Thanks to a $1,011,000 FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Act) grant, the Hillsboro Fire Protection District will be able to hire six new firefighters, adding to its current full-time roster of nine firefighters.
The fire district will receive the FY2019 SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant money in installments of $337,000 per year over three years, so after that, the three jobs would have to be eliminated unless the district comes up with other funding to cover their pay and benefits, Fire Chief Brian Gaudet said.
Not that he’s complaining.
Gaudet said he was pleasantly surprised when FEMA notified him the district had been awarded the grant.
“We applied in late 2019 for a grant from FEMA,” Gaudet said. “We were notified we got the grant in late September. We had no idea it was going to come through and we just got an email one day saying we were chosen for the grant.
A three-phase plan for people to get vaccinated in Missouri is in place. A spokesperson for the International Fire Fighters Association (IAFF) said first responders should be getting vaccinated first along with health care workers at long-term care facilities.
“One of the reasons is we are the first line in public health to many Americans,” said Doug Stern, media relations director for IAFF. “We are the first ones going out to call 911 to get to the hospital because they have COVID. We’re working in the uncontrolled environments of people’s homes.”
The IAFF wrote a letter to the National Governors Association calling on governors to give firefighters and paramedics, who the IAFF said have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, priority access to vaccines.
KOLR-TV CBS 10 Springfield
Lee’s Summit police are investigating after a driver was found dead inside a burned truck Monday night.
First responders were dispatched to a car fire in the eastbound lanes of 40 Highway near Powell Avenue, Sgt. Chris Depue with the Lee’s Summit Police Department said.
According to police, the car left the roadway, hit a tree and caught fire. The only person in the car did not survive.
Lee’s Summit police expect to release more information Tuesday after the victim’s family members are notified.
WDAF-TV Fox 4 Kansas City
VIDEO: As Thanksgiving approaches, one thing to keep in mind is safety when cooking that delicious meal.
Firefighters see a lot of residential calls due to common sense mishaps, including frying a frozen turkey, which is a big mistake.
We spoke with Cape Girardeau Fire Department Captain Andy Matthews who said you need to make sure you are mindful of the procedures of cooking your favorite foods.
He also says not be in a rush so you can make sure to make those memories.
Most importantly, be aware of what you are doing.
“To be aware of objects that could be pushed close to an open stove, to an open oven-top,” Matthews said. “With the business of the holidays going on and the business of Thanksgiving, everybody around and stuff like that, you can grow lackadaisical and just to be aware, to be cautious and prevent and accident that can happen.”
KFVS-TV CBS 12 Cape Girardeau