KSFFA Regional Fire School – Bennington

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by Ottawa County Fire District #4

October 1-2, 2016
Location: Bennington School 

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Friday Evening – 6 p.m.

  1. Basic Active Shooter Response – Class approved for BEMS Continuing Education Hours

Saturday Morning – 8 a.m.

  1. Farm Extrication – Requires Full Turn Out Gear – Class approved for BEMS Continuing Education Hours
  2. Interoperable Radio Communications – Class approved for BEMS Continuing Education Hours
  3. KSFFA Skills Trailer – Requires Full Turn Out Gear & SCBA
  4. Incident Command System – Class approved for BEMS Continuing Education Hours
  5. Highway Safety – Class approved for BEMS Continuing Education Hours

Saturday Afternoon – 1 p.m.

  1. Farm Extrication, cont.
  2. KSFFA Skills Trailer, cont.
  3. Wildland Fires
  4. Triage – Class approved for BEMS Continuing Education Hours

Sunday Morning – 8 a.m.

  1. LP Props – Requires Full Turn Out Gear & SCBA

Sunday Afternoon – (after conclusion of LP Props)

  1. Thermal Imaging
  2. Documentation for Fire/EMS
  3. Small Department Tactics
  4. Propane Safety

For any questions contact Eric Voss, KSFFA 1st VP at firechief@concordiaks.org or (785) 614-4614

  • 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

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Elks honor emergency, police and fire crews for their service

By Charity Keitel
Miami County Republic – September 29, 2016

Deputy Fire Chief Brian Mersman (left) and firemen Donnie Blackman (center) and Mitch Talley were among several fire department, police department and emergency personnel at Thursday’s after-hours event in Osawatomie. Photos by Charity Keitel. Click each photo to view full-size.

Deputy Fire Chief Brian Mersman (left) and firemen Donnie Blackman (center) and Mitch Talley were among several fire department, police department and emergency personnel at Thursday’s after-hours event in Osawatomie. Photos by Charity Keitel. Click each photo to view full-size.

Elks Exalted Ruler Chuck Ulanski (left) presents Osawatomie Fire Chief Brian Love with a certificate Thursday recognizing him for his years of dedicated service to the community. Similar certificates were awarded to other members of the fire department, police department and county EMS.

Elks Exalted Ruler Chuck Ulanski (left) presents Osawatomie Fire Chief Brian Love with a certificate Thursday recognizing him for his years of dedicated service to the community. Similar certificates were awarded to other members of the fire department, police department and county EMS.

Everyone was quick to enjoy light refreshments at the snack bar during Thursday’s after-hours event in Osawatomie. The Chamber Fall After Hours event was hosted by the Elks Lodge and took place in honor of police department, fire department and emergency personnel.

Everyone was quick to enjoy light refreshments at the snack bar during Thursday’s after-hours event in Osawatomie. The Chamber Fall After Hours event was hosted by the Elks Lodge and took place in honor of police department, fire department and emergency personnel.

Members of the community gathered Thursday evening at the Elks Lodge in Osawatomie to honor the city’s law enforcement and fire department as well as members of Miami County Emergency Medical Services for their continued dedication and service.

Police department, fire department and EMS personnel were awarded certificates by the Elks in a brief presentation, which followed a rush to the snack bar for refreshments.

Mayor Mark Govea, who is a member of the Elks, was there to take pictures on behalf of the Lodge; while Tom Troutman and Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce Director Diana Neal led the proceedings.

Those who wanted to speak were given the opportunity, and police officer Suzie Tousey was among several who offered their thanks for the evening of fellowship and recognition.

She said the evening was a nice getaway for the police department and others because it gave them an opportunity to interact with community members as community members and not just as policemen or firemen or emergency personnel.

“On behalf of the Osawatomie Police Department, we would like to thank you (the community and Elks) for the invitation,” she said. “It is nice to get out and see people – and so you can see us out and about in the community, and not sticking our heads in the window and writing you a nice little coupon. Thank you for everything.”

The evening at the Lodge was a Chamber Fall After Hours event hosted by the Elks.

 

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New Winfield fire marshal an ‘old hand’

By Rebecca McCutcheon
Cowley Courier Traveler – September 29, 2016

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Vince Warren has been the new Winfield fire marshal since Monday.

Warren, who has worked for the Winfield Fire/EMS Department since 2002, took the job at just the right time, with fire-prevention activities scheduled for the month of October.

He replaces former fire marshal Dennis Darby, who left the department in early August.

