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Commercial Structure Fire Results in Huge Losses

Joe Denoyer
KSCB – March 30, 2018

Thursday evening March 29th, at approximately 9:54pm, Seward County Fire Rescue was dispatched to a commercial structure fire southwest of Kismet. Units arrived on scene to find a large commercial barn fully involved. Firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading to an adjacent barn. Fire was declared under control at 12:30am. No injuries were reported. Seward County Fire Rescue responded with 8 fire apparatus, 17 personnel, and was assisted by Plains Fire Dept, Seward County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas State Fire Marshals Office. Fire is currently under investigation and units remain on scene throughout the night. Damage is valued to be in the hundred of thousands.

 

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Governor signs bill for fire station land transfer

By John Richmeier
Leavenworth Times – March 30, 2018

The Kansas governor has signed a bill that clears the way for Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 to take over land from the Lansing Correctional Facility.

The Kansas Department of Corrections will donate 1.09 acres to Fire District No. 1.

The land is located in the area of Main and Kansas streets in Lansing, which is on the grounds of LCF. Fire District No. 1 already operates a station at that location.

Fire District No. 1 provides fire department services for the city of Lansing and the Delaware and High Prairie townships.

Gov. Jeff Colyer signed House Bill 2608 into law Thursday, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

The bill calls for Kansas Secretary of Corrections Joe Norwood to convey the land to Fire District No. 1 using what is known is a quitclaim deed process.

Rick Huhn, chief of Fire District No. 1, said the fire station takes up only about one half of an acre. He said the remainder of the land that is being donated to Fire District No. 1 can be used in the future for firefighter training.

Huhn said officials with the fire district first talked with LCF representatives about transferring the land about 20 years ago.

Huhn credited state Rep. Debbie Deere with helping to get the legislation passed this year. Deere represents Lansing in the Kansas House of Representatives.

Huhn said he testified before committees as the legislation made its way through the Kansas House and Senate.

The chief said the Fire District No. 1 station currently utilizes LCF’s utilities. He said the fire district will pay for new utility connections as part of taking over the property.

He said $75,000 has been budgeted for the new utility connections. He said the fire district also has purchased a backup generator for about $46,000.

 

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Officials investigating after fire destroys Osage Co. home

By Natalie Dattilio
WIBW – March 30, 2018

A house seems to be a total loss after a fire in Osage County Thursday afternoon.

Fire officials responded to a structure fire at 117th and Auburn in Northern Osage County, where they found the house in flames.

Officials have not said if anyone was inside, but said so far they did not think there were any injuries.

They have not said how the fire started, but will continue to investigate.

 

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Firefighters battle blaze at Wichita recycling business

By Gordon Bassham
KSN – March 30, 2018

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Wichita firefighters were called to the scene of a fire at a local recycling business. The fire is at Glickman Metal Recycling in the 2800 block of N. Emporia. It was called in around 6 p.m. Thursday night.

Deputy Fire Chief Brad Crisp said the fire started in a large pile of material that had been shredded for recycling.

“They have a large fire burning in a pile of material they intend to shred,” said Chrisp. It was a “mixture of metals and upholsteries and plastic car parts” and other materials.

Crisp said officials don’t know how the fire started, but that the pile that was burning was about 50 feet high and 50 feet square.

The first firefighters on the scene reported seeing thick black smoke coming from an area of the business. Multiple units were dispatched to fight the fire.

Crisp said firefighters were dealing with “water supply challenges” in fighting the blaze.

He said it would take several hours to extinguish the fire.

 

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Mayetta Fire District Taco Feed

Join the Mayetta Fire District for tacos, fixings, and desserts to fill your stomach. Buy raffle tickets for your chance to win prizes and join the firefighters for fun.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018
04:30pm CDT

Mayetta Rural Fire District #1
200 E Jones St
Mayetta, 66509

 

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Allen P. Dreiling

Allen P. Dreiling, age 80, of Victoria, Kansas, died Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at Hays Medical Center, Hays, Kansas.

He was born June 25, 1937, in Hays, Kansas, to Alphonse D. and Melosina (Sander) Dreiling. He married Connie (Brungardt) on June 1, 1957, at Victoria, Kansas.

He graduated from Victoria High School, Class of 1955, and Hutchison Business College as a Public Accountant. After college he worked for Burtscher Accounting in Hays and in the 1970’s he started his own business, Dreiling Accounting until his retirement in 2016.

He served on the Victoria Volunteer Fire Department, USD 432 School Board as member and President; Little League coach; Victoria City Council Member and a past Victoria City Mayor; St Fidelis Church committee and past President; St Fidelis Finance Council, the Victoria Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree, the 4th Degree Assembly Knights of Columbus and The Victoria High School Endowment. He was one of the founding members of the Cathedral of the Plains Charitable Fund. He loved golfing, spending time with family, and attending all his grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s events.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Dreiling, of the home; one son, Cletus Dreiling and wife, Rose Ann, Victoria, KS; two daughters, Wanda Karlin and husband, Tony, Victoria, KS; Sandra Dreiling, Victoria, KS; five grandchildren, Shaun Karlin and wife, Jodi; Brett Karlin and wife, Hannah; Tyler Dreiling and wife, Tricia; Aubrey Jones and husband, John; and Chelsey Dreiling; eight great grandchildren, Mason and Avery Karlin; Brooklyn and Beckham Karlin; Hayden and Tanner Dreiling; Cooper and Georgia Jones.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert and wife, Thelma; two sisters, Heraldine Kreutzer and husband, Al; Agnes Karlin and husband Erv and one nephew Jimmy Kreutzer.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the Basilica of St. Fidelis, Victoria, Kansas. Burial in St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria, Kansas.

A Knights of Columbus 3rd and 4th degree rosary will be at 7:30 P.M. Friday, followed by a vigil services at 8:00 P.M. Friday, both at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary, 412 Main Street, Victoria, Kansas. The Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday at the mortuary.

Visitation is from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. Friday and from 8:30 to 9:45 A.M. Saturday, all at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary, Victoria, Kansas.

The family suggests memorials to The Cathedral of the Plains Charitable Fund.

 

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Single-vehicle rollover crash kills Topeka man

KSNT – March 29, 2018

A 40-year-old Topeka man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday night in Leavenworth County, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Damon Anthony Butler was driving westbound around 10:30 p.m. on I-70 when he drifted onto the right shoulder. This caused Butler to overcorrect his Honda car as he tried to get back onto the highway, crossing two lanes of traffic, and striking the barrier wall head-on.

KHP said Butler overturned his vehicle several times, and was ejected from the car. He was not wearing a seat belt.

No one else was in the car at the time of the accident, according to patrol.

 

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Annual feed keeps small town fire department well supplied

By Veronica Coons
Great Bend Tribune – March 29, 2018

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Albert Volunteer Fire Chief Charles Keller is looking forward to being able to offer his firefighters another level of safety when filling air bottles at the station, thanks to the turnout at the 29th Annual Albert Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Feed and Raffle that happened Saturday, March 24.
“I really want to thank our sponsors for their support,” he said. “This wouldn’t be possible without them.”

