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    Dec 10, 2019
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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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      LODD Worcester Local 1009; Lt Jason Menard
      11/14/19 - IAFF Local 739
      LODD Worcester Local 1009: Lieutenant Jason Menard Calling hours for Lt. Jason Menard will be held on Sunday November 17, 2019 from 3 to 7 PM at Mercadante Funeral Home on Plantation Street in Worcester. A funeral service will be held on Monday November 18, 2019 at 11 AM at St. John's Catholic Church on Temple Street in Worcester.
      Funeral Services for Lt. Jason Menard
      11/14/19 - UPFFA
      Funeral Services for Lt. Jason Menard   Services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, 44 Temple St. Calling hours will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Mercadante Funeral Home and Chapel, 370 Plantation St.
      Tough Fire On Ravenwood
      11/14/19 - Norwalk Professional Firefighters
      At 8:46 PM on November, 2nd 2019, members of Local 830 were dispatched to 9 Ravenwood Drive for reports of a house on fire.  Upon arrival, Car 2 reported a heavily involved residential structure. Due to the are being the small section of Norwalk without hydrants, Command requested a tanker from New Cannan to respond.
      Show your support
      11/14/19 - PFFNH
      Salem L-2892 is aking to show your support by buying t-shirts and vehicle decals to raise money for a member battling cancer. The shirts are $20 each and decals are $5 available at Salem Central Fire Station, 152 Main St. 100% of the money goes to the member as she battles this disease.
      Worcester Fire Local 1009 - LODD Lt. Jason Menard
      11/13/19 - IAFF Local 1009
      Worcester Local1009  LODD   Lt. Jason Menard Local 1009 regrets to announce the Line of Duty Death of Lt Jason Menard, Ladder Company 5. Arrangements are incomplete a and will be posted when finalized.
      IAFF - ALTS Conference in Orlando
      11/13/19 - Iowa Professional Fire Fighters
      Registration is now open for the 2020 Vincent J. Bollon Affiliate Leadership Training Summit (ALTS) and Ernest A. “Buddy” Mass Human Relations Conference (HRC), taking place January 19-22, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
      2020 Legislative Agenda
      11/12/19 - IAFF Local 42
      Leadership from Greater Kansas City Fire Fighters IAFF Local 42 and KC Chief Officers IAFF Local 3808 met with Governor Mike Parson to discuss issues facing Missouri Fire Fighters in the 2020 Legislative Session.
      2020 BFIT CHALLENGE
      11/12/19 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
      Brothers and Sisters, Please see the information below about the 2020 BFIT Challenge. Any member interested in joining the Local 30 team, please contact Executive Board Member FF Mike Dwyer (978-375-4096). More event and registration information is available in the attached pdf.
      INFORMATIONAL POST
      11/12/19 - IAFF Local 1403
      Retired Lt. Brian Gagnon has asked Local 1403 to send out information to his brothers and sisters about a natural minor wound and burn care product he has developed. Brian is trying to get exposure for his product and has offered 200 free samples to members of Local 1403 for them to try it and give him feedback. If interested intrying it out please contact Brian aloemaxx123@gmail.
      Christmas Party December 14, 2019
      11/12/19 - IAFF Local F283
      Don’t forget about your annual Christmas Party at the American Lake Conference Center on Dec 14, 2019. Doors open at 6pm, it’s a (345) day.
      Heroes and Howl-i-days
      11/12/19 - Toy Program
      Join SF Firefighters Toy Program at our favorite Doggy Day Club for an amazing event where you can bring your dog, take photos with Santa, get some treats and make a child’s holiday brighter! Doggy Style Day Club invites you and you favorite do to join us on Dec 1st, 2019 for a fun filled event.
      Monday Moring Headlines November 11, 2019
      11/11/19 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
      Thank you to all of our Denver Firefighter Veterans that have chosen to continue there career on the fire department. We honor and express our gratitude to you for serving in our military and protecting our freedom.  - Remember, our Union Offices will be closed today and will resume regular hours on Tuesday.
      Happy Veterans Day
      11/11/19 - IAFF Local 739
      Happy Veterans Day Lynn Local 739 is wishing a Happy Veterans Day to all active and retired members who have and continue to serve. To Veterans everywhere, we say Thank You for your sacrifice and your service.
      2019 OFFICER ELECTIONS
      11/10/19 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      2019 OFFICER ELECTION *THIS VOTE WILL INCLUDE BYLAW CHANGES AND A DUES INCREASE BALLOT MEASURE SPECIFICALLY FOR THE MEMBERSHIP ASSISTANCE FUND BYLAW CHANGES TO INCLUDE THE DUES INCREASE CAN BE VIEWED IN THE MEMBERS-ONLY SECTION AT IAFF244.
