and vehicle accidents. Only about 15 percent are actually fire-related. But he emphasized understanding the proper way to handle each fire situation through training is an essential part of the job.

“We are committed to doing the right thing for community safety and firefighter safety,” Rittinghouse said. “We have an open concept, with firefighters out in the public to let them know we are here to protect them and to be sure every firefighter comes home.”

 

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Job Opening – Firefighter/Paramedic Paramedic/Student – Wellington Fire Dept

The Wellington Fire & EMS Department is accepting applications for Firefighter/Paramedic.  Applicants must be currently certified as a Paramedic or will complete Paramedic class in 2019.  Applicants must be a certified Firefighter I or the ability to obtain that certification within 12 months.   Applicants must attend a physical ability test or a current CPAT will be accepted.  Interviews and physical ability test will be scheduled shortly after the application deadline.   Starting annual salary for a paramedic is $42,041 this does not include FLSA overtime.

Wellington Fire & EMS employs 18 full time personnel, and two administrative staff.  The department responds on an average to 2000 EMS calls and 1300 fire calls annually.  Staff work 24 hour shifts and must reside within 20 miles of the fire station within 6 months.

The City of Wellington offers KP& F retirement, 10 paid holidays, vacation, Christmas savings plan, sick time incentive, health insurance and opportunities for overtime.

Apply and review the City of Wellington Firefighter/Paramedic position requirements, at hrepartners.com    Application deadline is April 23rd, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

Contact Tim Hay at 620 326-7443 with any questions concerning this position.

 

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Former chief, others honored by Newton Fire/EMS

Retired Chief Jim Werries, left, Retired Capt. Leroy Dick, center and Darin Werries, right.

From left to right: Newton Fire/EMS Capt. Luke Edwards, Christina Lynn Mattingly, Jared Bergner, Darrell Graves, Aaron Wald and Vincent Quentin

A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to retired Chief Jim Werries by retired Capt. Leroy Dyck at the annual Newton Fire/EMS Awards Reception held Thursday night.

Dyck met Werries in 1967 when he applied for a job at Metropolitan Ambulance, a subdivision of a private ambulance corporation headquartered in Wichita.

Werries was passionate about providing the best ambulance services possible, even with budget restrictions and older equipment.

“We personally paid for some plywood and made three backboards — the first three backboards in Harvey County,” Dyck said.

When the city of Newton created its own ambulance department on Jan. 1, 1970, Werries was put in charge.

“There were a lot of things that had to be done to make that happen … Werries was the man for the job,” Dyck said. “He was the right man at the right time.”

Werries’ attention to detail could be seen in every aspect, from the way sheets and blankets were folded to the clip-on ties ambulance personnel wore.

“Chief Werries was adamant that we acted professionally while on a call and the public noticed the difference,” Dyck said.

During inclement weather, Werries made sure the ambulance was washed after every call.

“We also had to make sure the tops of the ambulances were clean,” Dyck recalled. “His reasoning was that people in the second story could look down and see the top of the ambulance and if we had washed it or if it would be dirty.”

The ambulance station was also expected to be clean.

“I didn’t know this a long time, but he used to go around and place toothpicks along the walls to see if the floors were being mopped,” Dyck said.

Werries was instrumental in implementing radio systems, started the practice of taking blood pressure on the ambulance and was an early adopter of CPR.

When ambulance personnel ended up with more items than they could carry into a house to take care of a patient in their hands, Werries bought a vinyl suitcase from Alco.

“This became our first jump kit and it worked well for many years,” Dyck said.

Another step forward for Newton’s ambulance department came in 1973 when Dr. Frances Allen insisted on getting a defibrillator on board. Paying for the machine was the initial hurdle, but community support prevailed.

“The Lions Club undertook the project with gusto and we had one of the best pancake days we’d ever had,” Dyck said.

Since Werries and Dyck were the only two who were trained to use the defibrillator, they outfitted their personal cars with red lights and sirens to be able to respond to a call at any time.

“Newton Ambulance Department became the first service in the state of Kansas to provide advanced cardiac care,” Dyck said. ”…Field saves became routine.”

One day, investigative reporter Charlie Plimpton from KAKE in Wichita came up to find out how Newton’s ambulance service worked.

“While he was doing interviews in the station, we happened to receive a call for a Code Blue,” Dyck said.

Plimpton was allowed to ride along for the call, but was told he couldn’t go inside the house to film anything. Upon arriving, they found the patient collapsed outside and successfully used the defibrillator to revive him. The whole incident was shown on that night’s evening news.

On Jan. 1, 1997, Newton’s fire and ambulance departments were combined.

“A lot of credit for the fine Fire/EMS department that we have today goes to Chief Werries for speaking up for what was right back then,” Dyck said.

Other recognition given out at the awards reception included an Outstanding Achievement Award for Firefighter/Paramedic/Acting Officer Aaron Wald.

In 2013, Wald volunteered to be a bone marrow donor, hoping to be a match for a young girl in the community fighting cancer. Though he was not a match then, he received a call five years later.

“They informed him he was a match for a patient who needed a lifesaving stem cell and white blood cell donation,” said Capt. Luke Edwards.

Agreeing to go through with the donation, Wald flew to Portland in November 2018 for the testing and donation process, which included a series of painful injections.

“Words cannot accurately describe how highly personal and incredibly self-rewarding the experience was for me,” Wald said. “I would encourage everyone who meets the requirements to get on the registry. It’s quick, painless and, hopefully, can save a life.”

A Lifesaver Award was presented to Wald along with Jared Bergner, Vincent Quentin and Darrell Graves.

“On the morning of Aug. 25, we received a call for a patient experiencing chest pain,” Edwards said.

Christina Lynn Mattingly was loaded in the ambulance, with the crew intending to take her to a hospital in Wichita.

“Before they got a block down the road, the patient stated that she felt numb and she went unresponsive after that. When paramedics checked for a pulse, they did not find it,” Edwards said. “The patient had gone into cardiac arrest.”

Ambulance personnel began CPR and performed defibrillation until the patient regained consciousness. Mattingly later went on to regain full neurological function.

Division Chief Phil Beebe stated 2018 was a challenging year for Newton Fire/EMS because it was, at one point, short six positions.

“We found ourselves, most days, at minimum staffing,” Beebe said.

In Sept. 2018, five new recruits — Dylan Richardson, Joseph Stovall, Cole Sturgeon, Stephen Gay and Jake Lindenmeyer — were added to the roster.

“Over the past six months since they completed their rookie training academy, they have really stepped up,” Beebe said.

The newest firefighters have faced structure and grass fires, injury accidents and one particularly challenging commercial fire.

“They said they could hardly see in front of their faces, it was so dark and black in there, but yet they went in together as a team,” Beebe said.

Peivi Tauiliili was honored with a Preceptor Award for his work training Trevor Yoder, the most recent new hire at Newton Fire/EMS.

“Being a preceptor for a paramedics team is a huge time commitment and is absolutely worthy of recognition,” Beebe said.

Fire Marshal Gary Crittenden also recognized Bobby Johnson for completing fire investigation certification.

Newton Fire/EMS Chief Scott Metzler presented Deputy Chief Steve Roberson with the Excellence in Leadership Award.

″(Roberson) developed and administered multiple, simultaneous hiring processes in addition to managing the daily operations of a higher-liability organization. He also shepherded our members through a major transition as we moved all of our emergency reporting processes to a cloud-based platform,” Metzler said.

Roberson recently had his original research published by the U.S. Fire Administration and is currently enrolled in the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy.

“When he graduates, (Roberson) will be among the top one-third of the top one percent of the United States’ fire service,” Metzler said.

Metzler also acknowledged those who were promoted within the past year, including Aaron Wald, Capt. Luke Edwards, Lt. Zac Lujano, Kevin Plenert, Bobby Johnson, Darrell Graves, Lucas McNally and Drew Couey.

 

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Enel Green donates $25,000 to Roxbury Fire Department

Mark Wiebe, Roxbury Fire Chief

Representatives from Enel Green Power presented the McPherson County Rural Fire District 6 Station in Roxbury with a $25,000 donation on Wednesday afternoon. The money went into a general fund that will likely go towards new communication equipment.

“McPherson County is updating their radio system,” Chief Mark Wiebe explained. “It is very likely the funds will be used for radios for our trucks and supportable radios for the firefighters…The ability to immediately interact with other firefighters and other departments is critical and the proper technology is expensive. These funds from Enel Green Power will provide cutting-edge communication equipment improving efficiency and potentially saving property and lives.”

The department is made up of 18 volunteer firefighters who serve the small town of Roxbury, 15 miles east of Lindsborg.

“It’s a fine group of volunteers interested in serving the community and helping out wherever they can,” Wiebe said.

