Archive for April, 2015

KCK firefighter wins case of beer – to be delivered by Clydesdales

Wyandotte Daily News – April 30, 2015

A Kansas City, Kan., firefighter has won a case of beer – to be delivered next week to his doorstep by a team of Budweiser Clydesdales.

Brandon Rogers, 22, a Kansas City, Kan., resident, said he was half-asleep when the call came today telling him that he won the contest.

He entered the contest after hearing about it at his apartment complex near The Legends Outlets.

“I just guess I was pretty excited,” Rogers said. “I think it would be pretty cool to see the Clydesdales.”

Rogers added he was a Budweiser fan. “That’s my favorite beer,” he said.

Beer distributor Wil Fischer Companies of Kansas sponsored the contest, he said.

The plan is to have a team of Clydesdale horses deliver the beer by going through Village West Parkway to the apartment’s clubhouse next Thursday (the event at the clubhouse is a private event), according to Rogers. He said that will also depend on the weather that day.

The Clydesdales will stop off at several restaurants at The Legends Outlets, dropping off cases of beer, according to the beer distributor.

Rogers is a native of Kansas City, Kan. He attended John F. Kennedy Elementary, Eisenhower Middle School and Basehor High School. He received his firefighter EMT certification after attending classes at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

There will be several opportunities for area residents to watch the Clydesdales next week at the Village West area, according to Lane Pratt, vice president with the Wil Fischer Distributing Co.

Pratt said he received all the entries for this contest, and this morning, had a computer pick one, and it turned out to be Brandon Rogers.

The Clydesdales are scheduled to make an appearance from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 7, parading through The Legends Outlets area. They are scheduled to be at the Lone Star steakhouse, Applebee’s, TGI Friday’s, Chili’s and Hooters, as well as at Danny’s Bar and Grill.

The Clydesdales are scheduled to be at the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 8, where they will be outside the casino, he said.

They also are scheduled to be at the Kansas Speedway greeting fans from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in front of the entrance area.

Pratt said the public is welcome to watch the Clydesdales at these public locations. If it rains, they will not be out in the weather, he added.

Retirement Reception

Retirement Reception

Norton Fire Chief Mitch Jones

May 27, 2015 – 4 to 6 PM

Norton Eagles Club

45 years as a firefighter and 25 as chief of department

KSFFA Regional Fire School in Meade

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by Meade County Fire Department
May 2-3, 2015
Meade High School – 409 School Addition

Our new KSFFA  skills trailer will be in Meade for fire school. Come join us for some awesome free training. You wanted more hands on and with this new training aid we will be able to make that happen. Click on photo to view full-size image.

Our new KSFFA skills trailer will be in Meade for fire school. Come join us for some awesome free training. You wanted more hands on and with this new training aid we will be able to make that happen. Click on photo to view full-size image.

Saturday Morning – May 2 – 8 a.m.

1.  Engine Company Operations for Small Departments – 8 hrs.
2.  Pump Operations – 8 hrs.
3.  Firefighter Safety & Survival – 8 hrs – Full PPE Required
4.  Basic Rappelling – 12 hrs
5.  FRA Training Class

Saturday Afternoon – May 2 – 1 p.m.

1.  Engine Company Operations – cont.
2.  Pump Operations – cont.
3.  Firefighter Safety & Survival – cont.
4.  Basic Rappelling – cont.

Sunday Morning – May 3 – 8 a.m.

1.  Building Construction & Structural Collapse – 4 hrs
2.  Vehicle Fires – 4 hrs
3.  Basic Rappelling – cont.
4.  Fire Cause Determination – 4 hrs

Sunday Afternoon – May 3 – Noon

1.  Fire Grounds – KSFFA Burn Trailer – Full PPE Required

Motel – Moon Mist Motel – 804 West Carthage

FF 1 and 2 Testing offered – Must pre-register through KU Fire Training

Free Fit Testing Offered.

For more information contact Troy Wolf, KSFFA Southwest Trustee –
(620) 492-1861

Wichita firefighters assaulted while responding to call

By John Boyd
KWCH – April 30, 2015

Wichita firefighters are assaulted while responding to a man having chest pains.

It happened Wednesday morning in the 1100 block of N. Waco.

Firefighters were dispatched to a call of a man in his mid-20s having chest pains.

When firefighters and EMS workers arrived, they were assaulted by the man.

They put out a trouble call and Wichita police responded. The man was arrested. The man had drugs in his wallet. Police also believe he was under the influence of drugs at the time.

No one was hurt.

Putting out the fire

Anthony Republican – April 15, 2015
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 30, 2015

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Dan Cashier, Anthony firefighter, is shown putting out a fire this past Saturday, 1 mile south and 1 mile west of Chaparral.

Coffey County Fire District No. 1 report

Coffey County Republican – April 21, 2015
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 30, 2015

Station 6, Lebo, responded to a grass fire at 2:58 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at I-35 mile marker 146.

Station 6, Lebo, responded to a grass fire at 6:16 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the intersection of 27th Street and Blackbird Road.

Station 6, Lebo, responded to a grass fire at 11:10 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at I-35 mile marker 155.

Station 5, LeRoy, responded to a gas leak at 3:26 p.m. Friday, April 17, in the 900 block of B Street in LeRoy.

Station 3, Burlington, responded to a carbon monoxide check at 8:08 a.m. Sunday, April 19, in the 800 block of Garrettson Street in Burlington.

No one injured after office fire in Leawood

KSHB – April 30, 2015

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No one was injured after a small fire was reported Thursday morning at a dentist office.

The fire happened at 5201 College Blvd. in Leawood, Kan.

Firefighters said the fire was extinguished shortly after arriving. It is believed the fire started due to an electrical problem.

Holcomb man killed in collision with motor grader

Garden City Telegram – April 30, 2015

A Holcomb man was killed in a two-vehicle accident that occurred in Finney County Wednesday morning.

According to Finney County Sheriff Kevin Bascue, Luke Conley, 22, died from injuries sustained in the accident, which occurred at about 7:22 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Rodkey and Anderson roads.

Jeff Rever, 51, Garden City, was driving a 1991 Caterpillar motor grader owned by Finney County Public Works south into the intersection of Anderson and Rodkey roads when Conley, who was driving a 2002 Ford F-150 eastbound on Rodkey, struck the motor grader.

Conley was pronounced dead at the scene. Rever was uninjured. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, Bascue said.

Saturday event in Belleville aimed at fire education

By Tim Unruh
Salina Journal – April 30, 2015

Firefighters and members of a number of agencies will meet for the Belleville Area Fire Prevention and Safety Awareness Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at the fire station.

The goal is educating children and adults on the dangers of fire, the need for prevention and what to do in case of a fire.

The event, which is open to everyone, is meant to help people prepare, said Doane Sells, a longtime firefighter and a Belleville city councilman. The town is struggling with the death of a toddler who died Feb. 23 in a Belleville house fire.

The Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office, Red Cross, Belleville EMS, fire and police departments and the Concordia Fire Department are working together on the safety awareness day, Sells said.

The safety trailer from Concordia will be set up to take people through a smoke simulation.

“It will be a chance for kids to know what it’s like to be in a room filled with smoke,” Sells said.

The Food Mart in Belleville is donating free hot dogs. Smoke alarms, escape ladders and a number of donated items will be given away as door prizes. A number of safety displays will be set up.

Homes temporarily evacuated after truck hits gas meter

Salina Post – April 29, 2015

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Fire crews evacuated 10 homes near a gas leak on a Salina residential street just after 10:30 Wednesday morning.

Salina Master Patrol officer Rande Repp said a pickup with a trailer backed into a gas meter to a home in the 700 block of North 5th Street. The driver was pulling out of an alley access to a garage.

A strong, pungent odor of natural gas was noticeable a block away before the gas was shut off.

