Archive for August, 2014

RV Fire Spreads To Nearby Barn

By Nick Viviani
WIBW – August 29, 2014

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A family’s holiday weekend has been re-routed after a fire severely damaged their RV.

Firefighters were called out to fight the blaze near 2nd and Rice shortly after 6:00 p.m., authorities said. No one was hurt in the fire, but it did cause significant damage.

The person who lived there said he was letting the RV’s motor run before a week-long trip to Illinois for a family reunion.

No injuries were reported from the fire and a damage report was not immediately available.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Firefighters ask donors to ‘Fill the Boot’

By John Richmeier
Leavenworth Times – August 29, 2014

Photo by John Richmeier. Capt. Andy Brooks of the Leavenworth Fire Department hands a sticker to Corey Sivils, 4, Friday outside of the local Wal-Mart store.

Photo by John Richmeier. Capt. Andy Brooks of the Leavenworth Fire Department hands a sticker to Corey Sivils, 4, Friday outside of the local Wal-Mart store.

Shoppers shouldn’t be alarmed if they see fire trucks outside of Leavenworth stores this holiday weekend.

Members of the Leavenworth Fire Department will be collecting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The firefighters began collecting money for the MDA’s annual Fill the Boot campaign Friday afternoon and will continue through Monday.

They will be accepting donations at Wal-Mart, 5000 10th Ave., Dillons, 720 Eisenhower Road, and Country Mart, 1920 Spruce St.

“We don’t really have any set hours, but we’re going to try to be out there as much as we can,” said Jeff Porter, a member of the Leavenworth Fire Department who coordinates the local collection effort.

He said Leavenworth firefighters collected a little more than $4,000 last year.

This year, firefighters have a goal of raising at least $6,000.

“We have an ambitious goal,” Porter said.

Porter said the amount of $6,000 was chosen because the national Fill the Boot campaign is now 60 years old.

“This year, we support the 60th anniversary of firefighter support of MDA,” Porter said.

He estimated between 14 and 17 members of the Leavenworth Fire Department will be participating in the campaign this year.

Firefighters will stand near the entrances to the stores. They will be collecting donations in firefighter boots.

They also will be handing out stickers.

“The kids really like the stickers,” Porter said.

Porter said the firefighters participating in the campaign will be on duty, which means they may have to respond to calls at times. But, they will return to the stores.

Last year, firefighters responded to a house fire during the Labor Day weekend. Porter said this kept firefighters away from local stores for much of one day.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Fire-Medical officers receive professional designations

City of Lawrence News Release – August 29, 2014

Two fire officers of the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department have received international professional designations. Division Chief Doug Green has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO) and Captain Ben Dennis has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of “Fire Officer” (FO). The Commission of Professional Credentialing (CPC) met on August 26, 2014 to officially confer the designation upon both members. Chief Green is one of only 950 CFO’s worldwide and joins Chief Mark Bradford and Division Chief Bill Stark who are also Chief Fire Officers.

The CPC awards the CFO and FO designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organization’s stringent criteria. The process includes an assessment of the applicant’s education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, contributions to the profession, and community involvement. In addition, all applicants are required to identify a future professional development plan.

Chief Green and Captain Dennis have a rich knowledge of the emergency services profession and have far surpassed critical core competencies for personnel serving in senior fire officer positions. Both designations use a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential.

The Commission on Professional Credentialing, an entity of the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc., (CPSE) administers the CFO and FO Designation Programs. The CPC consists of individuals from academia, federal and local government, and the fire and emergency medical services profession. To learn more about CPC, visit

Chief Green has been a member of the department for 21 years and currently resides in Douglas County with his wife Sharon and his children Jesse, Kaysha, John and Karson. Captain Ben Dennis has been a member of the department for 14 years and currently resides in Douglas County with his wife Stephanie and daughter Olivia.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

County approves changes to grade, job descriptions

By Kari Adams
Butler County Times Gazette – August 29, 2014

In an effort to ensure the fairness and accuracy of Butler County’s current pay scale for employees, the Butler County Commissioners reviewed a recommendation to change the grade and job descriptions for several positions within the county.
“As you’re aware, we have a process in place to review and look at job descriptions,” began County Administrator Will Johnson. “If we have a few existing job descriptions that need reviewed or need modified, we are able to take them to a committee for a recommendation. The committee is made up of the county administrator, county engineer, GIS director, the county’s human resources coordinator, the computer services director and a representative from the appraiser’s department. The committee was asked to review six different positions in the county: Fire District #3 (Rose Hill) fire driver, deputy treasurer, motor vehicle office administrators and driver’s license administrative assistants.”
The fire driver position is new for the county for the 2015 year.
“Previously, the county had fire fighters to complete all the tasks assigned to the new fire driver,” explained Johnson. “They created a new job description, but the responsibilities will be slightly more advanced and will require additional training above that of a firefighter.”
“So it’s more than just driving the truck,” commented Commission Chair Mike Wheeler. “It’s operating the pumps and the hydraulics as well.”
Commissioners Ed Myers and Peggy Palmer questioned the need for an additional position in the district.
“They have four full-time firefighters,” said Commissioner Dan Woydziak, “and probably 20 volunteers. The firefighters typically work at 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. shift and the volunteers offset that. They staff it during the day because it’s hard to find volunteers during that time. Their goal is to gain enough full-time firefighters so they can have it staffed 24 hours a day.”
“Someone has been fulfilling those certifications,” said Myers. “Will one of the current professionals be stepping up into that position or will we be hiring an additional person for the new position?”
“They have a chief, lieutenant and two firefighters,” said Woydziak. “I’m assuming that one of the two firemen would go for the driver position and they would hire a new person to replace the firefighter. This change was built into their 2015 budget. It is why they requested a .4 mill increase.”
“Every two to three years, if the district has seen a steady growth in assessed evaluation, they’ll add a position in order to go toward a 24-hour operation,” added Johnson.
The commission then moved on to the other positions in the Treasurer’s Department.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Topeka Woman Injured in Hwy 75 rollover

By Amy Himmelberg
Kansas First News – August 29, 2014

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The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single vehicle rollover accident just south of 142nd Road on US Hwy 75 at 12:46 pm. Responders from the Mayetta Fire Dept., Hoyt Fire Dept., Potawatomi Tribal Fire Dept., Jackson County EMS and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene.

The 1997 GMC Jimmy had been driven by Emma Gruenig 52 of Topeka. The northbound vehicle left the highway south of 142nd Road and rolled multiple times before landing on its wheels. The woman was extricated from the vehicle by rescue personnel. She was later transported to a Topeka hospital by Jackson County EMS.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Pickup lost in Thursday morning fire

Hays Post – August 29, 2014

A suspected electrical fire is believed to be the cause of a vehicle fire in southern Ellis County.

At approximately 11:48 Thursday morning Ellis County Rural Fire and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department received the report of a vehicle on fire in the 2900 block of Chetolah Gold Road.

Ellis County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Gibson said the 2007 Chevy Silverado pickup was driving westbound when the driver noticed smoke coming from underneath the hood.

Gibson said the vehicle was a total loss.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Retiring firefighter to be recognized

Leavenworth Times – August 6, 2014
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Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 will host a retirement celebration at 3 p.m. September 14 at Leavenworth City Hall, 100 N. Fifth St., for Gary Fenton.

Fenton is retiring after 48 years of community service. The event is open to the public.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster