KSFFA Regional Fire School – Caney

KSFFA Regional Fire School
Hosted by Caney Fire Department
September 10-11, 2016
Location: Caney Valley High School, 700 E. Bullpup Blvd, Hwy 75 & Bullpup Blvd

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Saturday Morning – September 10 – 8:00 a.m.

  1.  KSFFA Skills Trailer – Requires full PPE and SCBA
  2.  Fire Cause and Determination
  3.  Reading Smoke
  4.  FF Search and Rescue – Requires full PPE and SCBA
  5.  Vehicle Extrication – Requires bunker gear
  6.  Honoring Our Own

Saturday Afternoon – September 10 – 1:00 a.m.

  1.  Ground Ladders and Ropes
  2.  Public Education and Fire Prevention
  3.  KSFFA Skills Trailer, cont.
  4.  Vehicle Extrication, cont.
  5.  FF Search and Rescue, cont.
  6.  Honoring Our Own, cont.

Sunday Morning – September 11 – 8:00 a.m.

  1.  Fire Behavior
  2.  Ventilation
  3.  Propane Safety
  4.  Vehicle Fires – Requires full PPE and SCBA

Sunday Afternoon – September 11 – 1:00 p.m.

  1.  KSFFA Burn Trailer – Requires full PPE and SCBA

For any questions contact Ron Ewing, KSFFA SE Trustee at setrustee@live.com

  • 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


Posted by Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Firefighters respond to garage fire Thursday

Fort Scott Tribune – August 20, 2016
Submitted by Newz Group – August 26, 2016

Fort Scott firefighters responded to a structure fire late Thursday morning at a residence in the 700 block of Wilson Street.

The fire, which broke out just after 10 a.m., burned the inside of a garage attached to the house. Fort Scott Fire Chief Paul Ballou said Friday a couple of trucks and five personnel responded to the fire.

Ballou said one of his department’s fire investigators is looking into the cause of the fire, which has not yet been determined. He said the fire was not large and firefighters were only on scene for about 45 minutes to one hour.

“They got the fire out quickly,” he said.

Ballou said the residents, who were home at the time, called in the fire. No injuries were reported.

There were no people inside the garage at the time of the fire. Ballou said the garage contained “typical” items found in a garage.

He said the fire mainly burned the interior of the garage. The structure was left standing.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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E.L. “Bud” Hamilton

E.L. “Bud” Hamilton, 102, Minneapolis, died Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at the Ottawa County Health Center. He was born November 2, 1913 in Ottawa County to Lloyd and Gertrude (Lott) Hamilton.

Bud and June M. Fox were married September 4, 1936 in Minneapolis. He was a lifelong farmer.

Bud was a former member of the Bennington Cemetery Board and Bennington Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife June on December 2, 2003; siblings Lester, Arlene, Phyllis, Dorothy, and Gertrude; and daughter-in-law Mary Hamilton.

Survivors include his children Samileen Kirkland and husband Jack, Ernest J. Hamilton and wife Sharon, and Bradly F. Hamilton; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M., Monday, August 22 at Wilson Family Funeral Home, Minneapolis. The family will receive friends an hour before the services. Entombment will be in the Bennington Cemetery Mausoleum. Memorials may be made to the Bennington Fire Department.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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Two lightning strikes suspected as cause in Lenexa and Overland Park apartment & house fires w/video

By Michelle Pekarsky and Rob Collins
FOX 4 News – August 26, 2016

Photo by Overland Park Fire Department. Click on photo to view full-size.

Photo by Overland Park Fire Department. Click on photo to view full-size.


Two apartment buildings in Lenexa were evacuated Friday morning after a fire at the Park Edge apartments on Renner Rd., across from Shawnee Mission Park.

Residents of the complex say the fire started just before 2:00 a.m. at one of the apartment buildings.

“It woke me up with a big clap of thunder and then a big boom. I thought, ‘Oh my. That was very close with the lightning strike,” said Peggy Minter, who lives next door.

Fire investigators had not yet determined if the fire was started by lightning, but that’s what most residents suspect because of what they heard and felt right before the fire.

