Archive for January, 2019

Notice: FRA Seminar

After much discussion among the Executive board and our partners at the Kansas Insurance Department, we have decided to CANCEL the FRA seminar for this Saturday in Salina.    We will be putting portions of the seminar though into the Annual conference in April in Salina as a mini clinic   Please watch for upcoming details on this as we approach the April timeframe.    We appreciate your understanding on this and look forward to seeing you in April. 

NOTICE OF VACANCY – Fire Investigation Supervisor – Requisition #191829 – closes 1/30/2019

The Office of the State Fire Marshal has an opening for an Unclassified Fire Investigation Supervisor.  This position supervises the field Investigators in the Eastern part of Kansas and provides technical work assisting in directing the field operations of the investigation’s division of the OSFM.  Extensive statewide travel is required, including overnights.

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

  • fire and explosive work enforcing state criminal statutes, agency statutes and regulations
  • supervision of statewide staff; planning, assigning, and evaluating personnel
  • participating in investigative activities to include case status/clearance reports
  • assists local agencies in planning and conducting public and agency education programs

Pay Rate:  $23.31 per hour ($48,484.80 annually).

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Experience in managing and/or supervising the work of a department, program or agency
  • Five years of full-time law enforcement criminal investigative experience with preferred experience in fire and explosive investigations
  • Must have a current full-time law enforcement certification by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Commission (KLETC).  Out of state certifications will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • IAAI-CFI certification or obtain the necessary certification within minimum experience requirements as soon as practical
  • Certification as a Public Safety Instructor 1 or be enrolled in the Public Safety Instructor 1 certification program at KU Fire Service Training or equivalent facility and obtain the necessary certification within twelve (12) months of hire date
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

A four-year college degree in a criminal justice field may be substituted for the required experience.  In order to substitute education for experience, a college transcript must be submitted at time of application.

Necessary Special Requirements:

  • Must be a United States citizen and at least 21 years of age.
  • At time of offer, candidate must take and pass a drug screening test approved by the Office of Personnel Services and take a pre-employment physical.
  • Top candidates must take and pass a background check and polygraph.
  • This position requires the use of a firearm for law enforcement duties therefore, candidates cannot have been convicted of, and must be free of any diversions from, a felony or misdemeanor domestic violence crime as set forth in 18 U.S.C. § 922 (d) (9) and (g) (9).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • experience in fire and explosive investigations
  • knowledge of state and local laws, ordinances and regulations
  • knowledge of explosive materials and properties, electrical systems; building conduction; chemicals, flammable properties of various substances, char and burn patterns, factors effective fire spread, color and density of smoke, flame and heat material burning rate and heat release characteristics
  • knowledge of investigation procedures, rules of evidence and rights of suspects, and criminal court procedures and practices.
  • ability to plan and conduct investigations, ascertain facts and obtain evidence, establish and maintain favorable relationships with co-workers, professionals and the public.
  • keep records, prepare reports, speak in public, present evident and be able to use a camera.
  • Certification as a Fire Inspector 1 or be enrolled in the Fire Inspector 1 certification program and obtain the necessary certification within twelve (12) months of hire date is preferred.
  • Certification as an IFSAC Hazardous Materials Technician level or be enrolled in HazMat Tech certification program and obtain the necessary certification within twelve (12) months of hire date is preferred.

Licenses, Certifications & Registration:

  • Current certification as a full-time law enforcement officer by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Commission as required by K.S.A. 74-5601a.  Out of state certifications will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Must have a current, valid driver’s license.

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

HOW TO APPLY:  The application process has 3 STEPS:

STEP 1:  Register by completing the online Personal Data Form at https://admin.ks.gov/services/state-employment-center/sec-home/state-employment/register-personal-data

STEP 2:  Complete the official State of Kansas application form at https://admin.ks.gov/services/state-employment-center/sec-home/state-employment/fboxapp  (include all employment and experience) and submit to the Fire Marshal.

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

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

Required Documents:

  • Online State of Kansas Application form sent to Fire Marshal
  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • College Transcripts, if applicable
  • Copy of current Full-time Law Enforcement certification
  • Copy of all other Training Certificates and
  • Valid Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate

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

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

NOTE:  In you lack any of the required experience and want us to consider relevant education, you must provide copies of your college transcripts (must include name of the educational institution) and certificates before the closing date.

