KSFFA Regional Fire School – Trego County

KSFFA Regional Fire School
hosted by Trego County
May 14-15, 2016
Location: Trego Comm. H.S., 1200 Russell Ave, Wakeeney, KS

Saturday Morning – May 14 – 8 a.m.

  1. Basic Skills of Firefighting
  2. Farm Rescue – EMS Hours
  3. Fire Behavior
  4. Reading Smoke
  5. Wild Fire Training
  6. Emergency Vehicle Operations – EMS Hours
  7. FRA Mini Clinic

Saturday Afternoon – May 14 – 1:00 p.m.

  1. Basic Skills Cont.
  2. Farm Rescue Cont.
  3. Fire Cause Determination
  4. Forcible Entry
  5. Wild Fire Cont.
  6. Emergency Vehicle Ops. – EMS Hours

Saturday Night – Presentation: West Texas Explosion & supper. Need to RSVP John Shubert at 785-743-8128 or 785-650-1913 if you plan on attending this.

Sunday Morning – May 15 – 8:00 a.m.

  1. Farm Rescue Cont.
  2. Search & Rescue
  3. Ethanol Fires
  4. Oil Tank Batteries
  5. Grain Elevator Fires

Sunday Afternoon – May 15 – Noon

  1. Fire grounds/KSFFA Burn Trailer

For any questions contact: Justin Couse, KSFFA NW Trustee – Email: justincouse1973@hotmail.com – Phone: 785-420-0465 or John Shubert at 785-743-8128 or 785-650-1913.

  • These courses are offered at no charge.
  • These schools are open to all firefighters/EMT’s.
  • 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 schools.


Fire at Albin farm brings response from area fire departments and businesses

Gove County Advocate – April 6, 2016
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – May 5, 2016

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A fire on the Albin farm, approximately 20 miles southeast of Quinter, made several firemen and residents a little nervous on Tuesday afternoon, March 29. The day was one of the windiest days the area had experienced in quite some time. Wind gusts were reaching into the 30-40 mph range.

The area has received some moisture, but is very dry and the fire danger remains high. Several area units responded to the call including: Quinter, Grainfield, and Gove who had nine units there. Trego County sent 4 units, Lane County had 5 units and a water truck, and Ness County sent units. T&T Chemical, CHS and numerous farms supplied water trucks to the scene.

Sheriff Alan Weber thought the fire was started in a ditch along the road. “We really appreciate all the extra help our department and the fire department receives when we are called to a fire. I’d like to send a special thanks to CHS and T&T along with the area farmers who interrupted their work to help out” said Weber.


Posted by Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Schierling serves as chief for McPherson County Fire District No. 5

By Randy Fogg
Moundridge Ledger – April 7, 2016
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – May 5, 2016

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Neal Schierling, of Inman, was asked to move into the role of fire chief for McPherson County Fire District No. 5, which includes the City of Inman.

The other volunteer firefighters voted Schierling as chief, effective at the start of this year. The first district board then offered Schierling the appointment.

“I prefer it that way,” Schierling said. “It’s for the best to be elected by the people who you are going to lead.

“It’s a good way to start building a good working relationship with them,” he added.

Schierling follows Dennis Schroeder as chief. Schroeder spent 42-years as chief.

The fire department board is hosting a reception to recognize Schroeder from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 10, at the Inman Community Building, at Lambert Park.

Schierling started with the department as a volunteer firefighter in May of 1996.

“My dad was a member of the fire department,” Schierling said. “At the time, it seemed like something exciting to do.

“It is a good way to serve the community, to give back to the community,” he continued. “I’ve had a lot of people do things for me. This is something I can do in return.”

Schierling said it helps residents to have familiar faces around when they are dealing with a fire or medical emergency.

After spending eight years as a firefighter, Schierling was promoted to captain and two years later he became the department’s assistant chief.

The district has around 20 volunteers. Schierling said it has not been necessary to create a list of firefighters who are on call for each shift. He noted there have always been enough firefighters available to respond when an emergency takes place.

“So far it’s worked pretty well,” he added.

Schierling said he is working on learning all his duties as chief.

“There’s a learning curve,” he noted. “I have big shoes to fill. I’m getting use to being on the other side of the podium at meetings. It’s going well so far.”

However, he said the department could always use more volunteer firefighters. The majority of the members have been with the department for 10 years or less.

