Meeting Minutes – July 2019

President Ken Hoover called the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri to order at 9:00 a.m., Sunday, June 2, 2019, at the Missouri State Fair Fire Department in Sedalia, Missouri.

Vice President Jennings led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call of Board of Directors and other officials

President Ken Hoover, Little Dixie FPD; First Vice President Larry Jennings, Johnson County FPD; Second Vice President Grant Oetting, Higginsville FPD; Secretary Treasurer Jaime Miller, Johnson County FPD #2.

District 1, Terry Wynne, Galt FPD; District 2, Greg Wright, Shelbina FD; District 3, Larry Jones, Madison West Monroe FPD; District 5, Terry Plumb, Southern Stone FPD; District 6, Gary Berendzen, Cole Co FPD; District 9, Roy Sims, West Plains FD; District 10, Greg Brown, Eureka FPD; District 11, Monty Thompson, Kearney FPD; District 14, Rick Dozier, Southern FPD of Holt Co.

Assistant Directors
District 1, Janet Cain, Braymer Fire and Rescue; District 3, Rob Erdel, Little Dixie FPD; District 6, John Scheper, Gravois FPD; District 10, Harriett Vaucher, Eureka FPD; District 11, Josh Koepke, Kansas City FD; District 14, Glen Dittmar, Dearborn Area FPD. 

Past President Keith Smith, Warrenton Fire Protection District.

Tim Bean, Missouri Division of Fire Safety; Charlie Peel, SE Randolph FPD; Doc Kritzer, FF Memorial Foundation; Matt Frankenberg, Rick Frankenberg, Washington FD; Chris Thompson, Holts Summit FPD; Billy Smith, Timothy Mattox, North Central Carroll FPD.

President Hoover asked for additions to the agenda. Rick Dozier moved to accept the agenda as presented. Terry Plumb seconded the motion and all approved.

There are no minutes to approve as the 2019 convention minutes will be approved at the 2020 convention.

Financial Report
President Hoover asked for a review of the April 2019 financial report. Greg Brown moved to accept the financial report presented. Roy Sims seconded the motion and all approved. 

Report of Officers and Special Guest(s)
State Fire Marshal Tim Bean with Missouri Division of Fire Safety reported that there are many concerns across the state due to flooding and tornados. Communities are really coming together so there hasn’t been a lot of requests through the state. Operations are day-to-day monitoring the flooding and levees. The DFS was not affected by the Jefferson City tornado however it did hit three blocks away.

The legislative session has ended. The Divisions budget stayed the same along with the training funds. 

New training requirements are going to be implemented that will stipulate that departments wanting training utilizing state funds will have to request the training through the state and the new system will then designate what training entity will provide the training. The state is controlling the training entities/training partners. All training requests will go through the DFS. The Fire Education Commission will still build on what the Missouri fire service wants for training and will focus on those topics. There will eventually be an online request form to request training. 

During the first week of October, communities are encouraged to participate in the “Light the Night” campaign to light everything in red, i.e. porch lights, fire station lights, etc., to honor firefighters lost in the line of duty. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation website provides more information about the campaign.

Secretary Miller advised she received a thank you note from the Missouri EMS Funeral Response Team for the donation of the funeral team trailer. 

Unfinished Business

New Business
President Hoover advised that the Department of Agriculture has made the decision to donate the 1929 fire engine to the FFAM. It will be on display during the state fair and at the museum during all other times. Monty Thompson moved to accept ownership of the 1929 fire engine. Rick Dozier seconded the motion and all approved. There will be some general maintenance and possibly the need to purchase an enclosed trailer to haul the engine. Charlie Peel advised he is working on the maintenance issues at this time.

Secretary Miller advised that records storage is needed for all non-current records. Currently, records are stored at Johnson County FPD and in the FFAM’s trailer. Discussion followed. The old records will be moved to the storage room in Kingdom City where the historical items are currently stored.

President Hoover advised that Steve Gentry has resigned from the State Fair Committee. He recommended that Terry Wynne be appointed. Greg Wright moved to appoint Terry Wynne to the State Fair Committee. Terry Plumb seconded the motion and all approved.

President Hoover advised that Awards Committee Chairman Joe Jennings has asked to remove Shelby Honea from the committee and appoint Charlie Peel to the committee. Rick Dozier moved to appoint Charlie Peel to the Awards Committee. Terry Wynne seconded the motion, and all approve. 

