Archive for April, 2018

2018 KSFFA Memorial Service

Below is the names that were read off at the KSFFA Conference for the memorial service.

2018 KSFFA Memorial Service

KSFFA Memorial Service Name Submittal Form for 2018/2019


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Firefighters battling brush fire near southwest edge of Lawrence

By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence Journal World – April 30, 2018

Multiple firefighting agencies were battling a brush fire at the southwest edge of Lawrence Monday afternoon.

The incident began about 2:40 p.m. in the area of the South Lawrence Trafficway between East 1200 Road and 27th Street, emergency dispatchers confirmed.

Wakarusa Township Fire Department was leading the fire response, and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical and other agencies also were called in to help, according to dispatchers.

Information about what started the fire was not immediately available.

Due to a “very high” fire danger index, purposeful burning was prohibited in the city of Lawrence and the unincorporated areas of Douglas County on Monday, according to a Lawrence fire department announcement and the Douglas County Burn Hot Line.

Douglas County was under a wind advisory through Monday evening, with winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph predicted, according to the National Weather Service in Topeka.


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Garage fire causes $40k damage in Keats

Manhattan Mercury – April 30, 2018

A garage fire in Keats caused around $40,000 in damage Monday morning, according to the Riley County Fire Department.

Firefighters found a detached garage fully engulfed, which they believe was caused by an electrical short, around 5 a.m. All occupants were able to get out of the house uninjured by the time firefighters arrived, and the smoke detector was functional.

A total of 19 firefighters from five stations put out the fire over three hours.

Total loss in this incident is approximately $30,000 to the contents, $6,000 for the garage damage and $4,000 to the main house.

The home is owned by John Coer, who was unsure if it was insured.


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Clifford West Evans

Clifford West Evans, 81, of Udall, Kansas, passed away Tuesday evening, April 24, 2018 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Born June 7, 1936 in Hazel Valley, Arkansas, he was the son of John Locke and Mila Francis (Fraley) Evans. He was raised and received his education in Wichita, Kansas.

He was united in marriage to Margaret “Beth” Morgan on October 26, 1958 at Fairview Christian Church in Wichita, Kansas. Cliff worked at Garvey Grain from 1955 to 1968. He then went to work in maintenance for USD 463 in Udall until 1986 when he began working as a Floor Supervisor at Wal-Mart, retiring in 1996.

Cliff also served as Mayor of Udall in 1981, during the Udall Centennial Celebration. He was a volunteer fireman, serving as Chief as well as serving as a board member for Udall Fire District #4. He volunteered at the Udall Historical Society. He enjoyed camping, fishing, metal detecting, collecting stamps, working jig saw puzzles and smoking his pipe. He was an avid Arkansas Razorback Football fan and bowled for Kistler Service team beginning in 1962 until 2016.

His family includes:
His wife: Beth Evans of Udall;
His children: Nancy Beth Kennedy and husband, Kirk; C.W. Evans, Jr. and wife, Barbara; Morgan Dale Evans and wife, Carolyn;
His sister: Barbara Burnett and husband, Johnny;
His brothers: Bill Evans and wife, Sue; Johnny Evans;
His grandchildren: Alan Kennedy, Jeremy Kennedy, Katrina Kennedy, Nic Evans and wife, Taylor, Kat Evans, Mat Evans, Dorine Farmer and husband, Shawn;
His great grandchildren: Ashley Benton and Cigi Farmer; and
Numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Cliff was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Evans.

Funeral services will be held on Friday afternoon, April 27, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Udall United Methodist Church, 305 S. Church, Udall, Kansas. Interment will follow at the Udall Cemetery. A visitation will be held at Miles Funeral Service on Thursday from 4 to 8 P.M. The family will greet visitors from 6 to 8 that evening.

Memorials have been established in Cliff’s name for Udall First Responders and Volunteer Fire Department District #4 and for the Udall Historical Society. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.


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Grass fire reported near I-635 and Merriam Drive

Wyandotte Daily – April 30, 2018

A grass fire was reported about noon Monday, April 30, on southbound I-635 near the Merriam Drive exit, according to KC Scout. The Merriam Drive exit was closed. (KC Scout photo)


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Fire near Emporia causes minimal damage

By Chuck Samples
KVOE – April 30, 2018

No injuries were reported after a small fire developed near Emporia on Sunday.

Fire crews were dispatched to 1833 Burlingame after a small brush fire was reported shortly before 3:15 pm. Fire Battalion Chief Rich Gould says the fire was put out quickly. The landowner, currently unnamed, says the fire apparently started after he used his chainsaw. Further details have not been released.

Gould says there was no property damage and there were no injuries.


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Bobcat being used at controlled burn destroyed by fire in Saline County

By Eric Wiley
Salina Journal – April 30, 2018

A 2005 Bobcat belonging to Chad Koehn, 47, of Salina, caught fire shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday as it was being used to control a burn in a pasture in the 200 block of South Cunningham Road, according to Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan.

Soldan said the wind switched direction and caught the hydraulics on the Bobcat on fire.

Firefighters with Rural Fire District No. 5 extinguished the blaze.

Loss was estimated at $22,000.


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Overland Park man dies after vehicle hits pillar

By Daniel Barnett
KCTV 5 – April 30, 2018

An Overland Park, KS, man has died after his vehicle hit a concrete pill and burst into flames on Sunday.

The crash happened just before 2:29 p.m. on US 69 Highway at 287th Street in Miami County, KS.

When authorities arrived, they found a KIA Borrego four-door on fire and in a west ditch under W 287th.

Investigators say the vehicle was southbound on US-69 and left the road onto the grass shoulder before hitting a large concrete pillar at the bridge, head-on. The vehicle caught fire on impact and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was later identified as Andre Dight, 47.

Investigators are still searching for what caused Dight to leave the road.


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For Sale – 1995 Ford pumper

Valley Falls Fire District 11 out of Jefferson County has the following for sale

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1995 Ford pumper
8,675 miles
460 gas motor in truck
454 gas motor in pump with 424 hours on it
5 speed manual transmission
1000 gallon Poly tank
1000 GPM Darley Pump
Two  1 1/2 inch crosslays
Four 2 1/2 inch discharges
a 5 inch intake on both sides of the truck
two scba compartments
a 4000 watt generator with telescoping lights
$25,000 takes it
Any questions call (785)-640-3272

Fence catches fire, damages neighboring homes

By Tiffany Littler
KSNT – April 30, 2018


A man burning sticks in a bucket caused a fence to catch fire and damage two neighboring homes.

