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KSFFA news and announcements will be posted here.  If you have something to share, e-mail the information to Executive Director Traci Hruza Schoenand she'll get it posted.  Unless notified, each posting will be taken down after 60 days.

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Current NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

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  • 10/10/2022 11:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 www.nvfc.org/helpline.

    ** 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 www.nvfc.org.

    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 https://www.providentins.com or contact us at info@providentins.com to learn more.


  • 10/04/2022 4:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 https://apps.usfa.fema.gov/nfacourses/vacancies   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 member (Administrator)

    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.

    Services

    VISITATION

    Friday
    September 9, 2022

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


  • 08/16/2022 12:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center reached out to KSFFA to share these Health and Wellness opportunities with KSFFA and Kansas fire department members. The Wellness classes are for all first responders on a variety of topics with varying dates and locations. The class dates range from later this week, up to January of 2023. 

    For Class Descriptions and more information: Health and Wellness for Fire.pdf

    Wellness Classes Being Offered

    Health & Fitness Plans for Public Safety - FREE - Aug 18, 2022,  Dodge City KS

    Relationship & Sleep Issues for First Responders & Spouses - $50/pp(Spouses Free)  Sep 8, 2022,  Hutchinson KS

    An Introduction to Meditation & Mindfulness - FREE - Sep 30, 2022 Gardner KS

    Financial Wellbeing for First Responders - FREE - Oct 4, 2022 Gardner KS

    Spiritual Fitness & Family Support in Public Safety - FREE - Nov 10, 2022 ZOOM

    Health & Fitness Plans for Public Safety - FREE - Nov 14, 2022 Derby KS

    Building Resilience:Surviving Secondary Trauma - FREE - Dec 2, 2022 Salina KS

    An Introduction to Meditation & Mindfulness - FREE - Dec 5, 2022 Hutchinson KS

    Peer Support & Critical Incident Debrief Training - $150/pp, Jan 23-27, 2023 Hutchinson KS


  • 08/12/2022 3:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Vision 2022 FirstNet Users Summit FirstNet Users Summit, hosted by they Public Safety Broadband Technology Association, is more than just a conference. This event is designed to engage you in learning how FirstNet can benefit you and your agency. We’ll put you in the room where it all happens and you will be able to connect with peers and FirstNet ecosystem professionals in the ongoing development of our nation’s only dedicated, public safety broadband network. 

    This unique and exclusive opportunity is designed to not only show you what’s possible today, but what the future could hold - a future you’ll be a part of shaping! 

    Our panel discussions are specifically crafted to assure that you, the user, administrator or IT professional, are confident in how to capitalize on your network and utilize specialized applications to better serve our communities and accomplish your mission.

    We’ve spent the past three years in the field with our regional forums talking to first responders and IT personnel who manage communications programs. 

    Now, it’s time for you to come and see how FirstNet will take you and your agency to the next level.

    First Responders are known for taking on the big jobs, and when it comes to leveraging and evolving FirstNet, you are the solution.

    For more information on our schedule go to https://vision.thepsbta.org/schedule/

    Join us for this opportunity to learn and shape FirstNet. https://vision.thepsbta.org

    Please contact John Paul Jones, if you have a need for financial assistance to attend, jpjones@jpjpublicsafety.com


  • 06/01/2022 8:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The President's Message for June/July 2022 is now on our website. In this message, KSFFA president Kevin Flory addresses many issues, including:

    • KSFFA Conference in April
    • KSFFA President Position and Goals
    • Promoting Health & Safety of our Firefighters
    • and more!

    View the entire message here.

  • 02/23/2022 9:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Feb. 22, 2022 (TOPEKA) – Over the past three days, the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) has investigated four fatality fires in Northeast Kansas. There was one in Shawnee County on Friday, one in Jackson County on Sunday, and two in Pottawatomie County, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. All were unrelated. This year alone, our office has investigated 90 fires with 13 of them being fatal. While last year, at this time, we had investigated 43 fires, and there were 20 fatality fires for the entire year.

    These fatality fires have been a mix of accidental, arson and homicides.

    “We can’t control the will of someone to commit an arson or homicide,” Wally Roberts, OSFM Investigations Chief, said. “But we can control our own actions. Many of these fires are accidental and preventable through simple fire safety measures.”

