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


Posted by Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

KSFFA Regional Fire School at Larned State Hospital

KSFFA Regional Fire School
hosted by Larned State Hospital
August 6-7, 2016
Location: 1301 KS Hwy 264, Activity Therapy Building, Larned, KS


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Saturday – August 6 – 8 a.m.

  1. Basic Firefighters Skill Trailer – 8 hours – PPE/SCBA required
  2. Engine Company Operations for Small Departments – 8 hours – PPE required
  3. Detection & Suppression System – 4 hours

Saturday – August 6 – 1 p.m.

  1. Basic Firefighters Skill Trailer, cont.
  2. Engine Operations, cont.
  3. Reading Smoke – 4 hours

Sunday – August 7 – 8 a.m.

  1. Fire Behavior – 4 hours
  2. Vehicle Fires – 4 hours – Full PPE/SCBA required
  3. Lessons Learned – 4 hours

Sunday – August 7 – NOON

  1. KSFFA Burn Trailer – Full PPE/SCBA required

Motels: Roadway Inn (620) 285-2300 or Townsman Inn (620) 285-3114

For more information call Troy Wolf, KSFFA SW Trustee at (620) 492-1861

For Firefighter 1 and 2 testing call Ron Ewing, SE Trustee at (620) 366-5399

Fit Testing will be offered. All classes are free.


Posted by Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Firefighters battle Friday afternoon structure fire in Ellis w/video

By Cooper Slough
Hays Post – July 22, 2016


The City of Ellis Fire Department, with assistance from Ellis County Rural and Hays City Fire Departments, responded to a structure fire just before 2 p.m. Friday in the 200 block of West 12th in Ellis.

There were no flames visible outside the home, but significant smoke emanated from the home for more than an hour as crews worked to extinguish the fire.

The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time. Officers from the Ellis Police Department and Ellis County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.


Posted by Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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Hays Fire and Police respond to Friday afternoon RV fire w/video

By James Bell
Hays Post – July 22, 2016

Photo by Nick Tidwell. Click on photo to view full-size.

Photo by Nick Tidwell. Click on photo to view full-size.


At around 3:30 p.m. Friday, Hays Fire and Police Departments responded to an RV on fire in the Dillons parking lot at 1902 Vine.

The front of the RV was fully engulfed in flames when the department arrived.

While crews worked to extinguish the fire, traffic was blocked from entering and exiting the north parking lot.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.


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Parsons Fire Department Awarded Grant

City of Parsons – July 22, 2016

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The City of Parsons recently received notification that they are the recipient of an AFG Grant (Assistance to Firefighters Grant). Laura Moore the City’s grant writer submitted an application in January of this year on behalf of the Parsons Fire Department requesting the grant in order to develop a fully encompassing health and wellness program.

The grant pays 95% of the awarded project. The total project submitted for the grant is anticipated to cost $16,032 with cost to the Parsons Fire Department estimated at only $801.

In the grant Moore explained that currently the Parsons Fire Department has a well-established Priority I Health and Wellness program in place. The program outlined in the grant request placed emphasis on the fitness, nutrition and continued physical health of the City’s firefighters.

According to Parsons Fire Chief Jay Hawks, the grant award will assist in meeting the challenges presented in the peer fitness trainer course including expense of the course training, accommodations, food and travel. It will also be utilized to evaluate the current physical health while setting goals tailored to the individual firefighter.


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One dead, two critical after accident on K-96 in Mt. Hope

KSN – July 22, 2016

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Click on photo to view full-size.

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One person is dead and two others were critically injured after an accident Friday afternoon in Mt. Hope. It happened around 1:00 p.m. near K-96 and Ohio Street.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reports a box truck was headed northbound on Ohio when it crossed the eastbound lanes of K-96, the drove across the westbound lanes and was struck by a Jeep Cherokee.

KHP says the 32-year-old man driving the Jeep was pronounced dead at the scene. Both the driver of the box truck and a passenger in the Jeep were critically injured in the crash. The passenger in the Jeep was taken to Via Christi St. Francis hospital. The KHP did not report where the driver of the truck was taken.

The westbound lanes of K-96 will remain closed for several hours while the KHP investigates the crash.


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Russell County Supports Law Enforcement, Emergency Personnel

By David Elliott
KRSL – July 22, 2016

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It’s been a difficult time recently for law enforcement in America, and several individuals and groups in the Russell area are making known their support for law enforcement and emergency personnel.

Players and coaches of the Russell High School Football Team made and delivered homemade breakfast burritos, donuts and juice to the Russell City Police Department, Russell County Sheriff’s Office, Russell City Fire Department and Russell County EMS Friday, July 22 morning. According to the team’s Facebook page, they were warmly welcomed and given tours of each facility by the amazing men and women at each location.

It’s just one of many acts of kindness shown to local law enforcement in recent weeks.

Russell County Sheriff Fred Whitman released the following statement on Thursday, July 21:

“During the last weeks and months our nation has endured many hateful acts. It seems that the news is constantly filled with stories that depress and enrage all of us. The murder of so many law enforcement officers throughout the United States is disheartening and disturbing to many of us. We all know there is no excuse for behavior such as this. These horrible events will always be the first reported and most talked about. I would like to take a moment to speak of the acts of kindness that go unnoticed all to often in our society. During the previous two weeks the Russell County Sheriff’s Office has been the recipient of several of these acts. I would like to thank all of our citizens who have not only brought treats to our office in support of law enforcement, but have also sent letters and cards of support and encouragement. These along with your prayers are what make me thankful to serve the citizens of this county and nation. We truly appreciate these acts of kindness and humbly ask that you continue to pray for the families of those brave officers that have fallen in the line of duty this year. Your kindness and concern prove that all is not lost in this great nation. All of us at the Russell County Sheriff’s Office thank you.”

Russell County Sheriff’s Deputy Trevor Dinkel is behind an effort to raise money for the families of the officers killed in the recent Dallas, Texas shooting.

With the help of Joni Pasek at Getting Noticed in Russell, Dinkel designed a t-shirt and the proceeds will benefit the families. This t-shirt is not just for law enforcement. This shirt is for anyone who wishes to show their support for the families who lost loved ones in the tragedy in Dallas.


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Governor orders flags lowered for Capt. Robert Melton


Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today ordered flags in Kansas to be flown at half-staff from sun-up to sun-down on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in honor of Captain Robert Melton who was killed in the line of duty July 19. His funeral will be held at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, July 23 at Children’s Mercy Park.

“Serving his community, Captain Melton made the ultimate sacrifice laying down his life in the line of duty,” said Governor Brownback. “Kansans everywhere mourn his loss, grieve with his family, and pray for his fellow brothers and sisters in blue. Every day they risk their lives to protect ours and we are grateful for their service.”


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Fatal house fire in Towanda overnight

By Hali Rowland
KWCH – July 22, 2016

One person is dead after a fire in Towanda Thursday.

Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet says the call came in around 11:30 p.m. for a person trapped in a burning home.

When fire crews arrived to the 300 block of North Main, they made entry, but Herzet says the resident passed.

The fire and the 57-year-old’s death is being investigated by the Kansas Fire Marshal and the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.


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