New equipment is goal
Top on the list of equipment the department will purchase this year is a cylinder fill control station, used when refilling air bottles. It’s basically a locked cabinet with a mechanism designed, according to one manufacturer’s website, to contain the cylinder and any fragments of the cylinder and vent the expanding air away from the operator in the unlikely event of a cylinder rupturing while being filled.
“Right now we don’t have one,” Keller said. “We just fill them on the floor and hope for the best.”
The rest will be spent on new bunker gear to replace old that is nearing the end of its service life. This needs to be done whether the gear has been worn or not, Keller said.
“Helmets alone can cost $300 or more,” he said. “It can cost between $1,500 to $2,100 to replace bunker gear for just one firefighter.”
In past years, funds raised have gone to replace pumps or update extrication equipment like the Jaws-of-Life.
The Albert Volunteer Fire Department has a roster of 21 to 24 men at any one time. Every volunteer is certified to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillation (AED), and use all manner of extrication equipment that may be needed at the scene of an automobile accident. It is a city-owned department, Keller said, and they contract with three township including Walnut to the north, Clarence to the south, and Garfield to the west in Rush County.
“We also run rescue and EMS calls with Great Bend Fire and EMS,” he said.

Singing for their supper
New this year was the addition of music provided by Terry Hoffman and his son, Jason Hoffman, who make up the guitar duo “Double Take.” The Hoffmans live in Albert and last year volunteered their PA equipment so Keller wouldn’t need to shout, he said.
“This year, Terry asked if they could play during the feed,” he said. “They donated their time and ‘sang for their supper.’”
As always, the firefighters took turns flipping pancakes, cooking sausage and scrambling eggs for a non-stop line of supporters that some of the time stretched around the inside of the firehouse and outside the door. Volunteer youth manned the tables, bringing ice tea and clearing plates so there was always a new place ready for the next pancake connoisseur.
The annual feed also provides the department a chance to roll out the numerous rigs in its firefighting arsenal, shine them up and show them off.

 

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City of Hays receives Dane G. Hansen Foundation Grant for the construction of Fire/Rescue Training Facility

 

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Mary L (Mellies) Buchholz

Mary L (Mellies) Buchholz, 78, passed away March 26, 2018 at the Fields of Brookside, Overbrook, KS.
She was born November 19, 1939 to Ernest and Ethel (Cyr) Mellies in Clay Center, KS. She was a graduate of Topeka High School with the class of 1957.
Mary was joined in marriage on November 2, 1956 to James L. Buchholz in Topeka, he predeceased her March 17, 2014. To this marriage three children were born, Debbie, Linda and Kenneth. They moved to Carbondale in 1959 where they lived their rest of their lives. Mary enjoyed being a stay at home mom and volunteered a Sunday School teacher, scout leader, 4-H leader as well as room mother at the school.
Mary was sworn in as City Clerk of Carbondale in May 1976 until she retired in November of 2002. Never ones to be idle, she and Jim volunteered on the Carbondale Fire Department, now Osage County Fire District #1, as fire fighters as well as board members.
They also volunteered their time to Heartland Share/Prairie Land foods for many years. Mary served as the Carbondale City Traffic Judge for several years as well. She enjoyed serving on the Carbondale Cemetery Board often helping families with genealogy research and questions.
Mary enjoyed decorating cakes and many local brides had cakes she created for them. Her grandchildren enjoyed personalized cakes as well.
Mary and Jim enjoyed square dancing as well as round dancing for many years. They also enjoyed traveling, with many summers while their children grew, camping and exploring across the United Sates. After retirement they enjoyed international travel and cruises.
Mary is survived by two daughters, Deborah (Paul) Eamigh, Linda Buchholz; son, Kenneth (Debra) Buchholz all of Carbondale; sister, Glendora Kirkwood, Carbondale; five grandchildren, Douglas (Karen) Eamigh, Michael Eamigh, Nicholas (Christine) Gerdes, Brandy (Derek) Payne, James L. (Miranda Long) Buchholz II; and seven great grandchildren, Hanna, Cory, Grace, Faith, James, J.T., and Kayleigh; as well as a great grandchild to arrive in November.
Mary was a woman before her time. She worked side by side with Jim while remodeling their home and her mother’s house as well as many family construction projects. She took Women’s auto mechanics classes and fought fires beside the men. She was a Kick-Ass woman that was loved by many and missed by all.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday March 30, 2018 at Grace Chapel, Carbondale, KS. Interment will follow at Carbondale Cemetery. Family will greet friends for a visitation from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Greenwood-Roberts Funeral Home, Overbrook. Memorial contributions may be made to Fields of Brookside or Great lakes Hospice and sent in c/o Greenwood-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 268, Overbrook, KS 66524. Condolences may be sent to the family through lamb-roberts.com.

 

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Weimaster, Blundon Named Volunteers/Emergency Workers of the Year

By David Elliott
KRSL – March 28, 2018

Russell/Ellsworth County Emergency Management and the Russell 911 Communications Advisory Board have announced the 2018 Volunteers/Emergency Workers of the Year as Dale Weimaster and Gary Blundon.

The awards were presented Tuesday evening at the Dream Theater in Russell during the National Weather Service Storm Fury on the Plains presentation.

This year, there were two nominations for Volunteer/Emergency Worker of the Year. The 911 Advisory Board awarded both nominees with the honor.

Weimaster has been a police patrolman all the way up to Police Chief of the City of Russell Police Department. He also started as a volunteer firefighter and serves as one of the Assistant Fire Chiefs for Russell-Grant Township Fire Department. He is also a member of the Russell Elks, past member of the Sons of the American Legion and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Part of his nomination letter states, “Dale is very supportive of his department and very team oriented, serving as an example for those who work with him. Dale seeks out professional development by attending several classes a year, so that he might better serve the citizens of Russell. With staff shortages, Dale has filled in to help his department and staff work through this difficult period. Dale exhibits the best traits one would expect from a first responder/emergency worker with the most noble being his selflessness and humility.”

Blundon has served on the Gorham Fire Department and now Russell-Grant Township FD for many years as a volunteer firefighter and is currently an Assistant Fire Chief.

“Gary is instrumental in ensuring the Russell-Grant Township fire equipment is in tip top shape,” according to the nomination letter.

He serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the Russell County Prescribed Burn Association, which helps local land owners properly burn off their rangeland and CRP safely in prescribed burns. He is a trained storm spotter that puts himself in harm’s way during severe weather, is involved in the Russell FFA, Russell FFA Alumni, Russell Elks Lodge and Russell ISIS Shrine. He has also been involved in 4-H since he was young and continues to assist not only his children but many other 4-H youth.

According to a press release, “The 911 Advisory Board felt that each of these individuals were very deserving of this award. Each person could have received it on their own merit, but it was determined to give two awards this year. I am sure that the people that these two individuals have impacted are eternally grateful for the selfless acts that have not gone unnoticed. These individuals selected show the true spirit of volunteers, one who does for others without any strings attached and no matter the danger to themselves. That is why we of the 911 Advisory Board and Russell/Ellsworth County Emergency Management honor Police Chief Dale Weimaster and Assistant Fire Chief Gary Blundon for their service to Russell County.”