KANSAS TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED

Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website at http://www.ksrevenue.org/taxclearance.html .  Your application will be considered incomplete if not submitted by the closing date of the job posting.

A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws.  A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days.  Applicants, including current State 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.

Your application will be considered incomplete if an ACTUAL COPY of your certificate is not submitted on or before the vacancy closing date.

Contact Information:

Name:  Brenda L. Schuette

Phone: 785-296-0654

Email: brenda.schuette@ks.gov

Process for Selection:  Upon receipt of your complete application packer, an evaluation of your qualifications will be conducted, and your status based on the established minimum requirements, necessary special requirements, and preferred selection criteria for the specific vacancy will be determined.  Based on your ranking in comparison with other applicants, you may/may not be referred for further consideration and/or possible interview.  If you are not selected for the vacancy, you will be notified within 30 days of the position being filled.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:  The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ensures you the right to reasonable accommodations.  A request for an accommodation will not affect your opportunities for employment with the State of Kansas.  Arrangements will be made if you have a disability that requires an accommodation for completing an application form, interviewing or any other part of the employment process.  It is your responsibility to make your needs known to the OSFM Recruitment Office at 785-296-0654.

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

 

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Hutchinson Fire Department scores highest fire protection rating

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The city of Hutchinson will join an elite group of cities around the country in May when its insurance fire rating classification, or ISO, goes from a 3 to a 1.

The Insurance Service Office rating for Fire District 2, which covers a large portion of the county adjacent to the city will also improve, climbing from a 6 to a 4.

According to the ISO website, Fire Chief Steven Beer said, only six other cities in Kansas and 329 nationwide – out of more than 47,500 fire departments – have achieved a 1 rating.

The nearest is Wichita. Most of the others are in northeast Kansas.

 

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Job Opening – Assistant Fire Supervisor – Pottawatomie County

Position Responsibilities: Assists with fire prevention/suppression training, education, operational guidance, and technical expertise to the County Commissioners, County Fire Districts, and business and property owners. Assists with planning and implementing County fire prevention programs and activities, and other duties.

Education/Experience Required: A high school diploma, GED, or equivalent, plus four (4) years’ experience in fire prevention/suppression activities required. Knowledge and experience with computer data entry using Microsoft Office programs necessary. Must have or obtain within three (3) years of employment Training Firefighter I, II, Instructor I, Fire Cause and Determination, and Officer I certifications.

Special Requirements: Possession and maintenance of a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record. Must live within Pottawatomie County, or within a 25-mile radius of Westmoreland, Kansas, the County seat.

TO APPLY: Visit www.hrepartners.com. For a copy of the job description, or more information, contact Human Resources, 785-457-3455 or cmalchose@pottcounty.org. Applicants recommended for employment are subject to post-offer pre-employment screening including a pre-employment drug test. Pottawatomie County is an EOE. We recognize WorkReady Certificates.

 

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Job Opening – Firefighter/EMT – Junction City Fire Department

Job Position Announcement 2019

 

 

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Salina Fire Department promotes 3

Salina Fire Chief Kevin Royse congratulates, from top, Kendall Johnson, Jeff Dunlap, and Jared Shinn. Photos courtesy Salina Fire Department

Three members of the Salina Fire Department recently received promotions.

According to information from the Salina Fire Department, the following personnel received promotions and were presented with new badges by Salina Fire Chief Kevin Royse.

Kendall Johnson was promoted to captain

Jeff Dunlap was promoted to lieutenant

Jared Shinn was promoted to equipment operator (fire engineer)

 

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Railroad safety

The Local Emergency Planning Committee met Thursday afternoon and heard from a speaker on the subject of hazardous chemical spills on railways.

The speaker, Executive Vice President of Environmental Works Inc., John Rode, was there as a substitute for Manager of Hazardous Materials Field Operations Derek Lampkin of BNSF Railway, who was unable to be present at the meeting. During his presentation, Rode said railroads often saw shipments of hazardous materials. In 2014, BNSF saw about 1.8 million shipments of hazardous materials via railway.