As a precaution, nearby homes were evacuated and 4th and 5th Streets between Woodland and Grand were blocked to traffic until Kansas Gas Service was able to shut off the gas and repair the meter.

There were no injuries according to the Salina Fire Department.

Sedgwick County Fire Department to look into remote-controlled aircraft

By Sharda Gray
KSN – April 29, 2015


We’re still looking for answers as to what caused a house explosion near Derby Monday night. World War II veteran Roland “Andy” Dayton died in the blast. The Sedgwick County Fire Department is a long way from knowing the exact cause, but they did use new technology that could possibly help speed up the process.

It could take weeks or longer to know if the images they took with this new technology will help the investigation, but what we do know is that it was a spur of the moment decision. The fire marshal tells us the pictures tell a lot.

It may look like a toy, but remote-controlled devices, like recreational helicopters or drones, could help with the investigation of an elderly man’s death.

“One of our fire fighters had access to one of these recreational helicopters,” said Sedgwick County Fire Marshal Daniel Wegner. “Had a camera mounted to it and we used it to do some aerial photographs of the scene.”

Wegner says those pictures are part of the investigation, so they can’t release them yet, but he says the technology to get above the scene is giving a new view to help figure out what happened.

“It gives an elevated picture of how far the debris piles went in extent of the damage from the blast,” Wegner said. “It’s really hard to piece several photographs together, but from that view point, we have an aerial view.”

The device the fire department used had a camera mounted on it. Brookstone Store sells similar technology and drones with the cameras already attached. They say they’ve seen an increase in sales.

“It used to be the regular helicopters that we would sell, but here in recently within the past year, the quad-copter, which are the four propeller helicopters have been a lot more popular and that’s what we see selling a lot more,” said Brookstone Store manager Reid Dreitz.

The fire marshal says this was the first time they used this kind of technology and they don’t plan to buy one right now, but says it would be cheaper than using real helicopters and planes for aerial photos.

“You’ve got fuel cost, personal cost. So it’s not a cheap thing to put an airplane in the air come over and take photographs,” said Wegner. “When I can get them, I’ve used them, but when I don’t use them for every incident.”

The fire marshal says he hasn’t looked into the rules and regulations of using these kind of devices for the future, but says they would look into it if they consider purchasing a remote-controlled aircraft for the department.

City to rename fire department headquarters in honor of John Glaser

By Nico Roesler
Shawnee Dispatch – April 29, 2015

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The Shawnee Fire Department Station 71 headquarters will be renamed in honor of John Glaser, a Shawnee fire fighter who was killed in the line of duty in 2010.

May 22 marks the five year anniversary of Glaser’s death and the city will honor him by holding a commemoration and dedication event at the fire department headquarters. Glaser died while performing a search of a house that was on fire. He was separated from his crew inside the home and was unable to escape before being overcome with smoke. His death in 2010 was the first ever firefighter death in the city.

“We had been looking into different things likes streets and parks to rename in his honor but decided the best thing would be the fire station,” said Fire Chief John Mattox.

Station 71 will be renamed as the John B. Glaser Fire Station and the name will be prominently displayed over the three large west-facing garage bay doors.

The decision to honor Glaser by renaming the station has been discussed by a committee of members at the fire station for several years, Mattox said.

Every year since Glaser’s death, the fire department has honored his memory with the John Glaser 5K, which takes place every October, and other informal events and ceremonies. The fire department says that it believes renaming the station is the best way to honor Glaser’s sacrifice for current and future firefighters as well as the community of Shawnee.

“We were looking for something that would be around forever,” Mattox said. “This will make sure that we will never forget.”

Mattox said several members for the Glaser family will be present for the dedication including his wife Amber Glaser who Mattox said is very excited for the honor.

HonorONE arriving at Osage City High School

Photos by Osage County Fire District #2

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Firefighter creates children’s activity guide, menu

By Mark Rountree
Leavenworth Times – April 29, 2015

Leavenworth firefighter Clinton Marsh was honored by Mayor Lisa Weakley on Monday as the city of Leavenworth Employee of the Quarter.

Leavenworth firefighter Clinton Marsh was honored by Mayor Lisa Weakley on Monday as the city of Leavenworth Employee of the Quarter.

While sitting in a restaurant with his 3-year-old son, Leavenworth firefighter Clinton Marsh had an idea.
In an effort to teach fire safety to children, Marsh designed a children’s menu and activity guide about safe fire practices that children could use while at restaurants.
The menu includes meal choices specific to each restaurant as well as a word scramble, a word search, a maze and a fill-in-the-blank section in which children can answer fire safety questions.
“It’s a good opportunity to educate the kids,” Marsh said. “And it’s a good chance to have that open dialogue between the kid and the parent about fire safety.”
Marsh said the activity guides and menus are in approximately nine local restaurants, and about nine more restaurants will be getting the material soon.
Each participating restaurant receives 100 activity guides initially. Marsh said some of the restaurants already need to be resupplied.
“The hope is that this will open up a dialogue about emergency prevention and mitigation with their guardian,” wrote Assistant Fire Chief Mark Nietzke in a letter to local restaurants. “We see the local children in their schools, but there is no way to know that the information is taken home.”
Marsh’s community outreach was one of the reasons he was named the city of Leavenworth Employee of the Quarter. Mayor Lisa Weakley issued a certificate of recognition to the firefighter on Monday.
Leavenworth Paper Supply donated crayons that can be used along with the activity guides.
Marsh said fire department secretary Cary Collins has also worked hard on the project.
He said additional restaurants are welcome to participate.

13-year-old boy drowns in Kansas river

KAKE – April 29, 2015

A teenage boy has drowned in an area river.

At about 6 p.m. Tuesday, emergency crews responded to the report of a possible drowning in the Neosho River near Kelley Park in Burlington Kansas. That’s in Coffey County.

Numerous agencies including the Kansas Highway Patrol, Wildlife and Parks, EagleMed, Burlington Police, Coffey County sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, EMS and Water Rescue responded and began searching for a victim.

About an hour later, a teenager was located in the water. He did not survive.

He’s been identified as 13-year-old Matthew Edwards, but his hometown was not released.

Flags Lowered at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Honor of Training Officer/Firefighter Mike Corn

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The grand tour

Lawrence Journal World – April 16, 2015
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 29, 2015

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Lt. Dennis Leslie, a firefighter with the Lawrence Fire Medical department, spent most of Wednesday showing 12 new recruits some structures in downtown Lawrence while explaining how they were built.

Flame on, then out

Arkansas City Traveler – April 22, 2015
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 29, 2015

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Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department firefighter-Paramedic Nick Jindra uses the grass fire truck’s hand line to put water on a grass fire Tuesday while ACFD Lt. Jon Clawson drives the truck. The report of the grass fire, which was located just west of 21st Road on the north side of U.S. 166, came in at 4:24 p.m. Around 3 acres were burned and the cause was an electrical line that had sparked. Two grass fire trucks responded to the fire.

An ACFD grass fire truck also responded to an earlier grass fire southeast of town at 3:14 p.m. That fire was located somewhere in the vicinity of the 1200 block of 322nd Road. Less than an acre was burned and the cause of that fire was unknown.

Commissioners discuss county communication policy

By Lesley Marshall
Rawlins County Square Deal – April 23, 2015
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 29, 2015

Emergency Management Director Ryan Murray met with the Rawlins County Commissioners during their April 20 meeting to discuss the county communication policy.

Murray explained he attended a training scenario in Oakley last Saturday and radio communication was the focus of the exercise.

“The problem arises when you are running on the VHF or UHF radios which may work in your county, but when you go outside of your county or people come to help you, the capability to communicate is lost as more and more people are transitioning to 800 megahertz radios,” Murray said.

Also, the information coming out of dispatch goes over both the UHF and 800 radio systems, but when someone talks back it only goes over one. Therefore, entities operating on different radio systems will not hear each other, Murray added.

