Archive for July, 2018

Job Opening – Full Time Paramedic/FF – Halstead Fire Department

Full Time Paramedic/FF

Halstead Fire/EMS is accepting applications to fill a full-time paramedic/Firefighter positions that will be working 24 hours shifts.

Applicants shall have a valid driver’s license, and current Kansas Certification as Paramedic, or be able to obtain Kansas certification by December 31st 2017.  Paramedic students who are completing their program and testing in December may apply and be considered contingent, employment upon certification.

Upon offer of employment, the applicant must pass a background check, including but not limited to: driving record and social media, Pre-employment physical and drug testing.

This is a Non-Exempt FLSA position

Pay: DOQ

Benefits currently include:

Health insurance

Life Insurance

KPERS

Available Disability/Cancer plans at employee expense

In house continuing education

Opportunity for attendance to EMS Conferences

Opportunity for attendance to State Fire Conferences

Yearly Membership to KEMSA & KSFFA

HRA Plan

To apply please go to https://www.hrepartners.com/jobdetails.aspx?id=29926

Any questions should be directed to

Anderson Lowe
Director of EMS
316-835-2606
ems@halsteadks.com

The City of Halstead is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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Overland Park home that was being renovated is a total loss after fire

By Jay Senter
Shawnee Post – July 31, 2018

An unoccupied home in the 7700 block of Floyd in Overland Park has been declared a total loss after catching fire early Tuesday morning.

Crews from the Overland Park Fire Department and Consolidated Fire District No. 2 responded to reports of the structure on fire around 1:20 a.m. When they arrived at the scene, they found the home already fully engulfed.

Firefighters spent 20 minutes using defensive techniques to quell the blaze, and then spent an additional hour addressing hot spots.

Neighbors told fire investigators the home has been vacant while it was undergoing renovation. No one was injured in the incident.

Fire investigators have not yet determined the cause of the blaze.

Video from the scene shot by the Overland Park Fire Department is below:

Video

 

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No fire as a result of blown transformer

Emporia Gazette – July 31, 2018

An apparent electrical overload is being blamed for a blown transformer Monday night in downtown Emporia.

According to Emporia Fire Department Battalion Chief Rich Gould, at 8:57 p.m. Monday firefighters were called to the alley behind 517 Merchant St. — The Emporia Gazette building. Once on scene, they quickly deemed there was no fire or any other sort of emergency and turned the incident over to Westar Energy.

The Westar Energy outage map did not indicate a widespread blackout and the darkness appeared to be contained to only one customer. Power was restored within two hours.

The incident was called in by a resident of Broadview Towers across the street, who reportedly saw sparking in the area of transformers in the alley.

“The Emporia Fire Department reminds people that if you see a utility problem, to call 911 and stay away from overhead power lines,” Gould said.

 

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Both trailer park fires were intentionally set

By AJ Dome & Nick Viviani
WIBW – July 30, 2018

Investigators say both fires at vacant mobile homes early Monday morning were intentionally set.

Topeka fire officials say they first got a call just before 4 a.m. about a fire at a trailer home in the 3800 block of SW South Park Ave, lot #A-70.

When they arrived, they found the home to be vacant. That fire was quickly extinguished.

During the first fire, one firefighter was injured and taken to a local hospital to be checked out; he’s expected to be okay.

While working on that fire, another blaze broke out at a trailer home on the same street, on lot #D-7. That home was vacant as well, with that fire also being extinguished quickly.

Officials say both fires were intentionally set. The first fire caused $15,000 worth of damage, the second at $18,000 worth.

 

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Three-alarm blaze damages Overland Park apartments

KSHB – July 30, 2018

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No serious injuries were reported when a three-alarm fire broke out Saturday afternoon at an Overland Park apartment complex.

The Overland Park Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at the Meadowlark Hill Apartment, 9121 Robinson Street.

The fire started in the basement and worked its way up through the walls into an attic.

The attic’s unusual construction made it hard for firefighters to reach in battling the blaze, according to the Overland Park Fire Department.

Residents were evacuating when crews arrived, rescuing a man and his child from a second-story balcony. Two people were treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation.

It took nearly three hours for crews to get the fire under control.

Over time, as additions were made to the structure, layers of insulation and sheet rock were piled atop one another.

At one point, firefighters were spotted cutting through part of the roof with a chainsaw to reach pockets of fire and smoldering material.

Crew from Consolidated Fire District No. 2, Leawood, Lenexa and Olathe battled the fire with assistance from Johnson County Med-ACT and Johnson County Emergency Communications.

The fire was contained to the building of origin, but six units suffered heavy damage and resident from six other apartments will be displaced due to disconnection of utilities, according to a release from the Overland Park Fire Department.

The Red Cross is assisting those in need and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

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Body found in Missouri River near Leavenworth

Atchison Globe – July 30, 2018

A Leavenworth, Kansas woman was found dead Saturday in the Missouri River. She had been missing since Thursday.

The Leavenworth Police Department announced Saturday afternoon that search parties led by local first responders found the body of Brittany J. Fields, 22, at 12:15 p.m. in the Missouri River near Leavenworth.

Police Chief Pat Kitchens said police and fire department units found the body about four miles downriver of the Centennial Bridge linking downtown Leavenworth to Missouri across the river via M-92 and M-45 highways.

“Please give your thoughts and prayers to the family,” Kitchens said in a social media post.

The circumstances of the death remain under investigation.

 

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Incident in Chanute leads to Chase with Stolen Ambulance

By Zachary Dodge
KOAM – July 30, 2018

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An incident at the Walmart in Chanute KS, turns into a police pursuit.. with an ambulance.

It incident started in the Walmart parking lot in Chanute, after an individual tried to enter the store while acting erratically.

Witnesses also said the subject was upset, and that they believed he had a gun.

Chanute Police made contact with the subject, and called emergency services for them.
Once an ambulance arrived, the subject climbed into the vehicle, locked the doors, and began to drive away.

Police fired at the vehicle in an attempt to stop it — but were unsuccessful.

Law enforcement then pursued the subject across town – to the intersection of 7th and Allen streets, where the pursuit ended.

The subject was taken into custody, and transported to a hospital for evaluation.

