KSFFA Regional Fire School – Caney

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by Caney Fire Department
September 10-11, 2016
Location: Caney Valley High School, 700 E. Bullpup Blvd, Hwy 75 & Bullpup Blvd

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Saturday Morning – September 10 – 8:00 a.m.

  1.  KSFFA Skills Trailer – Requires full PPE and SCBA
  2.  Fire Cause and Determination
  3.  Reading Smoke
  4.  FF Search and Rescue – Requires full PPE and SCBA
  5.  Vehicle Extrication – Requires bunker gear
  6.  Honoring Our Own

Saturday Afternoon – September 10 – 1:00 a.m.

  1.  Ground Ladders and Ropes
  2.  Public Education and Fire Prevention
  3.  KSFFA Skills Trailer, cont.
  4.  Vehicle Extrication, cont.
  5.  FF Search and Rescue, cont.
  6.  Honoring Our Own, cont.

Sunday Morning – September 11 – 8:00 a.m.

  1.  Fire Behavior
  2.  Ventilation
  3.  Propane Safety
  4.  Vehicle Fires – Requires full PPE and SCBA

Sunday Afternoon – September 11 – 1:00 p.m.

  1.  KSFFA Burn Trailer – Requires full PPE and SCBA

For any questions contact Ron Ewing, KSFFA SE Trustee at setrustee@live.com

  • 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 schools


Posted by Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Paola 20-year-old killed in wreck on 311th Street

By Brian McCauley
Miami County Republic – August 30, 2016

A 20-year-old Paola man was found dead Monday afternoon as a result of a one-vehicle accident on 311th Street east of Paola.

Units from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Louisburg Fire Department and Miami County Emergency Medical Services were dispatched at 1:45 p.m. Monday afternoon to 311th Street between Beaver Creek and Pflumm roads.

Upon arrival, it was determined that a 2016 Ford Mustang driven by Cooper Ventress, 20, was traveling eastbound on 311th Street between Beaver Creek and Pflumm roads when the vehicle veered onto the south shoulder and into a field before landing in a creek bed. Ventress was found dead at the scene, according to a news release.

The accident is still under investigation by the Miami County and Johnson County sheriff’s offices.


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Mac teams up with CHS for training facility

By Teri L. Hansen
McPherson Sentinel – August 30, 2016

Commissioners approved a request from the McPherson Fire Department at the city’s regular meeting Monday morning. The request for materials to build a training facility at CHS. This will allow for proper training of fire department personnel. The cost of materials is estimated at $25,000.

The facility is currently being constructed behind NuStar east of the refinery. The fire department is working with public lands and public works as well as CHS for this construction.

This joint facility is unique as it joins two entities public and private. It will include training capabilities for fire suppression, technical rescue and hazmat fully operational by April of next year.

“There is nothing like it,” McPherson Fire Department Division Chief TJ Wyssman said. “It will be a countywide asset.”


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Student firefighters ‘always learning’ on, off the job

By Jena Ernsting
Kansas State Collegian – August 30, 2016

Josh Payne, sophomore in personal financial planning, is in his first year in the student firefighter program. He became interested in the program because his dad has been a volunteer firefighter for 22 years. (Shelton Burch | The Collegian)

Josh Payne, sophomore in personal financial planning, is in his first year in the student firefighter program. He became interested in the program because his dad has been a volunteer firefighter for 22 years. (Shelton Burch | The Collegian)

Just as Brooke Harshaw, graduate student in agricultural education and student firefighter, was about to explain what led her to pursue firefighting, a bell-like noise reverberated through the station. She paused.

“I might have to go,” Harshaw said.

The bell sounded again. This time with a second, more high pitch tone following the bell.

Harshaw’s face instantly became more serious.

“I’ve got to go,” she said.

As suddenly as the first bell sounded, firefighters began emerging from every direction, and in a blink of an eye they were gone.

The Manhattan Fire Department offers a student firefighter program for students enrolled full-time at Kansas State or Manhattan Christian College, according to the City of Manhattan website.

Harshaw is not the only student firefighter employed at the Manhattan Fire Department. She said there are four other student firefighters.

Luke Fischer, senior in social sciences and fourth-year student firefighter, went through the Manhattan fire academy the summer after his senior year of high school. Fischer said he pursued firefighting as a college job because he saw firefighting as a career and as a good way to build experience and his resume.

“I hope to one day be a firefighter paramedic,” Fischer said.

Like Fischer, Josh Payne, sophomore in personal financial planning, said he knew he wanted to be involved in the firefighting profession, whether it was through volunteer firefighting, which he began doing at 16 years old, or as a career.

Payne said going through the Manhattan fire academy provided a more intense and in-depth training compared to his volunteer training.

“Every single one of the guys is willing to help you with anything you ask,” Payne said. “They want you to learn and grow and become a better firefighter just as much as you want to. They’re all great guys to look up to.”

During the school year, Payne arrives at the fire station ready for work at 5 p.m. and leaves at 8 a.m. the following morning. He said when he arrives at the station, he prepares his gear by the truck so he is ready to go at a moment’s notice.

“You really develop a bond with (the crew) when you work 24 hours at a time or even over the nights,” Payne said. “It’s just like being on a sports team where you get to know each other very well and get really close with them.”

Payne said the shifts rotate so student firefighters work every other day for about a week then have four days off, which is similar to the schedules of career firefighters.

“You’re always learning, you learn to not be complacent and that will carry on to other jobs as well,” Payne said.

