Kansas City has announced its new interim fire chief as 27-year veteran Ross Grundyson.
Grundyson takes over for KCFD Chief Donna Lake, who left the job after three years to become the assistant city manager for the City of Lee’s Summit. Grundyson will take purely an interim role as chief. The city is conducting a nationwide search for the next fire chief, and has said Grundyson is not in the running for the permanent job.
Grundyson joined the Kansas City Fire Department in 1996, moving from captain to battalion chief, to assistant fire chief. The city said he played “an instrumental role” in guiding the department through the COVID-19 pandemic and broadened paramedic support for city residents.
“I am proud and thankful for the opportunity to serve not only the citizens of Kansas City, but my fellow Kansas City Fire Department family as well,” Grundyson said.
KCTV-TV CBS 5 Kansas City
Nearly all area volunteer fire departments from 2 counties (Ozora to Weingarten to Hematite and in between) plus Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s deputies and Ste. Genevieve County Ambulance District responded late last night (Thurs.1.26.2023) to a house fire at 11066 Pleasant Heights off U.S. Highway 61 just north of Bloomsdale Elementary School.
The fire was called in around 10:30 p.m. and firefighters wrapped up around 3 a.m. Friday morning. Eight fire departments from Ste. Genevieve and Jefferson counties arrived.
The house appears to be in total ruin as some flames were seen and heavy smoke was clearly visible throughout the entire roof.
The residents were home and no one appears to have been injured.
Ste. Genevieve Herald
VIDEO: A Missouri boy is using his talents to give back to the community in hopes of helping other children who find themselves in similar situations.
Luca Licata is a third grader at Oak Grove Elementary School.
He suffered from Bells Palsey when he was in Kindergarten. An ambulance transported the little boy to Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Licata said he was scared in the ambulance, but said emergency crews gave him a special stuffed animal to hold, making the ride better.
He started painting rocks to raise money. The money he makes is donated to the Sni Valley Fire Protection District and Oak Grove Police Department.
“I donate a thousand dollars to both of them, then they can buy something they couldn’t buy with the payment they get,” Licata said.
He’s already donated more than $1,400 to the departments.
WDAF-TV FOX 4 Kansas City
The Springfield Fire Department responded to a house fire at Nettleton and Webster on Thursday, January 26, at about 8 p.m.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, but Springfield Fire Captain Chad Davis said the house is a total loss.
Captain Davis said that the fire department conducted a search, but the house appeared to be vacant so no one was injured.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
KOLR-TV CBS 10 Springfield