The Chanute Police Department, Allen County Sheriff’s Office, and Kansas Highway Patrol responded to the incident.

Local law enforcement has asked for assistance from the KBI for the investigation.

We reached out to officials at Walmart shortly after the incident, who provided the following statement, saying,

“We are aware of the situation. The safety and security of our customers is a top priority. We are working with law enforcement and would refer any additional questions to them.”

 

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Car found wrecked, catches fire

By Shawn Wheat
WIBW – July 30, 2018

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A car found crashed near Washburn University caught fire early Sunday morning.

Shortly after midnight, a Washburn University Police Officer found the car crashed into a tree on the northeast corner of 21st and Washburn.

The car engine was still accelerating when found, but no one was in or around the car.

Due to the acceleration, and the tire spinning in place, the car caught fire.

Fire crews were called in to put out the fire. No one was hurt.

Police are trying to identify the driver.

 

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Topeka woman dies in crash near Mayetta

By Alexandra Martinez
Topeka Capital Journal – July 30, 2018

A Topeka woman died lat Saturday in a single-car crash near Mayetta.

Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse said the accident happened on 158th Road west of US-75 highway, about two miles south of Mayetta, around 11:40 p.m. The driver was identified as Lyndee M. Scott, 43, of Topeka.

Lyndee was driving a 2007 Toyota Camry. Lyndee lost control of the vehicle and left the roadway into the south ditch. The vehicle went airborne and flipped, landing on its top, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol’s crash logs.

Morse said the vehicle was eastbound on 158th Road.

Along with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Mayetta fire also responded to the crash scene.

 

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KSFFA Regional Fire School – Belleville – September

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by Belleville Fire Department
September 8-9, 2018
Location: Belleville High School

 

Friday Night – 6:00 p.m.

  1. 10-33 Spouse Class

Saturday Morning – 8:00 a.m.

  1. Extrication – 8 hours – Requires Full Turn Out Gear – Class approved for BEMS hours
  2. Wildland Fires – 8 hours
  3. Traffic Incident Management/Highway Safety – 8 hours – Class approved for BEMS hours
  4. Honoring Our Own – 4 hours
  5. KSFFA Skills Trailer – 8 hours – Requires Full Turn Out Gear & SCBA
  6. 10-33 Class – 4 hours

Saturday Afternoon – 1:00 p.m.

  1. Extrication, cont.
  2. Wildland Fires, cont.
  3. Traffic Incident Management/Highway Safety, cont.
  4. KSFFA Skills Trailer, cont.

Sunday Morning – 8:00 a.m.

  1. Defensive Driving – Class approved for BEMS hours
  2. Reading Smoke
  3. Grain Elevators

Sunday Noon

  1. KSFFA Burn Trailer

For any questions contact Eric Voss, KSFFA 1st Vice President at firechief@concordiaks.org

  • 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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Chief Mark F. Bradford

Funeral services for Mark F. Bradford, 58, Lawrence, will be 1 pm, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at the Lied Center in Lawrence.

He died Thursday, July 26, 2018.

Mark was born in Kansas City, MO, on August 16, 1959, the son of James Robert and Shirley Ann Manlove Bradford.

He graduated from Lee’s Summit High School. Mark later went to the Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City, MO, and graduated with an Associate Degree in Fire Science, 1986. He earned his Bachelor of Science/Business Administration from Sterling College, Sterling KS, in 1994. In 2008 he received his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

Mark began his service with the Lee’s Summit Fire Department in 1977, leaving in 2000 at the rank of Assistant Fire Chief. Before going to Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical he flew on the Life Flight Eagle, serving as a paramedic until 2007 and was EMS Program Manager for the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

Mark was the Deputy Fire Chief for Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical department from 2001 to 2005. He was later promoted to Fire Chief from 2005 to present date. During his career he worked with the Mayor, City Commission and City managers on many projects to achieve an efficient and reliable fire and medical department. During his tenure here the ISO rating went from 2 to 1, the result of which made lower insurance rates for the residents of Lawrence.

He married Patricia Casey on April 18, 1992, in Lee’s Summit, MO, she survives of the home.

Other survivors include son, Zachary Bradford, brother, Doug Bradford and spouse Robin Heck, many brothers and sisters in law, nieces and nephews, and extended family.

Mark is preceded in death by his mother Shirley Ann Manlove Bradford, his father James Robert Bradford, mother and father in law Burna Deane and Robert Thomas Casey.

A visitation will take place from 6-8 pm Monday, July 30, 2018, at Lawrence Free Methodist Church, 3001 Lawrence Ave. Lawrence, KS 66047.

Memorial contributions may be made to Safe KC Foundation for fallen first responders, American Cancer Society or American Heart Association, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

 

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KSFFA Regional Fire School – Great Bend – November

KSFFA Regional Fire School
hosted by Great Bend Fire Department
November 3-4, 2018
Location: Great Bend Convention & Visitor Bureau, 3007 10th St

 

Saturday Morning – 8:00 a.m.

  1. Midwest Energy – 4 hrs. – morning
  2. Farm Extrication – 12 hrs.
  3. KSFFA Skills Trailer – 8 hrs.
  4. Grain Elevator – 8 hrs.

Saturday Afternoon – 1:00 p.m.

  1. Farm Extrication, cont.
  2. KSFFA Skills Trailer, cont.
  3. Grain Elevator, cont.
  4. Eagle Med Landing Zone – 4 hrs.

Sunday Morning – 8:00 a.m.

  1. Thermal Imaging
  2. Firefighter Rehab
  3. Oil Tank Battery Fires
  4. Farm Extrication, cont.

Sunday Noon

  1. Fire Grounds – KSFFA Burn Trailer

Contact Info – Justin Couse, KSFFA NW Trustee, 785-420-0465, justincouse1973@hotmail.com

Eugene Perkins, gbfd439@greatbendks.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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Man in stolen vehicle killed in two-vehicle accident Thursday east of Tonganoxie

By Shawn Linenberger
Tonganoxie Mirror – July 27, 2018

A 25-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man who was riding in a reportedly stolen vehicle was killed in a two-vehicle accident involving the car Thursday evening east of Tonganoxie.

The accident occurred just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 206th Street and Evans Road.