(Information courtesy Russell/Ellsworth County Emergency Management and the Russell 911 Communications Advisory Board. Pictured: Russell/Ellsworth County Emergency Management Director Keith Haberer, Weimaster, Russell City Fire Chief Shane Preston representing the Russell 911 Communications Advisory Board and Blundon.)

 

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Fire destroys Paola home Saturday night

By Brian McCauley
Miami County Republic – March 28, 2018

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A fire fully engulfed and destroyed a Paola home late Saturday night and into Sunday morning, but no injuries were reported.

Mark Farmer of the Paola Volunteer Fire Department said the call came in at 11:48 p.m. Saturday night, and when firefighters first arrived at the home at 105 W. Shawnee St., it was completely engulfed in flames.

“We immediately called for assistance from the Osawatomie and Louisburg fire departments,” Farmer said.

Personnel from Miami County Emergency Medical Services and the Paola Police Department also were dispatched to the scene.

Farmer said the firefighters learned that the house was vacant, as the occupants left earlier that evening, so they took a defensive approach and worked to keep the fire from spreading to neighboring homes.

The firefighters also contacted Kansas Gas Service and Kansas City Power & Light to help safely secure utilities at the home.

Farmer said the fire was reportedly under control shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday morning, but the last fire crews didn’t clear the scene until around 10 a.m. Sunday.

The cause of the fire is unknown, and the investigation has been turned over to the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office, Farmer said.

The home was built in 1920, according to real estate records, and Farmer said the two-story balloon frame design was one reason why the home quickly became engulfed in flames.

Although some of an attached garage was salvaged, Farmer said the home was a complete loss.

Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from damaging neighboring properties.

 

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Lincoln Fire Departments named PRIDE Volunteers of the Month

Lincoln Sentinel Republican – March 28, 2018

The Lincoln Fire Departments are the Lincoln PRIDE March Volunteers of the Month. Lisa Feldkamp said, “They are a dedicated bunch that drops what they are doing to help others in need. With the recent fires, they even volunteered to help others in other counties. Thanks Lincoln Fire for keeping us safe!” Krista Biggs, Lincoln PRIDE, presented the fire department with the March Volunteer of the Month award.

 

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NOTICE OF VACANCY – Fire Prevention Inspector – Requisition #189196 – Vacancy closed 4/9/2018

The Office of the State Fire Marshal has an opening for an Unclassified benefit-eligible Fire Prevention Inspector.  This is a full-time position covering the counties of Phillips, Smith, Jewel, Rooks, Osborne, Mitchell, Ellis, Russell, Rush and BartonResidency within the territory is requiredSome travel, including overnight is required of this position.

 

Duties will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Conducting fire and life safety inspections of facilities under the jurisdiction of the Kansas Fire Prevention Code and Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services.
  • Conducting special inspections periodically to support ongoing enforcement activities or investigate complaints.
  • Prepare reports substantiating inspection findings.
  • Assists local authorities in fire prevention matters through participate in statewide fire safety organizations and by routinely providing inspection assistance and liaison to individual local fire departments.
  • Completion of Kansas certification as a Fire Inspector 1 through NFPA and Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services within twelve months of hire date.

 

Duties of this position will entail climbing in and out of attics, crawling in small areas, climbing stairs, extensive walking, driving, oral and written communication, independent thinking, using a computer, etc.

 

Pay Rate:  $19.16 per hour.  ($39,852.80 annually)

 

Qualifications:

  • Two years’ experience in performing inspections.
  • College courses in fire science may be substituted for the require experience.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license.

 

Preferred Skills:

  • Knowledge of the Kansas Fire Prevention Code
  • 2012 National Fire Life Safety Code
  • 2012 International Building Code
  • 2012 International Fire Code.
  • Extensive field experience as well as code and mechanical aptitude background.
  • Exceptional skills in oral and written communication.
  • Strong computer skills.

 

HOW TO APPLY:  The application process has 3 STEPS:

 

STEP 1:  Register by completing the online Personal Data Form (Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID or Employee ID number.)

STEP 2:  Complete the official State of Kansas application form and submit to the Fire Marshal.

STEP 3:  Email the additional required documents to brenda.schuette@ks.govInclude the job requisition number and your last name in the subject line.

 

Additional Required Documents:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • College Transcripts, if applicable
  • Copy of all Training Certificates
  • Valid Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate

 

Failure to follow the instructions and submit all required documentation may affect your consideration for this position.

 

KANSAS TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED

 

Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website.

 

A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws.  A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days.  All applicants, including current State employees, are responsible for submitting a valid and up to date certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency.  This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03.  If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199.

 

DEADLINE:  All application requirements must be received by the posted deadline to be considered.

 

Recruiter Contact Information:

 

Name:  Brenda L. Schuette

Phone: 785-296-0654

Fax:   785-296-8155

Email: brenda.schuette@ks.gov

 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process.

 

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

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Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire

Name of product:
Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms – models PI2010 and PI9010
Hazard:

A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home.
Remedy:
Replace
Recall date:
March 21, 2018
Units:
About 452,000 in the U.S. (In addition, about 40,000 were sold in Canada.)

Consumer Contact:

Kidde toll-free at 833-551-7739 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.

UPSC KIDDE RECALL

 

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29-year-old woman killed by early-morning fire in eastern Lawrence

By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence Journal World – March 26, 2018

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Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical is investigating a fire that led to a woman’s death early Monday morning near East 19th Street and Haskell Avenue.

According to Division Chief and Fire Marshal James King, the fire was reported by a passerby shortly after 6 a.m. at 938 E. 19th St. The passerby noticed heavy flames coming from a house. When firefighters arrived, they found a 29-year-old woman in a bedroom and rushed her to the hospital, King said, but she apparently died from smoke inhalation shortly thereafter.

The woman’s identity was not immediately available.

No one else was in the home, King said.

Fire officials were investigating at the scene — a small yellow one-story home with heavy damage visible near the front part of the building. The home appeared to be a rental property. Lawrence police are assisting in the investigation.

 

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One dead, one hospitalized after I-70 crash

Hays Post – March 26, 2018

One person died in an accident just before 1p.m. Friday in Ellsworth County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2003 Subaru passenger vehicle driven by Annah Michaiah Dawn Rogers, 19, Monument, CO., was eastbound on Interstate 70 just east of the Ellsworth exit in the left lane.

The vehicle crossed the center line, traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned in the south ditch.

Rogers was transported to the hospital in Salina where she died. A passenger Eason Nathaniel Rogers, 14, Monument, CO., was transported to the hospital in Ellsworth.

Both were properly restrained at the time of the accident, according to the KHP.

 

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Apartment fire displaces 10

KSN – March 26, 2018

Wichita fire crews were dispatched to an apartment fire in the 800 block of north Mathewson Saturday morning.

Sedgwick County dispatch tells KSN the call came in about 8:35 a.m. Firefighters arrived to visible flames coming from a tri-plex apartment.

