Greater KC Retired Fire Fighters Alumni Association
  • April 25, 2019
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    Upcoming Events
    Ronald McDonald House Dinner
    Apr 25, 2019
    Ronald McDonald House 2502 Cherry Street Kansas City, MO 64108
    WFF Texas Holdem Poker Tournament
    Apr 26, 2019
    Pipe Fitters Local 533 8600 Hillcrest Road Kansas City, MO 64138
    Greater KC Retired FF Alumni Association Meeting
    May 08, 2019
    Gladden Hall 6320 Manchester Ave. Kansas City, MO 64133
    Greater KC Retired FF Alumni Association Meeting
    Jun 12, 2019
    Gladden Hall 6320 Manchester Ave. Kansas City, MO 64133
    Ronald McDonald House Dinner
    Jun 20, 2019
    Ronald McDonald House 2502 Cherry St. Kansas City, MO 64108

    • What's New at GKC Retired FF Alumni Association

      Please be advised our next meeting will be on Thursday, May 9, 2019  at 10:00 AM at Gladden Hall, lower level of Greater KC Fire Fighters Local 42's Union Hall, located at 6320 Manchester Ave., Kansas City, MO 64133.

      Please continue to monitor this website as the meeting days may change subsequent to our next meeting.

      Credit: Ray Elder, KCFD Retired Fire Captain and KCFD Historian

      Few cities have been so fortunate as Kansas City in escaping disastrous fires. From the time log cabins fell into disuse and frame businesses and dwelling houses began to appear, Kansas City has had fire protection. In the beginning neighbor helped neighbor. Later fire companies were formed which were also social organizations. The Honorable T.B. Bullene was Foreman of the first fire company of the social order. Associated with him socially and in “time of fire” were Frank Foster, Matt Foster, S.K. Green, James Smith, Adam Long and John Long.

      After the Civil War, with the revival of commercial enterprises and with the erection of new buildings filled with merchandise, came the need for better fire protection. The methods used to overcome fire were the most crude and primitive kinds, practically the only implement being an ordinary wooden bucket in which water was carried and thrown upon a fire. A bucket brigade ordinarily was formed and the buckets were passed back and forth between the source of water supply and the fire. This bucket system was of little use, except in cases of incipient fires. A fire that succeeded in gaining a start, seldom if ever, was conquered and usually was abandoned in order that the attention of the fire fighter could be given the saving the neighboring property. Bucket brigades were organized when Kansas City was then a thing of sheds and patches with a great big hole at the bottom of every hill. Water was not as scarce nor as expensive as now, and plenty of water was to be had for the carrying.

      Loud clanging of church bells near 5th and Wyandotte or Main near 12th announced the fire, then the merchant abandoned his counter, the black smith took off his apron, and every one flocked to the scene of the fire to join in the bucket brigade. It was not until 1867, after the war when Kansas City began to feel the prosperous reaction of commercial enterprise that the town authorities deemed it necessary to abandon the bucket brigade for a regular organized fire department. The Missouri legislature was approached and permission was granted on March 12, 1867 for Kansas City to organize a fire department, enforce a building code and use necessary tax money for its operation. There previously had been no system to govern fire fighters and no person to direct operations. This year marked the birth of a new era in fire department history. A steam fire engine company was organized in August of 1867 and a Silsby 2nd Size Rotary Fire Engine together with hose and 2 two-wheeled hand hose carts were placed on order. Col. Frank Foster was elected the first Chief.  Col.T.B. Bullene, who was always on the lookout for a wholesome sport of any kind, was elected Foreman of Neptune Hose Co.1. The company was uniformed in bright red shirts, with pearl buttons and blue trousers.

      January of 1868 the committee on fire apparatus reported to the City Council that a writ of injunction issued by two justices of the County Court. This was to stop the City from selling of real estate for delinquent taxes and the City would not be able to pay for the steam fire engine and equipment on its arrival. John Campbell, a City Councilman, upon hearing this provided the $5,500 to pay for the engine and equipment.  Read more here.

