Archive for November, 2019

KSFFA Regional Fire School – Cimarron – January 2020

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by Cimarron Fire Department
January 4-5, 2020
Location: Cimarron High School, 400 N. 5th, Cimarron


Saturday – 8 a.m. – All 8 hr. classes

  1. Vehicle Extrication
  2. Rope Rescue
  3. Wildland Fires
  4. Pump Operations

Sunday – 8 a.m. – All 4 hr. classes

  1. Firefighter Rehab
  2. Incident Safety Officer
  3. SAMM
  4. SAMM for Spouses

Sunday – NOON

  1. KSFFA Burn Trailer

Contact Chief Troy Blevins 620-855-4824  
or KSFFA SW Trustee 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.


Cassie Nicole “Otter” Ralston

Cassie Nicole “Otter” Ralston, 8, of Scranton, went to be with her Lord after passing away in her Daddy’s arms on Monday, November 11, 2019.

She was born June 27, 2011, in Topeka, the daughter of Terry and Becky (Thornton) Ralston. She was a third grader at Overbrook Attendance Center.

Survivors include her parents; two sisters, Sarah and Olivia; her canine hero, Ivan; her horde of cats; her hamster Jack; maternal grandfather, Bill Thornton; paternal grandparents, Kathy Frisbie, Myrtle Beach, SC, Mel Frisbie, Prescott Valley, AZ; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Betty Thornton; and paternal grandfather, Terry P. Ralston, Sr.

From the moment anyone held her, they were immediately wrapped around her little finger. She was a miracle, she was a light, and she brought so much joy to every single person she met. Cassie was the “certified cat whisperer” and the best singer in the house. She was a beautiful daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend. Eight years is not long enough for so many things, but it is enough to leave an impact on so many. And it is enough to leave a hole that nothing will ever fill. Cassie lived fearlessly, unapologetically, and covered in rainbows and glitter. Her genuine excitement for living will never be lost, nor will her beautiful sunshiney soul. Cassie was likely to be a wonderful, much sought after famous commentator, as she loved to talk and give the constant rundown of everything she was doing to anyone who was around. Cassie planned to serve her community by following in her daddy’s footsteps and pursuing a career in the emergency services. She proudly served her community as a Burlingame Fire Cadet (Junior). Her beautiful caramel eyes and freckles will be missed. Remember today is the “best day ever!”

Cremation is planned. A celebration of Cassie’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Dove Cremations and Funerals, Southwest Chapel, 3700 SW Wanamaker Rd, Topeka. The family encourages those attending to wear Red or anything Disney.

To honor Cassie’s love of animals, contributions may be made to the Friends of the Topeka Zoo, 635 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS 66606 or to Warriors Best Friend, P.0. Box 1432, Liberty, Missouri 64069.

Job Opening – Deputy Fire Chief – Bonner Springs Fire Department

General Definition of Work:

Under general direction, provides leadership and direction with the responsibility of performing professional level work in planning, coordinating, monitoring, evaluating and overseeing the operations of emergency medical care while ensuring compliance with applicable statutes and administrative rules; coordinates assigned activities with other Departments and outside agencies, and related work as apparent or assigned. Provides support to the Fire Chief in planning, managing, and overseeing the activities, training, and operations of the Fire Department including emergency medical services, fire suppression, fire prevention, hazardous materials response, disaster preparedness, and related programs, services, and operations. Continuous supervision is exercised over all personnel within the team.

Essential Functions:

Oversees delivery of Advanced Life Support (ALS) level emergency medical services; Assists in the management of additional Fire Department services and activities including fire suppression, fire prevention, hazardous materials response, disaster preparedness, and related programs, services, and operations.

Performs duties of HIPPA Compliance Officer, Privacy Act Officer, and Infection Control program administrator.

Oversees ambulance billing, and serves as liaison and subject matter expert for all ambulance activities and billing.

