Job Opening – Firefighter/EMT or Firefighter/Paramedic – Wellington Fire Department

The Wellington Fire & EMS Department is accepting applications for (3) Firefighter/EMT or Firefighter/Paramedic positions. These positions are new to the department. Applicants must be currently certified as a Kansas EMT or will be certified  as a paramedic by June of 2015..  Applicants must be an IFSAC or ProBoard certified Firefighter I or the ability to obtain that certification within 9 months.   Applicants must attend a physical ability test or a current CPAT will be accepted and pass a written exam with a 70% score administered by Hutchinson Community College Fire Science.  Interviews and physical ability test will be scheduled shortly after the application deadline.  Starting salary for a Firefighter/EMT is $32,656 and Firefighter/Paramedic is $40,331.  Salary increase after 6 months based on evaluation. A total of 268 hours of scheduled overtime annually is possible in addition to the annual salary.

Wellington Fire & EMS employs 15 full time personnel, two administrative staff and 3 reserves. The department responds on an average to 1300 EMS calls and 1100 fire calls annually.  Staff work 24 hour shifts and must reside within 15 minutes 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, and ample opportunities for overtime. The city pays the employee share of health insurance.

Apply and review the City of Wellington Firefighter/EMT or Firefighter/Paramedic position requirements at   Application deadline is October 24th, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

Contact Tim Hay at 620 326-7443 with any questions concerning this position.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Firefighters say stove caused Ogden house fire

Manhattan Mercury – September 16, 2014
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Firefighters believe an unattended stove is to blame for a house fire outside Ogden Monday night.

Riley County and Manhattan firefighters responded to the house, 2438 Woodside Lane, at about 12:10 a.m.

Riley County Fire Chief Pat Collins said the fire caused about $4,000 in damage.

“The people were sterilizing some plastic baby bottles and evidently left the stove unattended,” he said.

Water on the stove boiled over before the stove caught fire. The bottles and cabinets above the stove caught fire.

“It smoked up the whole house, but the damage was above the stove,” Collins said.

Two adults and two children were inside the home when the fire started.

No injuries were reported.

The primary tenant is listed as Sonny Saleutogi. The owner of the house is listed as David Scarborough.

Collins said the Manhattan Fire Department was first on scene. That department responded with seven firefighters.

Riley County Fire District No. 1 responded with 20 firefighters from the Ogden, Hunter’s Island and Tattarax stations.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

All units to the grade school

By Sam Dieter
Colby Free Press – September 17, 2014
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Sean Hankin, Colby’s Assistant Fire Chief, talked with kids about the fire department’s equipment behind Colby Grade School Thursday afternoon during the grade school’s after school program. Kids learned about their jobs, walking through the ambulance and trying on a firefighter’s helmet. Members of the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Thomas County Sheriff’s Department, Colby Police Department, Thomas County EMS and the fire department came to the school. When they were done, all five vehicles left with sirens blaring.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Old Glory waves to mark 9/11

Neodesha Derrick – September 18, 2014
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Photo by TMH. Click on photo to view full-size image.

The Neodesha Fire Department had their ladder truck out on Fourth Street last Thursday to fly Old Glory in commemoration of the events which transpired in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania in 2001.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Cold turkey and hot oil a menacing mix

Leavenworth Times – August 21, 2014
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Photo by John Richmeier. Click on photo to view full-size image.

Photo by John Richmeier. Click on photo to view full-size image.

Firefighter Mark Alligood simulates what can happen when a cold turkey is dropped into hot cooking oil Tuesday at Lansing City Hall. The demonstration by members of Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 was part of the city of Lansing’s annual Safety and Wellness Fair. The event was organized for city employees.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

One fatality in Friday night rollover accident

Winfield Courier – September 21, 2014

A man injured in a one-vehicle rollover accident north of Winfield late Friday night has died, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol online crash log.

David C. Andreae, 59, of Winfield, was driving a 1969 Ford pickup truck westbound on 132nd Road (Cowley 18), .1 mile west of 101st Road, when the vehicle left the roadway for an unknown reason and rolled, according to the crash log.

The accident occurred at 10 p.m. Friday about two miles north of Winfield, the log states.

Scanner traffic Friday night indicated Andreae was in critical condition following the accident. He was transported to William Newton Hospital in Winfield, according to the crash log, where he died from his injuries sometime before midnight. Andreae was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, according to the crash log.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

One person dead following three-vehicle accident

KWCH – September 21, 2014

One person is dead, and another was hurt after a three-vehicle accident Friday night.

Authorities identified the man killed as Douglas Rogers of Wichita.

The accident happened just before 8:30 p.m. on the Kansas Turnpike at the Belle Plaine exit. The Kansas Turnpike Authority says Rogers lost control of his vehicle, and it hit the barrier in the northbound lanes. Authorities say he got out of his vehicle and walked to the shoulder of the road. A second vehicle then struck his car, which was facing the wrong way with its headlights off. A woman inside the second car was taken to the hospital. A third vehicle swerved to avoid the crash, but struck and killed Rogers.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster