KSFFA Regional Fire School – Waterville/Barnes

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by: Waterville and Barnes Fire Department

December 3-4, 2016
Location: Valley Heights Elementary School, 307 E. Lincoln St., Waterville, KS


December 3 – Saturday Morning – 8:00 a.m.

  1. Farm Rescue and Vehicle Extrication – Requires bunker gear – EMS CEU’s available
  2. Search and Rescue – Requires Full PPE and SCBA
  3. Pump Operations
  4. KSFFA Skills Trailer – Requires Full PPE and SCBA
  5. Grain Elevator Fires

December 3 – Saturday Afternoon – 1:00 p.m.

  1. Farm Rescue and Vehicle Extrication, cont.
  2. Search and Rescue, cont.
  3. Pump Operations, cont.
  4. KSFFA Skills Trailer, cont.
  5. Fire Scene Re-hab – EMS CEU’s available

December 4 – Sunday Morning – 8:00 a.m.

  1. Fire Behavior
  2. Farm Rescue and Vehicle Extrication, cont.
  3. Propane Safety
  4. EMS Airway PIG Lab for BLS & ALS Providers – EMS CEU’s available

December 4 – Sunday Afternoon – Noon

  1. KSFFA Burn Trailer (to be in Barnes) – Requires Full PPE and SCBA

For any questions contact Ron Ewing, KSFFA SE Trustee at setrustee@live.com or 620-366-5399

  • 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



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Cause of fire determined

By Nickole Byers
Ellis Review – November 17, 2016
Submitted by Newz Group – December 8, 2016

Many Ellis residents were awakened in the late night hours November 2, to the sound of emergency vehicles screaming to a house fire call.

At approximately 11 p.m., a 911 call from an Ellis resident came in to dispatch reporting a house fire in the 500 block of W. 3rd.

Upon arriving at the scene at 11:06 p.m., EPD Officer Avery Smith “immediately noted thick, dark smoke pouring out of the house’s windows…connected to the kitchen,” clearing indicating the fire inside the residence, located at 500 W. 3rd, Apt. A in Ellis.

At 11:09 p.m., Ellis Volunteer Fire Crews, led by Chief Denis Vine, began preparations to enter the structure and fight the fire and locate the missing person still believed to be inside the house.

Emergency responders from Ellis County Rural Fire Company 6 and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene to assist at 11:14 p.m., as well as a second EMS unit from Hays later.

Ellis resident Brian Stohs, 41, was located inside of the residence and pulled from the structure by firefighters on scene at 11:22 p.m.

He was transported to Hays Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead from smoke inhalation. Coroner reports also found there to be no trauma during the autopsy.

Pray was also transported to HMC, and was treated and released for smoke inhalation.

Two individuals were in the residence when the fire began.

Stohs and Matthew Pray, a friend and co-worker, were gathered to watch the baseball game at the apartment of Stohs.

The two men were preparing food, had consumed some alcohol and were watching the game. Pray was laying on the couch, where he fell asleep, he reported to the officer on scene.

After awakening to the house filled with smoke, Pray, age 32, awoke Stohs and they made efforts to escape the home.

When Pray exited the home, he heard his friend yelling from inside the residence, and attempted to re-enter the home  twice to help, only to be overtaken by smoke both times.

Pray then alerted neighbors to the situation, who called 911.

The fire has been classified as an accidental fire. The Kansas Fire Marshal has ruled the fire’s cause to be unattended cooking.


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Fire/EMS receives grant for brush truck nozzles

December 9, 2016

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Click on photo to view full-size.

Newton Fire/EMS has received a grant from the Kansas Forestry Service to improve capabilities for fighting brush and grass fires.

The department had recently upgraded its brush trucks with slide-in units that did not allow for placement of firefighters on the exterior of the vehicle. The grant, through the Cooperative Fire Protection Program, provides two remote mounted nozzles that allow firefighters to direct water flow from inside the vehicle.