No injuries were reported, but the Wichita Fire Department Twitter feed indicates that the Red Cross is assisting seven adults and three children who were displaced by the fire.

Wichita Fire Department investigators are on scene. There is no estimate yet on damages.

 

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Topeka authorities investigating intentionally set house fire

By Katie Moore
Topeka Capital Journal – March 26, 2018

Authorities are investigating a house fire that was intentionally set early Sunday morning.

The incident was reported at 2:30 a.m. at 617 S.W. Western Ave., according to a news release from the Topeka Fire Department.

When fire crews arrived, they found flames showing from the two-story, wood-framed house. Firefighters extinguished the fire, keeping it contained to the structure.

The house was vacant and no injuries were reported.

A fire investigator found there were multiple areas of fire origin and determined the fire’s cause was incendiary.

The blaze caused an estimated $5,000 in structural damage, TFD said.

The residence didn’t have working smoke alarms.

 

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Fire causes extensive damage to Pratt Home Sunday morning

By Gale Rose
Pratt Tribune – March 26, 2018

A fire caused extensive damage to a home at 1005 Lawrence in Pratt Sunday Morning. The resident was not at home when the fire started.

The State Fire Marshal’s office is conducting an investigation into the cause of a fire that destroyed a Pratt home Sunday morning, March 25.

The house was so badly damaged and there was so much debris that fell from the ceiling in the area where the fire started that it was impossible to tell what caused the fire that originated in north end of the house at 1005 Lawrence. Because of the damage, the State Fire Marshal’s Office was called in to assist in determining the cause of the fire, said Pratt Fire Chief David Kramer.

The fire was reported around 6:45 a.m. and when firefighters arrived, flames were shooting out the north side windows and the exterior walls were on fire on the north east corner and west side of the house. The resident, Wendy Lee, was not at home when the fire broke out, Kramer said.

When firefighters arrived, they did not know if the house was occupied so they made several entries and determined no one was at home. A dog in the house did not survive the fire.

When they arrived, firefighters had to break through the garage door into the garage that had been transformed into a crafts area. The fire appeared to start in this room and fire damage was heaviest here and in the kitchen and living room. The rest of the upstairs area suffered heavy smoke, water and heat damage. The fire did not get into the basement of the house.

It took about 15 to 20 minutes to get the fire under control and about an hour and a half to get all the hot spots put out. A fire truck remained on-site in case of a flair up and to assist the state fire marshal investigator. No firefighters were injured in the fire.

 

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Grease fire causes damage to neighboring home

By Tiernan Shank
WIBW – March 26, 2018

Hot grease set off a fire at a southeast Topeka home Sunday evening.

It happened at 2208 SE Davies St. just after 6:00 p.m.

Fire crews reported smoke and flames showing from the one story wood framed house.

They were able to quickly extinguish the fire but it did cause minor damage to a neighboring home.

Topeka Fire says the fire was accidental.

Everyone inside, including a dog, were able to escape unharmed.

The estimated loss is $15,000.

 

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Fire at Salina Park

By Todd Pittenger
KSAL – March 24, 2018

Firefighters were able to keep a grass fire from spreading to nearby homes Friday afternoon in Central Salina. At around 2:15 first responders were called to a fire at Indian Rock Park.

Battalion Chief David Turner told KSAL News at the scene there was an active grass fire at the intersection of Indiana Avenue and Arlington Drive, along the flood control levy, which was spreading. The fire was quickly brought under control.

A City of Salina Parks Department employee in the area came upon the fire, and called for help.

The cause of the fire was not determined, but several children were seen running from the area.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a very high grassland fire danger over most of the area. The agency discourages outdoor burning.

Turner, who is also a volunteer rural firefighter and the Rural Fire District 5 Chief, cautioned that despite the recent rain, the area is still very dry. “It was so dry the rain really didn’t do much,” he said.

 

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Wichita woman airlifted after Friday morning accident

By Ryann Brooks
Emporia Gazette – March 23, 2018

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A Wichita woman was life flighted to Wesley Medical Center after a one vehicle accident on Interstate 35 Friday morning.

Emporia Police Department Sergeant Tim Wacker said Linda Wagner, 64, was traveling northbound in a 2010 Volkswagon Jetta when the vehicle left the road for unknown reasons and struck a pole in the median.

“She was transported by helicopter to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita,” Wacker said.

 

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Hoisington grass fire contained

By Veronica Coons
Great Bend Tribune – March 23, 2018

“It’s amazing just how dry it still is out there, even after the rain,” Hoisington Fire Chief Jerry Stricker said Friday morning.
Hoisington volunteer firefighters were called to a grass fire at 350 NW 100 Rd. at 2:14 p.m. Thursday. The owner of the property discovered the fire, which had started near the roadway, and attempted to put it out himself with a shovel. The fire, however, began to spread.
With little wind, firefighters were able to contain the fire quickly, Stricker said. He estimated the area consumed by the fire to be less than one acre.
“It traveled through a fenced area where some pallets and railroad ties were stored, and burned two inoperable vehicles of undetermined value the owner had stored there,” he said.
The fire made it past the property line and was headed toward the creek before firefighters brought it under control. He estimated this was done within 30 minutes.
The cause of the fire is unknown, Stricker said, but starting that close to the roadway, it could have come from a cigarette. He cautioned that the fire ban is still in effect and that property owners and passersby need to be vigilant of any sign of fire.

 

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Structure Fire Keeps Fire Units Busy

By Joe Denoyer
KSCB – March 23, 2018

At 10:59 pm Seward County Fire Rescue was dispatched to commercial structure fire on Road 4, East of Liberal. Liberal City Fire Rescue also responded with County Units. Units arrived on scene to find a vehicle fully involved in the building.

Firefighters made an interior attack and the fire was extinguished. Seward County Sheriff’s Office and Seward County EMS also assisted. A total of 7 fire apparatus and 14 firefighters responded.

The fire is under investigation at this time, damage values are not available at this time.

 

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Grass fires reported in county

Leavenworth Times – March 23, 2018

At least four grass fires were burning Thursday afternoon in Leavenworth County and two other grass fires had been reported earlier in the day, an emergency management official said.

Kim Buchanan, deputy director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management, said firefighters were battling grass fires on 223rd Street and Millwood Road in northwest Leavenworth County. Firefighters also were battling a grass fire on Ida Road in central Leavenworth County. And another grass fire was reported in the area of 198th Street and Woodend Road in southern Leavenworth County.

Earlier in the day, firefighters had battled grass fires on Loring Road and Hatchel Road in southern Leavenworth County.

“It’s a high fire danger day today,” Buchanan said Thursday.

Because of dry and sometimes windy conditions, an elevated danger of grass fires has been a frequent problem in recent months.

Initially, burn permits were being issued Thursday to residents throughout unincorporated areas of the county. But by the afternoon, burn permits were no longer being issued for three of the county’s townships.

 

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Cause of SW Kansas home fire under investigation

Hays Post – March 23, 2018

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Fire officials are working to determine the cause of a fire at a home in Ford County.

Just after 9 p.m. Thursday, crews were paged to a fire in the northwest part of the Ford County, according to a social media report from Ford County Fire and EMS.

