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December 2020 / January 2021 Volume 37, Issue 10

Official publication of the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association

19th Annual OSFA Volunteer Fire Caucus

Feb. 6 at Comanche County Fairgrounds in Lawton

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OSFA Executive Board Members’ Comments............................................................. 5-6 OSFA Executive Director’s Report - Tippy Pierce .......................................................... 7 OSFA Administrative Director’s Report - Sheri Nickel ................................................. 7 ORFA Report - President George Fina ........................................................................... 8 Women’s Auxiliary Report - Courtney Thompson ........................................................ 8 Firefighter Near-Miss Report - Greg Lindsay ............................................................... 12 Museum News - Gene Brown .........................................................................................13 In Memoriam .................................................................................................................. 18 Executive Board Meeting Highlights ............................................................................. 24 Oklahoma Fire Spotlight -- Keys FD ............................................................................. 26

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starting the new year. It’s that time of the year again. The Legislature will be in session here in short order. One thing is for sure, the Legislative Committee, Executive Board and OSFA staff will be working hard to monitor, support and fight legislation that affects the Oklahoma fire service. We will also continue working on a cost of living raise for our volunteers, who have not seen a COLA in over a decade now. Do you know your legislators? There are several new ones taking office, so now is the time to get acquainted with them. Your OSFA may need you to call on them for support during this upcoming legislative session. Our COVID numbers in the state continue to stay up. Our hospitals continue to stay full and many ICU’s are at capacity. Many cities have mask mandates in place while others are highly encouraging their use. Our agency continues to see an increase in responses to positive COVID patients. We all must stay diligent in our cleaning and disinfecting procedures and do our part in cutting the numbers. It appears the vaccine should be in Oklahoma soon according to the health department, so that will hopefully help our country in getting past this pandemic. I hope everyone has cleaned their chimneys for this winter season. I’d hate for Santa’s outfit to get all dirty from sliding down a nasty chimney! On that subject, home fires always increase during this time of year. Many times, fires are caused by people heating their homes in non-traditional manners, such as using a stove or oven to heat their home or combustible items left too close to space heaters. Please use every opportunity to educate your citizens on the dangers of home fires during the winter months. Fire prevention can be delivered yearround and it’s cheap and easy for departments to present! I know the school-aged children especially enjoy the firefighters visiting their schools. Take every chance you can to connect with your young ones. You may make a life-changing impact on them or even foster a future firefighting career! I hope all of you, your families and your departments have a holiday full of happiness and fellowship. I look forward to a great 2021 with our organization and the Oklahoma Fire Service. Stay safe and have a Very Merry Christmas!

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Eric Harlow • 405-520-2893 ericharlow200@gmail.com 1ST VICE PRESIDENT

Cliff Davidson • 580-554-1886 davidsoncliff@yahoo.com 2ND VICE PRESIDENT

Jim Ed Nimmo • 918-557-8379 jimnimmo7@gmail.com 3RD VICE PRESIDENT

Tony Lopez • 405-739-1343 tlopez@midwestcityok.org PAST PRESIDENT

Mike Kelley • 405-623-4338 mkelley@local157.org

Ringwood FD

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Greetings Oklahoma Firefighters! The holiday season is upon us and before you know it, we will be

Cliff Davidson

Hello everyone! These are some crazy times we are living in. As if Covid-19 wasn’t bad enough, we can’t even figure out who our next president is. I don’t know about you guys, but I am ready to wake up from this nightmare. The whole COVID thing seems to be not if you are going to catch it but when. My heart goes out to all those that have lost loved ones to this terrible virus. I live with a nurse, so I get told regularly to take my precautions. So far. she has kept me out of trouble. Even though I get a little aggravated at her at times, I know she is just looking out for me. I have heard every kind of expert opinion about wearing or not wearing a mask. I have decided to listen to the person dealing with it every day she goes to work. To all those on the front lines, I want to thank you all so much for what you do. What we all do as individuals should indeed be our choice. But in these times, our individual choices can affect so many others. I will continue to wear my mask while I am in public and keep my hands washed or sanitized out of respect for those around me. I think it is the least I can do. I hope you all are taking your precautions during these unprecedented times, especially through the holidays. Christmas is a time for giving, but we don’t want to give this to our loved ones. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a safe New Year. Stay Safe!

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Tony Lopez

Midwest City FD



Greetings everyone! I hope all is well. I hope everyone is still surviving this pandemic. It is crazy the amount of cases and hospitalization that we have right now. I was kinda excited that they have come out with a vaccine so fast. I’m not sure if I will take it. I may have to wait and see what side effects people have first before I decide. We have had several more cases at our department, but thankfully no severe cases. We are still keeping the museum closed for safety reason. This has given Gene and the boys a chance to get a lot of needed maintenance done on the Memorial and Museum. Please stay safe and wear your mask, distance, and wash your hands. Well, we finally got the election behind us. I am so glad we don’t have to see or hear any more campaign commercials. I know the elections turned out good for some and not so good for some. It doesn’t matter which party affiliation you are, we are all still Americans and we need to come together to make our country whole again. The Safety and Health Committee met this past month and had a very productive meeting. They are working hard on putting together resources to address some of the issues in the fire service right now. Look for things to come in OSFA’s official publication and website. Also, check out these two sources for information on upcoming events, such as the OSFA Volunteer Fire Caucus, the OFCA Winter Workshop, OSFA State Fire School and more. I can’t believe how fast the year has gone by. We just celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas is around the corner. It will be a little different celebrating the holidays, but let us not forget the real reason will celebrate. I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and I pray we all have a blessed New Year. Like always, if you have any questions, please reach out to me. Stay safe and God bless.

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Jim Ed Nimmo

Tulsa FD

jimnimmo7@gmail.com • 918-557-8379 Lately I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what I expected, and what I think others expected the job to be like. I’ve also thought a lot about what we look for in candidates in an effort to better understand a current phenomenon we are dealing with on the board. Speaking plainly, the number of “disability in the line of duty” pensions being granted for mental related illness, with PTSD being by and large the most often cited, to members who have not fulfilled their 20 year obligation to the system is alarming. I do not think it can be sustained over time. I have mulled it over many times and there are many facets to the issue. There are statutory constraints, past practices, ethical and moral conflicts, legal probabilities, personal feelings and monetary realities, to name a few. My obligation as a trustee and fiduciary of the system is to ensure the health of the system, and to ultimately insure service pensions for members, both volunteer and paid, who have fulfilled their obligation and dedicated a significant portion of their adult lives to the fire service in Oklahoma. That seems obvious enough, but when you factor in the facets I mentioned previously, things get complicated and the water gets muddy. This brings me back to my original statement. The vision and the reality of the fire service, and how candidates are vetted. There are many ways candidates are vetted, but practically speaking, it boils down to the formal processes each individual department uses to determine mental (intelligence) and physical aptitude -- what I would call the informal “eye” test -- and the personal relationships the candidate has with folks who are already on the job or in some way affiliated with the department. I am sure those who do the hiring cringe at the idea of the latter being spoken out loud, but to deny its place in the process, regardless of the illusions we create for legal purposes, is

just not reality. My question is this, what are you doing to vett candidates for what they will experience on the job? More so than that, what are you doing to paint a real picture of what the fire service experience is prior to appointment? My suspicion is we are not doing a very good job prior to the hiring, conditional offers of employment or appointment process. We do a good job of advertising positive intangibles like the sense of honor, duty, service, fraternal spirit and pride. When it comes to negatives like exposure, frustration, monotony, filth, fear, finances, family dynamics, and how all these among others will effect personal lives and longevity, we don’t do much to access how candidates will deal with it prior to hiring them. I’m not sure mental health professionals are truly equipped or willing to do it either, at least not in a critical light. When I started in the late 90s, one of the canned questions I was asked in an interview was something to the tune of “will your spouse be able to handle you being away from home for 24 hours at a time?” A better question may have been “will YOU be able to handle not knowing what’s happening at home for 24 hours at a time?” I mention that because it seems to me that that (and related factors) are just as big of contributors to mental health issues as job exposures. No one would ever question whether a member, regardless of time in service, was physically paralyzed in performance of their duty, and in turn granted a pension for the rest of their life. When the reason for disability is so vague, and the diagnosis and prognosis subjective, how can the benefit be sustained over time in a job that produces more baggage than most, coupled with the baggage of life in general? I am not writing this to cast blame, shame or shade on anyone. What I do hope is that it will open a dialogue and cast some light on an issue that is likely to become bigger in the future without some very tough decisions and action.

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Mike Kelley Oklahoma City FD mkelley@local157.org

While Thanksgiving this year may have looked different than in years past, it was still a time to reflect on what we are thankful for regardless of the current circumstances. I am thankful for a God that works all things together for good for those who put their faith and trust in him. While individually we may have had more challenging years than this one, I would have to say collectively we’ve never experienced a year quite like 2020. Don’t let the chaos of this year rob you of the opportunity to acknowledge the blessings along the way. I’m thankful for my friends and family, and as firefighters a lot of people fall in both categories, friends and family. Because firefighters know that when you become a firefighter, you are joining a family. And as you work side by side at both the mundane and life harrowing tasks, you build bonds of friendship that are unequaled. I’m thankful for the blessing of having had the opportunity to serve alongside my best friends. As the fire service, we have continued the long tradition of bringing order to chaos in this most chaotic of times. Doing so, however, can take its toll on you and those around you. So, if you’re hurting or feel overwhelmed at any point along your career or retirement, please reach out to your firefighter family! We are there for each other! While the museum and offices remain closed to the public, your staff, board and committees continue to work on firefighter issues. The Legislative Committee is preparing for the upcoming legislative session, and the other committees are engaged and working hard on various ideas and solutions to the challenges we face. As of now, the Chief’s Winter Workshop is scheduled for Jan. 20-22, 2021, in Stillwater and the Volunteer Caucus will be held Feb. 6 in Lawton. In the last month, the pension system finally received a ruling on just the temporary restraining order concerning what many of us call the Plan B lawsuit. Let me make clear that the lawsuit itself has not been settled. In fact, it hasn’t even been litigated. The ruling on appeal was that interest on Plan B accounts will not be required to be paid out unless the member has achieved the age of 70.5 at which point the IRS RMD (Required Minimum Distribution) takes effect. This ruling is in effect until the lawsuit is definitively settled. May you and yours have a happy and blessed holiday season!

