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    Nov 12, 2019
    Gladden Hall 6320 Manchester Ave. Kansas City, MO 64133
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    Dec 10, 2019
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    Jan 14, 2020
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    • What's New at GKC Fire Fighters Alumni Association

      The Greater Kansas City Fire Fighters Alumni Association is conducting our monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month

      Our meeting will be held at 10:00 AM in Gladden Hall on the lower level of IAFF Local 42's Union Hall, located at 6320 Manchester Ave., Kansas City, MO 64133.

      Credit: Ray Elder, KCFD Retired Fire Captain and KCFD Historian

      Few cities have been so fortunate as Kansas City in escaping disastrous fires. From the time log cabins fell into disuse and frame businesses and dwelling houses began to appear, Kansas City has had fire protection. In the beginning neighbor helped neighbor. Later fire companies were formed which were also social organizations. The Honorable T.B. Bullene was Foreman of the first fire company of the social order. Associated with him socially and in “time of fire” were Frank Foster, Matt Foster, S.K. Green, James Smith, Adam Long and John Long.

      After the Civil War, with the revival of commercial enterprises and with the erection of new buildings filled with merchandise, came the need for better fire protection. The methods used to overcome fire were the most crude and primitive kinds, practically the only implement being an ordinary wooden bucket in which water was carried and thrown upon a fire. A bucket brigade ordinarily was formed and the buckets were passed back and forth between the source of water supply and the fire. This bucket system was of little use, except in cases of incipient fires. A fire that succeeded in gaining a start, seldom if ever, was conquered and usually was abandoned in order that the attention of the fire fighter could be given the saving the neighboring property. Bucket brigades were organized when Kansas City was then a thing of sheds and patches with a great big hole at the bottom of every hill. Water was not as scarce nor as expensive as now, and plenty of water was to be had for the carrying.

      Loud clanging of church bells near 5th and Wyandotte or Main near 12th announced the fire, then the merchant abandoned his counter, the black smith took off his apron, and every one flocked to the scene of the fire to join in the bucket brigade. It was not until 1867, after the war when Kansas City began to feel the prosperous reaction of commercial enterprise that the town authorities deemed it necessary to abandon the bucket brigade for a regular organized fire department. The Missouri legislature was approached and permission was granted on March 12, 1867 for Kansas City to organize a fire department, enforce a building code and use necessary tax money for its operation. There previously had been no system to govern fire fighters and no person to direct operations. This year marked the birth of a new era in fire department history. A steam fire engine company was organized in August of 1867 and a Silsby 2nd Size Rotary Fire Engine together with hose and 2 two-wheeled hand hose carts were placed on order. Col. Frank Foster was elected the first Chief.  Col.T.B. Bullene, who was always on the lookout for a wholesome sport of any kind, was elected Foreman of Neptune Hose Co.1. The company was uniformed in bright red shirts, with pearl buttons and blue trousers.

      January of 1868 the committee on fire apparatus reported to the City Council that a writ of injunction issued by two justices of the County Court. This was to stop the City from selling of real estate for delinquent taxes and the City would not be able to pay for the steam fire engine and equipment on its arrival. John Campbell, a City Councilman, upon hearing this provided the $5,500 to pay for the engine and equipment.  Read more here.