It happened just before 5:30 p.m. Saturday near 37th and Devon streets.

Topeka Fire Shift Commander Chris Herrera said leaves caught fire and spread to a fence, as well as the two homes.

No one was injured.

Sidings to both houses were damaged.


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Duplex fire displaces 12 people

KWCH – April 30, 2018

A duplex fire in the 3100 block of west 27th street south. displaced 12 people Sunday.

Firefighters responded to reports of an apartment fire around 3 p.m.

Officials say the fire was caused by kids playing with fire. No one was hurt but the damage is estimated at $15,000.

The duplex is only temporarily closed, people who live there are expected to be let back in once repairs are made.


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Back the Badge Baxter Springs

By Erin Sullivan
Four States – April 30, 2018


A Southeast Kansas town supports those who keep them safe at the first ever back the badge event.

The Baxter Springs Fire Auxiliary and Police Reserve invited the public to a barbecue to raise funds for the departments.

Both are on a volunteer basis, supporting staffed fire and police personnel in their own time.

Donations go towards equipment, training, educational materials and equipment maintenance.

“We don’t get paid to go on calls, we don’t get paid to wear a vest, and help protect the community but we do it because we want to show our support for the community and we love it. A lot of the guys are retired police officers,” says Baxter Springs Police Reserve Officer Rhanda Andrews.

They’re also having an online auction with items donated by local businesses coming up soon.


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Train kills Kan. man after truck’s trailer becomes detached on tracks

Hays Post – April 30, 2018

A Kansas man died in an accident just after 6p.m. Friday in Wabaunsee County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2017 Ford F150 was northbound on Willard Road crossing the railroad tracks just north of Bouchey Road when his trailer become detached on the tracks.

David W. Miller, 58, Maple Hill exited the vehicle to try to re-hitch the trailer.

A Union Pacific train came around a curve and struck the Ford and Miller while he was attempting to get back into his vehicle.

Miller was pronounced dead at the scene.

The train engineer Ryan L. Idleman, 41, Manhattan, and train conductor Jonathon B. Sheppard II, 32, Herington, were not injured.


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Off-duty officer killed, son dies in hospital

KWCH – April 30, 2018

According to a supervisor at the hospital, the son of an off-duty Wichita Police officer, who died after being struck while riding his motorcycle, died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Sedgwick County deputies say Stacy Woodson, a 16-year veteran of the Wichita Police Department, was riding his motorcycle with his 10-year-old son, Braeden Woodson, when he was hit.

Stacy’s brother, Jeremy, remembers them as kind and hardworking.

“No matter what he was helpful,” said Jeremy. “He was that good cop that everyone dreamed they had that would help anybody and do anything and do the right thing.”

Jeremy said they were on their way home when the accident happened.

“Stacy and Braeden were actually returning home from dropping off food for a fellow police officer who had recently been injured in a motorcycle accident,” said Jeremy.

He remembers the father and son as inseparable. Jeremy said Stacy loved his family and inspired those around him.

The crash happened around 8:15 p.m. Friday night near 21st and 167th Street West, west of Wichita.

Sedgwick County deputies arrested 35-year-old James Dalrymple on suspicion of driving drunk. He was initially booked on involuntary manslaughter, aggravated battery and DUI charges at around 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning.


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Wichita ducklings rescued from storm drain

KSN – April 30, 2018

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Several ducklings are enjoying their time above ground after crews from the Wichita Fire Department rescued them from a storm drain on Tuesday.

According to the Wichita Fire Department, a concerned caller reported the trapped ducklings in the 8200 block of E. Douglas.

Once crews arrived they discovered the ducklings had fallen into the drain after following their mother.

Firefighters were able to construct a tool to safely remove the ducklings from the drain by fastening an empty coffee can to a trash hook with duct tape.

Four of the five trapped ducklings were quickly removed. The firefighters had to use a cell phone to play duck calls in order to get the final duckling within reach to retrieve it.

All of the ducklings were uninjured and happily reunited with their mother.


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Man, 25, killed in Marshall County traffic accident

By Tim Hrenchir
Topeka Capital Journal – April 30, 2018

A 25-year-old man was killed in a one-vehicle traffic accident about 7 a.m. Saturday, eight miles north of Marysville in Marshall County, the Kansas Highway Patrol reported.

Tyler A. Vinwinkle, of Steinauer, Neb., died of injuries suffered in a crash that occurred on Cherokee Road, just west of US-77 highway, the highway patrol indicated in an accident report.

Vanwinkle had been alone driving a 2002 Chevrolet truck westbound on Cherokee Road when it drifted off the south edge of the roadway and struck a guardrail, the report said.

It indicated the truck overturned as it left the roadway, and came to rest upside down and facing west.

Vanwinkle had been wearing a seat belt, the report said.


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Fire blamed on extension cord

Leavenworth Times – April 30, 2018

A fire at a Basehor home is being blamed on a damaged extension cord, a fire department official said.

The fire was reported at 7:48 a.m. Friday at 154th Terrace and Olive Street. No injuries were reported.

Members of the Fairmount Township Fire Department were first alerted when someone knocked on the door of the fire station in Basehor to report the fire. Someone else called 911 a short time later to report the fire.

Chuck Magaha, chief of the Fairmount Township Fire Department, said no one was in the residence at the time of the fire.

The fire started in a living room of the ranch style house.

Magaha said it appears a sofa had become situated on top of an extension cord. The cord had become worn, and a hole was burned into the floor. The sofa also caught fire, and flames spread to the ceiling of the room.

Magaha said the fire was contained to the living room.

The Stranger Township Fire Department and Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 were called to provide assistance.

“Our department had the fire under control before the other two departments arrived,” Magaha said.


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Fire damages third vacant home

Parsons Sun – April 30, 2018

Parsons firefighters and Parsons police are investigating the cause of a third fire involving a vacant home in less than two months.

Thursday’s fire was reported to the Parsons Fire Department a 6:27 p.m. Thursday. Firefighters responded to 1421 Dirr and extinguished the fire. They left the address at 8:40 p.m.

The fire caused an estimated $8,000 damage to a home valued at about $30,000 by the Labette County Appraiser’s Office.

The home had been vacant for some time and had no utilities. Parsons Battalion Chief Darren Lubbers said the cause of the fire is undetermined and is under investigation by fire and police.

