2019 Kansas Statewide FirstNet Roadmap User Forum

We are excited to announce that in collaboration with First Responder Network Authority, the Kansas Statewide Interoperability Advisory Committee will be hosting a 2019 Kansas Statewide FirstNet Roadmap User Forum in Junction City.

 This informational event will include discussions on key issues surrounding the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) and its deployment across the state and region. Speakers will consist of network users from across the state, representatives from the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T FirstNet.

 You are cordially invited to attend and learn best practices, hear use cases, get answers to hard questions, and connect with others across the state. The event will also feature an AT&T FirstNet deployable, demonstrations, as well as public safety vehicles on display with equipment and devices connected to FirstNet.

 Register today! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019KS_FNRoadmapForum


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KSFFA Regional Fire School – Cimarron – January 2020

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by Cimarron Fire Department
January 4-5, 2020
Location: Cimarron High School, 400 N. 5th, Cimarron

 

Saturday – 8 a.m. – All 8 hr. classes

  1. Vehicle Extrication
  2. Rope Rescue
  3. Wildland Fires
  4. Pump Operations
  5. Burn Injury Class (EMS CE)

Sunday – 8 a.m. – All 4 hr. classes

  1. Firefighter Rehab
  2. Incident Safety Officer
  3. SAMM
  4. SAMM for Spouses

Sunday – NOON

  1. KSFFA Burn Trailer

Contact Chief Troy Blevins 620-855-4824 tblevins@grayco.org  
or KSFFA SW Trustee Chris Komarek 620-566-7510 ckomarek@cityofellingwood.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.

 

Cassie Nicole “Otter” Ralston

Cassie Nicole “Otter” Ralston, 8, of Scranton, went to be with her Lord after passing away in her Daddy’s arms on Monday, November 11, 2019.

She was born June 27, 2011, in Topeka, the daughter of Terry and Becky (Thornton) Ralston. She was a third grader at Overbrook Attendance Center.

Survivors include her parents; two sisters, Sarah and Olivia; her canine hero, Ivan; her horde of cats; her hamster Jack; maternal grandfather, Bill Thornton; paternal grandparents, Kathy Frisbie, Myrtle Beach, SC, Mel Frisbie, Prescott Valley, AZ; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Betty Thornton; and paternal grandfather, Terry P. Ralston, Sr.

From the moment anyone held her, they were immediately wrapped around her little finger. She was a miracle, she was a light, and she brought so much joy to every single person she met. Cassie was the “certified cat whisperer” and the best singer in the house. She was a beautiful daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend. Eight years is not long enough for so many things, but it is enough to leave an impact on so many. And it is enough to leave a hole that nothing will ever fill. Cassie lived fearlessly, unapologetically, and covered in rainbows and glitter. Her genuine excitement for living will never be lost, nor will her beautiful sunshiney soul. Cassie was likely to be a wonderful, much sought after famous commentator, as she loved to talk and give the constant rundown of everything she was doing to anyone who was around. Cassie planned to serve her community by following in her daddy’s footsteps and pursuing a career in the emergency services. She proudly served her community as a Burlingame Fire Cadet (Junior). Her beautiful caramel eyes and freckles will be missed. Remember today is the “best day ever!”

Cremation is planned. A celebration of Cassie’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Dove Cremations and Funerals, Southwest Chapel, 3700 SW Wanamaker Rd, Topeka. The family encourages those attending to wear Red or anything Disney.

To honor Cassie’s love of animals, contributions may be made to the Friends of the Topeka Zoo, 635 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS 66606 or to Warriors Best Friend, P.0. Box 1432, Liberty, Missouri 64069.

Job Opening – Deputy Fire Chief – Bonner Springs Fire Department

General Definition of Work:

Under general direction, provides leadership and direction with the responsibility of performing professional level work in planning, coordinating, monitoring, evaluating and overseeing the operations of emergency medical care while ensuring compliance with applicable statutes and administrative rules; coordinates assigned activities with other Departments and outside agencies, and related work as apparent or assigned. Provides support to the Fire Chief in planning, managing, and overseeing the activities, training, and operations of the Fire Department including emergency medical services, fire suppression, fire prevention, hazardous materials response, disaster preparedness, and related programs, services, and operations. Continuous supervision is exercised over all personnel within the team.

