2013 Fire Chief’s Conference
First I want to say a big “Thank You” for the confidence placed in me by the Fire Chief’s of Kansas for electing me to be your President of the Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs for the next two years. I am humbled and honored and know that I have big shoes to fill following President McLemore. I want to thank Chief McLemore for his commitment to the Kansas Fire Service. It is not an easy job when you are working your full time job at the same time.
My goal as President will be to continue the mission of the KSAFC of promoting and enhancing the Kansas fire service.
We will be doing this by providing communication to Kansas Fire Chiefs on a regular basis whether from the President or from District Representatives.
The Kansas Association of Fire Chief’s hosted our annual conference in Hutchinson, Ks. Oct 24 – 27, 2013. Hutchinson Community College Fire Science and Hutchinson Fire Department served as hosts for this year’s conference. A big thank you to them for a excellent program and facility to use. There are not many places in Kansas that vendors can drive their trucks including APs inside to be out of the October weather.
Speakers for the Conference were Dr. Denis Onieal, Director of the National Fire Academy, and Cameron Bucek.
Dr. Onieal gave a Friday afternoon presentation talking about the Future of the Fire Service and Ethics in Emergency Services. Two of the main points of his excellent presentation were “Future success is dependent on today’s preparation”. The fact that we deal with so much change in our culture makes the Chief’s job that much more difficult. His other point dealt with the stupid things that we can do as Chiefs to destroy our reputations and that of our departments. His point about leaders having a “blend of personal humility and professional behavior” should strike home to us as leaders and future leaders in the fire service.
Cameron Bucek presented an excellent message on the new NFPA 1584, Rehabilitation Practices and Medical Monitoring. Cameron is sponsored by the IAFC and Masimo Corporation. A special treat was the presence of Randy Mantooth who did opening comments. Many of you have met Randy and a lot of us remember him as “Johnny Gage” of “Emergency”.
We had a great banquet and fellowship time on Saturday evening including the presentation of Fire Chief of the Year award to a very deserving person, Chief Larry Ellis. Congratulations to Chief Ellis!
On Sunday morning we finished up our conference with an opportunity to discuss future legislative issues with KSAFC Lobbyist Pat Lehman. We have a lot of issues that we continue to work on and need to get righted in the coming legislative sessions.
Make plans now on attending the 2014 Conference Oct. 23-26 again in Hutchinson. We are planning a great conference and if you want to request something special let your District Representative know and we will consider it.
The Association, made up of over 250 Kansas Fire Chiefs also has two divisions, the Kansas Pro-Chiefs and the Fire Prevention Association of Kansas. These two divisions bring an extra perspective to the table when we are discussing issues affecting the Kansas Fire Service.
Members of the executive board serve on a number of committees in the State including the Memorial Committee, Kansas Fire Service Working Group, Kansas Fire/Rescue Training Commission, Homeland Security Regional Councils and many more.
All of this while working a full time job whether in the fire service or in the real world.
For contact information on your district representatives, Vice-President Shelton or myself, go to www.ksafc.org .
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|The KSAFC Mission
To provide the 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.