      EMS Training
      11/08/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      Today wrapped up two weeks of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training for Mass Casualty Incidents involving technical rescue techniques.  https://www.southmetro.
      Rapp St. Car into a Building
      11/08/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      At 1:21 p.m. on Wednesday November, 8th Local members responded to reports of a car into a a building in the 5700 block of S. Rapp St. in downtown Littleton. When the call came in there were also reports of people standing on the roof of the structure waiting for help because the car was blocking their exit path.
      Fire Foundation Apparel Sales
      11/08/19 - IAFF Local 21
      2019 - 2020 Hockey Schedule
      11/08/19 - IAFF Local 21
      The 2019 - 2020 Hockey schedule has been posted to the L-21 website.
      Friday Update 11-8-19
      11/08/19 - IAFF Local 1014
      Winter Blaze - Firefighters Ball
      11/07/19 - IAFF Local 31
      Save the date for the 2020 Winter Blaze - Tacoma Firefighters Ball, Saturday, March 21, at the Emerald Queen Casino's new facility. We hope you will join us for an evening of food, dancing, and live entertainment Kentucky Derby style to benefit The Goodtimes Project.  It truly will be an event to remember.
      30 in 30 Raffle
      11/06/19 - IAFF Local 51
      30 - 30 El Paso Firefighter Cancer Fund Daily Raffle WINNERS: 1. Carlo Salazar 2. Xavier Romero 3. Bobby Jones 4. Patsy Razo
      ACTIVE MEMBERS - VSP VISION ENROLLMENT INFO FOR 2020 COVERAGE
      11/06/19 - Detroit Fire Fighters Association
      Madam Mayor: Brosnan wins Livonia's top spot by razor-thin margin
      11/06/19 - IAFF Local 1164
      It appears Maureen Miller Brosnan will become the first female mayor of Livonia. Brosnan edged out her opponent, Laura Toy, with 12,230 votes. Toy fell just short with 12,066 votes, a difference of 164 votes. The mayor serves a four-year term and currently makes $125,000 annually. She'll succeed current mayor Dennis Wright, who opted not to run for reelection this year.
      2019 Salvation Army Bell Ringing Season Is Here
      11/05/19 - IAFF Local 21
      We will be ringing bells starting on November 15th at Cub Foods Midway as well as Grand Meander on December 7th and Wild Games November 29th thru December 23rd.
      Charity Giving Campaign
      11/05/19 - IAFF Local 21
      Brothers and Sisters, The St. Paul Charitable Giving campaign closes this Wednesday, Nov 6! One of the charities you can support is the St. Paul Fire Foundation and is an easy way to contribute to a cause that benefits you and your brothers and sisters directly. You can choose to make a one-time contribution using a paper form or go online to www.ipledgeonline.
      Foxwood Ct. Structure Fire
      11/05/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      On Tuesday, November 5th, Local members responded to a town home fire with a report of someone trapped on Foxwood Court in Parker. Upon arrival smoke was visible and members from Medic 41 went inside for search, rescue and fire control. They used a water extinguisher to control the flames and worked with Tower 45 to conduct searches inside.
      Cedar Street Structure Fire
      11/05/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      During the evening on Saturday, November 2, 2019, Local members responded to a house fire in the 5400 block of South Cedar Street in Littleton. When members arrived, they observed flames coming from a second-floor window of the split-level home. Members conducted a transitional attack to darken down the fire before moving inside the structure to fully extinguish it.
      November 2019 General Membership Meetings
      11/05/19 - International Association of Firefighters
      Our next quarterly general membership meetings will take place on Tuesday, November 12th and Wednesday, November 13th at The Cabin on Route 33 in Freehold. Both meetings will takle place in the back room behind the fireplace and will start at 1700 sharp. Please make every effort to attend. See you there.
      MDA Boot Camp
      11/05/19 - IAFF 1826
      To all Local 1826 Members, Please see attachment containing information on this event, 2020 IAFF/MDA Boot Camp-January 9th & 10th, 2020 at Embassy Suites in Orlando. * Local 1826 will only provide travel cost for our MDA Coordinator.* MDA provides the room and meals, if you would like to attend travel would be your responsibility.
      2020 Ball Tickets and Rooms now available
      11/04/19 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
      Hello all members, Tickets and rooms for the 2020 ball are now available to purchase.  The ball is being held Saturday February 22nd, and rooms are available February 21st-23rd. To purchase tickets simply call the union office or go to iaff858.org and visit the online store.  A link for hotel rooms is below.