    According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires occur more in the winter than in any other season, and heating equipment is involved in one of every six reported home fires, and one in every five home fire deaths.

    Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires, accounting for more than two of every five fires, as well as the vast majority of deaths and injuries in home fires caused by heating equipment.

    Here are a few fire-safety tips to follow for the remainder of the winter months:

    • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from any source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators or space heaters.
    • Plug one heat-producing appliance (i.e. space heater) into an electrical outlet at a time.
    • Never use an extension cord for a space heater.
    • Store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep it outside at least 10 feet from your home and any nearby buildings.
    • Keep portable generators outside, away from windows, and as far away from your home as possible.
    • Install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.
    • Make sure to have working smoke alarms on every level of your home.

    “We know smoke alarms save lives,” State Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen said. “However, they must be working. A few seconds each month to check or change the batteries in a smoke alarm can be the difference between life or death when it comes to a fire. And if they are over 10 years old, replace them.”

    The OSFM’s Get Alarmed, Kansas program provides free smoke alarms to fire departments across the state to install free for homeowners in their districts. For more information on this program contact your local fire department or visit: GetAlarmedKS.org. The program also provides smoke alarms for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing directly.

    There are also many programs that can assist residents with rising utility costs. The Kansas Corporation Commission provides information on assistance with utilities at this website: https://kcc.ks.gov/consumer-information/utility-assistance-programs.

    “Unfortunately, this has been a very busy time for our investigation team,” Jorgensen said. “There are many factors contributing to the rise in home fires this year. We implore Kansans to think twice before cutting corners to heat their homes and to simply reach out if they need assistance this winter.”

  • 02/09/2022 9:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Exciting news! KSFFA recently launched an all new job board.

    Check it out at: https://ksffa.mcjobboard.net/jobs 
    or by clicking on the jobs page at ksffa.com.

    Looking for a new opportunity? Check out our new job board to find open positions. You can search for jobs by industry, employment type, location, or keyword.  You can also upload your resume to easily submit it for a job.  

    Are you hiring? Our job board exclusively serves the Fire/EMS industry putting your opening in front of highly qualified candidates.

    This new job board is mobile-friendly, incredibly convenient and easy to use. Jobs can be posted any time in under five minutes, and members receive free job postings as a membership benefit for 30, 60 or 90 days!  Job postings will also appear on our facebook page.

    Check it out and search for a job or post a job today!  There is something for everyone. 

    If you need assistance posting a job, contact ksffawebmaster@gmail.com.

  • 01/25/2022 3:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Kansas State Firefighters Association Auxiliary, Inc. is pleased to offer scholarships to State of Kansas Firefighters and members of their families. The application deadline is February 1.

    The Memorial fund is named for a long-time advocate of Kansas Fire service-James A. Todd.

    The scholarships available are the Academic Assistance, Firefighters Assistance and Fire Science. Those eligible for the Academic Assistance Scholarship are Kansas Firefighters (paid, part-paid or volunteer) and immediate family (spouses, children, step-children, natural and adopted grandchildren who will be attending college full­time). Those eligible for the Firefighters Assistance Scholarship are Kansas Firefighters {paid, part-paid or volunteer). Those eligible for the Fire Science Assistance Scholarship are (Fire Science students who do not have fire affiliation but who are attending college full time in the fire science classes).

    Below you will find a link to the KSFFA Auxiliary, Inc. James A. Todd Memorial Scholarship Application. Please take note that your completed application must be post marked by February 1 of the current year in order to be eligible for the coming school year. Also you must provide a copy of your school transcripts from current High school {if incoming freshman) or most current college transcripts for all college students, in order to be considered for these scholarships. In addition, you must obtain TWO (2) letters of recommendations, One must come from an executive officer of your local fire department on official letterhead (cannot be a family member or member of the State Executive board or Auxiliary board) and the other letter of recommendation must come from outside the fire department.

    Download the scholarship application here.

  • 11/28/2021 2:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In April of 2021, the National Fire Academy added several virtual training opportunities to their delivery platform. Two of those courses include: S1722 Health and Safety Program Manager (HSPM) and S0729 Incident Safety Officer are in the Responder Safety, Health, and Wellness curriculum. 

    Check out each course at the links below.

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