A 28-year-old KCK man was driving a red 1999 Honda Civic north on 206th Street just south of Evans Road when a 2007 GMC Sierra 2500 truck with round-bale trailer in tow was headed west on Evans Road just east of 206th Street.

The Civic failed to stop at the stop sign and the truck was unable to avoid the collision in the intersection, according to Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office reports.

It appeared the Civic overturned after the collision at least one time.

Brandon Shane Hannah was a front-seat passenger in the Civic. He was ejected during the collision and died at the scene.

Dispatch confirmed Kansas City Kansas Police reported the vehicle as stolen. It had been reported stolen earlier that day.

The driver of the Civic was taken by Leavenworth County Emergency Medical Service to the University of Kansas hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the truck, a 47-year-old KCK man was not injured, while a passenger, a 15-year-old KCK girl had possible injury , but declined EMS transportation, reports said.

A county road sign and a fence were damaged during the accident.

 

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Cattle operation near Allen suffers significant loss after Friday fire

By Chuck Samples
KVOE – July 27, 2018

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Fire was reported at 2i Feeders, 884 Road 350, around 11 am. The original call was for a vehicle fire, but the situation quickly became more serious as hay, the lot’s commodities barn and a hay grinder — the apparent source point of the blaze — all were engulfed in flames.

Eventually, the barn and all its contents were destroyed along with an unspecified amount of hay. Other nearby buildings were spared. Thankfully, there were no injuries.

2i Feeders is a cattle operation specializing in custom feed, animal health and cattle management, with components including agronomy, commodities, transportation and feed options, according to the business website.

Fire crews from Allen-Admire, Miller and Reading responded along with Lyon County deputies. Final damage estimates are pending.

 

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Galena Fire Department gets first female firefighter in 141-year history

By Kimberly Barker
Joplin Globe – July 27, 2018

Galena’s first female volunteer firefighter, Cadie-Marie Stapleton, 18, accepts her helmet from her father, Lt. Chad Stapleton, right, and Chief Bill Hall. Photo by Kimberly Barker.

Cadie-Marie Stapleton, 18, of Galena, has changed the course of history, becoming the first female volunteer firefighter with the Galena Fire Department since its establishment in 1877.

Ever since Cadie-Marie was a young girl, she dreamed of following in her family’s footsteps in hopes of becoming a volunteer firefighter. Now, she can call that dream a reality.

“It’s exciting,” Cadie-Marie said. “I’ve waited so long for it, and it’s finally happened.”

She serves alongside her father, Lt. Chad Stapleton, and older brother, Cade, 21, at the department. Her family lives in an apartment building connected to the fire station, and she said firefighting is all she has ever known.

“I’ve lived here since I was 4, and I’ve grown up around it,” Cadie-Marie said. “My grandpa, dad and brother are firefighters. I wanted to continue that family tradition and help the community.”

She officially joined the department on May 10, and she said the crew of about 22 members have been nothing but supportive.

“They’ve really accepted me and treat me just like everyone else,” Cadie-Marie said. “All of the people on the fire department are like brothers to me, and they treat me like I’m their little sister. I love it.”

Her father, who has been serving with the department for 18 years, mentioned that he’s proud of his children for becoming volunteers. His wife, Stephanie Stapleton, said this is all their daughter has talked about her entire life.

“When she was little, her dad would bring his bunker gear home,” Stephanie said. “She’d have snow pants and snow boots and put it by her dad’s, and say it was her bunker gear. This has been for as long as I can remember. Now, I have all three of them that go, and I don’t ever worry, really. They all take care of each other.”

Fire Chief Bill Hall said that he’s all for women joining the department, although few have asked about it.

“Cadie-Marie has been an asset, and we knew she was,” he said.

Hall said that Cadie-Marie attended fire calls with her father long before she became a firefighter.

“We watched her very closely and knew that she was interested, but at the time, our bylaws did not permit anyone below 18 in the department,” Hall said. “She would carry things to the firemen. We would keep her active and she practiced safety.”

While she’s not serving as a firefighter, Cadie-Marie works as a lifeguard at the public pool and plans on attending Pittsburg State University in the fall. She graduated from Galena High School in May and joined the department soon after.

Cadie-Marie said she hopes that by becoming the first female firefighter in the department’s 141-year history that she will more women to join.

“I want to show that women can be firefighters,” Cadie-Marie said. “Guys don’t think women can be firefighters, but you just have to prove them wrong.”

Training program

New Galena volunteer firefighters must undergo a three-step training program. For the first six months, they receive gear but aren’t allowed to go into a house during a fire. After that six months is over, they’ll be allowed to respond to a fire accompanied by another firefighter. Once they’ve been on the department for a year, their probation is over and they become a full-time member.

 

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2 Kansas EMTs make 80th birthday wish come true

Hays Post – July 27, 2018

Pictured is Dustin, Joyce, and Blake enjoying some German Chocolate Cake and celebrating together-photo Riley County EMS

Lt. Dustin Cassel and EMT Blake Martin transported Joyce to the hospital on her 80th birthday, according to the Riley County EMS social media page.

She made a comment during their time together about it being her birthday and how she was upset that she’d be spending the day at the hospital and mentioned that all she wanted was some German Chocolate Cake.

Lt. Cassel and EMT Martin took it upon themselves to make her birthday wish come true.

“Thanks to Dustin and Blake for all that you do and Happy Birthday to Joyce.”

 

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Employees react after SUV crashes into Banjo’s Cafe

By Reina Garcia
KSNT – July 27, 2018

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Employees at Banjo’s Cafe are in shock after an SUV crashed into the restaurant Thursday morning.

“I just saw tables scattered across everywhere. I saw glass. I can’t even explain it,” said Jeff Brewer, a long time employee at the restaurant.

The call came in just after 6:30 this morning.

The driver, 82 year-old Peggy Turner, was attempting to park in front of the restaurant when she hit the accelerator instead of the brake.

The woman hit by the SUV, 80 year-old Joyce Kasson, was rushed to the hospital.

All this happened while the owner of the restaurant was out-of-town.

While employees were shaken up by the accident, they say they hope to have the restaurant in better in shape by the time he gets back.