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      Online Toy Drive
      10/23/19 - Toy Program
      You are invited to support this cause An online toy drive has kicked off to support local kids in need served by the SF Firefighters Toy Program. You can help reach the goal of 1500 items by shopping online to support the drive. Simply click Shop Now.
      City fire stations not livable
      10/22/19 - Kansas State Council of Fire Fighters
      Representatives of IAFF Local 64 are concerned about conditions of stations and staffing.  Click the link for more information. http://wyandottedaily.
      United Way
      10/22/19 - Newport News Firefighter's Association
      Help the department reach its participation goal and help you local union members by donating to us through the Unite Way.  Fill out the 'specific 501C" area and fill in  Newport News Firefighter's Association 501C 54-6065174 Thank you for all you do! Stay safe.
      MDA Fundraiser
      10/22/19 - Boston Fire Fighters
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      Member Orientation Hand-outs 10/2019
      10/21/19 - MPFFU
      Click here for hand-outs and reference materials for MPFFU Member Orientation class.
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      CFRA SOLICITING
      10/21/19 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
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      10/20/19 - Southern Missouri Professional Fire Fighters
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      10/18/19 - IAFF 7th District
      Magnificent 7th District Executuve Leadership Series is a program designed for successorship and developing leaders to take on the roles of Local, State and International offices.  This series will give you the knowledge and skills to meet the expectations of those you are charged to lead.
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      10/17/19 - IAFF Local 1014
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      10/16/19 - Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association
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      MDA Top Golf Tournament
      10/16/19 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
      This Sunday October 20th from 9:45am to 1:00pm Topgolf in Centennial will be hosting a benefit for MDA!  Indiviuals and Teams can sign up here: Sign up your team here: https://one.bidpal.net/firefightertopgolf2019 Individuals are $85 and Teams of 6 are $500 -  Additional information can be found on the attachment or for questions, please contact: Marissa Briceno | 303.691.
      Biloxi Ct. Structure Fire
      10/15/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      At 10:47 p.m. on Monday October 15th, Local members responded to an outbuilding fire in the 5300 block of S. Biloxi Ct. in unincorporated Arapahoe County. Multiple 911 callers reported seeing a barn on fire and that there were horses in the area. When members arrived on scene, they found a barn next to a house fully engulfed in flames. Homeowners also reported gas inside the barn.
      PAC Volunteers Needed
      10/15/19 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      Brothers & Sisters, We need volunteers to assist with Political Action (PAC) efforts, as the Nov 5, 2019 election is approaching. IAFF Local 244 has endorsed three (3) candidates for Albuquerque City Council: Ane Romero, Zack Quintero & Pat Davis. Please see the dates below for scheduled PAC efforts.
      2019 Election Results
      10/15/19 - IAFF Local 42
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      The NLFD was recently awarded a FEMA grant to improve safety and training equipment. Senator Blumenthal and NL mayor Mike Passero visited HQ to discuss the importance of these grants.
      EMS Seminar Presentations and Evaluations
      10/11/19 - MPFFU
      Please take a moment and complete this quick online evaluation for each session that you attended at the MPFFU EMS Seminar on October 16, 2019.
      Breast Cancer Awareness
      10/11/19 - Norwalk Professional Firefighters
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      NEW LOCAL 30 PRODUCT FOR SALE
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      Brothers and Sisters, Local 30 Cell Phone Card Wallets are now available (2 for $5). Please contact L30 E-Board member FF Dwyer if interested.
      Vulcan Quarry Crusher Run
      10/10/19 - IAFF Local 2180
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      Centennial Drive Multi Family Structure Fire
      10/09/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      At 4:01 a.m. on Wednesday October 9th, numerous 911 callers reported a fire with a person trapped at the Verona Apartments, located at 2901 W. Centennial Drive in Littleton. Littleton Police officers were first to arrive, they encountered heavy smoke conditions and evacuated all of the surrounding apartments.
      South Rifle St. Structure Fire
      10/09/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      At 4:21 p.m. on Tuesday October 8th, Local members responded to a house fire on S. Rifle Street in Centennial. 911 callers reported a fire possibly inside the wall of the home under renovation. When members arrived on scene, they saw a significant amount of smoke showing from the home.
      Nominations for 2019 Local 1826 Member of the Year
      10/09/19 - IAFF 1826
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      Local 244 Kid’s Halloween Party!! 11/2/19
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      2019 Proposed By-Laws Changes
      10/08/19 - IAFF Local 1403
      July 10, 2019: PTSD Bill Signing
      10/07/19 - UPFFA
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      Fire Ops 101
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      Membership Meeting
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      Every year you are given an opportunity to make changes to your following year coverage, January 1st to December 31st. Our open enrollment period starts Monday October 7th and ends on Friday October 18th, 2019. This is the only time in the year you can change the type of medical/dental/vision coverage or add/remove dependents from coverage without a qualifying event.
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      October 3, 2019: Federation of State and Provincial Fire Fighters Meeting
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      10/03/19 - IAFF Local 1014
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      Exchange Club Firefighter of the Year
      10/03/19 - IAFF Local 801
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      PUZZLES FOR CANCER RESEARCH
      10/02/19 - Lets Fire Cancer
      The Retired Professional Fire Fighters Cancer Fund is pleased to be affiliated with Puzzle For Good. A portion of your purchase from our link: https://www.puzzleforgood.com/fund-3 will go to established, promising cancer research programs. These puzzles make great personal or gift items. "THANK YOU"! GO TO OUR LINKS PAGE FOR DIRECT ACCESS!
      *New admin*
      10/02/19 - IAFF Local 2819
      p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 13.0px 0.0px; line-height: 16.0px; font: 13.0px Verdana; color: #262626; -webkit-text-stroke: #262626} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Hello Brothers and Sisters of 2819, My name is Josh Warter I am a medic with Poulsbo. I lateraled from North Mason RFA two years ago so I am new to the Kitsap area.
      2019 Election Nominees
      10/01/19 - IAFF Local 1403
      Here are your brothers and sisters that accepted nomination for the upcoming Local 1403 Elections.
      2019 Fill The Boot Total
      10/01/19 - IAFF Local 21
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      Malden's 2nd Annual Public Safety Day
      10/01/19 - IAFF Local 902
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      Operation Warm Fundraiser
      09/28/19 - IAFF Local 21
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      IAFF Fire ground Survival Program
      09/27/19 - Boston Fire Fighters
      Boston Firefighters Local 718 President Bob Petitti-IAFF GS Ed Kelly-IAFF 3rd DVP Jay Colbert-BFD Commissioner Joe Finn-PFFM President Rich MacKinnon Jr. along with IAFF members at the presintaion of the IAFF Fireground Survival Trailer.
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