Archive for May, 2016

Job Opening – Firefighter I – Garden City Fire Department

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The City of Garden City is accepting applications to fill Firefighter I positions as well as to establish a future hiring list. A firefighter will respond to fires, injury accidents, hazmat incidents, fire alarms and other assigned incidents. They will also be required to conduct company inspections, test fire hydrants and be involved with public education. Firefighters will be required to work 24 hour shifts with an average workweek of 56 hours.
In order for applicants to be considered for this position, candidates must be 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, valid drivers license and a Firefighter I certification.
Benefits include health insurance options through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, paid vacation days, paid sick leave, 2 paid personal days per year, paid holidays and enrollment in Kansas Police and Fire Retirement (KP&F). The salary range is $32,640 to $48,960.
Fire department staff is required to live within 15 miles of the city limits of Garden City.
After a review of the applications, the qualified applicants will be invited to participate in a written test. Upon passing the written test applicants will be scheduled for an oral interview board. Any offers of employment are conditional upon passing all additional tests and screenings to include a doctors physical, background investigation and a drug screening.
Apply at the City Administration Center, 301 N 8th St, Garden City, KS 67846 or submit application online at


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Job Opening – Fire Safety Trainer – KS Fire & Rescue Training



Auto req ID 6332BR
Posting Title Fire Safety Trainer
Position Number 00206181, 00206182, 00206189, 00206366, 206367, 01198849
Department CED-KS Fire & Rescue Training
No. of Positions 5
Location/Division Lawrence
FTE .2 -.4
Reg/Temp Regular
FLSA Status Nonexempt
Employee Class U-Unclassified Professional Staff
Work Schedule Part time as needed, 8-16 hours per week
Job Family EducationalSuport&Delivery-KUL
Conditions of Employment Contingent on Funding
Position Overview The University of Kansas (KU) is a member of The American Association of Universities and is classified as a Research University I by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Research. As a center for scholarship and research, KU has 29,000 students and 2,000 faculty members at its main campus in Lawrence, Kansas, the KU Edwards campus in Overland Park, the Medical Center in Kansas City and a branch medical school campus in Wichita. For more information, please visit the University’s website at

KU Professional & Continuing Education, headquartered on the Edwards campus, operates in a self-supporting business environment while aligning with KU’s academic, research and public service missions. With a staff of approximately 100 in three locations, 1,000 education events are offered annually to more than 50,000 students. Professional & Continuing Education works collaboratively with all KU academic schools and departments to provide outreach programming. Professional & Continuing Education programs serve all 105 Kansas counties, 50 U.S. states, and 49 countries. Types of programs provided are research conferences, post graduate continuing education, professional certification, workforce and economic development, state and local government, law enforcement, and fire and rescue training.

The Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute is a unit of KU Professional & Continuing Education. Housed on the Lawrence campus, the Institute was created by the Kansas legislature to train Kansas firefighters in 1949. The Institute serves fire departments and firefighters through a “traveling instruction service” that provides 500 training events per year potentially reaching every community and every county in Kansas.

Job Description 60% – Drive Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute vehicles to deliver training props to class locations, coordinate set up of props, and assume the role of lead instructor/coordinator for the training. This duty includes confirmation of training schedules for individual classes assigned by the Institute with the local fire department and coordinating appropriate local fire department support needed for the scheduled course.

30% – Coordinate and teach individual courses and events as assigned and approved by the Director of Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute or his/her authorized representative. Coordination includes supervision of other instructors.

5% – Complete and submit appropriate course documentation as directed by Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute policies.

5% – Due to limited staff, all personnel must perform a variety of duties that may fall outside of their position description. This position will also be required to perform other duties as assigned by the Director or his/her designee.

Required Qualifications

A Kansas Class A Commercial Driver’s License with a Hazardous Materials Endorsement or the ability to obtain license within four months of employment.
1 year experience coordinating projects and supervising co-workers assigned to the projects.
5 years of progressive experience conducting/providing fire service training.
National Certification as a Fire Service Instructor I or the ability to certify within 4 months of employment.
National Certification as a Fire Fighter 1 or the ability to certify within 4 months of employment.