According to Murray, Rawlins County made a decision approximately three years ago to transition from UHF to 800 radios. Since then, Rural Fire Department 2 has discovered they are running into some coverage issues, he said.

“My concern with that is, we are creating a department on an island,” Murray said. “That is becoming a risk not only to the public, but to the responders.”

It is my understanding that Rawlins County Emergency Medical Services has completely transitioned to the 800 radios, as has the Rawlins County Health Center, the Herndon Fire Department and the McDonald Fire Department, Murray explained.

“If there are issues with the 800 radios for RFD 2, what can we do to fix that?” Murray asked. “We are at a crossroads here and we have to come together as a group and decide what we are going to do.”

Commissioners Chairperson Lisa Woody said she has received feedback from some people stating that there are areas within the county where the 800 radios do not work.

Murray explained that service with the radios can vary depending on where you are in the county and that is true of both the UHF and 800 radios.

RFD 2 Fire Chief Allen Castens said his department is still using the UHF radios because the 800 radios are not providing accurate coverage.

Sheriff Bill Finley said another problem with departments using both radio systems is that it can create chaos in the dispatch station.

“There is already a lot going on down there,” Finley said. “You have 911 calls coming in, you have the amublance asking for directions, you have law enforcement responding and then you have the fire department and they are on a different channel.”

Finley explained that along with operating on a different radio system, RFD 2 uses poor radio etiquette.

“We can’t listen to all of their excess talking in dispatch,” Finley said. “There is a lot of unnecessary information coming in and we can only pay attention to so much.”

“A lot of this comes down to training and radio discipline,” Murray said. “In dispatch, it creates so much traffic over the radio that that, in itself, is creating a safety risk.”

Therefore, the UHF system volume is currently turned down in dispatch. Finley added that if RFD 2 switches to the 800 radio, they will have access to a Tac channel. The Tac channel would allow RFD 2 to communicate among themselves without obstructing dispatch.

“It appears to me we have a discrepancy on whether the 800 works or whether it doesn’t and I can see both sides,” Commissioner Craig Cox said.

“A good example is the Achilles Fire Department,” Finley said. “We used to not be able to contact them on a cell phone or UHF radio, I gave them one handheld 800 radio and they haven’t missed a fire since.”

“What can we do to improve the 800 reception?” Cox asked.

Murray said he can research the cost of putting up another 800 megahertz repeater and another 800 tower, but it’s a waste to keep spending money on a system that everyone isn’t going to use.

“it’s not going to fix the problem,” he said.

Those that are already using it aren’t having many problems, he added.

“I hear what everyone is saying and I wish we had one system that would work,” Castens said. “We would use it if it was reliable.”

The commissioners decided to have Murray research what can be done to the local tower in Atwood to provide better service.

“Until we get that information, I would like for RFD 2 to keep the UHF radios to communicate among themselves, but once they are in the fire vehicles they switch to the 800 radios,” Woody said. “If the 800 radios aren’t working, they can call into dispatch and have the UHF channel volume turned up. Also, RFD 2 needs to document when and where they aren’t getting service with their radios.

Fuel contained, pumped out

Pratt Tribune – April 23, 2015
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Pratt Fire Chief David Kramer and Assistant Fire Chief George Stevens (at left in white hats, Kramer on the right) discuss strategy after a gasoline storage tank leaked fuel overnight at Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. The tank was filled with 1,000 gallons Tuesday and the leak was discovered Wednesday morning. Fuel was about 10 inches deep in the spill containment tank around the center unit. Hampel Oil was brought in to pump out the fuel.

Lawnmower causes shed fire on Cypress Street

By Jason Beets
Junction City Daily Union – April 25, 2015
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Fires sometimes start in embarrassing ways.

Junction City Fire Department Battalion Chief Bill Kausler said a shed in the 800 block of Cypress Street caught fire Thursday afternoon after its owner tried to start a riding lawnmower.

“It appears a lawnmower had a backfire and caught on fire,” he said.

Firemen had the blaze under control in about five minutes. The fire didn’t spread, but the shed and its contents, were destroyed.

“It’s a complete loss,” he said.

Kausler estimates the fire resulted in between $2,500 and $3,000 in damages. The owner of the shed declined to comment.

Police, fire departments look forward to sharing OP facility

By Jennifer Bhargava
Kansas City Star – April 29, 2015

Construction is under way on a new building that will bring police and fire operations together in southern Overland Park.

The spacious new Overland Park Public Safety Facility, being built at 163rd Street and Antioch Road, will house stations for both departments. City officials are hoping to have a July 2016 opening for the $7.5 million facility.

The Fire Department will occupy the south portion of the building, the police on the north.

Since the fire and police departments in the area both need new stations, creating a joint facility, rather than building two separate ones, made sense, city officials said.

After all, firefighters and police officers often respond to the same calls. They work together in many emergency situations.

Plus, the facility will put both departments near the new 159th Street interchange at 69 Highway, giving easy access to other parts of town.

The 23,000-square-foot facility was custom designed to meet the current and future needs of each department.

“It’s an opportunity for both departments to work together, which I think is very exciting and important,” said Simon Harper, deputy chief of police in Overland Park. “It’s a new step forward.”

The new building will house the Police Department’s Tactical Operations Unit, which now is located in a former fire station located near 119th and Westgate streets.

When the new public safety facility opens, the police will have a larger vehicle bay, more office space, a patrol briefing room, a conference room and equipment storage, among other amenities.

Space is important for future technology, said Harper.

“Today, we have computers, cars and cameras that we never dreamed of having decades ago,” he said. “Who knows what policing will look like in twenty, thirty years. It’s important to be prepared for those resources.”

Overland Park Fire Chief Bryan Dehner agrees the extra space is vital.

The south part of town is growing rapidly, he said. It is important for the new fire station to accommodate future employees to meet the needs of the community, he added.

The new public safety building will have a bunk room capacity for 12 fire and EMS employees.

There will also be more vehicle space, office areas and a decontamination room in an isolated area.

The current fire station nearby was built for the city of Stanley’s volunteer firemen in 1980, before the city annexed that area.

It does not have a restrooms or or sleeping quarters for women.

So, firefighters are eager for the new station to be built, Dehner said.

“Everyone is looking forward to it,” Dehner said. “We really need this building.”

Although the two departments will remain separate units, the joint facility offers an opportunity for camaraderie.

The departments will share a main entrance. There will also be an exercise room between the two departments, where firefighters and police officers will work out, side by side.

Since the facility will be located near a new mixed use development, the design team used the development standards and pre-selected materials for the exteriors of the facility to blend in with its surroundings.

Materials include brick and synthetic stucco. The building will be beige, brown, and cream.

It will also have significant natural lighting.

The project will also include a new traffic signal at 163rd and Antioch, which is located at the Blue Valley Southwest High School’s main entrance.

Safety fair aims to keep children safe over summer

By Jason E. Silvers
Fort Scott Tribune – April 29, 2015

With the end of another school year and the summer months approaching, local emergency personnel plan to educate local youth about staying safe during their summer break.

Law enforcement, fire and emergency response personnel from various local agencies are scheduled to be present for a safety fair to take place Friday, May 8 at Fort Scott Middle School, 1105 E. 12th St.

Fort Scott Police Department School Resource Officer Joseph Allen said the event will take place from about 12:45 to 3 p.m. and will involve activities both inside the school building and in the school parking lot. Various educational stations will be set up and students will be served hot dogs and drinks.

Personnel representing various agencies will talk with students and answer any questions they have, and will also have vehicles and equipment on hand for students to look through, Allen said.

The annual educational event was started several years ago by FSPD Officer Craig Rice, who has said the event began when he and a former Fort Scott police chief got together to “do something for the schools” and connect local emergency workers and students.

“We’ve done it every year with different agencies present,” Allen said. “It’s the same focus as far as educating kids before they go out for the summer on the different aspects of different safety to pay attention to.”