“We’re gonna get it cleaned up. Let’s try to work together to do this because the boss is not in town, so we just need to do it for him,” said Brewer.

Employees say they’re hoping to reopen this Saturday.

 

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Upcoming class on PIO

Registration is at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mastering-social-media-photography-telling-your-fire-departments-story-tickets-48161713983

 

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CRR Essentials online course is now live!

CRR Essentials is a new, free, online course where fire fighters and officers can learn the basics of Community Risk Reduction that they can use on the job every day. This self-paced course, developed through a partnership between The Vision 20/20 Project and IFSTA ResourceOne, helps fire fighters gain a better understanding of the importance of Community Risk Reduction to the fire service and to the community.

Being a fire fighter is so much more than responding to fires and medical emergencies – it is helping to make the community a safer place to live and work. By taking CRR Essentials, fire fighters and officers can “get ahead of the call” by learning best practices for installing smoke alarms, new fire safety technologies, proven fire and life safety messages and much more. In addition, this course offers the basics of model performance measures for proving that your CRR programs work.

This free course can be an integral part of a training program for any fire department that is looking to develop or improve their CRR efforts, from recruit training up through officer continuing education.

CRR Essentials is divided into four modules, and students can earn a Certificate of Completion that helps document their professional development.

  • Module 1 – Community Risk Reduction
  • Module 2 – Fire and Burn Prevention
  • Module 3 – Preventing Home Injuries
  • Module 4 – Achieving Model Performance

Why do fire departments need this course?

  • Home fires have changed – fire is faster, much faster
  • Smoke alarm guidelines have changed – one alarm is never enough
  • Making a home safer includes reducing risks, and this can include fires, cooking, falls or pool safety, to mention a few.
  • This course can show you how to effectively use messages that resonate with high-risk populations
  • Discover best practices to reduce loss – there is no need to reinvent lessons learned by others
  • Focus on community risks specific to the community around your fire station and the priority risks throughout your entire jurisdiction
  • Plan and deliver programs that measure up with model performance measures. Yes, prove your program achieves the goal – a safer community.

Visit The Vision 20/20 Project website for more information about CRR Essentials and to sign up for your training program today!

CRR Essentials was developed under an Assistance to Fire Fighters Grant to the Institution of Fire Engineers-USA Branch.

 

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Mower victim identified

Newton Kansan – July 27, 2018

The Harvey County Sheriff’s Office has identified Mark Olsen as the man that died in a mowing accident south of Newton on Wednesday.

Olsen, 68, of Elbing, died after being pinned under a riding lawnmower around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 5800 block of S. Kansas.

Olsen was mowing grass for a homeowner in the area. Olsen was mowing around a culvert when he lost control of the lawnmower, falling into the culvert. Olsen was pinned in the culvert under the lawnmower.

The culvert contained two-to-three feet of water. Olsen drowned in the water. He was found dead at the scene by first responders.

The Harvey County Sheriff’s Office, Newton Fire/EMS, Newton Police Department and Kansas Highway Patrol responded to the incident. A sheriff’s office investigation ruled the death accidental.

 

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Firefighters battle overnight house fire in S. Wichita

KWCH – July 27, 2018

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A south Wichita home has been deemed unlivable after an overnight house fire.

Fire crews were called to a home around 1:30 a.m. in the 1900 block of south Ellis.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the house. Two rooms inside were completely destroyed.

Firefighters say the man who lived inside the home managed to escape. He was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

 

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Lawrence Fire Chief Mark Bradford dies

Lawrence Journal World – July 27, 2018

The chief of the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical department died Thursday, according to information from the city’s public affairs office late Thursday.

Chief Mark Bradford, 58, served the City of Lawrence for 17 years, according to city spokesman Porter Arneill. He joined the department as deputy fire chief in February 2001 and was promoted in November 2005 to fire chief.

In an email to the Journal-World, Arneill said that Bradford through the course of his career affected countless lives and leaves a lasting impact on the City of Lawrence and the Lawrence community.

City Manager Tom Markus said Bradford’s death was a devastating loss for the city and community.

“Mark was a valued member of the city family, of people that all work here and call this place home in many respects,” Markus said. “We spend a lot of time with each other, probably sometimes more time than we spend with our own families, so it is a devastating loss to us, and there isn’t much else you can say. We feel terrible for the loss to the family and they have our utmost sympathies.”

Bradford also served on the Lawrence school board. He was elected to the board in 2009 and served until 2013.

Markus said that Fire Division Chief Shaun Coffey has been appointed interim fire chief.

No cause of death was given.

 

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Semi fire shuts down several lanes of I-70 east of Topeka

By Nick Viviani
WIBW – July 26, 2018

A tractor-trailer fire just east of Topeka shut down two lanes of westbound traffic on the Turnpike, causing major backups.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the cab of the semi was fully engulfed in flames around 11:30 a.m. just east of the Topeka terminal.

The blaze left the shell of the cab nearly completely melted away.

The driver, whose name has not been released, managed to escape unharmed, though, authorities said.

The highway reopened shortly after 2 p.m.

 

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Mike Callahan named new fire chief for Kansas City, KS

By Chris Oberholtz
KCTV – July 26, 2018

Mike Callahan has been named the new fire chief for Kansas City, KS.

Mayor David Alvey and Unified Government County Administrator Doug Bach made the announcement at a news conference Thursday.

“I believe Chief Callahan is an excellent fit our department. He has extensive experience in fire operations and medical transport, not to mention a manager with a reputation for efficiency and leadership among his fellow commanders. I am very excited to make him part of our team,” Bach said.

Callahan replaces former Fire Chief John Paul Jones who retired this year after leading the Kansas City, KS Fire Department since 2007.

Callahan started with Chicago Fire Department in 1980. For the last nine years, he served as deputy fire commissioner in Chicago. The Chicago Fire Department is the second largest Fire Department in the country, with 5,000 employees and an annual budget of $621-million. Chicago firefighters respond to more than 800,000 emergency calls a year.

Callahan says he is excited about the opportunity to serve in KCK.

“I was looking for a community that was vibrant, flourishing and developing. KCK is all of those things. After finding KCK, we decided this was the place to come,” he said.