The first fire of a vacant home happened March 8 at 1008 S. 21st. The second fire happened April 7 at 507 S. 20th. Thursday’s fire happened 19 days after the first two.


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Ellis County fire department fights grass fire near Victoria

By Kaley Conner
Hays Daily News – April 27, 2018

The Ellis County Fire Department responded Friday afternoon to a grass fire just off the shoulder of Interstate 70 near Victoria. The fire was reported near eastbound mile marker 167 and burned approximately 5 acres, spreading through the south ditch.

It likely was caused when a vehicle pulling a trailer blew a tire, causing sparks that quickly ignited the dry grass. The vehicle did not sustain additional damage from the fire.

Kansas Highway Patrol officers were on the scene directing traffic, but the highway was not closed.

“It got close,” said Darin Meyers, Ellis County fire chief and emergency management coordinator. “The wind shifted on us for a short amount of time and reduced the visibility, but we never had to shut it down.”

Fire companies four and five out of Victoria and Hays responded to the incident and remained on the scene for approximately an hour monitoring hot spots.

A burn ban remains in effect for Ellis County due to continuing dry conditions, though Meyers said he is monitoring the rain forecast and will move to lift the ban as soon as possible.

“The grass is starting to turn green, but with the fire out there, we didn’t have much wind, but it still moved pretty quickly,” Meyers said.


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Black Hills helps train firefighters

By Robert Pierce
Leader & Times – April 27, 2018

With dry conditions persisting across the area, fires seemingly pop up quite often.

Despite the recent rains, those chances are still quite high, and with those chances, firefighters are continuously on alert to put the blazes out.

This also increases the importance of training for firefighters, and Thursday night in Liberal, area firefighters and other emergency responders got the chance to add to their training with the help of natural gas service provider Black Hills Energy.

The training allowed firefighters to practice how to safely and effectively contain and extinguish natural gas fires.

“We’re utilizing natural gas at 60 pounds, and we’re doing it in five different simulations,” Black Hills’ Justin Jones said.

Those simulations included a pit, car hood, house and a full car.

“They have to deal with the elements of a fire and also the different aspects of what a natural gas fire entails,” Jones said.

Jones said Black Hills plans to do two such trainings each year in the eight states in which the company provides service.

“We look at it as opportunity to reach out, provide some service to our community, and our fire departments are great partners of ours,” he said. “If we can do anything to assist them to help them be prepared, then that’s we’ll want to do. We do two of them in Kansas this year. One of them is in Wichita, and then Liberal of course.”

Firefighters involved in Thursday’s training included those from Liberal, Seward County, Haskell County, Stevens County, Morton County and surrounding townships including Turpin, Okla.

Jones said trainings such as Thursday’s are typically set up for rural fire departments.

“We have about seven fire departments here tonight,” he said. “We have around 40 to 50 firefighters. We typically have anywhere from 40 to 60 firefighters at these events. The one in Wichita, we probably had 50 at. We’re looking at providing training to hopefully 100 firefighters in Kansas this year.”

Jones said the training was likewise a chance for firefighters to add to their education and skills in fighting blazes.

“These firefighters are trained,” he said. “They go through routine trainings. This is just the opportunity to expose them to natural gas. They typically don’t do a lot of trainings with that, so if they run into that situation, which does not happen very often, they at least can pull back from that one training they had with us.”

The 60-pound pressure level Thursday’s training took place in is, Jones said, the highest firefighters will typically deal with when working with natural gas.

“There’s lots of spots in Liberal that are much less than that, and there’s just poundage throughout town,” he said. “This simulates the same amount of fire and pressure that they could have in any community. There could be fires that are even actually less than this. We try to them in a real life situation.”

Jones said when used properly, natural gas is a very safe product, and he did give some advice to those who think they may have a leak in their home.

“If at any point that you’re home you have a rotten egg, a strange scent, call 911,” he said. “Call the Black Hills emergency number, and we will send someone there immediately to make sure that your area is safe.”

That number is 800-694-8989. Jones emphasized to not hesitate when dealing with problems with natural gas systems.

“The number one thing to us is that our customers and our employees are safe,” he said. “At any time that you feel there is a harm, do not hesitate to call 911, get safe, and then call Black Hills Energy.”


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Linden W. Nold

Linden W. Nold, age 93 passed away April 12, 2018. He was born to George C. Nold and Ethel Burch Nold, Wathena, KS, July 29, 1924; and was a lifetime resident of the Wathena area. He was married to Mary Ann Schoenfelder April 14, 1947 at St. Joseph Church, Wathena. She was the daughter of Albert and Elizabeth Shalz Schoenfelder, Wathena. After sharing 56 years together, she passed away December 20, 2003. He was also preceded by 4 siblings: Truman, Paul, Marvin Nold, Ruth Kaelin, and a grandson Ian Patrick Nold. Survivors include sons Mark (Catharine); Bruce (Jean); Paul (Mary Kay); and Eric (Carol); Daughters Lynn George (Robert); June; Elizabeth; Jenifer (John Gumula); Monica and Angela; Sisters-in-law, Angela Derks and Patricia Pelot. 21 grandchildren and 15 great grand-children. Lindy was very proud of his 21 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and generations of nieces and nephews.

He attended Wathena Grade School & Wathena High School. Lindy served in the Military during WWII for two years. After returning home, he took a short course in accounting at Gard Business School, St. Joseph, MO. Lindy and his wife Mary Ann, acquired sole ownership of Wathena Insurance Agency, Inc., retiring in 1993, after 33 years on “Main” Street.

Lindy was a past member of the Tri-County Banker’s Ass’n.; Kansas and National Ass’n. of Independent Insurance Agents; Professional Insurance Agents, Inc. with a stint as licensed Kansas Real Estate Broker. He was a 25 year member of the Wathena Volunteer Fire Department; He was a past president of Doniphan County Rural Water District #5. Lindy was a lifetime member of Wathena United Methodist Church; and a past president of Doniphan County Methodist Men’s Brotherhood. He was a past member of Geo. Ebeling VFW Post #3292, Severance, KS, transferring to and a current member of Doniphan County VFW Post #5531; past Chef De Gare of Voiture 1432, 40 & 8, Atchison, KS. He was a 69 year and current member of American Legion Post #161, Wathena, having served as Adjutant, Finance Officer, Joint Legion and VFW Firing Squad and a stint as Commander.

Funeral: Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 10:30 AM at the United Methodist Church, Wathena, Kansas

Visitation: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 6-8 PM at Harman-Rohde Funeral Home, Wathena where friends may call after 12 Noon Monday.