Allen said this year, the focus of the event will be on the more educational aspects of summer safety and it will not just simply be a “meet and greet”-style event.

“I’m trying to change it to be more educational for the kids,” he said.

Planned activities to go along with this goal include Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks staff handing out information about water and swimming safety to students, as well as Mercy EMS personnel being on hand to discuss safety and avoiding injuries, Allen said.

“He (Rice) started it several years ago,” Allen said. “I’m just trying to continue from that and build on it.”

Local agencies expected to participate include the FSPD, the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office, the Fort Scott Fire Department, Mercy EMS and KDWP. Allen said a medical helicopter is also expected to land in the FSMS parking lot during the afternoon for students to check out.

“I’m trying to get Scott Township (fire department) to show off a few of their trucks,” he said. “My SAFE (Seatbelts Are For Everyone) team will be there handing out different things.”

The Kansas Highway Patrol, which normally has a presence at the event, will not be on hand due to a prior obligation, Allen said. KHP typically brings a crash simulator which gives students a chance to experience the feel of a vehicle impact while wearing a seatbelt.

Allen said he will show students the Fatal Vision goggles, which simulate the effects of being intoxicated. He said a simulation will be set up in which students will be asked to throw a tennis ball, perform simple movements or multi-task while wearing the goggles. The idea is to give students an idea of the difficulty involved in performing these tasks and how their vision is affected if they were to become intoxicated.

Students will be able to learn about water and swimming safety as well as other general outdoor safety topics. Allen said goals for the event include educating students and also making sure students don’t feel uneasy around emergency personnel.

“We want to educate as many as we can on being safe and having fun,” he said. “It’s also about meeting law and emergency personnel and being comfortable.”

Allen said a schedule of activities has not been finalized.

LODD – Mike Corn

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A Conway Springs volunteer firefighter died in the line of duty Monday.

Police say 68-year-old Mike Corn was responding to a possible fire in the 300 block of South 5th. Police say Corn was putting on his gear when he collapsed. Authorities believe he may have suffered a heart attack.

Corn was a retired Battalion Chief in the Wichita Fire Department according to the Kansas Firefighters Museum. He worked as a training officer with Conway Springs. Mike also was a past KSFFA Executive Board Officer.

Services will be:

Friday, May 1st  10:00 am

West side Christian Church
1819 W. Douglas Ave  in Wichita, KS
The Family and Department are inviting any FD personnel to attend the service and may provide apparatus or honor guard:
At this time please contact person(s) listed below for information on Apparatus or Honor Guard or for any further questions.
Kim Taylor/ Conway Springs FD:  316-293-7802
Ron Ewing/ KSFFA:  620-366-5399
Shane Pearson/ KSFFA:  785-447-1124

Michael “Mike” Corn Obituary – Resthaven Mortuary | Wichita KS

Corn, Michael B. “Mike”, 67, retired Chief of Public Education for the City of Wichita Fire Department, volunteer at Conway Springs Fire Department and Fire Science instructor at Hutchinson Community College passed away April 27, 2015. Mike was preceded in death by his father Walter and brother Ray F. He is survived by his wife, Cindy; daughter, Tiffany (Dan) Oltjenbruns; mother, Dorothy Fink all of Wichita; step sister, Rhonda (Steve) Hundley of Derby; granddaughter, Abby Oltjenbruns and nephew, Jon (Samantha) Hundley. Visitation is 5 to 8 pm Thursday at Resthaven Mortuary. Funeral service is 10:00 am Friday, May 1 at West Side Christian Church, 1819 W. Douglas, Wichita, KS. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Conway Springs Fire Department, PO Box 187, Kansas Firefighter’s Museum, 1300 S. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67211 or the Mike Corn Fire Science Scholarship in care of HCC Endowment Assn., 1300 N. Plum, Hutchinson KS 67501.

Grant Writing Training for Public Safety Agencies

Grant Writing Training for Public Safety Agencies 


Anderson County Fire Dept.

August 21st– 22nd, 2015
 8AM – 5PM each day 


Anderson County Law Enforcement Center

135 E. 5th Ave., Garnett, KS 66032 

First Responder Grants will present a specialized class for Public Safety / First Responder Agencies on developing, writing and applying for grant programs.

The training is specifically directed at First Responder and Public Safety Agencies of Police/Fire/EMS and Emergency Management or local government agencies seeking grant funding from Federal/State/Local grant funding sources.

This two-day Grant Writing training will be presented by nationally known grant consultant and author Kurt Bradley of First Responder Grants, LLC.  Mr. Bradley is a retired public safety administrator who has been consulting with public safety agencies on their grant needs since 2004 and whose company has amassed a total of more than $1 billion dollars in grant awards for these agencies with a 80% overall win record. He is considered one of the country’s leading public safety grant consultants.

In this economy the competition for grant dollars is extremely high during the coming years and you will need a competitive edge…

This training provides that competitive edge!


Tuition for this training is:

  • $399 – 2-day Grant Writing class (August 21st -22nd, 2015)

* Coffee, water, soda, doughnuts will be provided each morning and lunch will be provided each day courtesy of Anderson County Fire Dept.

For further class information or to register:

Call Kurt Bradley 863-551-9598  or  Email KBradley@

To Register: 

For local area info regarding the Garnett, KS venue:

Local Contact: J.D. Mersman – PH: 785-448-6797 Email:

Local Hotel Accommodations for students are available at:

Garnett Inn Suites & RV Park – 109 Prairie Plaza Pkwy., Garnett, KS 66032 -785-448-6797 

Added Bonus Value for Attending a First Responder Grants Training Classes

#1-Any student attending a First Responder Training Class who signs up for our Annual Grant Services Package (AGSP) within 30 days of attending will receive a 10% discount off the normal annual subscription price.

*Early registration is encouraged to assure that the minimum number of registered students is achieved in order for the class to be presented. You do not have to pay, simply to register. Payment is due not later than the first day of class. Upon registering you will be asked to specify your preferred method of payment and a billing invoice will be emailed to you for processing.

One dead in Derby home explosion

By Jake Trease
Derby Informer – April 28, 2015

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A house was leveled in an explosion a little before 10 p.m. Monday night east of Derby, according to dispatchers. Firefighters were dispatched from five different departments to help deal with the ensuing flames and search for possible victims.

One victim was found on the scene on 127th street in Sedgwick County after more than an hour of searching with floodlights blanketing the scene, said Kip Hiebert, Sedgwick County division fire chief. He said they are waiting until daylight to identify the body.

Units from Derby, Rose Hill, Sedgwick County, McConnell Air Force Base and Wichita were dispatched to the scene, Hiebert said. Four water tankers were used.

Dozens of firefighters trudged through the debris in search of a victim neighbors told them was likely inside. Parts of the house flew as far as 75 feet, close to the dirt road where about eight fire trucks were parked.

“At first, we couldn’t get into the structure,” Hiebert said. “So we started from the outside and worked our way in.”

Once inside, firefighters picked pieces of wood and furniture out of a basement.

“It looks like a typical explosion,” Hiebert said of the debris. “It’s a little early to say exactly what the cause would be.”

Hiebert said firefighters will maintain the site until morning, when an investigation into the cause of the explosion can continue.

Wichita fire crews fight two house fires Monday afternoon

KSN – April 27, 2015

North Waco house fire (Photo Courtesy: Kevin Stebral, KSN Photographer)

North Waco house fire (Photo Courtesy: Kevin Stebral, KSN Photographer)

Wichita fire crews responded to two house fires just after noon today.

The first broke out around 12:30 in the 2300 of East Random Road. A neighbor saw flames and called 911. Nobody was home at the time. The house sustained damage throughout the structure and is likely a total loss. A preliminary cause indicates a possible electrical problem.

Then shortly before 1 p.m., firefighters responded to a house fire in the 1600 block of North Waco. No one was home at the time. The fire was limited to the front of the house. A hole was cut into the roof to vent the home. Damage is estimated at $40,000.