Manages fire department ambulance licensure requirements and other related certifications in accordance with State and National Registry requirements and maintains records related to certifications.

Prepares and maintains special reports, letters, proposals, and records on fire activities; receives and evaluates a variety of documents, reports, electronic Patient Care Report, and statistical information for the Department.

Ensures all medical equipment on ambulances and fire apparatus are appropriate and in good working order and that medical supplies are at an appropriate inventory level.

Provides direction to fire personnel in the administration of the EMS program, along with related training.

Provides complex administrative and management support as well as staff assistance to the Fire Chief; directs and conducts a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommends modifications to programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

Explains, justifies, and defends Department programs, policies, and activities; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues; responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.

Establishes, within Department and City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocates resources accordingly.

Advances the Department through appropriate training by planning, preparing and presenting EMS educational programs with objectives and content which ensures compliance with State and Department programs and requirements. Oversees and/or records all completed training.

Assists in planning, directing, and coordinating, through subordinate level staff, the Fire Department’s work plan; assigns projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures; meets with key staff to identify and resolve problems.

Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures.

Staffs an ambulance at the Paramedic level as needed, and to conduct periodic evaluations of personnel and assess proficiency.

Responds to emergency alarms and may assume command of field operations; performs a management role in the direction of assigned personnel and equipment at the scene of emergencies involving fire, all types of accidents, hazardous materials incidents, and life-saving and rescue work.

Participates in the development and administration of the Department budget; participates in and approves the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.

Oversees and controls the purchasing, maintenance, and inventory of all fire related equipment, vehicles, and property including communication equipment, vehicles and related equipment, computer equipment, and safety equipment; manages and supervises the apparatus and equipment maintenance program.

Participates in managing the development and implementation of Departmental goals, objectives, and priorities for each assigned service area; recommends and administers policies and procedures.

Participates on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; represents the Fire Department to other Departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; coordinates assigned activities with those of other Departments and outside agencies and organizations.

Assists in directing disaster preparedness and other fire prevention programs to minimize the loss of life and property within the community.

Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of fire prevention and suppression.

Serves as acting Fire Chief as assigned; acts on behalf of the Fire Chief in the absence of same.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Comprehensive knowledge of fire ground tactics and strategy; emergency incident management, specifically the Incident Command System (ICS); principles of incident safety; automatic and mutual aid agreements; hazardous materials incident management; and confined space and technical rescue techniques; comprehensive knowledge of fire science theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of emergency service operations including fire suppression, fire prevention, and fire investigation; comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery and the methods and techniques of emergency medical response; thorough knowledge of program development and administration and the preparation and administration of a municipal budget; thorough knowledge of governmental codes, ordinances, and regulations and Civil and Criminal codes as they relate to the functions of the fire Department; ability to exercise sound judgment in emergencies; ability to effectively supervise personnel in fire and emergency situations; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, consultants, vendors, associates and the general public.

Physical Requirements:

This work requires the regular exertion of up to 10 pounds of force, frequent exertion of up to 25 pounds of force and occasional exertion of over 100 pounds of force; work regularly requires speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handle or feel, reaching with hands and arms, tasting or smelling, pushing or pulling, lifting and repetitive motions, frequently requires walking and sitting and occasionally requires standing, climbing or balancing and stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling; work requires close vision, distance vision, ability to adjust focus, depth perception, color perception, night vision and peripheral vision; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly or quickly; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, using of measuring devices, operating machines, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities; work regularly requires exposure to outdoor weather conditions, frequently requires exposure to fumes or airborne particles, exposure to extreme cold (non-weather), exposure to extreme heat (non-weather), exposure to vibration and exposure to bloodborne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment and occasionally requires wet, humid conditions (non-weather), working near moving mechanical parts, working in high, precarious places, exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals, exposure to the risk of electrical shock, working with explosives and wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus; work is generally in a loud noise location (e.g. grounds maintenance, heavy traffic).