Burial: Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wathena, with full Military Honors under the auspices of the American Legion Post #161 and VFW Post #5531, both of Wathena.

Memorials: UMC or Mt. Calvary Cemetery


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$100,000 in damages sustained in garage fire

By Tammy Schlingmann
Osage County Herald Chronicle – April 19, 2018

At 10:50 a.m. April 11, a fire broke out in the garage of Duane and Ann Robison’s home at 709 Jackson St., Lyndon. The Robinsons were able to escape the home safely and report the fire.

Fire District 5 Lyndon/Vassar was the primary responding agency. They were assisted by Fire District 2 Osage City and Fire District 3 Melvern. Osage Emergency Management System, Osage County Sheriff’s Office and Lyndon Police Department also responded. Additionally, Red Cross was deployed to assist the homeowners.

In addition to fighting the fire within the garage, the fire departments punched a hole through the roof of the home to help battle the blaze.

Damage is estimated at $100,000, which includes two vehicles parked in the garage.


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Saving lives in Olathe? There’s an app for that

By Jessica Bullard
Kansas City Star – April 27, 2018

Olathe Fire Department Division Chief Joey Heideman (left) passed out automated external defibrillators to Captain Jake Ring (middle back) and Firefighter Kyle Ledgerwood (right) as part of a collaborative effort with the PulsePoint Foundation. Photo by Olathe Fire Department

The Olathe Fire Department, in a partnership with the PulsePoint Foundation, has implemented an innovative program to help address the leading cause of death in the United States.

The CDC reports that heart disease and other cardiovascular complications are the leading cause of death each year in the U.S. According to the American Heart Association, more than 356,000 cases of sudden cardiac arrest occur outside of medical treatment facilities each year, with nine of 10 such cases proving fatal.

However, individuals who suffer sudden cardiac arrest in a public place have a higher survival rate (39.5 percent) than those who suffer a similar cardiac event at home (27.5 percent), because immediate medical attention is often more readily available in those circumstances.

That immediate intervention is the most critical factor in survival rates, which is why the PulsePoint Foundation, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, seeks to empower CPR-trained individuals to be a more readily available community resource.

Working with trained emergency responders, the PulsePoint Verified Responder program, is a first-of-its-kind program that allows individuals to download an app that will alert them if a sudden cardiac arrest is reported within a quarter-mile radius.

The citizen version of the app launched in August 2017, but the Olathe Fire Department recently unveiled its own addition to this program, which engages its certified first responders with the potentially life-saving technology — even while off-duty.

The Olathe Fire Department’s version of the app also extends coverage beyond public zones and into private areas, such as homes. This is particularly beneficial, according to OFD Captain Mike Hall, who said that 64 percent of cardiac arrests in Olathe last year occurred at home.

Responders go through background screenings and must have completed certain training courses or certifications. Most are then provided with an automated external defibrillators, or AED, to use in response to nearby emergencies.

Currently, the Olathe Fire Department has 36 verified responders — 20 of whom have received AEDs.

“The beauty of this is that most of these responders are individuals who live, work, and attend higher education in the area,” Hall said.

Death or permanent brain damage can occur as quickly as 4 to 6 minutes during sudden cardiac arrest episodes, according to the Mayo Clinic, but quick intervention nearly triples the chance of the survival.

“A witness to this event must immediately initiate the chain of survival by calling 911, beginning chest compressions, or locating a public AED,” Hall said.

PulsePoint and the Olathe Fire Department encourage community members to get involved by downloading the app and getting trained. It literally could save someone’s life.


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First responders offering grain bin rescue classes

KAKE – April 27, 2018


First responders are offering a training class that will teach people how to respond to grain bin accidents.

The class – which is offered by the Kansas Fire and Rescue Institute at the University of Kansas, will teach people how to respond when a worker becomes trapped in a grain bin.

The training is designed to stimulate a grain engulfment. Individuals are harnessed and tethered and then lowered into a grain bin. The exercise shows trainees that suffocating can happen within minutes. Rescue crews stand nearby to safely pull individuals from the bin.

Grain entrapments or engulfments happen when a person is literally swallowed by grain and unable to get out on their own. In some cases it can be deadly.

Mike Cook and his partner Ben Green use a truck to train firefighters, farmers and grain workers around the state, in a skill they hope no one ever has to use.

“Making sure people don’t come complacent in their jobs and making sure they’re reminded daily of how dangerous it can be. Once you take and put the human factor in there than it can all go away, and you end up with grain engulfment grain entrapments and some cases fatalities.” says Cook.

Earlier this year, two Wichita men died in a grain bin accident. Marcus Tice and Joshua Rasbold died working at the gavilon grain elevator off south Hoover. Osha has yet to make a ruling on the official cause.

Purdue university in Indiana publishes and annual report. Its most recent study shows in 2016 there were 29 grain engulfments, only 18 of those workers survived.

Even with the proper equipment, grain workers can find themselves in one of these deadly situations. Tommy Bernsten was trapped inside a grain bin for 7 hours before crews were able to rescue him. The incident didn’t stop Bernsten from returning to the bins. “Right back to cleaning bins just be more careful next time” says Bernsten.

The goal of the training is to give crews hand on experience. “Every time we do a class there is the potential that I have made that class for at least 20 or 30 people a little more aware of the dangers.”


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Retiring fire chief receives standing ovation

By Becky Kiser
Hays Post – April 27, 2018


It surely was a bittersweet moment for Hays Fire Chief Gary Brown Thursday night as he stood before the city commission for the final time. With Brown were three city firefighters.

“Ahh, Chief. This will be the last time you do this,” commented Mayor James Meier.

Brown is retiring from the Hays Fire Department today after 45 years as a firefighter, the last 15 years served in Hays.

Wearing his dress uniform, Brown had a smile on his face as he noted the promotions of Aaron Dome to Fire Captain and Tim Detrixhe to Fire Lieutenant. He also introduced a new firefighter, B. J. Hill.

“We’re very happy to see all these changes in the fire department and people moving upward,” Brown concluded.

As Brown was about to return to his seat in the audience, Meier jumped in.

“I don’t think we can let this go by without talking about one more person, and that is the chief. I think it’s appropriate to thank you for your service and what you’ve done for the city of Hays.”

“There’s never been a negative word said about you,” Meier noted, “and we’re so glad you came to Hays. It’s going to be a great loss.”

Brown said he would be “staying in Hays for a while while we figure out what we’re doing.”

The other commissioners and City Manager Toby Dougherty echoed Meier’s thank you and stood to give Brown a standing ovation as did the entire audience in the commission chamber.

A come and go public reception will be held for Brown this afternoon from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Hays City Hall, 1507 Main.


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Camper fire in southeast Topeka causes large amount of smoke

By Katie Moore
Topeka Capital Journal – April 27, 2018

A large plume of black smoke was visible Thursday afternoon in southeast Topeka after a camper caught on fire.

The incident was reported at 3:13 p.m. in the 700 block of S.E. Locust.

Topeka Fire Department shift commander Dan Macke said a resident was burning wood in the backyard of the residence when a piece of wood flew over and caught the camper on fire. The resident had been using the camper as a storage shed.

Plastic material or a tire caused the heavy black smoke, Macke said.

The resident was outside when the blaze started and called it in.

No one was injured, Macke said.

A deck area for an above ground swimming pool that was out of use was also damaged.

The camper is considered a total loss.

Four Topeka fire engines responded to the incident in addition to the Topeka Police Department who assisted with traffic control.


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Central Topeka house fire that did $10K in damage was intentionally set

By Phil Anderson
Topeka Capital Journal – April 26, 2018


Two people escaped a house fire Wednesday afternoon in central Topeka that authorities determined was intentionally set.

The blaze was reported at 1:04 p.m. at a two-story residence at 1532 S.W. 16th. First-arriving crews indicated the fire was in the basement and in the back of the house.

Topeka Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Brannock said a large amount of smoke was visible when crews arrived on the scene. Brannock added that it took only about 10 minutes for firefighters to extinguish the blaze.

Brannock said there were two separate places where the house was on fire. One was in the basement area on the south side of the house and the other was along the back side of the residence, on its north side. The fire on the north side of the residence went nearly all the way to the top of the second floor.

Most of the damage to the house was on the exterior, Brannock said.

The fire department concluded that the blaze caused $10,000 in damage to the structure.

Crews put up crime scene tape around the house as fire investigator Zach Bottenburg inspected for the cause of the blaze.

The location of the fire was a block north of Washburn University’s campus and a half block west of S.W. Washburn Avenue.

Initial reports indicated a male in a green hoodie was seen running from the house about the time of the fire.

TFD said there were no working smoke alarms in the house.

The American Red Cross assisted two adults.

According to the Shawnee County Appraiser’s website, the home is owned by Genesis Property Management. Its 2018 appraised value was $44,000.


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Crews work structure fire north of Topeka

By Melissa Brunner
WIBW – April 25, 2018

Soldier Township fire crews were on the scene of a structure fire just north of Topeka Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities were called around 1 p.m. to 220 NW 43rd St. Initial reports indicated a person might be trapped inside the home, but crews at the scene quickly had everyone accounted for and safe.

Lt. Harry Louderback of the Shawnee Co. Sheriff’s Office says the fire started in a garage that was attached to the house. Smoke spread into the home. Lt. Louderback said it was not yet known what started the fire.

Two people who lived at the residence were being checked by ambulance crews at the scene. Lt. Louderback said they may have suffered some smoke inhalation, but it did not appear they had any serious injuries.

The location is between NW Topeka Blvd. and Shawnee North Community Park.


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Camper damaged by fire

By Erin Mathews
Salina Journal – April 25, 2018

Jeffrey Turner went outside of his camper Tuesday morning to investigate a whooshing sound and saw flames shooting up the side of it, said Sheriff Roger Soldan.

The rural Saline County man had just reset an electrical breaker after an issue with the freezer before discovering the fire at about 9:20 a.m. while the camper was parked at his home in the 3500 block of East Humbargar Road in northern Saline County, Soldan said.

Rural Fire District No. 5 responded and put out the blaze on the 2016 Grand Design Momentum camper. The fire did an estimated $10,000 in damage to the interior and exterior driver’s side of the $75,000 camper, Soldan said.


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Fire Chief Gary Brown to retire

By Becky Kiser
Hays Post – April 25, 2018

Hays Fire Chief Gary Brown’s last day on the job is Friday, April 27.

Brown has been a firefighter for 45 years, serving the past 15 years with the city of Hays Fire Department.

Assistant Hays City Manager Jacob Wood says Deputy Chief Ryan Hagans will be appointed the interim fire chief.

A public reception to honor Brown will be held Friday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Hays City Hall commission chambers.


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Phillipsburg Fire Department unveils new fire truck

My Phillips County – April 25, 2018

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The Phillipsburg Fire Department Rural District #1 would like to recognize and thank the following organizations for their generosity and continued support of the grant request for equipment upgrades. Their contributions enabled the department to purchase five new SCBA’s for the Recuse, Jaws, and Rural Pumper. The department was also able to purchase a new Ford F550 with 500 gallon water capacity, 20 gallon foam capacity, the capability of two 1 1/2″ cross lays, two whip lines, and a booster reel. This truck replaces an outdated 1984 Dodge light brush truck, which only held 200 gallons of water. Again, the Phillipsburg Fire Department Rural District #1 would like to thank the following organizations that made this possible:

Dane G Hansen Foundation

Albert Morgan and Leona A. Morgan Charitable Foundation

Darwin and Lorene Cole Foundation

Phillips County Community Foundation

This new equipment will help us to continue to assure a high level of emergancy care for those who deserve the best… the people of our community.

God Bless America
Jeremiah Lee Clancy Jr.
Phillipsburg Fire Department Rural District #1


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Warmer weather returns, so does grass fire danger

WIBW – April 25, 2018


The return of warmer spring weather, had local crews battling the return of grass fires.

A grass fire in Jackson County, just west of Hoyt burned more than 400 acres.

Sheriff Tim Morse told 13 NEWS, it was likely an act of arson and not a controlled burn.

Jackson County authorities were able to get the fire under control.

Blue Township Fire tweeted they were battling an out of control grass fire in the 6,000 block of Hopkins Creek Road and Lake Elbo Road.

Crews told 13 NEWS they cleared the scene around 9:45 p.m. Monday.

Blue Township said the St. George and Wamego Fire Departments helped them fight the flames.


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Commission approves purchase of trucks by Fire Dist. 6

By John Green
Hutchinson News – April 25, 2018

The Reno County Commission on Tuesday approved the purchase by the Reno County District No. 6 of two used trucks, together totaling less than $12,000.

The board also OK’d Juvenile Services applying for nearly $655,000 in block grants to fund its programs and approved a continuing contract worth almost $60,000 for engineering services at the county landfill.