KSFFA President’s Article – May 2015

Hello to all.  I am writing to you as your newly elected President.  It is truly an honor to be allowed to lead this fine organization.  I am humbled by the trust that you as the membership have placed in me.  I should first off give a quick bit of information about me.  I started in the fire service in 1986 at Lecompton, Kansas.  I owe that leap of faith to allow a young, just barely 18 year old to join to Danny Rees.  He was the Assistant Chief at the time and convinced the Chief to let me join.  After serving at Lecompton, I was able to join a department closer to my home, Topeka-Tecumseh Fire District.  I served there as both a volunteer and full time shift officer.  I moved in my full time employment from there to the City of Topeka Fire Department in 1998.  I stayed as a volunteer until 2008.  I then moved my volunteer service to Soldier Township.  I still serve both Topeka Fire and Soldier Township today.

I am the proud father of three girls.  Two are grown and out on their own and the third is getting close!  I am proud of all of them and the sacrifices they have made with my fire service career with all the missed dance recitals, soccer games and orchestra concerts.  I enjoy their support in this endeavor.  That family support is the most important kind to have.

I would like to take a moment to thank outgoing President JL Ellis for his service to the KSFFA.  I had occasion to meet JL early in our careers.  October of 1987 at the State Fire School in Topeka on a bus headed to the burn field at Forbes Air Base, I sat across from this young man who introduced himself as a firefighter from Colby.  Little did I know, he and I some twenty five years later would be serving on the executive board of the same group that was providing our training that day.    JL has served this association with honor and dignity.  I am sure he will continue to faithfully serve the responders of the state through his full time job as well.   We thank you for your service JL and look forward to seeing you down the road.

I would like to welcome Chief Eric Voss from Concordia to our board.  He will fill the role of the 1st Vice President.  Eric brings a wealth of experience from the civilian as well as the military world.  He has served in all ranks from Firefighter up to Chief.  I will leave it to him to cover his background with you all, but I am confident that he will be a good fit for this executive board.

To those who came and participated in our annual conference, THANK YOU!   All of you who served on committees and ran for offices are the drive of this organization.   You are who directs this board in the future of this organization.  I would also say THANK YOU to Junction City Fire Department for a wonderful conference.  It’s a lot of hard work, but it is worth it in the end.  Thanks for all your efforts.

Finally, I will close with some insight into where we are headed.  Our conference floor gave us some good direction this year on expanding our regional fire school offerings.   It is my intention to work with the executive board to find ways to partner with other training agencies in the state to meet the stated goals of the floor to offer more Haz-Mat, and technical rescue courses as well as more advanced fire courses while still sticking to our core mission of basic firefighting skills.   One piece of that puzzle arrived the first day of conference with the delivery of our new Skills Trainer.  It is our hope to be able to offer more hands on skills at our schools.  Often times, the lack of an acquired structure limits our ability to do skills at our regional schools.  It is our hope this will improve that situation.    The next step the Executive Board will look to pursue is the expansion into EMS offerings.  It is my hope that we can find ways to work with our local EMS Regions and other EMS organizations in the state to offer up locations for them to be able to offer continuing ed hours.   EMS services both full time and volunteer need help just as much as the fire service side does in acquiring affordable, local training.  I hope the KSFFA can assist in this area.  These are just a couple of the items we will address in the coming year.

In closing, I would like to say again, Thank YOU for your trust and support.  This coming year will be a bit of a learning curve for me.  However with all of your support and the support of the board, I am sure it will be a productive one.  I challenge you all to attend one of our schools and hope to see you there.  This is YOUR organization.  Helps us make it the best.

Kevin Flory, KSFFA President


Michael (Pappy) William Henry

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Michael (Pappy) William Henry, 74, Tonganoxie, KS, joined his wife in Heaven on Thursday, April 23, 2015.  In accordance with his wishes, his earthly body was donated to the University of Kansas School Of Medicine. Memorial Services will be held at 2 pm, Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 at the Stranger Township Fire Station, 19501 State Avenue, just east of Tonganoxie, KS.

Mike was born in Kansas City, MO.  He was raised in Kansas City, KS and Graduated from Washington H.S. in 1959.  He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy until February, 1965, aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise and several locations abroad.  He married Sue (Hutchinson) Henry on June 4th, 1966 in Nowata, Okla. and they raised two children together.  He was a dedicated Teamster and worked in Route Sales for Wonder Bread.  Upon Retirement he fulfilled a childhood dream and joined Stranger Township Fire Department.

Mike was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Henry.  He is survived by his daughter, Kimberley Sue Lorenzo and son, Lloyd Clinton Lowe both of KCK, five grandchildren, Lloyd Michael, Bobbi Leannette, Garrett Carl Blake, Mikhaila Shiree, Harlee Dee and five great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Stranger Township Fire Department or donations of blood to The Community Blood Center in his honor.

Arr: Barnett Family Funeral Home, 1220 Walnut, Oskaloosa, KS (785) 863-2020.

KSFFA Regional School at Sylvan Grove

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Firefighter Training

Leavenworth Times – April 27, 2015

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The Leavenworth Fire Department went through training at their tower facility Thursday. The three-day Truck Academy is being conducted by an instructor from the New York Fire Department. The program teaches firefighters truck operations, tactics, aerial apparatus practices and rapid intervention team concepts.

HCC fire science program blazing with opportunity

By Ryan Christner
Hutchinson News – April 27, 2015

Vinyl wrap photos of firefighters are featured on the exterior of the new HCC Fire Science Building as seen on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Photo by Lindsey Bauman.

Vinyl wrap photos of firefighters are featured on the exterior of the new HCC Fire Science Building as seen on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Photo by Lindsey Bauman.

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Out with the old; in with the new.

During a joint ceremony Sunday afternoon, Hutchinson Community College recognized student scholars and soon-to-graduate members of its honors program while dedicating its new fire science training center.

Students, their families, school staff, regional fire personnel and community leaders packed the dominating red and gray metal structure, located along East Fourth Avenue on the Hutchinson Fire Department’s training grounds, as they heard messages honoring the past while looking forward to the future.

Fire science courses were first offered during the 1974-75 academic year, HCC President Carter File told the audience, and during the 40 years since, “it’s grown into one of the premier fire science programs in the country.”

During its first year, the program saw an enrollment of just nine students, said Bobby White, fire science coordinator. More than 100 full-time students are involved today, and about 200 are taking at least one class within the program.

Through regular courses and special training sessions, the program has an international reach, White said. But one of the biggest potential impacts could be seen locally.

While details are still being worked on, both File and Hutchinson Fire Chief Kim Forbes told the crowd of plans to put fire science students into Hutchinson fire stations through an internship program that could lead to their direct hiring upon graduation.

“That is a heck of an opportunity,” Forbes said.

By placing one qualified student with each of the three crews assigned to the seven fire stations in town, up to 21 students could be affected by the effort.

“The vision is to incorporate them as much as possible into the daily operations of that station,” White said following the ceremony. “They’re going to get as realistic a view as possible for what its like to work in a fire station.”

Already, White estimates 40 to 50 percent of HFD’s current staff are graduates of the fire science program. Ask the head of any fire department in Reno or surrounding counties, he said, and you’ll get glowing reports.

“They’ll tell you, they love our guys,” White said. “That’s something we like to do. Let’s make good firefighters and let’s do it better than anybody else.”

As some in attendance wandered throughout the facility’s many classrooms to watch as the scholars give presentations on their honors projects, many others took tours of training and storage areas.

Included on the tour was a room designated for search and rescue drills. While its still a work in progress, a full-scale two-story, three-bedroom house has been constructed inside. Smoke, lights and sound can be implemented through a control center to recreate the conditions inside a burning structure.

“We want to create the stimulus; we want to stress them and see how they’re going to react,” White said.

