Hello Kansas Fire Services.
I hope this finds you and yours doing well. We have had quite the active last couple of months across the state. From an extreme deep freeze to an active early wildland season, departments across the state have shown their resilience for all types of emergencies. We also have shown that we can serve our public when faced with a wide variety of challenging conditions.
We had some sad news with the loss of a couple of active fire service members who were lost while off duty. It’s a somber reminder to everyone to do a check in with your fellow responders. If something doesn’t seem right, talk to them. Ask questions. Make sure that we all have a relief valve to express our worries in life to. Let’s truly take care of one another.
The KSFFA Annual Conference is almost here or will be by the time this publishes! April 9, 10, and 11 in Mulvane Kansas. As an Executive Board, we cannot express our gratitude enough to Mulvane Fire for taking on the job of helping us out with planning on the ground for this event. We welcome our guest speakers who have offered to come in and share topics. We are truly ready to move forward as an organization and be on the cutting edge of moving our State back to a place of normalcy. We hope that this is just the first step or a return to normal operations for all of us and our families.
Our regional schools have restarted as well. Our recent school in Gove County was a resounding success. We thank all the area firefighters who came out that weekend to share in learning new skills and fellowship. It was a pleasure to get out on the road and be teaching again. Of note for upcoming schools, SCAFFA has been rescheduled for August 25-29 in Topeka, Kansas. There will be a few changes to schedule, but for the most part, it will follow that which was planned for the 2020 school. We look forward to seeing you all there. In other news, the online classes offered in February were a resounding success. Thank you to all those that attended and utilized this training for their departments. We will be hosting these on a regular basis going forward. As a member benefit, a recording of the class will be available to those who have registered their department rosters on the website and created a login for the members only section at www.ksffa.com. This link will be good for 60 days after the class for use by any of our KSFFA members.
In closing, I want to say a big Thank You to you all. We have been through quite a rough era in our country. We have all been put through various trials and tribulations over the last twelve months. The Kansas Fire Service has shown their resilience and ability to serve and protect our neighbors no matter what the conditions. I am truly proud to represent you all and the amazing job you do. Stay safe and we will see you at a school near you soon!
Kevin Flory, KSFFA President