— The commission unanimously approved the fire district buying a 1976 Ford 8000 Brush Truck from Reno/Harvey Joint Fire District No. 2 for $3,000, and a refurbished 6-by-6 truck from Stafford County to convert to a fire brush truck for a not-to-exceed cost of $8,900.

The Buhler-based fire station is disposing of the smaller vehicle to make room in its station, said District 6 Fire Chief Travis Mathis.

“It still has its pumps and tanks, all we have to put in is a radio,” Mathis said. “We need an extra truck out there and for us, this would be minimal cost.”

The district, which serves the Sylvia and Hayes townships primarily, has been having some large fires, Mathis said, and there is sufficient volunteer manpower to put another truck into use.

“We’ve been looking and were lucky this came through,” he said.

The second truck will replace a 1960-model 6-by-6 the department has been using for years that Mathis said has a much smaller cab than today’s vehicles and is thus difficult for firefighters to use.

“Our other truck’s top speed is 40 mph, and this will do 60 to 65 mph,” Mathis noted. “He will help us to be able to respond to the task force in Reno County, and to help other fire departments in Reno County too.”

Volunteer firefighters in the district will strip equipment off the old truck and install it on the refurbished one, including its lights, radio and 1,500-gallon water tank. They’ll also repaint the truck, which is now military camo.

“It’s just an upgrade for our truck that’s 30 years newer,” Mathis said.

Commission Chairman Ron Hirst and Commissioner Dan Deming both praised the department’s volunteers for taking on the task of equipping the truck.

“The efficiency of your fire department is commendable,” Hirst said.

“It’s a shining example of what a volunteer fire service can contribute to a community,” Deming said, then quipped, “but are you sure you can’t get more than 49 years out the 1960s model?”


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Small house fire put out quickly by Topeka firefighters

By Brianna Childers
Topeka Capital Journal – April 25, 2018

No one was reported injured at a small house fire located at 120 S.W. Kendall Ave.

The Topeka Fire Department responded to the incident about 9:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Shift commander Dan Macke said no one was injured, but one person and a cat exited the house after firefighters arrived on the scene. When crews arrived, they observed flames through the door and saw smoke. The fire originated in the living room and there was some smoke damage.

Macke said they were waiting on the investigator to arrive on the scene to make damage estimates and determine the cause.

Four fire engines responded to the scene. The street was blocked while firefighters worked.


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Volunteer firefighters get rare chance to learn how to fight gas fires

By John Asebes
KSN – April 25, 2018


Wind, fire and new firefighters. It sounds like cause for an alarm, but this combination is one of the most important days for new and upcoming firefighters.

It’s an event put on by Black Hills Energy so firefighters can learn how to put out gas fires.

“We are going to go in here and learn how to put out natural gas fires,” says Colwich Fire Chief Mike Rout. “We have four members here going through a fire 1 class right now and this is going to be there first time going through a fire event.”

Amanda Rose and Krista Cameron are training with the Halstead Fire Department and they fit that description.

“Technically, we are training and volunteering. We have a firefighter one class that we are going through in Halstead which ends this week. Our testing is Friday and Saturday,” says Rose.

Cameron usually is used to responding to accidents not fires.

“Fire is something that always gets me going,” says Cameron.”This is definitely something new to me.”

She grabbed a bottle of K2, an agent used by energy companies like Black Hills to control gas fires

She nailed it.

“Every little bit of training I get is definitely valuable for me,” she explains.

This group of firefighters are learning exactly it means to manage a gas fire.

It’s not like putting out a grass fire.

“We, as firefighters, actually do not turn off pipe lines. So we have to wait and contain the fire until corporate sources can come off and shut off the gas.”

As a 911 dispatcher this is a new experience for rose..

“This is really cool to watch the chemicals,” Rose says.

But with this hands on training she looked like a pro on her first try,

“It is really valuable,” says Rose. “We are likely going to be the ones that respond and we are likely not going to have training outside of this.”

Black Hills officials say when they put these events on they also learn from the local fire departments.


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Shawnee council approves increased budget for new $5.6 million fire station

By Jerry Lamartina
Shawnee Mission Post – April 24, 2018

A rendering of the proposed fire station.

The Shawnee City Council on Monday unanimously approved final plans and a guaranteed maximum price of $3.8 million for construction of Fire Station 74, to be built at West 53rd Street and Woodsonia Drive.

The $3.8 million is for construction of the building alone. Additional costs for land acquisition, furnishings and equipment, engineering, a fire truck and contingencies bring the project’s total cost to $5.6 million.

“Based on the number of bids received and on a comparison with another Johnson County fire station currently under construction, staff believes this is a competitive price,” according to a Monday memo from Public Works Director Doug Whitacre to Interim City Manager Vicki Charlesworth.

McCownGordon Construction is the construction manager, chosen by the council in November 2017 from 139 bids received. The council chose Williams Spurgeon Kuhl & Freshnock Architects Inc. as the project’s architect in September 2017. Bert Schnettgoeke, senior project engineer in the Public Works Department, is the project manager.

Construction is expected to begin immediately, and the one-story, 9,220-square-foot station is scheduled for occupancy in January 2019. The station will have two drive-through apparatus bays, living facilities for six firefighters, a safe room for use during severe weather and a training room, which will also serve as a room for neighborhood meetings.

The building’s exterior comprises a standing seam metal roof, brick, stucco and cast stone. Fire crews who will staff the station were consulted on the floor plan layout, equipment and finishes.

Growth in northwestern Shawnee prompted the decision to build a new fire station.

“The large geographic area combined with limited mutual aid options has resulted in longer than desirable response times to this part of the community,” the memo stated.

The project is part of the city’s 2017-2022 capital improvement plan. The city budgeted $2.5 million in 2016 for construction of the building. That amount increased to $3.8 million because of site-work costs excluded from the original budget estimate, an addition 1,420 square feet for the station and increased construction costs.

Money to fund the increased project cost is available from the unallocated Johnson County Courthouse tax and from an increased mill levy. The council hasn’t decided exactly how to fund the increased cost, Mayor Michelle Distler said at Monday’s meeting. Options will be discussed in the 2018/2019 budget process.

Shawnee Fire Chief John Mattox told the council at its Feb. 26 meeting that the anticipated cost to build the station had jumped nearly 62 percent, from just over $3.6 million to nearly $5.9 million. Mattox said the reason for the increase was that he “didn’t ask the right questions” during an informal conversation about the project in 2016. The original budget was limited to construction of the building and a fire truck, but it excluded costs for items including engineering, site preparation, furnishings and other equipment, bonds and contingencies for unexpected expenses.

