KSFFA Regional School Requests for 2018

KSFFA Regional Fire School requests are now being accepted until July 31, 2017. 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 – Hoisington

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by Hoisington Fire Department

May 6-7, 2017
Location: Hoisington High School, 218 E. St., Hoisington


Saturday Morning – May 6 – 8:00 a.m.

  1. Building Construction and Structural Collapse – 4 hrs.
  2. Pump Ops – 8 hrs.
  3. KSFFA Skills Trailer – 8 hrs. – Requires Bunker Gear and SCBA
  4. Wildland Fires – 8 hrs.
  5. Firefighter Rehab – 4 hrs.

Saturday Afternoon – May 6 – 1:00 p.m.

  1. Pump Ops, cont.
  2. KSFFA Skills Trailer, cont.
  3. Wildland Fires, cont.

Sunday Morning – May 7 – 8:00 a.m.

  1. Grain Elevator Emergencies
  2. Oil Tank Battery Fires
  3. Propane Safety
  4. Reading Smoke

Sunday Afternoon – May 7 – NOON

  1. Fire Grounds: Propane Props

For more information contact:
Chief Jerry Stricker, 620-786-5494, email: jstricker@cox.net or
KSFFA Northwest Justin Couse, 785-420-0465 or justincouse1973@hotmail.com

Motel Info: Roadway Inn, 57 W. Highway 4, Hoisington – 620-292-6022

  • 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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Structure fire in Coffeyville

Independence Daily Reporter – April 23, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – April 27, 2017

The Coffeyville Fire department responded to a kitchen fire at 4 p.m. Friday at 304 E. 9th St. When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke and light flames were visible. The fire was quickly extinguished with an interior attack.

“This fire was unintentional, a result of unattended cooking on the kitchen stove,” said Fire Captain Joe Rexwinkle. “The occupant, Ray Davis, was alerted by a working smoke detector which enabled him to exit the house unharmed.”

The house, which is owned by Larry Trotter, sustained approximately $5,000 in damage. Off duty fire personnel, South Coffeyville Fire Department, Coffeyville Police Department and CRMC EMS all assisted at the scene.


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Junction City Fire Department promotes new fire captain

By Michael J. Sellman
Junction City Daily Union – April 21, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – April 27, 2017

The Junction City Fire Department promoted one of their members to the rank of captain.

During a City Commission meeting Tuesday, Junction City Fire Chief Terry Johnson promoted James Reynolds to the position of Captain as there was an opening for the position.

Reynolds joined the department in 1995, and was promoted to lieutenant in 2009. Johnson said Reynolds is qualified as an engine and aerial driver operator, emergency medical trainer, and inspector.

“He went through the final process of our assessment, which is an interview panel. And he came out on top,” he said.


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Fort Riley firefighters provide mutual aid in Bluffs Apartments blaze

By Season Osterfeld, 1st Inf. Div. Post
Ft. Riley Post – April 21, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – April 27, 2017

In the early morning hours of April 8, the Bluffs Apartments building b in Junction City, Kansas, caught fire. As the blaze started to take over the roof of the building, firefighters from Stations 3 and 5 at Fort Riley responded to a mutual aid request from the Junction City Fire Department.

At about 1:20 a.m., crews with Engine 5 and Ladder 1 responded to the request, said Lt. Cody Sims, Fort Riley Fire Department, who was a responder on duty at Station 3. The firefighters worked with other crews from the local area including Abilene, Geary County, Junction City and Manhattan to extinguish the fire.

“We arrived on scene at approximately 1:40 a.m. and we were released from the scene at approximately 6:45 a.m.,” Sims said. “I believe the fire was under control by approximately 4:30 a.m.”

Upon arrival, the Fort Riley crews assisted with protecting neighboring structures to prevent the fire from jumping to the buildings. Once the threat to neighboring structures was eliminated, the crews began supplying water to the Abilene Fire Department ladder truck. Additionally, the station 5 crew pushed into the interior to extinguish the fire. Shortly thereafter, the station 3 crew used the Ladder 1 to assist with advancing hose to the third floor and conducting overhaul and salvage operations on two apartments, Sims said.

“Fort Riley had many assignments while on scene,” said Capt. James Kennedy, Fort Riley Fire Department, who responded with Station 5. “The first assignment was exposure protection of the surrounding structures. Windy conditions and the high volume of fire exposures were a major concern. Other assignments were water supply to other apparatus on the fire scene. Engine 5 and Ladder 1 were connected to a hydrant approximately a block away. Engine 5 crews then were called to help with some interior work once the roof had burnt off. Crews went to the 3rd floor and extinguished an apartment that couldn’t be extinguished through elevated master streams and ground monitors. Engine 5 personnel also assisted with extensive overhaul of the building until being released.”

While the mutual aid request was necessary because the JCFD was unable to tackle a fire as large and fast moving as the Bluffs Apartments fire, it is also important for community relationships and partnerships for fire departments to work together protecting the people they serve and live with, Kennedy said.

“Mutual aid is important to Fort Riley and the surrounding communities,” he said. “These partnerships build a regional bond between communities through the professionalism of the fire service. No one community can handle fires of this caliber. Fire departments rely on these mutual aid agreements to assist the community. It is vital to the Soldiers and families on and off the installation to provide fire protection.”

Sims said the fire was also important for them to be a part of because of the Soldiers and their families who lived there.