Essential Functions:

Oversees delivery of Advanced Life Support (ALS) level emergency medical services; Assists in the management of additional Fire Department services and activities including fire suppression, fire prevention, hazardous materials response, disaster preparedness, and related programs, services, and operations.

Performs duties of HIPPA Compliance Officer, Privacy Act Officer, and Infection Control program administrator.

Oversees ambulance billing, and serves as liaison and subject matter expert for all ambulance activities and billing.

Manages fire department ambulance licensure requirements and other related certifications in accordance with State and National Registry requirements and maintains records related to certifications.

Prepares and maintains special reports, letters, proposals, and records on fire activities; receives and evaluates a variety of documents, reports, electronic Patient Care Report, and statistical information for the Department.

Ensures all medical equipment on ambulances and fire apparatus are appropriate and in good working order and that medical supplies are at an appropriate inventory level.

Provides direction to fire personnel in the administration of the EMS program, along with related training.

Provides complex administrative and management support as well as staff assistance to the Fire Chief; directs and conducts a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommends modifications to programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

Explains, justifies, and defends Department programs, policies, and activities; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues; responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.

Establishes, within Department and City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocates resources accordingly.

Advances the Department through appropriate training by planning, preparing and presenting EMS educational programs with objectives and content which ensures compliance with State and Department programs and requirements. Oversees and/or records all completed training.

Assists in planning, directing, and coordinating, through subordinate level staff, the Fire Department’s work plan; assigns projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures; meets with key staff to identify and resolve problems.

Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures.

Staffs an ambulance at the Paramedic level as needed, and to conduct periodic evaluations of personnel and assess proficiency.

Responds to emergency alarms and may assume command of field operations; performs a management role in the direction of assigned personnel and equipment at the scene of emergencies involving fire, all types of accidents, hazardous materials incidents, and life-saving and rescue work.

Participates in the development and administration of the Department budget; participates in and approves the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.

Oversees and controls the purchasing, maintenance, and inventory of all fire related equipment, vehicles, and property including communication equipment, vehicles and related equipment, computer equipment, and safety equipment; manages and supervises the apparatus and equipment maintenance program.

Participates in managing the development and implementation of Departmental goals, objectives, and priorities for each assigned service area; recommends and administers policies and procedures.

Participates on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; represents the Fire Department to other Departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; coordinates assigned activities with those of other Departments and outside agencies and organizations.

Assists in directing disaster preparedness and other fire prevention programs to minimize the loss of life and property within the community.

Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of fire prevention and suppression.

Serves as acting Fire Chief as assigned; acts on behalf of the Fire Chief in the absence of same.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Comprehensive knowledge of fire ground tactics and strategy; emergency incident management, specifically the Incident Command System (ICS); principles of incident safety; automatic and mutual aid agreements; hazardous materials incident management; and confined space and technical rescue techniques; comprehensive knowledge of fire science theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of emergency service operations including fire suppression, fire prevention, and fire investigation; comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery and the methods and techniques of emergency medical response; thorough knowledge of program development and administration and the preparation and administration of a municipal budget; thorough knowledge of governmental codes, ordinances, and regulations and Civil and Criminal codes as they relate to the functions of the fire Department; ability to exercise sound judgment in emergencies; ability to effectively supervise personnel in fire and emergency situations; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, consultants, vendors, associates and the general public.

Physical Requirements:

This work requires the regular exertion of up to 10 pounds of force, frequent exertion of up to 25 pounds of force and occasional exertion of over 100 pounds of force; work regularly requires speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handle or feel, reaching with hands and arms, tasting or smelling, pushing or pulling, lifting and repetitive motions, frequently requires walking and sitting and occasionally requires standing, climbing or balancing and stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling; work requires close vision, distance vision, ability to adjust focus, depth perception, color perception, night vision and peripheral vision; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly or quickly; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, using of measuring devices, operating machines, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities; work regularly requires exposure to outdoor weather conditions, frequently requires exposure to fumes or airborne particles, exposure to extreme cold (non-weather), exposure to extreme heat (non-weather), exposure to vibration and exposure to bloodborne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment and occasionally requires wet, humid conditions (non-weather), working near moving mechanical parts, working in high, precarious places, exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals, exposure to the risk of electrical shock, working with explosives and wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus; work is generally in a loud noise location (e.g. grounds maintenance, heavy traffic).