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Well this has been a very strange year! Last month, we had thanksgiving in it and it looked anything but normal. Some families did not even get together. Many only had one or two

that got together. Now it is Christmas, and the OSFA Christmas party was canceled. The ORFA Staff Christmas Dinner may or may not happen, depending on if we can find a restaurant that can accommodate that many people. Things that were commonplace are now very different. Oh, how our lives have changed! Every time we turn on the news, the Covid numbers for our state are going up. Here at the OSFA Office, we have made changes to keep staff and others that come to the building safe. We have not shut down committee meetings as we did in March, but by the use of zoom, we have a very limited amount of people coming to these meetings. The plus to the use of zoom is that you can still be here but you’re not here and you don’t have to wear the masks! You can relax in your own environment and you are safe. The Volunteer Fire Services Committee has made great progress to insure the Volunteer Caucus will be a success on Feb. 6, 2021. They are doing something new, which is an equipment

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exchange program. It will work like this: If your department has equipment that is no longer being used, you can bring it to the caucus and other departments that need it can pick it up and take it to their fire department for use. This is brothers helping brothers. The Legislative Committee has met and is looking forward to what bills come out over at the State Capitol this month. They continue to work on last year’s ideas that were not taken to the legislature. The Safety and Health Committee is working on a recommendation about ways of protecting the firefighter from cancer due to the workplace environment. You will see this coming out in the future. The first phase of the Museum Expansion is still waiting on the building permit from Oklahoma City before we can start to move dirt. I hope by the beginning of the year that we have that under way. I want to wish each and everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the OSFA Staff and Executive Board Members. Please be safe, and we are all looking forward to a better 2021. God Bless each and every one of you!

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Sheri Nickel

Orlando FD



How many of you all wake up every morning wondering if this will be the day that you are struck down with Covid? Perhaps you have already suffered through it and have a sense of relief that it’s over with, or maybe your family is grieving due to the loss of a loved due to this terrifying pandemic. I remember back in the beginning of all of this, a few of us were sitting around the table in the kitchen inside the OSFA office in a light hearted-conversation about all of the “pandemics” that we have worked through as firefighters. The swine flu, West Nile virus and SARS, to name just a few. “BSI and the scene is safe” resonates in our minds with every medical call. And we are taught that the most effective way to prevent the spread of disease is hand washing. As firefighters, we know how to protect ourselves, but this pandemic has hit us differently than it has in the past, and our light-hearted conversation around the kitchen table has turned into more concerning conversation about how are we going to protect our staff. The Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum remains closed until further notice. While the office remains open and we have started committee meetings again, we are encouraging Zoom video conferencing. (Let me just say to those of you that don’t want to embrace this technology, that if George Fina can Zoom, anyone can.) If you want to attend in person, no problem, but a mask is required to enter the building. At this time, we have one staff member assigned to all committee meetings. Madelyn will be in the office daily to continue day-to-day operations and take care of in-person communications. Trisha and Diane will be working from home indefinitely. We have made that decision based off personal health issues affecting either of them personally or close family members. We want to keep our small staff as safe as possible so that we can continue to serve our members as we always have. As for the rest of us, we will be in and out of the office and do our best to stay safe ourselves. None of us are fond of the mask mandates, but as this virus continues to creep up on our family and friends, we don’t have a choice except to embrace the effectiveness of them and keep one in our pocket at all times. The show must go on and we will continue to plan our traditional events but always have it in the fronts of our minds that all of our efforts may go down the drain at a moment’s notice. We hope to see you at the Chief’s Winter Workshop in January and the Volunteer Caucus in February. The Chief’s board and the OSFA Volunteer Fire Service Committee have both lined up great events. Social distancing and mask requirements are most likely going to be required as this has become the norm of society, but don’t let it stop you from attending. Whatever your belief is and how ever it is that you pray and worship, now is a good time to do it with vengeance. Our world is a messy place and although it may never be what we consider normal, a new sense of peace has to be on the horizon.

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Oklahoma City FD Retired Well, it is over. By the time you read this, I hope we have a President-elect. We have a lot to look forward -- to no more political ads and the ice storm is gone, but not the tree limbs. No matter how you voted, President-elect Biden loves firefighters and that cannot be all bad. I am looking for a new battle at the Capitol. I pray to God that this Covid-19 virus is gone as fast as it came here in Oklahoma City. We have lost members all over the state and even a married couple passed away within two days of each other. When you bend your knees tonight, please pray for those families who have lost loved ones. They are gone from our firefighter family, also. Thanksgiving will have been here and gone by the time you read this, and Christmas is just around the corner. We have much to be thankful for. One thing is our raise that may open the door for more to come. You belong to the strongest brotherhood in the world. Stand tall, my friend. Wear that mask!


page to ponder Donnie Bennett Oklahoma City FD Safety & Heath Committee

The past several months have been challenging to Oklahoma firefighters, to say the least. Updates to policies and procedures regarding COVID-19 are still a continuous thing. Although we are several months in, new and important information is still being administered on a daily basis, so our organizations can continue to operate and safely serve the community. Usually around this time of year, we typically reach out to our family and friends more than normal due to the holiday season. While most people enjoy the holiday season, the holidays can be a very difficult time for some, for a variety of reasons. This being said; we should always be more vigilant and willing to assist those in need around this time of year. But due to the current climate, we need to be twice as vigilant and willing to assist if at all possible. As you help others, please remember to take care of yourself, and please reach out to someone if you are in need of assistance, and take advantage of the many recources available to Oklahoma Firefighters. Stay safe, stay healthy and stay ready.

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PRESIDENT George Fina, OKC gomsoc38@gmail.com 1ST VICE PRESIDENT A.K. “Yogi” Cole, Tulsa ycole@ipa.net 2ND VICE PRESIDENT James Fullingim, Norman nfdchief@hotmail.com 3RD VICE PRESIDENT Mike Duncan, Dewey mduncan51@aol.com

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PAST PRESIDENT Tippy Pierce, Moore fftip@swbell.net


Women’s Auxiliary Report

Courtney Thompson

Jr Board Member

Hello all! I hope your Thanksgiving celebrations, whether at home or at the station, were full of love, laughter and a lot of priceless memories. The Covid 19 situation may have made your holiday a bit different than usual, but I pray that each of you had still had plenty to be thankful for. The Statewide Memorial Service was a bit different this year but no less special. I hope you grasped the opportunity to join virtually, as those who are no longer with us were recognized for their service to the Oklahoma Fire Service, and their families were shown appreciation and gratitude for the dedication and time each of their firefighters gave to their departments and to the fire service. The same day as the Memorial Service, the ground breaking ceremony for the museum expansion took place. There will be a lot of changes coming in the future, and I am excited to see the progress on the expansion! I wish I could have attended these events in person, but with Covid 19 concerns and two very immune compromised family members, I had to remain as isolated as possible. The volunteer caucus will be taking place in February. If you or your firefighter is a member of a volunteer department, please encourage them to attend this event. This caucus is an opportunity for them to discuss the issues and concerns facing the volunteers and their departments. If there are any of you that have questions on how to become a member of the state auxiliary, what the state auxiliary does or how to start a local auxiliary, I would love to help. Please contact me and I will share with you how to get involved with this great group! I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! Be safe and keep warm, as I am sure our Oklahoma weather will have some chilly surprises for us during the next couple of months.

PRESIDENT Michele Cole momachel@aol.com VICE PRESIDENT Ashley Corbett ashleyc814@att.net SECRETARY/TREASURER Kendra Engle kedamo10@yahoo.com

JR BD MEMBER Courtney Thompson courtneythompson524@gmail.com PAST PRESIDENT Susan Walker sw233821@gmail.com

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Public Education Committee Report Louis Marschik OKC FD

On behalf of the Public Education Committee, we would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Our wish for you is that you all have a safe holiday season. To help you stay safe, here are a few friendly reminders during the winter holidays and cold weather: • Never leave any heat sources unattended while cooking. • Keep the children out of the kitchen if possible. • Unplug and extinguish all ignition sources before going to bed or leaving the house. A few examples include decoration lights, portable heaters, candles, stoves and fire places. • Keep little items away from kid’s mouths. Example: Button batteries can do major damage to a child’s internal organs. • Test your Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors. • Have an escape plan that all family members have practiced. • Please check in with family members and friends who may live alone or have physical limitations. Take a walk through their house and help them prepare to be safe. Do you know of someone in your community who could use smoke alarms? How about someone who is deaf, hard of hearing or blind? • The OSFA has alarms for your community at no cost. They also have specialty alarms. Please have a representative from your department contact Gene Brown at the OSFA (405-4241452) so we can quickly assist your community. • The smoke alarms were donated through Vision 2020 representative Cody Banks and the specialty alarms were obtained by Dereck Cassady. The Public Education Committee is presently establishing two sub-committees: Curriculum and Special Needs. With these two committees we hope to reach more people with quality fire prevention education. Our committee would also like to inform you of a great opportunity that NFPA is offering. Community Risk Assessment (CRA) is a comprehensive evaluation that identifies, prioritizes, and defines the risks that pertain to the overall community. It is a critical first step in the Community Risk Reduction process and results in a full understanding of the community’s unique risks, capabilities, and characteristics. NFPA is seeking new fire departments to join its CRA pilot project. For more information, go to https://www.nfpa.org/crr. Deadline to apply is Dec. 16.


live long & prosper Terry Essary

Stillwater FD

I want to start out by saying “Hi” to everyone and how honored I am to serve on the Safety & Health Committee with such awesome people. I don’t know about you, but I was excited to ring in this last year. It was like anticipating the visit of a family member only to see cousin Eddie pull up in his RV, and start emptying his black water tank into your driveway! But one thing this year has definitely reminded us of is the need to take care of ourselves. We all work in a highly competitive atmosphere that takes pride in being able to work long hours with minimal rest. In fact, we often look at the need to rest or sleep as a sign of being weak, and we often hear the phrase ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead.’ But we are learning that we need to stop and take a close look at what the science is telling us about sleep. We now know that sleep is not merely a luxury, but it is essential to many aspects of our physical and mental health.

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A leading sleep scientist has discovered some very interesting facts about what has historically been a blind spot (Walker, 1997). He has dedicated his life’s work to discovering why we sleep, and he discovered that sleep is vital for protecting the immune system, reducing the chances of strokes and heart attacks, logical thought and memory, preventing weight gain and type 2 diabetes, and the list goes on and on. So we have to start looking at getting at least six hours of sleep every night, with the optimal amount to be between seven and nine hours, in order to function at the highest level we possibly can. So as this new year starts, I challenge all of us to take control of all aspects of our health so we can make this upcoming year the most enjoyable and most productive year we’ve ever had. Merry Christmas, and stay safe my friends! References: Walker, Matthew (2017). Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams. Published by Penguin Random House.

