KSFFA Regional Fire School – Colwich

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by Colwich Fire Department
July 8-9, 2017
Location: ICM West Campus, 125 N. 1st, Colwich

July 8th – Saturday Morning – 8:00 a.m.

  1. Vehicle Extrication – Full Turnout Gear or rescue PPE required
  2. Grain Elevator Fires – Helmet, Gloves, Eye Protection required
  3. Wildfires
  4. KSFFA Skills Trailer – Full Turnout Gear required
  5. Honoring Your Own – Taught by Topeka Fire Department Honor Guard

July 8th – Saturday Afternoon – 1:00 p.m.

  1. Vehicle Extrication, cont.
  2. Grain Elevator Fires, cont.
  3. Wildfires, cont.
  4. KSFFA Skills Trailer, cont.
  5. Honoring Your Own, cont.

July 9th – Sunday Morning – 8:00 a.m.

  1. Vehicle Fires – Full Turnout Gear and SCBA required
  2. Ethanol Fires
  3. Fire Behavior

July 9th – Sunday Noon

  1. KSFFA Burn Trailer – Full Turnout Gear and SCBA Required

Contact Info – KSFFA 2nd Vice President Shane Pearson – ksffa2ndvp@gmail.com

Hotel Info – Holiday Inn Express, NW K-96, 10750 Hampton Lakes, Maize, KS

  • 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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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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Shawnee County, KS, Take Twin Tanker/Pumpers

Firehouse – June 27, 2017


Unit Type: Pumper/Tanker
Year: 2017
Manufacturer: Toyne, Inc.
Chassis Manufacturer:
Model: T-800 Two-door cab 6×4
Engine: Cummins ISX 12 450-hp engine
Transmission: Allison 4500EVS
Pump: Hale Qmax-XS 1,500-gpm
Tank: 3,000-gallon
Generator: Onan 8,000-watt hydraulic
Aerial: NA

Shawnee Heights, KS, Fire District recently contracted Toyne, Inc. to engineer two pumper-tanker trucks for their growing fleet. The two new Toyne apparatus, have bolted, painted stainless steel bodes, mounted on Kenworth T800 two-door 6×4 cabs and chassis. They are powered by Cummins ISX 12 450-hp engines and Allison 4500EVS transmissions. To fight fire,they have Hale QMax-XS 1,500-gpm pumps and 3,000-gallon UPF tanks. Other equipment includes Onan 8,000-watt hydraulic generators, Fire Research telescoping lights, Zico hydraulic 3,500-gallon portable tank racks, The fire district provides fire and rescue operations, water rescue and first responder medical services to the residents of Topeka, Monmouth, and Williamsport Townships in southeast Shawnee County. The district has three stations staffed by full-time personnel supplement by part-time staff. It is the third most populated county in Kansas.


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Fire damages home in S. Wichita

KWCH – June 27, 2017

Wichita fire crews are looking for a cause after an early-morning house fire in S. Wichita.

Crews were called to the home in the 1500 block of S. Meridian early Tuesday morning. They found smoke and flames coming from the building.

No one was home at the time, though the homeowner did arrive while crews were on the scene.

Fire officials say the house suffered considerable damage and is no longer livable

Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to other homes.

No one was hurt.


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Collision sends car into church

Pittsburg Morning Sun – June 27, 2017

Photos by Chance Hoener. Click on each photo to view full-size.

A two-car collision Saturday ended with a sedan inside the a portion of the LifeChangers Church.

According to the Pittsburg Police Department, units were dispatched simultaneously to a report of a wreck at the intersection of 6th and Broadway, and an alarm at LifeChangers Church — located at 7th and Broadway — at approximately 2:22 p.m.

Officers learned the alarm at LifeChangers Church was a result of the wreck at 6th and Broadway. According to PPD, Judy Wood was in the process of turning northbound onto Broadway in her 2000 Chrysler 300 when a 2008 Dodge Ram pickup failed to stop at the intersection and hit her. The pickup was driven by Alfred Snowden, and carrying Kelly Castagnola as a passenger.

The collision caused Wood’s car to travel northbound on Broadway and veer east into the private drive of LifeChangers Church. The car drove through the south side of the church and into the building where it came to a stop.

Wood’s vehicle lost fluids and parts along Broadway and witnesses reported that her airbags deployed, but this was not stated in the report from PPD. The pickup sustained damage to the front bumper.

Drivers and passengers were treated by Crawford County EMS on scene, and Wood was transported to Via Christi Hospital for further treatment.