Matt Zayas
City of Bonner Springs
200 E. 3rd Street
P.O. Box 38
Bonner Springs, KS 66012
Fax: 913-273-3798
Phone: 913-667-1707

KEMSA – Stakeholder Meeting – November 19th

Nov. 19 – Stakeholder Meeting – Draft Regulations for Non-Transport Agencies


November 19, 2019
9:00 am to 10:30 am –Sponsoring Organization Regulation Discussion
10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Non-transport Agency Regulation Discussion

New Location: Junction City
Courtyard Marriott – Main conference room
310 Hammons Dr, Junction City, KS 66441

The Kansas EMS Association (KEMSA) and the Kansas State Firefighters Association (KSFFA) in conjunction with the Kansas Board of EMS (KSBEMS) is soliciting input on newly proposed regulations.  Kansas EMS Stakeholder meetings will be hosted on November 19, 2019 to gather input proposed regulation. Two specific regulatory topics are being discussed at the Kansas Board of EMS.  It is important for all agencies to be aware of the proposed changes and to offer feedback.

The proposed regulations are listed below along with links to submit written feedback.  Information and questions gathered from the surveys will be addressed at the stakeholders meeting.

Proposed statutory and regulatory oversight of non-transport EMS agencies.  The KSBEMS currently has regulatory authority over EMS agencies that provide transport, the propose regulation would extend the oversight to include first response agencies.  The goal is to ensure quality care is provided by all emergency medical response agencies.  The proposed changes would be at the statutory and regulatory level.  It is important to have feedback from all the agencies that will be impacted.

Proposed Regulation of Sponsoring Organizations for Initial and Continuing education.  New regulations impacting the requirement for sponsoring organizations for initial and continuing education provider were discussed at the October KSBEMS meeting.  It is important for all stakeholders to review and offer input on the changes early in the process.

Job Opening – Firefighter/Paramedic – McPherson Fire Department


City of McPherson Fire Department


Under the supervision of the Fire Captain, and Lieutenant the Fire Fighter/ Paramedic is a non-exempt position under FLSA. This employee is responsible for protecting the lives and property of the citizens of McPherson by performing fire suppression, technical rescues, hazardous materials responses, and providing emergency medical care. This employee should be in excellent physical condition and have the ability to remain poised under extremely difficult and hazardous circumstances. This employee should possess a strong mechanical aptitude, and effective communication and public relation skills.

A Firefighter/Paramedic will respond to medical emergencies and provide pre-hospital ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT(ALS) care to victims of injury or illness. A Firefighter/Paramedic is ordinarily the highest medical authority at an emergency medical scene and as such, makes medical decisions based on standing orders, protocols and orders from on-line and off-line medical direction.


• Protects the lives and property of the citizens of McPherson;
• Performs fire suppression techniques;
• Performs rescue operations including high angle, confined spaces, and vehicle extrications;
• Responds to the release of hazardous materials in the community;
• Provides emergency medical care for the sick and injured;
• Assists with the inspection, maintenance, and minor repairs to Fire Department equipment;
• Works within the guidelines of the department’s standard operating policies and procedures;
• Participates in daily training activities;
• Assists with public education programs;
• Acts in a safe manner during emergency responses, at the Fire Station, and during training drills;
• Assists the Fire Officers in performing fire inspections;
• Responsible for maintaining Fire Station and grounds;
• Maintains department records as needed;
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• Follows department policies and procedures;
• Follows safety procedures and practices.


• Checks and tests fire hydrants;
• Performs other duties as deemed necessary.

Experience: Employee is expected to have acquired the necessary information and skills to perform the job reasonably well within one year of employment. At the end of the first 18 months, it is expected that the firefighter will have the Hazardous Materials Technician certification and be fire Driver Operator certified.

Education: A high school diploma or GED is required. Degree in Fire Science or other college degree is preferred. This employee must be certified as a Firefighter I and II, Paramedic, and Hazardous Materials Operations. A valid Kansas Drivers License (KDL) is required. The employee must also have a current CPAT certification.