The Perfect Storm: The Onset of Burnout 10December 2020 / January 2021Oklahoma Firefighter

By Asa Don Brown, Ph.D., C.C.C., D.N.C.C.M., F.A.A.E.T.S. Member, Board of Professional and Scientific Advisors American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress Diplomate, National Center for Crisis Management Fellow, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress It has been a year of chaos, confusion and complete madness. The pandemic is not the only thing to blame for the pandemonium plaguing our global community. For many within the medical community -- from the responders, nurses, physicians, paramedics, and other essential workers -- there has been an increased demand upon their overall performance. The demands have included an increase workload, a decrease in support staff and the list goes on. The demands have created a perfect storm arising from a number of negative and unpredictable factors. Then there are the effects of a political season that has been unlike any other. It has been the icing on the cake for many throughout our global community. The onset of burnout occurs when an individual is feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and completely depleted. It may feel as though they have been submerged into a bottomless abyss unable to return to the surface. For many individuals who are experiencing burnout, there is a lack of personal support. The lack of support may cause an individual to feel an increased sense of vulnerability, hopelessness and an overwhelming sense of impeding endangerment. For many individuals with preexisting mental health conditions, such a calamity of concern, may only perpetuate their looming sense of doom. Even for those without preexisting mental health conditions, the year of 2020 has been a lesson in vicarious trauma. Vicarious trauma occurs when an individual has been exposed to a traumatic event indirectly. Unfortunately, there has been no escaping this water-cooler conversation. The vicarious trauma has been prolonged by the uncertainty of this pandemic. While burnout is a very common issue for nurses, social workers and clinicians of all types, it can have an effect upon anyone, at any time, and any age. In simple, burnout occurs when an individual has experienced prolonged demands, chronic stress, fatigue, a lack of support and a decrease satisfaction in what they are doing. Children have been known to experience burnout with the demands of school and their extracurricular activities. There has been a recent uptick in the reported number of cases of burnout amongst children and youth. Given the pandemic and remote schooling, children are now being expected to perform at a higher pace and with greater productivity. The demands not only affect the children,

but the demands are overflowing onto their parental caregivers. The flooding of these demands are causing parents to feel a heftier obligation and an increase of expectations of the school and society in general. It, too, has been a perfect storm placing greater demands upon children and the family.

Dr. Asa Don Brown is an author, international speaker, psychologist and consultant. He was born in Tulsa, attended Westmoore High School and currently lives in New York where he trains as a New York State volunteer firefighter.

The Warning Signs of Burnout • An overwhelming sense of despair. • Self-imposed isolation. • Procrastination or lack of motivation. • Detachment or feeling withdrawn. • Decrease enthusiasm or pleasure. • Increasingly cynical or having a negative outlook. • Chronic fatigue. • Significant change in appetite or sleep habits. • Emotional exhaustion. • Feelings of entrapment, despair, and helplessness. • Lack of personal responsibility. • Decreased ability to feel pleasure. • Reliance on drugs, alcohol, or other substances to cope. • Feeling emotionally disengaged from others. It is always important to rule-out conditions that may be the causation of your burnout. Burnout may be caused by other significant medical or psychological conditions. Please be certain to always consult a medical or psychological physician regarding your concerns. Recognizing the early onset of burnout is of the utmost importance. Burnout has significantly risen throughout our global community. It has been reported that there are many individuals feeling isolation burnout. There has been a significant number of individuals choosing to be around others despite the risk of being exposed to COVID. Self-awareness is an essential ingredient in preventing or combating “burnout.” Burnout is often driven by the demands that are placed upon an individual. Burnout is not caused by lack of motivation or a weakness of one’s character. Rather, it is an issue that is fueled by one’s environment. When demands are placed upon an individual, they can prove detrimental to an individual’s ability to cope and manage. Burnout is a combination of issues involving one’s physical, emotional and psychological self. It is most commonly experienced when an individual has had prolonged stress or demands placed upon them. It is not uncommon for an individual to experience burnout when they have a preexisting psychological or mental health condition. Burnout can be prevented with proper self-care and a supportive environment. When children are supported they are equipped to fend off negativity. Refrain from constantly watching or engaging in conversations about COVID, the political atmosphere or negatively fueled conversations. While it is important to be aware of our surroundings, do not make this your mainstay. It is best to do everything through moderation. In some cases, an individual may experience burnout without any underlying conditions. Yet, burnout is commonly experienced when an individual is not receiving adequate support and the demands outweigh the benefits. When an individual is experiencing burnout, they are not only feeling hopeless, but they approach each day with a cautious hesitation.

Bringing Calmness to the Storm What does your environment look like? Are you living or working in a hostile environment? Do not accept or identify with messages that are blatantly negative or hostile. It is not only important to establish healthy boundaries, but to understand that you do not have to take ownership of other people’s messages. Likewise, avoid allowing your own mind to create such negative messages. Remember that positive self-talk is an intrinsic part of a healthy mind. An individual’s social environment has a tremendous impact upon their ability to prove resilient. It is critical that you reduce your exposure to negativity. Be a driving force behind empowerment. Empowerment is giving someone the authority, or the power, to prove triumphant. What supports do you have in place? An individual that is well insulated and empowered is a person who is less likely to develop burnout. Be certain to limit your exposure to negative people and environments. Focus on areas of your life that bring peace. The following tools have been proven to provide comfort or reprieve from stress: meditation, breathing, journaling, singing, exercise and psychotherapy. It is important that you listen to messages that are uplifting, inspiring and that provide a new skillset. Self-care is essential to combating burnout. At the end of the day, be certain to establish healthy boundaries and relationships; to request help when it is needed; to avoid taking on more than you are capable of managing; and to implement an exercise routine that involves your physical and psychological self.

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Question & Answers

Oklahoma Firefighter asked last issue’s readers this question: “What’s your favorite thing at your Fire Station?”

Here is what they said: w Bre Horn, Marshall: My favorite thing at the fire station would probably be our Brush Truck 8 (pictured at right). She is a beast and takes a moment to get out there, but I love fighting fire with her. w Darren Alexander, Cedar Country: Since we are very rural, we have raccoons that show up from time to time. One of our captains left their shoes out by their truck during a fire call, and when I pulled in the parking lot, a large male raccoon was having ... well ... an intimate encounter with the captain’s shoes. We made eye contact, I grabbed a tanker and left him alone. So raccoons are my favorite thing at the station, but not my captain’s.

w Bert Norton, Midwest City: Here at Midwest City Fire Department Station One, we have a slide from upstairs to the rig room (pictured above).

w Tom Marcum, Mooreland: I’m not one who gets attached to things. People yes, things not so much. So my favorite “things” at my station is my Fire Family. Cheesy answer? Maybe. But it’s truthful. They’re awesome!

w Juan Rodriguez, Ret. Lawton: I’m retired now, but when I was at Central Fire Station, there is an old church across the street. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. the church bells would play a hymn every hour on the hour. The church is old and the bells are old and it would play old hymns. When the weather allowed, I would open my windows. Whenever I am in town, I occasionally hear them. The sound always brings me back.

w Donnie Bennett, Oklahoma City: Definitely the kitchen table at 31’s! Great memories ... from building the table to many years of enjoying my Doghouse Family around the table during meal time. w Randy Rose, Ret. Oklahoma City: Rosebud has been retired for 17 years, but my favorite thing at the station back then was the coffee pot! w Colton Castle, Jet: Brush 78 (pictured at right). Thanks to our county sales tax, we were able to purchase this brush rig. It is our first out rig and has so many capabilities. It is part of the county task force to go help other countries in the state for mutual aid. It also has CAFS system which helps conserve water and put out fires quickly. w Aaron Burns, Ret. Broken Arrow: I would have said my recliner at Station 5 and my crew. I am no longer at a station. I wish I was, though. w Cory Beagles, Deer Creek FPD: The stations themselves are probably my favorite thing. The changes we have made as a department as we grow has left its mark on our stations. From adding living quarters, bunker gear rooms, work benches, workout areas, training props, the new stations as a whole.

The stations serve as a progress report of our growth and the good times spent with our members doing those projects, creating pride and ownership, learning knew things and just having fun together. So perhaps its as much the people at the stations who provide for that growth and helped create those good times, and the station is more of a time line for remembering what we have accomplished.

w Greg Lindsay, Oklahoma City: My favorite thing at the station is my crew. Dedicated and passionate about their work. w Louis Marschik, Oklahoma City: The discussion after getting back from working a tough fire. Everyone is nasty and stinky, but there a sense of pride and teamwork that is hard to replicate anywhere else.

w Bruce Anthony, Ret. Tuttle: My favorite thing has always been spending time at the kitchen table visiting with the crew about family. But if you are asking what is my favorite physical thing, well, it has to be the fire pole. Having a brass pole where firefighters slide down from the second floor to the bay to respond to alarms is what makes a fire station a historic and iconic attraction. I’ve seen firefighters so talented they can slide the pole while holding a cup of coffee and never spill a drop. Good times. I miss those every day now that I’m retired. w Terry Essary, Stillwater: One of my favorite things at the fire station are the coffee-fueled conversations we have as we start the day. w George Fina, Ret. Oklahoma City: The pole at No. 5 Fire Station.

Next Issue’s Question -- “What’s one thing that can instantly make your day better?

Everyone is Welcome to Participate! Email Your Response to penelopes@osfa.info

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By Greg Lindsay

Road Work

when they retrieve equipment like EMS supplies, hand tools, air bottles, or other things specific to where they are located on the apparatus? The lessons shared from this event discuss many of the same points. This is the review posted with this incident

Responding to an incident is a common thing for firefighters. We have been taught that size-up begins when the alarm is received and continues throughout the

incident. Each time a new piece of information is discovered, a new decision is generated from all involved. The decisions begin when we hear the tones drop and continue throughout the incident. For each position on the apparatus, the decisions are different, but each decision will affect the other crew members and could impact the entire event. The featured report this month involves a response to a fire in a high-rise building. As the apparatus arrived on scene, the personnel deployed for the incident. The factor that was not controlled for this incident was another motorist driving through the incident scene. As you read through this report, consider how you would choose each element of this response. The entire report, Struck by Vehicle While Donning PPE, can be found at http://firefighternearmiss.com/ Reports?id=16019.

