Archive for August, 2016

Veteran firefighter named city’s assistant fire chief

By Doug Carder
Ottawa Herald – August 31, 2016

A firefighter with a decade of experience serving the community has been named the Ottawa Fire Department’s second highest ranking official.

The city of Ottawa announced Wednesday afternoon Shawn Dillon had been selected as the new assistant fire chief, according to a city news release.

Dillon began his service with the Ottawa Fire Department in February 2006 as a firefighter/EMT-1, according to the release. He was promoted to driver/operator in April 2008, lieutenant in October 2008 and captain in July 2014, the release said.

“Assistant Fire Chief Dillon has been a significant part of the Ottawa Fire Department since becoming a lieutenant in 2008,” Fire Chief Tim Matthias said in the release. “He has good leadership skills and is able to make adjustments in the field for the betterment of the firefighters. He has a very strong work ethic and is a great asset to the department.”

Dillon, who grew up in Wichita, worked one year with the Miami County Sheriff’s Office before joining the Ottawa department. Pior to that, he served four years with the Concordia Police Department and Concordia Fire Department, according to the release.

He has 16 years of experience in public safety.

“I transitioned to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office to be closer to my wife’s family,” Dillon said in the release. “I knew that firefighting was the career I wanted to pursue. I was attracted to Ottawa because I wanted to raise my family in a smaller town but still have access to a bigger city.”


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One Dead In Coffeyville, Kansas House Fire

News on 6 – August 31, 2016

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Coffeyville, Kansas authorities say a person died in a house fire Wednesday morning.

Firefighters were called to the home in the 300 block of West 3rd Street at around 7:30 a.m. As they arrived, firefighters said they could see fire through a bedroom window.

Fire Chief James Grimmett told KGGF Radio, one person was found dead inside the home.

He says the cause of the fire remains under investigation, adding the State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in as well. The state Fire Marshal’s Office says they were asked to provide an arson dog as part of the investigation.

The name of the victim has not been released.


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Job Opening – Firefighter/EMT – Soldier Township Fire Department

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Soldier Township Fire Department is currently hiring three (3) full time firefighter/EMT positions.
To define the job description, qualifications, and basic guidelines for potential duties of full time Firefighter/EMT
This is a hired Position. This position may be terminated at any time at the discretion of the Fire Chief.
Upon conditional offer of employment, the candidate must complete a pre-employment physical, including drug test, and associated NFPA 1500 components.
Must successfully complete a comprehensive background check and license check.
 High School diploma or equivalent required
 KS Emergency Medical Technician certification or above.
 Must hold and maintain a valid, and current KS Class B driver’s license. Preferred Driver/Operator certification
 Successful completion of STFD EVOC class.
 Firefighter I or equivalent certification. HazMat Operations certification or equivalent. Must obtain Firefighter II certification within one year from hire date.
 NIMS certificates for 100,200,700 & 800
 Must have the ability to work fixed and rotating shifts.
Physical Requirements:
 Vision – Normal vision needed with or without corrective lenses
 Hearing – Normal hearing is needed with or without hearing aids.
 Body motion – a full range of body motion is required to accomplish the above mentioned tasks.
For an application, please contact Pam at 785.286.2123 or Application deadline is noon on September 19, 2016. Positions will begin January 1, 2017.


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Police Investigating Suspicious Vehicle Fire

By Terry Tebrugge
Salina Post – August 31, 2016

Salina Police are investigating after a vehicle fire late Tuesday night was determined to be suspicious.

Captain Chris Trocheck tells The Salina Post that firefighters were called to the 600 block of W. Walnut just after 9:30 p.m., and found a 1989 Chevy Silverado totally engulfed in flames.

Investigators determined the fire was suspicious in nature and had originated inside the cab of the pickup.

The owner of the pickup, Arnold Peplinski, said the vehicle had not been driven since the day before and was not locked.

Trocheck said the pickup sustained major damage, which has been estimated at $2,500.


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Grant award to pay for new fire truck in Coffeyville

Independence Daily Reporter – August 26, 2016
Submitted by Newz Group – August 31, 2016

The City of Coffeyville has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant in the amount of $428,572 for the purchase of a fire truck.

The Department of Homeland Security, on behalf of FEMA, notified Fire Chief James Grimmett of the award.

“We have been working on this grant for over a year,” said Grimmett. “These grants are very competitive, and we are fortunate to receive this grant as it will pay for 87 percent of our new truck.”

According to Grimmett, a Smeal rescue/pumper truck has been ordered. The truck will be custom built and will take approximately one year to manufacture. Commissioners approved the purchase of the fire truck at the July 12 meeting with the intention to finance the truck over ten years.

The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments by helping them obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear and vehicles. Previous grants received through this program have funded the vehicle exhaust system in the fire station and the purchase of new bunker gear.


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Lightning being blamed for overnight house fire in East Topeka

By Phil Anderson
Topeka Capital Journal – August 31, 2016

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A lightning strike is being listed as the likely cause of an overnight house fire that scorched a vacant residence in East Topeka, authorities said.

The fire was reported at 2:16 a.m. Wednesday by a passerby who saw smoke and flames coming from the roof of a house at 725 S.E. 6th.

No injuries were reported, and fire officials listed the damage at approximately $6,000.

The location is directly below the south edge of the Oscar Stauffer Viaduct, which carries S.E. 6th and connects S.E. Jefferson with S.E. Branner streets. The viaduct crosses over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Amtrak railroad tracks.


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Kansas man dies, 2 hospitalized after pickup rollover accident

Hays Post – August 31, 2016

A Kansas man died in an accident just before 11 p.m. on Tuesday in Harper County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Neven O. Cullop, 25, Anthony, was northbound on Kansas 179 five miles south of Anthony.

The driver failed to negotiate the curve in the roadway.

The pickup left the road and rolled three times.

Cullop and passengers Jacob E Obrien, 29, Kelleyville, TX, and James W. Poston, 28, Anthony, were transported to Anthony Medical Center where Poston died.

Cullop and Poston were not wearing seat belts, according to the KHP.


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