March 16-20, 2016

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KSFFA Capitol Day

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Action Alert

We Need You

KSFFA Capitol Day

Monday, February 15, 2016
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Free Food (catered by The BBQ Shack)

Meet with your Legislators

Did we mention free food?

Seriously we need a good turnout of firefighters at this supper – to be held at Topeka’s historic Fire Station #2 at 719 SW Van Buren Street – One block north of the state capitol

RSVP to Steve Hirsch, KSFFA Secretary at

Barton County fire destroys building, injures property owner

KAKE – February 8, 2016

A Sunday morning fire leaves a property owner with burns, smoke inhalation and a machine shed reduced to rubble in Great Bend.

Just before 8:30 a.m. Barton County Sheriff’s deputies and the Hoisington Fire Dept. were dispatched to a fire call in the 500 block of NW 20 Ave. between Great Bend and Hoisington.

They arrived to find a machine shed fully engulfed in flames, and the property owner, Christopher Hughes, inside the building.

Hughes suffered burns and smoke inhalation and was taken to Clara Barton Hospital. Investigation at the scene indicated the fire was accidental. The building was a total loss, estimated at more than $100,000.


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Gusty wind and low humidity perfect for grass fires

KSN – February 8, 2016

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Fire crews spent Monday afternoon fighting a large grass fire east of Douglass in Butler County. At least 100 acres burned according to KSN’s Craig Andres.

Much of this fire contained, but some hot spots remain.

Forecasters say much of Kansas is at a high risk for wildfires on Monday, particularly in the south central part of the state.

A red flag warning is in effect from noon until 7 p.m. Monday for nine counties in south central Kansas. The National Weather Service says the red flag warning for the area on Monday because of gusty winds and low humidity.

Fires that develop will likely spread quickly, and outdoor burning is discouraged.


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NFPA 25 Training Class

Local 669 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC)
Invitation to Attend Formal/Travel/Continuing Education Class

Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems-2014 Edition

This class is designed for everyone (Owners, Managers, Superintendents, Foremen, Journeypersons, Apprentices and AHJ’s) involved with NFPA 25 Inspections, Testing and Maintenance (ITM). The focus will be on the intent, use, meaning and application of the NFPA 25 Standard. Attendees will gain knowledge and useful insight relevant to NFPA 25 ITM, along with a new perspective regarding paperwork and documentation vital to a successful ITM program. Additionally, the presentation will provide options on how to address system deficiencies and items observed during ITM that do not fall under the umbrella of the NFPA 25 Standard.

Open to fire departments at no cost.

Date & Location:

February 13, 2016
8:00 a.m.
Capital Plaza Hotel
1717 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS 66612

February 27, 2016
8:00 a.m.
Great Bend Fire Station #1
1205 Williams Street
Great Bend, KS 67530

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Man killed at site of weekend truck crash

KAKE – February 8, 2016

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Wichita Police said a man found at the site where a truck crashed into a building has died from his injuries.

Just before 4 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to an alarm at 340 South Laura, near Washington and Waterman. Sgt. Matt Lang said when they arrived on scene, they found a pickup inside the building. One witness saw the pickup driving down the road at a high rate of speed, Sgt. Lang said.

Mandrell Washington, 35, had been run over by the car. He died from his injuries. A 26-year-old man received treatment for a gunshot wound. Police determined he’d been shot outside at a party near the crash site.

Investigators said there had been an argument at an after hours party. They believe Washington had been at the party.

No one has been arrested.


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1 dead after high-speed Salina crash

Hays Post – February 8, 2016

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Click on photo to view full-size image. Photo by Salina Police Department

A man died in an accident just before 1 a.m. on Monday in Saline County.

The driver was northbound on Broadway Boulevard at a high-rate of speed, lost control and struck a utility pole at Pacific Avenue, according to police.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash also knocked power lines down and caused an electrical outage in the area. It was restored overnight and the intersection was reopened to traffic just before 6 a.m.


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Topeka Fire Chief Greg Bailey to retire in June

By Phil Anderson
Topeka Capital Journal – February 8, 2016

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Topeka Fire Chief Greg Bailey will retire on June 20 after four years on the job, according to city of Topeka officials.

Bailey has been with the fire department for 31 years.

In a news release prepared by the city, Bailey commented on his impending retirement.

“It’s time,” Bailey said. “While I consider it is an honor and a privilege to serve, service is a sacrifice.”

Bailey informed City Manager Jim Colson on Jan. 8 of his plan to retire. According to the news release, Colson asked Bailey to remain in an advisory capacity to ensure a smooth transition after his retirement, an arrangement to which Bailey agreed.

After further discussion, the release stated, Colson and Bailey determined an interim chief would be needed during the transition period of the next several months.

Bailey agreed to stay on as chief until an interim chief is announced. After that, he will move into an advisory capacity and assist the interim chief as requested.

“We are honored to have had Chief Greg Bailey overseeing the city’s Fire Department, and we are happy he agreed to continue in an advisory capacity until his retirement on June 20,” Colson said in the release. “We wish Greg the absolute best in his hard-earned retirement, and thank him for his years of dedication and service.”

The city has started its search to find an interim chief and will make an announcement when one has been appointed. The city anticipates the interim chief will stay on the job for at least six months.

Officials said the city will launch a search for a permanent chief after an assessment of operations is completed — which should be in the next three to four months.

Bailey began his career with the Topeka Fire Department as a third class firefighter on June 10, 1985. He started as fire chief Jan. 7, 2012.

His current salary is $110,972.51.

Bailey, who turned 54 on Jan. 4, served as interim fire chief from Dec. 24, 2011, when Allen Bradshaw retired, until his appointment as chief on Jan. 12, 2012.

Prior to that, he had been fire marshal and department spokesman.

Bailey didn’t apply for the position when he was named chief by then-interim City Manager Dan Stanley in 2012.

At that time, the executive board of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 83 expressed unhappiness with the selection process.

However, Stanley stated that he made it clear from the outset that he reserved “the right to accept or reject any of the candidates put forward as is consistent with my authority as the city manager.”

He also said Bailey was one of the two finalists during the previous selection of fire chief

In March 2002, Bailey filed a civil suit against the fire department in U.S. District Court, claiming he suffered emotional distress and a loss of front and back pay benefits when he wasn’t promoted to chief of administration in January 2001.

That suit was “resolved,” Bailey said when he was named chief four years ago, without elaborating.

Among Bailey’s other positions with the fire department were advanced firefighter, apparatus operator, lieutenant, fire inspector and chief of community affairs.

Bailey has an associate’s degree in fire science from Kansas City Kansas Community College and a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and leadership from Friends University.


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Chain reaction leads to Wichita house fire

KAKE – February 8, 2016

A chain reaction of flames may have led to fire damaging a home in northwest Wichita early Monday.

Battalion Chief Frank Buck says crews found two cars on fire in the driveway at 1505 North Shefford around 12:40 a.m. People who saw the damage speculate a gas tank may have caught fire, spreading the flamed from there.

“It just impinged on the outside of the house, melted the vinyl siding, but never did get into the house itself,” Buck told KAKE News.

Everyone in the home was able to get out safely, with no one hurt.


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