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      Union Stewards Class - April 26
      04/24/19 - MPFFU
      This link goes to a folder with all the hand-outs and resource information for the MPFFU Union Stewards class.
      President Schaitberger Letter to Membership
      04/24/19 - IAFF Local 135
      Members of Local 135 Here is a letter from General President Schaitberger regarding  the IAFF stance on the following topics, Your voting rights, candidate endorsement, Dues money used for political endorsement. and personal beliefs. This should help answer most of the memberships questions.  I want to make it clear that just because the IAFF office in Washington D.C.
      04/24/19 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
      ONLY TWO WEEKENDS LEFT UNTIL ELECTION DAY!!! Sisters and Brothers, If you have not donated time or money to put our Fire Fighter into City Council time is running out! Canvassing this Saturday is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT and can have a major impact on this election. Please sign up using the links below: Canvassing: This is a fun and easy way to talk to residents in District 1.
      April 30 Rally in Tally Event Cancelled
      04/23/19 - Suncoast Firefighters
      The planned 4-30-19 trip has been cancelled on the recommendation of the FPF E-Board during a strategy conference call last Friday. Brothers and Sisters of the FPF 7th District, A quick heads up to all members that were interested in our second planned trip to Tally for the purpose of raising awareness for our Firefighter Cancer Coverage Bill.
      MPFFU-IAFF Educational Seminar
      04/23/19 - MPFFU
      The Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union is hosting an educational seminar for union officers and members on May 7th & 8th at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Novi.  The complete agenda is attached. The seminar will feature three general session topics as well as an opportunity to attend five of the 15 workshops that are being offered.
      FPF Legislative Report, Week 7
      04/22/19 - IAFF 1826
      To All Local 1826 Members, Please see attachment containing this report.
      2019 MPFFU/MDA Boot Camp
      04/22/19 - MPFFU
      The 2019 MPFFU/MDA Boot Camp was held April 18th at The View inside Lansing Lugnuts Cooley Law School Stadium. 37 locals were represented by over 57 MPFFU members who gave up thier time to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the partnership between the IAFF and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
      Retired FF Willam Edgman
      04/22/19 - IAFF Local 1403
      Metro Dade Firefighters Local 1403 regrets to announce the passing of Retired FF Willam Edgman on 4/15/19. Bill was hired in 7/26/1976. Most of you know him from Station 35 where he served proudly. He was 73 years old. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.
      18 Soundview Avenue
      04/21/19 - Norwalk Professional Firefighters
      At 9:57 AM, Norwalk Professional Firefighters were called to reports of a structure fire at a multi-family residence located at 18 Soundview Avenue.  Upon arrival crews found heavy fire on the third floor.  Due to high heat, the first due engine had difficulty stretching the first line.  Eventually two lines were stretched and operated.
      04/21/19 - New London Fire Fighters
      The NLFD has completed a Rope Technician 6 week training course. During this time, the CT Fire Academy sent instructors to train members on advanced rescue skills. This training was made available thanks to a grant obtained by the department. Members training with rope descending devices. Members constructing a highline rope rescue system.
      Cherry Creek Brush Fire
      04/19/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      At 1:58 p.m. on Friday April 19th, Local members responded to multiple 911 reports of a vegetation fire along the Cherry Creek Trail just north of Broncos Parkway. First arriving Brush 42 found a 50’ x 100’ grass fire burning between the creek and the bike path behind Courtney Downs Apartments and began a direct attack.
      04/19/19 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
      Brothers and Sisters, There will be Informational Meetings about the Contract held Tuesday (4/23) and Wednesday (4/24) at the Marsh Post (9AM both days).
      May 30, 2019 UPFFA Educational Seminar
      04/19/19 - UPFFA
      April 16, 2019 UPFFA of Ct., Legislative Conference & Lobby Day.
      04/19/19 - UPFFA
      1st Annual Battle for the Pump Cornhole Tournament
      04/19/19 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      Come out and take part in the 1st Annual Battle for the Pump Cornhole Tournament benefitting Local 244's Membership Assistance Program.   When: Saturday May 11th 9 a.m.
      4F Tournament
      04/19/19 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
