Archive for April, 2016

Horton Fire Department news

Horton Headlight – April 21, 2016
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 29, 2016

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Local firemen battle house blaze

By Michele D. Gaskell
Horton Headlight – April 21, 2016
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The Horton volunteer firemen responded to a house fire at 245 W. 10th St. at approximately 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12. They were assisted by members of the Everest Volunteer Fire Department. Most of the damage was contained to the southeast corner of the house; however even once the fire was well contained by the firefighters, smoke was billowing out of the windows and flare-ups were coming from under the eaves of the roof.

Horton Fire Chief Lamar Shoemaker, who is also an investigator with the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office said the house was vacant at the time. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, he said, but is being investigated as incendiary by the Horton Police Department and State Fire Marshal’s Office.

There were no live utilities to the residence, noted Horton Police Chief John Calhoon, so the fire is listed as suspicious at this time. He said that he has talked with neighbors and Shoemaker investigated the site the following day. Chief Calhoon is awaiting the report with any findings from the Fire Marshal’s Office, but it could take some time. Until the reports say otherwise, he said, the fire will be looked at as suspicious.


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Ashland Fire Department hosts training for six fire departments

Protection Press – March 31, 2016
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Ashland Rural Fire Department hosted the Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute’s Interior Firefighting Simulator, Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Ashland Fire Department.

Twenty-five firefighters from six fire departments received classroom training on the skills needed for interior firefighting and for fire safety before training in full gear and SCBA.

Groups of five firefighters enacted four separate training scenarios; direct attacks on a stove and a bedroom and transitional fire attacks on a bed and in a basement.

Each different scenario gave them training in different techniques. Each firefighter learned skills for being the lead in a team, use of thermal imaging camera, radio operation, hose/nozzle operations and scene size up.

Kansas Fire & Rescue instructors for the training were Todd Miles, classroom and simulator, Bryan Welch, Todd Beck and Ashley Sheridan. The training is provided free of charge to firefighters.

Firefighters attending the training were Ross Schiffelbein and Daniel Martin of Iola; James Fitzsimmons, Andrew McCloskey and Will Meireis of Preston; Monte Rose, Cunningham; Chris Gray, Minneola; Kyle Terry, Joseph Baker, Blake Smith, Levi Smith and Scott Tune of Englewood, Jeremy Fast, Bill Neier, Francis Young, David Redger, JD Redger, Adam Elliott, Frank White, James Callahan, Dillon Moore, Heath Heston, Austin Borgelt, Ramon Vera, Dan Pearce, Don White, Darren Osborn and George Krier of Ashland.


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House fire reported in Delia

Holton Recorder – April 4, 2016
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A small house fire was reported early in Delia Friday morning.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a fire at 520 Washington Ave. in Delia at 6:27 a.m. that day.

The fire was located in the back eastern portion of the house, according to Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse. No one was in the home during the fire, it was reported.

Morse said that Delia, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Mayetta and Hoyt Fire Departments responded to the incident, as well as Jackson County EMS and the sheriff’s office.

Morse said the home did receive smoke, fire and water damage.

Six golden retriever puppies and a dog were removed from the home during the fire and were not harmed.

According to county records, the home is owned by Stephanie Riello.


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Fire, EMS dispatches down slightly during month

By Donna Celaya
Montgomery County Chronicle – April 7, 2016
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Cherryvale Fire and Rescue answered 37 EMS calls and nine fire calls in March, a quiet month compared to January, when EMS calls numbered 39 and fire calls were almost double at 17.

“March was kind of an average call volume month for the department, Fire Chief Jesse Reed told the city council on Monday night. It was quieter than we’ve seen it so far this year.”

Of the nine fire calls, two were mutual aid structure fires, two were false alarms, one was an EMS call, one was a grass fire and one a leaf fire.

The department contacted 28 different patients during the 37 EMS calls, which included 18 transports for further treatment, nine patient refusals, nine “other” calls, such as no patient found, call cancelled or patient dead at the scene; and one transport by Independence EMS as an addition unit.

The highest percentage of EMS calls were: eight breathing problems, seven fire standbys, three sick individuals, two abdominal pain, two chest pain, two seizure and two falls.

EMS responded within one minute of dispatch 89 percent of the time and within three minutes every time. They arrived on scene within 5 minutes 95 percent of the time, and within 10 minutes 97 percent of the time. Sixteen of the 37 calls–or 43 percent–were from outside the city limits, requiring longer arrival times.


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Dumpster fire, grass fire reported

Marysville Advocate – April 21, 2016
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The Marysville Volunteer Fire Department responded to two fires last week.

On April 13 the firefighters were called to a grass fire north of Marysville near U.S. Highway 77. No structural damage was reported. The fire was reported about 2:30 p.m. and was caused by a controlled burn that rekindled after it had been put out.

On Sunday night firefighters responded to a fire in a dumpster at Pony Express Veterinary Clinic. The fire was contained and caused no damage outside of the dumpster said Assistant Marysville Fire Chief Dennis Rockwell. The fire was reported about 5 p.m. Its cause is unknown.


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Loren C. “Tub” Kyle


Loren C. “Tub” Kyle, 91, died April 21, 2016.

He was born Feb. 13, 1925, at Rago, Kansas the son of Claude and Mabel Matney Kyle. A lifetime resident of the Rago and Norwich communities, he was a retired tire repair store owner/operator.

He was a member of the Norwich United Methodist Church; and served many years as Fire Chief for the Norwich Fire Department.

On March 13, 1949, he married Rachael Fieser, at Norwich; she died Feb. 20, 2002. Survivors include two sons, Kelly and Curtis; daughter Sondra Stonebraker; 5 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild. He was also preceded in death by an infant child; and his brother Clarence “Bus” Kyle.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, at the Norwich United Methodist Church. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Livingston Funeral Home, Kingman with visitation and the family present 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, at the Norwich United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Upchurch Cemetery, Norwich.

Memorials may be made with the Norwich United Methodist Church or the Norwich Fire Department, both in care of Livingston Funeral Home.


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