Rode talked about the safety measures taken during these shipments, including items called “rupture disks” on liquid tank cars.

“Most of us will understand, if you have a package and it can create pressure, it needs to have a way to let pressure off,” he said. “A lot of these cars that carry hazmat materials that are corrosive — have a pH that’s high or low — will have a rupture disk. It’s a mechanical device that relieves pressure.”

However, once it relieves pressure, it won’t reset on its own and has to be reset manually by someone such as Rode.

Generally, according to Rode’s presentation, about 73 percent of hazardous materials incidents occur due to human error. Mechanical error accounts for 20 percent and problems with rupture disks only account for 7 percent of such incidents.

He said BNSF has access to a team that will mobilize to handle disasters on its railways. BNSF employs Environmental Works for this purpose.

“We’ve developed a lot of specialized equipment,” Rode said.

This includes a fleet of industrial firefighting trailers, emergency breathing air trailers, chlorine kits, midland kits and air monitoring assets.

The firefighting trailers are equipped with special pumps that can be used to fight fires that might be caused by train derailments in place of using local trucks that could be damaged in the process.

“We can tear them apart, move them piece by piece, we can bury them in the mud, we can flip them upside down, we can catch them on fire,” he said. “And we don’t put our communities in a situation where they’ve lost their apparatus or we’ve damaged it.”

Rode said the team can use AFFF foam to fight gasoline fires and alcohol resistant AFFF foam for alcohol fires. These are only some of the devices provided to help handle hazmat incidents.

“They are not disposable to us, but they are more disposable than the community’s apparatuses,” Rode said of the assets his team had for use in the event of disasters on BNSF-owned rails.

According to Rode, foam trailers can be loaned out to railroads other than BNSF and communities that request its use.

While Lampkin was unable to present at the meeting, he was reachable by phone later that day.

“We operate in 28 states, three Canadian provinces, and we have 32 fire trailers systemwide,” he said. “Our fire trailers are utilized for BNSF hazmat incidents, but if there was a community incident that affected a rail or right of way that really wasn’t a BNSF fault, we would definitely bring pieces of equipment to help out the first responders to minimize that so we can keep our services rolling.”

During Rode’s presentation, he also talked about a large crude oil spill on a BNSF track in Doon, Iowa, which occurred in the summer of 2018. There was a limited amount of information Rode could give, because the train wreck is still under investigation.

According to the Des Moines Register, the wreck involved the derailment of 32 oil tanker cars. About 160,000 gallons of oil spilled into the Little Rock River, according to the N’West Iowa REVIEW.

Rode talked about the process of handling the spill, starting with setting up an incident command center to mobilizing the fire trailers to recovering as much of the spilled oil as possible. He was unable to say how much of the oil was recovered except that it was more than 80 percent.

The process took about seven days.

“We didn’t have loss of life,” he said during his presentation. “I’ll say it very clearly: the railroad lost a great deal of money this day. No figure has been released. I can assure you it was a great deal of money. We had no injuries following, during the cleanup. That is a huge success for the railroad and the contractors.”

At the end of his presentation, Rode guided those present to www.bnsfhazmat.com.

Lampkin expressed regret that he was unable to be present at the meeting.

“Really, we just want to convey the response capabilities we have, preparedness throughout the community and our transparency for first responders and provide that free community training for the fire departments,” he said.

One of the local officials who takes part in the emergency planning committee, Lyon County Undersheriff John Koelsch, said he found the presentation informative.

“We found out some resources that we didn’t know were available,” he said.

Lyon County Emergency Manager Jarrod Fell agreed.

“I think the take away from all of our local emergency planning committee meetings is just to educate our group, our membership (and) provide information involving emergency planning,” he said.

The railway is an important part of the committee’s planning, Fell said, as BNSF-owned rails runs through Emporia and Lyon County.

“That’s an important part of our planning process, when we talk about our hazards and vulnerabilities, and (BNSF) did a great job in explaining to us their response to those emergencies,” he said.

 

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Stanton County Fire & Rescue members recognized for number of years of service

Stanton County Fire and Rescue held their December meeting and several firefighters were recognized for milestones in years of service. Stanton County Fire Chief, Troy Wolf presented them with their respective year pin: Vaugh Lorenson – 30 years; Erin Branstine – 5 years; Jorge Wissar – 10 years; and (not pictured) Kenna Rohrenback – 10 years.