Callahan was chosen from a pool of six finalists. He takes over for John Paul Jones who retired last December after 10 years as fire chief.

Callahan has a Master of Sciences in Homeland Security Administration and a dual Bachelor of Arts in Law Enforcement/Justice Administration and Spanish Language.

 

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Job Opening – Fire Chief – Herington Fire Department

The City of Herington is looking to fill the position of Full-time Fire Chief for population 2526.  The Fire Chief will serve as the administrative head for a Full-time Firefighter and Volunteer Firefighters department.   This position will direct, plan and coordinate training for the Fire Department and perform related duties as required. This position is under the supervision of the City Manager and is a non-exempt position under FLSA which performs administrative duties such as:  Supervise the management of the department; budget administration; rural fire contracts; resolving personnel issues and citizen concerns; address related programs such as civil defense and safety programs; and other duties as assigned. The Fire Chief should possess excellent communication, organizational, supervisory, management, and public relation skills. The Fire Chief is required to have three to five years of similar or related experience and some experience in a supervisory position. A high school diploma or GED is required and a technical degree or some college credit is preferred.    This Fire Chief should possess certification in CPR and First Aid, Firefighter II, and a valid Kansas Driver’s License.  Applicants may send a letter of interest, resume, and application to City of Herington, City Manager, 17 N Broadway/P O Box 31, Herington, KS  67449. You may call the City Office (785-258-2271) for an application or you can obtain one from the city website at www.cityofherington.com  Position is open until filled. Eoe

 

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Russell Firefighters Respond to Minor Apartment Fire

By David Elliott
KRSL – July 25, 2018

The Russell City Fire Department responded Tuesday evening to a minor apartment fire in Russell.

According to dispatch logs, at 5:23 PM Tuesday, Charles Gordon at 1616 North Main Street, Apartment Two, called 911 to report a fire in the basement of the apartment complex.

Russell City Firefighters, Russell County EMS, Russell Police Officers, a Russell County Sheriff’s Deputy, and the Russell Electric and Water Departments responded.

According to Russell City Fire Chief Shane Preston, a malfunctioning clothes washer in the basement caused the fire.

He said the fire burned through a plastic water line near the washer and basically created a sprinkler that extinguished the fire.

However, before it was extinguished, the fire damaged some electrical wiring and caused smoke damage in apartments one and two of the complex.

There were no injuries.

 

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Structure Fire at 613 S. Cedar

Coffeyville – July 25, 2018

The Coffeyville Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 613 S. Cedar early Saturday morning. When crews arrived, flames were visible from the porch area. The occupant, Steve Madl, was home at the time of the fire, and all occupants were safely out of the house.

With the assistance of off-duty fire personnel and the South Coffeyville Fire Department, the fire was brought under control within minutes. There were no injuries reported, and the cause of the fire is listed as undetermined and remains under investigation.

Also assisting at the scene were the Coffeyville Police Department, Coffeyville Municipal Light and Power and Atmos Energy. Damage to the structure, owned by Rosie McIntosh, is estimated to be $10,000 and $5,000 to contents.

 

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Official issues reminder after resident reenters Kan. house on fire

Salina Post – July 25, 2018

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One person escaped with no injuries after reentering a house on fire Wednesday morning in Reno County.

Just before 2:30a.m., fire crews were dispatched to a home in the 200 Block of Harvey Street in Hutchinson for a structure fire, according to Battalion Chief Jeremy Unruh

First arriving units found moderate smoke venting from the front door and attic. Crews made an aggressive interior attack extinguishing the fire quickly.

The home was occupied by one person at the time of call. The occupant was inside the fire room and was awakened by his dog.

The occupant made it out unharmed after reentering the home twice to retrieve items. The occupant was assessed by Reno County EMS for smoke inhalation and released at the scene.

The fire is being ruled as electrical. Multiple improper extension cords were found at the fire origin.

The Hutchinson Fire Department reminded residents, “We understand that your home contains many of your important items. Please, never reenter your home if it is on fire. Meet with one of the arriving firefighters and tell them of your needs. We will retrieve your items for you.”

“Also, please limit the use of extension cords in your home, be aware of their limitations, do not use them for permanent wiring, use the correct size, and do not place them underneath anything.”

 

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22-year-old Kansas man dies in rollover crash

Hays Post – July 25, 2018

One person died in an accident just before 7:30a.m. Tuesday in Linn County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 1993 Olds Regency driven by George Everett Larson, 22, Bronson, was north bound on K3 twelve miles north of Bronson.

The vehicle traveled off the east side of road. The driver lost control of the vehicle. It re-entered the roadway, crossed over north and south bound lanes, entered the ditch and rolled.

Larson was pronounced dead at the scene and transported to Frontier Forensics. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to the KHP.

 

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Topeka Fire Department ceremony recognizes academy graduates, promotions

By Brianna Childers
Topeka Capital Journal – July 25, 2018

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Family and friends gathered Tuesday evening at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center to recognize firefighters who recently were promoted or who graduated from fire training.

The ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom honored 26 men and one woman for their promotions, including captain, battalion chief, lieutenant and fire inspector.

One firefighter was recognized with a certificate of appreciation and merit, and four graduated from the 10-week firefighter training program.

Topeka Fire Marshal Michael Martin said during the certificate’s presentation that firefighter Brandon Wenger was attending training in Oklahoma City and, during his free time, visited the Oklahoma City bombing memorial. While there, Martin said, Wenger stabilized a woman at the memorial who was having a medical emergency.

“He quickly exhibited quick thinking, skill, determination and resolve to quickly render aid to an individual who was suffering from a medical emergency,” Martin said.

Martin spoke of another event a few weeks ago in which Wenger was on a plane during his honeymoon and volunteered to stabilize a woman who went into anaphylactic shock while in the air.

Four men who graduated from the Topeka Fire Department’s academy also were recognized during the ceremony.

Kevin Flory, chief of training for the department, said the men completed 10 weeks of training. During training, Flory said, firefighters learn about water supply, ropes, ground ladders, hose evolutions, fire attack methods and fire ventilation methods.

Flory said that with most groups that go through training, there is a mix of people who have a background in firefighting and people who don’t, and he was proud of this group’s ability to come together.