Pittsburg Fire Department also responded to both locations.

The incident is still under investigation by PPD.


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Fire Severely Damages Russell Home

By David Elliott
KRSL – June 26, 2017

A house on Cindy Drive in Russell was severely damaged by a fire Sunday evening.

According to the Russell City Fire Department, at 6:28 PM Sunday, a woman from 110 Cindy Drive called 911 to report the split-level house next to her at 112 Cindy Drive had smoke coming out of the roof.

The Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire, but remained on scene for about three hours.

According to Russell City Fire Chief Shane Preston, the fire started in the kitchen due to some type of electrical issue with the microwave cord or outlet it was plugged in to. The blaze quickly spread from there and damaged or destroyed much of the home’s contents.

Preston estimated total fire, smoke and water damage at $100,000.

The residents, Brian and Kayla Schneider, were not home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. However, two dogs died as a result of smoke inhalation.

Along with City Fire, Russell County EMS, the Russell Police Department, the Russell County Sheriff’s Office and Russell County Emergency Management responded.

Rotary Rescue also responded with water and snacks.


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Front Porch Arson Investigation

KSAL – June 26, 2017

An arson investigation is underway after a man awakened to find his front porch on fire Sunday in west Salina.

Police Captain Paul Forrester tells KSAL News that 25-year-old Malcolm Norris heard his home smoke alarm sound at 5:15am Sunday morning and ran downstairs to discover a fire just outside his front door.

Police say the suspicious fire damaged the front door, vinyl siding and roof of the porch causing over $1,000 in damages.

Norris was the only person in the dwelling and was not hurt.

The rental house is located at 918 W. South Street and is owned by Carol Viar of Salina.


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Small town works together to end population bust

By Larry Dreiling
High Plains Journal – June 26, 2017

Photo by Larry Dreiling. Click on photo to view full-size.

Ever since westward expansion, settlement and creation of states allowed for the great population centers being the magnets for rural areas. Soon the immediate boom that statehood created during and after the Civil War led to bust—primarily after settlers realized there would usually be drought years following the rainy years that enticed them to move.

The High Plains has seen its share of declining rural population in agricultural counties. The question has been how to bring new generations of settlers who will, instead of pulling up stakes when bad weather occurs, bring diverse skills to establish new businesses or help grow existing ones to in turn bring renewal to these communities.

For decades, Quinter, Kansas, in Gove County, was typical of the declining community. While miles away from a tiny county seat, it had a small but sturdy population along Interstate 70.

Or so people thought.

When the results of the U.S. Census of 2010 were released, it showed Quinter with a 4.5 percent population decline to 918 people. That number paled in comparison to Gove County’s overall population decline of 12.2 percent compared with 2000.

Ericka Nicholson had just been appointed the new city administrator of Quinter at that time.

“Those census figures were crippling,” Nicholson said. “However, this created a perfect storm for us. We had a city council locked and loaded to stop the population loss along with an administration with the experience and connections out to end the loss of our greatest resource, our people. Together we said that the next census can look bad or it can look better. So far, the census estimates look far better.”

Indeed. According to U.S. Census Bureau 2015 estimates, Quinter’s population saw a 3.3 percent increase to 948. This has helped staunch the overall bleeding of Gove County’s population, with the 2015 estimate indicating the population has fallen by 3.9 percent, its smallest decline since the county was first officially measured in the 1880 census.

What increased Quinter’s population is a combination of developing new businesses through a revolving loan fund created by the sale of a factory building given to the city following the factory’s closing, along with a combination of strong local financial leadership, dedicated city and county employees, strong-willed advocates in local charitable foundations and tied together with a city council willing to trust Nicholson to help solicit federal, state and regional grants to develop new civic infrastructure that promotes a lifestyle welcoming to workers in all lines of work.

“I need to give all the credit to my progressive city council,” Nicholson said. “If you look at what has happened in Quinter since May of 2010, more good things have happened here since than in the previous 50 years. I attribute that to the mayor and city council. I am the extension of the wishes of those five people, but you have to bring in the ideas and have the connections to make things happen in order to be a catalyst for positive change.

“The flag we used to fly was ‘Look what we’ve done without any kind of economic development.’ I don’t want that to be our claim to fame any more,” Nicholson said. “One of the things I had to do was educate people who said we don’t want or need help. They didn’t understand these things were coming from our tax dollars anyway.”

The first project Nicholson pursued was the construction of a new facility for the Quinter Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department using a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant. The REDLG program provides funding for rural projects through local utility organizations.

