Archive for May, 2015

Rosalia, El Dorado Fire Departments combat barn fire

Butler County Times Gazette – May 30, 2015

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The Rosalia and El Dorado Fire Departments responded to a structure fire early Thursday morning after a concerned resident saw smoke and heard glass breaking. The fire, which occurred just outside Rosalia occurred in a building housing a large amount of hay.
The building and its contents are said to be a total loss, but the cause of the fire is not yet known.

1 person killed in crash, vehicle fire in Andover

KAKE – May 30, 2015

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One person has died following a crash and vehicle fire Saturday afternoon in Andover.

It happened around 2:30 p.m. on eastbound U.S. 54 at Yorktown Road. That’s near the Andover YMCA.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said a commercial van rear-ended a semi and caught fire. One person died at the scene.

The victim’s name and age have not been released.

Fire School

By Ray Nolting
Parsons Sun – May 29, 2015

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Jasmin Kessler prepares to work her way through a maze in full fire gear Friday at the Labette Community College fire school in the parking lot south of Westco Home Furnishings. Kessler was a German exchange student at Labette County High School this year. Steve Hirsch, secretary of the Kansas State Firefighters Association, is at left.

Fire School

By Ray Nolting
Parsons Sun – May 29, 2015

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Bartlett-Hackberry Township firefighter Kenneth Christensen practices rolling out of a window Friday during the three-day Labette Community College fire school. Instruction in the 2200 block of Morgan also included escaping from entanglement and carrying a firefighter on stairs. The Fools of Oz taught the courses. Fools stands for Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society.

K-State Salina employee rescued from bucket lift

By Michael Strand
Salina Journal – May 29, 2015

Kyle Saskowski, of the Salina Fire Department, helps Bill Stout. Click on photo to view full-size image.

Kyle Saskowski, of the Salina Fire Department, helps Bill Stout. Click on photo to view full-size image.

Bill Stout was sprayed with hydraulic fluid but was not injured late Friday morning when the hydraulic line blew out on the bucket truck he was in, stranding him about 25 feet in the air.

Salina firefighters responded with a ladder truck, and firefighter Kyle Saskowski was sent up the ladder to help Stout down.

Stout, senior carpenter in the facilities department at Kansas State University Salina, had been up in the bucket changing the K-State banners attached to the light poles lining the drive to the College Center administration building when the hydraulic line burst, spewing out hydraulic oil.

β€œIt went clear to the top of the pole,” Stout said, and a thin coating of fluid created a semicircle around the truck extending out about 30 feet. β€œI was tied in, so I was safe, but K-State policy is we call a fire truck when this happens.”

Stout said the truck likely would be out of service for a couple of days, as the hydraulic system needed to be drained, cleaned, repaired and inspected.

Lincoln firefighters finish training

Lincoln Sentinel Republican – May 28, 2015
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Five Lincoln County firefighters recently completed a training course offered by the University of Kansas and instructed by Great Bend Fire Captain Kevin Stansfield.

Lincoln First Rural Chief Michel O’Hare, Asst. Chief Greg Babcock, and First Rural Firefighter Jarrod Heinze, along with Lincoln City Firefighters Jeremiah Zachgo and TJ Jonsson were among the class members from Lincoln, Ellsworth, Great Bend, and Rush Center who participated in the training.

The class, which was held at the Ellsworth fire station, started October 7, 2014, and was completed April 12, 2015. Classes were typically four hours one night a week, and eight hours one Saturday a month.

According to Chief O’Hare, the class included three different courses with a total of 171 hours of training. Coursework included Hazardous Materials Awareness (8 hours); Hazardous Materials Operations (32 hours); and Firefighter 1 (131 hours) with classroom instruction and skills tests.

“This class was physically and mentally challenging, but worth every minute to gain the knowledge we did,” O’Hare said. “Not only did we learn how to keep ourselves safe but also other members of the departments we respond with and the general public.”

Topics covered included Safety, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), Fire Behavior, Ropes and Knots, Haz-Mat Awareness, Haz-Mat Operations, Building Construction, Search and Rescue, Communications, Fire Prevention, Salvage and Overhaul, Systems and Alarms, Ventilation, Ladders, Hose, Water Supply, Extrication, Foams and Extinguishers, Fire Streams, Fire Control, Hand Tools and Forcible Entry.

“We were tested on all topics in written form then we had to also test our skills by physically completing eight tasks determined by KU on the day of testing,” O’Hare said. “This included Donning/Doffing bunker gear, Donning/Doffing SCBA, Ropes and Knots, Hydrant Hook-up, Foam Systems, Ladders, and a simulated search in full gear in confined area with zero visibility and controlled breathing.”

O’Hare said all Lincoln participants that completed the course passed all written and skills tests.

The class was paid for by each respective department.

Rural Fire Department gets donation

Goodland Star News – May 26, 2015
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Archer Daniels Midland Company recently donated $5000 to Sherman County Rural Fire Department. The donation will go toward the purchase of the following: Arizona Vortex/Multipod System, Petzl rescue helmets and additional rigging hardware.

“We are extremely excited for this donation. It will help our department and community out tremendously with the ability of saving lives in multiple technical rescue situations,” said Brian James, Fire Chief from Sherman County Rural Fire Department.

The Sherman County Rural Fire Department is made up of 25 dedicated paid per-call firefighters in Goodland. They are located at their new facility at 1006 Center Ave. The rural fire department strives to give the best quality service/care to this great community. They train the first and third Tuesdays of every month and are trained/certified in multiple areas of the fire service. If you are interested in joining the Sherman County Rural Fire Department please feel free to come down to the County Clerks Office and pick up an application or contact Fire Chief Brian James.

The donations was given through ADM Cares. ADM Cares is a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organizations that drive meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three distinct focus areas; supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in ADM communities and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities.



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