Enel Green Power started construction on the Diamond Vista wind project in Marion and Dickinson counties in 2018. The 300-MW facility became one of six Enel Green projects in the state of Kansas, making it the largest wind power provider in Kansas. They are the leading owners of renewable energy plants in North America, with facilities in 24 of the United States and two Canadian provinces.

“We’re proud members of the Tampa and Roxbury communities,” said James Henderson, assistant site supervisor for Diamond Vista. “Enel Green Power is grateful to partner with these agencies to create shared value for our neighbors.”

The company has made a massive footprint in the state of Kansas with about 1,250 construction jobs and 210 full-time employment opportunities. That isn’t all, in addition, they entered into a partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Service to provide $8.5 million in support of research and preservation of tallgrass prairie in Kansas and have given approximately $300,000 to local education and scholarship programs.

This week they made small-town, public servants and community needs the recipients of their generosity. The $25,000 in Roxbury was part of a larger donation that included another $25,000 to the Tampa Fire Department and $5,000 to the Paul Gooding Memorial Library in Tampa.

“The donation was very much appreciated,” Wiebe said. “In a small department, we operate on a small budget. With trucks getting old and things needing to be replaced every donation is greatly appreciated.”

 

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Brandon Lee Barbo

Brandon Lee Barbo, age 19, of Ulysses, Kansas, died Sunday, March 31, 2019, in rural Kearny County, Kansas. He was born January 18, 2000, in Ulysses, Kansas, the son of Benjamin and Jessica (Randolph) Barbo.

Brandon grew up in Ulysses and graduated from Ulysses High School in 2018, and was currently a student at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas. He was active in theatre, music and tennis. Brandon’s life-long dream and greatest passion was to be a member of the US Army, Air Borne Division. He had joined the Grant County Fire Department and had plans to study fire science in college. Brandon enjoyed racing sprint cars, he had an unmatched sense of humor, loved his family and giving hugs. He had an inquisitive mind and was very knowledgeable about all wars. Brandon was a computer wiz and a master of video games. He had a natural talent playing the guitar.

Brandon is survived by his parents, Ben and Jessica Barbo of Ulysses; sister, LynDen Barbo of Ulysses; girlfriend, Skylynn Lane of Ulysses; grandparents, Tracy and James Byers of Balko, Oklahoma, Jeff and Nancy Randolph of Garden City, Kevin and Debra Barbo of Ulysses, Robin and Keith Dugan of Falcon, Colorado, Mike and Laurie Reid of Colorado Springs, Colorado; great-grandparents, Vic and Millie Barbo and Chuck and Mary Griffith; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Brandon is preceded in death by his great-grandparents Cliff and Joyce Randolph, Peggy Dailing, and Lee Crawford.

Memorial service will be Friday, April 5, 2019, at 10:00 AM at the Oasis Church in Ulysses with Pastor Garrett Gretz officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to National Epilepsy Foundation in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave, Ulysses, KS 67880.

 

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Structural PPE in the Wildland Environment

Significant attention and research has been given to the protective gear that a firefighter wears. Gear needs to provide a level of protection against the overall thermal environment and products of combustion. Additionally, the gear needs to provide abrasion protection, resistance to bloodborne pathogens, and a level of water and liquid repellency.

NFPA 1971: Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting (2013) establishes the minimum requirements for PPE. Firefighters have bemoaned the weight and isolative properties of modern PPE but have found it increasingly necessary due to the thermal environment within a modern structure fire. However, the very gear that is designed to protect the firefighter from the hostile environment of a structure fire also imposes a physiological burden.

Urban meets wildland

A project recently completed at Skidmore College’s First Responder Health & Safety Laboratory that was designed to evaluate the use of technology to monitor the physiologic impact of firefighting took an unanticipated twist related to the impact of heat stress. The research team, which included a number of fire service partners, worked with the Hanover Park, IL, Fire Department to test technology options in a “real-world” environment. The study, titled SMARTER—Science, Medicine And Research, Technology for Emergency Responders—had firefighters wearing physiological status monitoring (PSM) devices to capture their heart rate, activity and estimated core body temperature. The project was funded through a FEMA Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program (EMW-1015-FP-00731). (Learn more about the project in the Firehouse supplement “SMARTER: Advancing Health-Related Technology” at firehouse.com/21037683.)

When the research team partnered with Hanover Park to evaluate the usefulness of the PSM during fire department operations, it was implicitly assumed that the focus would be primarily on structural fires and other types of emergency incidents. The study did not anticipate evaluating responses to wildland firefighting. Hanover Park is a suburban department located in the Chicago metro area and rarely responds to wildland type incidents. However, 2017 proved to be different in that the department managed three fairly large wildland incidents early in their calendar year.

