KSFFA Regional Fire School – Council Grove

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by Council Grove Fire Department
January 7-8, 2017
Location: Council Grove High School, 129 Hockaday St., Council Grove

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Saturday Morning – January 7 – 8 a.m.

  1. KSFFA Skills Trailer – 8 hrs – Requires Full Turn-Out Gear & SCBA
  2. Incident Command – 8 hrs
  3. Tactics for small departments – 8 hrs
  4. Farm & Vehicle Extrication – 12 hrs – Requires Full Turn-Out Gear
  5. Grain Elevator Fires & Grain Rescue – 8 hrs

Saturday Afternoon – January 7 – 1 p.m.

  1. KSFFA Skills Trailer, cont.
  2. Incident Command, cont.
  3. Tactics for small departments, cont.
  4. Farm & Vehicle Extrication, cont.
  5. Grain Elevator Fires & Grain Rescue, cont.

Sunday Morning – January 8 – 8 a.m.

  1. Farm & Vehicle Extrication, cont.
  2. Ventilation
  3. Fire Behavior/Building Construction
  4. Lessons Learned

Sunday Afternoon – January 8 – Noon

  1. KSFFA Burn Trailer – Requires Full Turn-Out Gear & SCBA

For more information contact: Dan Romine, KSFFA Treasurer at 785-231-7771 or Council Grove Fire Chief Chris Blackledge at 620-767-2121.

  • 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.

 

Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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Seaman High School student killed in two-vehicle, head-on crash

By Phil Anderson
Topeka Capital Journal – January 17, 2017

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A Seaman High School male student, 16, was killed in a two-vehicle head-on collision Tuesday morning just north of Topeka on N.W. 46th.

The crash was reported just after 7:40 a.m. just east of N.W. 46th and Button Road near Camden Lane. The location is east of US-75 highway.

Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Todd Stallbaumer said the male, a junior at the high school, was driving east on 46th in a dark gray Pontiac Grand Am when it crossed the center line and struck a westbound full-size white Dodge pickup truck head-on.

The driver of the Grand Am, the lone occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the truck was checked at the scene for minor injuries and didn’t require hospitalization.

The impact of the crash was in the westbound lane where the truck was coming from.

The truck came to rest facing southwest in north shoulder of the road. The car came to rest facing southeast in the south shoulder of the road.

The family of the Seaman student has been notified. The name of the teen is being withheld pending additional family notification.

The speed limit on 46th, a two-lane road, is 55 mph.

N.W. 46th is blocked off in both directions in the area and will be for much of Tuesday morning.

Sheriff Herman Jones and a chaplain were being sent to the scene.

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating further.

 

Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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County conflagration

Cowley Courier Traveler – January 12, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – January 17, 2017

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A Dexter firefighter sprays water on a grass fire along U.S. Highway 160 east of Burden on Tuesday afternoon. Units from the Atlanta, Burden, Cambridge and Dexter fire departments responded. The fire burned land on both sides of the highway. At around 2:30 p.m. the fire was out and firefighters were performing maintenance to guard against flare-ups, according to Burden police chief Jeff Hunt, who was directing traffic on the highway. High winds Tuesday led to an increased risk of grass fires.

 

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Great Bend firefighters make three fire calls on Tuesday

Great Bend Tribune – January 12, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – January 17, 2017

The first call came in at 1:58 p.m. when fire crews responded to 3007 27th St. for a CO check. No CO was found.

The second call was at 5:11 p.m. firefighters responded to 32 SE 20 Road for a smell of burning and smoke in the resident. Upon arrival the crews found no fire. Investigation showed a major issues with the electrical. The power company was contacted to disconnect the meter and the owner was to have an electrician repair the problem.

The final call came in at 11:53 p.m. Units responded to 1209 Washington St. for a subject having difficulty breathing.

Upon arrival the EMT’s CO meters alerted them to the presence of carbon monoxide. Further investigation confirmed the presence of carbon monoxide. The house was vented and Kansas Gas was contacted to disconnect the meter until the problem was corrected.