“They do a good job of melding as a team,” Flory said. “They learn kind of what it’s like in the fire department when you become family, and they learn that early on. These guys did an excellent job at that and they worked through the struggles they had.”

 

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Fire damages Wichita computer business

KSN – July 25, 2018

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Wichita firefighters were called to a building fire in the 900 block of E. Douglas Tuesday evening.

When they arrived on the scene shortly after 7:30 p.m., firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the building that houses Ribbit computers.

Firefighters also reported smoke, but no fire in an adjacent building

Firefighters immediately initiated a fire attack and entered the building to search for any occupants.

Fire officials did not immediately report a cause for the fire.

 

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Man dies from injuries in N. Sedgwick County motorcycle crash

KWCH – July 25, 2018

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office says a 30-year-old Harvey County man has died from his injuries he suffered in a Tuesday afternoon motorcycle crash in north Sedgwick County.

The sheriff’s office says in the crash reported about 1:30 p.m., someone called 911 to report a motorcycle had hit their vehicle near 101st Street North and Broadway.

 

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Motorcyclist dies from his injuries following wreck in SE Topeka

By Brian Dulle
KSNT – July 25, 2018

One person is dead following a wreck in southeast Topeka involving a truck and a motorcycle.

The crash was reported just after 3:40 Tuesday afternoon in the 2300 block of SE Croco Rd.

When crews arrived they found the driver of the motorcycle suffering critical injuries. He was taken by AMR to an area hospital where he later died.

Police said the occupants in the truck were not injured.

An early investigation by police indicates the driver of the motorcycle was traveling south on Croco Rd. and the truck was headed north when the driver of the truck attempted to make a left turn to head west on SE 23rd Ter. and the two collided.

Police are asking people to avoid the area while crews work the scene.

The identity of the victim is being withheld from police until family is notified.

The cause of the crash is under investigation at this time.

 

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Falls City Man Killed in Northeast Kansas Accident

By Doug Kennedy
KWBE – July 25, 2018

A Falls City, Nebraska man has been killed in a northeast Kansas accident, in Brown County.

The Kansas Highway patrol reports 58-year-old Charles Kreifels was driving a 2016 Chevrolet Colorado pickup north on U.S. Highway 73, when his truck left the west side of the highway. The pickup then traveled back across the roadway, went into the east ditch, where it struck a creek bank.

The pickup was pulling a trailer at the time of the accident.

The KHP says Kreifels, who was not wearing a safety restraint, died at the scene of the accident yesterday, at around one p.m.

A passenger in the pickup, 63-year-old David Warner of Falls City, was taken to the Hiawatha Community Hospital for treatment of injuries. Authorities say he was not using a safety restraint.

The accident happened about two miles north of Hiawatha, Kansas.

 

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Monday morning garage fire deemed ‘accidental’

By Alix Kunkle
Junction City Daily Union – July 25, 2018

The cause of a garage fire in eastern Geary County is being labeled as unintentional.

According to Geary County Emergency Management Director Garry Berges, fire crews responded to 8867 Humboldt Creek Road Monday at 1:10 a.m. Fire crews found a detached garage and shed on fire; crews left the scene shortly after 3:30 a.m. Monday.

Berges said there were no vehicles in the shed other than a boat on a trailer. There were no injuries.

The cause of the fire is electrical; however, it’s not clear how much damage was done.

“We’re still waiting on an estimate on dollar loss on this one,” he said.

 

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Fire District No. 1 proposes slight mill levy decrease

By John Richmeier
Leavenworth Times – July 25, 2018

Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 is proposing a slight decrease to its property tax mill levy for 2019.

The current mill levy for the fire district is 8.99 mills. The mill levy for the proposed 2019 budget is 8.918 mills.

The mill levy is used in determining property taxes.
Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 provides fire protection services to the city of Lansing and the Delaware and High Prairie townships. The fire district levies its own property taxes.

Rick Huhn, chief of Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1, said the reduction in the mill levy means the owner of a $200,000 home would pay $1.66 less in property taxes to the fire district in 2019 when compared to the current tax rate.

Despite the slight decrease in the mill levy, it is estimated the total amount of money generated through property taxes will increase. That is because the overall assessed valuation of property in the fire district has increased.

Total expenditures for the fire district would increase in 2019 by about $300,000 under the proposed budget. Huhn said most of the increases in the expenditures is due to the planned purchase of new air packs for firefighters.

He said equipment reserve funds will be used to purchase the new air packs.

He said district officials have applied for a grant that could help pay for the purchase of the new air packs.

“We may get it,” Huhn said of the grant. “We may not.”

The proposed budget also includes funding for an assistant chief position.

The fire district currently has an assistant chief, Todd Farley. But Farley will take over as chief when Huhn retires later this year.

Huhn said there are benefits to having an assistant chief.

He said Farley has been filling in for other firefighter positions, saving in overtime expenses.

Huhn said the assistant chief also helps with a lot of paperwork.

The Fire District No. 1 Board of Directors will have a public hearing on the proposed budget at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Lansing fire station, 111 E. Kansas Ave. Following the hearing, board members will be able to vote to approve the budget.

A notice of the public hearing, along with information about the proposed budget, was published in the weekend edition of the Leavenworth Times. The publication of the information sets caps on expenditures for 2019 and the amount of money that can be collected through property taxes.

The 2019 budget may be the last annual budget for Fire District No. 1. Last month, Lansing City Council members announced their plans to withdraw from the fire district at the end of 2019.

City officials plan to establish a Lansing Fire Department by utilizing personnel and equipment from Fire District No. 1.

 

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Man injured when tire explodes

Abilene Reflector Chronicle – July 25, 2018

A 28-year-old Greeley, Colo., was transported to Salina Regional Health Center after a tire on a semitrailer exploded on North Buckeye Avenue Tuesday.

According to the Abilene Police Department, Eric Bates was traveling eastbound on Interstate 70 at the Buckeye Avenue intersection at 10:45 a.m. when a rear tire on the 2011 Freightliner caught on fire.

The semi exited Interstate 70 and pulled in the 24/7 Travel Store, 2200 N. Buckeye.

According to the police, Bates exited the vehicle and as he attempted to extinguish the fire, the tire exploded, injuring him.