Special Requirements

This position is based in Lawrence, Kansas. Persons in this position are not eligible for travel reimbursement or wages for traveling to or from Lawrence to perform assigned duties.
In-state and limited out-of-state travel is required in this position. This position is frequently required to work a non-traditional schedule (including evenings and weekends).
Federally mandated alcohol and controlled substance testing is required as a condition of employment for those employees possessing Commercial Drivers Licenses and assigned duties of driving semi-trucks. Employees (in these positions) are subject to any of the following types of alcohol and controlled substance tests: pre-duty, reasonable suspicion, random, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up.
This position requires the ability to perform strenuous tasks associated with coupling and uncoupling semi-trailers, and setting up training props. These activities include having to pick up heavy objects in excess of 100 pounds and other heavy objects mounted on wheels and skids. These items must typically be moved and set up with limited assistance from other instructors and without the assistance of mechanical devices.
Persons in this position may periodically participate in live fire training exercises. Successful candidates must be physically capable of performing firefighting functions and being fit-tested into self-contained breathing apparatus.

Preferred Qualifications

3 years’ experience in a state fire training system as a part-time or full-time instructor.
10 years of progressive fire service experience (including the training experience sited in the required qualifications section).
Demonstrated understanding of National Fire Fighter Certification systems, certification requirements and the relationship between National Certification and Training.

Position Requirements:

Considerable in-state and limited out-of-state travel is required in this position. Travel related to this position may be required from one to five days per week. This position is routinely required to work a non-traditional schedule (including evenings and weekends).

Persons in this position will be required to participate in live fire training exercises. Successful candidates must be physically capable of performing firefighting functions including requirements related to the use of and fit testing into Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus as per Kansas Department of Labor regulations. Lifting of heavy materials and training props up to 100 pounds is required in this position. Successful candidates must be capable of lifting and moving teaching kits, firefighting equipment and setting up training props.

Critical thinking skills and the ability to quickly adapt new concepts and technical fire service information into new and existing courses is required. Employees need to be facilitators, leaders, instructors and have a high level of empathy for the challenges of the modern fire service. As a State Fire Training organization, the Institute is expected to help lead change in the fire service through training and education. Employees of the Institute must demonstrate a customer friendly attitude, flexibility, and a strong desire to help keep the Kansas fire service well trained/educated and highly skilled.
Additional Candidate Instruction Please include a resume and a cover letter addressing how you meet the required qualifications, and the names and contact information to three references with your online application.

Deadline for applications is June 12, 2016.
Contact Information to Applicants Melissa Cole,
Advertised Salary Range $25.00 per hour
Application Review Begins 13-Jun-2016
Disclaimer The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information and retaliation in the University’s programs and activities. Access to information regarding equal opportunity and diversity worksite posters is available at or you may contact 785-864-4946 or for alternate access options. Any inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY

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PFD given new equipment — Gear to help in community, region

By Michael Stavola
Pittsburg Morning Sun – May 27, 2016

Pittsburg Fire Chief Mike Simons looks at the trailer and equipment purchased with a Department of Homeland Security grant at the Fourth Street station on Friday. Photo by Michael Stavola

Pittsburg Fire Chief Mike Simons looks at the trailer and equipment purchased with a Department of Homeland Security grant at the Fourth Street station on Friday. Photo by Michael Stavola

The newest equipment in Pittsburg Fire Department’s Fourth Street location will benefit the community and region at large, in the event of a natural disaster.

The $88,000 truck and trailer combination filled with $66,000 of equipment is still awaiting a radio, but was put in service two weeks ago thanks to grant money from the Department of Homeland Security. Fire Chief Mike Simons said this is the latest installment of equipment to a fire department in Kansas Task Force 4.

“Not only do we get equipment, we also get some exercise (training) funding,” he said, adding a training session can be between $30,000 and $35,000.

There are eight task forces in Kansas. Task Force 4 is made up of seven fire departments — Pittsburg, Parsons, Chanute, Fort Scott, Coffeyville, Neodesha and Iola.

Parsons and Chanute were the first to get “caches” of equipment, Simons said. PFD’s began receiving equipment in 2015 with the truck and trailer being nearly finished earlier this month.

The caches all have electronics, ropes, breathing gear, breaching gear and equipment to stabilize a structure, but there are also specifics.

Parsons has additional gear for trench rescue, Chanute for swift water rescues and Pittsburg for high angle rescue and confined spaces, he said. Task forces in larger areas are able to offer those services with a single department.

“But us, being in a rural area, there is not a single department in our region that has the capability to do all of this,” Simons said.

Each of the departments in Task Force 4 can be called on by the state in the case of an emergency or self-deploy, Simons said, and all the equipment can be used locally.

Simons is part of Homeland Security’s regional council which allocates the grant money. He said PFD became involved with the task force about seven or eight years ago.

The task force was formed as part of a response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, he said.

Task Force 4 represents 12 counties. PFD currently has 11 firefighters certified for Task Force 4 with 10 more to be certified later this year. All of Task Force 4 trains together regularly.