 

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Promotion of four – McPherson Fire Department

Lt. Dakota Becker, Capt. Alden Slack, Chief TJ Wyssman, and Mayor Tom Brown.

The McPherson Fire Department announced the promotion of four individuals. Interim Chief TJ Wyssmann was promoted to fire chief. He has served as interim for the department since August 13, when he was promoted from deputy fire chief. Wyssmann’s appointment follows the retirement of past Fire Chief Jeff Deal.

Other promotions include Wade Hall from lieutenant to captain, Alden Slack from lieutenant to captain and Dakota Becker from firefighter to lieutenant.

 

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Larry E. Dixon

Larry E. Dixon, 79, passed away December 12, 2018 at Kansas Soldier’s Home, Dodge City.

He was born October 25, 1939 in Telluride, Colorado, the son of Edward H. and Berniece Pauline Powell Dixon. A longtime area resident he worked in the nursing field.

He was of the Christian faith; he was an EMT for Burdett EMS, a member of Burdett Fire Department, and the American Legion, Burdett.

Survivors include two daughters, Shawne Ruiz and Inga (Albert) Vazquez, both of Dodge City; three sisters, Carol Wheeldon, Gaffney, South Carolina, Janet Dixon, Larned, Sharon Nichols, Derby; six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December, 19, 2018 at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel, Larned with Pastor John Thomas. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, December, 18, 2018 at Beckwith Mortuary. Inurnment will be in Brown’s Grove Cemetery, Burdett with military graveside rites.

Memorials may be given to Burdett EMS or Burdett Senior Center, in care of Beckwith Mortuary, P.O. 477, Larned, KS 67550.

 

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A. Neal Reichel

A. Neal Reichel, 83, passed away January 7, 2019 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. He was born August 26, 1935 at LaCrosse to Henry and Esther (Foos) Reichel. He married Opal Mellies November 17, 1954 at Bushton. She died May 6, 2016.

Neal, a long time farmer, lived on a farm northeast of Bison his entire life, before retiring and moving to Great Bend in 2001. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a former EMT for Rush County, active for years with the Bison volunteer fire department, and a member of the ISIS Shrine. Neal enjoyed and felt blessed to take his grandkids fishing, boating and camping.

Survivors include, two sons, Joel Reichel and his wife Terry of Alexander and Jody Reichel and his husband Seth Munter of San Francisco, California; two daughters, Charlotte Brening and her husband Phil of Fort Worth, Texas and Cherie Belford and her husband Larry of Hoisington; eleven grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Barbara Baus of McCracken. He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Reichel and a brother, Carroll Reichel.

Visitation will be held from Noon to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Bryant Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 10, 2019 at First United Methodist Church in Great Bend, with Rev. Morita Truman presiding. There will be a Private Family Inurnment at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Rush County EMS or the Bison Volunteer Fire Department, in care of Bryant Funeral Home.

 

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Job Opening – Fire Chief – Miami County Rural Fire District #2

The City of Louisburg, Kan., is searching for a Fire Chief to serve the city and the Miami County Rural Fire District 2. This position will oversee all fire-related aspects of the volunteer fire crew including fire prevention and suppression activities, to prevent or minimize the loss of life and property by fire. This employee should possess the ability to remain poised and make critical decisions under extremely difficult and hazardous circumstances. This employee should also possess strong mechanical aptitude, excellent communication, supervisory, organizational, and public relations skills.
The position requires one to three years of similar or related experience, a high school diploma or GED is required. A technical degree or some college credit in a related field is preferred.
This position will report to the City Administrator.
The City offers a competitive compensation package including paid employee health, vision and dental insurance, paid leave, and Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) through 2018. Starting in 2020 the position will be a member of the Kansas Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (KP&F). Salary commensurate with experience, ranging from $53,070.79 to $70,823.17. Drug/Alcohol screening required. Applications are available at City Hall 215 S Broadway, Louisburg, KS 66053. Or email jcarder@louisburgkansas.gov to receive an electronic application. Please put “Fire Chief” in the subject line. All applications must be submitted on or before February 15, 2019. For information, contact City Administrator Nathan Law at nlaw@louisburgkansas.gov. The City of Louisburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
A detailed job description may be found on the City’s website: www.louisburgkansas.gov

A detailed job description is available

 

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KSFFA Regional Fire School – Sabetha – April 2019

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by Sabetha Fire Department
April 6-7, 2019
Location: “The Main Event”, 16 Main Street

 

Saturday Morning – 8 a.m.