LESSONS LEARNED Maintain situational awareness. Apparatus positioning / Angle apparatus appropriately. Where the air pack will be donned, position the apparatus off the road if possible. Don air pack on sidewalk or parking lot out of the roadway. Need for a deployable speed bump. Front of Apparatus

EVENT NARRATIVE Initial size-up: Fire alarm in a high-rise. Event Description: While responding to a fire alarm in a high-rise, the driver operator of an apparatus was struck by a vehicle while donning his air pack next to the apparatus. The driver of a four-door sedan was maneuvering around the engine, positioned roughly fifty feet in front of the squad on a two-lane road. While the driver of the sedan drove around the engine they were looking up at the building when the mirror struck the firefighter’s right elbow. The car was estimated to be going approximately 10 miles per hour. The firefighter saw the vehicle traveling in his direction and noticed the driver was unaware he was there. The firefighter reacted by jumping towards the apparatus in an attempt to dodge the car. The firefighter was transported to a local hospital and discharged later that day with a high elbow contusion. Pictures of the driver’s PPE compartment were included with this report. The gear is placed in a side compartment on the driver’s side. From the event narrative, there are some things that we do not know about but can predict based on our own department. As you discuss the following, place yourself in the driver’s seat on this apparatus and consider these points: • When arriving on the scene, how would you have spotted this apparatus? • The report stated a squad was about 50 feet in front of the apparatus. Would your decision about apparatus placement hinge on arrival placement? If you were the second apparatus to arrive, would it make a difference? • Some departments have protocols to determine assignments for large incidents like high-rise fires. Take a moment to discuss arrival/assignment protocols. • Assuming that other apparatus would be arriving and needed to access the building, would it have been appropriate to take more than one lane at this incident? • Do you consider where each piece of gear is placed on the apparatus when arriving on scene? Do you spot the apparatus to protect crewmembers from other drivers

OKC Fire Department

Rear of Apparatus

Where Firefighter Stood

It is common for the driver to don PPE on the scene. Where the gear is stored should be a consideration during apparatus placement, but other arriving apparatus may have gone into this driver’s decision-making process. The reporter mentioned positioning the apparatus where the operator can exit and don PPE from the road’s side rather than in a lane of traffic. Spotting on the other side of the road in the oncoming lane of travel may have placed the driver in a safer position without blocking ingress for other apparatus. The reporter mentioned angling the apparatus to provide more space. The challenge is how much to angle while keeping the area available for other apparatus. The report noted the compartment where the driver’s gear is stored extends about 14 inches from the side of the apparatus, forcing the operator at least that much more into the roadway; a minimum of half the next lane would be necessary to provide protection. Given this circumstance of a four-lane road, do you think taking half of the interior lane would have blocked the other arriving apparatus from access? The next decision about angling the apparatus involves the front or the rear for blocking. Should the back of the apparatus take up part of the next lane or the front angle? Each position has its advantages on protection and awareness for visibility. When a member of a crew is injured, two crews can be removed from an operation. The first crew is now shorthanded, and a second crew is assigned to provide medical for the injured person. In most jurisdictions, two extra crews are not readily available. We know the first five minutes of a fire alarm can dictate the next five hours. Occasionally the circumstances outside of our control drive the process, and sometimes our decisions do. If you have had an event where the things that happen early made a significant difference in the outcome, I would like to hear about it. Click on the website at www.Firefighternearmiss. com and select “Submit a Report.” The experience is free, anonymous, and easy to use. If you get stuck, send me an email, and I can walk you through it. For more information about traffic management at an incident, go to Respondersafety.com and review the free resources available there. The program is sponsored by the United States Fire Administration, among other national organizations, and provides valuable information for all responders.


Museum news

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Support Oklahoma Firefighters Museum by shopping at AmazonSmile

Gene Brown Museum Director geneb@osfa.info 405-424-3440

Hello Everyone! The museum is closed until after the first of the year. This is an effort to protect the public from Covid. We are working on the Memorial to get everything fixed. It is coming along slow but sure. It’s showing its age, but it’s looking great. The ice storm hit us hard. It took its toll on all our trees. There are several loads of limbs that we are hauling off. The New shop is coming along. We are near to getting our building permit. We hope we can begin construction in the near future. This will really help with our educational area. The dream is coming into focus. Thanks to all that are making this a reality. I hope everyone has a great holiday season! Be Safe!


When you shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. The Oklahoma State Firemens Museum Inc. is one of the charitable organizations, and that is your museum. There is no cost to charitable organizations or to AmazonSmile customers. The shopping experience is identical to Amazon.com with the added benefit that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate to your Museum, if selected! Just make sure to shop at smile.amazon.com instead of the regular Amazon site. Simply add it as a bookmarked page to your home screen, so it will basically be an app. The link that automatically adds the Oklahoma Firefighters Museum as the charity is https://smile.amazon.com/ ch/73-6109355.

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19th Annual OSFA V Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021

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Opening Session - Cliff Davidson, Ringwood Fire Chief & OSFA 1st Vice P

Presentation of Colors - Oklahoma Fire Pipes & Drums

Pledge of Allegiance - Eric Carranza, Springer FD Prayer - Tim Martin, Valley View FD

Introduction of Executive Board & Guests - Cliff Davidson

OSFA Welcome/Introduction of Staff - Eric Harlow, Guthrie Fire Chief & OSFA President


Progress Report on Resolutions from Last Year’s Caucus

and Don Armes and Julia Jernigan-Smith, OSFA Lobbyist

OSFA Legislative Update - Tippy Pierce, OSFA Executive Director,






Recruitment and Retention






Safety and Health


Recognition of Volunteer Fire Service Committee and Explanation of th

& OSFA Volunteer Fire Service Committee Chair

Register online at www.OSFA.info

For more info: osfa@osfa.inf

1-800-308-5336 • 405-424-1

Breakout Sessions and room assignments - Cory Beagles, Deer Creek FP

Noon LUNCH (provided) 1:30

Breakout Sessions & Discussion





Scott Kirby

Tom Marcum

Mike Kelley

Mike Dunca

Travis Fortune Travis Harris

Randal Sullivan

Eric Carranza

Nicholas Nadeau Colton Castle

Tony Lopez

Jim Ed Nimmo Eric Harlow






General Session - Cliff Davidson, OSFA 1st Vice President

Resolutions for OSFA Convention


James Fullin

George Fina Yogi Cole

Summary of issues from Breakout Sessions & selection of top priorities Vote on Resolutions

Explain voting at Convention and Saturday-only registration for Volun Discussion and input from attendees regarding next year’s Caucus Meet Candidates for OSFA Board ADJOURN

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Volunteer Fire Caucus

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The OSFA Volunteer Fire Caucus is open to all Volunteer Firefighters in the State of Oklahoma -- whether a member of the OSFA or not. While all input and participation is being sought and encouraged, only OSFA members will be allowed to vote on Resolutions. The OSFA Caucus is FREE to all attendees and will last from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pre-registration is required to ensure there is enough food, as lunch will be provided. There will be updates on the progress of items from last year’s caucus and reports on funding, recruitment and retention and leadership Plus, an equipment exchange will be held! EQUIPMENT EXCHANGE: OSFA will be collecting any equipment for any departments that are in need of gear. Must be present to claim. Contact the OSFA office if you need help gathering your equipment or have any further questions. This Caucus is prepared by Volunteers for Volunteers. Come and have your voice heard! EVENING SOCIAL at Mike’s Sports Grille on Friday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m.


Email pictures of your Fire Department to berklief@osfa.info. We would like to highlight your department in a slideshow at the Caucus!

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Lin Newton Valley View FD I am Lin Newton, fire chief of Valley View VFD in Comanche County. I have been a member of the OSFA since 2013, and this year I was asked to be on the Volunteer Fire Service Committee. For the past 18 years, OSFA has held a Volunteer Fire Caucus meeting for all volunteer firefighters, and it was always held in the Oklahoma City metro area, This year, however, it will be held in Lawton. The date is Saturday, Feb. 6. If you have not attended a Volunteer Fire Caucus meeting before, you might be asking yourself what benefits would I receive if I attended? This was my question the first time I heard about the meeting in Oklahoma City. I registered along with a couple of my firefighters, and we headed off to see what this was all about. One of the first things we saw was everyone greeting us as though we had been there many times. We were made to feel welcomed, and we realized that although we may be a small department, we are part of something big. The guest speakers presented information that we could bring back to our department and put into practice here. Just being able to meet others who are struggling with the same problems we were having and hear how they overcame them was a great help to us. Being a part of the caucus, each of you who attend will have an active voice in what could be coming before the state legislators. If you would like to see a law changed or enacted, it is easier to get your issues out, with the backing of all the members of the OSFA. Some of the other benefits of attending this meeting is being able to pick up some needed equipment that we did not have. This year will be the same, as there will be some gear and equipment that has been donated to distribute to departments in need. We are in the process of lining up some great speakers to cover topics such as how to get your Title 19 status, help with recruiting and fundraising. This will be the day you can network with other departments and also make contacts for future use. The afternoon session is where we will split up into small groups. Here, you will have to opportunity to discuss different issues and as a group. And this is where you will come up with items to present to the whole caucus to vote on at the end of the day. Resolutions will be approved and those will be presented at the OSFA Convention in June. On Friday, Feb. 5, we will meet at 6 p.m. at Mike’s Sports Grill for social networking. This is where you can meet other firefighters and have a nice relaxed evening. Who knows, you might even solve some issues there. We will have some vendors set up on Saturday morning at the Caucus that you can visit with. And if you are needing anything, they will be more than happy to help you with whatever you are needing. If you have never thought about attending the Volunteer Caucus in the past, I strongly encourage you to put it on your calendar and register to attend this year here in Lawton. If you want your voice heard about concerns that you may have about possible legislation that could either help us or hurt us, then please attend this year’s caucus. I hope to see all of you on Feb. 6 in Lawton.

Mill Creek Assistant Chief is also County Assessor The Faces of a Volunteer Firefighter

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Scott Kirby with is 3-year-old son Tite

Mill Creek Volunteer Firefighter Scott Kirby was born in Ada and raised in the Mill Creek and Sulphur area. He’s been with Mill Creek FD for 26 years, including the last 24 as Assistant Chief. He’s also been with the County Assessor’s Office of Murray County for 23 years, including the last 18 as County Assessor. In a recent question-and-answer session with Oklahoma Firefighter, Kirby, 48, shared the following: Firefighting background? Prior to joining Mill Creek Volunteer Fire Department, I had no firefighting experience. So my firefighting background is the past 26 years. Other jobs/titles/positions? I am also the training officer for the fire department. I do most of the paperwork and equipment specking and purchasing. I have been an Advanced EMT for the past year. The 24 years prior to becoming an Advanced EMT, I have been a Basic EMT. My rookie year, I became a “first responder” which is currently referred to as the EMR level. How does your family impact your duty as a volunteer firefighter? My wife (Amber) is also on the fire department as one of our EMRs and serves as the fire department secretary. Impacts my family has had on my duties would be being out of town and unavailable to respond to calls due to being out of town with sporting events and livestock shows. With a 3-year-old, there are times I have him by myself and I will be unavailable. Positive impacts are the family gets involved with fire department functions and fundraiser activities. How’d you go about getting into the fire service? I started talking to the volunteer fire chief of our department when he would come into the grocery store I was working at. He encouraged me to come to the next fire meeting. What have been some highlights of your fire service career so far? Being involved with the grant writing and successfully being awarded the grants. The grants we have been awarded have allowed us to purchase equipment and vehicles that without the grants we couldn’t have done. With the equipment and vehicles, we now have equipment we can be proud of and can better serve our citizens. What are your hopes for the future? As far as the fire depart-

ment goes, I hope to get more of my firefighters fired up about training and improve their current training. I would like to obtain a grant to update our rescue truck and get an additional engine. At some point in the future, I hope to get a new fire station built. Has there ever been a time when your career has interfered with your job as a volunteer firefighter? During those times when I am out of town, I may miss calls and/or meetings. I work in an office most of the time. As an elected county official, I can usually leave at any time to respond to a call. But there are times that I cannot -- if I am in a meeting with a taxpayer, working on timed reports for the Oklahoma Tax Commission or if the office is shorthanded at the time. Is there one call that sticks out in your mind? After 26 years on the fire department, there are several calls that stick out in my mind. My first call was a grass fire. We had to take the battery of another volunteer’s vehicle to respond in the tanker. The structure fire that stands out would be the warehouse fire. The population of our town is 330. We have a company in town that supplies equipment to the area rock crushers and sand plants. The call came in the early morning hours. The fire was in the ceiling of the office area. While gaining access to the offices, the fire spread rapidly across the ceiling to the open ceiling warehouse. The warehouse contained numerous combustibles, hazardous chemicals, three vehicles and a propane fueled forklift. The fire went multiple alarms with mutual aid fire departments from Ravia, Tishomingo, Reagan, Connerville and Sulphur responding. The office area sustained smoke and water damage while the remainder of the warehouse was a total loss. The Fire Marshal determined fire origin was electrical. Owners reported having a squirrel and rat problem in the ceiling. The rapid spread of fire to the warehouse was contributed to a combination of years of dust and cobweb accumulation and heating of the combustibles stored in the warehouse. There are two grass fires that stand out from my later years after becoming an officer. The first one was back in 1998. It was a very dry year that year. It was in September. A pop-up thunderstorm had developed. It was pouring rain at my house and the tones dropped for a grass fire. My first thought was no way. Then radio traffic started, the first truck was attempting to gain

