Archive for May, 2019

NVFC Volunteer Experience Survey

Tell us about your volunteer experience and earn $100


The NVFC is conducting a research project interviewing current AND former volunteers to better understand the issue of retention. Participation involves a telephone or webcam interview of less than one hour. All participants selected will receive $100 in exchange for their time.

In order to qualify for the study, we need to ask a few quick questions in this survey

Please share with all current and former volunteers you can. There are limited interview slots, so please don’t wait.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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June 2019 KSFFA Presidents Article


Hello Kansas Fire Service.   It has been a busy past few months.   We would like to extend our gratitude to Salina Fire for another excellent conference.  The 131st Annual Conference was a huge success and well attended by over 120 delegates.   We thank all those members who served on committees and help steer the direction of this association.   Elections brought all members back to their positions.   However, during the conference, Treasure Romine and myself did indicate to the group that this would likely be our last terms on the Board.    Dan has served almost thirty years and he has a wealth of knowledge on this organization.   I will be near twenty years on this board when my term is up.   Circumstances may change, but we wanted the organization to be on notice to be thinking about this in the future.  Put on the calendars though that we will be in Topeka in 2020 on April 23, 24, and 25.  It will be a very different format as almost the entire conference will be centered around training topics.  There will also be a large celebration on Saturday following our business meeting to help Topeka Fire celebrate their 150th Anniversary.   Plan to bring your family along to help in the celebration and participate in the many activities that are planned.  Watch the Firewire and the website for more details.

Speaking of changing circumstances, from last year to this year, what a difference.  Wildfires were all the concern last year.  Now this late spring, we are dealing with flooding in many areas of the state.   Many of your departments have been faced with swift water rescues.  This is just another point to highlight the all hazards approach that the fire service has to have.  Focusing on solely firefighting in today’s world is not a realistic way to maintain funding for your agency and serve the expectations of our citizens.  At the end of the day, we serve them and their wishes.  Not ours.    As we roll into summer, I hope all of our members stay safe and continue to be vigilant on emergency scenes to send everyone home.

One final note I will leave you with is to ask you all to keep our webmaster in your thoughts.  Gwen Romine has served this Association quietly behind the screen for many years.   She is the electronic presence of this Association and builds all of our web content daily.  She recently suffered a medical issue that will require some longer-term treatment.   We wish her a speedy recovery and want her and Dan to know we do greatly appreciate the work she has done all these years for the fire service in Kansas.    We do ask that you bear with us during this time as we work towards helping her fill the void of electronic news and the book sales.  Keep your crews safe and we will see you soon at a Regional School near you!

-KSFFA President, Kevin Flory

Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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KSFFA Regional Fire School – Ellinwood – September 2019

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by Ellinwood Fire Department
September 14-15, 2019
Location: Ellinwood High School, 300 N. Schiller

Saturday – 8 a.m.

  1. Rural Water Supply – 8 hrs.
  2. KSFFA Skills Trailer – 12 hrs.
  3. Engine Company Operations for Small Depts – 8 hrs.
  4. Wildland Fires – 8 hrs.

Sunday – 8 a.m.

  1. Lessons Learned – 4 hrs.
  2. Reading Smoke – 4 hrs.
  3. Chief Officer – 4 hrs.
  4. KSFFA Skills Trailer – continued

Sunday NOON

  1. Burn Trailer



Contact Info: Ellinwood Fire Chief Chris Komarek 620-566-7510,

  • 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.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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Fire Chief Allen Shelton announces retirement

After 44 years with the Garden City Fire Department and 37 as its chief, Fire Chief Allen Shelton is planning to retire from the department on July 1.

“I am very grateful and honored to have had the opportunity to serve this department and community for the past 44 years,” Shelton said in a press release from the City of Garden City. “I am looking forward to having more time with my family, friends, travel and pursuing my interest in our community and faith-based projects. Garden City is a great place to work and live.”

Before being named the department’s first career fire chief in 1984, Shelton worked at the GCFD as a volunteer firefighter, volunteer assistant chief and volunteer fire chief for the then all-volunteer department.

During his time as fire chief, the department has grown from one full-time employee to 38 paid employees, including three battalion chiefs, a fire marshal, six lieutenants, 26 firefighters and an administrative assistant.

Shelton has been a member of numerous committees and associations and served on various boards, according to the city’s release. He’s worked with Garden City Community College to enhance the college’s fire science curriculum and provide technical and leadership training to department staff.

In October 2018, he was named Fire Chief of the Year by the Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs.