Payne and Harshaw both come from firefighting backgrounds, where each of their fathers were volunteer firefighters. Payne’s father volunteered for 22 years and Harshaw’s father volunteered for around 23 years.

Like their fathers, Harshaw and Payne both said they want to continue firefighting in the future.

Although firefighting is not the safest of jobs, Payne said his family is proud of him and of the career service aspect of his job.

Payne said he also values the relationships and friendships he is building along the way.

“It’s a great opportunity, and there is no other job like it for a student,” Payne said.


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Man, 2 dogs killed in southeast Wichita fire w/video

KAKE – August 30, 2016

Photos by Nicholas Kieffer

Photos by Nicholas Kieffer

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A man and two dogs have died following a fire Tuesday morning at a triplex in southeast Wichita.

Crews were called around 7:40 a.m. to a fire in the 1200 block of East Clark, near Mt. Vernon and Washington. They reported seeing smoke when they arrived and had to force entry into the home, said Sgt. Kelly O’Brien with the Wichita Police Department.

Once inside, firefighters found the man and his two dogs dead. The man’s name was not released.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No other units of the triplex were affected.

Neighbors reported a gas smell at the time of the fire, but no gas-related issues were found.


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Roosevelt Receives Governor’s Appointment To Commission

Andover Leader – August 30, 2016

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Governor Sam Brownback has announced that Andover Deputy Fire Chief Mike Roosevelt has been reappointed for another term on the Kansas Fire Service Training Commission. The appointment was made earlier this month, as Brownback realigned many of the positions on various state boards and commissions.

“Mike Roosevelt is an incredible asset to our department, and this appointment reaffirms that.” said Andover Fire-Rescue Chief Chad Russell. “We are thankful for all of his hard work and dedication, and for how he is representing us so well.”

The Kansas Fire Service Training Commission was mandated in a 2002 revision of the 1949 statute that established fire service training at KU.

According to it’s website, the commission is an alliance of fire service organizations had pressed for the legislation, which had two principal aims: to increase funding for the state’s Fire and Rescue Training Institute at KU and to establish a body that would provide oversight and guidance for the program and guarantee its continued financial well-being.

The commission, which will meet at least quarterly, is composed of representatives from 12 fire and emergency response agencies and organizations.

Roosevelt has represented the Kansas chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators on the board during his first term. Fire Service Training Commission members are appointed by the Governor of Kansas to serve four-year terms. The first commission (appointed in September, 2002) drew lots to select one-half of the members to serve two-year terms in order to stagger appointments for continuity of operations.


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County makes PILOT funds available to Cunningham for fire protection

Kingman Leader Courier – August 25, 2016
Submitted by Newz Group – August 30, 2016

Kingman County will make funds from the Kingman Wind Energy 1, LLC payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) to the city of Cunningham in the form of a one-time grant for fire protection.

County Commissioner John Steffen wanted the funds to be allocated for the Cunningham Fire Department during the negotiations with David Gil of NextEra. Gil, however, said his company likes to pay the funds to the county and then each individual county can disperse the funds how they see fit.

“We determined we could help (fire protection) when we negotiated the PILOT agreement,” Steffen said. “I realize other departments also take care of some of these areas. Those needs can be addressed at a later date.”

Steffen originally wanted to see $400,000 made available to Cunningham, but because of budget constraints which needed a boost from PILOT funds, he requested $300,000. The motion was passed 2-1, with Commissioner Carol Voran casting the no vote.

Voran said the majority of the wind towers from the current wind farm project were going to be placed in locations that would be serviced primarily by the Kingman Fire Department. She said she had reached out to Spivey city clerk Liz Madden, who said their fire department did not need any additional equipment.

Voran said she had not had a chance to visit with Kingman Fire Department Chief Steve Drosselmeyer about potential needs.

She said she would support $200,000 for the city of Cunningham, but would not support $300,000 without seeing what Kingman’s needs were first.

According to a press release by the county, the county and city of Cunningham agree that the grant shall be used to pay all or a portion of the cost of improvements and additions to the city’s fire department facilities and/or equipment as determined by the city and approved by the county. In return, Cunningham will continue to provide firefighting services and protection to Dresden, Eureka, Rural and Union townships, as well as the north one-third of Kingman township.

Cunningham also will continue to honor any mutual aid agreements for fire protection it has with other jurisdictions.

A grant document solidifying the funds was passed 2-0 during Monday morning’s commission meeting with Voran abstaining from the vote.

Commissioners are expecting one and possibly two more wind farm projects in the near future where funds for other fire departments within the county can be addressed.


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Car catches fire, explodes in southwest Topeka apartment complex

By Phil Anderson
Topeka Capital Journal – August 30, 2016

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Residents of a southwest Topeka apartment complex received a rude awakening Tuesday morning when a car caught fire in their parking lot.

Topeka firefighters were sent around 3:45 a.m. to the Whispering Pines Apartments in the 5800 block of S.W. Candletree Drive on a report of a car fire.

Upon their arrival, fire crews found a car that was engulfed in flames. Crews made quick work of the fire, but other vehicles parked next to it may have sustained some damage.

A witness told The Topeka Capital-Journal that she was awakened by a loud “boom” in the parking lot, followed by the sound of sirens about four minutes later. She said the fire was “extinguished within minutes.”

After the blaze was put out, the witness said, firefighters were seen looking into the trunk of the vehicle that caught fire.

A fire investigator was called to the scene, which was cleared by around 5 a.m.

No injuries were reported.


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