  1. Pump Operations – 8 hours
  2. KSFFA Skills Trailer – 8 hours
  3. Vehicle & Farm Extrication – 12 hours
  4. Driver Operator (CEVO) – 4 hours

Saturday Afternoon – 1:00 p.m.

  1. Pump Operations, cont.
  2. KSFFA Skills Trailer with Saving Your Own and Forcible Entry, cont.
  3. Vehicle & Farm Extrication, cont.
  4. Car Fires – 4 hours

Sunday Morning – 8:00 a.m.

  1. Wildland by KSFFA – 4 hours
  2. Reading Smoke – 4 hours
  3. Vehicle & Farm Extrication, cont.

Sunday – NOON

  1. KSFFA Burn Trailer

 

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

 

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Greenwood County fire chief named interim Sedgwick County chief

Greenwood County Fire Chief Doug Williams has been named Interim Sedgwick County Fire District 1 Chief as of December 21.

Williams currently lives in Eureka and has been employed as Sedwick County Division Chief of Operations as well as serving in Greenwood County. He took over for retiring fire chief Tavis Leake.

Williams began his career in 1988 and he has served as a division chief for several years. He has been the Eureka City Fire Chief for 22 years, the Greenwood County Fire Chief for eight years and has served as a former Greenwood County Emergency Management Director.

 

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Retirement – John Keating, Fort Scott Fire Department

John Keating has retired after a 25-year career with the Fort Scott Fire Department. He began his career in 1993 as a volunteer firefighter, eventually working his way through the ranks to captain, his most recent title.

Keating has worked for three fire chiefs the last 25 years, most recently Paul Ballou, who has served as chief since 2009.

After Keating’s retirement, some shuffling in the department included promotion of Jacob May and Clint Roberts to the position of captain; Alex Schafer and Clint Lawrence to lieutenant; and Scott Shelton, Dalton Carpenter and Ryan Thomas from reserve to full-time firefighters.

 

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KSFFA Regional Fire School – Clearwater – May 2019

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by Clearwater Fire Department
May 18-19, 2019
Location: Clearwater High School, 1201 E. Ross, Clearwater

Saturday – All Day – All 8-hour classes

  1. Search and Rescue
  2. Engine Company Ops for Small Departments
  3. Pump Operations
  4. Vehicle Extrication

Sunday – Morning – 8 a.m.

  1. Reading Smoke
  2. Lessons Learned
  3. Fire Cause and Determination

Sunday – NOON

  1. KSFFA Burn Trailer

 

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

 

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City of Lenexa Career Fairs

https://www.lenexa.com/government/departments___divisions/human_resources/job_openings

 

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Kansas City April F.O.O.L.S Fire Conference

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KSFFA Regional Fire School – Seward County – February 2019

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by Seward County Fire Department
February 2-3, 2019
Location: Seward County Activity Center, 810 Stadium Drive, Liberal, KS

 

Saturday – All Day

  1. KSFFA Skills Trailer
  2. Engine Company Ops
  3. Rural Water Supply

Saturday – Morning Only

  1. Critical Stress – Firefighters and Spouses

Saturday – Afternoon Only

  1. Fire Cause

Sunday Morning – 8:00 a.m.