“It is what we train for on a daily basis and also there were quite a few of the tenants at the fire building that were soldiers of Fort Riley and it is a great customer service that we provided them even when they’re off the installation,” he said.

Kennedy said he credited the professional demeanor and training of all firefighters involved for why the fire was successfully extinguished without injuries or damage to neighboring structures. He added this event can also be a teaching tool for future training.

“Training plays a key role in any event,” he said. “The crews on scene were very professional and calm during the event. This is what we train for, emergency situations are stressful and the FRFES (Fort Riley Fire and Emergency Services) remained professional and tactful due to the know-how and training.”


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Shop destroyed in Tuesday fire

Eureka Herald – April 19, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – April 27, 2017

A rural Eureka shop was destroyed along with all of it’s contents last Tuesday when a fire broke out in the building.

Greenwood County Fire Departments: Central, Neal and Eureka Lake Divisions responded to a fire at 2031 140th Street, approximately 5 miles east of Eureka, at 7:05 a.m. According to Greenwood County Fire Chief Doug Williams, firefighters found a large metal shop building heavily involved with smoke and fire, when they arrived. The owner was moving any equipment near the building away. Eureka Fire Department was requested at 8:04 a.m. to respond and assist also. Crews were on scene for several hours extinguishing the fire. Destroyed in the fire were the building, mowers, skid steer, RV camper, vehicle, tools and many personal items. The property is owned by Ron Gulick. The fire was investigated by the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s office and was believed to be electrical.

After an extensive investigation, a Kansas State Fire Marshal investigator classified the cause of the fire as undetermined but most likely accidental. The area of origin was in the eastern-most bay of the shop. There were no smoke alarms present.

The Kansas State Fire Marshal’s office believed the estimated loss was $75,000 for the structure and close to $500,000 for the contents. The Kansas State Fire Marshal was asked to work the fire due to the large dollar loss.


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Rollover wreck slows traffic Wednesday morning

By Nick Viviani
Topeka Capital Journal – April 27, 2017

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A roll over wreck Wednesday morning disrupted rush hour traffic at a busy Topeka intersection.

Topeka Police Sgt. Kristen Marr says the two vehicles collided just after 7:30 a.m. while both of them were heading north near the corner of 21st Street and Washburn Ave.

The driver of one of the vehicles over corrected after drifting across the center line, sideswiping a maroon Nissan Rogue, and causing the SUV to flip, police said.

No one was taken to the hospital, but a 10-year-old child walked away with a small scratch on her head, Marr said.

She added that everyone was wearing a seat belt.


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Drivers extricated after Hillsboro wreck

Hillsboro Star Journal – April 27, 2017

A three-vehicle accident on US-56 just north of Hillsboro Tuesday evening sent three people to Hillsboro Community Hospital, one with a possible broken leg.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol online crash log, an eastbound 2017 Subaru Crosstrek driven by Tania A. Sorenson, 32, Hillsboro, was preparing to turn north into a driveway when the Subaru was struck from behind by a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Nathaniel N. Bentley, 33, Gypsum.

After the Jeep struck the Subaru, it careened into the westbound lane and crashed head-on with a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Myron D. Hiebert, 54, Canton.

The Subaru ended up stopped in the eastbound lane, the Jeep straddling the centerline, and the Chevrolet came to rest in a gully in the north ditch facing the highway. Bentley and Hiebert were trapped in their vehicles and had to be extricated by rescue squads from Hillsboro and Marion. Vehicle parts littered the highway.

Marion County Emergency Medical Service, Kansas Highway Patrol, Hillsboro and Marion fire departments, Hillsboro and Marion police, and sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene.


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Centre students urged to wear seatbelts and not use cell phones while driving

By Rowena Plett
Marion County Record – April 26, 2017

Kyra Voss

It wasn’t until Nov. 2 that Eric Voss of Concordia learned his 15-year-old daughter Kyra Lynn never wore her seatbelt unless she was riding with her parents. That was the day he learned Kyra was seriously injured in a one-car rollover accident. She died one and a half days later from massive brain swelling.

The emotional Voss presented a slide show and told the story of Kyra’s life and death to Centre High School students Monday after a simulated car crash rescue operation.

Voss is Concordia’s fire chief and responded to the accident scene, only to learn the victim was his own daughter.

He urged students to wear seatbelts. He thought Kyra might have swerved to avoid a deer and lost control trying to correct. He said she was ejected through the car’s front window, and a seatbelt might have saved her life.

Kansas State Highway Patrolman Ben Gardner, commonly known as Trooper Ben, shared with students the difficulty of giving a death notice to relatives.

“It’s my sad responsibility to inform you that,” he tells them, and then goes on to break the terrible news.

“It changes their world,” he said. “It’s devastating.”

He said sometimes they break down and cry, sometimes they are just silent, or sometimes they yell, scream, and get angry.

He urged students to wear seatbelts.

“The law says you must, but it’s still up to you to do it,” he said.

He compared it to his wearing a bulletproof vest.

“You have to be prepared for anything,” he said.

The trooper also emphasized the need to avoid distractions, especially talking on cell phones.

Emergency medical technician Jesse Brunner of Tampa led the program. Students Brandon Bina, Katie Marler, Summer Espinoza, and Alex Stika were in the crash demonstration. It was a head-on collision with one casualty.

Lost Springs and Lincolnville Fire Departments participated along with two Marion County ambulances with emergency medical workers, coroner JoAnn Knak, and undertaker Jared Jost of Hillsboro.


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