KCFD http://kcur.org en Former KC Fire Chief Smokey Dyer: His True Opinions & Career Reflections http://kcur.org/post/former-kc-fire-chief-smokey-dyer-his-true-opinions-career-reflections <p>Last week, Kansas City’s Fire Chief Smokey Dyer retired after twelve years at the helm. The son of a firefighter, Smokey’s career in firefighting spans over forty years and includes a stint as Lee’s Summit’s fire chief.</p> <p>He leaves behind a reputation for transforming the Kansas City Fire Department, and for greatly improving relationships with the Firefighters Union and city government. But budget woes at city hall and an attractive early retirement package made it the perfect time for Smokey to exit. We sat down with him after his last day on the job.</p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 20:44:43 +0000 Susan B. Wilson 22282 at http://kcur.org Former KC Fire Chief Smokey Dyer: His True Opinions & Career Reflections Report: More Kansas Citians Surviving Cardiac Arrest http://kcur.org/post/report-more-kansas-citians-surviving-cardiac-arrest <p>People in Kansas City, Mo. are more likely to survive cardiac arrest and have better long-term outcomes compared to many other cities. That&rsquo;s according to new data from the Kansas City Missouri Fire Department. Sun, 15 Jul 2012 02:35:45 +0000 Elana Gordon 21048 at http://kcur.org Report: More Kansas Citians Surviving Cardiac Arrest Firefighter, Truck, Station Cuts Described http://kcur.org/post/firefighter-truck-station-cuts-described <p>The guesswork is over. Kansas City&rsquo;s fire chief has laid out which fire stations would have smaller staffs, fewer fire trucks and which will close as he faces orders to reduce the department budget by $7.6 million for 2013. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 23:16:47 +0000 Dan Verbeck 13495 at http://kcur.org Firefighter, Truck, Station Cuts Described Exit May Ease For KC Chief http://kcur.org/post/exit-may-ease-kc-chief <p>A financial deal is being worked out at city hall to allow Kansas City&rsquo;s fire chief to retire early and with benefits.</p><p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 22:50:23 +0000 Dan Verbeck 13418 at http://kcur.org Exit May Ease For KC Chief Mayor Backs Fire Chief, Billion-Dollar Infrastructure Plan http://kcur.org/post/mayor-backs-fire-chief-billion-dollar-infrastructure-plan <p>Kansas City Mayor Sly James proposed a bold program to renovate and replace crumbling infrastructure and declining neighborhoods in his budget recommendations yesterday.</p><p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:43:27 +0000 Steve Bell 12275 at http://kcur.org Mayor Backs Fire Chief, Billion-Dollar Infrastructure Plan Fire Chief Equates Job Cuts To Lifesave Lack http://kcur.org/post/fire-chief-equates-job-cuts-lifesave-lack <p>A legislator and the Kansas City fire chief said today it would be folly to cut ranks of firefighters to meet proposed budget constraints. A city council committee heard testimony about the city manager’s suggested $7.5 million cut for the fire department.</p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 23:50:25 +0000 Dan Verbeck 12199 at http://kcur.org Fire Chief Equates Job Cuts To Lifesave Lack MAST Defended; Pension Upgrade on Hold http://kcur.org/post/mast-defended-pension-upgrade-hold <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d3e80dae92e-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d3e80dae92e-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d3e80dae92e-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-922999.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – Fire chief Smokey Dyer defended Northland ambulance response times Thursday. Meanwhile, a plan to give MAST ambulance employees better retirement benefits was put on hold for at least another two weeks after four council members blocked a quick vote on it. KCUR's Steve Bell reports.</p> Fri, 10 Sep 2010 06:46:32 +0000 Steve Bell 7049 at http://kcur.org MAST Defended; Pension Upgrade on Hold MAST Pensions Could Cost $40 Million http://kcur.org/post/mast-pensions-could-cost-40-million <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d3e80dacae7-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d3e80dacae7-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d3e80dacae7-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-922764.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's city council will vote today (Thursday) of following through on a promise to offer full city retirement benefits to MAST ambulance employees that recently went on the city payroll. City Manager Troy Schulte says the $30 to $40 million dollar cost could be spread over ten years. KCUR's Steve Bell reports.<br /></p> Thu, 09 Sep 2010 07:07:40 +0000 Steve Bell 7045 at http://kcur.org MAST Pensions Could Cost $40 Million Child Dies In Apartment FIre: No Detectors Found http://kcur.org/post/child-dies-apartment-fire-no-detectors-found <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d3e80daac66-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d3e80daac66-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d3e80daac66-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-903794.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – A little girl died and a baby was badly injured in a fire today on Kansas City's northeast side. The deaths might have easily been prevented.</p> Mon, 24 May 2010 21:44:36 +0000 Dan Verbeck 6652 at http://kcur.org