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    Oct 08, 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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      7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
      09/18/19 - IAFF 1826
      To all Local 1826 Members, Please see attachment containing information on this Charity Golf Tournament, September 28th, 2019.
      Local 1826 Field Rep. Election
      09/18/19 - IAFF 1826
      To all Local 1826 Members, Please see attachment containing information on Dates, Times, and Candidates for the position of Local 1826 Field Representative.
      IAFF Financial Corporation
      09/17/19 - IAFF Local 1403
      The IAFF-Financial Corporation is now working with Security Benefit Life Insurance Company to help Fire Fighters provide a supplemental income for their families in the future. There are many challenges to consider when preparing for retirement, such as, income stream, the retirement gap, cost-of-living and market performance.
      Hillridge Place Structure Fire
      09/17/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      At 8:29 a.m. on Tuesday September 17, 2019, Local members responded to 6810 Hillridge Place in The Pinery after a neighbor saw smoke and called 911. First arriving Engine 43 observed smoke coming from the eaves of the home and upgraded the response to a working structure fire.
      MDA Fundraiser
      09/17/19 - Longmont Professional Fire Fighters Association - IAFF Local 1806
      Please join us for the MDA fundraiser@ Collision Brewing Friday, Sept. 20th 4-9PM.  See flyer for more information.
      Lt. Hamill Retirement
      09/16/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      Congratulations to Lieutenant Hamill who celebrated his last shift ceremony at Firehouse 43 in The Pinery on Sunday, marking his retirement after 24 years serving the South Metro community.  Enjoy your retirement! https://www.southmetro.
      Standard Life Insurance
      09/16/19 - IAFF Local 1403
      Open enrollment for Union Life Insurance will be October 7-18 .  You can increase your coverage by 30K with no questions asked.  If you would like to increase it over the 30K you would have to do a medical screening.  You can come in anytime from 7am – 3pm or you can fill out the form attached and email it claudine.buzzo@local1403.org or fax it back 305-591-9654.
      9/11 Never Forget Blood Drive Hugh Success
      09/16/19 - IAFF Local 311
      ?The September 11th Never Forget Blood Drive was a big hit this year with the big flag draped over St#14, and we set a new record!  ? The Madison Fire Department, Madison Police Department, and American Red Cross teamed up once again to host the September 11 “Never Forget” Blood Drive.
      Local 858 & Local 1604 fundraiser this Wednesday
      09/16/19 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
      Good morning,  Please come out and join us @ the historic Woodie Fisher kitchen and bar this Wednesday night @ 5pm as we welcome bicycle riders from the Seattle area and Local 1604.  Our brothers from the northwest are riding their bikes to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Colorado Springs this weekend and are raising money for the Gary Sinise Foundation.
      2020 FLSA Schedule
      09/13/19 - IAFF Local 21
      The 2020 FLSA Schedule has been posted under the Payroll Resources tab under Members Resources on the left margin.
      SD Fire-Rescue Foundation 5K and Kids Run
      09/12/19 - IAFF Local 2180
      To All San Diego County Firefighters, The San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation is offering all San Diego County Firefighters an opportunity to represent their agency and the fire service with a 100% free entry to all first responders running/walking in turnouts (no liner and running shoes is recommended) at the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation’s 5k and Kids Run on Saturday October 5,, 2019.
      2019 Police and Fire Charity Ball
      09/12/19 - IAFF Local 311
      Tickets are on sale now!!! Make sure to get your tickets ASAP you won't want to miss out on dueling pianos, a petting zoo, raffles, auctions, dinner, dancing... need I say more?? Oh.... and all the proceeds go to the Dane County Humane Society :) https://2019policeandfireball.eventbrite.
      2020 Open Enrollment
      09/12/19 - IAFF Local 1403
      The 2020 Active Employee Open Enroll ment period is scheduled commencing Monday, October 7th and ending on Friday October 18th. THis is the only time of the year to make medical, dental, and vision plan changes and dependent changes. NO CHANGES = NO PAPERWORK TO SUBMIT.  If you need to make changes read the attached document for further instructions.
      September 3, 2019 - UPFFA Delegates Meeting, Hosted by East Hartford Fire Fighters, Local 1548
      09/11/19 - UPFFA
      Matt Flor, Pres., East Hartford Fire Fighters, Local 1548 John Oates, Fire Chief, East Hartford Fire Dept. A [L-R] Jen Morgan, Joseph Bowman Tommy Fund Jay Tolisano  - Cross Country Mortgages   UPFFA DVP Kurt Vogt Swearing-in UPFFA Elected Officers: [L-R]  Jason Diaz, Dist.