USDA provides zero-interest loans to local utilities that they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (the ultimate recipient in this case being the city of Quinter) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The ultimate recipients repay the lending utility directly. The utility is responsible for repayment to USDA.

USDA provides grants to local utility organizations that use the funding to establish revolving loan funds. Loans are made from the revolving loan funds to projects that will create or retain rural jobs. When the revolving loan fund is terminated, the grant is repaid to USDA.

“That zero-percent loan saved us $81,000 over 10 years. We worked with our partners at Midwest Energy. It’s not a grant, but it’s the next best thing to free money,” Nicholson said. “We could never have pulled it off without that loan. We went from having a very tight space to having a facility that allows us to store more equipment and do more things to increase our fire protection abilities.”

The City has also used industrial revenue bonds—along with $850,000 in private financing—to develop a Cobblestone Inn and Suites off I-70, along with a low-income housing grant through the Kansas Housing Resource Corporation to build four new duplex homes.

“We just received $400,000 to pave a new $525,000 road in anticipation of a new $2.9 million housing development. That is the first new street in Quinter in 25 years,” Nicholson said. “We’ve passed a neighborhood revitalization plan and just received a $250,000 special facilities Community Development Block Grant to build our new baseball field.

“We hope to have all the paperwork done soon to begin construction in time for next baseball season. We have a nice softball field and a beautiful youth league field but not a Legion type field. We weren’t serving an entire segment of our youth population.”

The city also has received grants from Midwest Energy, the Porter Trust and the Dane G. Hansen Foundation via Gove County to build a new pool house for the municipal swimming pool.

“The only city tax increase we’ve had since I came back in 2010 was a mill levy increase in 2012 on the Jay Johnson Public Library to the top of their ceiling, which is two mills,” Nicholson said. “That means an average house saw an increase of about $20, but who’s going to argue over a library?”

And when you ask about health care, Nicholson transforms from administrator to volunteer emergency medical technician.

“We just saved money for 10 years and now we’re going to be able to afford a monster sized all-terrain ambulance,” Nicholson said.

Gove County Medical Center, with a substantial number of quality doctors and mid-level professionals caring for a large catchment area of Kansas, is a point of pride for city residents.

Last August, Gove County learned it would receive $1.96 million from the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Kansas Airport Improvement Program to build a concrete runway, taxiway, apron and access road for an improved airport in Quinter. This is on top of $652,000 in Kansas Department of Transportation grants for land acquisition.

The Gove County Healthcare Endowment Foundation, which helps fund projects for the Gove County Medical Center, has pushed for the airport grant for years. The foundation donated $270,000 to equip the runway.

“While anyone will be able to use it, this will be primarily for use by air ambulance service,” Nicholson said. “We’ve been taking patients who need air transport to WaKeeney or Oakley because we don’t have the proper airport. Now, these people will get direct treatment in Denver or other places like Shriners Hospital in Texas for burn victims with no long drive.

“But understand, this is that perfect storm of people, with the County, the City, the foundation, all working together to get things accomplished. We have these trusting relationships with each other to make good things happen.”

Nicholson said civic leaders should remember that return on investment is more than money. Instead, focus on the returns of bringing new business and people to a community.

“This shouldn’t be competition. We want our friends in other cities to get those funds, too,” Nicholson said. “People have seen our success here, and really, we’ve helped to make something that isn’t unique to Quinter. Just down the road, at Grainfield. They’ve built a new fire station with the same type of grant we used.

“If you don’t apply, these foundations and legislators and members of Congress will say why aren’t they being used and stop offering them. I think it’s a matter of not knowing the funding is out there.”

Quinter may be adding two new businesses soon. After years as a dry community, the city is now looking forward to seeing the opening of a new restaurant that will also serve liquor. The town has a space for liquor store, creating an ever-fuller Main Street.

“Those will be things people in town look forward to seeing,” Nicholson said.


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One dead, 4 injured after rollover in Butler Co.

KSN – June 26, 2017


One person is dead after a rollover accident in Butler County Saturday afternoon.

The accident left one person seriously injured as well as three people with minor injuries.

The crash happened just before 5:00 p.m. near US 77 and Southwest 100th Street near Leon.

Officials said a Chevy Impala crossed the street in front of a Suburban going the opposite way. The passenger of the Impala was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver was transported for injuries.

The family is still being notified of the death. Authorities aren’t releasing any names, but they were not Butler County residents.

Due to the accident traffic has been closed on 100th Street east of US 77.


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