First arriving units reported heavy fire coming from the north side of the residence on the second floor. Crews from Stations 1, 5 and 6 responded and the was fire contained in a very short time. Crews remained on scene for a few hours performing overhaul.

There were no injuries.

 

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Pittsburg Fire Department conducts water-rescue training exercise

By Brandon Schmitz
Pittsburg Morning Sun – March 23, 2018

The Pittsburg Fire Department prepared itself for worst-case scenarios this week at Pittsburg State University.

From about the end of February through Thursday, personnel conducted water-rescue training exercises at the Weede Gymnasium pool. Firefighters participated in multiple exercises and water-rescue operations, to not only familiarize themselves with new rescue equipment, but also to prepare for real-life emergencies.

“It’s something that we’ve been expanding, and we were recently able to get some additional dry suits and a couple of rescue boats,” said Chief Mike Simons. “That’s the big thing that we were training, the fact that we got a couple of new pieces of equipment.”

With Spring Break underway, the department was able to work with the gymnasium pool’s staff more efficiently.

Simons said the exercises provided a fruitful experience for the department.

“We have swiftwater technicians, but this equipment also works for ice recovery and rescue, as well as standing water settings,” he said. “We wanted to make sure every one of our personnel was trained in those types of tactics and how to do a swift rescue even in ice or stagnant water.”

This equipment is particularly tailored for Pittsburg, given how many small lakes the city has.

“Even at the university, there are areas where you can end up with problems in icy conditions,” Simons said. “We have to do it fast and it has to be a rapid response.”

 

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Firefighters practice aircraft response

By Katie Peterson
Ft. Leavenworth Lamp – March 22, 2018

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Fort Leavenworth Fire and Emergency Services firefighters engaged in live-fire aircraft training to fulfill their annual requirement March 19-21 at Sherman Army Airfield.

“It helps us stay proficient with our skills as far as when it comes to the airfield and aircraft involvement with air ops,” said firefighter Terrance Carr. “It’s also a requirement to maintain our certification levels.”

Deputy Fire Chief Christian Howell said it is important to get the live fire training.

“(Aircraft fire and rescue) is not something the firefighters here deal with a lot so maintaining their proficiency is really important,” Howell said. “This type of training, live fire training, is very, very important because it’s not something they get to deal with on an ongoing basis. So, getting the live fire training is critical.”

Fort Leavenworth firefighter Melissa Tull said the yearly refresher helps each time because the technique differs from the more common house fire.

“Since I did it last year, already being familiar with which angle to go at, like from the top down, helps,” she said. “In a house you would shoot at the base of the fire.”

During the training, each firefighter engaged in two scenarios. In the first scenario, teams approached the flaming aircraft simulator in an air crash truck to put out the flames. In the second scenario, teams approached the aircraft simulator from the ground using two hose lines — one for exterior only, one for exterior and interior — to put out the flames.

To simulate live flames, Rick Kuhn, adjunct instructor for the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute, and his team create an effective, realistic situation that still remains safe, Howell said.

“It’s a very, very safe way of doing it,” he said. “While the fire is going, inside the control room on the back of that truck, (Kuhn) has the ability to shut all the fire off immediately if there’s any kind of mishap.”

Kuhn said the key to the safety of the simulation is in the design of the aircraft.

“The aircraft is designed to bring up a certain level of fire so it won’t go past what it’s designed for,” Kuhn said. “It simulates pretty closely (to reality). It puts out enough (British Thermal Units) that it’s going to simulate what we’re going to have in the real world.”

Tull said she thought the simulation aircraft is a great training tool.

“It’s as realistic as it can get,” she said. “It’s cool that they come out and do this. They train people all over the world with (the aircraft).”

Kuhn said that during the training, he would mainly be watching the firefighters for technique, and afterward would brief the firefighters on what they did right and what they did wrong.

“We look for them to cover the top of the aircraft and covering all around,” he said. “We control the fire zone so once we see proper application, we bring (the flames) down.”

Though the simulation is consistent with what a firefighter would see in the real world, Kuhn said the training has one difference.

“In the real world, they’re not actually going to be using water. They’d actually be using foam,” Kuhn said. “For training we can’t use that because it has biohazards and it’s really expensive to use.”

Howell said foam is a quicker solution with large liquid fuel fires like in an aircraft crash.

“Fuel is lighter than water so if you lay down a bunch of water, the fuel is going to float on it and keep burning,” he said. “The foam will float on top of the liquid fuel, so it will actually smother it (because) it creates a barrier between the fuel and the air.”

Carr said he thinks it’s still important to be able to use the foam during training, but that it didn’t affect the technique.

“A lot of (firefighters) that just started haven’t been able to use foam, so how can you really visualize how to attack that way. If you can’t play with (the foam) and see how that applies and everything it’s hard to get that fundamental and that understanding,” he said.

“But, how we apply the water is the same principle. It’s all about technique. That’s why it’s good to practice it so we try to get some sort of muscle memory when it comes to technique because you’ll apply that water the same way you apply the foam.”

To further increase the proficiency of the training, Howell said the firefighters also engaged in the same scenarios at night.

“Visibility changes the situation (and) it makes it more difficult,” he said. “Things look different at night. In the daylight, looking at a truck, you can tell the distance. You can inadvertently get too close to something at night because you misjudge the distance.”

Tull said the visibility issue at night comes with possible passengers on the crashed aircraft.

“In the daytime, you obviously can see really well if passengers have been ejected,” she said. “But at night, you drive really close to it in the crash truck so you have to be aware (of passengers on the ground). It’s situational awareness. Be ready for anything.”

Though the training is affective in preparing firefighters for such a situation, Howell said there are still things that will change any given scenario.

“You go to save lives first so you’re doing everything at once,” he said. “It can get a bit chaotic. They have to deal with little problems as they’re inside because there are little fires popping up.”

Carr said the unpredictability is what makes training so important particularly with an aircraft fire.

“The thing about aircraft emergencies unlike a housing emergency is that houses are stationary. You just arrive to the house and it’s there,” he said. “Whereas an aircraft, it may not be where it’s supposed to be. If it crashes, it crashes in different ways … It’s just the nature of the emergency. Everything can change at any time so you have to really pay attention.”

Along with the yearly aircraft training, Howell said Fort Leavenworth firefighters regularly go through live structural fire training, hazardous materials training, technical rescue training and Emergency Medical Technician training to further develop and refresh their skills in preparation for any possible emergencies that may occur on post.

 

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Off-duty Olathe firefighters equipped with AED’s, Pulse Point app in effort to save lives

By Daniel Barnett
KCTV 5 – March 22, 2018

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The Olathe Fire Department is providing AED’s to off-duty firefighters in an effort to save lives. Firefighters will download the app Pulse Point, which will alert them if someone nearby is having a heart attack. The firefighter can then respond to the location and hopefully save a life. The department is one of the first in the nation to do this.

 

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Grass fire burns car in western Shawnee County

KSNT – March 22, 2018

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Fire crews were on the scene Thursday morning of a grass and car fire.

