Archive for August, 2019

Leadership in Supervision

Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute and the National Fire Academy are working together to advance the professional status of fire and emergency services personnel. Lenexa Fire Department is hosting the following education program to support fire departments and emergency services organizations in preparing for, preventing and responding to fires and other hazards.


Leadership in Supervision: Frameworks to Success

Lenexa Fire Dept Stat 3

24000 Prairie Star Prkwy

Lenexa, KS 66227

October 17 & 18

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This two-day course provides the supervisor with the knowledge and skills to perform successfully in the fire and Emergency Medical Services environments. The course addresses professionalism, resilience, emotional intelligence, and situational awareness, as well as managing conflict, delegating mentoring, coaching, empowering, and building collaboration and synergy for professional growth.


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Company Officer Academy – Salina

More info – COA 2020-Salina KS


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Job Opening – Firefighter/EMT – Salina Fire Department


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Job Opening – Firefighter – Atchison Fire Department

The City of Atchison is establishing a candidate eligibility list for the position of Firefighter.  Requirements include, but not limited to:  Must be 18 years of age or older; high school diploma or GED; possess valid driver’s license.  Kansas EMT certification preferred but not necessary to apply.  More information is located on the city’s web site at under Fire Dept. Recruitment.  Interested individuals should apply at no later than Noon, Friday, August 23, 2019.  Written and physical agility testing will be held beginning at 9:00 a.m. August 30th at the Atchison Fire Dept., 218 N. 6th Street, Atchison.  Failure to appear on testing date will result in disqualification.  EOE/AA


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Job Opening – Paramedic Trainee – KCK Fire Department

Applications and instructions to applicants may be obtained in the Human Resources Department of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, 701 North 7th Street, Rm. 646, Kansas City, Kansas between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applicants must be a US citizen; possess and maintain a valid unrestricted Kansas driver’s license; good moral character; vision with at least 20/100 correctable to 20/30; at least 19 years of age. Must have completed High School or GED by the anticipated date of hire. Applicants must be an Emergency Medical Technician through the State of Kansas or a National Registered Emergency Medical Technician. Candidates must be willing to move into Wyandotte County within twelve months of Employment. The Unified Government reserves the right to require additional information if necessary, to prove residency within Wyandotte County.
The Paramedic Trainee will enter an accredited Paramedic Training Program or be currently enrolled in an Accredited Paramedic Program so that they may meet the minimum requirements necessary in order to enter the Fire Academy as a Recruit Firefighter when practical and feasible. The paramedic courses will be reimbursed up to $5,000 paid for after receiving a Paramedic Certification and be paid at the end of the first year working as a Firefighter/Paramedic. The Paramedic Trainee must pass the class with a minimum score of a 75 percent average, and/or meet the accredited institution criteria for State testing. Upon completion, the Paramedic Trainee will then be required to test for NREMT-P or Kansas State Paramedic certification as prescribed by the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department. The Paramedic Trainee will be allowed 3 retests for the written state test and 3 retests for the practical portion of the state certification testing. Failure to successfully pass the NREMT-P or Kansas State Paramedic certification with the requisite minimum grade, and/or failure to pass the Paramedic certification testing within the prescribed parameters will result in immediate termination. Additional career enhancement activities may take place if time is afforded according to the scheduled timeframe for Training Division and the occurrence of an applicable Fire Department Recruit Academy. Candidates may be required to participate in a Firefighter I & Firefighter II program and achieve certification and must pass the class with a minimum score of a 2.0 grade point average and meet the KCKCC criteria for State testing. The Firefighter Trainee must comply with all KCKFD policy parameters including code of conduct, grooming standards and scheduled activities and assignments in order to remain in the Paramedic Trainee program. The approximate starting salary is $2341.73 per month.

For more information – COMPLETE Paramedic Trainee Posting- FINAL 7.24.2019

Job Opening – Firefighter/Paramedic – Wellington Fire Department

The Wellington Fire & EMS Department is accepting applications for Firefighter/Paramedic. Applicants must be currently certified as a Paramedic or will complete Paramedic class in 2019. Applicants must be a certified Firefighter I or the ability to obtain that certification within 12 months. Applicants must attend a physical ability test or a current CPAT will be accepted. Interviews and physical ability test will be scheduled shortly after the application deadline. Starting annual salary for a paramedic is $42,041 this does not include FLSA overtime. Salary step increase after 6 months and the cities 2020 budget includes a 2.5% cost of living increase.
Wellington Fire & EMS employs 18 full time personnel, and two administrative staff. The department responds on an average to 2000 EMS calls and 1300 fire calls annually. Staff work 24 hour shifts and must reside within 20 miles of the fire station within 6 months.
The City of Wellington offers KP& F retirement, 10 paid holidays, vacation, Christmas savings plan, sick time incentive, health insurance and opportunities for overtime.
Apply and review the City of Wellington Firefighter/Paramedic position requirements, at Application deadline is August 19th, 2019 at 5:00 PM.
Contact Tim Hay at 620 326-7443 with any questions concerning this position.