      Voting 2019
      11/04/19 - IAFF Local 51
      Election Day is November 5, 2019 Need to know where to vote?  Issues on the ballot: State Income Tax City of El Paso Public Safety Bond
      NLFD Trains With New Equipment
      11/03/19 - New London Fire Fighters
      The NLFD has used funds from a grant to purchase new rescue equipment. This Arizona vortex is a bipod-tripod that allows for great flexibility during rescue operations.
      MDA Fill The Boot Wild Game
      11/01/19 - IAFF Local 21
      Local 21 Brothers and Sisters, We have been invited by the Minnesota Wild to fundraise for the MDA at the November 21st game at Excel Energy Center vs. the Colorado Avalanche.   This is an opportunity for 10 individuals to Fill the Boot and then enjoy the Wild game.
      Primary sets up showdown for Livonia's first female mayor
      11/01/19 - IAFF Local 1164
      Thousands of voters went to the polls around Livonia on Aug. 6. After people cast their ballots, the mayoral race was narrowed down to Maureen Miller Brosnan and Laura Toy while the city council race went from a 12-person race to an eight-person one.  Toy, the current city council president, led the mayoral field with 7,400 votes and Brosnan followed with 6,124.
      2019 Santa Express Signup is on left side of homepage
      11/01/19 - IAFF Local 1426
      If you would like to enroll for the 2019 Santa Express please click on the Santa Express Enrollment Tab on the left side of our home page.
      IAFF Local 21 City Council Endorsements
      10/31/19 - IAFF Local 21
      Protect us, so we can protect you St. Paul Firefighters Local 21 has endorsed the following candidates for re-election to the St. Paul City Council. Ward 1.  Dai Thao Ward 2.  Rebecca Noecker Ward 3.  Chris Tolbert Ward 4.  Mitra Jalali Nelson Ward 5.  Amy Brendmoen Ward 7.
      Friday Update 11-1-19
      10/31/19 - IAFF Local 1014
      IAFF Local 244 Christmas Party
      10/30/19 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      Get your tickets for the IAFF Local 244 Christmas Party!  We will celebrate Christmas and honor our members for Firefighter of the Year (City & County) and Outstanding Leadership on Friday December 13, 2019 at Hyatt Regency Downtown Albuquerque. Tickets are $25.
      THANK YOU TO ALL OUR MEMBERS!
      10/30/19 - IAFF Local 1014
      DONATIONS MADE AT THE MEMORIAL GLADE DEDICATED TO VICTIMS AFTER 9/11
      10/29/19 - Lets Fire Cancer
      "YOUR" two latest donations were made on October 15, 2019 at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City at the "MEMORIAL GLADE" The Memorial Glade is dedicated to those whose actions in our time of need led to their injury, sickness and death.
      Greenville Firefighters offering to install free smoke alarm batteries for Borough Residents
      10/27/19 - Greenville Professional Firefighters
      It's that time of year again! Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries™! Every fall, Energizer and Greenville Firefighters work to remind people of the simple, life-saving habit of changing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms when setting the clocks back for daylight saving time. Three minutes.
      Meadow Bridge Way Structure Fire
      10/27/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      At 12:17 a.m. on Sunday October 27th, Local members responded to a house fire at 12471 Meadow Bridge Way in Parker. When members arrived, they found one side of the home engulfed with flames and melting the siding on the neighbor’s house. The exterior fire was quickly darkened down and flames were found extending through the attic space.
      Come Help a Firefighter's Family!!
      10/26/19 - Newport News Firefighter's Association
      Please help us support one of our own next Saturday, Nov 2 @ 9am at Breakaway Jiu-Jitsu. Ten dollar entry fee. All proceeds will go to Dragan Grujicic's family and Hunters Hope Foundation. There will be over $1000 in raffle give-aways. Come out and join in some fellowship, and see old friends and meet new ones. Please see attached flier or "Breakaway Jiu Jitsu" FB page for details. Thank you and have a rad day. --Rob Murianka
      Retirement
      10/25/19 - St. Charles Professional Firefighters Local 3322
      Chief Joe Schelstreet has retired, now it's time to party! Come join us to celebrate his career.
      INFORMATIONAL POST
      10/25/19 - IAFF Local 1403
      On Tuesday before the General Membership Meeting from 1030 to 1130 FF Mark Buckley will be presenting a 1 hour informational session of Financial Strategies for Retirement. Local 1403 continues to strive in passing on information to our members in an effort to provide education.
      Thanks Conner and the Ocean Avenue Learning Academy in New London
      10/25/19 - New London Fire Fighters
      The NLFD would like to thank Conner and the Ocean Avenue Learning Academy in New London for this great gift to the South Station.
      Upcoming SPFD Yearbook
      10/25/19 - IAFF Local 21
      Attention St Paul Fire Department Members: We have partnered with Heritage Portraits & Albums to photograph our department members so we can create a Heritage Album for our organization.
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