Once again it’s my pleasure to report on the recent activities of your KSFFA board. I also must remind you on the upcoming 126th annual Conference of the KSFFA to take place in Salina on April 24-26, 2014. All details are available on the KSFFA website – www.ksffa.com . I can’t stress how important this conference is to honor our past, provide the direction for our present and protect our future. Election of officers will also occur with the following positions open; 1st Vice President, Secretary, Northeast Trustee and Southeast Trustee. If you can, I beg you to attend this conference and share in making this association the very best we can be. I will thank the Salina Fire Department in advance as I know they have many activities and training opportunities planned and have worked tirelessly to make sure this conference is up to the standards we have all come to expect. The KSFFA Auxiliary will be presenting the Memorial to remember all Kansas firefighters who have passed away in the last year. Please check our website for the link to honor our firefighters and do submit any names you may know of. We want to make sure NO ONE is forgotten. Again, check the website and get registered TODAY!
This year has been a very active one legislatively. Our Legislative Reception held on February 10th was a tremendous success. We are continuing to develop the relationships needed to ensure we get the best results from any legislation that effects the fire service. We have had a couple of issues that have required we send out legislative alerts on our CapWiz system and I can’t thank enough those who answered the call and contacted their Legislators. As I have visited with many of the Representatives and Senators, I am pleased by the fact they make mention of the “flood of correspondence” that has reached them on certain issues. It does make a difference! For those of you who have not signed up for the CapWiz service, please go to our website – www.ksffa.com – and sign up. The “Kansas Legislative CapWiz” link will open to the Current Issues page and lists Kansas Legislation we are currently tracking. Information for and the KSFFA position is also listed there. Clicking on the “Home” link will take you to the page that has a tool to search for legislators. At the bottom of that page, the sign up for the Action E-List link will get you signed up for all alerts we send. Or just go to http://capwiz.com/nvfc/ks/mlm/signup/ and get yourself signed up. WE NEED YOU to stay informed and engaged with us as we give the legislators the direction to best serve the Kanas Fire Service.
As we move from the long, cold winter into another spring fire season, I encourage you to make sure your firefighters have the best training possible to handle the many wildfires sure to come. Speaking of training, I remind you that we want and need your attendance at the KSFFA Regional Fire Schools hosted by local departments each month. Our schedule is posted on the website and we do try to make several mailings for reminders.
As always, I close with the message of service to our firefighters. Your executive board serves at your pleasure and we do want to be of the very best service to you. I ask you to please contact any of our officers if you have any question, suggestion or complaint. We are and will remain “Dedicated to the Safety and Education of the Kansas firefighter”
JL Ellis, President KSFFA