Remote mounted nozzles were a great option to remain compliant with National Fire Protection Agency standards. The grant funded half of the $10,000 project.

Division Chief Cory Lehman said the monitors have been installed and all personnel have recently had operational training.

“We especially would like to thank Ross Hauck at the Kansas Forestry Service for his help on this project,” Lehman said.


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John Clarence Ross


John Clarence Ross answered God’s call November 11, 2016 and went to heaven to rejoin his wife of nearly 70 years. John was loved as a dad, a granddad, and as a friend. He lovingly served his family as a Christian, a leader, mentor, and hero. He accepted Jesus as his savior early in life and never wavered in his faith, his prayers, or his scripture readings.

Guy and Edna Ross gave birth to John on October 11, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois. At age seven, he was orphaned and—with his brother, Guy, and sister, Nellie, was raised by members of the family. Later circumstances separated the three siblings. John’s cousins, Edgar and Lora Simonson, cared for him as he worked on the family farm. As a young boy, John rode five miles to school on his pony and herded cattle.

During 1944, he entered the U.S. Army and eventually served in two wars. During World War Two, John was a member of a forward artillery observer team that supported the battle for Luzon and assisted with the liberation of a prisoner-of-war camp. He was later stationed in Manila, Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands, and Tokyo. He witnessed—first hand—the surrender of the Japanese Emperor in Tokyo Bay.

When the Korean War started, Staff Sergeant Ross served with the Army Engineers. During his time in Korea, his unit received the Army Meritorious Unit Award and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation for their work in rebuilding the Kilra-shon Railroad Bridge. John was called a soldier’s soldier.

John loved only one lady. After returning home from World War Two, he married Lorraine Bell on September 22, 1946. He loved her with all his heart. In all the years of their marriage, John and Lorraine always held hands, shared a passionate love for each other, cared for one other, and laughed together.

On June 28, 1947, they welcomed their daughter Linda Jean into their family. During December 1955, John and Lorraine gave birth to their son, John Allan. After returning from the Korean War, John helped build the Cedar Bluff Dam. From the late 1950’s through the mid-1970’s John worked for Midwest Marketing and the Turman Chemical Company. Farmers still remember John for his work on their balers, swathers, and combines. He was also a member of the WaKeeney Volunteer Fire Department and served as a volunteer driver for the WaKeeney Public Transportation bus. John could operate any type of heavy equipment while working for the Kansas Department of Transportation from 1973 to 1993. He helped maintain our highways until retiring at age 70.

John loved life. Mr. Ross was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served as the commander of Moore American Legion Post #102 at WaKeeney for nine years. During 2016, he received his American Legion 25 year Distinguished Service certificate and a Quilt of Valor.

John enjoyed having coffee with his friends, shopping with Lorraine, working with his son on different home construction projects, and traveling with his wife and John’s family. He always knew the right way to build almost anything. John held a special love for his granddaughters, Serena, Emily, and Janae and could not wait to hug and talk with them. He looked forward to visiting with Linda and her husband, Chuck, while living at Good Samaritan in Ellis, Kansas.

John leaves a family legacy of Godly example, love, kindness, consideration, and compassion. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his brother, Guy. He is survived by his sister, Nellie Gerdes, of Oberlin, Kansas, his daughter, Linda J. Menges (Chuck) of Woodland Park, Colorado, his son, John A. Ross (Sharon) of Ellis, grandchildren Chris Menges, Jenifer Menges, Tyler James Menges, Brian Menges, Serena Ross, Emily Ross, and Janae Ross, and great-grandson Wyatt Gardner.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the North Oak Community Church, 3000 Oak Street, Hays. Burial with military honors by the Hays VFW Honor Guard will be at 2:00 pm in the WaKeeney City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until service time at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Moore American Legion Post #102, in care of the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street. Condolences may be left for the family at http://www.haysmemorial.com


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Firefighters battle a large blaze at a Southeast Kansas manufacturing plant w/video

Felicia Foster
Four State News – December 9, 2016



Flames began spreading at Mid America Pipe Fabricating and Supply around 8:20 last night. The business is located between the towns of Scammon and West Mineral, Kansas. Officials say the building is a total loss. No one was inside when the fire broke out, but employees were working in a nearby facility. Scammon and the West Mineral Fire Districts were on scene. No one was injured and the fire is under investigation.


