Archive for December, 2015

Butler County home damaged in fire

KAKE – December 31, 2015

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A home in Butler County was damaged in a fire Thursday afternoon.

Crews were called around 1:30 p.m. to a house fire in the 700 block of South Highway 77 in Douglass. They arrived to find heavy fire at the back of the home.

No one was home at the time of the fire.

The cause is under investigation, and a damage estimate has yet to be determined. .

Job Opening – Paramedic – Franklin County

Position Title: Paramedic 40 Hour

Department: Emergency Medical Services

Position Summary:
This position meets all the requirements set forth by the Kansas Board of EMS for the position of MICT Paramedic. The Paramedic is expected to meet the urgent health care needs of all patients regardless of age or co-morbidity, consistent with their defined scope of practice. The Paramedic must be able to exercise considerable judgment, problem-solving, and decision making skills. The Paramedic provides out-of-hospital medical care to those with urgent needs, and is a component of the overall healthcare system. The Paramedic delivers care as part of a system intended to decrease the morbidity associated with sudden illness and injury. Work is performed under general supervision of the EMS Chief, Assistant Chief and/or Battalion Chief.

How to Apply: Complete On-Line Application at

Salary Range: $13.34 to $19.00 per hour depending on qualifications

Date Opened: Thursday, December 31, 2015

Date to Close: Sunday, January 17, 2016.

Hours: Rotating Shifts, evenings, weekends, holidays are required. Overtime may be required.

Questions regarding this job announcement shall be directed to the Human Resources Department at 785-229-3444 or via e-mail at

Additional Information:
High School Diploma or GED required. Current & valid Kansas MICT certificate, CPR/BLS provider certification, ACLS certification, Class C operator’s license are required. Two to three years related experience or training required. CPR certification required.

May use equipment (based on competency level) such as but not limited to, defibrillator, electrocardiograph, performs endotracheal intubation to open airways and ventilate patient, inflate pneumatic anti-shock garment to improve patient’s blood circulation.

Provide basic and advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergency patients that access the emergency medical system in a timely, professional and compassionate manner.

Employee is expected to have acquired the necessary skills and knowledge to perform at an acceptable level within six months of being awarded the position.

Franklin County conducts background checks and drug screening on all potential candidates.

Anyone with a disability who needs a reasonable accommodation related to a selection process is requested to contact the Human Resources Department at 785-229-3444 at least two days prior to the scheduled test or interview.

Duties listed on the job description are intended only as illustrations of the various types to work performed. Omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. The attached job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change as the County’s needs and requirements of the job change.

The State of Kansas and Franklin County are At-Will Employment jurisdictions. The County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants and/or employees with a disability as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act may request accommodation to perform the position’s functions. Requests should be directed to the Human Resources Director.

Franklin County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.


2 hospitalized after Kansas rear-end crash

Hays Post – December 31, 2015

Photo by Saline County Sheriff's Office

Photo by Saline County Sheriff’s Office

Two people were injured in an accident just after 12-noon on Wednesday in Saline County.

A vehicle driven by Joseph Meier, 17, Assaria, was southbound on Old Highway 81 at Assaria Road, according to Saline County Sheriff’s Captain Roger Soldan.

The vehicle rear-ended a pickup driven by William Venable, 41, Assaria, that had slowed to turn onto Assaria Road.

Meier was taken to Salina Regional Health Center by his parents to be checked for a possible concussion.

Salina EMS transported Venable to Salina Regional Medical Center due to cuts on his head and cheek, according to Soldan.

Firefighters say goodbye to one of their leaders

By Rayma Gegg
Coffeyville Journal – December 19, 2015
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – December 31, 2015

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Many people from the community filtered into the Coffeyville Fire Department on Wednesday to wish Fire Captain Wayne Joplin good luck with his future endeavors. Wednesday was Joplin’s last day on the job as a firefighter in Coffeyville. Although Joplin says he will always be a firefighter in his heart, his co-workers say his presence will be missed at the station.

“I’ve known him since high school,” Coffeyville Firefighter Pete Caresio said. “He’s a very good friend. I’m going to miss him. When you live with someone for a third of your life, it’s like they’re family.”

Coffeyville Firefighter Todd Hayes echoes Caresio’s comments, “I’ll miss him. He’s really good to work for. He let you do the job. He didn’t try to micro manage you. If you had an idea, he’d listen to you. When you got on the fire scene, he knew you knew what you were doing, and he’d let you do it.”