The room also comes equipped with obstacles like tunnels and a collapsing floor, as well as a space where students can utilize a chainsaw to simulate entering a home through the roof.

Construction on the new building was finished in December 2014, and since classes began in January, students have amassed a total of 1,800 credit hours inside the facility, according to White.

But in addition to teaching future firefighters, White said he hopes the building can serve the needs of outside organizations. Already, a group from the Kansas Department of Education has utilized the site’s classrooms and large multipurpose room to host a meeting. And equipment manufacturers could be welcomed in to demonstrate new technologies.

“I think we’re positioned well for the future,” White said.

Lawrence family of four displaced from home after fire, no injuries reported

By Nick Sloan
KSHB – April 27, 2015

A family of four from Lawrence, Kan., has been displaced from their home following a fire on Sunday morning.

The Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Department and medical crews were dispatched at 9:31 a.m. Sunday to a fire at 3323 Iowa.

Crews battled the fire and had it under control within a half hour.

No one was injured in the fire, as smoke detectors alerted the family who resided in the trailer.

The Douglas County Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the family.

An investigation is under way.

Hays Fire Department to train next week for large building fires

By Hays Fire Department
Hays Post – April 27, 2015

Photo by Hays Fire Department.

Photo by Hays Fire Department.

Members of the City of Hays Fire Department will be conducting training on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 27, 28 and 29, on the work needed to attack a large fire in a building.

This training will be conducted from 9 a.m to 11:30 a.m. each day in Aubel-Bickle Park in the area of 27th Street Terrace and Sherman Avenue. The street in this area will be blocked to traffic. The public is invited to observe.

During this training, firefighters will practice the teamwork and skills needed for the five on-duty firefighters to quickly get two large fire attack streams in operation to stop a large fire from spreading to other buildings.

To prevent any unreasonable response delays to emergency calls, one extra fire crew will be on-duty during this training. This crew will be ready for immediate response.

The City of Hays Fire Department continuously practices smart water use to conserve water. The water used for this training is essential for the preparedness of our firefighters to effectively fight a large fire. The water used will have the dual use of watering the grass at the park.

Deputy, woman seriously hurt in crash in Valley Center

KAKE – April 27, 2015

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Photo by Brian Donley. Click on photo to view full-size image.


A Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputy and one other person suffered serious injuries Saturday afternoon in a crash north of Wichita.

The crash happened just before 4 p.m. at 85th Street North and Broadway in Valley Center. That’s just west of the Kansas Coliseum.

Brian Donley witnessed the crash and tells KAKE News the deputy was heading north on Broadway “with lights and sirens and hit the red car.”

Troopers say the other driver failed to yield at a stop sign and pulled out in front of the deputy.

“The lady in the red car…was not responding to me talking to her,” Donley said.

The crash is still under investigation, and no names were provided.

New HCC fire science building gets murals prior to open house

By Ryan Christner
Hutchinson News – April 27, 2015

Lowen Corporation employees Ryan Gervickas and John Pavlovcic work on applying a vinyl wrap to the Fire Science Training Center building Monday, April 16, 2015. Photos by Travis Morisse.

Lowen Corporation employees Ryan Gervickas and John Pavlovcic work on applying a vinyl wrap to the Fire Science Training Center building Monday, April 16, 2015. Photos by Travis Morisse.

The Hutchinson Community College Fire Science Building has new murals on the front of the building seen Wednesday morning, April 22, 2015.

The Hutchinson Community College Fire Science Building has new murals on the front of the building seen Wednesday morning, April 22, 2015.

Jordan Legan, from Fairfax, Va., demonstrates to a group of firefighters on how to hold the hose while fighting a fire during a training session Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the fire training center.

Jordan Legan, from Fairfax, Va., demonstrates to a group of firefighters on how to hold the hose while fighting a fire during a training session Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the fire training center.

Josh Schmidt, South Metro, Colo., and Jordan Legan, Fairfax, Va., demonstrate a tactic on how to attack a fire as a team with the fire hose during a training session Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the fire training center.

Josh Schmidt, South Metro, Colo., and Jordan Legan, Fairfax, Va., demonstrate a tactic on how to attack a fire as a team with the fire hose during a training session Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the fire training center.

Mitch Sprague, Lafayette, Colo., practices with a fire hose during a training session Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the fire training center.

Mitch Sprague, Lafayette, Colo., practices with a fire hose during a training session Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the fire training center.

Aaron Fields talks to firefighter during a training session Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the fire training center. Fields has developed time saving tactics to help firefighters attack a fire.

Aaron Fields talks to firefighter during a training session Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the fire training center. Fields has developed time saving tactics to help firefighters attack a fire.

Firefighters are conditioned to put out fires. Hutchinson Community College’s newly built fire science training center, however, has been putting them on.
Early this week, a team of workers finished installing a series of firefighting scenes across the facade of the building, which on Sunday will be officially dedicated during an open house.
“I have a lot of respect for firefighters,” said Bob Bush, a former City Council member and brainchild of the project to affix the pictures to the building. Along with his wife, Ann, and son Jack, Bush said the cost of the project was split roughly equally between his family and the college, with an “incredibly generous” pricing package on the material from Matt Lowen, president and CEO of Hutchinson graphic design company Lowen Corporation.
“I just thought this was something that I could have an impact on and support firefighters for what they do,” Bush said.
Construction of the building, located along East Fourth Avenue on the Hutchinson Fire Department training grounds just west of Hutchinson Regional Airport, was completed in December 2014.
While the program will still utilize the former site on the HCC south campus near Yoder, everything that needs to be moved over to the new location has been, according to Carter File, president of the college.
“I think it looks terrific,” File said of the finished product. “I think it gives that building a lot of character and will certainly attract people’s attention to that building and what we’re doing.”
That’s exactly what Bush had in mind when he devised the project. As it was, the building was nice, he said, but also “a little boring” with its large stretches of gray corrugated metal siding.
Bush said he wanted to do something that would add a “cool factor” and catch people’s eye as they drove into town.
Now, “One of the first things you’re going to see is this new fire science building with these big, cool graphics,” he said.
According to Hutchinson Fire Chief Kim Forbes, the project pairs well with the Hutchinson Fire Department’s recent efforts to add more photographic artwork inside its training center next door.
“It was amazing that he wanted to put money into that project,” Forbes said of Bush. “I appreciate the fact that he’s interested in it and realizes the potential that site has” in attracting talented students from throughout the region.
Co-owner with his wife of City Beverage, Bush was familiar with the material after working with liquor stores in town to apply picture-quality graphics onto the walls of their businesses. Darren Keller, vice president of sales and marketing for Lowen’s Color Graphics Division, said it is a vinyl product by 3M with a pressure-sensitive adhesive on the back.
After a panel comprised of Bush, File, Lowen, Forbes and HCC Fire Science Coordinator Bobby White selected the images that now adorn the building – a collection of photographs depicting both HCC fire science students and Hutchinson firefighters in action, as well as a large stock photo – Keller’s staff took the digital files and used large-format digital presses to print the pictures onto the vinyl.
The material was then applied to the building over the past two weeks by workers from Texas certified through Lowen. Due to the building’s corrugated sides, the job required more finesse than his local team can provide, Keller said.
“It was a little bit of a challenge; it wasn’t just a smooth surface,” Keller said. But the finished product helps disguise the uneven texture, he added.
The picture panels were given an ultraviolet overlaminate for long-term durability. The vinyl comes with a seven-year warranty from 3M, Keller said, and can be replaced at any point during that time for any failure. And picture quality should remain high throughout, and even beyond, the warranty period, Keller added.
“It’ll start to fade after a few years but you won’t be able to tell, it’ll be so subtle,” he said.
Referring to the same material put up on a Hutchinson liquor store one year ago, Bush said it “looks like it was made yesterday.”
One possibility for the future could be to change out the images over time. Such a scenario would “keep it interesting,” Bush said, adding that it is his personal opinion that he wouldn’t like to see the same pictures on the building 20 years from now.
He especially hopes that one day a photo of local firefighters can be taken that fits the long, horizontal space currently occupied by the dramatic, but generic, stock image.
Since purchasing a statue displayed during the Hutchinson SculptureWalk a couple of years ago and donating it to the city – it’s placed outside the Hutchinson Public Library – the Bush family has had a passion for public displays of art. Whether its the creation of a statue or mural, or by printing large photographs and sticking them on a building, Bush just hopes residents make an effort to consider how they can improve the look of their community.
“I think we can brighten up our city and we can do something that has a positive impact,” he said. “I think that’s something we need to do more of, if we can.”