 

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Sunny 7 Mutual Aid Benefit set for Aug. 4

Garden City Telegram – July 25, 2018

The first ever Sunny 7 Mutual Aid Benefit is slated for 3 p.m. Aug. 4 to 1 a.m. Aug. 5 at Jim Wilson Crane Service, 2285 W. Road 10 in Ulysses.

The Sunny 7 Mutual Aid Benefit has been organized to aid Grant, Haskell, Morton, Stanton, Kearny, Stevens, and Hamilton counties with funds for training and wildland fire gear for potentially catastrophic events the departments are called to aid.

Over the past several years, southwest Kansas has experienced multiple wildland fires, with this past fire season being one of the worst in recent history. These southwest Kansas counties are often called for mutual aid across 18 counties in Kansas, and even called to aid surrounding states like Colorado and Oklahoma.

The fundraising event will include bouncy houses, a dunk tank, games for kids and adults, a beer garden, raffle items, a live auction, and live music from deejay Larry Vogel, Weston Wilkerson, and Flatland Crew.

State Sen. John Doll will serve as the guest speaker.

Tickets for the Sunny 7 Mutual Aid Benefit are $15 each or $45 for a family in advance. Tickets will be $20 each or $60 for a family at the gate.

Tickets can be purchased at any United Prairie AG office (located in Ulysses, Hugoton, Satanta, Lakin, and Moscow); Triple D Auto Parts, Keller Leopold, NAPA Auto Parts, and First National Bank in Syracuse; Warner Automotive, Outlaw’s Bar and Grill, and Big I Bail Bonding in Ulysses; and Triple J’s Pizza in Satanta.

Those interested in purchasing tickets can also contact their local fire department in any of the counties.

 

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Hay trailer rolls over man

By Marcus Clem
Atchison Globe – July 25, 2018

A Horton man suffered possible internal injuries on Monday afternoon after being run over by a hay trailer.

A sheriff’s deputy at the scene said first responders arrived at about 2:40 p.m. in the 10000 block of Osbourne Road in rural Atchison County, at what appeared to be a corn farm. There, they found Darren M. Thorson had suffered injuries from the trailer running over his torso area.

In a news release, Sheriff Jack Laurie said Thorson, working for Brown-Atchison Electric Cooperative, had been examining power lines in the area at about 2:18 p.m. A 2003 Ford F250 drove by with a hay trailer, inadvertently pulling it into the ditch worksite Thorson set up, causing him to be run over. No citations have been announced.

The deputy said Atchison County EMS transported Thorson from the scene in stable condition; Laurie said they went to Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph, Missouri. The ambulance carrying him left the scene with lights activated, driving at normal speed. All emergency vehicles cleared the scene before 3:10 p.m.

 

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First responders manage stress after crisis incidents

By Stephanie Potter
Pittsburg Morning Sun – July 23, 2018

First responders never know what they are going to come across upon arriving on scene.

How each person deals with the experience is completely different, Crawford County Sheriff Dan Peak said.

“The first challenge is to manage the scene and take care of business,” Peak said. “The next challenge is managing what’s left — that’s us.”

Daily, responders face critical incidents which most members of the community do not usually experience.

When emergency personnel experience these critical incidents together as a group, Peak said, they form strong bond.

“That’s one thing really important,” he said. “We have brothers and sisters we can rely on to get us through an incident.”

Dispatchers also experience crisis, Peak said.

“Our dispatchers are talking people through life saving skills,” he said. “They try to provide information on how to help victim any way they can.”

Even though the dispatcher is speaking to the victim on the phone, the stress they experience is real.

“They are truly life savers as well,” Peak said. “They suffer like we suffer. They deal with the stress as well, from a little different perspective.”

A study commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation states first responders — police officers, firefighters and emergency medics — are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty.

“In 2017, there were at least 103 firefighter suicides and 140 police officer suicides,” according to the report on the Ruderman Family Foundation website. “In contrast, 93 firefighters and 129 police officers died in the line of duty.

“Suicide is a result of mental illness, including depression and [post-traumatic stress disorder] which stems from constant exposure to death and destruction.”

WIth more than 30 years in the law enforcement, Peak said he still remembers his first critical incident death.

He managed the “stress” from the incident. However, he said, another person at the same incident may have responded the same way, because people react differently based on emotions and experiences.

Because of the differences in each individual, Peak said, the care first responders receive after an incident varies.

“We hope that we have nurtured a climate here within our agency that if one of our own is hurting, they will reach out to us or their peers to talk,” Peak said. [Or they will] request assistance with getting through that situation.”

Larger crisis often include critical incident stress debriefings. Other debriefings are available as needed for smaller incidents.

“Post incident is another animal altogether,” Peak said. “While comradery and fellowship is an important aspect to recovery and getting ‘back to the norm’ so to speak, there are other things we rely on.”

Administrators look out for their employees to see if additional counseling or debriefing is needed to, “get them well and fit for duty again as soon as possible,” Peak said, adding the post-incident debriefing should take place within 24 to 48 hours of a critical incident.

“We have come to find they are able to manage the stress they had experienced,” Peak said of the debriefing time frame. “As a result, have a lot quicker turn around with them returning to work and prepare the next incident which might come up.”

Debriefings are not always mandated and some responders choose not to attend, Peak said.

“I don’t know if there is a stigma to this that it might make them appear weak,” he said.

Peak said most responders become “hardened” to incidents.

“For some people a really surreal experience, especially younger deputies who may not have experienced it often,” he said. “As years of service start piling up over bit, hardness sets in.

“After a while you start looking back at the past experiences — serious bodily harm or even death — it begins to run through our minds and we begin to prepare ourselves mentally.”

Pea said officials with Crawford County Mental Health provide the department with resources after the debriefing process, when the need for further counselling occurs.

“We have had officers which have utilized that, it’s been a great help,” he said.

 

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1 critically hurt in east Wichita apartment fire

KAKE – July 23, 2018

One person is critically hurt in an apartment fire in east Wichita

The fire broke out just 5 a.m. Sunday at the Claremont apartment complex in the 9100th block of E. Harry – west of Harry and Webb.