Technical Skills: A thorough knowledge of fire fighting techniques is required. This employee must be able to operate all hydraulic equipment, various saws, and generators, be proficient with the use of rope rescue techniques, and be competent in the delivery of emergency medical treatment. This employee must have a working knowledge of city geography and fire-flow hydraulics. The ability to understand and anticipate problems, to perform equipment maintenance, and to read and interpret written instructions, reports, manuals, maps, and instruction materials is required. This employee should possess a strong mechanical aptitude, and effective public relation, oral and written communication skills. The firefighter/paramedic is expected to maintain skills of an ongoing nature and attend and develop any necessary future skills as demanded by the department.

Problem Solving: Some problem solving is involved in this position. This employee encounters problems with fire suppression, emergency medical treatment, and equipment malfunctions. Serious problems are reported to the Fire Captain.

Decision Making: Some decision making is involved in this position. This employee makes decisions about maintaining department equipment, providing medical assistance, and performing daily duties in the safest and most efficient manner.

Supervision: This employee works with frequent supervision from the Fire Captain. This employee does not exercise any supervisory responsibilities over subordinate personnel.

Financial Accountability: This employee is responsible for the safe operation of department equipment. This employee does not participate in the annual budget process.

Personal Relations: This employee has daily contact with the general public and at times deals with the public in extremely tense and stressful situations. The Firefighter/Paramedic interacts with co-workers in a non-traditional workplace. Daily interaction with supervisors is expected.

Working Conditions: Adverse working conditions exist within this position. Exposure to extremes of heat and cold is expected. This employee is also exposed to structural collapses, contact with hazardous materials, explosives, asbestos, and radiation, work from heights and in confined spaces, and work around heavy machinery. This position contains a significant risk to personal safety. Exposure to blood borne pathogens while responding to and providing emergency medical treatment can be expected.

Physical Requirements: The Firefighter must be in excellent physical condition. The type and amount of personal protective clothing required to perform the duties of the Firefighter/Paramedic along with the working conditions listed above creates a significant increase in physical stress to the well being of the employee. Manual labor including heavy lifting, pulling, and carrying heavy objects and equipment is expected. Climbing is a significant aspect of the job. Decisions made during critical moments at emergencies increases mental stress.
Residence requirements: Live within seven miles of the McPherson Fire Department and maintain an active telephone.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the job.


For Sale – 2013 Chevrolet 4X4, Special Service

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Vehicle for Sale

2013 Chevrolet Tahoe 4×4, Special Services

Current Mileage: 121,609

Color: Red w/ reflective striping

Equipment: Comes with Whelen Emergency Lighting Package, front push bumper w/scene light, rear cargo cage/divider, charging system w/ auto-eject, center console -radio ready

Bid Process

Johnson County Fire District No. 2 will sell this vehicle (as is) using a sealed bid process.

The Minimum Bid shall not be less than $9,000.

Interested bidders shall submit a written bid (minimum bid must be $9,000) in a sealed envelope to James B. Francis, Fire Chief, Johnson County Fire District No. 2, 19120 Metcalf Ave, Stilwell, KS 66085 by no later than Dec.  6, 2019 at 5pm.    All bids must be in the possession of Fire District No. 2 by Dec. 6, 2019 at 5pm.  Mail in bids not received prior to 5pm on Dec. 6th will be disqualified.

Bidders shall provide contact name and number with sealed bid.

Bid Opening

All bids received will be opened at 5:00PM on Dec. 6, 2019.

Successful bidders will be contacted by phone immediately following the bid opening.

For additional information or questions please contact Chief Francis.

This vehicle is available for viewing at 19120 Metcalf Ave, Stilwell, KS. 66085. 

Current Owner

Johnson County Fire District No. 2
19120 Metcalf Ave
Stilwell, Kansas 66085

James B. Francis, Fire Chief
913-681-2764 Office

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