      Astoria Ct. Structure Fire
      09/11/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      At 3:21 a.m. on September 11th, an observant neighbor called 911 after they noticed smoke and an orange glow coming from a home on Astoria Court in Lone Tree. When members arrived, they encountered heavy smoke in the area and confirmed that an enclosed deck attached to the home was burning.
      County PERA Board election
      09/11/19 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      County Brothers & Sisters, Please remember to vote for Shirley M. Ragin for PERA Board.
      Make-a-Wish Charity Golf Tournament
      09/11/19 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      Brothers & Sisters, Please consider coming out and supporting a worthy cause and have fun at the same time: The New Mexico Make-A-Wish foundation is holding a Charity Golf Tournament at the Isleta Golf Course on September 19th.  Please see attached flyer for registration details. Thank you.
      Passing of Br. Granton
      09/10/19 - Norwalk Professional Firefighters
      It is with a heavy heart that Norwalk Firefighters Association Local 830 announces the passing of Brother Jesse C. Granton.  Br. Granton passed unexpectedly in his home on Friday September 6th, 2019 at 37 years old.  Jesse joined the Norwalk Fire Department in 2011, and was promoted to the position of Fire Inspector in 2018.  During hes tenure, Br.
      Captain Hager Rememberance
      09/10/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      30 years ago on September 10, 1989, Captain John Hager died in the line of duty while battling a building fire at 5119 S. Yosemite St. in Greenwood Village. Today Captain Hager's family and friends joined South Metro Fire Rescue for a remembrance ceremony at the SMFR Fallen Firefighters Memorial.
      Trial Schedule Change Committee Selected
      09/10/19 - IAFF Local 1014
      Official Arrangements For Jesse C. Granton - Norwalk Fire Fighters Association, IAFF, Local 830
      09/10/19 - UPFFA
      Norwalk Fire Fighters Association, IAFF, Local 830 It is with great sadness that the Norwalk Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 830 announces the passing our Brother Jessie Granton. Brother Granton passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday September 6, 2019. Please keep Brother Granton and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
      MDFR Retirement Recon
      09/10/19 - IAFF Local 1403
      Hello Again, After a nearly three year haitus, I finally found my way back to you with a new, and hopefully improved method of delivery - a video blog called MDFR Retirement Recon. I intend to produce one video every couple of months to provide useful information to help you with your retirement planning. The topic this month is Health Insurance Subsidies.
      Sunday, September 8, 2019: Ct. United Ride
      09/09/19 - UPFFA
      Sunday, September 8, 2019: Ct. United Ride Fred Garrity, Dir., Ct. United Ride recognized and presented a plaque to Captain Anthony Duff from the Ct. United Ride and Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut. While off-duty Captain Duff witnessed two suspects were in a shootout, Captain Duff was wounded when he intervened to stop the suspects.
      Livonia Firefighters Endorsements.
      09/09/19 - IAFF Local 1164
      Livonia Citizens we are proud to say the Livonia Firefighters Union has endorsed Maureen Miller Brosnan for Mayor! She has pledged to make public safety a top priority. We are currently at a tipping point in staffing and safety. Her influence and experience will right the ship.
      2019 PFFWV Fall Training Summit
      09/09/19 - Professional Fire Fighters of West Virginia
          The 2019 biennial PFFWV Fall Training Summit will be held October 15th-17th in Weirton, WV. To register for this important training opportunity, please click on the following link. https://www.surveymonkey.
      Annual Mass Fallen Firefighter Ceremony
      09/08/19 - IAFF Local 739
      Annual Mass Fallen Firefighter Ceremony Wednesday September 11, 2019 Members to stage at 4 PM at Beacon and Charles Streets for procession to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial for a 5 PM ceremony. Uniform of the Day: Class A with Bell Cap. All members are encouraged to attend.
      Retired Firefighter George Radle’s Celebration Of Life
      09/08/19 - IAFF Local 21
      Retired Firefighter George Radle’s celebration of life will be held at Mancini's in St. Paul from 1 to 4 pm on September 10.  Firefighter Radle passed away on August 22, 2019.
      IAFF Local 42 Implements New Mental Health Program
      09/08/19 - IAFF Local 42
      First Responders (Police, Fire & EMS) across our country have seen an increase in shootings, and mass casualty events which results larger numbers of victims who are injured or have died as a result of their wounds.   Here in Kansas City, MO the number of homicides so far this year has surpassed 100.
      Notice of Elections
      09/08/19 - IAFF Local 1403
      Nominations for President, 2nd Vice-President, Secretary, and 7 Executive Board positions will be accepted from the floor on September 24th, 2019 prior to the Union Meeting from 12:00 PM to 12:20 PM.
      MDA DRIVE
      09/08/19 - New London Fire Fighters
      The New London Firefighters are gearing up for their annual fill the boot campaign. The NLFD will be collecting donations benefiting people with Muscular Dystrophy every Friday from 2-4pm in September in front of Fire Headquarters on Bank street and in front of the North Station on Broad st. Look out for the boot drive and give what you can for this great cause.