Auburn Firefighters Put Their Skills To The Test In Training Exercises

By Carrie Larsen
WIBW – April 27, 2015

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The Auburn Fire Department put their skills to the test Saturday during a training session.

With 227 calls so far in 2015, training is a top priority for the department.

“We are training on some basic firefighter skills including ventilation, going through walls, learning how to break glass, and learning how to plug sprinklers. Basic firefighter skills that all firefighters need to know,” said Auburn Fire Department Captain Erik Wood.

By having these training session three times every month, it’s clear these firefighters would know how to handle running into a burning building. However, what they have in strength, is lacking in numbers.

“We are a predominately volunteer fire department. We do have someone here from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but the rest of the time, and even during the day, the trucks are predominately staffed by volunteers,” said Wood.

Regular citizens, with a heroic second identity, working hard on a regular basis to be their when danger calls.

“Serving our community, it’s a great and very rewarding thing to do,” said Wood.

The Auburn Fire Department is having an open house on July 11 for the community to see the station, and for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter.

City Commission accepts aerial fire truck bids

By Julie Clements
Butler County Times Gazette – April 27, 2015

The El Dorado City Commission accepted a bid for the new aerial fire truck during their meeting Monday evening.
City Clerk Tabitha Sharp said a bid was accepted from Pierce for the fire truck, totaling $1,151,551.93.
She said the commission had requested information on a bid lease and bond financing for the purchase.
The city received four bids for the lease agreement, with Intrust Bank being the lowest and best, Sharp said.
Intrust offered a monthly payment of $10,738.69, with $500 in other charges and a financing cost of $137,090.87 at 1.991 percent APR, or 1.9576 percent lease rate, for a total of $1,288,642.80.
Mayor Vince Haines asked what the process was before the department took possession of the vehicle and if there would be any training.
“There will be a training process that will be part of the acquisition of the equipment,” said Fire Chief Steve Moody. “We’ll take two site visits to make sure it starts out right and finishes right.”
The commission approved the staff recommendation and a resolution will be brought back to them at the next meeting before the money is transferred.

Receiving a life saving award

By Julie Clements
Butler County Times Gazette – April 27, 2015

Fire Chief Steve Moody (right) presents firefighters Curtis Pollard (left) and Chris McGathy with Life Saving Awards. Photo by Julie Clements.

Fire Chief Steve Moody (right) presents firefighters Curtis Pollard (left) and Chris McGathy with Life Saving Awards. Photo by Julie Clements.

Two El Dorado fire fighters were honored for their efforts in recently saving a life.
Fire Chief Steve Moody recognized El Dorado Firefighter Curtis Pollard and Master Firefighter Chris McGathy for their efforts with the Life Saving Award during Monday’s El Dorado City Commission meeting.
“The story, a life saved,” Moody began. “Jeff was eating when it happened, the last bite just didn’t go down quite right. Sister Linda was in the other room. She called for Jeff and there was no answer. When she went to find out why he didn’t answer, she found him lying on the floor.”
So she called 9-1-1 and the call came in as unconscious and unknown and fire and EMS responded.
“Law officers were the first to arrive and they made sure the scene was safe,” Moody said. “The fire station is in close proximity to the home so the fire fighters arrived with expedience.
“Firefighter Chris triaged code red,” Moody continued. “The Heimlich maneuver was tried repeatedly but it didn’t seem to help. Chest condition went from emergent to dire.
“EMS arrived and re-triaged code blue. A couple of rounds of CPR were performed when suddenly Jeff began to breath on his own.”
His condition went back to red, then one step better to a yellow.
He was transported to Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital and was released the next day to his sister.
“Emergencies happen every day,” Moody said. “Sometimes people do the right thing at the right time, sometimes they don’t. This time everyone performed flawlessly. The result was a life saved.”

2015 KSFFA Conference Attendees & new KSFFA Skills Trailer

KSFFA Conference attendees standing in front of the new KSFFA Skills Trailer and Semi.

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2015 KSFFA Conference Pictures

Photos taken by Dan Romine, KSFFA Treasurer


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 May 2015.  Applicants must be a certified Firefighter I or the ability to obtain that certification within 9 months.   Applicants must attend a physical ability test or a current CPAT will be accepted.  Applicants must pass a written test administered by Hutchinson Community College with a 70% score.  Interviews and physical ability test will be scheduled shortly after the application deadline.   Starting annual salary is $40,533 with a salary step increase after 6 months.  A total of 268 hours of scheduled overtime annually is possible in addition to the annual salary.

Wellington Fire & EMS employs 18 full time personnel, and two administrative staff.  The department responds on an average to 1300 EMS calls and 1100 fire calls annually.  Staff work 24 hour shifts and must reside within 15 minutes 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  opportunities for overtime.  The city pays the employee share of health insurance.

Apply and review the City of Wellington Firefighter/Paramedic position requirements at    Application deadline is May 8th, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

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

New 911 system could pinch County finances

By Nicolas Wahl
Newton Kansan – April 24, 2015

Costly changes could be coming for Harvey County as emergency communications centers across the state make the move to a next generation 911-phone system.

With the Kansas 911 Act passed by the Kansas Legislature in 2011, the 26-member statewide Kansas 911 Coordinating Council was created. The Council monitors the delivery of 911 services, develops strategies as the 911 system evolves and distributes available grant funds.

“The 911 council has been looking at how the system works, and how they could do it better,” said Harvey County Communications Center director Don Gruver. “What they came up with was to put two redundant host servers in the state, and all the 911 centers will attach to those.”

Currently each 911 center buys its own equipment. For Harvey County the cost comes to about $200,000 to replace every eight to 10 years, plus additional recurrent costs yearly and savings for replacement written into the budget.

The standardized Next Generation 911 would help eliminate problems with transfers from one 911 center or public safety answering point to another, as well as move centers further into the digital age.

County Commissioner Randy Hague said NG911 would eliminate nuisances, such as dead spots found in the current system.

“Our Sheriff patrol officers often have to communicate to dispatch through the highway patrol,” Hague said. “Even the Highway Patrol had some dead spots. It will eliminate them too.”

A system with a statewide hub would also eliminate emergencies caused by an individual dispatch center going down.

“But it has to be paid for,” Gruver said.

The Council would pick up the $3.5 million in non-recurring costs, but the $4.99 million in recurring costs would be paid for collectively by the PSAPs themselves.

With 117 PSAPs across the state totaling 331 seats the estimated cost per seat is $15,080, but the Council settled on $18,000 per seat to offset the cost of future enhancements such as text and video.

The excess from the largest counties in the state would help supplement those that lack the number of seats to raise more than $50,000 in a year, but those like Harvey County, with it’s four to six would be left out in the cold. Harvey County’s five seats would bring in $90,000 per year.

“We’ve got to get with some of the other counties that are our size to see if there is something we can do to sway (the Council) to reformat the way they’re doing this,” Hague said.

County Commissioner Chip Westfall said that they’re only in the beginning stages of reaching out those similarly sized counties as this news reached the commission just seven days ago.

“We’re talking with other counties, Westfall said. “But we have to get the key members of (the Council) on site here in Newton and throughout the county to explain this directly. We have to educate ourselves.”

