Archive for September, 2013

Job Opening – Saline Co Emergency Management – Deputy Director


Deputy Director 

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Job duties include:
1.  Assists in the planning, directing and coordination of all activities, falling within the responsibilities and duties of the department, using his/her knowledge of theories and practices relevant to emergency and disaster management; ultimately leading to the effective preparation for, response to and recovery from any effects of an emergency or disaster.
2. This position involves clerical, communications, supervision of subordinates and volunteer personnel, as well as assuming a leadership role in emergency operations during a crisis and disaster response; which requires the ability to distinguish between and reconcile the economic, political and social forces that impact the environment in which the employee will function.
3.  Assist in the development, review, revision, and implementation of the Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP).
4.  Maintain general knowledge of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and State of Kansas   regulations, policies, and administrative procedures.
5.  Prepare and maintain reports as needed.
6.  Maintains proficiency in homeland security issues.
7.  Assists with the promotion of public safety and awareness through contact with the general public, media, schools, organizations, etc;
8.  Designated Radiological Defense Officer for Saline County by maintaining a Radiological Defense Officer’s certification issued by Kansas Emergency Management.
9.  Performs routine preventive maintenance checks on all department equipment.

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Three years experience in emergency management, Military or other emergency services preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of advanced office skills and managerial practices are required.
  • Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Some college with an emphasis on management in emergency services, emergency management or a related field of expertise is preferred
  • Thorough knowledge of personal computers and server based operation with special emphasis on PowerPoint, Word and Excel is required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Familiarity with emergency response systems, disaster management principles and practices, FEMA regulations and policies are preferred.
  • Experience in more than one facet of emergency services is desirable.
  • Must have a valid driver s license and insurable under SalineCounty s fleet insurance policy.
  • Must be available to travel to attend training courses and emergency preparedness conferences.
  • Must obtain within 24 months of appointment, certification as an Emergency Manager as per the Division of Emergency Management specifications. 

Salary range: $2,984.23/mo at Step 1 – $4625.38/mo at Step 20.

For a complete job description contact:

Marilyn Leamer, PHR, IPMA-CP
Human Resource Director

(785) 309-5812 

VN: 129113SA      Close Date: 10/20/2013

Please apply at

Basic Firemanship Registrations


Just a reminder that we are less than 3 weeks away from the Harvey County ESA Basic Firemanship training on October 19th at the Newton Fire Training Grounds. Please check with your staff and have them register as soon as possible to help with planning. I have attached the registration documents for you to provide your staff. It is going to be a great opportunity for a full day of training that you won’t want to miss.

2013 Registration-Flier

Training Authorization Letter



Russell C. Buller
Director of Emergency Services
Hesston, Kansas

Camper Blown Over at Wilson Lake, Two People Slightly Injured

By David Elliott
KRSL – September 30, 2013

A Jayco camper blew over onto its side early Saturday morning at Wilson Lake’s Otoe Park, temporarily trapping two people inside.

According to a recent police report, the incident was reported at about 2:30 AM Saturday and happened because of strong winds from a storm.

The trapped subjects, a male and a female, whose names have not been released, reportedly received minor cuts and bruises. According to the Wilson State Park Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Office, the woman was transported by ambulance to Russell Regional Hospital, but was treated and released.

Along with Park Rangers, Russell County Sheriff’s Deputies, Russell County EMS, the Russell City Fire Rescue Unit, Lucas Firefighters and Dorrance Firefighters responded to the scene.

Crews respond to report of a house fire

KSN – September 30, 2013

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Saturday afternoon Wichita fire crews responded to a call of a house fire at 221 S. Hydraulic.

The fire chief tells KSN a passer-by saw smoke coming from the home and called 911. When crews arrived they located the fire in the living room and had it under control quickly.

No one was inside the home at the time. The cause is still under investigation.

Bus Extrication Training At LKQ

By Ariana Cohen
WIBW – September 30, 2013


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The harsh weather didn’t stop firefighters from working outside and learning new things.

Fire Chief Forrest Walter from Mission Township Fire Department says  several fire departments like the 190th, Auburn and the Mission Township held a joint training day for bus extrication at the LKQ lot.

Fire Chief Walter says firefighters learned stabilizing and cribbing a bus and also how to help those needing to be rescued in times of chaos.

Chief Walter says the real life situations like the school bus scenario used in Saturday’s training are more beneficial than watching a video.

Collision Into House Sends One Topeka Man To Hospital

By Sarah Plake
WIBW – September 30, 2013


A Topeka man was sent to the hospital after driving into a house Saturday evening.

Shawnee County Dispatch got the call around 6:30 p.m., that a black car struck a house at 823 SW MacVicar.

According to officials on the scene, the man driving was heading west on Hazelton Court when he veered off the road into a resident’s backyard, missed a pool, and came out on the other side of the fence, crossed MacVicar and crashed into the house.

He was transported to Stormont-Vail Hospital and suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Police are still investigating why the car drove off the road. They said they think the issue might be medical.

Alcohol was not a factor.

Fire Department takes lessons to schools

Great Bend Tribune – September 30, 2013

Great Bend Fire Department Firefighter Michael Reifschneider dons appropriate gear to battle a grease fire during a practice session.

Great Bend Fire Department Firefighter Michael Reifschneider dons appropriate gear to battle a grease fire during a practice session.

Great Bend firefighters are planning a show and tell for elementary school students during October’s Fire Prevention Month. It promises to be a really big show.
Captain Luke McCormick, a member of the fire prevention committee, said for the first time ever the firemen will use a live fire to help educate children about its dangers.
“It’s a very visual effect,” McCormick said, noting it has taken the professionals lots of rehearsal and experimentation to make sure the stunt is safe. It utilizes a stove donated by Great Bend Appliance, a frying pan with lid, some oil and a small amount of water.
“We’ll simulate a grease fire and show them how easy it is to put out with a lid and how dangerous it is to add water,” he said. He explained that the demonstration will take place on a trailer outside each school.
McCormick admitted that sometimes it is a thin line between advising children not to do something and teaching them how to do it. He feels confident that the
appropriate message will be shared.
“We want parents to be aware of what we are doing so they understand when their kids come home talking about it,” he said. He added that parents are welcome to attend.
Firefighters will also explain to students the dangers of using a microwave oven, teach the stop drop and roll technique if they should ever catch on fire and send home information about designing a home fire escape plan.

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