      Can't make the tournament this year but you would still like to help? Register Online or Donate As always, all of the proceeds will benefit the 4F Fund which provides assistance to families in their time of need.  Any donations of goods, services, or financial contributions will be greatly appreciated.
      Friday Update 4-19-19
      04/19/19 - IAFF Local 1014
      Ocean Gaming Charity Nights
      04/19/19 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
      Have fun and raise money for the PFFNH Fallen Firefighters Family Fund. This fund helps our fallen Brothers and Sisters families when they make the ultimate sacrifice in the Line Of Duty. This is a public event and 35% of winnings go to the 4F Fund. Doors open at 11 a.m. & gambling is from noon until 1 a.m.
      George Burton Remembrance
      04/18/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      April 17th marked the 36th anniversary of George Burton’s line of duty death while with the Parker Volunteer Fire Department. After responding to several calls on March 25th 1983, George suffered a heart attack while at the fire station. He was transported to the hospital and died on April 17th 1983.  https://www.southmetro.
      Ballots have been sent!!!
      04/18/19 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
      Dear Brothers and Sisters; Ballots have been sent to Denver residents and the time to act is now. We need your help in District 1 and this is how you can participate. Please watch this video and then sign up for events below: Knock on Doors: We need at least 35 people this weekend to knock on doors. A new shift has been added from 2pm - 5pm.
      May State Meeting
      04/18/19 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
      The next meeting will be on May 8 at Sabatino's in Derry, NH. There's a parking lot on Abbott Court.
      2019 Cinco De Mayo T-shirt and Parade Info
      04/18/19 - IAFF Local 21
      SPFD Cinco De Mayo shirts will be on sale around the end of April (Both Adult and Kid sizes) for $20. We will post when they are in and where you can purchase them. Come out to celebrate and Join us at the Cinco de Mayo Parade - Saturday, May 4th 2019! Parade start is at 9:30am on Wabasha to Ada. Final details will be announced soon.
      IAFF President Letter, No one should tell you how to vote
      04/18/19 - IAFF 1826
      :To all Local 1826 Members, Letter from IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger: No One Should Tell You How to Vote In my travels throughout the United States and Canada, members frequently ask me why our union is politically active.
      Retirees Get Together
      04/18/19 - IAFF Somerville Fire Local 76
      Garner Memorial Scholarships Recipients
      04/18/19 - IAFF Local 311
      The Richard Garner Memorial Committee has selected the two scholarship recipients for the 2019-2020 school year.  The process consisted of an application, oral board interview, and review of letters of reference, academic performance, and community service/outreach involvement.  After the process was completed, we have selected Wyatt Bomkamp and Andrew Eyler.
      County Chapter Special Meeting Regarding Captain Conversions
      04/16/19 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      A Special Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 1:00p.m. in accordance with Article V, Section 6 of the Constitution & By-Laws. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss Captain Conversions. Please be aware that the meeting will start promptly at the advertised time.
      Poker Run Sponsors Needed
      04/15/19 - IAFF Local 2866
      The Fayetteville Firefighters are looking for sponsors for our Bikes, Blues and BBQ Poker runs that will be held on September 27th and 28th. We will have 5 stops each day with the last stop in Fayetteville. If you have a business that would like to be a sponsor or would like more information please email James Quinton at jdquinton@yahoo.
      2019 MSCFF Convention Call
      04/13/19 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
      March 8, 2019 All local affiliates and leaders, The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters will hold its 50th biennial convention July 28th-31st 2019. The convention will be hosted by Joplin L-59 and Southern Mo Professional Fire Fighters L-152 and will be held at The Hiltons of Branson. The Hilton Branson Convention Center 200 East Main St Branson, MO 65616 866.442.
      2019 CPFF Shooting Sports Raffle
      04/13/19 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
      Greater KC AFL-CIO Scholarship App
      04/13/19 - IAFF Local 42
      Download Androide App here.  Download iOS App here.
      2019 FF Appreciation Night at the KC Royals
      04/13/19 - IAFF Local 42
      Friday Update 4-12-19
      04/12/19 - IAFF Local 1014
      Montana Firefighter Health and Safety Bill passed another hurdle -- Senate Bill 160 passed the third reading in the House
      04/12/19 - IAFF Local 271