  1. Ventilation
  2. Fire Behavior
  3. Oil Tank Fires
  4. Firefighter Safety & Survival

Sunday – NOON

  1. KSFFA Burn Trailer

 

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

 

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KSFFA Conference – 2019

 

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KSFFA President’s Article – Jan/Feb 2019

Good day Kansas Fire Service. Hopefully you all had a good Christmas and time spent with family. The New Year brings a chance at reflection on the past year of service and potential for changes going forward. We are moving forward in to the new year with a lot of things happening around the state. I would encourage all of you to be looking ahead at what 2019 will bring and find opportunity to make improvements in your agency.
Many departments saw an increase in their calls for service over the past year. This just highlights that the Fire service is a staple item in communities and our resource needs will continue. Hopefully governing bodies will recognize this and continue to properly fund the emergency services across the state. It is our job as leaders in the fire service of the state to accurately and consistently collect that response data so we can show our elected officials our needs and justify the expenses. The most effective way to do that is through fire reports. If you are having issues with getting reports in or are having difficulty in completing reports, please make sure to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal for assistance. They have staff who can help you report as well as help you what proper coding and other questions you may have. They also can help you gain access to the reporting software at little to no cost.
Your Executive Board has been meeting with other fire groups as well as law enforcement and EMS groups this year to try and promote legislative language to cover cancer, PTSD, and various communicable diseases. We are attempting to build a coalition of public safety that can be together on issues such as this as well as retirement issue and other public safety related issues going forward. This will be just the first year working together, but it will be beneficial to the fire service as a whole as we go forward in time. We have been hearing for years that the divide between fire service groups is our greatest barrier in the legislature. If we can get all the groups on the same page, we will be a formidable force.
Finally, your Executive Board has been working on various new curriculums to deliver at our regional schools as well as those we will be able to co deliver with other entities across the state. The much-anticipated wildfire curriculum will be nearing completion in the next few months. It is a great example of collaboration between multiple fire service entities to develop a tool for all of the Kansas Fire Service.
I will leave you this month with a reminder to try and attend one of our regional schools. We have several good ones upcoming in your area. Also, there is the SCAFFA school on March 21-24 in Topeka this year which will feature several keynote speakers as well as many new courses based on student requests from the last couple years. Many of the classes are based around hands on skills as well as some officer development courses. And I would be remiss if I did not mention our Annual Conference on April 25, 26, and 27 in Salina Kansas. If you have never been before, please consider attending. Help us conduct the business of this association for the betterment of the Kansas Fire Service. You can find information on this and all the other trainings across Kansas at www.ksffa.com. Have a safe day and see you all at a school near you!

 

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KSFFA Regional Fire School – Concordia – March 2019

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by Concordia Fire Department
March 1-3, 2019
Location: Cloud County Community College

Friday Evening – 6 p.m. – Location Concordia Fire Station

  1. Honoring Our Own

Saturday – All Day – All 8-hour Classes

  1. Ropes
  2. KSFFA Skills Trailer
  3. Extrication
  4. Wildfires
  5. Grain Elevator Emergencies

Sunday Morning – 8:00 a.m.

  1. Traffic Incident Management
  2. Firefighter Rehab
  3. Transitional Attack

Sunday – Noon

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

 

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KSFFA Capitol Day

 

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Blackledge Benefit Supper

 

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John B. Riedel

John B. Riedel, 80, died December 30, 2018, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. He was born July 8, 1938, on the family farm near Olmitz, Kansas, the son of Bernard J. and Anna V. (Budig) Riedel. John was a graduate of Otis High School and served in the Army Reserves.

A lifetime resident of Olmitz, John drove the milk truck for the cheese plant and then as a pumper in the oilfield for many years. Later he worked as an irrigation specialist for A.V.I. John Deere in Larned; and Bird Oil. He retired from Superior Essex as a machine operator at the age of 70.

He was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, in Olmitz. He had also served on the Olmitz city council and the volunteer fire department. John loved to tinker and could most often be found in his garage working on a project. He also loved to garden and smoke meats in his smokehouse, and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

On October 20, 1958, he married Imelda A. “Meldie” Lichter at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Olmitz. She preceded him in death on January 1, 2018.

He is survived by six children; Brenda Riedel of Olmitz, Tom Riedel of McPherson, Sandy Urban and husband Charlie of Olmitz, Richard Riedel and wife Shelley of Hoisington, Linda Pechanec and husband Tom of Timken, and Sheila Schilowsky of Great Bend; sister, Janet Savage of Gilman City, MO; 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, daughter, Tammy Jo Riedel, brother, Melvin Riedel, and a sister, Ann Mantz.

Friends may call 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the funeral home. Casket will be closed, per his wishes.