“It’s almost like we are big department,” he said. “We work well together.”


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Motorcycle Slides Under Semi; Catches Fire

KSAL – May 27, 2016

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A motorcycle rider was injured Friday afternoon when he slid his bike underneath a flatbed trailer attached to a tractor-trailer truck, and came to rest between two sets of wheels.

Salina Police Officer David Villanueva told KSAL News at the scene that the truck and trailer were headed west on Gold Road, making a left hand turn to head south on 9th Street toward Interstate 70. Two motorcycles were headed north on 9th Street in the left hand lane, or passing lane.

One of the motorcycles went into a long skid, went down onto its side, and slid underneath the trailer. The rider slid away from the motorcycle, and ended up partially underneath the trailer, between two sets of wheels.

The motorcycle rider was transported by EMS to Salina Regional Health Center. He was transferred to a Wichita hospital.

The motorcycle rider, whose name was not immediately available at the scene, was not wearing a helmet.

According to Villanueva, as the motorcycle was being moved to be towed away, it caught fire. Gas leaking from a tank ignited.

An investigation is underway to determine if the truck or the motorcycle was at fault, and if speed played a factor in the crash.

The crash happened Friday afternoon, just north Interstate 70, at the intersection of Gold Road and North 9th Street.


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Pizza Hut Makes Special Deliveries

By Adam Coulter
KSAL – May 27, 2016

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As severe weather has continued throughout Central Kansas this week, the Abilene Pizza Hut at 1703 N. Buckeye has made an offer to help those in need. The restaurant is offering free buffets to EMS technicians, firefighters, and other emergency responders.

General Manager Shawna Boller tells KSAL News the idea to help those in need initially came from looking at pictures and posts on Facebook. “I was trying to figure out how we could give back as a community,” she said. “A lot of times when people are displaced and things happen, food is a major concern and that’s what we do. We can provide food and drinks.”

In addition to the invitation to dine in, the restaurant is also keeping busy with orders and deliveries to those working out in areas where homes and buildings were damaged and destroyed. “Between Abilene, Chapman, Enterprise, and Solomon, we have a great, small community system,” Boller adds. “We all help each other when things happen.”

On Thursday morning alone, 30 pizzas were ordered, picked up, and delivered throughout Dickinson County. Boller also planned to make several more pizzas on Friday and drop them off to people continuing to clean up debris in the area.

The invitation for the free buffets was offered through Saturday, but Boller says she’ll extend the offer if needed. “I’m still going to go after that,” Boller said. “As long as they’re out there, we’re here.”

EMS technicians, firefighters, and other emergency responders are asked to call ahead if they plan to dine in at the Abilene Pizza Hut restaurant.


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Barn fire under investigation

By Chuck Samples
KVOE – May 27, 2016

Photo by Bruce Rosenbloom

Photo by Bruce Rosenbloom

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No injuries were reported after a barn was destroyed by fire north of Emporia on Thursday evening.

The call of a structure fire near the intersection of Kansas Highway 99 and Road N came in to Lyon County Dispatch around 7 pm. Emporia Fire Capt. Eron Steinlage says crews from Emporia and Americus responded, finding a shed was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.

Firefighters worked through steady rain to get the fire out quickly. The cause is officially under investigation.

7:45 pm Thursday: Rural Lyon County barn heavily damaged by fire

Fire is destroying a barn about seven miles northeast of Emporia.

Shortly after 7:00 PM, Lyon county dispatch received a call of a structure fire at 2389 Road N. When crews from Americus and Emporia arrived, they found fire damaging a barn at that address.

There are currently no reports of injuries.

7:05 pm Thursday: Fire reported between Americus and Reading

Two area fire departments are responding to a call of a house fire in rural Lyon County.

Firefighters from Emporia and Americus were called out to the 2300 block of Road N, along Kansas Highway 99 between Americus and Reading, right around 7 pm.


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Large truck overturns on its side on 191st Street

Gardner News – May 27, 2016

Photo by Larry Byers. Click on photo to view full-size image.

Photo by Larry Byers. Click on photo to view full-size image.

A loaded semi-trailer truck loaded with industrial mowers flipped on its side just west of Montrose and 191st St. on the far east side of Edgerton last Wednesday afternoon, May 25. The truck’s driver escaped injury. The vehicle toppled onto the front yard of a private residence. Johnson County Fire District No. 1 personnel responded and Johnson County Sheriff’s Department investigated. The truck’s driver reportedly lost control after he was crowded off the edge of the pavement on 191st Street by an oncoming vehicle. There is no paved or graveled shoulder along the roadway.


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