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

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Current NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • 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.

  • 11/08/2021 1:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On November 1, most of you received a membership renewal notice as current 2021 memberships expire on Jan. 1, 2022. Here are a few things to note:

    • Renewals can be handled completely online by logging in at ksffa.com and following directions in your profile.
    • Departments have a couple different options for membership add-ons, so we wanted to clarify the membership options below.
    • Please note that NVFC membership rates have increased from $18 to $20 each, so make sure to use the new amount to calculate those dues.
    • Mail any membership checks & rosters to the new KSFFA mailing address: KSFFA, PO Box 3866, Topeka, KS 66604
    • For questions on how to sign in to your profile, updating your roster, receiving a membership invoice, or renewing online, please contact the KSFFA webmaster - webmaster@ksffa.com.

    We want to ensure this process is quick and easy for you, so let us know how we can help.

    KSFFA Membership Levels

    • KSFFA Individual Membership - $10 per year, expires Jan. 1 each year
    • KSFAA Department Membership - $50 per year, expires Jan. 1 each year and you can list everyone on your department

    KSFFA Department Membership Add-On Options

    • KSFAA Firewire Subscription - $4 per firefighter on your department.
      Fire Chief and FRA Secretary/Treasurer each receive a free Firewire.

    • NVFC Membership - $20 per firefighter on your department for annual membership. Fire Chief must enroll all members on the fire department for this special price. Learn about NVFC membership benefits here.


  • 10/29/2021 1:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Effective November 27, 2021 all students participating in resident training at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) for the National Fire Academy (NFA) or Emergency Management Institute (EMI) must be fully vaccinated*.  This additional mitigation measure is to provide a safe learning and working environment for all students, instructors, and staff on the NETC campus.

    Upon arrival on the NETC campus, students must provide visual proof of their vaccination status to authorized NETC personnel (NETC Housing Desk, Building C-West).

    Acceptable documentation includes a physical or electronic copy of:

    • The record of immunization from a health care provider or pharmacy.
    • A COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (CDC Form MLS-319813_r, published on 9/3/2020).
    • Medical records documenting the vaccination.
    • Immunization records from a public health of state immunization system.
    • Any other official documentation containing:
    1. Type of vaccine administered
    2. Numbers of doses received
    3. Date(s) of administration, and
    4. Name of the health care professional(s) or clinic site(s) administering the vaccine(s)

    The NETC campus will no longer accept a negative COVID-19 test, or other accommodations, to attend in-person training. On-campus testing will not be available.  In addition, please refrain from traveling to NETC if you are “ill” in any fashion. 

    If you are unable to meet this requirement, please contact the NETC Admissions Office at netcadmissions@fema.dhs.gov or at 301-447-1035 to withdraw from your course(s). NETC Admissions personnel can reschedule you for a future class when you are able to meet the campus vaccination requirements.  

    *Definition of Fully Vaccinated:

    A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they receive the requisite number of doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine including those authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or that has been listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization.

    • Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or AstraZeneca/Oxford: require a two-dose series. 
    • Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen: requires a single dose.
    • Clinical trial participants from a U.S. site who are documented to have received the full series of an “active” (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine candidate, for which vaccine efficacy has been independently confirmed, are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they complete the vaccine series. Currently the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine meets these criteria.
  • 06/21/2021 11:19 AM | Anonymous

    Find out more about all the courses KSFFA offers by viewing our KSFFA Course Catalog.  If you have questions, contact secretary@ksffa.com.

  • 01/04/2021 3:47 PM | Anonymous

    Welcome to our new website - created with members in mind. We hope you will find the website easy to use with new features including news updates, event listings, and a new job page.

    We now allow members to login and... 

    • update your own profile;
    • view members only pages including KSFFA documents and legislative updates;
    • manage privacy and email settings;
    • and more.

    However, we must have your email on file in order for you to login.  Send your email or your roster with all emails to ksffawebmaster@gmail.com, so we can get you access to members only pages and benefits.

    Also, individuals and departments will get automated reminders about membership renewals that can be completed online for next year.

    If you have questions, contact KSFFA Webmaster Mary Napier.

KSFFA Webmaster - Mary Napier

KSFFA
PO Box 3866
Topeka, KS 66604

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