The department usually averages 160 to 180 calls each year.

On Wednesday, March 23, he said the department responded to six calls.

“They all stepped up and handled themselves pretty well,” Schierling said. “Everyone did their jobs and did their jobs well.”

Schierling said Schroeder left the department “in good shape.”

He added Schroeder developed a 20-year rotation for replacing vehicles in the department. He explained Schroeder’s rotation plan should not create any financial hardships. There are several years between vehicle replacements, giving the department time to build up the necessary funds.

“He’s done an excellent job,” Schierling said. “He had some real foresight in his planning.”

Schierling said he would like to serve as chief for as long as 20- to-30 years.

“As long as they’re happy with the job I’m doing, I’m happy to be here,” Schierling said.

Schierling has a cattle operation and he also grow crops.

His wife is Donnie and he has three stepchildren: Payton, age 15; J.W., age 11; and Cash, age 9.

Schierling said he was appreciative of the community’s support for the department as well as the assistance from the families of firefighters.

“It’s nice to have people who are willing to run to something that most people would run away from,” Schierling said.


Posted by Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Minneola city council approves appointment of Brandon Hornback as fire chief

Clark County Gazette – April 6, 2016
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – May 5, 2016

Justin Clowdis met with the council on behalf of the Minneola Fire Department. Brandon made a motion to go into executive session for 10 minutes for personnel matters.

Council came out of executive session. With the consent of the council, Mayor Carol Sibley appointed Brandon Hornback as the new fire chief.


Posted by Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Kansas, Washington Fire Departments Recognized for Excellence in EMS

CFSI – May 5, 2016

The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and Masimo will honor two fire departments for best practices and innovative solutions in the delivery of emergency medical services with the Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award. The award presentation will take place on May 5th at the 28th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, DC. The honorees are the Olathe (KS) Fire Department and Kittitas Valley (WA) Fire and Rescue.

First presented in 2011, the Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award has recognized fire departments from across the nation for developing and enhancing the delivery of emergency medical services to address the growing challenges in delivering emergency medical care. By showcasing these practices, the awards program provides fire departments across the nation ideas for enhancing their own fire service-based EMS systems.

The Olathe Fire Department is being recognized for the establishment of its Mobile Integrated Health (MIH) team. With the support of local government, the Olathe Medical Center, and a number of local community partners, the MIH team is providing better treatment in the field for patients, thereby reducing the number of patient transports to emergency rooms. Through data collection, the MIH team is being able to monitor the progress of these patients and schedule follow-up visits for evaluations and continued treatment.

Serving a community of 28,600, including 10,000 Central Washington University students, Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue has implemented new programs that are reducing emergency service demand while providing better care and treatment for its citizens. With the support of local law enforcement and student housing, KVFR is conducting educational programs for students, law enforcement, and other community members that address the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. They have launched a community paramedicine program to provide alternative medical care options that will alleviate pressure on the 911 system and improve patient outcomes. And to address a rising call volume for non-injury lift assist at assisted living facilities, KVFR has developed a new fee structure and educational program.

“CFSI takes great pride in co-sponsoring the Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award with Masimo,” said CFSI President Bill Jenaway. “Through this awards program, we can recognize important innovations in fire service-based emergency medical care – such as those implemented by our 2016 award recipients – and share those innovations with other departments seeking to enhance their own EMS systems.


Posted by Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

“Controlled” burns keep multiple fire departments busy Saturday

Attica Independent – April 7, 2016
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – May 5, 2016

Out of control “controlled” burns kept multiple fire departments busy many hours Saturday in Harper County.

When the weather bureau says that it is a high risk day for fires to spread, they mean it.

Attica Fire Department made the first alarm about 11 a.m. Saturday to a couple miles south of Attica where a controlled burn got out of control. They finished up shortly before noon.

The Attica trucks were just getting back to the station when the Anthony Fire Department was called out for a controlled burn out of control near Corwin.

Both Anthony and Attica fire departments responded and a reported 600 acres later (about 6:30 p.m.) with the aid of several Barber County and Oklahoma trucks and a semi load of water provided by Mike Francis, that fire was brought under control.

During that time, the Harper Fire Department responded to rekindles on the original fire south of Attica.

Harper was covering the rest of rural Harper County while Attica and Anthony resources were on the Corwin fire and at one brief time Harper was down to one rural truck in the station.

At that time, Norwich fire units were busy with fires in that county.