      Boston Fire Local 718 Liar’s Club annual Vendome Memorial Breakfast.
      09/08/19 - Boston Fire Fighters
      Local 718 Treasurer Joe Quinn-PFFM President Richard MacKinnon Jr.- IAFF Secretary Treasurer Edward Kelly-Local 718 President Robert Petitti and Vice President John Sarro at  Boston Fire Local 718 Liar’s Club annual Vendome Memorial Breakfast.
      South Clayton Structure Fire
      09/06/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      At 4:26 p.m. on September 6th during a widespread severe weather event over South Metro’s District, Local members responded to a home struck by lightning in Centennial. When members arrived at 7947 S. Clayton Circle, they observed smoke coming from the eaves and a roof vent.
      Yosemite St. Flooding
      09/06/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      At 4:02 p.m. on September 6th while portions of South Metro’s District were under simultaneous Tornado, Flash Flood and Severe Thunderstorm warnings, members were dispatched to an occupied vehicle stranded in high water at East Phillips Avenue and South Niagara Way in Centennial.
      Poker Run Information
      09/06/19 - IAFF Local 2866
      2019 Firefighters Poker Run Cost $25 per hand (unlimited amount of hands per person)             Extra Cards $5 (limit 2 cards per hand)                         Must be bought at the starting point Route is approx.
      Save The Date: Safety Stand Down
      09/06/19 - IAFF Local 1014
      Local 21 Regrets To Announce The Passing Of Retired FEO Kenneth Brisbois
      09/05/19 - IAFF Local 21
         Local 21 regrets to announce the passing of Retired FEO Kenneth Brisbois.  FEO Brisbois passed away on Monday September 2, 2019.  FEO Brisbois started with the Saint Paul Fire Department on April 20, 1968 and retired on December 24, 1993.  Private family services will be held at a later date.
      Saginaw Fire Fighters Local 102 Golf Outing
      09/05/19 - MPFFU
      Saginaw Firefighters local 102 Annual Golf Outing! September 14th. It’s time for our Annual Golf Outing! If you haven’t signed up yet there is still plenty of room! Enjoy 18 holes with a cart, lunch, dinner, and great prizes for the raffle! Pricing is $75 per player. Longest drive, closest to the pin, 50/50 raffle.
      Will for Heroes
      09/05/19 - IAFF Local 51
      Do you have a will? Need one? This legal clinic will get you started. El Paso Asociation of Legal Professionals and El Paso Probate Bar Association Present Wills for Heroes Legal Clinic: The Wills for Heroes legal clinic will provide essential legal documents to first responders, including wills, living wills, and two powers of attorney.
      Yosemite St. Structure Fire
      09/04/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      At 7:12 p.m. on Monay September 2nd, residents at an apartment complex in the 9000 block of S. Yosemite Street in Lone Tree called 911 to report flames and visible smoke coming out of an apartment unit. Quick actions by neighbors with fire extinguishers helped put this fire out and allowed for residents to evacuate with their pets.
      Services for Firefighter/Paramedic Tom Harrigan
      09/04/19 - IAFF Local 21
        Services for Firefighter/Paramedic Tom Harrigan   Visitation: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm O’Halloran & Murphy 575 S. Snelling Ave Saint Paul, MN 551166 http://www.ohalloranmurphy.
      Peakview Place Structure Fire
      09/04/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      At 5:27 p.m. on Monday September 2nd multiple residents living in the 5200 block of E. Peakview Place in Centennial called 911 reporting their neighbor's house on fire. When members arrived on scene they found a propane tank attached to a BBQ grill in the back of the house on fire.
      MDA Fill the Boot 2019 Photos
      09/04/19 - Newport News Firefighter's Association
      Check out the new Photo Gallery add! Photo credits to Wayne Berry Photography! More to be added soon! If you have any please send them to Sam Johnson to be added.
      IAFF Local 4945 Charity Golf Tournament for Valor Ranch
      09/04/19 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
      THANK YOU to our Convention Sponsors
      09/04/19 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
      Byrne Out Cancer Foundation Fundraiser
      09/04/19 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
      Register for this Event here.
      Octoberfest Nail & Ales Benefiting Twin Cities Operation Warm
      09/04/19 - IAFF Local 21
      Local 21 Press Release regarding Firefighter Tom Harrigan
      09/03/19 - IAFF Local 21
      Local 21 Press Release regarding Firefighter Tom Harrigan. For Immediate Release 09/03/2019 -1600 hrs. St. Paul Firefighters Local 21 City— St. Paul, Minnesota It is with a heavy heart that St. Paul Firefighters Local 21 announces the tragic death of active Firefighter Thomas Harrigan.
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