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  • 03/08/2023 1:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kansas House Bill 2066  has had a hearing in the House Taxation Committee and was amended in the committee to provide for the elimination of most taxes (not registration fees) on two vehicles for only volunteer first responders.  The bill does not define the term “volunteer.”  If you support this bill you should contact your legislator to make sure this bill moves on for action by the entire legislature.

    You can review the KSFFA Legislative Weekly Report and Bill Tracker here.

  • 01/13/2023 1:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ed Redmon celebration of life will be held on Monday, January 23, 2023 at 1:00 pm.

    Services will be held at the Arab Shrine Temple at 1305 S Kansas Ave Topeka, Ks. 

    You can share you condolences with Ed's family here: 

  • 01/11/2023 11:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is excited to host the inaugural Regional Wildland Symposium on March 17-18 in Box Elder, SD (right outside of Rapid City). This classroom-based training will focus on wildland fire mitigation and response in the Plains region.

    Stipends are available for attendees, with a stipend deadline of January 20th. Registration for the conference is NOW OPEN! 

    Attendance is limited so we want to make sure first responders in your state are aware and able to take advantage of this learning and networking opportunity! 

    A few important links:

    If a potential attendee has any questions, please reach out to Rachel Buczynski, chief of training and education, for help at or 202-887-5700.

  • 01/09/2023 3:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen will retire from the position in January, Gov. Laura Kelly's office announced Tuesday, making him the latest in a series of departures from executive branch agencies.

    Jorgensen's term of service predates Kelly, as he has served in the position for 11 years. The office investigates the causes of fires statewide, supports hazardous material response and issues permits to fireworks retailers and other entities.

    Jorgensen will officially step down from the role in January. Kelly didn't announce a replacement, and her choice for the job must be confirmed by the Kansas Senate.

    "I thank Doug Jorgensen for his 43 years of public service in Kansas, including 11 years as State Fire Marshal,” Kelly said in a statement. “He has worked tirelessly to protect Kansans and property from devastating fires and to support communities in times of loss. His service has been appreciated, and we thank him for making this transition as smooth as possible.”

    Jorgensen said his work with the fire marshal's office was "a very rewarding career.”

    "I have thoroughly enjoyed serving three governors as the State Fire Marshal for the last eleven years, and most importantly, supporting the state fire service and helping keep the citizens of Kansas safe,” he said in a statement.

    Kelly will have a host of positions to fill when the Legislature returns to session in January, a common predicament for governors entering their second term.

    Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz resigned from her post earlier this month, as did her top deputy. Kansas Department of Administration Secretary DeAngela Burns-Wallace also stepped down from her job last week, saying she is expecting to return to teaching.

    This article originally appeared on Topeka Capital-Journal: Kansas Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen to retire, Gov. Laura Kelly says.

    To apply for the Kansas State Fire Marshal position, send relevant documents to:

  • 12/28/2022 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Request for Proposals for

    Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant Writer & Administrator

    The Kansas State Fire Fighter Association (KSFFA) is not-for-profit Association representing all aspects of the Kansas Fire Service both Career and Volunteer Firefighters/Departments. 

    KSFFA is Requesting Proposals from Individuals/Entities to provide the following services to allow KSFFA to successfully apply for and manage a successful application for a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Services (SAFER) Grant. Upon receipt of notification of a successful Grant application the successful individual/Entity is to institute a program to administer and manage the ongoing operations of the grant.

    • Initial Services to be Provided

    ► Design and write a professional presentation for the SAFER Grant Application for submission prior to announced application deadlines.

    ► If KSFFA's Grant Application is successful, the chosen Grant Writer (Individual or Entity) will assume responsibility in concert with the Board of Directors and a SAFER Grant Advisory Committee for the Administration & Management of the various projects/programs and reporting allowed for by the successful Grant Application for the duration of the Grant's Operational Period.

    • Items Requested with Application

    ► Summary of SAFER Grant Writing experience along with success rate with examples of successes

    ► Example of SAFER Grant Administration & Management

    ► Statement indicating if the individual/entity has experience with a similar type of Grant Writer/Administrative dual function contract

    ► Experience with writing and submitting all necessary reports to be filed with the funder

    ► Examples of experience in contracting with vendors, suppliers, media buys etc.

    ► Examples of types of Media Entity/Individual has worked with on similar types of programs

    ► Experience with Auditing Finns for interaction with our Annual Audit also experience with interacting with the KSFFA Auditing firm when a Single Item Audit (A133) is required.

    ► Size of organizational staffing able to interact with KSFFA Board, members, selected vendors

    ► Examples of Experience working with Groups within the Kansas Fire Service including Volunteer Fire Departments and other organizations

    ► Knowledge various Benefits including insurance and other types of Benefits desired for volunteer Firefighter Groups

    ► Any additional information that the Entity/Individual may feel is pertinent and should be reviewed by Board Members

    ► Estimated cost of Services Itemized by Grant Writing Process and Administrative & Management Functions

    • Review Process

    ► All Submissions will be reviewed by the entire KSFFA Board for the completeness with all requested information and the final decision will be made by a vote of the Board

    ► Upon the completion of the review and selection by the KSFFA Board the successful Entity/Individual will be notified by the President.

    • Submission Process

    ► Please submit three (3) copies of the signed proposal which, should also include the name and contact information for the Entity/Individual to communicate with if there are any follow up questions.

