KSFFA Regional Fire School – Ellis County

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by Ellis County Fire Department
August 4-6, 2017
Location: Hays High School, 2301 E 13th St., Hays, KS

August 4th – Friday Night – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  1. PTSD Class

Saving Those Who Save Others

This two (2) hour presentation involves a careful examination of firefighter and EMT suicides within the fire & EMS services and consists of understanding emotional and physical stressors, as well as:

  • Signs and symptoms
  • Suicide data
  • Communication skills
  • Creating relationships with internal and external resources
  • Creating a behavioral health program

The class will be located at 1105 East 22nd St, Hays KS 67601.  It will be held in the basement training room/EOC.

Provided by National Volunteer Fire Council in conjunction with the KSFFA and Ellis County Fire Department.

August 5th – Saturday Morning – 0800

  1. RIT – 12 hrs.
  2. Rural Water Supply – 8 hrs.
  3. Safety Officer – 8 hrs.
  4. Chief Officer – 8 hrs.
  5. Vehicle Extrication – 8 hrs.
  6. Vehicle Fires

August 5th – Saturday Afternoon – 1300

  1. RIT, cont.
  2. Rural Water Supply, cont.
  3. Safety Officer, cont.
  4. Chief Officer, cont.
  5. Vehicle Extrication, cont.
  6. Firefighter Rehabilitation, 4 hrs.

August 6th – Sunday Morning – 0800

  1. RIT, cont.
  2. Wildland Firefighting, 4 hrs. – Kansas Forest Service
  3. Oil Tank Battery Fires, 4 hrs.
  4. Forcible Entry, 4 hrs.

August 6th – Sunday Afternoon – 1200

  1. KSFFA Burn Trailer


For more information please contact the following:

Chief Darin Myers
Ellis County Fire Department


KSFFA NW Trustee Justin Couse

  • 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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Fire marshal retiring after 21 years

By Erin Mathews
Salina Journal – August 18, 2017

Photo by Tim Horan

After 21 years at the Salina Fire Department, Roger Williams had just the kind of contacts a young superhero might need.

About a month ago, one arrived.

Williams, who serves his last day as Salina Fire Marshal today, will never forget the superpowers that an email he sent helped unleash for a 7-year-old Enterprise boy.

Williams was contacted July 21 about plans to make a cape for Kail Greep, who recently was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Kail, the son of volunteer firefighter and public works employee Damon Greep and his wife, Katie, loves superheroes and emergency services personnel, so Breanna Huen and Janette Froelich hoped to make him a cape decorated with fire and police department patches.

Williams was asked if he could secure a Kansas Fire Marshal patch, but he didn’t stop there. He went down his email contact list and sent the request for patches to departments nationwide.

“That kind of got the ball rolling, and it took off like wildfire,” Williams said. “People were sending stuff and sending stuff and sending stuff. It was incredible.”

Last he knew, Williams said, 174 patches had been received, as well as T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and a variety of other emergency responder gear.

“They had way more patches than they could ever have sewn on that cape, and that cape weighed like 10 pounds,” Williams said. “It was heavy. Poor little Kail. The patches were on the inside and the outside, and he still has patches left over. ”

SWAT team in KC

And it didn’t end there. After a cape presentation in Abilene by emergency responders from the area and an opportunity to ride in a helicopter, Kail had more fun when he arrived in Kansas City for chemotherapy. There, he rode in a fire truck, got lifted 100 feet in the air on a ladder truck, was met by a SWAT team at the hotel and explored their armored vehicle and operated a remote-control robot.

“He’s had a blast with all of it,” Damon Greep said. ”“He thinks this is all just crazy cool.”

Williams said having the opportunity to be a part of the many surprises for Kail was a great way to wrap up his career.

“I get goosebumps just talking about it,” Williams said. “It just blew me away what all happened just from a simple letter and an email. That was a really awesome experience. It was really great to be a part of that. To spend an afternoon like that with a young man going through what he’s going through — that to me is worth millions.”

Necessary departure

Williams has a better idea than most what “the Kailinator” is battling. Williams, 51, is ending his firefighting career earlier than expected because his wife, Rebecca, has been waging her own battle with cancer.

“This is a retirement of necessity, not of desire,” he said. “I really don’t want to go, but this needs to happen. God first, family second and then everything else. That’s my values that I’ve always lived by and that’s what I continue to carry forward.”

Williams will be moving to Houston, where his wife receives radiation three days a week and chemotherapy once a week.