Since Hanover Park rarely handles these types of calls, personnel are issued structural PPE. Like many departments, the cost associated with the purchase of both structural PPE and wildland PPE is weighed against the number of responses in which the specialized gear would be needed. The physiologic findings discovered while personnel conducted wildland suppression efforts while being monitored, as part of the SMARTER study, provided valuable information that showed the need to reevaluate the cost/benefit equation.

Case review

This question of appropriate gear is not new. Departments for many years have wrestled to find the appropriate balance between the cost of providing specialized gear and the risk of excessive heat strain during wildland fires. This prolonged struggle has likely resulted in many heat stress-related illnesses and injuries, as fire departments have not been able to justify an additional set of gear.

One of these tragic incidents that highlights the seriousness of the decision about gear, and how long it has been a problem, occurred on Sept. 6, 1990, when 25-year-old Firefighter Todd David Colton of Sedgwick County, KS, Fire District 1, died in the line of duty due to heat stroke.1

Colton and his captain responded to a field fire caused by a resident burning trash. The ambient temperature at the time of the alarm was 95 degrees F with sustained, and sometimes gusting, winds between 17 and 28 mph. Colton wore full structural PPE that included a turnout coat and bunker pants. On arrival, he and his captain deployed and operated two 200-foot booster lines for nearly 60 minutes. The captain reported that the two continued working until they were both exhausted. The captain then told Colton to remove his PPE, get a drink of water and rest while he walked to the command post to discuss the incident with the responding assistant fire chief. 1

Due to several issues, commanders lost track of Colton and his body was later discovered in an unburned brush covered area, dressed in full PPE, approximately 4 hours after his arrival at the scene. The Sedgwick County Coroner ruled the cause of death to be heat stroke. Contributing factors listed were high ambient temperatures, high radiant heat, and the performance of heavy work while wearing PPE.1

Wildland situation

The question of how best to protect firefighters at wildland incidents is an especially timely matter as departments nationally are experiencing an increasing number of wildland fires. More specifically, wildland/urban interface (WUI) fires are more frequent and providing an increased challenge for firefighters equipped and accustomed to structural operations. Since 1990, 60 percent of all new homes have been built in areas considered WUI. The U.S. Forest Service identifies the WUI as “places where built structures abut or intermingle with undeveloped natural areas.” Over the last decade, the fire season has become 2½ months longer, and fires covering more than 10,000 acres are increasing.2

In addition to the challenge that many fire departments have with the WUI, many Midwestern and Great Plains departments experience significant agricultural field fires. These fires are often sparked by harvesting equipment and can produce substantial fire losses to expensive equipment and cash crops that are destroyed and will not ultimately reach market. Many departments that have historically viewed themselves as structural firefighters are now tasked with responding to these types of incidents. Statistics from the NFPA related to brush, grass and forest fires suggest that, nationally, departments respond to just over 900 of these types of incidents each day. In 76 percent of these incidents, they were managed by local fire departments requiring no assistance from state or federal forestry agencies.3

Physiologic findings

At the wildland incidents handled by Hanover Park, personnel responded wearing structural PPE. In addition to structural PPE, firefighters wore a base layer shirt manufactured by Globe or a strap that is equipped with Zephyr WASP (wearable advanced sensor platform) physiologic monitoring technology. Physiological status was captured using the WASP system and was transmitted to on-scene monitoring equipment.

During the first of the Hanover Park incidents, firefighters responded on Feb. 14, 2017, at 4:06 p.m. to a field fire in a county-owned forest preserve. Two companies were originally dispatched to this incident, an engine (three personnel) and a firefighter-paramedic ambulance (two personnel). They found fire quickly advancing over open vegetation driven by 18-mph winds. The ambient temperature was 45 degrees F with a humidity level of 56 percent.

Firefighters ranged in age from late-20s to late-30s, with the oldest responding member being the engine company lieutenant at 39 years old.

Data collected indicates that these responders had peak heart rates ranging from 159 to 205. These rates indicate that firefighters were at or near maximum heart rate at various times during the incident. Similar numbers have been seen during laboratory testing and are not overly concerning for personnel who are in good health and do not suffer from an underlying cardiac condition.