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Mark L. Scott


Mark L. Scott, age 54, of Manhattan, Kansas, died Monday, November 28, 2016, at his home.

He was born on August 26, 1962, in Burden, Kansas the son of Dale L. “Bud” and Betty L. (Bogner) Scott. Mark was raised in Burden where he attended school, graduating from Central of Burden High School. Following his high school graduation he attended Cowley County Community College earning his Associates degree and then Kansas State University where he earned his B.S. degree in Animal Science.

Mark worked at the Agronomy Farm at Kansas State University prior to going to work part-time for the Veterinary Medicine Hospital at Kansas State where he drove the Wildcat Express in addition to farming. In recent years he worked full-time operating the Scott Farm as well as helping with numerous other farms in the Deep Creek and Zeandale communities.

He was a member of the Riley County Livestock Association, Past Board Member of the Riley County Farm Bureau, served on the Zeandale Township Board where he helped maintain and clear roads and assisted with overseeing the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. He was also a volunteer fireman for the Riley County Firefighters in the Zeandale Community, member of the Blue Valley Pork Producers, served on the Extension Ag Program Development Committee and had recently been accepted into the Leadership Sorghum Class. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, horseback riding and enjoying the company of his dog “Bandit.”

On August 6, 1982, in Arkansas City, Kansas, he was united in marriage to the former Donnell J. Sanborn. She survives of their home. Also surviving is their son: Jason Scott and his wife Carmen of Manhattan, his two brothers: Ron Scott and Mike Scott, both of Burden, Kansas, his sister: Janet Sullivan and her husband Bob of Claremore, Oklahoma and his nieces: Julia Hicks (Phillip), Leah Finnegan (Paul) and nephew: Travis Sullivan.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will receive friends during a visitation from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 4th, 2016, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 5, 2016, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Pastor Leslye Haller officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery near his home.


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El Dorado F.D. responds to fire at Lake Point

By Chad Wittenberg
Butler County Times Gazette – December 8, 2016

Photo by Chad Wittenberg

Photo by Chad Wittenberg

The El Dorado Fire Department responded to the Lake Point Nursing Home for a fire early Tuesday evening.

Upon arrival, crews found an active fire above the suspended ceiling in a hallway. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, but not before a big share of the facility was charged with smoke. Multiple fans were strategically placed to clear the smoke.

One of the residents complained of difficulty breathing. That patient was checked by Butler EMS paramedics, but declined transport.

Nursing home personnel conducted fire watch for the rest of the evening. Wiring repair specialists mad the necessary repairs Wednesday.


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Hedville firefighter discovers fire at neighbor’s house

By Erin Mathews
Salina Journal – December 9, 2016

A rural firefighter on his way home from work discovered his neighbor’s house on fire Thursday night and contained the blaze until other Rural Fire District No. 3 firefighters arrived, said RFD No. 3 Chief Scott Abker.

Abker said firefighter Alan Mason called 911 and blasted the flames with two fire extinguishers from his truck, and then ran to his house and got a third fire extinguisher. He wasn’t able to completely douse the flames, but he kept it from spreading, Abker said.

“It didn’t take us long after we got there to finish knocking it out, so it worked out good,” Abker said.

Mark Seedorf, who lives at the house in the 100 block of West Railroad, wasn’t home at the time that the fire began on an enclosed porch at about 11 p.m.

The fire burned a small section of floor and part of a north wall on the porch, Abker said. He said firefighters aerated the house to get the smoke out, and otherwise the damage was confined to the enclosed porch.

Abker said Seedorf had firewood stacked on the porch and he kept two ash buckets in the area where the fire started.


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