Matt Zayas
City of Bonner Springs
200 E. 3rd Street
P.O. Box 38
Bonner Springs, KS 66012
Fax: 913-273-3798
Phone: 913-667-1707
http://www.bonnersprings.org/jobs.aspx

KEMSA – Stakeholder Meeting – November 19th

Nov. 19 – Stakeholder Meeting – Draft Regulations for Non-Transport Agencies

NEW DATE, TIMES AND LOCATION!

November 19, 2019
9:00 am to 10:30 am –Sponsoring Organization Regulation Discussion
10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Non-transport Agency Regulation Discussion

New Location: Junction City
Courtyard Marriott – Main conference room
310 Hammons Dr, Junction City, KS 66441

The Kansas EMS Association (KEMSA) and the Kansas State Firefighters Association (KSFFA) in conjunction with the Kansas Board of EMS (KSBEMS) is soliciting input on newly proposed regulations.  Kansas EMS Stakeholder meetings will be hosted on November 19, 2019 to gather input proposed regulation. Two specific regulatory topics are being discussed at the Kansas Board of EMS.  It is important for all agencies to be aware of the proposed changes and to offer feedback.

The proposed regulations are listed below along with links to submit written feedback.  Information and questions gathered from the surveys will be addressed at the stakeholders meeting.

Proposed statutory and regulatory oversight of non-transport EMS agencies.  The KSBEMS currently has regulatory authority over EMS agencies that provide transport, the propose regulation would extend the oversight to include first response agencies.  The goal is to ensure quality care is provided by all emergency medical response agencies.  The proposed changes would be at the statutory and regulatory level.  It is important to have feedback from all the agencies that will be impacted.

Proposed Regulation of Sponsoring Organizations for Initial and Continuing education.  New regulations impacting the requirement for sponsoring organizations for initial and continuing education provider were discussed at the October KSBEMS meeting.  It is important for all stakeholders to review and offer input on the changes early in the process.

Job Opening – Firefighter/Paramedic – McPherson Fire Department

FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC

City of McPherson Fire Department

POSITION SUMMARY

Under the supervision of the Fire Captain, and Lieutenant the Fire Fighter/ Paramedic is a non-exempt position under FLSA. This employee is responsible for protecting the lives and property of the citizens of McPherson by performing fire suppression, technical rescues, hazardous materials responses, and providing emergency medical care. This employee should be in excellent physical condition and have the ability to remain poised under extremely difficult and hazardous circumstances. This employee should possess a strong mechanical aptitude, and effective communication and public relation skills.

A Firefighter/Paramedic will respond to medical emergencies and provide pre-hospital ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT(ALS) care to victims of injury or illness. A Firefighter/Paramedic is ordinarily the highest medical authority at an emergency medical scene and as such, makes medical decisions based on standing orders, protocols and orders from on-line and off-line medical direction.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

• Protects the lives and property of the citizens of McPherson;
• Performs fire suppression techniques;
• Performs rescue operations including high angle, confined spaces, and vehicle extrications;
• Responds to the release of hazardous materials in the community;
• Provides emergency medical care for the sick and injured;
• Assists with the inspection, maintenance, and minor repairs to Fire Department equipment;
• Works within the guidelines of the department’s standard operating policies and procedures;
• Participates in daily training activities;
• Assists with public education programs;
• Acts in a safe manner during emergency responses, at the Fire Station, and during training drills;
• Assists the Fire Officers in performing fire inspections;
• Responsible for maintaining Fire Station and grounds;
• Maintains department records as needed;
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FLSA: NON-EXEMPT

ADA: APPLICABLE

FMLA: ELIGIBLE

KP&F: ELIGIBLE

OSHA:
BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
CONFINED SPACES

WORKING CONDITIONS:
HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS
ASBESTOS
EXPLOSIVES
RADIATION
ELEMENT OF RISK
ADVERSE WEATHER
• Follows department policies and procedures;
• Follows safety procedures and practices.