At the conclusion of a working structure fire Wildland Task Force to eastern Oklahoma

Structural firefighter training

access. Smoke was visible but exact location was unknown. The fire was in an area locally known as “Rock Prairie.” Access to the area is a minimum of 20-30 minutes due to the rough terrain. Mutual aid was requested from several fire departments. Once units got on scene, command was established at our tanker that I was operating. We fought fire for 2-plus days. It was my first scene to be the incident commander. In the 48-hour time frame, we had three wind shifts. We wound up with 29 fire departments by the end of the incident, OHP airplane giving us a bird’s eye view, a chinook helicopter and two black hawks. I remained on the scene and incident commander for the entire 48-plus hour incident. The second fire was in an adjoining fire district. We fought fire for three days and had it out. On day four, state forestry came in to do some mop-up. While doing a backfire operation, they lost the line. Fire spread rapidly across “Rock Prairie” again. Multiple task force units were called in to assist the Johnston County fire departments. Staging area was set up at our station for incoming task forces to check in. Incident command made the decision to evacuate Northwest Johnston and Southeast Murray Counties. As Emergency Manager for our town, I contacted the National Weather Service to request one of the first, if not the first, Fire Emergency to be broadcast on the Emergency Broadcast System. How has the fire department evolved since you first joined? Our fire department has evolved greatly since I joined. When I started, we had no pagers. The emergency number rang at most of the firefighters’ houses. There was no 911 number to call in our county. House addresses were more difficulty to locate than they are now. We had used bunker gear. In my 26 years, we have updated bunker gear and wildland gear twice. In 1994, our apparatus consisted of three brush trucks -- late 60’s Kaiser Jeep, old Dodge forestry truck and a gammy goat), a 1970 model 1250 gallon unbaffled tanker and old Dodge truck for a rescue truck. Today, our apparatus includes four brush trucks (2020 Dodge 1 ton, 2008 Ford 1 ton, 1980 Chevy DOD truck and the original Kaiser Jeep), a 2010 Kenworth 2200 gallon Pierce Tanker, a 2500 gallon 5 ton tanker, 1981 Ford Pierce Engine 1000 gpm with a 500 gallon tank, 1996 Rescue Truck fully equipped less water and a 2003 Chevy Tahoe Command unit. As for the fire department or fire service as a whole, there are several things that come to mind. Better equipment, more grant opportunities and other funding sources. Probably one of the biggest is the improvement of the fire service training.

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in memoriam

Jesse Lowrey, Copan FD The Final Fire Alarm sounded for Copan volunteer firefighter Jesse Lowrey on Oct. 28. He was 39. Jesse volunteered for the Copan Fire Department doing what he enjoyed the most. He had a heart of gold and would help anyone at any time. He loved hauling cattle and helping anyone who needed help working their cattle. Jesse’s dream had always been owning and running his own cattle ranch. He was well on his way to making his dream a reality. He had recently purchased a semi and a trailer to be able to haul cattle for himself and anyone who needed cattle hauled. Jesse’s Fire Department number was 17. Copan FD plans to retire Lowery’s number and place stickers on all of the station’s vehicles and helmets to honor the fallen firefighter.

Harvey Madden, Del City FD The Final Fire Alarm sounded for retired Del City Fire Chief Harvey Madden on Oct. 28. He was 81. Harvey grew up in the Noble and Norman area. After school, he enlisted in the Oklahoma Army National Guard on May 9, 1960. He received an Honorable Discharge on May 6, 1966 as Sgt. Harvey was employed with the City of Del City as Fire Chief before his retirement. He enjoyed visiting with people, fishing and making a vegetable garden each year. His family was very special to him and he held a special place in his heart for each one of his grandchildren.

Rick Brown, Turpin FD The Final Fire Alarm sounded for Turpin Fire Chief Rick Brown on Sept. 26. He was 62. Rick worked with the Beaver County District #3 Road Dept. and also served as a volunteer firefighter for 35 years. He spent 23 years at Hooker FD and Tyrone FD and the last 12 years at Turpin FD where he was serving as the Fire Chief for the last five months. Rick was also a former Reserve Law Officer with the City of Tyrone and felt it was his duty to his community to serve and help others. Rick was a lifelong member of the NRA, a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Eastern Star and a member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association.

Frank Palumbo, New York City FD The Final Fire Alarm sounded for retired New York City firefighter Frank Palumbo on June 16. He was 90. Frank was born in the Bronx, N.Y. and joined the U.S. Army after high school. Following his discharge from the Army, he became a New York Fireman with Ladder 44 and served as an officer for The Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA). Frank ended his distinguished career as the Secretary Treasurer of the IAFF from 1972-1980. Frank was invited to address the delegates attending the 79th OSFA Convention in 1973. He told them, “You were the first state to endorse my candidacy as Secretary-Treasurer of the IAFF, and that is something I will never forget.” He didn’t forget. Every month without fail, Frank would make a donation to the Pete and Lela Stavros Scholarship fund. Constance, Frank’s wife of 64 years, said she will continue the tradition. Below is an article that appeared in the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s 2020 Annual Report.

Strengthening the Next Generation of Firefighters When retired New York City firefighter Frank Palumbo met Pete Stavros and his wife Lela at the 1960 International Association of Fire Fighters Convention, he was deeply inspired by the couple’s generosity. A member of the Oklahoma City Fire Department for 31 years, Pete met many family members of fellow firefighters who wanted to pursue a college education but were in need of financial assistance. After Pete’s family and firefighter friends established a scholarship fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to honor his passion, Frank felt compelled to build on the fund with a standing monthly contribution. “He would write me a check every month like clockwork,” said Jim Minx, who represents the fund today. “Frank also didn’t like any accolades. He wouldn’t even collect the tax write-off slip, but I made sure to tell our fellow firefighters of his acts of kindness.” Following Frank’s death in June 2020, his wife Constance vowed to continue the tradition of supporting graduating Oklahoma high school seniors through the Pete and Lela Stavros Scholarship.

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State Fire marshal report n

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NOT A “TOP 10” PLACE TO BE PROUD OF Oklahoma ranks near the top when it comes to the risk of dying in a fire. The chart below presents a snapshot of fire losses by state reported through the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) in 2018. Mississippi lead the group with a relative risk of 2.6, followed by Oklahoma (2.2). People in Oklahoma are more than twice as likely to die in a fire than the national average! For fire departments throughout Oklahoma, there is a program that provides free smoke alarms to be installed in residential homes. The NFPA Vision 20/20 program, utilizing an AFG grant, provides free smoke alarms to fire departments to use throughout the community. Here’s how it works: Send your request to cody.banks@cityoftulsa.org with the following information: • Fire Department name • Department Representative • Department Address, including Zip Code • Email/phone number • Number of Ionization or Photoelectric Alarms Requested • Community Risk Assessment Completed: YES / NO • Smoke Alarm Installation Video Completed: YES / NO Included with this article is a “Smoke Alarm Program Installation Form (Page 20), as well as a “Recommended Installation Locations” guide (at right). The Community Risk Assessment is not required but is recommended. The idea is to identify and prioritize local risks present within a community, and provide emergency response & prevention to reduce their occurrence or impact. The Smoke Alarm Installation Video is available on the IFSTA Resource One site at https://moodle.ifsta.org/. The video is located under the “Smoke Alarm Installer Course” listed on the right hand side of the webpage, toward the bottom. You will have to register for a free account to access the video. Wouldn’t it be cool to have Oklahoma listed as 50th in the number of fire deaths in the United States? Working together, we can reduce the risk of fire deaths. An easy way to get started is to conduct a free smoke detector program for your community. If your department participates in this program, the State Fire Marshal’s Office will even deliver the smoke alarms to your fire station at no cost!

Oklahoma FirefighterDecember 2020 / January 202119

Smoke Alarm Recommended Installation Locations

1. Smoke Alarms should be installed in all of the following locations: � In every room used for sleeping purposes � Outside of each sleeping area, in immediate vicinity of sleeping rooms � In every story of the residence including basements, but not including crawl spaces

2. Typical smoke alarm placement locations include: � On ceilings, either: o Install smoke alarms as close to the center of the ceiling as possible, or o Install smoke alarms at least 4” from the wall or corner � On walls: o The top edge of the smoke alarm should be placed between 4” to 12” from the wall/ceiling line � On peaked, gabled, or cathedral ceiling: o Install smoke alarm within 3 feet of the peak of the ceiling o Additional smoke alarms may be needed, depending upon room size and utilization

3. Typical locations that alarms should not be installed include: � In “dead air” spaces, such as peaks of vaulted ceilings or closer than 4” to wall or ceiling corner � Closer than 36” to ceiling fans or air vents/returns � Near kitchens (20’ from cooking appliances) � Near damp and humid areas, such as showers, saunas, or dishwashers

4. Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms should be installed in all of the following locations: � Outside of each sleeping area, in the immediate vicinity of sleeping rooms � On every occupied level of the residence including basements, not including crawl spaces or attics

5. Carbon monoxide (CO) alarm placement varies based upon manufacturer and model, including: � Some are designed to be plugged into standard, low-­‐wall electrical outlets � Some can be mounted mid-­‐wall height, similar to thermostat location � Some, including combination units, are designed to be mounted on ceiling or high on wall

6. All alarms must be installed in accordance with manufacturer’s published instructions that accompany the unit.

Relative risk of dying in a fire by state (2018)

Relative Risk - U.S. General Population Risk

Smoke Alarm “Dead Space” Guide

Revised 02/2020

Sources: National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau

* Indicates states where relative risk was not computed due to very small numbers of fire deaths (fewer than 10 deaths)