Last July, the council approved a $150,000 purchase of 1.66 acres of land for the new station, and it approved hiring 12 firefighters to help staff the station.


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Fire destroys building, kills pigs

By Cynthia Scheer
Washington County News – April 12, 2016

One building and 179 pigs were lost in a fire at Keesecker Agri Business on March 30. Four fire departments responded to the fire located north of Washington near 20th and Prairie Road. Michele Walter, who is the business manager for Keesecker Agri Business, said the fire marshal determined the cause of the fire in the gilt isolation unit to be electrical and said it likely started near a fan. There were no heat lamps in the building.

Walter said an employee smelled smoke at about 3 p.m. on the day of the fire and began searching for the cause when the fire was discovered.

She and her son, Michael, were the first people to arrive at the burning building, and her son immediately used the loader tractor on site to knock out the hallway that connected the burning building to the unit next to it.

Walter said she was told at a recent conference that hallways should be immediately knocked out to keep the fire from spreading quickly through the barns.

“We feel extremely fortunate that we only lost one building,” she said. “If the fire had been at night it probably would have walked through a majority of the sow herd (buildings.)”.

Walter said the gilt isolation unit that burned was connected by hallways to five more buildings. The hallways are used to move pigs from barn to barn.

The pigs that were lost were 10-week-old replacement gilts.

“It’s always said when you lose some pigs,” Walter said. “But it could have been much worse.”

She said the 24×37-foot building was demolished and the site was cleaned up by noon the next day. A building just like the one that was lost will soon be constructed in its place.

“The fire department got there really quick and were very professional,” Walter said, adding that one department stayed behind in case the fire flared up. “It could have been much worse.”


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Job Opening – Fire Protection Specialist – 190th Air Fueling Wing

Fire Protection Specialist
190th Air Refueling Wing, Forbes Field
Topeka, KS
The Adjutant General’s Department

Requisition #: 189117
Job Description: Fights aircraft, wheeled vehicle, structural and wild land fires; hazmat response; communications centers monitoring; inspections; facility/fire vehicle maintenance; and training. Participate in public education events.
Position Summary:
• $15.24 hourly rate based on 2,912 hours per year.
• State of Kansas Benefits
• Paid Vacation/Sick Leave
• Paid Holidays
• $1000 annual Hazmat Tech Incentive until pay cap is reached
• Kansas Police and Fire (KP&F) defined-benefit Retirement System
• No Living Restriction
• 48/96 Shift Schedule
• Local IAFF 64
• IFSAC/Pro Board Certification Training Opportunities.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
• National Certification as a Fire Fighter I and II
• Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations
• Pass a pre-employment physical including drug screening
• Complete and/or maintain designated training and certifications
• Maintain physical requirements as a condition of continued employment
• High School Diploma or equivalent
Preferred Qualifications
• Airport Fire Fighter
• Driver/Operator ARFF
• Driver/Operator Pumper
• Driver/Operator Tender
Within 12 Months of Hire Requirement:
• Airport Fire Fighter
• Driver/Operator ARFF
• Driver/Operator Pumper
• Driver/Operator Tender
• Must have a valid driver’s license and maintain a Department of Defense Security Clearance.
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Don Ross Huston

Don Ross Huston, 84, passed away April 11, 2018, at the Hospice House in Hutchinson. The eldest son of Floyd L. and Mary V. (Mulcahy) Huston was a life-long Haven resident, raised on the family farm outside of Haven. He was a charter member of Haven Baptist Church serving in many capacities, retired as Maintenance Manager for the City of Haven, a talented wood craftsman owning Huston’s Board Barn, and a Haven Volunteer firefighter.

He enjoyed farming and camping and was a “Winter Texan” for many years.

On September 6, 1953, he married Jessie Kindley. She survives. Don is survived by his sons, Mark (Patricia) Huston of Hutchinson; Rev. Terry “Ted” (Julie) Huston of Rose Hill; and daughter, Julie (Ryan) Caffrey of Haven.

Don is dearly loved by his six Grandchildren: Joshua (Marki) Huston, Douglass, KS; Jeremy (Jessica) Huston, Algonquin, IL; Jenna (Brad) Brack, Kansas City, MO; Joanna (Luke) Nehring, Overland Park, KS; John Mark (Dresden) Huston, Frisco, TX, and Katelyn (Morgan) Swing, Glendale, CA.

Don has 12 Great- Grandchildren: Jake and Luke Huston, Tyson, Sydney, Gavin and Avery Huston; Conley and Cora Brack; Ziva and Callen Nehring; Audrey Huston; and Thompson Swing. He is survived by two brothers: Jerry (Shirley) Huston, Hutchinson; Bill (Dorothy) Huston, Udall; one sister: Mary Francis (Jim) Fredericks, Yorba Linda, CA; sister-in-law, Kay Huston, South Hutchinson; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Earl Huston.

Funeral will be Saturday, April 14th, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the Haven Baptist Church, with Reverend Ted Huston presiding. Burial will follow at Laurel Cemetery, Haven. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 3-7 p.m., with family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m., all at Ott Funeral Home, Haven. Memorials requested to Hospice House of Hospice and Homecare of Reno County or Haven Baptist Church, in care of Ott Funeral Home, Haven.


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Schniepp’s shop building burns down

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BP Textiles fire in Damar

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Lincoln Fire Departments named PRIDE Volunteers of the Month

Lincoln Sentinel Republican – March 29, 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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Lincoln F.D. receives grant for extractor washing machine

Lincoln Sentinel Republican – March 22, 2018

The Lincoln First Rural Fire Department recently received  Kansas Firefighter Recruitment & Safety Grant from the Office of the State Fire Marshal for a large capacity extractor washing machine. This will allow all Lincoln County fire departments to wash their bunker and wildland personal protective gear, most of which has never been washed. Washing the specialized firefighting equipment serves to help reduce the risk of cancer, and also to preserve the life of the equipment. The new machine was delivered and installed last week.


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NOTICE OF VACANCY – Fire Prevention Inspector – Requisition #189440 – Closes 5/7/2018

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 Lincoln, Ellsworth, Saline, McPherson, Harvey and MarionResidency within the territory is requiredSome travel, including overnight is required of this positionThis vacancy closes 5/7/2018.


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)




  • 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.