MARGINAL FUNCTIONS

• Checks and tests fire hydrants;
• Performs other duties as deemed necessary.

FIRE FIGHTER
POSITION REQUIREMENTS
Experience: Employee is expected to have acquired the necessary information and skills to perform the job reasonably well within one year of employment. At the end of the first 18 months, it is expected that the firefighter will have the Hazardous Materials Technician certification and be fire Driver Operator certified.

Education: A high school diploma or GED is required. Degree in Fire Science or other college degree is preferred. This employee must be certified as a Firefighter I and II, Paramedic, and Hazardous Materials Operations. A valid Kansas Drivers License (KDL) is required. The employee must also have a current CPAT certification.

Technical Skills: A thorough knowledge of fire fighting techniques is required. This employee must be able to operate all hydraulic equipment, various saws, and generators, be proficient with the use of rope rescue techniques, and be competent in the delivery of emergency medical treatment. This employee must have a working knowledge of city geography and fire-flow hydraulics. The ability to understand and anticipate problems, to perform equipment maintenance, and to read and interpret written instructions, reports, manuals, maps, and instruction materials is required. This employee should possess a strong mechanical aptitude, and effective public relation, oral and written communication skills. The firefighter/paramedic is expected to maintain skills of an ongoing nature and attend and develop any necessary future skills as demanded by the department.

Problem Solving: Some problem solving is involved in this position. This employee encounters problems with fire suppression, emergency medical treatment, and equipment malfunctions. Serious problems are reported to the Fire Captain.

Decision Making: Some decision making is involved in this position. This employee makes decisions about maintaining department equipment, providing medical assistance, and performing daily duties in the safest and most efficient manner.

Supervision: This employee works with frequent supervision from the Fire Captain. This employee does not exercise any supervisory responsibilities over subordinate personnel.

Financial Accountability: This employee is responsible for the safe operation of department equipment. This employee does not participate in the annual budget process.

Personal Relations: This employee has daily contact with the general public and at times deals with the public in extremely tense and stressful situations. The Firefighter/Paramedic interacts with co-workers in a non-traditional workplace. Daily interaction with supervisors is expected.

Working Conditions: Adverse working conditions exist within this position. Exposure to extremes of heat and cold is expected. This employee is also exposed to structural collapses, contact with hazardous materials, explosives, asbestos, and radiation, work from heights and in confined spaces, and work around heavy machinery. This position contains a significant risk to personal safety. Exposure to blood borne pathogens while responding to and providing emergency medical treatment can be expected.

Physical Requirements: The Firefighter must be in excellent physical condition. The type and amount of personal protective clothing required to perform the duties of the Firefighter/Paramedic along with the working conditions listed above creates a significant increase in physical stress to the well being of the employee. Manual labor including heavy lifting, pulling, and carrying heavy objects and equipment is expected. Climbing is a significant aspect of the job. Decisions made during critical moments at emergencies increases mental stress.
Residence requirements: Live within seven miles of the McPherson Fire Department and maintain an active telephone.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the job.

THIS JOB DESCRIPTION LAST UPDATED IN April 2015

For Sale – 2013 Chevrolet 4X4, Special Service

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Vehicle for Sale

2013 Chevrolet Tahoe 4×4, Special Services

Current Mileage: 121,609

Color: Red w/ reflective striping

Equipment: Comes with Whelen Emergency Lighting Package, front push bumper w/scene light, rear cargo cage/divider, charging system w/ auto-eject, center console -radio ready

Bid Process

Johnson County Fire District No. 2 will sell this vehicle (as is) using a sealed bid process.

The Minimum Bid shall not be less than $9,000.

Interested bidders shall submit a written bid (minimum bid must be $9,000) in a sealed envelope to James B. Francis, Fire Chief, Johnson County Fire District No. 2, 19120 Metcalf Ave, Stilwell, KS 66085 by no later than Dec.  6, 2019 at 5pm.    All bids must be in the possession of Fire District No. 2 by Dec. 6, 2019 at 5pm.  Mail in bids not received prior to 5pm on Dec. 6th will be disqualified.