There is an option to opt out of the system, but the costs associated with doing so would prove to be even higher.

“The economical choice is to join this system and be a part of it,” Gruver said.

Gruver said counties can move to the new system as early as this fall, but Harvey County has opted to put off the move until 2017.

“If we switched right now we’d still have to pay the old system costs and the new costs through 2017,” Gruver said. “The County Commission chose to wait to avoid an extra year of extremely high cost.”

By waiting the County can save roughly $38,000 before the old costs expire in 2018.

But even after the old costs expire, $90,000 for the NG911 solution, $11,000 for administration phone lines, plus other recurring expenses at about $120,000 per year means over $222,000 in total expenses. With annual 911-fee revenue at about $205,000, the extra $17,000 per year is going to have to come from somewhere.

One solution could be to increase the 911 fee from its current rate of 53 cents per device — anything, such as a phone, that can connect to 911 — to 60 cents, which Gruver said would generate another $25,000 in revenue per year.

The County may have to look into other ways to make up the difference, including pulling money from its general fund to help pay for expenses such as training, radio maintenance and computer maintenance.

Operation Prom Night at Olathe South High School

By Susan Pfannmuller
Kansas City Star – April 24, 2015

Olathe’s Operation Prom Night celebrated its twentieth year on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Olathe South High School. Through the use of a simulated crash scene the program emphasizes safety and responsible driving.

Child fire prevention

By Monica Castro
KAKE – April 24, 2015


The Wichita Fire Department says last year they recorded 30 fires were started by juveniles. This year there have only been 8, however, those have resulted in $50,000-$60,000 in losses.

“Unfortunately it is something that happens quite often sometimes it’s a big loss and other times huge tragedies occur,” said Capt. Stu Bevis, Wichita Fire Department.

The fire department recommends parents treat matches and lighters like weapons. “Lock them up. That’s the bottom line. If they are not physically on their person lock them up,” said Capt. Bevis.

WFD says parents should be concerned if a child with fire and exhibits these kinds of behaviors:
-Has started more than one fire.
-Doesn’t understand fire’s destructiveness
-Shows interest in playing with matches and lighters.

“We are talking about kids under the age of 8. Hopefully they are getting the decision making process. The state of Kansas looks at the age of accountability being age 10, meaning they know right from wrong.

They mention that children start fires for a number of reasons like:
curiosity, experimenting, anger or peer pressure.

If you have concerns for your child you are asked to call the Sedgwick County Fire Prevention Division with any questions or to refer a child to the program, Y-Fire. The goal of the Y-FIRE Academy is to educate youth and parents about the dangers and consequences of fire setting.

Dome promoted at Hays Fire Department

Hays Daily News – April 23, 2015

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Aaron Dome recently was promoted to the position of fire lieutenant with the Hays Fire Department.

Dome has been an employee of the city since 1994 and a firefighter since 2006. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Fort Hays State University, and he is a U.S. Army veteran.

Dome is nationally certified as an advanced firefighter, EMT, fire truck driver-operator, basic fire inspector and basic fire instructor.

Fire Marshal determines cause of Rush Co. house fire

Hays Post – April 23, 2015

An investigator with the State Fire Marshal’s office completed an investigation Thursday of a fire at rural Rush County home.

The fire in a 2-story residence at 1277 Avenue G started just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday according to Rush County Sheriff Ward Corsair.

The investigation determined that items stacked too close to an upstairs furnace caused the blaze.

“Nobody was home at the time the fire started. However, one resident returned in time to see smoke and call for help,” said Corsair.

The McCracken, La Crosse, Alexander and Liebenthal fire departments responded to the fire.

The home suffered smoke and water damage along with fire damage to one room. There is no estimate on the amount of damage and there were no injuries.

Fire in Wellington Thursday

Wellington Daily News – April 23, 2015

Photos by James Jordan.

Photos by James Jordan.

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Wellington firemen put out a fire today at the corner of South and Jefferson Streets in Wellington. The fire was mostly in the back of the house, but there was also smoke coming through the roof.

Chimney fire spreads, damaging home

Wyandotte Daily News – April 23, 2015

A fire in the fireplace apparently spread to the walls of a home, causing $45,000 damage, according to a spokesman for the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to a fire at 12:44 a.m. Thursday, April 23, at 2752 Espenlaub Lane, Kansas City, Kan.

According to the spokesman, the occupants of the home had already left when firefighters arrived within 4 minutes of the report that smoke was seen coming from the roof.

A resident told firefighters that a fire was burning in the fireplace when they noticed the paint on the wall bubbling. Fire crews found fire in the walls behind the chimney, the spokesman said.

The fire was extinguished within 45 minutes. The fire investigator arrived to investigate the cause of the fire, and the fire is under investigation as accidental, according to the spokesman.

The estimated damage to the structure was $35,000 and the contents, $10,000, the spokesman said. The estimated pre-fire value of the structure was $125,000, and the contents, $15,000, according to the Fire Department.

Seventh-graders take over Arkansas City

By Jeni Payne
Arkansas City Traveler – April 23, 2015

An Arkansas City firefighter show two middle school students how the aerial platform ladder works. Photos by Donita Clausen.

An Arkansas City firefighter show two middle school students how the aerial platform ladder works. Photos by Donita Clausen.

An Arkansas City Middle School seventh-grader lowers herself to the ground after firefighters teach her how to use the ropes

An Arkansas City Middle School seventh-grader lowers herself to the ground after firefighters teach her how to use the ropes

Twelve lucky seventh-graders had the opportunity to tour some of the City of Arkansas City’s prominent departments this week.

Each of the winners was able to tour the Arkansas Fire-EMS and Police departments, and to observe some of the functions of the public works department.

The students were chosen from a pool of 40 middle schoolers, based on an essay they wrote as part of a statewide writing competition.

“If I Were Mayor” is an essay competition put on by the League of Kansas Municipalities with the intent of encouraging seventh-graders to be civically active.

After City Manager Nick Hernandez addressed the middle school students in March about how the local Arkansas City government functions, the students were asked to write about what they would do to improve the quality of life in Arkansas City if they were the city manager.

“In my essay, I said I would make Kansas and C Street three lanes,” said Taryn Rich.

Hernandez lauded the idea, acknowledging that the intersection did become clogged before and after school.

Language arts teachers chose the top 12 essays.

Teachers Clint Lawson and Aaron O’Donnell accompanied their students on the outings.

The top 12 essay writers will be recognized at the May 5 City Commission meeting according to Hernandez.

While at the fire-EMS department, the students took a tour of the facility and were able to spend extra time with one of the aerial platform trucks.

The students were able to climb on top of the truck, then to the platform with direct supervision.

They also were able to see the city from a point of view that not many are able to see — from a fully extended ladder.

That height is somewhere near 100 feet tall.

When a dumpster fire was called in Wednesday morning, the first group of students was able to put on fireproof suits and accompany firefighters on the call.

In fact, two lucky students were allowed to assist safely in extinguishing the small dumpster fire at Casey’s General Store, located at the intersection of Madison Avenue and South Summit Street.

The last activity that the students were able to participate in involved using the department’s ropes and harnesses.

Students were put into the harnesses, and were able to lower themselves down from a height of 10 to 15 feet.

At the police department, students were given a tour of the facility and were able to go on ride-alongs with the officers on duty.

The seventh-graders were in the police vehicles as officers performed daily duties, including pulling over traffic violators.

The visit to the oublic works department included several activities.

The first was a tour of the levee from Chestnut Avenue to ADM Milling.

Students were able to assist in the clearing of trees with the city’s excavator.

Last on the list of stops with the public works department was a trip to either the waste water treatment plant or the water treatment plant.

“If they can tell me what happens to our waste water, we’ll tour the water treatment plant,” said Public Works Director Eric Broce.

As of noon Wednesday, none of the students had toured the water treatment plant.

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