“I need to be there with her,” he said. “I’ve given 110 percent for the last 21 years here, and she sacrificed a lot for me during that time. Now it’s time for me to be there with her.”

Fire inspector Troy Long has been named Salina’s new fire marshal.


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Leavenworth Fire Department employees honored

Leavenworth Times – August 11, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – August 17, 2017

The Leavenworth Fire Department celebrated the promotion of four employees: Jack Hopkins and Brandon Masur were promoted to driver-operator and Mike Minard and Isaiah Maher were promoted to captain. The promotions are effective August 12.

Mike Minard receives a new pin signifying his promotion to captain at the Leavenworth Fire Department from his 16-year-old daughter Allie.

Brandon Masur receives a new pin signifying his promotion to driver-operator at the Leavenworth Fire Department from his fiancee Lindsay Wardlaw.

Jack Hopkins receives a new pin signifying his promotion to driver-operator at the Leavenworth Fire Department from his wife Stephanie.


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Raising money for local fire departments

Hanover News – August 11, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – August 17, 2017

These two young ladies (Ally Scheele, 9, and Aubriana Baxa, 10) decided they would sell kool-aid to raise money for the Hanover City & Rural Fire Departments. The money that is made will be 100% donated to the 2 departments. I asked Ally why the fire departments. She said that way they have the equipment to keep the fires from spreading. For these two to take time out of their summer to do something good for the community is awesome! Thank you! —Hanover Fire Department.


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Airfield, firefighters practice response

By Christopher Burnett
Fort Leavenworth Lamp – August 17, 2017

Firefighter Jeff Cheney and Fire Capt. Ed Smith carry Fort Leavenworth Fire and Emergency Services Assistant Chief of Training Edgar Guerra, portraying the pilot of a downed Cessna 172, after extricating him from the aircraft while Firefighter Caleb Cribb sets up a triage area during an aircraft rescue firefighting exercise Aug. 15 at Sherman Army Airfield. Photo by Prudence Siebert/Fort Leavenworth Lamp

Fort Leavenworth Fire and Emergency Services concluded three days of aircraft training exercises today in coordination with personnel and elements of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

Fort Leavenworth Fire Department Assistant Chief of Training Edgar Guerra said National Fire Escape Association and Federal Aviation Administration guidelines require the quarterly training. He said authenticity is a fundamental element to the effectiveness of any exercise meeting the fire department’s training objectives.

“We are required to conduct aircraft exercises four times a year and realism is key to our training,” Guerra said. “We try to support these firefighters with the best equipment and the best hands-on scenario training they possibly can have.”

Guerra said he coordinated some aspects of the content of the sessions with the managers of Sherman Army Airfield operations and the FMWR Flying Club. He said this coordination helped define any specific or unique training elements at Fort Leavenworth.

“Airfield operations and the flight instructor give input about the most probable types of incidents we’ll have here, along with the most likely aircraft that would be involved in such an emergency,” Guerra said. “We work from there and come up with the most realistic scenario and added variations to use in our training.”

Billy Summers, Sherman Army Airfield operations specialist, served as a liaison between the pilot and the emergency responders. He said airfield operations personnel would typically assist with on-scene logistics as well.

“We monitor the aviation radios and visually look at the situation to get the best assessment possible,” Summers said. “If I have additional operations personnel, they will assist by making sure the gates are open for emergency vehicles and let the responders know the location of the scene.”

Guerra said the various teams within the fire department have standard operating procedures, which serve as a baseline for emergency procedures related to each aspect of the training.

“There is a fluidity when you get on an actual emergency scene because each situation is different,” Guerra said. “For this exercise, the firefighters coordinated with airport operations personnel to obtain more information while still en route, and that helped size up the situation once they arrived on the scene.”

Eric Chambers, FMWR Flying Club manager and chief flight instructor, said he worked with the fire department to develop a realistic training scenario that included a pilot’s perspective. He said he teaches students what information emergency responders might need from them as pilots.

“The training scenario involves a Cessna 172 undergoing a few variables like coming in for a routine landing, and maybe the pilot accidentally takes the plane off of the runway or the nose gear folds and puts the nose into the dirt, causing a fire,” Chambers said.

“This training involves encountering something new each time we do it. The firefighters pick up on the adjustments they need to implement,” Chambers said. “My job is to help come up with the most likely scenario variations they are going to confront at this particular airfield location.”