Warren was born and raised in Winfield. He has a degree in general studies from Cowley College and has taken firefighting courses from Hutchinson Community College and the Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute at the University of Kansas.

His first firefighting job was in Fort Scott, where he worked for four years before being hired by the Winfield Fire Department.

He started out as a firefighter before being promoted to engineer (the person who drives the fire engine).

Warren was then a lieutenant for six years before being hired as fire marshal.

Fire marshal duties include performing building inspections and fire investigations in the Winfield fire district.

The fire marshal can also be asked to help with fire investigations for neighboring departments.

The inspection side involves working closely with city building official Rod Haney and community-development director Patrick Steward to make sure fire and safety codes are being followed, said Warren.

Places of inspection include businesses, educational facilities and home day-care centers.

Another role of the fire marshal is promoting fire prevention by educating the public.

Duties include making safety presentations at private and public schools.

Groups of younger children get a visit from Fire Pup, while older children get a more in-depth presentation including use of the Hazard House to teach them about fire dangers.

On Oct. 11, Winfield Fire/EMS and Winfield Public Schools fifth-graders will participate in Fire Prevention Day at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita.

At this event, participating fire departments bring their fire safety-education tools, and students participate in talks and demonstrations related to fire safety. More than 2,500 students from area schools will participate.

“It’s a full-day event, and the kids get a lot out of it,” Warren said.

Warren said he was interested in the fire marshal position because he enjoyed the classes he took on fire investigations.

He also likes helping educate people on fire prevention.

“It’s a calling, and something I felt it was time for,” Warren said.

He most looks forward to interacting with the public and getting to know the community in his new job.

Training requirements for fire marshals include passing a certification exam. Warren is also a member of the Kansas Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators.

Warren said his background helps with his new job because when called out to an incident, firefighters often find out what people could have done to help prevent the fire.

“Now, I can take my knowledge and make sure mistakes are not made and help prevent losses,” Warren said.

Another thing he likes about being on the administrative side of firefighting is getting to spend more time with family and going home at the same time every night, although after 18 years of shift work, it “feels weird” to be driving home at 5 p.m.

Warren said his wife, Crystal, likes having him at home every night.

The Warrens live in Winfield and have three children.

Winfield Fire/EMS Chief Alan Stoll said Warren helped perform fire marshal duties while the position was open and has developed very good fire-investigation skills over the years.

“I think he’ll do a great job for the city and for our department,” Stoll said.

 

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BuCART host Technical Rope Rescue Class

By Julie Clements
Butler County Times Gazette – September 29, 2016

Members of the Butler County Animal Response Team took part in a three-day technical rope rescue class last weekend in El Dorado.

Eight BuCART members were joined by K-9 search and rescue teams, animal control officers, and animal disaster responders from Kansas and Missouri, along with fire/rescue responders from Butler County and students from Butler Community College Fire Science Division for the training, which was put on by Eric Thompson, director of Disaster Response for Code 3 Associates, a national animal disaster response organization. The young girl from Douglass, Sutton O’Crowley, who is BuCART’s youngest member, also was there for part of the training.

“It’s an honor for our team to receive training from an instructor of Eric’s caliber. He is a nationally recognized expert in animal disaster response and always willing to teach our team of volunteers how to help our county’s animals, and their owners, in a disaster,” said Janell Jessup, BuCART team coordinator.

The first day they spent learning how to tie knots and set up relays and riggings.

“We had two teams who pulled a pickup truck,” Jessup said. “They were teaching us how to move high loads.”

Then Saturday they learned more about tying knots and repelled off of the training tower at El Dorado Fire Station No. 2.

That afternoon they worked on animal harnessing and people harnessing. The training concluded with more rigging, knots and harnessing on Sunday in the fire bays because of the rain, as well as learning how to make an emergency harness and muzzle out of a rope.

“This one was the most challenging for us,” Jessup said of this training. “It’s kind of scary taking that first step off the fire tower, but it just deepened out skills if we need to go over a cliff to rescue an animal or go down in a ravine.

“It’s just another skill set that Jim Schmidt (Emergency Management director) wanted his team to have. It allows us to work along first responders if they request our assistance.”

She said this lets other first responders and animal control officers know what the team can do.

“It will help us if we have to pull a horse or a large animal out of ditch,” Jessup said.

Jessup said this training allows them to help in an emergency situation and not be a hinderance.

This training qualified the participants to be a technician for animal search and rescue in rope rescues.

“We have a whole new skill set now among our team,” Jessup said.

This goes also with previous trainings on water rescue and high angle rescues.