    ► Deadline for Submission

    ► Close of Business January 15, 2023 - 5:OO PM CDT

    ■ Submission by US mail, FedEx, United Parcel Service to

    C/O Steve Hirsch, President
    104 S. Penn Box 296
    Oberlin, KS 67749

    Submission by email is acceptable to the below email address

    The intent of this notice is to identify Entities/Individuals who have experience who would be interested in providing Grant Writer & Grant Administration Services to KSFFA.

  • 12/27/2022 8:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Back the Red, White & Blue
    Police vs. Fire Game

    Wichita Thunder's annual Police vs. Fire game is coming up on Saturday, January 14. Back the Red, White and Blue game starts at 5:00 p.m.

    Following the game, hang around for the Wichita Thunder vs. Allen American's  game starting at 7:05 p.m.

    Tickets are $15 - Your ticket gets you into both games.

    Purchase Tickets

    Please fill out the form at the link above to request tickets. Once you fill out the form, someone from the Wichita Thunder staff will reach out to you to confirm your order. 

    Wichita Thunder

  • 10/10/2022 11:04 AM | Anonymous

    Firefighting and emergency response are stressful jobs with high levels of risk and unpredictability. In addition, volunteer responders are often juggling their fire service responsibilities with full time jobs and family commitments. All these factors can have an impact on the wellbeing of responders and their families.

    While many companies offer employee assistance programs (EAPs) to deal with work-life issues, such services are usually not available for volunteer firefighters and EMS providers. Recognizing this service gap, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has partnered with Provident, a leading provider of customized insurance products for emergency services organizations, to offer a solution tailored to the distinct needs of firefighters, EMS providers, rescue personnel, and their families.

    On October 10, World Suicide Prevention Day, the NVFC announces the launch of the NVFC First Responder Helpline. This new resource provides both immediate assistance in a crisis moment, as well as confidential counseling, resources, and referrals for a range of issues including stress management, family conflict, financial or legal concerns, addiction, grief or loss, and more.

    “Emergency responders face the same stressors and concerns as everyone but add to this the fact that we routinely experience traumatic situations that most people never encounter in their lifetime,” said NVFC chair Steve Hirsch. “We are thrilled to be able to offer this new resource so that first responders and their families have a place to turn in times of need. The NVFC First Responder Helpline provides a wide range of assistance to help our members cope with traumatic incidents, everyday life stresses, work-related concerns, family issues, and more.”

    This program is provided through Provident and supported by Business Health Services (BHS), a leader in providing emotional and behavioral health consultations, in partnership with Responders 1st Call. BHS has been delivering mental and behavioral health services to organizations since 1983. The contact center is staffed by master's level clinicians with an average of five years of experience specially trained in assisting and supporting first responder groups.

    In addition to immediate assistance in a crisis moment, the NVFC First Responder Helpline also provides stress management and work-life services. This includes up to five telephone stress management coaching sessions (or the number of sessions allowed by state law) with master’s degreed counselors, access to attorneys for a 30-minute phone or in-person legal consultation, referrals to consultants to assist with debt management and other financial concerns, and resources and referrals to help with childcare, elder care, or adoption.

    The NVFC First Responder Helpline is provided to all NVFC members and their household family members. Members can access the number on the members section of the NVFC web site. Once logged in, go to Member Resources and then Member Benefits to find the number. Non-members can join for just $21 a year to access this and other NVFC member benefits.

    Learn more about the NVFC First Responder Helpline at

    ** Please note, the NVFC First Responder Helpline is a new benefit for NVFC members and replaces the Fire/EMS Helpline that had previously been offered. Departments that are still displaying the old Fire/EMS Helpline information and number should remove those materials as that line has been discontinued. **

    NVFC First Responder Helpline - Brochure FINAL.pdf

    NVFC First Responder Helpline - FAQs FINAL.pdf

    About the NVFC

    The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides critical tools, resources, education, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Find out more at

    About Provident

    Provident has been offering custom insurance solutions for ESOs for over 90 years. Programs include Property & Casualty, Accident & Health, 24-Hour Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Group Life, Group Critical Illness, and Cancer policies. Please visit us at or contact us at to learn more.

  • 10/04/2022 4:57 PM | Anonymous

    YOUR National Fire Academy has some upcoming classes with empty seats that we are looking to fill.  A complete list of offerings can be found online at   All NFA classes are offered free of charge.  We will provide lodging to those selected to attend and also provide travel stipends.  Your cost is your time and meals while on campus.  Please share with your members via your social media and have them submit an application online and our admissions team will get back ASAP with details.

  • 09/06/2022 8:21 AM | Anonymous

    Benjamin H. Johnson Kansas City, Kansas Obituary

    On Sunday, August 28, 2022, Benjamin H. Johnson, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away at home at the age of 77. Ben was born in Wichita, KS to Robert and Dorothy Johnson and was one of three boys, including brothers Robert and Joe. As an adult he joined the U.S. Navy as a medic and served in Vietnam. He went on to earn his Masters degree and later became a paramedic and firefighter for the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department.. He spent his life helping others, enjoying every day, and never missed a Chiefs football game.

    He leaves behind his wife Mary Ann, his children Ann and Mark, and his 2 grandchildren.



    September 9, 2022

    5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
    Mary Butler Meyers Funeral Home
    6300 Parallel Pkwy.
    Kansas City, KS 66102

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