“I was sound asleep so I heard a loud knock and then, ‘Fire! Fire! Fire!’ I thought I was dreaming. I heard it again this time more impressively,” said Jose Rodriguez, who lives one unit away from the one that caught fire. “I was in a state of confusion. I was discombobulated.”

Rodriguez said he ran back inside to grab his suitcase and some clothes.

“In the 20 seconds I was grabbing my stuff,… by the time I came out to the living room there was smoke… in the living room,” he said.

Eight apartments were involved affecting 14 residents. There were four pets inside; three have been located. A cat remains missing.

Residents credit two men; Abraham and Jason for going around all the apartments, knocking on doors to get people out.

In Overland Park, a lightning strike is also the likely cause of a house fire in the 8500 block of W. 155th Street. Just after 4:00 a.m., firefighters from Overland Park and Leawood Fire Departments were called out and found smoke and fire coming out of the roof. All residents were out of the house and firefighters knocked down the fire in about 30 minutes.

The homeowner reported hearing a loud boom, and then the smoke alarms began sounding. No one was injured. The three adults in the home are being assisted by the Red Cross.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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Lightning suspected in fire that burned Lenexa apartment building w/video

By Shain Bergan and Brandon Richard
KCTV 5 – August 26, 2016

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Lenexa firefighters say a fire that destroyed several units of a Lenexa apartment building was likely caused by lightning early Friday morning.

The Lenexa Fire Department responded around 2 a.m. to Park Edge Apartments on Renner Road, where crews saw flames rising from the building and people evacuated from the structure. No one was hurt in the fire.

The fire was declared under control a few hours later. Eight units were destroyed—four on the bottom floor, and four on the top floor, according to the fire department.

There is no official cause to the fire yet, but firefighters believe a lightning strike likely caused it, according to a battalion chief on the scene.

“I just thought it was just lightning nearby and somebody started pounding on all of the nearby apartments, and we started running out in our pajamas,” said Matt Garrett, a man at the apartments. “Everybody got out safely and looks like it was fully engulfed, but looks like everybody made it out.”

Other surrounding fire departments also assisted on the call. Residents were temporarily taken to the apartment complex’s office. The American Red Cross is helping those residents.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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Tank battery struck

Gyp Hill Premiere – August 22, 2016
Submitted by Newz Group – August 26, 2016

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A tank battery located west of Medicine Lodge on River Road was struck by lightning during a thunderstorm the evening of August 11th. Barber County volunteer firefighter Travis G. McCauley stated that upon their arrival the structure was fully engulfed in flames. He reported that the fire was put out within an hour but that it rekindled at about 3:00 a.m., necessitating their return to the site.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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Fire department responds to house blaze

By Donna Celaya
Montgomery County Chronicle – July 28, 2016
Submitted by Newz Group – August 26, 2016

The Cherryvale Fire-Rescue Department responded to a house fire in the 700 block of East Second Street on Saturday, July 23.

Lt. Stan Gregory said the department received the call at 4:44 p.m. and left the scene at 7:32 p.m.

The source of the fire, he said, was on the second story of the two-story home. The cause appears to have been an electrical short. There were no injuries reported. The structure suffered smoke and water damage throughout, in addition to the damage caused by the blaze.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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Pilot seriously hurt in crop duster plane crash in Rice County

KWCH – August 26, 2016

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The Kansas Highway Patrol says the pilot of a 1968 Piper fixed wing aircraft was injured in a Thursday afternoon crop duster plane crash in Rice County.

The KHP says the plane was in the process of spraying pesticide on a crop field, when for unknown reasons, the motor stalled. The pilot, 51-year-old Brad S. Fitchett, of Ellsworth, attempted an emergency landing, skidding more than 180 feet through the field when the plane flipped on its top.

Fitchett was transported to the Great Bend Regional Hospital before being transferred to Via Christi St. Francis hospital in Wichita where he’s listed in serious condition.

Rice County EMS and the Bushton Fire Department responded to the scene.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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