KSFFA Regional School Requests for 2017

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KSFFA Regional Fire School requests are now being accepted until July 31, 2016. If your department would like to host one of our regional fire schools, please fill out the below information. We are requesting that the application be filled out by either the current fire chief or with his acknowledgement. Selection is decided in August. The KSFFA holds 12 regional fire schools a year in various parts of the state. These courses are offered free of charge. If you have any question about what your responsibility will be to host a KSFFA Regional Fire School, please contact any KSFFA Executive Board Officer.

School Request Application Form

 

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KSFFA Regional Fire School – Labette Community College

Photos by April Lubbers

Photos by April Lubbers

Labette Community College hosts an annual fire school held each May and/or June for firefighters throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. The Kansas State Firefighters Association, Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute (KU), and the State Fire Marshal’s Office, as well as other agencies, provide the instructors.

Course Offerings & Registration Form

 

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SEVERE WEATHER LIVE BLOG: Large tornado causes extensive damage in Dickinson County

KWCH – May 25, 2016

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Live Blog

 

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Family displaced by water

By Mike Kessinger
Hays Daily News – May 25, 2016

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When Janell Underwood woke up Tuesday morning she could have never imagined the first thing her husband Chad would tell her.

It just isn’t something anyone would expect to hear.

“My husband woke up at 6 and I got up a little after that,” she said. “He came to me and said ‘We have a river running through the yard.’ ”

Sure enough. In a way, the Underwoods — who live north of Hays on Saline River Road — did have a river running through and around their home. Due to a heavy downpour of rain Monday night and into Tuesday, north and to the northwest of the house, the river, not far from their home had overflown its banks.

Water surrounded the house, preventing the Underwoods from being able to go anywhere without help.

“There were logs floating in the yard,” Janell said.

Ellis County Emergency Management Coordinator Bill Ring said reports he received told him counties to the north and west of Ellis County had gotten up to 5 or 6 inches during the night and the river had filled. The overflowing forced the county emergency service to close several roads in the northern part of Ellis County on Tuesday. Another issue of the overflow was large logs and other debris jamming up under county bridges, causing more problems of water running over the banks.

“I’m sure it was a real eye-opener for (the Underwoods) to look out and see that,” Ring said.

In contact with Jeff Hutton from the National Weather Service in Dodge City through most of the day, Ring said Hutton told him a gauge north of WaKeeney on the Saline River had water moving at 4,000 square cubic feet per second. That alone was enough to cause the jamming under bridges and pushing water over the banks. The water was rising and Ring said he didn’t know for sure how far west the rain had been along the river.

Janell Underwood immediately called the Emergency Management Offices and an initial group of first responders were out to their home within 20 minutes. Once the responders’ team was all to the Underwoods, there were members from the rural fire department, road and bridge, sheriff’s office and emergency services. The Underwoods and their three dogs were lifted across the water. Janell said their youngest daughter had stayed in Hays overnight.

“I was panicking quite a bit,” Janell said of their situation Tuesday morning. “We had a rushing river going around our house. My husband wasn’t as worried as I was. I had never seen anything like this.”

The Underwoods were told at the earliest they wouldn’t be able to get in around their home until at least 24 hours, or until the river subsides. They went by the house around 1 p.m. and Janell said there was still quite a bit of water moving through the yard.

“We are just so thankful to the first responders,” Janell said. “When I called the lady I talked to said she’s been working there for 30 years and she has never heard anything like this. She stayed on the phone with me until the (responders) got here.”

After the Emergency Service teams left the house they went out around the roads closing off spots to transportation they found water had come over the road. They were also patrolling the area and asking people they saw if they needed anything. The Underwood home, Ring said, was the only place that had been flooded around it.

The Underwoods stayed at Janell’s father’s place in Schoenchen on Tuesday night and she was hopeful they would get to check on the house today. While they were in the house, no water had gotten into the interior of their place.