Oklahoma Task Force One Response Reports

20December 2020 / January 2021Oklahoma Firefighter By Josh Pearcy, Oklahoma City FD

It has been a very busy fall for the state US&R team. For the last few years, this has started to become the normal it seems. The state team has had several deployments this year and through them all has showed the “Oklahoma Standard” throughout the region. Our state’s neighbor to the southeast has had a trying year and has called on Oklahoma multiple times this fall to assist with the Hurricane response efforts through the regional mutual aid agreement. On Aug. 26, OKTF-1 deployed 38 members as a Type III structural team with Water enhancements to Baton Rouge for Hurricane Laura. The team worked in the area of Lake Charles and the Vernon Parish, arriving back home on Sept. 1. The team conducted over 4,000 damage assessments while assisting the state of Louisiana for Hurricane Laura. On Sept. 13, OKTF-1 deployed 35 members as a Type III structural team with Water enhancements to Baton Rouge for Hurricane Sally. The team staged in Hammond Louisiana while awaiting the hurricane landfall. As sometimes happens with hurricanes, the storm moved further to the East before making landfall. The team was released from Louisiana and reassigned to the state of Florida. Team staged outside of Pensacola and was then demobilized on Sept. 18 to head back home. On Oct. 7, OKTF-1 deployed 70 members to Louisiana as part of 2-Type III structural teams with Water enhancements to Baton Rouge for Hurricane Delta. The teams awaited landfall and then were assigned to several different hard impacted areas where they conducted water rescues, evacuations and damage assessments for another seven days after landfall. The teams searched and conducted assessments on several thousand structures. Through operations this fall, the state has built strong relationships with other teams from Louisiana and South Carolina. Members were able to learn many lessons and gain valuable experience that they will be able to use back here in Oklahoma when responding to future tornado and floodwater responses. On Oct. 27, OKTF-1 deployed 24 members in Oklahoma City for the Ice storm that impacted the area. The team performed critical route clearing for two days with chainsaw squads and heavy equipment. These route-clearing squads focused on opening up roads for local first response vehicles to be able to respond to emergencies. All of these responses this fall have been made possible through the support of the Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management. The responses out of state were through a regional mutual aid system between states. But, as a reminder, all these resources are available to any Oklahoma department that needs them through the Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management by contacting the Resource hotline.




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It’s a different world here. 2020 has been unusual to say the least. Christmas is right around the corner and some traditions, thankfully, will be the same, like watching Christmas movies. “It’s a Wonderful Life” has got to be at the top of my list, and my favorite line comes right near the beginning. Clarence, the angel second class, is about to get this assignment to go out and help a guy who’s in trouble. The superior says, “You’ve got to go help this guy George Bailey.” And Clarence says, “What is it? Is he sick?” And the response he gets is: “No it’s worse than that. He’s discouraged.” Discouragement – the lack of hope – can be worse than any physical illness. The human spirit needs hope to survive and to thrive. Bible writers recognized this more than 2500 years ago. King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 13:12: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” One out of every six Americans believe there is nothing after this life. The hopelessness is so black that





Owner-­‐occupied or rental?



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Number of levels, including basement: Single story Two story Number of bedrooms: 1 2













Approximate age of residence: 2010s 2000s


Is there at least one (1) smoke alarm on each level of the home?



Is there a smoke alarm in each bedroom in the home?



Is there at least one (1) carbon monoxide (CO) alarm on each level?



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CO Alarms:


Smoke Alarms Installed


Vision 2020 Alarm


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Needs more Smoke Alarms

Mobility / Fall Prevention

Deaf / Hearing Impairment

Needs more Batteries

Fire Escape Planning

Blind / Visual Impairment

Needs more CO Alarms

Home Fire Safety Visit

Youth Fire Starter Referral

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Chaplain’s corner Jacob Toews

God’s Gift of Hope for You This Christmas


Calera FD Chaplain

people can’t face it. Some people go to wishful thinking and they say, “Maybe I’ll be reincarnated.” Some people engage in blind optimism and say, “Maybe by the time I get sick and I’m ready to die, they’ll find some cure for whatever it is I have.” Some pursue ambitious dreams and say, “I’ll extend my life span just through discipline and self-control and hard work.” The problem is that death plays a perfect game. One out of one dies. And the tricky thing about death is sometimes we don’t see it coming. So what is biblical hope? For most people, hoping is something that they do. But the Bible talks about hope as something we can have. Hope is something you can have. Let me give you a definition of biblical hope that I like. Hope is the confident expectation that God is willing and able to fulfill the promises that He has made to you. The Bible refers to this as living hope because it is always directly linked to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:3&4: “…He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” Jesus demonstrated once and for all beyond any

doubt that He is God and that He really does possess the power to fulfill the promises that He makes to us. Our hope is only as good as what it is attached to, as what it is anchored to. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19 1. We have hope because we’re forgiven of our past. Lamentations 3:21 says: “Yet I call this to mind, and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!” 2. We have hope because we are assured of our future. As a believer, you can be as sure of heaven, as though you were already there! That is our hope! Why? Because “He saved us — not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit. He poured out this Spirit on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that having been justified by His grace, we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:5-7 God bless, be safe, and Merry Christmas!

Oklahoma FirefighterDecemberMartha 2020 /Pierce January 202121 ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Chase Rankin

Terri Williams

Executive Director

Executive Secretary

Tim Van Horn Assistant Director (CFO)

6601 Broadway Ext., Oklahoma City, OK 73116 405-522-4600 • 1-800-525-7461 toll free • 405-522-4643 fax www.okfirepen.state.ok.us

n MEETING (October 23, 2020) Members Present: Mike Kelley (In Person), Jim Ed Nimmo (In Person), Cliff Davidson (In Person) Dana Cramer, (In Person), Janet Kohls (Via Zoom), Brent Baggett (In Person), Tony Lopez, (In Person), Eric Harlow (In Person), Ron Kreiter (Via Zoom,) George Fina (In Person) and Brent Bryant (Via Zoom). Members Absent: Brandy Manek, Matt Lay. Others Present: Chase Rankin, Executive Director (In Person); Scott Vanhorn, Assistant Director (In Person); Marc Edwards, Legal Counsel (In Person); Troy Brown, Tim Nash and Tony Kay, &CO (Via Zoom); Julie Brenton and Eric Calder, Dune (Via Zoom); Neil Reiner, Christian Stracke, Lalantika Medema, John Murray and Sonali Wilson, Pimco (Via Zoom). Jeremy Aston /Glenpool – Application For “Disability In The Line Of Duty Pension, Effective October 15, 2020: Motion was made by Cramer and seconded by Baggett to approve the Application for “Disability in the Line of Duty”, effective October 15, 2020. Ayes: Kelley, Harlow, Nimmo, Davidson, Fina, Cramer, Kreiter, Bryant, and Baggett. Nayes: None. Motion carried. Harold E. Bost/Oklahoma City – Application For “Disability In The Line Of Duty Pension, Effective October 1, 2020: Motion was made by Kelley and seconded by Cramer to approve the Application for “Disability in the Line of Duty, effective October 1, 2020. Ayes: Kelley, Harlow, Nimmo, Davidson, Fina, Cramer, Kreiter, Kohls and Baggett. Nayes: None. Motion carried. James T. Bradley/Stillwater – Application For “Disability In The Line Of Duty Pension, Effective October 1, 2020: Motion was made by Kelley and seconded by Fina to approve the Application for “Disability in the Line of Duty, effective October 1, 2020. Ayes: Kelley, Harlow, Nimmo, Davidson, Fina, Cramer, Kreiter, Kohls and Baggett. Nayes: None. Motion carried. George Hawkins/Lawton – Application For “Disability In The Line Of Duty Pension, Effective September 12, 2020: Motion was made by Nimmo and seconded by Cramer to approve the Application for “Disability in the Line of Duty”, effective September 12, 2020. Ayes: Kelley, Harlow, Nimmo, Davidson, Fina, Cramer, Kreiter, Kohls, and Baggett. Nayes: None. Motion carried. Codie S. Howell/Lawton – Application For “Disability Not In The Line Of Duty Pension, Effective October 3, 2020: Motion was made by Baggett seconded by Kelley to approve the Application for “Disability Not in the Line of Duty”, effective October 3, 2020. Ayes: Kelley, Harlow, Nimmo, Davidson, Fina, Cramer, Kreiter, Kohls, and Baggett. Nayes: None. Motion carried. Dennis Paige/Oklahoma City – Request To Declare In The Line Of Duty Death: Motion was made by Cramer and seconded by Fine to approve the request to declare in the line of duty death for Dennis Paige. Ayes: Kelley, Harlow, Nimmo, Davidson, Fina, Cramer, Kreiter, Kohls, and Baggett. Nayes: None. Motion carried.

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Keely Swonger

Scott Van Horn

Assistant Controller

Assistant Director (COO)

Member Services Coordinator

Vicki Mulbery

Accounts Payable Administrator

Thelisha Clark

Records Administrator

Latoya Battle Data Processor

n CONSENT AGENDA (November 20, 2020) CHECKS TERMINATED IN OCTOBER 2020 (Deceased): Muskogee Mountain View Nichols Hills Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Oklahoma City

Ada Nova Landrith Arkoma Billie J. Shehorn Bartlesville Margie Core Caddo Mildred A. Sims Heavener Helen Carter Miami Marilyn Fessler $5,000.00 DEATH BENEFIT:

Hlene Huggins Peggy Hines Carol Lovett James F. Damron Claudette Damron Nancy E. Evans

Canton Jenny Musgrave, Child Of John G. Gray Canton Jacqueline Haigler, Child Of John G. Gray Canton Regina Slovacek, Child Of John G. Gray Canton Jessica Gray, Child Of John G. Gray Canton Nancy Haworth, Child Of John G. Gray Canton Cassie J. White, Child Of John G. Gray Elk City Martin-Dugger Funeral Home One Behalf Of Robert G. Brittain Enid Barry G. Reynolds, Person Representative For Everett L. Kirkley Enid Judith A. Roberts, Widow Of Johnny L. Roberts Helena Lanman Funeral Home On Behalf Of Kelly D. May Konawa Swearingen Funeral Home On Behalf Of Jerry M. Surber Lawton Hart-Wyatt Funeral Home On Behalf Of John S. Reed Mulhall Smith-Gallo Funeral Home On Behalf Of Leeroy Cyphers Murry Spur Mallory-Martin Funeral Home On Behalf Of Cary J. Carter OKC Hales Funral Home On Behalf Of Dennis H. Paige OKC Kim Woodard, Child Of James F. Damron Ponca City Joyce M. Sherron, Widow Of Kenneth G. Sherron Shidler Kelly Troutman, Child Of Eugene N. Smith Tulsa Sheila K. Buthod, Widow Of Daniel R. Buthod Tulsa Heath-Griffith Funeral Home On Behalf Of Ronald S. Shinnen Tulsa Lincile Martin, Widow Of Dewayne E. Martin APPLICATION FOR SURVIVING SPOUSE FOR CONTINUATION: 11/01/2020 11/01/2020 11/01/2020 11/01/2020 11/01/2020 11/01/2020 11/01/2020 11/01/2020 11/01/2020 11/01/2020 11/01/2020 11/01/2020 11/01/2020 11/01/2020 11/01/2020 11/01/2020 11/01/2020 11/01/2020 11/01/2020

