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Circulated to over 4,700Kansas firefighters bi-monthly 
Vol. 45 - No. 6 February/March, 2014 Phone (515) 604-6400
Kansas State Firefighters’ Association
ZIP 50595
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Kansas State Firefighters’ Association
The Voice of the Kansas Fire Service
 - Fireghters extin
guished a re just east of Alicev
ille in early December. Fireght
-ers responded from Westphalia,
LeRoi, Burlington, Waverly,
New Strawn and Gridley. 
 - A family escaped a house re in Altamont on Nov. 13. A log from the replace rolled out onto the carpeted oor in the living room according to Chief Keith Shaffer of the Altamont-
Mt. Pleasant Fire Department. The Parsons and Oswego Fire
Departments provided mutual
 - A re at the Dol
lar General in Andover caused
more than half a million dollars
in damages in mid-November. A
Douglass teenager is being held
on eight counts of aggravated ar
-son in connection with the blaze.
Fire Chief Jim Shaver said that
the damage of half a million dol-lars included about $360,000 damaged or destroyed merchan-dise. 
Baxter Springs
 - The Baxter
Springs Fire Department and
Auxiliary hosted a chili feed at
the new community building on
Nov. 16, with proceeds going to
the department. 
 - C.J. Foods, Inc. re
-cently presented the Bern Fire Department a $1,000 in early De-
cember for the re department’s
continued efforts. 
Blue Rapids
 - A Blue Rapids
man was charged with arson in
connection with a re that oc
-curred on Oct. 27, at a garage in Blue Rapids. Blue Rapids Fire
Chief Jason Hemry said that there were individuals at home at
the time.
 - A home in Bronson caught re and was destroyed in
early December. 
 - A house re in early November claimed the life of a 78-year-old Burden man. Cap
tain Dan McClaskey said that the
man was found in a bedroom.
 - A house re
destroyed a home west of Burl-
ington in mid November. Grid
ley reghters were the rst on scene according to Fire Chief Randall Brown. Also responding were reghters from Burlington
and New Strawn.
 - The Last Chance
Bar and Grill was damaged
by re in mid November. The Caldwell Fire Department was  joined on mutual aid by reght
-ers from Wellington. 
 - Fireghter Lloyd Henry received a 10-year service
award in December of 2013 for
service with the Caldwell Fire
 - Michael Simmons
is the new re chief at Chap
man. Chief Simmons is also a reghter for the Manhattan Fire Department and was a reghter in Hays for six years as well.
Clay Center
 - A trailer house caught re in early November and was a total loss; however, reghters were able to save
much of the contents, according
to Clay Center Fire Chief John Ihnen. Clay Center City and Clay Center reghters responded to the re.
- The Colony Diner and Colony Foods were de
stroyed by re in early Decem
 - The 2013 Fire-
ghter of the Year Award has been presented to Jaden Tedlock. Two other reghters, Caleb Bond and Scott Ashe were also
recipients of awards presented
by Fire Chief Jason Allison.
 - A truck haul
-ing 42,000 pounds of frozen
meat caught re on Nov. 15, near Cunningham. The Cunning
-ham Fire Department responded
to the blaze and was joined by reghters from Reno County
Fire District No. 7 and Kingman Fire Department, according to
Cunningham Fire Chief Harold Stark. The value of the loss was estimated at between $350,000
and $400,000. 
 - Derby reghter Sky
-eler Reynolds is engaged to be married in March to Brook Eber-
le. Congratulations to the couple.
 - Derby Fire Chief Brad
Smith has been elected as Presi-
dent of the Kansas State Associa
tion of Fire Chiefs at their annual KSAFC conference in October of 2013. Chief Smith worked 25 years for the Wineld Fire De
-partment and was chief of the El Dorado Fire Department for 3-1/2 years before he was named
as Derby’s rst fulltime chief in
Dodge City
 - A re shut down operations at Cargill’s beef pack
ing plant in Dodge City in late December. There were no inju
-ries but a 1,000 employees were
El Dorado
 - The Cancun Mex
ican Grill was damaged by re
in early December. El Dorado
Fire Department was joined on mutual aid by reghters from
 - TransCanada Corporation has given a grant of $2,500 to Dickinson County
Fire District #1 to help purchase
an 800 MHz radio according to Chief Paul Froelich.
 - An open house of the
new Esbon Fire Station was held
in late October. Fire Chief Randy
Fogo said that a grand opening is
tentatively planned for Memorial
Day weekend in 2014.
 - A Christmas Eve re
damaged a house about 7 miles
south of Eureka. Fire Chief Doug Williams said that reghters
found smoke coming from the
residence and heavy smoke from the upper oors.
 - The Galena Fire De-partment responded to a struc-
ture re in early December at 503 East 5th Street. Galena Fire Chief Bill Hall attributed the re
to possible faulty electrical wir-ing behind the dryer. The home was a total loss. Mutual aid was
received from the Baxter Springs
Fire Department and from Red-dings Mill Fire Department in Missouri. 