“It’s hard to imagine a Garden City Fire Department without Chief Shelton,” City Manager Matt Allen stated in the release. “Chief has devoted his entire professional career to transforming a volunteer fire department into a predominantly full-time department that has the personnel, equipment, and training capable of serving a growing city.”

According to the release, the city will begin searching for a new chief this summer.

Job Opening – Firefighter/EMT – Edwardsville Fire Department

City of Edwardsville
Location: Edwardsville, KS

Edwardsville Fire Department is accepting applications to create an eligibility list for the position of:  FIREFIGHTER/EMT.

Position is open for applications until May 20th, 2019.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  This position, under minimal supervision, protects life and property by performing firefighting and EMS duties, administering emergency aid, mitigating hazardous materials situations and performing fire prevention duties.  Maintains Fire and EMS apparatus, equipment and facilities.


This is the entry-level classification in the Firefighter classification series, characterized by the responsibility to provide emergency services in fire suppression, first response medical services, and hazardous materials incidents.  The employee’s assignments, objectives, work methods, and sequence of steps are either specified or explained in general terms.  Work review is integrated into daily assignments.

Work includes, controlling and extinguishing fires using a variety of specialized equipment and techniques, evacuating persons from areas of danger, and performing emergency treatment. Work includes inspecting multi-occupancy and commercial buildings for fire hazards and violations of the Fire Code, and instructing the public on the principles of fire preventions. The department also provides advanced life support and field paramedical work responding to emergency calls from the public to perform medical assistance with emphasis on the stabilization of patients to permit safe transport to a full-service medical facility. Contact with the general public, the comforting of patients, the reassuring of family and others in the vicinity, and cooperation with fire and police authorities are of major significance to this work. Duties are performed according to standard paramedical practices and established drug therapy protocol. Work is performed under the general supervision of a fire officer. Completes fire and EMS reports in compliance with State and Federal Reporting Requirements.

As a condition of employment, incumbents shall maintain an Emergency Medical Technician – Basic licensure during their employment period.  The requirement for employment can be modified to require and maintain an Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic license during their employment period with no negotiation. Depending upon the needs of the Fire Department, incumbents of positions in this classification and meet the standards established by the City of Edwardsville Fire Department may be assigned the specialty of Firefighter/EMT.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Knowledge of firefighting and EMS procedures, practices and techniques.  Knowledge of testing, maintenance, inspection and operation of fire department apparatus, equipment and tools.  Skilled in the use of tools and equipment used in the repair and maintenance of department vehicles and equipment.  Must be a self-starter and have the ability to work independently and follow a job task through from start to finish.  Report writing skills and experience with computers essential.  Must possess good verbal and written communication skills. Must have basic knowledge of portable radio operations and be able to communicate clearly over a radio. Skilled in analyzing fire and emergency situations and providing an effective course of action. Skill in effectively dealing with people under stress.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  High school diploma or equivalent required, associate’s degree or higher preferred.  Current National Registry Emergency Medical Technician – Basic, or State of Kansas Basic EMT license, with one year of experience with an Advanced Life Support treatment and transport service. International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) certifications of Firefighter I, Firefighter II through the Kansas Fire Service Certification System or other licensing body are requirements for this position. Certification and experience as a firefighter is preferred.

Maintain state-mandated continuing education requirements, including current American Heart Association (AHA) certification in Basic Life Support (BLS).

LICENSES AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) certifications of Firefighter I, Firefighter II and ADO-Pumper through the Kansas Fire Service Certification System are requirements for this position. The obtainment of Firefighter certifications may be waived for one (1) year from hire date. The obtainment of ADO-Pumper certifications will be waived for three (3) years from hire date. Must possess State of Kansas Emergency Medical Technician – Basic certification or Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician – Basic. NIMS ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800 are required within 12 months of being hired. Must complete Wildland Certifications of S-110, S-130, S-190 within 12 months of being hired. Must possess or be eligible for a State of Kansas driver’s license.  Must successfully pass a background investigation with no felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions related to weapons, assault, controlled substances, or theft within the last 10 years.  Position is subject to successful completion of pre-employment drug testing.  Subject to a one-year probationary period. Ability to successfully complete written, physical, and oral exams during probationary period.

TO APPLY:  Please submit a resume, cover letter, complete application with three professional references, proof of EMS Licensure.  A complete job description and other necessary forms are available at City Hall, by calling HR at 913-441-3707, ext. 21, or on the city web page. Return completed applications to the Fire Chief by mail to: Firefighter/EMT Selection Attn: City of Edwardsville FD, P.O. Box 13738, Edwardsville, KS 66113

Applications received after 5:00 pm, May 20th, 2019 will not receive review for employment.

Job Opening – Firefighter I – Consolidated Fire District #2

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