Fort Leavenworth Fire Department Battalion Chief Robert Allen said the first thing his unit attempted to do during the training scenario was to get as much information in advance as possible before arriving on the scene. He said once they arrived on the scene, the proper execution plan was already in place.

“Once we get out there, we have a couple of vehicles that can make access,” Allen said. “If we have to stay on the hard pack so trucks don’t get stuck, we stretch lines of hose to bring water to the fire.”

Guerra said each of the three scheduled days was set up with different training variables. He said the department conducts training over three days to allow members from each shift the opportunity to participate.

“This particular incident scenario was off of the runway, which is very common and could happen at Sherman Army Airfield,” Guerra said. “There are no hydrants that far away from the hangar to resupply our water.”

Guerra said department procedures make provisions to bring a portable water supply for such situations. He said the firefighters also used their tanker truck during the training.

“The guys did a great job today. They came up with solutions and ideas slightly different than I might manage in an emergency, but they worked great,” Guerra said. “The best thing about this group (of firefighters) is that they put forth just as much effort during exercises as they do in a real emergency.”


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Commission hears from both sides on dispatch issue

By Adam Clay
Hiawatha World – August 17, 2017

The Horton City Commission hosted a public forum in the Horton Blue Building on Tuesday evening to allow citizens to hear from and ask questions of representatives from local law enforcement and emergency service providers regarding the proposed move to county-wide dispatch services.

All members of the Horton City Commission, Mayor Tim Lentz and City Administrator Kim Knudson were all present, along with the County’s three Commissioners, County Sherriff John Merchant and Horton Police Chief John Calhoon. Representatives of the Kickapoo Tribal Police, Sac & Fox Tribal Police, Horton EMS, Everest and Washington Township Fire Department, Horton Fire Department and Hiawatha Police Department all spoke before the forum, addressing various concerns and raising others.

Steve Roberts, Chair of the Brown County Commission, addressed those on hand to start the meeting, discussing the County Commission’s decision to offer the service. Roberts said the offer would save Horton, which currently budgets around $185,000 to fund its dispatch department, around $150,000 per year. The consolidation offer includes job security for current Horton Dispatch employees, who would be put on an increased rotation in County Dispatch In order to support the increased call load. The employees would receive an approximate $2 per hour raise, but would have to partially fund their health insurance, which Horton currently fully funds. The deal would also transfer the Kickapoo Tribe’s $20,000 annual contract for to the County’s dispatch service.

Sherriff Merchant was very complimentary of the Horton dispatchers in his words to the forum, saying that if the decision was made to make the transition, he would need them to be aboard. Merchant went on to point out that he is the Sheriff for the entire county, and not just Hiawatha, and that he would not support the transition if he did not feel it could benefit the citizens of Horton, adding that the safety of the citizens of Brown County is his main concern.

Beth Larson spoke tearfully on behalf of the dispatchers, noting all of the services fulfilled and relationships formed over the years. Larson pointed out that Horton dispatch provided such unseen services as keeping keys on hand for officers when entering homes that often needed assistance.

Chief Calhoon, Horton Police Commissioner Bryan Stirton and Horton Fire Chief Lamar Shoemaker all seconded Larson’s notion that many functions of the dispatch office would be missed if the consolidation took place, but also noted the substantial windfall that would benefit the city. Calhoon was clear that some of the overnight services, like access to city facility keys and fishing licenses, but it was also stated that a daytime employee would be hired to handle those city functions during business hours. Calhoon also stated that he has worked with Sherriff Merchant for years, and believes he would oversee the transition fairly and with the best interest of the citizens in mind. Chief Defore of the Hiawatha Police Department and Officer McDonald of the Sac & Fox Police Department both commented on the

Horton Commissioner Wade Edwards expressed concern that so few citizens showed up to share their views on the topic, but there was certainly a dissenting consensus among those who did. Several residents were concerned about the loss of a dispatch crew who are familiar with the community, while others voiced their concerns over losing any service that the small town has to offer. Roger Madere questioned the tax implications of the potential change, pointing out that as Horton citizens also pay county tax, they would continue to be taxed for dispatch service.

Shannon Scott said that while she believed everyone involved had the best intentions, commissioners and sheriffs come and go, and institutional promises were often forgotten. Commissioner Stirton also shared his concerns, stating that he would likely vote in opposition and that he would rather find an alternate method of saving money.