About 6 p.m., after all Harper trucks had returned from the Attica area, both Harper and Argonia fire departments responded to a controlled burn out of control about four miles north of Danville.

This is near the location when multiple fire departments spent many hours putting out a fire along the river several years ago. The out of control fire was just south of the Dick Olivier residence (NE 130 Road and NE 90 Ave.) and headed towards an area where there are three sections of grass.


Argonia trucks and a Harper truck along with a tractor and plow were able to stop that fire within a few acres and a half mile from the Olivier house.

The low ground was wet and fire trucks got stuck while putting out the fire. Mud was also a problem at the Waldron fire.

With wind coming up, Harper trucks put out the controlled part of the burn for no more mishaps the rest of the day.

One reason the fire got out of control was that a pickup with water sprayer got stuck. It was reported that Darren Drouhard suffered some burns trying to get the stuck pickup out of the mud.

Sam Drouhard who lives a couple miles west brought the Drouhard semi full of water to assist the firefighters.

Earlier in the week, March 30, about 5 p.m., Anthony, Attica, and several Oklahoma fire departments and later a Harper tanker put out a fire about a half mile south of Waldron.

Norwich and Kingman County units assisted Cheney Sunday afternoon on a rekindle of a controlled burn just inside the Sedgwick County line.

Anthony and Attica fire departments went back to the Corwin fire to keep rekindles in trees from starting that fire all over gain.

Burn Bans–

When fire units in Harper County are tied up, 911 will not allow any more burning until the fire departments are again able to respond.

A resolution was to be discussed at the Tuesday Board of County Commissioners meeting which will allow an immediate burn ban when needed.


Posted by Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Mulvane Fire Report

Mulvane News – April 7, 2016
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – May 5, 2016

The Mulvane Fire Department responded to four calls from Monday, March 28 through Sunday, April 3.

MFD responded to a grass fire in the 1300 block of 130th on Sunday, April 3. At the scene firefighters determined that a controlled burn had spread to a neighbor of the property owner and was extinguished by the fire department.

Firefighters returned to the previous grass fire in the 1300 block of 130th and, with the assistance of the Udall and Belle Plaine Fire Departments, extinguished the fire.

No calls were received on Friday, April 1 or Saturday, April 2.

The fire department responded to a request to assist the Mulvane Emergency Medical Services in the 800 block of Webb Rd. on Thursday, March 31 but were called en route to disregard.

No calls were received on Wednesday, March 30.

Firefighters responded to a request to assist the Udall Fire Department at a grass fire in the area of 42nd Rd. in Udall on Tuesday, March 28. At the scene, the two departments were successful in extinguishing the fire.

No calls were received on Monday, March 28.


Posted by Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Fire department offers rapid entry system

By Kaley Conner
Hays Daily News – May 5, 2016

When it’s an emergency, every minute matters. That’s why the Hays Fire Department is encouraging residents with home security or medical alarms to take advantage of a program that is intended to give first-responders quick and safe access to a property if disaster strikes.

A rapid entry system long has been required for commercial buildings with alarms, but now is offered for residences due to an increased number of at-home alarms. The system involves a secure key vault attached to the building.

“All too often, citizens with monitored home security or medical alarms use a hide-a-key system that may not provide the necessary security,” Fire Chief Gary Brown said in a press release. “In other cases, precious time may be lost while firefighters and paramedics wait for a key-holder to respond.”

The cost to install the system is minimal, with residents asked to pay for the cost of hardware, Brown said.

Rapid entry is important in case a fire starts inside a home while the residents are away, or in the event of rapid carbon monoxide build-up. It’s also possible a home medical alarm would go off, but the resident would be unable to answer the door, Brown said.

Alarms also sometimes sound due to a malfunction or accident. Regardless, first-responders will treat any alarm as an emergency even if there’s no visible evidence of danger, he said.

“It creates, quite frankly, a real dilemma for the fire department,” he said. “We have a policy on how we handle these things. We don’t walk away from medical emergency alarms when nobody answers the door. We make entry to make sure Mrs. Smith isn’t at the bottom of the stairs unconscious.”

Installing a rapid entry system also can help prevent possible property damage if emergency responders must force entry through a locked door or window.

“People put these alarms in order to bring the fire/rescue services to them quickly when an emergency occurs,” Brown said.

“It quite frankly could be a life-or-death situation for people.”


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