- The Gareld Fire Department served a Hunter’s Lunch on a Saturday in Novem
ber at the Gareld Community Center.
 - A vacant house was destroyed by re in late Novem
-ber in Garnett on West 9th Street.
Garnett Fire Chief Pat Tate said
that the home was fully engulfed
when the reghters arrived
and wintry conditions including
snow and 20 MPH north winds blew ames 20 to 30 feet out of
the house. 
- A house re in ear
-ly December destroyed a rural
home. The re occurred just be
-fore Garnett hosted the Regional Fire Training School, accord-
ing to J.D. Mersman, Anderson County Emergency Management
 - A re in Geneseo in late November destroyed a barn and damaged two adjacent houses. The reghters from
Geneseo, Ellsworth, Lyons, Lit-
tle River and Bushton responded to the re, according to Geneseo Fire Chief Mike Huggans.
 - Two garages and a
home were damaged by re in mid November. A person was
working in a garage when a
spark ignited the re. Fire De
-partments from Geneseo, Little
River, Lyons, Bushton and Ells
worth County responded to the incident. After the re it was
determined that a torch was be-
ing used to cut up a stolen ATV
trailer to sell as scrap. This led to his arrest for possession of stolen property. 
 - A re in mid November did extensive damage
to a house at 1418 20th Street
according to Chief Mike Napoli
-tano. Damage was estimated at more than $40,000. 
 - A house re in mid-November destroyed a home in rural Halstead. Halstead Fire Chief Jim VanSchaick said
the structure was a total loss
and that by the time reghters arrived on scene, the roof was fully engulfed in the re, with the re being driven by strong winds. Fire crews from Halstead, Burrton, Hesston and Sedgwick responded to the re.
 - A stove re caused extensive damage to a Harper home in late November. The home had an estimated $50,000 damage according to Fire Chief
Ken Leu. 
 - A re in late De
-cember in a Main Street apart-ment building resulted in the
death of a 75-year-old Herington man. Fire Chief Ken Staatz said
that smoke was spotted by a po-
lice ofcer on patrol.
 - A re destroyed a
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This number rings at the State Fire Marshal’s Office in Topeka and is handled as a hazmat hotline. You will be transferred to either the KSFM Hazmat Division Director, the Hazmat Training Coordinator or the Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal. If those person-nel are not in the office, you will be asked to leave your name and phone number and the Hazmat Division personnel will be contacted to call you back ASAP. If this line is not answered after four rings, the call is automatically forwarded to the group pager number below
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house in mid-November at 207 North Washington. Hillsboro Fire Chief Ben Steketee said that
the home was unoccupied but
fully involved in the re when the reghters arrived.
 - A re in early De-cember left the home of a Holton
couple pretty well gutted accord-
ing to Holton Fire Chief Kevin Ingels. The damage was estimat-
ed at about $90,000.
 - Fire destroyed
Mary’s Jack of Clubs in late
December. The owners indicate they will reopen.
 - Damages es-
timated at $12,000 in a re that destroyed a shed, RV, two camp-ers and a Chevy Suburban behind a house at 2703 St. Elmo Drive, west of Hutchinson. Hutchinson Deputy Fire Chief Doug Hanen reported that the shed and RV were well involved in the ames when reghters arrived. Six units from the Hutchinson Fire
Department and a water tender
from Reno County Fire District No. 3 responded to the re.
 - Retired
Hutchinson Drill Captain Rich-
ard D. Trotter celebrated his 80th
birthday on Dec. 4. He retired af-ter 35 years of service in 1992. Congratulations!
 - A re damaged the Wil-
liams Monuments building in late
November. Lt. Jeremy Ellington said that reghters quickly ar-rived on scene and got the re
knocked down in short order.
 - Fireghter Ja-
mie Farr is engaged to be married
to Jennifer Nuss. The wedding is planned for March 29. Congratu-
lations to the couple.
 - Greek Heroes, a restaurant in Junction City, suffered signicant structural damage during a re in early De-cember. Fire Chief Kevin Royse
said that the estimated loss is
 - A January re destroyed a residence that
was the original Dam Sandwich Shop near Kannapolis Lake. The shop opened about 60 years ago.
The McPherson County Rural Fire District #2 from Marquette responded to the re.
 - Twenty-six re-ghters graduated at a ceremony held Nov. 21, at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS, and were given the oath of ofce. Fire Chief John Paul Jones said, “you
will face danger but also be em-
powered by overcoming fear.” Ofcials with the Kansas City,
Kansas Fire Department pointed out the class contained a fourth
generation reghter, Chris
Wing, as well as another fourth
generation reghter, a third generation reghter and a sec-ond-generation reghters. Josh
Bubeck graduated #1 in his class with an almost perfect score in
the Academy and addressed the class. Chris Wing’s father is Bob
Wing, president of the Kansas
State Council of Fireghters.
 - A man suffered
second and third degree burns
in an apartment re on Nov.