2020 KFRSG grant application period is now open

Our office sent out a press release yesterday announcing this year’s Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant (KFRSG) application period is now open. You can find the information and forms at I apologize for the month delay in announcing the grant, but our office has reached a critical stage in our budget and funding. We were not sure we would have the $400,000 available to fund the grant for this fiscal year.

Our office is completely fee funded and we receive no State General Funds. Over the last 5 years our fees have been swept by the State for a little over $10 million. The sweep of $1 million last fiscal year has put our agency in the position of being in a negative budget position by the end of this fiscal year. I visited with staff, and we identified some other line items that we could possibly reduce in our spending to make sure we had the funds for the Grant.

I also consulted with the Governor and her staff and received her full support and recommendation that our office move forward with the KFRSG grant program, even though funding for our office was very tight, not only for this fiscal year, but for future years as well.

I just wanted to explain the delay in opening the grant application period and to make you aware of the funding issue we are experiencing. I would also ask for your support in the upcoming Legislative session, as our office tries to address our current funding shortfall, and by doing so, hopefully continue the KFRSG grant in support of the state fire service.

Doug Jorgensen

Lexipol Educational Content & Upcoming Webinars

Using Fire Department Operational Data to Demonstrate Community Value is the first in a three-part series on the fire department operational data necessary to know and understand your community and your local fire department.

What actions are fire departments taking prior to a critical incident or after the Critical Incident Stress Management team leaves? Firefighter Peer Support: The Missing Piece of the Mental Health Puzzle explores where firefighter peer support enters the equation.

And, in case you missed it, Crisis in the Streets: Fire Department Response to Homeless Individuals is now available on-demand. This free webinar explores how two urban fire departments have evolved their deployment systems and programs to address challenges and worked to improve safety for both firefighters and unhoused individuals.

Donald J. Harper Sr.

Donald James Harper Sr. of Paola, KS died Tuesday, July 30, 2019 after a long and hard fought battle with the only enemy he ever had, cancer. Don was born September 16, 1934, to William H Harper Jr. and Loretta J. Harper (Ziegelmayer) in Kansas City, KS. On December 30, 1980 he married the love of his life Carol M Dahn. Don was our family hero; our own personal John Wayne. He was the tall oak in the forest of our lives and we are all grateful to have lived under his protective shadow for more than 84 years. It is hard to review a life and put it into a few paragraphs. While his smile and gentle spirit will not grace our lives anymore, our remembrance of him always will. After a long lived family-driven and love-blessed life, our hero has taken a well deserved rest. We will all miss him dearly, but know that heaven is a much safer place now because of him. His spirit never diminished and he leaves with no regrets. He was a rare combination of a man who had a love of life and a firm understanding of what was important in life. He joined the Army at 17 (after trying to get in at 16) during the Korean War. He served for 3 years. He was in the 7th Infantry unit and was on the second wave at the infamous Battle of Pork Chop Hill. Upon returning to the states, he continued what would be his life’s work in public service by joining the fire department. He served the community of northeast Johnson County (KS) for 35 years and retired in 1989 as Assistant Fire Chief of Consolidated Fire District #2 of NE Johnson County. In 1995, Carol dragged this city boy to the country kicking and screaming, it didn’t take long for him to settle in and it became impossible to drag his country butt back into the city. He is survived by his wife Carol (Dahn) and trusty sidekicks Cooper, EJ and Ollie, son Donald “Sam” J Harper Jr (Julie) and granddaughter Nicholette Kruger (Bradley) 2 great-grandchildren, Lane and Brayden Kruger, sister Donna Geivette (Earl), sister Sharon Harper, sister Dorothy Harper, sister Gayle Weinand (George), sister Judy Masters (Eldon) and many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless extended friends and fire department family spread across the country. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Patricia Harper, son Kenneth Harper, daughter-in-law Crystal Mallicoat-Harper, sister Carol Harper and brother William H Harper III. The family would like to thank Drs Griffin, Walton and Kaplan and their staff as well as all the many healthcare providers that have so graciously cared for him through the years. A celebration of Don’s life will be at 3:00 P.M. Tuesday August 6th at Abdallah Shrine Temple, 5300 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS. A time for fellowship and telling lies will follow the service from 4:00 – 6:00 P.M. In honor of the way Don lived his life, please dress in something comfortable (and colorful). Bring a story (lies) to share if you feel so inclined. Inurnment will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations to Kansas Palliative & Hospice Care or the Wheel of Fortune Ranch (Haysville, KS). Car201 is 10-42

KSFFA helps train Lyon County firefighters

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The weekend was hot as firefighters from across Lyon County gathered in Emporia to train with the Kansas State Firefighters Association.

Training for the firefighters consisted of classes in the morning including lessons on interior firefighting, farm extrication, search and rescue. Later on, they performed live-fire exercises with one that helped teach the firefighters how to put out a vehicle fire and another on the second day to learn about interior fire evolutions.

President of the KSFFA Kevin Flory states why these exercises are so vital for rural firefighters.


Emporia Fire Battalion Chief Jesse Taylor explains the benefits of training alongside firefighters from surrounding communities.


By Lance Moore, KVOE News

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