Archive for January, 2017

Kansas woman dies in 2-vehicle crash

Hays Post – January 31, 2017

A Kansas woman died in an accident just before 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Edwards County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Sandra Kay Kerns, 70, Kinsley, was northbound on 80th Avenue one mile west of Kinsley.

The driver failed to yield at U.S. 50.

An eastbound 2000 Toyota Avalon driven by Todd Robert Sullivant, 38, Hutchinson, collided with the Chrysler in the driver’s side.

Kerns was transported to the Edwards County Hospital where she died.

Sullivant was not injured.
Both drivers were properly restrained at the time of the accident, according to the KHP.

 

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Volunteer Geary County firefighter retires after 29 years of service

By Michael J. Sellman
Junction City Daily Union – January 31, 2017

Photo by Michael J. Sellman. Geary County Fire Chief Garry Berges (left), Asst. Fire Chief Curt Janke (center) and Firefighter Bob Forman (right). Click on photo to view full-size.

Photo by Michael J. Sellman. Geary County Fire Chief Garry Berges (left), Asst. Fire Chief Curt Janke (center) and Firefighter Bob Forman (right). Click on photo to view full-size.

Bob Forman became a volunteer firefighter for Geary County after being asked to write a letter to the editor of the Daily Union complaining about the amount of hose on a truck, and the location of fire hydrants.

A response to his letter from the fire chief and sheriff encouraged him to “quit whining” and sign up as a firefighter.

“Sounded like a deal,” Forman said.

After volunteering for 29 years, he decided to retire as of January 1.

“As you get older, the steps on the truck get higher,” he said. “If you can’t be active and not pose a danger to yourself and others, it’s probably about time to back out.”

Looking back on his career, it was years filled with a lot of fun, and many fears as well.

“It makes your heart go fast,” Forman said. “And I highly recommend it for all you younger guys out there. Be active.”

One particular fire he fought almost led to a catastrophe.

Forman was helping in trying to prevent a barn from catching fire by throwing water on it, as fire burned around the structure.

Having successfully saved the barn, the farmer thanked the fire crews, and told them the barn was were he kept his acetylene — a flammable chemical often used as fuel.

His greatest accomplishment in his entire 29 years was backing a fire truck up straight into the garage bay on the first try. And he has a picture of it.

“There was no one there to see it,” he said.

The camaraderie of his fellow firefighters, times he was able to save properties, and doing something for the community are what he’ll miss most of all.

 

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Job Opening – Firefighter/EMT – Fairmount Township Fire Department

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GENERAL
The Fairmount Township Fire Department in Basehor, Kansas is recruiting to establish an eligibility list for future firefighter positions. This entry level position is operational positions assigned to serve the community in emergency response and mitigation efforts to save lives and protect property. The positions work under supervision to perform a variety of critical fire department functions including: firefighting, rescue, emergency medical response and patient care, fire safety inspections, preplans, public education, efficient operation of equipment, and maintenance of facilities.

QUALIFICATIONS
1. Candidates must be 18 years of age at time of application, have a Kansas Driver’s License, High School Diploma or GED, and IFSAC certified minimum Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Hazardous Materials Awareness, and Hazardous Materials Operations. Emergency Medical Technician Certification in the State of Kansas or National Registry, and NIMS 700, ICS 100 & 200 at time of application to be considered for appointment. Internal applicants may apply without the Firefighter 2 or EMT certification. Applicants will be required to sign a letter of agreement to obtain the Firefighter 2 or EMT certification within 18 months of their hire date or face termination. Prior to applying the candidate must have successfully passed two tests: The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) within the prior year (copy required with application) and the Written Fire Service Entrance Exam (FSEE) with a score of 70 percent or better within the prior two years. (copy required with application)

Ideal candidates should have basic knowledge of the principles, practices, methods and equipment employed in modern firefighting; fire hazards and fire prevention techniques; and the application of fire records to fire prevention, fire protection, and Fire/EMS report writing. Candidates should be able to perform all functions associated with fire suppression, EMS, rescue, fire prevention, and station/equipment maintenance activities as assigned by the department. Candidates should also have the ability to communicate effectively and portray a positive image of the organization to the general public and be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all members of the organization and outside agencies.
Desirable qualifications include: certifications for Driver Operator, Fire Inspector, and a related associate’s degree, supplemented by formal training in firefighting techniques; or any equivalent combination of education, experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

COMPENSATION
The starting salary for the Full-Time Firefighter position is $33,280.00 plus benefits. This position will work a 24-hour Berkeley shift schedule: 24 hours on (8 a.m. to 8 a.m.), 24 hours off, 24 hours on (8 a.m. to 8 a.m.), 24 hours off, 24 hours on (8 a.m. to 8 a.m.), four days off. Then the schedule repeats.
TO APPLY
Candidates interested in this employment opportunity, should submit an Application, Resume, including copies of required certifications and a brief overview of relevant work experience and education to: Fire Administrator Mike Lingenfelser at Fairmount Township Fire Department, PO Box 136, Basehor, Kansas. For a detailed position description and to download an application, please visit the Departments website. Application deadline is February 24, 2017.

 

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Fire destroys home Thursday

Chanute Tribune – January 24, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – January 31, 2017

A Chanute home was a total loss after a fire Thursday evening, Chief Kevin Jones reported.