Fire investigators say when they arrived they found a small fire contained to one room in the apartment. One person was inside the apartment at the time and was taken to the hospital.

Crews have yet to determine the cause of the fire. The estimated cost of damage is about $10,000.

 

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Motorcyclist dies after crash involving semi in south Wichita

KSN – July 23, 2018

Authorities say a motorcyclist has died after a crash in south Wichita Sunday afternoon.

The crash happened in the 5200 block of S. Broadway around 12:30 p.m. It involved a motorcycle and a semi truck.

The identity of the victim has not been released.

It is unclear what caused the crash at this time. Authorities are on the scene investigating.

Traffic was blocked off from 47th St. to 55th St. on Broadway up until about 3:40 p.m.

 

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Clearwater man killed in crash that closed Hwy. 75 in Coffey Co.

By Nick Viviani
WIBW – July 23, 2018

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An 80-year-old Clearwater man was killed Sunday morning in a three-vehicle wreck that shut down a stretch of Hwy. 75, in Coffey Co., for much of the day.

The Kansas Highway Patrol had blocked off both directions of the highway at K-58 Leroy Junction intersection, about seven miles south of Burlington, while crews cleared the scene.

Investigators say William Castle was heading south on Hwy. 75 shortly after 10 a.m. when his Ford F-350 rear-ended a Hyundai Tiburon that had stopped to turn left onto K-58. The Ford truck, which had been pulling a camper, then crossed the center-line and collided head-on with an oncoming grain truck.

Castle was pronounced dead at the scene, KHP said. The driver of the Hyundai, 36-year-old Kelly Minor, of Neosho Falls, as well as the grain truck’s driver, 38-year-old Jason Lee Brammer, of Frankfort, were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The highway was closed for several hours while the accident was cleared.

 

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Kansas woman dies in farm accident

JC Post – July 23, 2018

One person died in an accident just after 4p.m. Friday in Rawlins County

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported Sandra L. Antholz, 79, McDonald was trying to pin up the wings of the a Sunflower Plow Sweep two miles north and three miles east of McDonald.

Carl William Antholz, 84, McDonald, was driving a tractor and unable to see her.

The sweep struck Sandra as Carl was trying to move the tractor.

She was pronounced dead at the scene and transported Knodel Funeral Home.

 

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Two overnight fires: one intentionally set

By Molly Pratt
KSNT – July 23, 2018

The Topeka Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 1726 SW Harrison St. just after 1:00 Sunday morning. When crews arrived they found two story cinder block structures fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters began battling the flames, keeping it to the structure where it started. Minutes after crews arrived, the roof and walls began to collapse.

This fire remains under investigation.

There is an estimated $8,100.00 in damage.

Meanwhile, around the same time fire crews responded to another structure fire at 115 SW Grant St. just after 1:00 Sunday morning.

When crews arrived, they found a single story family dwelling with smoke and flames.

Firefighters battled the flames, keeping it to the structure where the fire started. Crews were searched the structure and found no one inside.

Officials say this fire was intentionally set. There is an estimated $1,000 in damage. ·

 

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Car catches fire in Southeast Topeka early Saturday morning

By Willis Scott
KSNT – July 23, 2018

A car fire destroyed a sports utility vehicle in southeast Topeka early Saturday morning. The car, parked in a driveway, was fully engulfed in flames.

The report of the car fire came in just after 2:00 a.m. It happened in the 300 block of SE 43rd Terrace. Dispatch said no one was hurt by the fire.

Investigators are determining the cause.

 

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Controlled burn leads to fire call in Americus

Emporia Gazette – July 23, 2018

At 5:47 p.m. dispatch indicated a structure fire in the 2300 block of Road F5 in Americus.

Initial reports say a barn is on fire, located roughly 100 feet from a house.

It was later determined a controlled burn of barn wood and other materials had been called in.

 

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McPherson firefighters win grain bin tube, training for rescue experience

By Sara Berlinger
KSN – July 23, 2018

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Valuable training, that’s what firefighters in McPherson are calling an experience they had this week thanks to Nationwide Insurance.

It’s part of a program that provides fire departments rescue equipment and training for an emergency.

This year McPherson firefighters are just one of 29 teams across the country to experience bin rescue training, and they say they feel more prepared than ever for this type of emergency.

The McPherson Fire Department responds to large and small fire emergencies, but they also get other calls for help.

“We had a grain bin rescue a couple years ago, and they repeatedly happen across the state of Kansas,” said Chief Jeff Deal, McPherson Fire Department.

That’s why Chief Deal says they’re thankful for the grant they received from Nationwide Insurance for grain bin rescue training and equipment. Wednesday the team used it with a simulated grain bin led by an agriculture safety trainer.

“We lowered them into the grain, lowered them to about waist deep in a controlled environment,” said Deal.

And used their new $3,000 dollar tool.

“Once we’ve evacuated enough grain out from around him, no more grain is going to come in on this side and we can hook onto him and pull him up out of the grain,” said Deal.

The firefighters played different roles with the exercise, some experiencing what it’s like to be trapped.

“Strange knowing that when you get so far down, into the grain, you can’t get out of it, it’s a scary feeling.” said Captain Kelly Pauls, McPherson Fire Department.

A hands-on activity that the team says, has prepared them for the call.

 

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2018 KSFFA Conference Minutes

Below are the 2018 KSFFA Conference Minutes

2018 KSFFA convention

 

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A Joplin Officer and Wife Killed in Crash

By Stacie Strader
KOAM – July 20, 2018

According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the two-vehicle crash happened at NW 100th and Highway 160 west of Columbus, Kansas around 9:59 a.m. Friday morning, July 20th, 2018.

Authorities say the preliminary investigation indicates a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle was heading west on Highway 160 when a 2007 Pontiac passenger car pulled onto the highway and the two vehicles collided.

42-year-old David Brewer was driving the motorcycle. His wife, 41-year-old Stacey Brewer, was his passenger. Both are Riverton, Kansas residents. The Sheriff’s Office says both were wearing their helmets, but died due to injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver of the Pontiac was not injured.

David Brewer was an officer with the Joplin Police Department. He was assigned as a traffic police officer who regularly rode a motorcycle on the job.

 

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