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Sheriff’s Day Camp a success

By David Powls
Holton Recorder – August 17, 2017

Hoyt Rural Fire District representatives Nathan Troxel, Monica Tinoco and Randy Smith, shown above left to right, helped local kids climb into one of their firetrucks. Photo by David Powls

A record number 280 kids attended the 16th annual Jackson County Sheriff’s Day Camp last week at Banner Creek Reservoir, it was reported.

“The Sheriff’s Day Camp has been successful in building strong relationships between the law enforcement community and the youths of our county,” according to Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse.

The camp was held Thursday and Friday at the reservoir and featured an emergency vehicle demonstration and display, including fire trucks, ambulance, law enforcement vehicles, and an armored swat truck.

Emergency responders demonstrated their equipment and techniques, including a Jaws of Life demonstration, a K-9 illegal drug detection demonstration, Life Star Helicopter landing and a felony vehicle stop and arrest demonstration.

Kids were also able to participate in an obstacle course, archery, swimming, canoeing, paddle boating, fishing, hay rack ride, wipe out and rock wall climbing.

Demonstrations were also given at the Banner Creek Observatory and Science Center, which included an eclipse program and a program by the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism animal and fishing program.

Numerous volunteers including some elected and local governmental officials assisted with the camp including: The Jackson County Commissioners, Banner Reservoir, Jackson County Appraiser’s Office, Jackson County Emergency Management, Jackson County Road and Bridge Department, Jackson County EMS, Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism, Kansas Highway Patrol, Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office Swat Team, KDWPT Archery in the Schools.

Potawatomi Tribal Fire Department, City of Holton, Holton Police Department, Hoyt Fire Department, Holton Fire Department, Banner Creek Observatory and Science Center, Honey Do’s Septic Tank and Drain, Walmart, Roush and Son’s Towing and Recovery, LLC, Fifth Street Sandwich Shop, United Rental, Circleville Christian Church, Shawnee County Parks and Rec, City of Onaga Swimming Pool, Potawatomi Victim’s Services, Frito Lay, Holton Lions Club, Bikers Against Child Abuse, Life Star of Kansas and the men and women of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.


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Larry Edward Haug

Larry Edward Haug, 77, of Seneca, KS passed away in his home on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. In his last week on earth, he was surrounded by his loving wife (his caregiver), all of his children, and his grandchildren and showered with love, prayer, and singing until the hour of his death

Larry was born on September 8, 1939 to Omer and Lucille (Noll) Haug. He attended Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School and graduated in 1957. He then joined the United States Air Force and served for four years, two of those years in Japan. After his service he returned to Seneca and joined his father and brothers at H & H Motor Company. Several years later, Larry along with his brother, Mike Haug, started their own business of Haug Automotive in Seneca. Later, they bought Ray’s Auto Supply store, owned by Omer E. Haug & Sons.

Larry married Mary Ellen Holthaus on October 23, 1965. They have four children, Deann Compo (Steve) Sabetha, KS, Steve Haug (Shelley) Waynesboro, VA, Becky Jones (Chris) Appleton, WI, and Monica Olberding (Dale) Seneca. He was blessed with 18 grandchildren whom he adored. Kyle (Sarah), Katie, Justin, Abbie, and Josh Compo, Gabriella, Juliana, Christina, Kolbe, Francesca, and Jonas Haug, Cierra, Alexis, McKenna and Taylee Jones, Amelia, Evan and Noah Olberding.

Larry fostered many passions: airplanes, cars, and reading to name a few, but above all was his love for music. He played guitar and sang in a country band for 25 years, and he served in the church folk group for 10 years. Larry volunteered 25 years of loyal service to the Seneca Fire Department, eight of those years as fire chief. Further, he spent countless nights helping to restore the 1922 Stutz. He also served as a board member of Saints Peter and Paul School and the Seneca Library.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Omer and Lucille Haug; his brothers, Cotton Haug and George Haug; and his sisters, Bobbie Osterhaus, Sister Connie Haug, and Gerriann Henry.

Survivors include his wife, children, grandchildren, brother, Mike (Betty) Haug, and sisters, Sister Dominic Haug, Dora (Bill) Cross, Jeanne (Tom) Heiman, Sue Haug, Mary Haug, Regina (Ed) Aldrine, and Cathie Wynkoop.

The Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation will be Friday, July 14, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church. A rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. at the church. Interment will be made at the Saints Peter & Paul Church Cemetery. Memorials contributions may be made to Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School and/or to Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church or to the Seneca Fire Department, sent in care of Popkess Memorial Chapel, 814 Castle, Seneca, KS 66538.


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