Mission Township Fire Department responded just after 7:30 a.m. to the 1300 block of SW Hodges Road.

About 10 acres were reported to have burned with a car catching fire in the area.

Fire crews were able to put out the fire quickly and are still investigating how it started.

No injuries were reported.

 

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Topeka fire dog Webster dies suddenly

By Luke Ranker
Topeka Capital Journal – March 22, 2018

The Topeka Fire Department Wednesday mourned the loss of one of their four-legged companions.

Webster, an accelerate detection K-9, became suddenly ill Wednesday morning and died in the early afternoon, the department said in a news release.

Firefighters found him suffering an unknown illness and took him to a local veterinarian. He was later transferred to Kansas State University Animal Hospital where he died at approximately 1 p.m.

“He was a valued member of the Topeka Fire Department and will be missed,” the release said.

The dog, who was 6 years old, came to TFD in 2014 and was certified by he Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Department of Justice. He assisted investigators in the detection of ignitable liquids at fire scenes in Topeka and across the state.

 

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Large grass fire knocked down quickly

Emporia Gazette – March 22, 2018

An 80-acre grass fire was reported in the 600 block of Road P, just east of Olpe, Wednesday evening.

Around 5:35 p.m. dispatch indicated the blaze. No structures were reported to be near the fire, but livestock were in the area.

Mutual aid from the Emporia Fire Department was called in, but was canceled shortly afterwards.

By 5:54 p.m. the fire had been knocked down completely.

Olpe fire personnel were on scene gathering information.

 

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NOTICE OF VACANCY – Fire Prevention Inspector – Requisition #189147 – Closes 4/11/2018

The Office of the State Fire Marshal has an opening for an Unclassified benefit-eligible Fire Prevention Inspector.  This is a full-time position covering the counties of Coffey, Douglas, Franklin, Lyon and OsageResidency within the territory is requiredSome travel, including overnight is required of this position.

Duties will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Conducting fire and life safety inspections of facilities under the jurisdiction of the Kansas Fire Prevention Code and Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services.
  • Conducting special inspections periodically to support ongoing enforcement activities or investigate complaints.
  • Prepare reports substantiating inspection findings.
  • Assists local authorities in fire prevention matters through participate in statewide fire safety organizations and by routinely providing inspection assistance and liaison to individual local fire departments.
  • Completion of Kansas certification as a Fire Inspector 1 through NFPA and Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services within twelve months of hire date.

Duties of this position will entail climbing in and out of attics, crawling in small areas, climbing stairs, extensive walking, driving, oral and written communication, independent thinking, using a computer, etc.

Pay Rate:  $19.16 per hour.  ($39,852.80 annually)

Qualifications:

  • Two years’ experience in performing inspections.
  • College courses in fire science may be substituted for the require experience.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license.

Preferred Skills:

  • Knowledge of the Kansas Fire Prevention Code
  • 2012 National Fire Life Safety Code
  • 2012 International Building Code
  • 2012 International Fire Code.
  • Extensive field experience as well as code and mechanical aptitude background.
  • Exceptional skills in oral and written communication.
  • Strong computer skills.

HOW TO APPLY:  The application process has 3 STEPS:

STEP 1:  Register by completing the online Personal Data Form  (Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID or Employee ID number.)

STEP 2:  Complete the official State of Kansas application form and submit to the Fire Marshal.

STEP 3:  Email the additional required documents to brenda.schuette@ks.gov.  Include the job requisition number and your last name in the subject line.

Additional Required Documents: 

  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • College Transcripts, if applicable
  • Copy of all Training Certificates
  • Valid Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate

Failure to follow the instructions and submit all required documentation may affect your consideration for this position.

KANSAS TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED

Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website.

A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws.  A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days.  All applicants, including current State employees, are responsible for submitting a valid and up to date certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency.  This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03.  If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199.

DEADLINE:  All application requirements must be received by the posted deadline to be considered.

Recruiter Contact Information:

Name:  Brenda L. Schuette
Phone: 785-296-0654
Fax:   785-296-8155
Email: brenda.schuette@ks.gov

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

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Liberal Fire Department Award & Recognition Ceremony

By Joe Denoyer
KSCB – March 21, 2018

Liberal Fire Department Award & Recognition Ceremony

Members of the Liberal Fire Department gathered Saturday March 10th at the Randall Girls Scout Building for their annual awards and recognition ceremony. This event provides an opportunity to recognize individuals for years of service and also to present peer recognition awards for the 2017 calendar year.

This year recognition was given to Deputy Fire Chief Skeety Poulton for 25 years of service.

Chief Poulton began his career with the Liberal Fire Department as a Volunteer Firefighter in March 1992. He was selected to join the full time ranks in December of 1993. After a short time serving as a Firefighter / EMT he was promoted to “B” Shift Captain the position he held until his promotion to Deputy Fire Chief in 2008.

Also receiving peer recognition awards:

Rookie of the Year: Joseph Navarro

Joseph joined the Liberal FD in July 2016 and in his first year of service attained both his Firefighter I and Kansas EMT certification. He has also made great strides toward his Firefighter II certificate and is a valued asset to the department.

Officer of the Year: Tyson Rice

Tyson is now in his tenth year of service to the department. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2012 and has served in that capacity since that time. Tyson is fully certified per department requirements and continues to add to his ability and training. He also serves as one of three certified fire / arson investigators for the department.

Full-time Firefighter of the Year: Aaron Luman

Aaron joined the department in May 2014 and received promotion to the position of Lieutenant in May 2016. Aaron has accomplished a tremendous amount is his first three plus years with the department and has been an integral part of coordinating training and events for the department in the past couple of years. He is truly proven himself to be a strong candidate to lead the fire department into the future.

Volunteer Firefighter of the Year: Wes Fox

Wes joined the department in June 2017. Wes is currently a teacher at Liberal High School and is undertaking a project in developing a curriculum to begin teaching Firefighter I and Hazardous Materials Operations Level training to students in the Career and Technical Education pathway. This will be a great value to local and area fire departments to develop future home-grown emergency responders to serve our community. Through hard work and dedication Wes has nearly completed both Firefighter I certification and Fire Service Instructor certification in his short time with the department.

Outstanding Firefighter of the Year: Erick Rodriguez

This is highest honor voted on by an individual’s peers and supervisors within the department. Erick joined the department in February 2015 and has taken a fast track in obtaining all of his necessary certifications. He has proven himself as a respected member of the department and is quickly developing into a true leader on the department. Erick is an extremely valuable asset to the department, the city and the community.

The ceremony concluded with a presentation from the members of the department to Chief Kelly Kirk and Deputy Chief Skeety Poulton. Both were presented with a gift of a traditional leather helmet and commemorative shield from all the firefighters on the department.

 

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Resolution passed to consolidate fire districts

By Tammy Helm
Fort Scott Tribune – March 21, 2018

The Bourbon County Commissioners on Tuesday signed a resolution that consolidates two volunteer fire departments.

The resolution means there is no longer a Redfield Fire Department that stands on its own. Instead, that department, formerly identified as District 4, is now combined with Bourbon County Fire District 3.