Firefighters responded at 6:56 p.m. Thursday to 1523 S. Katy and were on the scene for about one and a half hours. Heavy smoke was visible from outside when firefighters arrived, and the fire was attributed to an accidental electrical fire. The house, owned by Ernest Wright, was vacant, but some contents were damaged. Nine firefighters responded.

Chanute firefighters also responded to a grass fire at 4:20 p.m., Thursday, at 15754 Ford Road, two miles southeast of Chanute, Jones reported.

 

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Verlyn L. Nelson

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Verlyn L. Nelson, 81, of Windom, KS, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at his home in rural Windom. He was a farmer for over 50 years and founder & co-owner of Nelson Seeds, LLC. He also volunteered for Windom Fire Department for 25 years.

He served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1957 to 1960.

Verlyn was born on May 11, 1935, in McPherson, KS, the son of Andrew Vernon and Esther Victoria (Lindquist) Nelson. He graduated from Windom High School in 1953 and attended Bethany College. On May 4, 1958, he was united in marriage to Wanda L. Swick in McPherson.

He was a member of Andover Lutheran Church and Windom Lions Club. He sang in the Messiah Choir at Bethany College and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.

Survivors include: his loving wife of 58 years, Wanda of the home; daughter, Cheri (Roger) Aufdemberge of Lyons, KS; son, Philip (Susan) Nelson of Windom, KS; sister, Clarice Byers of McPherson, KS; eight grandchildren, Justin Nelson, Jonah Nelson, Jacob Nelson, Amanda (Doug) George, Andrew (Lacey) Rush, Aaron (Elise) Rush, Adam Rush, and Abigail Rush; two great-granddaughters, Emma & Alyvia George; and several nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter-in-law, Jalane Nelson.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thursday, January 26, 2017, at Andover Lutheran Church, rural Windom with family receiving friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM, Friday, January 27, at Andover Lutheran Church with Rev. Elizabeth Liggett officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Andover Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial donation may be given to Andover Lutheran Church or Windom Fire Department in loving memory of Verlyn in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.

 

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Kitchen fire forces Ottawa residents to evacuate

Ottawa Herald – January 24, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – January 31, 2017

Ottawa firefighters doused a kitchen fire late Saturday afternoon that forced an Ottawa family from their home.

Firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at 5:16 p.m. Saturday in the 700 block of South Cypress Street, Ottawa, and found moderate smoke coming from the front door of the home, Chief Tim Matthias said in a report. No one was injured, he said.

“The occupant of the house had put some grease on the stove for cooking, after sometime she smelled smoke and returned to the kitchen to find the stove, microwave and two kitchen cabinets on fire,” Matthias said in the report.

The resident called 911 and exited the house, according to the report.

“Crews went in and extinguished the fire, cleared the smoke from the home and gathered information,” Matthias said. “Red Cross was contacted due to the residents not being able to stay at the home due to smoke damage and no utilities.”

Estimated damage was $1,500, according to the report.

 

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Hoisington EMS spotlighted for youth event

By Veronica Coons
Great Bend Tribune – January 31, 2017

Hoisington EMS received the Youth Activities Award at the Chamber of Commerce Banquet Saturday night. Team members included Kristin Hathcock, Sophia McWilliams, Andrea Aguilera and Scott Fleming.

Hoisington EMS received the Youth Activities Award at the Chamber of Commerce Banquet Saturday night. Team members included Kristin Hathcock, Sophia McWilliams, Andrea Aguilera and Scott Fleming.

Hoisington Chamber of Commerce members recognized the contributions made by various community members at the 60th Annual Hoisington Chamber of Commerce Banquet Saturday night. One event remembered had a lasting impact on area youth, and resulted in the Hoisington EMS receiving the Youth Activities Award, given in recognition of the promotion of the welfare of Hoisington’s youth.
In May, the Hoisington EMS Department, headed by Scott Fleming, organized an Arrive Alive event, with several area businesses, local law enforcement, emergency responder organizations, health organizations, USD 431 and several students offering their time and resources to make the event a success. Scheduled a few weeks prior to several area proms, the event drove home the life-changing consequences of drinking and driving.
The event included a mock accident in which one of the drivers was a teen drunk driver. An emergency medical helicopter transport crew attended the scene, taking one of the student actors from the scene in “critical” condition. Later, a debriefing session at the high school included real-live experiences shared by various people and a question and answer period.
Barton county photographer Amy Stein documented the event with photos and it was also video taped. Following the event, and photos and video posted to social media led to an outpouring of response from around the state and beyond.
“All of the Barton County schools were invited to attend and Hoisington and Ellinwood students attended,” Hoisington Chamber of Commerce Director Kristi Lovett wrote. “ The presentation consisted of life experiences from the DUI Impact Center and Emergency Responders and was followed by a question and answer session with the students. The “real-time” drama including an instance of underage drunk driving and its consequences was very impactful to the student body.”
Fleming said Monday that receiving the award was an added bonus to his department, and made all their work well worth the effort.
“Receiving the award was overwhelming. We were proud we’d done something worthy of recognition while helping our youth,” he said. “If we made a difference in one teen’s decision, it was worth it.”
The award is one of several Chamber Ambassador Community Awards, Lovett said. Throughout the year, ambassadors make nominations, and finalize their decisions in November.

 

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