Hayes isn’t the only one who admires Joplin’s supervisory style. Firefighter Jason Stubbs also says he will miss working under Joplin’s management.

“He’s pretty laid back and easy going,” Stubbs said. “It’s a low stress shift to be on. There is never any strain with how he commands. Working for him is pretty good. He’s an honest and upfront guy. It’s been good working on his shift. I think it’s his time to go. He’s been looking forward to this day for a long time. I’m happy for him that he’s going to get to enjoy his retirement.”

According to Firefighter Tony Cozzo, working with Joplin and the other men on his shift has been an enjoyable experience, and the firefighters have all become like family because they are together so much of the time.

“I’m glad to see him finish his years, and I hope he enjoys his retirement because he deserves it,” Cozzo said.

Fire department Administrative Assistant Rosemary Sortore said she will also miss having Joplin around after all the years she has worked with him.

“He was always very good to work for,” she said. “We’re going to miss him. I’ve been here 14 years; he’s been here the whole time. I’ve enjoyed it. I’m happy for him. It’s a great deal. He can retire and enjoy life.”

Coffeyville Fire Chief James Grimmitt praised Joplin for the commitment he has made to the safety of area residents throughout the years.

“When you have someone that wants to do public service work, and they put in a third of their life at the fire department, it’s a sacrifice,” he said. “You miss birthdays, Christmas and other holidays. You miss family time. It’s a commitment from the entire family. I wish Wayne nothing but the best in retirement. I want to thank him for his service.”

Paola firefighters complete Blue Card online training

By Brian McCauley
Miami County Republic – December 9, 2015
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – December 31, 2015

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Leaders at the Paola Fire Department are now even better prepared for tackling emergencies thanks to a recently completed Blue Card training.

All six of the department’s officers recently completed the training, which is an online course focused on defining best standard command practices for emergency operations.

“This training and certification program produces incident commanders that make better decisions that will potentially eliminate the lethal and/or costly mistakes that cause injury, death, and unnecessary fire losses in the local response area,” the Blue Card website states.

Chief Andy Martin, Assistant Chief Bruce Hartig, Capt. Joe Flake, Capt. John Hinman, Lt. Mark Farmer and Lt. Cam Johnson all successfully completed the training.

Flake said the department already used an incident command system on its fire scenes, but the training was a nice refresher. He also was proud to find out that Paola was the only volunteer fire department in the state of Kansas to have all of its officers complete Blue Card training.

The officers have been working on the training throughout the year, putting in a total of about 50 hours of online course work.

They now are set for three days of related hands-on training, which began Monday and will continue Thursday and December 16.

Fire destroys barn/hay

By Ellen Gable
Horton Headlight – December 24, 2015
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – December 31, 2015

A barn and more than 100 large hay bales, belonging to Strube Farms, were destroyed by fire on Saturday, December 19, at 627-130th Street, according to Horton Fire Chief Lamar Shoemaker.

The initial call was received at 3:36 p.m. by Horton dispatch. Approximately 15 volunteer firefighters with the Horton and Powhattan Fire Departments responded to the call. Five fire engines were used at the scene.

Firefighters worked with the property owner to remove nearly 30 bales that were outside the structure. The main task was to keep the fire from spreading to other buildings or equipment in the area, the fire chief said.

Shoemaker, who is also an investigator with the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office, said the blaze is being investigated as suspicious.

Mound City recruiting new firefighters

By Jackie Taylor
Linn County News – December 23, 2015
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – December 31, 2015

Working to keep homeowner insurance rates low, the city of Mound City was informed by the organization Insurance Service Office (ISO) fire classification that looks at county and municipal fire departments, that they need more volunteers in order to keep their rating. The lower the rating, the lower homeowner’s insurance rates could be.

Mound City Mayor Mat Casner said, “We don’t have enough volunteers right now, ISO said we have 12 months to recruit new volunteers.”

Casner said that as a city they are looking at what they want to do with the department, whether they want to keep it, dissolve it, or other alternative.

“There is no imminent threat,” said Casner.

He said they currently have three volunteers and need four including the chief.

ISO told the city they need to retain six volunteers, meaning they need to recruit three more in order to retain four firefighters.

According to ISO, the city is fine where their hydrants and fire equipment are concerned, but low on volunteers.

“We haven’t done much recruiting lately,” said Casner. “We were given the letter from ISO in October and have until October 7, 2016 to finish recruiting and do our volunteer training.”