BCFD No. 3 Chief Delwin Mumbower and Hiattville Fire Station Chief Luella Howard, Redfield Mayor Ed Guss and Clerk John Speer attended the meeting.

Bourbon County Counselor Justin Meeks said those who authored a petition submitted to the county clerk had used the correct language in the petition.

He said the two fire districts fall under Kansas State Statute 80-147, Consolidation of certain fire districts in urban areas; resolution of county commissioners; petition of electors; election, when; effective date of consolidation.

“Commissioners, I want to commend the individual who wrote the petition,” Meeks said. “They did an excellent job in following the statutes and mentioning the KSAs (Kansas Statutes Annoted) that were important.”

He said one key statute is 19-3619, which addresses “consolidation with adjoining district; outstanding bonds; approval of consolidation agreement; findings; designation; governing body of consolidated district, terms.”

Also important, according to Meeks, is the statement found in KSA 1903619 that “(a) Each district as previously constituted would in its opinion be benefited by receiving as good or better service if consolidated; and (b) it would make possible either lower fire insurance rates on properties within the district or prevent establishing of higher rates.”

“Obviously that’s an opinion,” Meeks said. “But I think by them signing this, they (governing bodies of each fire district) obviously have thought this through, so the commissioners have to say, (a) they are getting better service.”

Commission Chairman Lynne Oharah said there would be better service because the need for a mutual aid agreement between two districts would be eliminated.

“A lot of times they have to make a second call to call a fire department in, and this eliminates that,” Oharah said.

Meeks said the county has no say in whether the consolidation would lower insurance rates, but he would “assume” that would happen.

Oharah said he believes District 4 is within a five-mile radius of the Redfield fire station. Mumbower said some areas of the district are within less than a five-mile radius and other areas are beyond five miles.

KSA 19-3619 also outlines how the governing body of the newly formed fire district will be formed.

Tuesday evening, Mumbower told the Tribune the district will be governed by a board of trustees, consisting of members representing each of the district’s seven areas: Redfield, Hiattville, Uniontown, Bronson, Devon, Mapleton and Fulton.

Trustees are Scott Shelton, Luella Howard, Donnie Wiggins, Paul Smith and Mike Robinson. As the BCFD No. 3 chief, Mumbower is not allowed to serve on the board, but fire station chiefs are allowed, Mumbower said.

He said now that the resolution has been passed, work can begin to legally transfer Redfield Fire Department equipment to District 3.

“We really needed this before we go changing ownership,” Mumbower said.

 

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How is the city’s new piece of art progressing?

By David Dinell
Derby Informer – March 21, 2018

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Slowly but surely, a bronze statue of two firefighters designed to be a Derby highlight is taking shape.

Artist John Parsons had to take care of a few other projects first before focusing his complete attention on this work.

“It’s gone well so far,” he said. “It’s full speed ahead.”

The artwork will be next to the new Fire Station 81, which is now under construction at the corner of Madison and Woodlawn.

There is a dual purpose to the work, City Manager Kathy Sexton said.

“It will not only honor the many firefighters and their families who have served the community for decades but will also solidify this core area of Derby as the heart of the city,” she wrote in a report to the City Council.

To make his statues, first he has to weld steel pieces together and then put a special foam in the opening.

“If it has ‘good bones’ then all the rest falls into place,” he said.

He then puts clay around the steel frame. At $10 for a small package, the clay is expensive.

“You go through a lot of it, too,” he said.

It’s oil-based, so it never dries up like water-based clay does.
An original artwork

The foam saves a lot of weight and adds strength to the work.

The work is set to be as accurate as possible. In fact, Derby firefighters brought over a uniform and some other gear for Parsons to use as reference.

Parsons, a Derby native who for years ran a taxidermy business before switching to sculpting, also has a close connection to the firefighting profession as he was one himself before being critically injured in a 1979 hunting accident, which left him with a broken back.

The artwork is totally original, and one in which Parsons said he worked to incorporate the teamwork inherent in firefighting and capturing the action in answering an alarm.

The sculpture shows two running firefighters, with the lead firefighter holding an ax in his right hand with his left hand outstretched, pointing ahead with his mouth open; his partner, with a solemn expression, has his hand on his buddy’s left shoulder, a hose draped over his left shoulder.

The work costs $139,000 plus shipping and installation, for an approximate total of $145,000. There was some $50,000 in private donations raised and public funding was employed for the remaining $95,000.

Right now, this statue is Parson’s sole focus. He needs to have it done by the beginning of August.

“I have my work cut out for me that’s for sure,” he said.

Then it goes to a foundry in Colorado and they have it for four months before it returns to Derby for the station’s opening at the end of the year.

Parsons said there’s detail work to be done and he works seven days a week on it.

Detail work takes time

He does already have the two heads done and will attach them to the bodies after they are complete.

The reason for the lengthy work time are all the details. They may not be noticeable from a distance, but get up close and a viewer will see the intricate finish put on the work. The other day Parsons was carefully working on getting the pants seams just right.

“I’m a stickler for details – I want to get it accurate,” he said. “It’s never really done. I could keep refining on it forever.”

But he knows there will be a time when he has to put down his carving tools and declare it finished.

Parsons is “pretty much self-taught” with his sculpting techniques although he did go to Wichita State for art and sculpting classes.

At that time, he didn’t think he could make a living with his art, but given his track record and string of successful commissions, he’s now doing just that.

The statue will be off the ground and lit up, although those are details Parsons doesn’t have to worry about.

One thing he isn’t concerned about is its longevity.

“It will be there a lot longer than you or I,” he said.

 

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L958 Haysville 4.9.18

 

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Manhattan IMT Training Class

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HazMatIQ Above The Line/Below The Line Training

 

HazMat IQ Class Shawnee County

 

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Labette Community College Annual Fire School

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Labette Community College hosts an annual fire school held each May and/or June (see Calendar of Events) for firefighters throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. The Kansas State Firefighters Association, Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute (KU), and the State Fire Marshal’s Office, as well as other agencies, provide the instructors.

Course offerings are updated each year. LCC’s Fire Science Advisory Board meets annually to make the selections.

Listed below are samples of the types of courses offered during this event that runs May 31, June 1 & 2, 2018:

Live House Burn
Driving Simulator Training
First In Decisions for First-In Officers
Where Your Bugle Starts

Incident Safety Officer
Stress Awareness, Management & Mitigation Training
Hazmat IQ ToxMedic
Honor Guard

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Notice of Vacancy – Deputy Boiler Inspector – Requisition #189030 – closes 3/24/2018

The Office of the State Fire Marshal has an opening for an Unclassified benefits-eligible Deputy Boiler Inspector.  This position will cover Johnson County with occasional statewide travel.  Residency within the territory is preferred however; this will be reviewed on a case by case basis.  The closing date of this vacancy is 3/24/2018.

 

Within an assigned district of the state, conducts internal and external inspections of high and low pressure boilers and pressure vessels according to the codes established by the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors and the Kansas Boiler Safety Act.  Makes contact with local and state officials, contractors, installers, owners, users and others.  Extensive travel, including overnight is required of this position.

 

Employees at this level exercise minimal latitude in performing the duties of the position.  Receives verbal and written instructions; follows the guidelines set forth in federal and state laws, regulations, policies and procedures and division guidelines.  Receives guidance from the Prevention Division Chief and Chief Boiler Inspector.

 

Salary:  $20.13 per hour ($41,870.40 annually) plus benefits.

 

Minimum Requirements:  Have completed courses and training, and have experience in the construction, installation, repair, operation, or inspection of boilers, steam generators, super-heaters, or pressure vessels, which in the aggregate amounts to not less than two years of education, training, and work experience; or have not less than five years’ experience in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, or plumbing fields related to the installation or repair of boilers or pressure vessels; and hold an in-service commission issued by the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors or obtain such commission within 12 months after appointment.  Must have a valid driver’s license.

 

Performance Standards:  To be successful, the expectation is that a candidate will be able to competently perform the routine tasks of the position with limited supervision within six (6) months of hire date.

 

HOW TO APPLY:  The application process has 3 STEPS:

 

STEP 1:  Register by completing the online Personal Data Form

STEP 2:  Complete the official State of Kansas application form and submit to the Fire Marshal.

STEP 3:  Email the additional required documents to brenda.schuette@ks.gov .

 

Include your name and job requisition number on all correspondence when submitting documents.

 

Additional Required Documents:

 

Letter of Interest

Resume

College Transcripts, if applicable

Copy of all Commissions held

Copy of all Training Certificates

Valid Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate

send to Brenda Schuette, brenda.schuette@ks.gov

 

Your application will be considered incomplete and you will be found ineligible if you fail to submit the required application and additional documentation by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

 

KANSAS TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED

 

Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website at http://www.ksrevenue.org/taxclearance.html .

 

A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws.  A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days.  Applicants, including current State of Kansas employees, are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency.  This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03.  If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199.

 

Recruiter Contact Information:

Name:  Brenda L. Schuette

Phone: 785-296-0654

Email: brenda.schuette@ks.gov

 

How Your Application Will Be Evaluated:  Once you complete and submit your application and materials, your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum and any necessary special requirements.  Please indicate all relevant prior experiences and training on your application.  Next, your application will be evaluated and rated based on preferred competencies and selection criteria for the position.

 

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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Rescue squads train for agricultural rescues

By Belinda Larsen
Butler County Times Gazette – March 20, 2018

Rescue team members prepare to enter grain elevator. Photo by Butler Co.

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The Butler County Rescue Squad and South Central Regional Task Force held a training workshop last week at the Kanza Cooperative in Furley.
Fire departments and rescue teams gathered at the site to train for grain engulfment and multiple agricultural rescue scenarios.
The local rescue squad added grain engulfment rescue equipment to their supply of disaster response after receiving a grant by Mid-Kansas Coop and Land-O-Lakes in 2015.
Frank Williams, chief of the Butler County Rescue Squad advised the equipment has been utilized four times.
“We did have a request for the equipment once, but did not have to use it,” Williams advised.
Participating in last week’s training were rescue squads from the Sedgwick County Fire Department, Wichita Fire Department, Hutchinson Fire Department, Newton Fire Department, and Winfield Fire Department. The squad representing the Butler County Rescue team included members from El Dorado, Rose Hill, and Augusta fire departments.

 

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Fire destroys mobile home in Haysville

KAKE – March 20, 2018

Three people escaped a fire that destroyed a mobile home in Haysville on Tuesday.

Crews were called at around 7 a.m. to a fire in 8200 block of S. Berniece. They arrived to find the mobile home engulfed in flames.

Division Chief Keith Wilson with the Sedgwick County Fire Department said three adults who were in the home got out safely. One pet was unaccounted for.

Investigators were on scene working to determine the cause of the fire.

 

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Task force returns from deployment

By John Richmeier
Leavenworth Times – March 20, 2018

A task force of Leavenworth County firefighters has returned after being deployed to help with wildfires in central Kansas.

A task force of Leavenworth County firefighters has returned after being deployed to help with wildfires in central Kansas.

The team was deployed Thursday to help with the response to fires in Rice County.

Rick Huhn, who served as the task force leader, said Leavenworth County firefighters and a team from Ellsworth provided relief to local crews who had been battling the fires.

“We worked all day Friday while they took a break and rested,” he said.

Huhn said the area was the scene of three wildfires. But to him, it looked like one giant fire.

“It was mostly out when we got there,” Huhn said.

But because of strong winds, Leavenworth County firefighters “were putting out hot spots” and dealing with blowing embers Friday.

Volunteer firefighters from the area returned to the scene Friday night, and the firefighters from Leavenworth County returned home.

“We had a good crew,” Huhn said.

Huhn, who is chief of Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1, said he was asked to stay an extra night as part of the incident management team.

This was the first deployment for the Leavenworth County wildland task force, which was formed in November. The team is made up of members of Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 and the fire departments of Fairmount, Kickapoo, Sherman and Tonganoxie townships.

 

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KSFFA Regional School – May – Hope

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by Dickinson County Fire District #2
May 4-6, 2018
Location: Hope High School

 

Friday – May 4 – 6:00 p.m.

  1. Landing Zone Training – Eagle Med

Saturday – May 5 – 8:00 a.m.

  1. Lessons Learned – 4 hrs.
  2. Skills Trailer – 8 hrs. – Full Bunker Gear & SCBA required
  3. Engine Company Operations – 8 hrs.
  4. Wildfire Training – 4 hrs.
  5. Pump Operations/Rural Water Supply – 8 hrs. – Full Bunker Gear Required

Saturday – May 5 – 1:00 p.m.

  1. Building Construction – 4 hrs.
  2. Engine Company Operations, cont.
  3. Skills Trailer, cont.
  4. Pump Operations/Rural Water Supply, cont.
  5. Fire Streams & Hose Practices – 4 hrs.

Sunday – May 6 – 8:00 a.m.

  1. Thermal Imaging Camera Training – 4 hrs.
  2. Reading Smoke – 4 hrs.
  3. Propane Safety – 4 hrs.
  4. Emergency Vehicle Operations – 4 hrs. – BEMS Continuing Education Hours

Sunday – May 6 – NOON

  1. KSFFA Burn Trailer – Full Bunker Gear & SCBA required

Contact Steve Hirsch, KSFFA Secretary at ksffa@ruraltel.net

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

 

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Fire/EMS receives grant for fire prevention

Newton Now – March 19, 2018

Newton Fire/EMS has received a grant from FM Global to purchase a live-fire extinguisher training system for fire prevention education.

The $8,345 grant will fund a training System, which uses a controlled propane fire and a water/air fire extinguisher to train individuals on putting out fires. It uses sensor technology to detect how well a trainee uses the extinguisher.

Newton Fire/EMS will be able to use the system for training sessions at local businesses and industries, health care facilities, senior living facilities, and other sites in the community, as part of its fire prevention program.

FM Global representatives have planned a recognition presentation and a demo of the equipment at 11 a.m. Monday, April 30 at Newton Fire/EMS Station 2, 200 E. Third St.

 

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