Bidders shall provide contact name and number with sealed bid.

Bid Opening

All bids received will be opened at 5:00PM on Dec. 6, 2019.

Successful bidders will be contacted by phone immediately following the bid opening.

For additional information or questions please contact Chief Francis.

This vehicle is available for viewing at 19120 Metcalf Ave, Stilwell, KS. 66085. 

Current Owner

Johnson County Fire District No. 2
19120 Metcalf Ave
Stilwell, Kansas 66085

James B. Francis, Fire Chief
913-681-2764 Office
jfrancis@jcfd2.org

Fire Prevention Inspector 195133

Fire Prevention Inspector 195133

Job Opening – Firefighter/EMT – Junction City Fire Department

City of Junction City Fire Department

Job Announcement

FIREFIGHTER/EMT

Applications Accepted Until Filled

Applications can be fill out at:

https://ks-junctioncity.civicplushrms.com/careers/

Base Pay:

Firefighter/EMT   $13.85 Per Hour/ $40,262.00 Annual, 24 Hours On/ 48 Hours Off

Firefighter/AEMT $15.32 Per Hour/ $44,265.00 Annual, 24 Hours On/ 48 Hours Off

Firefighter/ EMT-Paramedic $16.73 Per Hour/ 48,643.00 Annual, 24 Hours On/ 48 Hours Off

 

This work involves training under close supervision for the protection of life and property by Firefighting, EMS and Rescue activities. A major portion of time is spent training and studying methods, techniques, and organization, as well as routine duties in the maintenance of department property and equipment.

Junction City Fire Department (JCFD) is a Fire based EMS system the minimum of the First Year with the Department will be working as an EMS Technician at the level of qualification at the time of hire.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicant must be a high school graduate or possess a G.E.D. certificate. Must possess and maintain a Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services/ National Registry of Emergency Medical Services Technicians certificate for Emergency Medical Technician, (EMT; AEMT or EMT-Paramedic), and valid Kansas driver’s license and be willing to undergo Firefighter qualifications in accordance with NFPA 1001 Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications.

Offers of employment are contingent upon passing a pre-employment physical, which includes drug screening, and upon satisfactory evaluation of the results of a criminal record check.

Interested candidates are required to submit a complete City of Junction City application along with documentation of a Kansas and/or National Registry EMT certification, and all other Emergency Service Credentials.

Successful applicants that meet the minimum requirements for the position will be invited to an assessment process that will consist of:

  1. Written Exam
  2. Physical Agility Assessment of Firefighter Skills
  3. Oral Interview

Fireground Survival Program

Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs Elect New Officers

(Lawrence, KS October 22, 2019) – The Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs held their annual conference October 18-20, 2019 in Hutchinson, KS. Elected as officers were: President Tim Smith, Tonganoxie Township Fire Department, Vice-President Lester Kaiser Marion County Fire District 5. Pat Collins Riley County Fire District 1 will serve as the Past-President. Appointed as new District Representatives are Scott Hilbrink, Colby Fire Department, and Rick Wesley, Barber County Fire Department.

The remaining slate of officers were re-appointed.

District Representatives:

  • Darin Myers, Ellis County Fire Department
  • Bob Sims, Abilene City Fire Department
  • Craig G. Duke, Topeka Fire Department
  • Bobby White, Reno County Fire District 3
  • Duane Banzet, Neodesha Fire Department
  • Ken Seirer, Garden City Fire Department
  • Pro-Chiefs Section President: Jeff DeGraffenreid, Olathe Fire Department
  • Fire Prevention Section President: Gene Robertson, Garden City Fire Department
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Bill Stark

“I am honored to have been elected and am looking forward to serving as the KSAFC President for the coming term. There have been many great leaders who have served in this role before me. I hope to continue to build the groundwork that has already been put in place and to be innovative as we look to the future,” stated Tim Smith, newly elected Board President.  “As leaders, our purpose is to improve the Fire Service in the State of Kansas through the effective support of our members and partner agencies. I look forward to the continued work in the coming years with this great organization that will make a difference in the Fire Service across the state.

Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs (KSAFC) was established in 1916. The KSAFC mission is to provide chief fire officers and managers of emergency services in Kansas with a forum to discuss issues and dispense information applicable to life safety and property conservation, and to provide education, services and representation to enhance the professionalism and capabilities of the fire service.