Allen Altus Buffalo Carter Copan Chickasha Cushing Custer City Del City Hollis Hugo Hulbert OKC Tecumseh Tulsa Tulsa Tulsa Waurika Westport

Melva M. Wallis, Widow Of Donald R. Wallis Shirley A. Chisum, Widow Of Jerry D. Chisum Sally Hammontree, Widow Of Harris Hammontree Martheia Simpson, Widow Of Bobby G. Simpson Wilma F. Gaut, Widow Of Edward S. Gaut Martha King, Widow Of John M. King Katherine M. Wilson, Widow Of Tom R. Wilson Carolyn S. Roulet, Widow Of Darrell E. Roulet Gloria J. Madden, Widow Of Harvey L. Madden Bessie J. Carrick, Widow Of Leon Carrick Gwendolyn Robertson, Widow Of Randall K. Robertson Melinda L. Ellis, Widow Of Bobby D. Ellis Betty J. Bibb, Widow Of Huston D. Bibb Judy A. Rousey, Widow Of Donald H. Rousey Lincile Martin, Widow Of Dewayne Martin Cheryl D. Schoolfield, Widow Of Darrel W. Schoolfield Charlotte R. Shipman, Widow Of Jimmy D. Shipman Patsy J. Martindale, Widow Of Tommy E. Martindale Margaret Gayle, Widow Of Stephen O. Gayle

APPLICTION FOR DISABILITY IN THE LINE OF DUTY- MODIFY TO SERVICE PENSION: 11/01/2020 Chickasha Dave D. Wright 11/01/2020 OKC Clayton M. Evans 11/01/2020 Ponca City Rickie K. Baird APPLICATION FOR SERVICE PENSION: 11/28/2020 11/01/2020 11/01/2020 11/01/2020 11/01/2020 11/01/2020 09/01/2020

Comanche Dover Lenapah Miami Norman Salina Vici

Bobby D. Bowen Chris L. Bailey Larry D. Martin Benny R. Johnston Steven D. Roberts Randall D. Coon Michael B. James

APPLICATION FOR VESTED BENEFIT: 07/24/2021 Brushy Mountain 03/27/2027 Caney/Soldier FD

Lisa Tidwell-Mckay Thomas A. Vestle

Refund Of Contributions:


T J Chartney Nicoma Park


Terminated 10/09/2020

Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Panama Poteau Salina Stratford Tulsa

Sarah A. Mitchell Josephine McAlister Larry Rorie Betty J. Gedosh Darrell G. Blaylock Joann Ballard Pamela Bradford

APPLICATION FOR ENTRANCE INTO THE PENSION SYSTEM Ardmore Samuel Herriott Ardmore William Mckinley Broken Bow Nikeem Cherry Chickasha Zachary Allen Chickasha Gunnar Cook Chickasha Bradley Rivera Hobart Andrw Mayabb Hominy Chance Doyle Lindsay Seth Perry Miami Clifton Blaylock Moore Jacob Treadway Muskogee John Brooks Muskogee Isaac Isham Oak Cliff Nicholas Petropoulos Perry William Lemmon Ponca City Stuart Woodfin Seminole Ethan Rusk

22December 2020 / January 2021Oklahoma Firefighter


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Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher - Part B (76034) Dec. 1 (8 hours) Oklahoma City Fire Department Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher - Part B (76035) Dec. 2 (8 hours) Oklahoma City Fire Training Center Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher - Part B (76036) Dec. 3 (8 hours) Oklahoma City Fire Training Center Flammable Gas Emergencies (LPG) (79088) Dec. 3 (12 hours) Moore Fire Department Fire Officer I: NFPA 1021, 2014 Edition (79023) Dec. 5-19 (48 hours) • $3000 - All Participants Deer Creek Fire Protection Dist - Edmond Certification: Fire Fighter I (79033) Dec. 5 (8 hours) Tahlequah Regional Training Center Vehicle Rescue Technician Level I Part A (79055) Dec. 5-6 (16 hours) Davis Fire Department EMS Instructor Update (80126) Dec. 5 (8 hours) • $500 - All Participants Tiawah Fire Department - Claremore Certification: Written Retest (80157) Dec. 5 • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton Certification Retest: Driver Operator Aerial (80158) Dec. 5 (2 hours) • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton Certification Retest: Driver Operator Pumper (80159) Dec. 5 (2 hours) • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton Certification Retest: Fire Fighter I (80160) Dec. 5 • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton Certification Retest: Fire Fighter II (80161) Dec. 5 • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton

Certification Retest: Hazardous Materials Awareness (80162) Dec. 5 • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton Certification Retest: Hazardous Materials Operations (80163) Dec. 5 • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton Certification Retest: Hazardous Materials Technician (80164) Dec. 5 • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton

Certification Retest: Fire Fighter II (80174) Dec. 5 • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton

Emergency Services Instructor (Instructor I) (79485) Dec. 7-10 (32 hours) Altus Fire Department

Certification Retest: Hazardous Materials Awareness (80175) Dec. 5 • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton

Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher - Part B (76037) Dec. 9 (8 hours) Lawton Fire Department

Certification Retest: Hazardous Materials Operations (80176) Dec. 5 • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton

Certification Retest: Inspector I (80165) Dec. 5 • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton

Certification Retest: Hazardous Materials Technician (80177) Dec. 5 • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton

Certification Retest: Instructor I (80166) Dec. 5 • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton

Certification Retest: Inspector I (80178) Dec. 5 • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton

Certification Retest: Instructor II (80167) Dec. 5 • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton

Certification Retest: Instructor I (80179) Dec. 5 • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton

Certification Retest: Officer I (80168) Dec. 5 • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton

Certification Retest: Instructor II (80180) Dec. 5 • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton

Certification Retest: Officer II (80169) Dec. 5 • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton

Certification Retest: Officer I (80181) Dec. 5 • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton

Certification: Written Retest (80170) Dec. 5 • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton

Certification Retest: Officer II (80182) Dec. 5 • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton

Certification Retest: Driver Operator Aerial (80171) Dec. 5 (2 hours) • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton

Certification: Fire Fighter I Live Burn Evaluation (79034) Dec. 6 (8 hours) Tahlequah Regional Training Center

Certification Retest: Driver Operator Pumper (80172) Dec. 5 (2 hours) • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton Certification Retest: Fire Fighter I (80173) Dec. 5 • $350 - All Participants Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton

Fire Fighter I Live Burn (79035) Dec. 6 (8 hours) Tahlequah Regional Training Center Oklahoma Emergency Vehicle Drivers Training (79912) Dec. 6 (8 hours) Canadian Valley Tech Center-El Reno Fire Officer I: NFPA 1021, 2014 Edition (78427) Dec. 7-11 (48 hours) • $3000 - All Participants Owasso Fire Department

Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher - Part B (76038) Dec. 10 (8 hours) Lawton Fire Department Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher - Part B (76039) Dec. 11 (8 hours) Lawton Fire Department Vehicle Rescue Technician Level I Part A (79053) Dec. 12-13 (16 hours) Poteau Fire Department Hazardous Materials Awareness for WMDHazMat Emergencies (79882) Dec. 12 (8 hours) Madill Community Building Calling the MAYDAY (80120) Dec. 12 (8 hours) Eufaula Fire Department Certification: Hazardous Materials Awareness for WMD-HazMat Emergencies (79883) Dec. 12 (1 hour) Madill Community Building Fire Officer II: NFPA 1021, 2014 Edition (79567) Dec. 14-17 (40 hours) • $3000 - Oklahoma Emergency Responders • $5000 - Out-of-state Public Responders Owasso Fire Department Curriculum Development (Instructor II) (79874) Dec. 14-17 (32 hours) • $2500 - Oklahoma Emergency Responders • $4000 - Out-of-state Public Responders Mustang Fire Department Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher - Part B (76040) Dec. 15 (8 hours) McAlester Fire Department Training Center Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher - Part B (76041) Dec. 16 (8 hours) McAlester Fire Department Training Center EMS Instructor Workshop / Bridge (80127) Dec. 16 (8 hours) • $500 - All Participants Tuttle City Hall

Oklahoma FirefighterDecember 2020 / January 202123 Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher - Part B (76042) Dec. 17 (8 hours) McAlester Fire Department Training Center

Certification: Hazardous Materials Awareness for WMD-HazMat Emergencies (79435) Jan. 9 (1 hour) Dewey Fire Department

Certification: Fire Fighter I (79210) Dec. 19 (8 hours) High Plains Tech Center - Woodward

Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher - Part B (76043) Jan. 12 (8 hours) Sand Springs Fire Department

Responding to the MAYDAY (80066) Dec. 19 (8 hours) Freedom Hill Fire Department - Mannford Certification: Fire Fighter I Live Burn Evaluation (79211) Dec. 20 (8 hours) High Plains Tech Center - Woodward Fire Fighter I Live Burn (79212) Dec. 20 (8 hours) High Plains Tech Center - Woodward Hazardous Materials Decontamination OK-RRS Basic Operation (75695) Dec. 25 (6 hours) Duncan Fire Department Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher - Part A (75736) Dec. 25 (8 hours) Lawton Fire Department Hazardous Materials Operations for WMD Refresher (76046) Dec. 25 (8 hours) Edmond Fire Department Hazardous Materials Operations for WMD Refresher (76053) Dec. 25 (8 hours) Edmond Fire Department Hazardous Materials Operations: Core Competencies (76406) Dec. 25 (24 hours) Broken Arrow Fire Department

Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher - Part B (76044) Jan. 13 (8 hours) Sand Springs Fire Department Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher - Part B (76045) Jan. 14 (8 hours) Sand Springs Fire Department Hazardous Materials Operations: Core Competencies (79437) Jan. 15-17 (24 hours) Dewey Fire Department Certification: Hazardous Materials Operations (79529) Jan. 17 (8 hours) Tahlequah Fire Department Hazardous Materials Awareness for First Responders Resource One Online (80197) Jan. 19-Feb. 9 (8 hours) • $500 - All Participants Resource One Hazardous Materials Operations: Core Competencies (79381) Jan. 22-24 (24 hours) Broken Bow Fire Department Certification: Hazardous Materials Operations (79439) Jan. 24 (8 hours) Dewey Fire Department

Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher - Part A (78106) Dec. 25 (8 hours) Edmond Fire Department

Fire Officer I: NFPA 1021, 2014 Edition (79482) Jan. 25-29 (48 hours) • $3000 - All Participants Altus Fire Department

Certification: Hazardous Materials Operations (76408) Dec. 25 (8 hours) Broken Arrow Fire Department

Rope Rescue Technician Level II Part A (79739) Jan. 25-26 (16 hours) Owasso Fire Department

Fire Officer I: NFPA 1021, 2014 Edition (79017) Jan. 4-8 (48 hours) • $3000 - All Participants Durant Fire Department

Fire Inspector I (79844) Jan. 25-29 (40 hours) • $3500 - Oklahoma Emergency Responders • $4500 - Industrial / Military • $4500 - Out-of-state Public Responders Gordon Cooper Tech Center - Shawnee

Hazardous Materials Technician for WMDHazMat Emergencies (79322) Jan. 4-15 (80 hours) Owasso Fire Department Hazardous Materials Operations: Core Competencies (79527) Jan. 8-10 (24 hours) Tahlequah Fire Department Fire Fighter II Academy (80205) Jan. 8-30 (40 hours) • $5000 - All Participants Gordon Cooper Tech Center - Shawnee Hazardous Materials Awareness for WMDHazMat Emergencies (79434) Jan. 9 (8 hours) Dewey Fire Department

Fire Officer II: NFPA 1021, 2014 Edition (79019) Jan. 26-29 (40 hours) • $3000 - Oklahoma Emergency Responders • $5000 - Out-of-state Public Responders Durant Fire Department Rope Rescue Technician Level II Part B (79740) Jan. 27-28 (16 hours) Owasso Fire Department Certification: Fire Fighter II (80206) Jan. 31 Gordon Cooper Tech Center - Shawnee Certification: Hazardous Materials Operations (79383) Jan. 31 (8 hours) Broken Bow Fire Department


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Caroline Reed

OSU FST Director

creed@osufst.org • 405-744-5727 Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to everyone! In the spirit of Christmas giving, FST is providing all departments with 12 lesson plans that are available to you for free. These lesson plans are provided to you through our local specialists Mark Huff, Danny Whitehouse and Ted Combs. They will have them at the county meetings and other functions throughout the state. These lesson plans were put together by Rodney Foster with input from Fire Service Instructors of Oklahoma. The following is a brief description of the program: We have listened to the Oklahoma Firefighters and are providing an Annual Training Lesson Plan for all to use to whatever extent will help your fire department move forward. We have provided 12 lessons as well as a template. If you feel there are things we forgot to cover that would benefit your personnel, we hope that all of you will free to reach out to Fire Service Training. Most of the lessons are short and to the point. As an instructor, you will need to add some specifics to make the class meet your department’s needs. We are planning on providing videos for each lesson; any personnel can view these videos. Either all lessons could be completed during a one-month period to meet ISO requirement of (192) hours per year or one lesson per month that would equate to about 24 hours per year. We have added three lessons that will cover multi-company training. Do each of these twice per year and document 48 hours for your ISO needs. This would be contingent on what you have identified as training requirements for your department. Each of these lessons could also include mutual aid departments to create great neighboring relationships. The basics are covered in the lessons. We are attempting to give a road map to get you started. Approximately 9% of a department’s ISO score is a reflection of training. Every department is different and we hope this creates a better training opportunity for you and your department. Record keeping is the most difficult part of training. We train all the time and need to be better at documentation. Provided is a spreadsheet to better track completion of the training plan. The matrix is designed to track individual completion of the 12 lessons. You can make this as robust as you would like. You may choose to have one completed each month or once a year. You can use different lessons throughout the year and repeat them. SCBA donning could be done many times, as it is a very important skill. Included is a matrix of training needs that might be of assistance, as well. We recommend that you print one booklet of lessons for each of your personnel. As they complete lessons, you can audit the booklets and transfer the data to your spreadsheet. We feel this will be a good way to track training hours for the tax incentive through the FTAC program managed by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The Flash drive will also have a template to track an entire company if this would be easier for your organization. We are trying to offer as much as possible. Please feel free to contact us for any needs you may have. We appreciate all you do on a daily basis. Stay safe and remember that every day is a training day.

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OSFA Executive Board Highlights

Roll Call: Eric Harlow, present; Cliff Davidson, present; Jim Ed Nimmo, present; Tony Lopez, present; Mike Kelley, present; George Fina (ORFA), present. Others: Tippy Pierce, Gene Brown, Sheri Nickel, Trisha Chain, Bert Norton (Zoom), Bob Allen, Caroline Reed, Don Armes, Julia Jernigan-Smith. OEM Report: Allen Meetings were held with OK-TF1 in Tulsa and OKC to gauge interest in creating a state management team that can identify resources in a state and regional level and verify qualifications of other teams. Allen is still working on setting a meeting date to discuss changes in mutual aid. Fire Service Training: Reed Rodney Foster and Dean McFadden are the two new assistant directors; FST is in the process of expanding facilities to the south; the new website will launch in January. COMMITTEE REPORTS n Legislative: Nickel -- Committee discussed ongoing interim studies. n Safety & Health: Nickel -- Committee newspaper assignments were decided on; apps for first responders were discussed. n Educational Advisory: Pierce -- The committee is working on confirming facilities that can be used to host the school. n Volunteer Fire Service: Nickel -- Volunteer Caucus will be held Feb. 6 at the fairground in Lawton. The committee is developing a leadership program similar to the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program; 25 students will meet periodically throughout the year and travel across the state to see how other volunteer departments fight fires, fundraise, etc. It will start the weekend of Convention and end at the Volunteer Caucus in 2022. The application period will open at the 2021 Caucus and selections will be made by Convention.

September 17, 2020

n EMS: Nickel -- Committee met and made introductions n Financial Advisory: Kelley -- The committee requested some additional information about past finances. n Public Education: Brown -- Committee will meet Nov. 3. Museum Report: Brown Surplus gear and radios were delivered to Cimarron County; staff is continuing work on the Memorial; Noll has been restoring ladders. n Museum Expansion: Pierce -- Items will be discussed in executive session. Volunteer Recruitment & Retention Report: Nickel Nickel is still unable to receive enough appointments to schedule all of the physicals needed for the grant; she has been asked if the expiration of results after 6 months can be extended. OSU has scheduled all Firefighter II classes. NVFC Report: Nickel Nickel has been nominated to run for the national board. OFCA Report: Norton Winter Workshop will be Jan. 20-22 at the Stillwater Community Center and James Heap has put together a great agenda; details on the Conference are being finalized. The IAFC SW Division will be hosting their conference at the Reed Conference Center Oct. 6-8. The AFG-S grant applications are open again, as they did not have enough applicants and still have money to disperse. ORFA Report: Fina The golf tournament has 11 teams; the ORFA discussed their budget and will be reviewing their dues. Executive Director’s Report: Pierce OSFA membership: 542 departments with 11,973 members.

Does Anyone Recognize This Hand Engine? By Bob Noll, Museum Archivist I recently took a trip to Beaumont, Texas. While I was there, I had some spare time so I decided to visit the Texas Fire Museum located in the Beaumont Fire Department Headquarters. I noted that the one of the displays in the museum was a Howe hand engine that had been manufactured in Anderson, IN. (This type of early apparatus is sometimes known as a hand pumper or hand tub.) Imagine my surprise when I found out that this hand engine had allegedly served in Oklahoma when it was Indian Territory. The only other information on the placard was the name of the person who had owned this unit when it left Norman. The museum curator and I discussed this exhibit at length, but no additional information was available. Since then, I have talked to people all over the United States about Howe hand engines and still have no ideas as to where it might have served. Several days later, after I had returned from Texas, I was looking at some photos from the Norman FD that Greg Roberts had collected. One of the photos (pictured at top right) included the hand engine that was at the Texas Fire Museum! The photo was taken sometime between 1955 and 1957 at Max Westheimer Field in Norman. This was a Navy flight training facility at the time of the photo,

as evidenced by the crash truck labelled “NAVY” in the background. We arrived at this time frame since Greg recognized one of the Norman firefighters in the photo. The firefighter was only with the Norman FD for that time period of 1955 through 1957. Greg later found another picture (below right) in a Norman Fire Department Year Book that was labelled “1956.” No other information was listed. To the best of what we can discover, this hand engine did not serve at Norman. At this writing, I can trace its path to the Texas Fire Museum. The unit was sold to a private individual in Ft. Worth. It was stored at the Ft. Worth FD training center for several years until it was sent to the Texas Fireman’s and Fire Marshal’s Museum in Grand Prairie, TX. That museum eventually closed and this asset was relocated to the Texas Fire Museum in Beaumont. The question we have at the Oklahoma State Firefighter’s Museum is very simple: Where did this hand engine serve in Oklahoma? If you have any information relative to where it might have served, please call Bob Noll at 405-2269349 or Gene Brown at 405-424-1452. New information will be published as we receive it. We are really excited about this find and would like to get all the information we can. Thanks in advance!

OSFA & Museum Staff Executive Director (Interim) Tippy Pierce tippy@osfa.info Administrative Director Sheri Nickel sherin@osfa.info Events & Promotions Trisha Chain trishac@osfa.info Membership Coordinator Diane Bain dianeb@osfa.info

Museum Director Gene Brown geneb@osfa.info Museum Assistant Quintin James quintinj@osfa.info Museum Assistant Bob Noll bobn@osfa.info Publications Penelope Soldan penelopes@osfa.info

Administrative Assistant Madelyn Roth madelynr@osfa.info

ORFA membership: 4,451; ORFA Museum expansion fundraiser has raised $3,675; electronic paper subscription 1001; OSFA Associate Members 17; OFCA Associate Members 23. The ORFA MASA program has started. Museum staff will be repainting the trim of the building. Board consensus to approve adding Matt Peter from Maud to Volunteer Fire Service Committee.  Next meeting: November 19, 2020 at 9 a.m.

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Fire Chief: A.K. “Yogi” Cole E-1 2005 Kenworth/Pierce 1250 pump/1000 tank

T-1 2006 American LaFrance 1250 pump/2500 tank

FD formed: 1984 Joined OSFA: 1993 ISO rating: 4 Volunteer Firefighters: 25 Population: 4,500 (Approx.) Square Miles Covered: 70 (Approx.) Calls Per Year: 300 (Average) Number of Stations: 2 Number of Engines: 3 Number of Tankers: 4

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T-2 1990 Volvo 500 pump/3000 tank

1956 Ford/TASC engine 750 pump/500 tank

Number of Brushpumpers: 2 In 1985, the Keys Fire Department purchased their first engine, a 1956 Ford/TASC rig (pictured at left), from the Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Company in Parsippany Township, New Jersey. The New Jersey-based TASC built rigs from the mid-1940s until 1985, and this is believed to be the only TASC (Trautwein and Sons Company) truck in Oklahoma. The TASC engine remained in service until a few years ago and is now used for parades, etc.

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