The Iowa Firefighters Association hosted the annual States Networking meeting on Saturday, Nov. 5, in Des Moines. Pictured in front from left to right are: Kerry Federer, Illinois; Mark Meints, Nebraska; Kenny Krause, Nebraska; Terry Ford, Illinois; Charlie Kludt, South Dakota; John Swan, Illinois; and Barry Keunkel, Wisconsin. Second row (all Iowa): Jason Barrick, Rick Schmidt, Mike Kime, Kent Brix, Roger Carr and Chuck Raska. Photo by Taylor Moore.

Dec. 2-4, 2022: South Dakota Fire Chiefs Leadership Conference, Cadillac Jacks Resort, Deadwood.

Dec. 12, 2022: Minnesota Wild Hometown Heroes: Firefighters Appreciation Night, vs Edmonton at 7 p.m. 

Jan. 7, 2023: IFA Board Budget work session.

   I wonder how many times our hose gets handled in its lifetime. On some of our trucks it may not move very much. On others it is unloaded and loaded on every call. I know we could get into a long conversation of what loads are the most effective. We could spend hours debating what size and brand delivers the most flow with the least effort.

Buck Bassett of Ogallala, longtime secretary-treasurer of the Old Timers Association, addresses the crowd at the Old Timers luncheon held Oct. 22 at Norfolk as President Tracy Burns of Dakota City looks on.

On September 24, Martin Volunteer Fire Department Hosted the 2022 Badlands Fire School in Martin. Five classes were offered for the day. Badlands Fire District Meeting was also held along with District Elections. There was a good turnout of personnel in attendance for the training that was offered.

Trego County fire school training Nov. 5-6. 

Hennepin Technical College 

First in Understaffed

Two full days of realistic blue-collar firefighting.

Two burn buildings outfitted and furnished to match street challenges, 60+ entries all under live fire, and all completed with 2 person crews.

Thank you to all the participants for your incredibly hard work.

The Iowa Firefighters Association hosted the annual States Networking meeting on Saturday, Nov. 5, in Des Moines. Pictured in front from left to right are: Kerry Federer, Illinois; Mark Meints, Nebraska; Kenny Krause, Nebraska; Terry Ford, Illinois; Charlie Kludt, South Dakota; John Swan, Illinois; and Barry Keunkel, Wisconsin. Second row (all Iowa): Jason Barrick, Rick Schmidt, Mike Kime, Kent Brix, Roger Carr and Chuck Raska. Photo by Taylor Moore.

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Loading Hose

   I wonder how many times our hose gets handled in its lifetime. On some of our trucks it may not move very much. On others it is unloaded and loaded on every call.

Annual election

   The annual election is in the history books and I was able to “pull out” a win for the position of President of the Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighter’s Association.

Change continues

   Hopefully, you all made it through harvest season unscathed and uneventful. 

   The SDFA Board of Directors will be holding the winter board meeting 12-13 January 2023 in Pierre. 

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