President Hoover presented the recommendation to appoint St. Charles FD Chief George Sheets as District 10 Assistant Director. Roy Sims moved to appoint George Sheets to the District 10 Assistant Director position. Grant Oetting seconded the motion and all approved.

President Hoover advised that Steve Gentry has resigned as District 3 Assistant Director. He presented the recommendation to appoint Charlie Peel as District 3 Assistant Director. Monty Thompson moved to appoint Charlie Peel to the District 3 Assistant Director position. Terry Wynne seconded the motion and all approved.

Committee Reports

Awards Committee
Jaime Miller reported on behalf of Joe Jennings that the committee is reviewing numerous department grants that were received and will announce the winners by June 30.

Budget Committee
Larry Jennings encouraged everyone to get membership numbers up to help increase the budget. Committee budget requests will be due by the October meeting.

Bylaws Committee
No report was given.

Chaplain Committee
No report was given.

Contest Committee
Gary Berendzen advised that new 2-½” hose will need to be purchased or repairs to the existing hose before the next contest.

Convention Committee
Washington FD representatives presented a proposal to host the 2021 convention. Discussion followed. Monty Thompson moved that the FFAM’s intent will be to allow Washington FD to host the 2021 convention with the final approval of the delegates at the 2020 convention. Gary Berendzen seconded the motion and all approved.

Kearney is working on preparations for the 2020 convention.

Larry Jennings advised that the remaining 2017 convention funds were used to purchase two pop-up canopies to be used at the state fair and other PR events and the remaining funds will be used to purchase PR materials for the state fair. 

Larry Jennings advised that the final financial report for the 2019 convention will be given at the August meeting.

Education Committee
No report was given.

Fire Prevention Committee
No report was given.

Legislative Committee
Greg Brown reported that the session has ended. 96 bills were approved. The safe cigarette tax was restored. The workers compensation grant may get put into general revenue next year. The presumptive cancer bill did not pass. They are working with lobbyist and insurance companies for next year. The 911 clean-up language passed as well as the ambulance reimbursement. Building permit issues and home inspection bills will be worked on again next year. 

Membership Committee
2nd Vice President Oetting reported the following membership counts: 482 Directors/Councilman; 297 Retired; 22 Associate; 11 Sustaining; 18 Corporate, 338 Fire Departments; 6174 Active; 20 Educational; 90 Juniors; 3 EMS Department, 80 EMS individuals. 

Discussion was held on the FFAM participating in a vendor expo during the Revolutionary Fire Tactics at the Lake Conference on July 21-22. Discussion followed. Monty Thompson moved that the FFAM obtain booth space for the Revolutionary Fire Tactics at the Lake Conference. Larry Jones seconded the motion and all approved. 

Nomination Committee
No report was given.

NVFC Committee
Keith Smith advised that the NVFC provides a $350 stipend to firefighters who have lost their home. Contact the NVFC for more information. 

Scholarship Committee
No report was given.

State Fair Committee
Monty Thompson advised that there was a work weekend this weekend. The next work weekend will be July 13-14. Letters have been sent out to all of those applicants who were accepted to work at the state fair. 

A team from the Missouri State Fair Fire Department recently participated in the BBQ contest. They won 2nd place for ribs and a 1st place spirit award. $1,800 was raised for the museum project.

Website Committee
No report was given.

The deadline for the next newsletter will be June 26, due to the July 4th holiday.

Historian report
No report was given.

Funeral Team report
Harriett Vaucher reported they are working on quotes for a new trailer and for the PA system upgrades. The Fire/EMS funeral teams conference will be November 1-2. There will be three LODD honored at the banquet. 

Foundation report
Keith Smith reported that the museum building has been framed in and has a roof. There was a larger than expected expense due to the required forms instead of piers for the concrete. There is an individual who as pledged $5,000 to help finish the front of the building if matching donations are received. Morton has brought in a second crew to help with the building. $250,000 is still needed to finish the inside. 

There were approximately 160 who attended the candlelight memorial services and approximately 300 who attended the Sunday morning services.

President Hoover encouraged everyone to continue seeking donations for the museum project to help finish the inside. Terry Wynne has donated a beef for a raffle which will be held on April 17, 2020. 

Rick Dozier moved to adjourn the meeting. Monty Thompson seconded the motion and all approved. 

President Hoover adjourned the meeting at 11:00 a.m.

Jaime Miller 
Fire Fighters Association of Missouri