As for the flooding, Ring said it’s a wait on the water level to go down before they can begin the cleanup process.

“A lot of debris gets caught under the bridges,” Ring said. “Once the water subsides, we’ll start grappling with all those logs and debris under there.”

 

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Children rescued from creek in northeast Wichita

KAKE – May 25, 2016

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The Wichita Fire Department says two children have been rescued from a creek on the city’s northeast side.

Crews were called around 1 p.m. to the creek in the area of 27th Street North and Hillside. Rescuers arrived on scene and found the two kids in the water. They got on both sides of the creek and used ropes to get the children out of the water.

The fire department says recent rains have flooded the creeks, making them more dangerous.

“Creeks, in general, are always dangerous,” said Operations Capt. Nicholas Woods. “Especially with the amount of rain we’ve gotten recently, all the creeks in the area are flooded. The water is moving very rapidly.”

The children were not seriously hurt and were checked out by EMS at the scene.

 

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For Sale – 1990 Ford F-350 4×4 Wildland Brush Truck

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Job Opening – Battalion Chief – Shawnee Heights Fire District

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Topeka Police and Fire Departments roll out new specialized response programs

By Lindsay Sax
WIBW – May 25, 2016

Photo by Lindsay Sax

Photo by Lindsay Sax

Topeka law enforcement groups are looking to get personal when helping keep residents of the Capital City safe.

On Tuesday, the Topeka Police Department and Topeka Fire Department introduced new programs focused on giving personalized response plans.

TPD Chief James Brown shared information on the new Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). It is a community effort involving mental health providers, residents and their family members to be able to provide the best possible outcomes during a mental health crisis.

According to Brown, there was a void in Topeka when it came to police officers knowing their customers with mental health issues and how to best respond.

“It helps keep the officers safe and it helps keep our customers safe,” Brown said.

Through the program, those with mental health issues and their family members will be able to sign up with their name and information about their condition. When a call is made to an address or with the person’s name, TPD will be able to know before they respond how to best handle an incident.

“When we go to a situation when we know there is a behavioral health issue prior to getting there, we’re going to realize that the activity may not be criminal in nature,” Brown said. “It could just be a behavioral health issue and we need to know to be able to handle it in that situation.”

Topeka Police recruits go through 40 hours of crisis intervention training, but Brown says this will take caring for those who need it the most a step further.

More information on the CIT program and enrollment can be found on the TPD webpage found here . Police ask that you enroll every year.

The Topeka Fire Department also rolled out a similar program Tuesday.

Fire Marshal Michael Martin says his office is working to keep people safe through the Special Assistance in Fire Emergencies, or SAFE, program.

Through the program people with mobility, hearing or other issues will be able to register with the Topeka Fire Department to let them know someone at the household is need of assistance. When a fire emergency does break at an address registered, it will help TFD make a plan of action before they arrive to the scene.

“Right from the start they’re going to know when they arrive on scene there may be somebody who may need help in getting out,” Martin said. “So if there’s an actual fire emergency there and we know that a SAFE participant’s in there, when we arrive on scene we can know right away that we need to check in a certain area of the house to make sure those individuals have gotten out.”

People can register for the SAFE program on the TFD webpage. TFD asks that residents register every three months.

“I think this partnership with the police department, it’s just a wonderful pairing and it’s a great enhancement to the community service of our city,” Martin said.

 

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In excess of $20K damage from accidental Kansas house fire

Hays Post – May 25, 2016

Photo by Great Bend Fire Department

Photo by Great Bend Fire Department

Officials with the State Fire Marshal’s office determined a fire at a home on Tuesday in Great Bend was accidental.

The blaze at a 3-story residence in the 1400 Block of Washington started and was contained to the attic, according to Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napalitano.

The home suffered heat, smoke and water damage to the second floor. The extent of the damage is estimated in excess of $20-thousand dollars.

Occupants of the home escaped without injury. Two kittens did not survive, according to Napalitano.

 

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