For more information about KSAFC visit http://ksafc.org/ or contact Tim Smith at 913-845-3801.

KSFFA Regional Fire School – Utica – November

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by Utica Rural Fire District
November 2-3, 2019
Location: 315 S. Ohio, Utica

 

Saturday All Day – 8 a.m.

1. Vehicle Extrication
2. KSFFA Skills Trailer
3. Engine Company Operations for Small Departments
4. Pump Operations

Sunday Morning – 8 a.m.

  1. Ventilation
  2. Fire Behavior
  3. Fire Cause & 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.

 

 

2020 KSFFA Annual Golf Tournament

2020 KSFFA Annual Golf Tournament

Job Opening – Firefighter/AEMT/EMT – Cherryvale

Cherryvale Fire Department

Job Opening – Firefighter Recruit – Shawnee Fire Department

The Shawnee Fire Department is a dedicated workforce striving for excellence in community safety and emergency services. The Department is a combination fire/emergency medical service provider with career personnel. Each member is sworn to protect the lives and property of all City residents. The City of Shawnee is actively accepting applications for the position of Firefighter.  The Firefighter position performs duties related to fire prevention, suppression, emergency rescue, basic life support, and first aid under emergency conditions frequently involving considerable danger.

For more information, check out our Firefighter hiring brochure here. (Download PDF reader)

2019 Youth Firesetter Intervention Seminar

Registration for the free 2019 Youth Fire Intervention Team of Eastern Kansas Annual Seminar is now open. We have a great seminar lined up this year and have included case studies on when interventions went right and lessons learned when things did not go as planned. The seminar is being held at Lenexa Fire Station 93 on November 7th this year and lunch will be provided. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

Thanks!

Corey A. Sands, CFO, FM, IAAI-CFI
Fire Marshal
Shawnee Fire Department

2019 YFIT registration

32nd Annual Girard Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial

 

Girard will be hosting is 31st Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Sunday October 20th at 1400 Hrs at the Girard Fire Station. This years memorial will be recognizing the 119 men and women that are being added to the National Memorial in Emmitsburg.

Any Honor Guards wishing to participate, or if anyone has any questions, please contact me .

Thank – you

Craig D. Garrett

Fire Prevention Week Proclamation

2020 FRA Seminar

Jason Monty

Jason L. Monty age 45 passed away at Simpson, KS, September 17, 2019. He was born at Mitchell County Hospital January 17, 1974 to Doug and Dee Monty of Beloit, KS. He married Becky Siegrist of Simpson, Kansas on July 22, 1995. They made their home in Simpson, KS.

Jason worked at Asherville elevator in Asherville, KS for over 22 years. He was a volunteer firefighter for 17 years for MCO District 1.

He loved building and driving derby cars and race cars with his family and friends. He loved to go hunting & fishing.

Jason was an avid bowler and enjoyed going to tournaments with his bowling team.

Jason was preceded in death by his grandparents, Laverne & Susie Monty of Beloit and Richard and Dorinda Colby of Beloit, Father in law Bill Siegrist of Simpson.

He was survived by wife, Becky of the home and son Austin of Beloit; parents, Doug & Dee Monty of Beloit; brother Jeff Monty (Heather) of Beloit; mother-In-Law Berta Lou Siegrist Simpson, KS; his best friends, Peanut and Buddy; brothers-in-law, Bill (Arlene) Siegrist, Dan (Terry) Siegrist, Bruce (Sandy) Siegrist, and David (Michelle) Siegrist; sister-in-law, Deb Siegrist; and many nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Funeral services will be at 10 AM Saturday, September 21 at the Beloit First Christian Church. Visitation will be from 1-8 PM Friday, September 20 at the Roberts Family Funeral Home. Memorials may be given to the Family Expense Fund.

Job Opening – Firefighter- Hays Fire Department

 

Firefighter 2019

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:
https://www.facebook.com/NeodeshaKSFire/

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
smsd.org

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

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

Surviving The Fire Service Symposium

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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.

 

 

Wellington Fire/EMS Golf Tournament

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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


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