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



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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Job Opening – Public Safety Broadband Manager


Kansas Department of Emergency Management

The Adjutant General’s Department

Topeka, KS

Requisition #189431

Closing Date: May 5, 2018      This Position is Re-opened for Application.  Prior applicants need not re-apply.

Position Summary: Position is unclassified, full-time, benefits eligible. Hourly rate of pay is $23.31. Grant funded through February, 2020.  Located in Topeka, KS

Position Description:

Project Management: Coordinates and facilitates Public Safety Broadband planning activities on behalf of the State of Kansas with public safety organizations at the local, regional, tribal, and state levels of government and FirstNet. Works with statewide interoperable executive committee, and FirstNet governing body, to develop statewide position regarding the public safety broadband network. Develops overall planning and decision documents for approval by the statewide interoperable executive committee and FirstNet governing body. Assists with the integration of public safety broadband into statewide communications interoperability plan (SCIP). Develops and manages project plans from inception through completion. Coordinates and assists with communications related exercises.

Grant Management: Assists the statewide Interoperability Coordinator in developing, managing, and executing budgets. Manages grant program to include day-to-day activities and grant activities. Works in collaboration with local, regional, state, and federal entities to ensure successful grant implementation. Researches grant funding opportunities, drafts grant applications, and manages future grant opportunities related to public safety communications interoperability at the direction of agency leadership. Provides technical assistance related to FirstNet to government officials, and interfaces with local, state, federal, private industry, and general public to provide a common understanding of strategies.

Serves as a staff duty officer (SDO) for technological hazards, on-call for one week on a rotational basis, to monitor the state’s 24-hr emergency line for all hazards notifications, May serve in a management function or support position in the State Emergency Operations Center during exercises and real-world activation´s. May deploy to an impacted jurisdiction throughout the state to provide support or technical assistance. Provides support to all programs within the Emergency Communications section as assigned.

Incumbent may be subject to call-in/call-back outside regular working hours to support state response and recovery actions, staffing the state emergency operations center, or deploy to areas impacted by an emergency or disaster.


Requires high school diploma or GED and three to five years experience in public safety. Experience in mobile telecommunications and/or land mobile radio communications preferred, as is a background in National Incident Management Systems (NIMS), Incident Command Systems (ICS) and adult training/teaching.

Must have a valid Kansas driver’s license and ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense Security Clearance as a Condition of Employment .

Requires ability to establish and sustain good working relationships with a variety of individuals across all levels of government, private industry, and public.

Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • General knowledge of grant and budget development.
  • General knowledge of program/grant management
  • Ability to effectively lead discussion groups
  • Knowledge of emergency communication organizations, initiatives, and procedures both national and at the state level
  • Ability to evaluate training needs
  • Ability to become a subject matter expert in emergency communications in a reasonable period of time,
  • Ability to organize and supervise classes, conferences and meetings.
  • Present information and material in an interesting and challenging manner effectively using PowerPoint
  • Ability to plan, assign and analyze problems and select, implement and evaluate solutions.
  • Ability to operate two-way radios – 800 MHZ radios and other communications center equipment
  • Ability to apply and explain rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.

How to Apply:

1. Register by completing the online form at

2. Complete the official State of Kansas application at :

3. Submit your online application to the Adjutant General’s Department.

You may also submit a paper copy of your Employment Summary to: The Adjutant General’s Department, State Human Resource Office, 2722 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS 66611-1220.

Submit additional documents such as cover letters, resumes, transcripts, and/or certifications to Please reference name and requisition number on all documents.

Required Documents : In order for your application to be considered complete, the following documents must be received by the agency prior to posted closing date:

State of Kansas Application Form: Filled out completely.

Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate: 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 . A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individuals account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days. Applicants 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.

Interviews will not be granted without a Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate.

Contact Information :

Phone: 785-646-1460

Fax: 785-646-1679

Adjutant General’s Department

State Human Resource Office

2272 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS 66601

The Adjutant General’s Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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One killed in motorcycle accident in Reno County

KWCH – April 23, 2018

One person was killed in a crash involving an SUV and a motorcycle near 4th street and east Obee road in Hutchinson.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says the crash happened Sunday around 5 p.m.

Troopers were trying to pull the motorcyclist over but he refused to and took off.

A pursuit started and the driver of the bike ended up hitting the back of an SUV.

The driver was declared dead on scene.

East 4th avenue is closed between Obee road and Barnes Lake road.


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David Charles Kendrick

David Charles Kendrick, 78, of Lyons, died April 19, 2018 at his residence. He was born July 25, 1939 in Bellville, KS, the son of William “Bill” and Ellen (Chacey) Kendrick. He graduated from Clay Center High School with the class of 1957. David has resided in Lyons since 1971, formerly of Clay Center, KS. He was the water foreman for the City of Clay Center from 1961-1971, and from 1971-2014 he was the superintendent of utilities for the City of Lyons. David was a past president of the Kansas Section American Water Works Association; served 40 years on the Lyons Fire Department; and was a member of the Sterling American Legion. He served in the United States Air Force from July 2, 1957 until June 2, 1961, attaining the rank of Airman 3rd class. On October 11, 1968, David was united in marriage with Mary Gier in Clay Center, KS. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his two sons, John David Kendrick of Clay Center, KS, and Cris and Liz Kendrick of Garden City, KS; two daughters, Danetta and Will Rice of Ainsworth, NE, and Lynette Kendrick of Pilsen, KS; sister, Sharon and Don Aldridge of Wichita; ten grandchildren, Chalyssa, Jessica and Phil, Derrick, Jhordynn and Dylan, Christopher, Kieron, Alexius, Rylee, Aubree, and Kelby; six great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jerry Kendrick. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Saturday, April 28, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, Lyons with military honors by United States Air Force. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 P.M., Friday, April 27, 2018 at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with family present. In Lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Bell & Star Fund or Lyons Fire Department Scholarship Fund in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.


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Topeka home intentionally set ablaze early Saturday

By Erika Hall
WIBW – April 23, 2018

The Topeka Fire Department responded to a house fire at 1253 SW Washburn Ave. around 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

When crews arrived on scene they discovered the front wooden porch of a two story home on fire.

Firefighters were able to quickly put the blaze out, and kept it confined to the original structure.

The house was vacant at the time, and no working smoke detectors were found inside the home.

The cause of the fire has been determined as incendiary, meaning the front porch was intentionally set on fire.

It is estimated the homeowner lost $2000 in structural damage.


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