Upcoming Events

KSAFC 2020 Conference


Virtual Business Meeting October 23, 2020 1 p.m.

Future Dates

The KSAFC 2021 Conference will be held in 
Junction City, KS. The exact date has not been set but will be late October.

2020 Conference
July 15-17
Fargo, ND

August 19-22, 2020: Phoenix, AZ
July 28-31, 2021: Charlotte, NC

Contact Us

PO Box 4070
Lawrence, KS 66046
KSAFC1 @gmail.com

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KSAFC Virtual Business Meeting

The annual business meeting will be held virtually and is open to all members and invited guest.

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For proposed bylaw changes that will be voted on at the business meeting go here.

Proposed bylaw changes


Coronavirus COVID 19 Resources

Please select the link above to review all COVID 19 resources and documents.

New KSAFC Partnership

The KSAFC has entered into a new partnership with FIRERESCUE-GPO.

Click the link at right to see more.

FireRescue GPO has a new cooperative procurement partnership with Sourcewell, one of the largest cooperative purchasing organizations in North America.

Sourcewell (formerly NJPA) is a government organization providing cooperative purchasing solutions across the United States and Canada to over 50,000 public-agency members. 

With over 400 competitively awarded vendors, members have access to contracts for fire apparatus, ambulances, fleet vehicles and products, facilities (MRO), furniture, office supplies, leasing services, and more.

To use Sourcewell contracts, you must register for Sourcewell. Membership is free with no obligation to purchase.

Learn more about the new partnership.



Bill Stark


Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs Elects New Officers

(Lawrence, KS October 22, 2019) – The Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs held their annual conference October 18-20, 2019 in Hutchinson, KS. Elected as officers were: President Tim Smith, Tonganoxie Township Fire Department, Vice-President Lester Kaiser Marion County Fire District 5. Pat Collins Riley County Fire District 1 will serve as the Past-President. Appointed as new District Representatives are Scott Hilbrink, Colby Fire Department, and Rick Wesley, Barber County Fire Department.

The remaining slate of officers were re-appointed

District Representatives:

  • Darin Myers, Ellis County Fire Department
  • Bob Sims, Abilene City Fire Department
  • Craig G. Duke, Topeka Fire Department
  • Bobby White, Reno County Fire District 3
  • Duane Banzet, Neodesha Fire Department
  • Ken Seirer, Garden City Fire Department

  • Pro-Chiefs Section President: Jeff DeGraffenreid, Olathe Fire Department
  • Fire Prevention Section President: Gene Robertson, Garden City Fire Department
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Bill Stark

“I am honored to have been elected and am looking forward to serving as the KSAFC President for the coming term. There have been many great leaders who have served in this role before me. I hope to continue to build the groundwork that has already been put in place and to be innovative as we look to the future,” stated Tim Smith, newly elected Board President.  “As leaders, our purpose is to improve the Fire Service in the State of Kansas through the effective support for our members and partner agencies. I look forward to the continued work in the coming years with this great organization that will make a difference in the Fire Service across the state.

Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs (KSAFC) was established in 1916. The KSAFC mission is to provide chief fire officers and managers of emergency services in Kansas with a forum to discuss issues and dispense information applicable to life safety and property conservation, and to provide education, services and representation to enhance the professionalism and capabilities of the fire service.

For more information about KSAFC visit http://ksafc.org/ or contact Tim Smith at 913-845-3801.

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“Leader’s Intent About Employee/Member Relations” 

Approved by the KSAFC membership at the October 2018 business meeting. Link - to learn how your department can use this.

Leader’s Intent Employee/Member Relations

As leaders of the Kansas Fire Service, we will not tolerate anything short of the fair, respectful, and lawful treatment of every employee or member of our organizations.

For decades, firefighters and support staff from various diverse backgrounds have added value to our workforce, contributing to every aspect of the service we deliver.

All members and employees, regardless of their background, protected or unprotected class status, can expect a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.

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