Kansas City Fire Department

Cops & Crime
4:02 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Contaminated Cash Sends Kansas City Federal Reserve Worker To Hospital

KC Fire Department team searches Federal Reserve Bank for suspected health hazard.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

The physical handling of millions of dollars in old cash had resumed at mid-afternoon Thursday at Kansas City’s Federal Reserve Bank.

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Cops & Crime
4:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Man, Woman Vanish Into Missouri River Without A Trace

Unforgiving terrain along Missouri River's South bank. Kansas City Firefighters in boats searched in snow-reduced visibility for a man and woman seen jumping from a bridge.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

The Missouri River swallowed up two people seen jumping from the Kit Bond Bridge at midday.

Traffic was stopped on the span that carries some 100,000 vehicles a day.

Police talked with at least one witness.

Visibility was obscured by snow squalls that whipped the river at the time.

KCUR’s Dan Verbeck gave a description from the site where the river search was launched and ended--“this is Riverfront Park, downstream from the Bond Bridge."   

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9:52 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: March 14, 2013

Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

The Kansas City Fire Department released a report on the explosion that happened at JJ's restaurant in February, and Missouri launched a new campaign to discourage meth "smurfing." These stories & more from KCUR.

Explosion Probe Incomplete

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5:11 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Berardi Becomes Kansas City Fire Chief

As Deputy Chief, Paul Berardi spent hours testifying before city lawmakers.
Credit kccg

Twenty-six years after signing on as a Kansas City firefighter, Paul Berardi has become the chief of the department.

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5:45 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

All-Star Ill-Weather Hovers Over Kansas City

Oppressive heat presses on Kansas City for All-Star Game. At city's Emergency Operations Center Manager Gene Shepherd will direct tracking of critical events.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Mayor Sly James went to the Kansas City Emergency Operations Center for a briefing on readiness for the All-Star Game and most immediate interest shifted to the heat wave.

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5:23 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Kansas City Council OKs Firefighter Contract

Kansas City Councilman Jim Glover explains his vote against a contract with Firefighters Local 42.

The Kansas City Council has affirmed a three-year contract with Local 42 of the Firefighters Union. Accord came after weeks of negotiations.

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9:25 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, March 22, 2012

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR: KC Departments Cuts Still Being Debated & Daytime Curfew On Hold.

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7:32 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Friday, March 2, 2012

New Report Cuts Risk Of NBAF, School Board President Preps Others For Leadership & more: A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Fire Department
5:16 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Firefighter, Truck, Station Cuts Described

Under plan, many K.C. fire stations will lose a truck.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

The guesswork is over. Kansas City’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.

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Fire Department
4:50 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Exit May Ease For KC Chief

City Attorney Galen Beaufort assures a special retirement plan for fire chief will not be precedent for others.

A financial deal is being worked out at city hall to allow Kansas City’s fire chief to retire early and with benefits.

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Up to Date
1:21 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

KCMO City Council Reacts To Proposed City Budget

Kansas City, Missouri City Council Chambers
Library of Congress

Kansas City, Missouri City Manager Troy Schulte’s recently proposed budget recommendations for 2012 include a number of cuts, most notably a reduction of more than 100 positions in the fire department. On Wednesday, Fire Chief Smokey Dyer told the City Council’s public safety committee that the proposed cuts would violate national fire safety standards.

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5:00 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

How Many Firefighters Does It Take? Cut Plan Aired

Fire Chief Smoky Dyer in first public reaction to proposed $7.5 million in cuts to Kansas City, Mo. Fire Department.

In a graphic verbal portrayal of a fire  scene in the future, a Kansas City  Council committee has heard one view of how proposed budget cuts could affect the Kansas City Fire Department.

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KC Currents
12:00 pm
Sun January 15, 2012

Firefighter Louie Martin Retires After 51 Years

Kansas City Fire Dept.

In the early evening of December 29th, Louie “Scooter” Martin was working the final hours of his last shift before retiring. For most people, that would mean eating a big, sugary cake and hearing some words of tribute from the boss. But Martin spent his final working hours racing through midtown traffic toward one of the biggest fires in Westport history (at Westport Presbyterian Church). It was a fitting end to the career of one of the long-serving firefighters in Kansas City history. This week, Alex Smith visited Louie “Scooter” Martin at his home in Liberty.

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