Vigil and Rosary will be 7 p.m. Thursday, with family to greet friends prior to, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the church. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 4, 2019, all at St. Ann Catholic Church, Olmitz, celebrated by Father Don Bedore. Burial will follow in St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery, Olmitz.

Memorials may be made to the Olmitz Volunteer Fire Department, in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, PO Box 146, Hoisington, KS 67544.

 

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Wesley E. “Jack” Brown

Wesley E. “Jack” Brown, 78, of Parsons, passed away at 2:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at Elm Haven East Nursing Home in Parsons.

He was born May 14, 1940 in Parsons, Kansas to Charles Wesley and Alberta C. (Ford) Brown. Jack grew up in Parsons and graduated in 1958 from Labette County Community High School in Altamont.

Following high school, he served in the United States Army Reserve from 1959-1965. He was employed from 1961-1967 as a psychiatric aide at the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center, from 1967-1976 at the Parsons Fire Department, and at Peabody TecTank in Parsons from 1977 until retiring in 2002. Jack also worked part-time at the Carson Funeral Home which later became Carson-Dick Funeral Home for 15 years. Most recently he worked part-time at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.

He was a member of the First Christian Church in Parsons. He was also a member of the Elks – BPOE Lodge No. 527 and in earlier years the Order of DeMolay. He enjoyed fishing, dancing, and playing cards at the Katy Parsons Golf Club.

Jack and Joyce Tedstrom were married September 23, 1961 in Parsons. She preceded him in death on November 28, 2004. On April 1, 2006, he and Charlotte McGuire were married in Parsons.

Survivors include:

His Wife – Charlotte Brown of the home

One Son – David Brown of Webb City, MO

Three Daughters – Tracy Reece of San Antonio, TX

Melissa Sloan of Pittsburg, KS

Kimberly Gruver of Parsons, KS

Eight Grandchildren

Five Great-Grandchildren

In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by one sister, Carolyn Keeling.

Following cremation, private burial will be in Springhill Cemetery under the direction of the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Friends may call to pay their respect from noon until 5:00 p.m., on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the family home in Parsons.

Memorials are suggested to the Parsons Dialysis Memorial Fund. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

 

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Seventy Kansas Volunteer, Part-Time Fire Departments Awarded Funds through Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant Program

Seventy volunteer and part-time fire departments across the state received funds this year through the Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant Program administered by the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM). The grant awards will be used by fire departments for the purchase of safety gear, washer/extractor machines for cleaning bunker gear, start-up of Junior Firefighter programs and physical costs for firefighters with no insurance or ability to be reimbursed by their department.

This program was made possible with the 2018 State of Kansas budget passed by the state Legislature. Last year, 36 departments were awarded grant funds with the previous grant budget of $200,000. The OSFM was able to award grant funds to nearly twice as many departments this year, with the funding being doubled to $400,000.

Volunteer and part-time fire departments face recruitment and retention challenges because they do not have the funding to provide safety equipment. Without new equipment provided by the recruiting fire department, potential volunteers are faced with not only donating their time but also providing their own safety gear, sharing gear with others, or doing without. There is also a proven increase in cancer diagnoses for firefighters, which can be caused by prolonged exposure to carcinogens, particulates and biohazards. The proper gear, regular cleaning of that gear and equipment, along with preventative healthcare is crucial for a firefighter’s health and well-being.

This year, over $1.3 million in requests from 79 departments were submitted. Fire departments received approximately $310,000 to be used for safety gear and $90,000 for 26 washer/extractor machines. Due to the high number of requests, OSFM will be requesting the 2019 Legislature continue funding this important grant.

‘We’ve seen, by the sheer number of requests for this funding, the need is high among our volunteer and part-time fire departments,’ Doug Jorgensen, State Fire Marshal, said. ‘It is simply unacceptable to ask Kansans, not only to volunteer their time as first responders in smaller communities, but to also sacrifice their safety by not giving them the tools they need to protect and serve their communities as volunteer firefighters. This grant allows us to assist in providing some of the funds needed to provide safety equipment the departments otherwise could not afford.’

For more information on the Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant Program, please visit https://firemarshal.ks.gov/agency-resources/kfrsg.

 

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Honor Guard Clinic with Brent Jones

Honor Guard Clinic

 

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