      HELENA- The Firefighter Health and Safety Bill passed another hurdle Monday afternoon. Senate Bill 160 passed the third reading in the House with a vote of 89 to 9. Great Falls International Association of Fire Fighters Local Eight President Dave Van Son said they are very excited. “This is the furthest it has ever made,” Van Son said.
      CPSE Quality Improvement Through Accreditation Workshop in Grand Rapids
      04/12/19 - MPFFU
      CPSE Quality Improvement Through Accreditation Workshop in Grand Rapids Hosted by: Grand Rapids Fire Department Dates: September 17-19 Location: Grand Rapids Fire Department Training Center, 1101 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 https://university.cpse.
      Birch Way Structure Fire
      04/11/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      Just before 2 p.m. on April 11th, Local members responded to a working residential fire on S. Birch Way in Centennial. When members arrived on scene they found smoke coming out of the house and a fire in the kitchen. Members were able to knock down the fire, but discovered it had extended into the attic.
      Clinton Township Charity Golf Outing
      04/11/19 - MPFFU
      The Clinton Township Fire Fighters Association Charity Golf Outing is being held on Friday, June 7th at the Hickory Hollow Golf Course in Macomb.  See attachment for all the details.
      Malden Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Central Fire Station
      04/11/19 - IAFF Local 902
      The community recently celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Grand Opening of Malden’s Central Fire Station located at the corner of Sprague and Salem Streets. The well-attended ceremony was presided over by Assistant Chief Bill Sullivan with remarks offered by Fire Chief Kevin Finn, Commissioner Emery Haskell and City Council President Jadeane Sica.
      Vivie’s Fun Run around Lake Como
      04/10/19 - IAFF Local 21
      Please see the following information below for Vivie’s Fun Run around Lake Como on May 19! For more information and for registration, please go to: and click on the “Register Here” link Please contact Steve Sampson with any questions.
      04/09/19 - Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters
      5th District Pep 2019
      04/09/19 - Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters
      Brothers and Sisters, We were fortunate again this year to be able to host a District PEP event.  We will also have a District Caucus and Social event on the first night.  We were able to negotiate cheaper hotel rates than last year to make it more affordable for you to send members from your Local.
      MnFire Golf Tournament May 20, 11:30 AM
      04/09/19 - Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters
      If you have any questions regarding the event, or if you would like to volunteer, donate or sponsor please contact Gina Calistro at 612-309-4462 or
      MnFire Golf Tournament May 20, 11:30 AM
      04/09/19 - Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters
      If you have any questions regarding the event, or if you would like to volunteer, donate or sponsor please contact Gina Calistro at 612-309-4462 or
      TOMORROW 4/13!
      04/09/19 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
      Attention Denver Fire Fighter’s: The ballots for the 2019 Denver Municipal Election will be mailed out on Monday, April 15. This is our last weekend to canvass for our Fire Fighter, Mike Somma for Council District 1 before ballots are received by voters.
      April 2019 General Membership Meetings
      04/08/19 - International Association of Firefighters
      Our next Union meetings will be on Thursday, April 11th and Friday, April 12th. Both meetings will take place at The Cabin (on the patio, behind the fireplace) on Route 33 in Freehold and start at 1700 sharp. Please make every effort to attend. See you there.
      MAMC First Responders Support Program
      04/08/19 - IAFF Local F283
      MAMC Behavioral Health Department is currently getting a First Responder Support Program off the ground. This is not intended to replace DES’s internal support systems, but is an additional resource available to individuals as they process some of the things our mission potentially exposes us to.
      Orchard Road MVA
      04/08/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      At 08:00 on April 8th, 2019 Local 2086 members responded to a reported MVA on E. Orchard Rd. at the intersection of S. Biscay St. MetCom advised responding units that the incident involved a rollover. Members arrived on scene and found two vehicles involved in the crash.  One vehicle was on its right side in the middle of the intersection.
      6th Annual New Fire Fighters Conference
      04/08/19 - IAFF 7th District
      It is time for the 6th annual 7th District New Fire Fighters Conference to be held in Kennewick, Washington and the date is fast approaching.  The event is scheduled for May 14-16 and a hosted reception will be on the evening of the 13th.
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