More concerning, however, was the high peak estimated core body temperatures. Core temperatures are estimated via the WASP technology by using a calculation developed by Dr. Mark Butler of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. Butler originally developed this algorithm using military personal. An important objective of the SMARTER project is to update and tone this algorithm to ensure that it accurately estimates core temperature responses in firefighting situations. The non-invasive assessment of core temperatures being readily available to incident commanders (ICs) has the potential to assist in fireground decision-making.

At this incident, estimated peak core temperatures for the initial attack firefighters were 103.1 degrees F, 102.2 degrees F, 101 degrees F and 99.28 degrees F (one WASP device malfunctioned, so no data is available for this firefighter).

A generally accepted standard for defining heat stroke is a core hyperthermia above 104 degrees F.4 We understand from prior laboratory research that even when firefighters are removed from the hot environment and their PPE is doffed, it is common for their core body temperatures to continue to rise. Taking this factor into account, it is easy to determine that firefighters responding to this incident were, at least in one case, very close to meeting the clinical definition of heat stroke. Additionally, of great importance is the fact that the ambient temperature at this incident was 45 degrees F. As the ambient temperature increases, the risk of heat-related illness increases dramatically.

Based on the availability of this real-time data, the IC made the decision to pull the firefighter with the highest estimated core body temperature and send him for immediate rest and hydration, which also included doffing of PPE. Note: It is understood that it is not always possible to remove a firefighter from an assignment based on physiological conditions, as they may be entrenched in duties that they can’t abandon, such as making a rescue, advancing and operating a hoseline, etc. In these situations, likely the best an IC can do is simply see that the firefighter is being stressed and give them additional resources to ease the workload.

Future gear considerations

The findings from this incident highlight the logic of having firefighters operate at wildland incidents wearing structural PPE when the overall thermal protection offered by these garments is not required and can be physiologically detrimental.

The cost associated with equipping and maintaining firefighters in current NFPA standard PPE is high and very challenging for many agencies. Many departments opt for structural PPE as their only source of protection since this reflects the majority of their fire work and because it provides maximal protection. They also require the usage of this same PPE for all other incidents requiring a level of protection, such as vehicle crashes, extrications, structural collapses, technical rescues, etc. The question is, does this make sense?

Within the Hanover Park Fire Department, the cost associated with wildland gear has not been justified due to the low number of wildland calls; however, as we considered the findings from SMARTER, we are beginning to question whether wildland gear could be used for other purposes that might be a modifier to the economic decision.

Based on this, Hanover Park and Skidmore are currently evaluating a wildland pant and coat (i.e., non-structural PPE) configuration that provides flash/abrasion/bloodborne pathogen protection. This study, approved by the Skidmore College Institutional Review Board (IRB) and funded by the Hanover Park Fire Department – Foreign Fire Tax Insurance Board, will allow us to compare the physiologic responses of firefighters working in structural PPE vs the non-structural gear.

Final thoughts

The financial impact associated with firefighters being issued two sets of PPE (one structural and one non-structural) may be cost-prohibitive for many jurisdictions. However, the corresponding reduction in heat-related illness/injuries and associated costs may contribute to an analysis for possible change. At this point, the change in PPE is a theory that requires additional research and analysis. Should our hypothesis prove to be correct and the lighter-weight gear provides a decrease in the negative impact of heat stress while still providing an acceptable level of protection, it has the potential to help solve this challenging dilemma and work to prevent incidents like the one befallen Sedgwick County and the Colton family.

In a statement remembering Firefighter Colton, the Sedgwick County Fire District website reads, “The best way we can honor Todd Colton and the Colton Family’s sacrifice is to take every possible step to keep the same accident from happening again.”5

The SMARTER team is using information gained from the project to make informed, data-driven recommendations about appropriate protection for fire service personnel.

References

1. Shults, R, Noonan, G, & Turner, N. “National Institute of Safety & Health—Firefighter Death Investigation(T.D. Colton).” HETA 90-0395-2121. 1991. Cincinnati, OH: NIOSH.

2. Weber, T. “Wildland-urban interface risks are increasing.” ISO Mitigation. 2016. isomitigation.com/spring-2016/wildland-urban-interface-risks-are-increasing.html.

3. Ahrens, M. “Brush, Grass and Forest Fires.” NFPA – News and Research. 2018. nfpa.org/-/media/Files/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/WUI/osbrushgrassforest.pdf.

4. Mayo Clinic. “Heatstroke.” 2017. mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heat-stroke/symptoms-causes/syc-20353581.

5. Sedgwick County, Fire District 1 – In Memoriam. “Fallen Members.” 2018. sedgwickcounty.org/fire/memorial.asp.

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