11. Damage was estimated at $180,000.
 - Rush County Fire District # 4 has received a “new” 6x6 truck from the Kansas For-est Service to be used as a tanker/
brush truck in the county.
 - An abandoned home east of LaCygne was de-stroyed by re in early Decem-
 - A morning re
in early December caused an
estimated $135,000 in damage
to a west Lawrence home. Fire
crews had the re under control in about 25 minutes according to Chief Mark Bradford.
 - The former
Nights Inn building is being
used as a training location by
the Leavenworth Fire Depart-ment. “This is an opportunity we don’t get very often,” Leaven-worth Assistant Fire Chief Mike
Lingenfelser said. The old hotel has rooms that can be set up with
furniture, to allow reghters to
train in the facility.
 - Steve Kruse
has been appointed as President and General Manager of Mutual
Telephone Company. He grew up at Glen Elder and serves as a volunteer reghter for the Little River Fire Department.
 - First National Bank and Trust presented a check
for $664 to the Long Island Fire
Department as part of their dona-tion campaign in 2013.
 - A re in early Decem-ber at the Cal-Maine Egg Facility occurred in the facility’s manure barn. Rice County Fire Depart-ment Chief Ed Fiel said that the cause of the re was still largely
undetermined. Fire Stations 6, 1 and 2 responded to the scene.
 - A house re
in late December caused about $80,000 damage to a home and
contents on Colorado Street. Five tenants were living in the home, which had been converted to
 - Fireghter Tim Davenport and his wife, Mary,
celebrated 30 years of marriage
on Nov. 26. Congratulations!
 - A re in early No-vember destroyed Quality Cus-tom Cabinets in Meriden. Rock Creek Fire Chief Bob Fritch said
that there was a lot of wood in
the building, which made the re very hot. Other departments as-
sisting on mutual aid included Kaw Township, Oskaloosa, Oza-
wkie, Jefferson #11 at Valley Falls, Nortonville, Efngham
and Soldier.
 - The Moundridge Fire Department
held its 34th annual Christmas Open House Saturday, Nov. 23,
with all proceeds going to assist the Department.
 - A house re in late
December displaced a family of
six in Navarre. Dickinson Coun-ty Fire District #1 Chief Paul
Froelich said the home suffered substantial damage and was not
inhabitable. The re was at the home of Shadd and Janice Sny-
der. Mr. Snyder is employed by
the Junction City Fire Depart-
New Strawn
 - A trailer re in
early December destroyed the trailer on 16th Road after he had
been burning leaves and brush. New Strawn and Burlington re-ghters responded to the re.
 - Vince Garcia has
retired after 31 years with the Newton Fire/EMS Department
in mid- December. “Vince is our
most senior member and his leg-
acy of service will carry on but he will be greatly missed,” said Mark Willis, Chief of the New-
ton Fire/EMS Department.
- A re in Nick-
erson left a family looking for
a new place to live in early De-cember. It is believed the re was
electrical in nature with the blaze starting in the attic.
- A re in late Decem-
ber destroyed a home in Oswego.
Oswego Fire Chief Donnie Al-
lison said that there were four
people at home when the re
broke out but that they were able
to escape without injury.
 - A home was dam-aged by re in early December at Ottawa. The re is believed to have been ignited by a portable
heater used in the crawl space underneath the home to thaw out some frozen water lines. 
Overland Park
 - An Over-land Park apartment complex was damaged by re in early De-
cember. One person was trans-
ported for signicant burn inju-ries according to Jason Rhodes, Overland Park Fire Department
 - The Parsons Fire
Department has been investigat-ing options for new re trucks. An aerial and a pumper are to
be bought with proceeds from a
1/2-cent sales tax that went into effect in January.
 - A Pittsburg man died in a house re in early De-cember on 7th Street. The re
was found at the rear of a single-
family home. A man was found inside and removed and trans-
ported by EMS. The home sus-
tained signicant damage to the back family room and rooine according to Pittsburg Fire Chief
Mike Simons.
 - A re in southwest
Pittsburg destroyed a house in
mid-December. Battalion Chief Jim Radell said that ames were
showing through the roof when
the re was reported and downed
power lines and icy branches from a winter storm also ham-
pered reghters response.
 - A house re in mid-
December resulted in the death of infant twins. The mother was
found outside the home covered
in smoke and soot and was sent
rst to Pratt Regional Medical Center and then transferred to Via Christi St. Francis Burn Unit in Wichita for re related inju-ries. Pratt reghters were joined
in mutual aid by Township 12 Fire Rescue Department.
 - An implement shed was damaged by re in early De-
cember on 200th Road. Sabetha
Fire Chief Jim Johnson said that the re department responded to the scene with 13 reghters and ve trucks. Mutual aid was requested from the Bern Fire De-
- A home was a total loss after a re in mid November, according to Chief Jim Johnson. Sabetha reghters were joined on mutual aid by reghters
from Goff and Wetmore.
- An unoccupied home was damaged by re in late No-vember. The re appears to have
started under two solar panels.
- A house re in early January claimed the life of
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