 

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Local firefighters respond to possible hazmat spill

By J.R. Sparke
Herington Times – January 12, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – January 17, 2017

The possibility of a hazardous materials spill Monday in the Herington rail yard prompted a response from the Herington Fire Department.

Fire Chief Ken Staatz said the department was notified at 12:20 a.m. that a tank car carrying a form of alcohol was the cause for concern.

Upon arrival at the scene, fire department personnel noticed what appeared to be a wet spot near the top of the tank car.

Two of the eight firefighters who responded suited up in personal protection gear and self-contained breathing units for closer inspection.

Staatz said a primary concern was that the flash (ignition) point for the tanker’s contents was 55 degrees. However, the outside temperature at the time was approximately 28 degrees.

The firefighters at the tank found no leaks and no pooling of liquid on the ground, the fire chief said.

The conclusion was alcohol spilled out of the top of the tanker car when it was in motion, the fire chief said.

Union Pacific hazmat personnel were contacted and planned to make a follow-up inspection, Staatz said.

Firefighters, who had responded with two vehicles, were at the scene for slightly less than one hour.

 

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Herington Fire Department has busy week

By J.R. Sparke
Herington Times – January 12, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – January 17, 2017

Herington Fire Chief Ken Staatz provided last week the following information regarding recent calls answered by the Herington Fire Department.

December 28 – Sixteen firefighters responded shortly after 12:30 p.m. with four brush trucks to a grass fire in the vicinity of 3127 U Ave. in Morris County. Mutual aid had been requested by the Delavan Fire Department. DFD sent five firefighters with two brush trucks and a tanker truck. Approximately 50 acres of grassland was burned. Cause of the fire was listed as an electric fence that grounded out. Firefighters were at the scene until shortly after 2 p.m.

Twelve HFD firefighters responded with two vehicles shortly before 3:20 p.m. to the report of a gas meter being hit by a vehicle at 207 West Main St. Atmos Energy personnel had shut off the gas prior to the firefighters’ arrival.

December 29 – The report of smoke in a house at 1015 West Walnut St. prompted a fire run at 8:55 p.m. Thirteen firefighters responded to the location with a pumper truck. Fire personnel were unable to locate any smoke. Following a complete search of the residence using a thermal imaging camera, the occupant was advised to contact an electrician as a precaution. Firefighters were at the scene for approximately 30 minutes.

January 2 – Fourteen firefighters responded with fire vehicles shortly after 11:15 p.m. to the report of a mini-van on fire at the municipal burn pile located at the south end of the Tri-County Free Fair grounds. Chief Staatz reported no damage was visible to the vehicle but that a front wheel rim was hot to the touch. Passengers reported they had put the fire out by throwing dirt on it. The mini-van was driven from the scene.

 

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Family Displaced, Dogs Die, In Atchison Fire

KAIR – January 16, 2017

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An Atchison family is without a home, and the family’s two dogs dead, following a late Saturday morning residential fire.

“Shortly before 10:00, the Atchison Fire Department received a page to respond to the address of 424 North Second in Atchison for a report of a structure fire,” said Atchison Fire Chief Ted Graf. “Upon arrival, heavy fire and smoke were coming from the [south side of the] residence at that time. The fire had also extended to the neighboring residence at 420 North second.”

Graf stated that the fire at the second residence was extinguished quickly, with firefighters able to bring the original fire under control in about 30-minutes.

The home sustained heavy structural damage to a utility room and the kitchen, with smoke and heat damage extending throughout the two-story home, leaving the occupants displaced.

Two family members were home at the time of the fire; and although they escaped unhurt, the two family dogs were lost.

The cause of the fire, which appeared to have started in the utility room, appears to be accidental in nature but remains under investigation. The Kansas State Fire Marshal’s office is assisting.

The displaced occupants are staying with relatives following the loss of their home.

 

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Jerry Marlett

Funeral services for Retired Captain Jerry Marlett Topeka Fire Dept will be held January 21st at 2:00 pm at First United Methodist Church 600 SW Topeka Blvd Topeka Ks. Topeka Fire Dept Local 83 Honor Guard will be doing Bell service for Brother Marlett.

 

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