The class was made possible by a grant from Butler County Emergency Management. Butler Community College donated the use of a classroom and the new fire training tower.

BuCART was formed in 2012 by citizen volunteers to help the animals of Butler County in any disaster, natural or man-made, and operates under the supervision of Butler County Emergency Management. The team is also part of the South-Central Regional Animal Response Team and Kansas State Animal Response Team. Training is an important aspect for these team members since disaster situations pose a multitude of hazards for humans, their pets and those who may respond to rescue both.

In addition, training alongside local responders and animal control officials offers disaster volunteers the opportunity to share skills and knowledge so they are better prepared to assist those in need when the time comes.

 

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Adult and 2 children escape house fire Thursday morning in Topeka

By Phil Anderson
Topeka Capital Journal – September 29, 2016

Photo by Phil Anderson. Click on photo to view full-size.

Photo by Phil Anderson. Click on photo to view full-size.

An adult and two children were able to escape their burning home late Thursday morning in the city’s midtown area.

Firefighters responded around 11 a.m. to a report of a house fire at 1038 S.W. Boswell.

First-arriving crews found a small fire in a bedroom of the residence and were able to extinguish it quickly.

Topeka Fire Department Battalion Chief Kelly Adams said the blaze appeared to have started in the area of a mattress.

Firefighters made a “good stop” on the blaze and were able to keep it to the room where it started.

Firefighters ventilated the one-story, brown home of smoke after the fire was out.

No injuries were reported.

An estimated dollar loss wasn’t immediately available.

According to the Shawnee County Appraiser’s website, the home’s 2016 value was $46,450. The property is owned by Cornerstone of Topeka.

 

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Car crashes into Casey’s

By Brian Sanders
Holton Recorder – September 29, 2016

Photo by Belinda Burnett-Cashman

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A Tuesday evening incident that saw a passenger car drive through the front of the new Casey’s General Store in Holton was “purely accidental,” according to Holton Police Chief Gale Gakle.

No one inside the convenience store was injured in the accident, which occurred at about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at the store, which is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 75 (Arizona Avenue) and Kansas Highway 16 (Fourth Street), Gakle said.

The accident involved a 2007 Chrysler 300 that was driven by Nancy Mahan, 69, of Topeka.

“She and a passenger had pulled in off of U.S. 75 to get some drinks and use the restroom,” Gakle said. “Her foot slipped off the brake and hit the gas, and the car ran into the front of the building… The car basically went three-fourths of the way into the building.”

Both Mahan and her passenger, Charles Johnson, 61, also of Topeka, were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident and were not injured, Gakle said. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

The amount of damage sustained by Mahan’s car, as well as damage to the front of the convenience store and contents inside the building, was not available at press time.

The store is one of two Casey’s General Store locations currently operating in Holton. The new store was opened in February of 2015, it was reported.

 

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Smoke but no flames at Flying J

Emporia Gazette – September 29, 2016

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A possible structure fire at Flying J was reported at approximately 8:40 a.m. on Thursday. Scanner traffic indicated that there was smoke in the building but no visible flames.

Jack Taylor, fire chief says that there is no active fire.

“Smoke was coming from an air handling unit which was either an air conditioning or heating unit on the roof, but it was not on fire,” Taylor said. “We have isolated it and are taking care of it.”

 

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Two-vehicle crash involving a semi on Highway 75 in Jackson County

By Phil Anderson
Topeka Capital Journal – September 29, 2016

Photos by Tim Morse

Photos by Tim Morse

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One person was transported to a Topeka hospital with disabling injuries after a two-vehicle crash involving a semi-trailer shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday on US-75 highway north of Topeka, Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse said.

The crash was reported around 6:55 a.m. on northbound US-75 highway and 190th Road, south of Holton in Jackson County.

Morse said a red passenger vehicle was westbound crossing US-75 at 190th when it was struck by a southbound semi. Both vehicles left the highway.

The semi landed on its side about 150 yards from the crash at the bottom of a ravine on the west side of the highway, Morse said.

The driver of the passenger vehicle was transported to a hospital, while the truck driver refused treatment.

Morse said the Kansas Highway Patrol will be investigating the crash.

The Potawatomi Tribal Police also assisted with the incident. Jackson County EMS and Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Tribal Fire and EMS, and Hoyt and Mayetta Fire Departments responded to the scene.

Authorities said the semi was hauling groceries.

The right-hand lane was blocked for a time. Northbound traffic on US-75 was able to move past the crash in the left lane.

 

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