1:53 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Concern Over Firefighter Suicides Prompts KCFD To Seek Resources, Help

Firefighter Kimble Cowan sits with station dog Lucky as they head to refuel their fire truck.
Esther Honig KCUR

Sirens flash and wail as the 17-ton fire engine barrels down Independence Avenue in Kansas City's Historic Northeast. The four firefighters on board gear up in their flame retardant boots and jackets as they rush to the scene of a call.

“After 25 years I’ve seen just about everything you can image,” says firefighter Dan Utt, shouting over the blaring sirens. “Probably more than I’d like to recall to be honest.”

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KC Currents
3:44 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Former KC Fire Chief Smokey Dyer: His True Opinions & Career Reflections

Kansas City Fire Chief Smokey Dyer, pre-retirement.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Last week, Kansas City’s Fire Chief Smokey Dyer retired after twelve years at the helm.

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9:35 pm
Sat July 14, 2012

Report: More Kansas Citians Surviving Cardiac Arrest

Cardic arrest survival rates in Kansas City are at an all-time high, according to KCFD's latest report.
Dr. Joseph Salomone KCFD

People in Kansas City, Mo. are more likely to survive cardiac arrest and have better long-term outcomes compared to many other cities. That’s according to new data from the Kansas City Missouri Fire Department.

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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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Kansas City
7:43 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Mayor Backs Fire Chief, Billion-Dollar Infrastructure Plan

Mayor Sly James gives his response to the City Manager's budget proposal.
KCCG, Channel 2

Kansas City Mayor Sly James proposed a bold program to renovate and replace crumbling infrastructure and declining neighborhoods in his budget recommendations yesterday.

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5:50 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Fire Chief Equates Job Cuts To Lifesave Lack

KC Fire Chief Smoky Dyer is "morally" restrained from using smaller crews inside burning buildings.

A legislator and the Kansas City fire chief said today it would be folly to cut ranks of firefighters to meet proposed budget constraints.

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1:46 am
Fri September 10, 2010

MAST Defended; Pension Upgrade on Hold

Councilman Terry Riley tells colleagues that approving a MAST pension proposal without further study \"is not prudent.\"

Kansas City, MO – A plan to give MAST ambulance employees better retirement benefits is on hold for at least another two weeks after four council members blocked a quick vote on it Thursday.

The non-profit MAST ambulance service became part of the Fire Department this spring. And the plan finally proposed offered full retirement benefits and credit for previous years of service.

The city manager said funding that could cost up to $40 million dollars that could be paid in over ten or more years and in the long run offset by savings.

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2:07 am
Thu September 9, 2010

MAST Pensions Could Cost $40 Million

City Manager Troy Schulte explains the MAST pension plan.
Photo courtesy of KCCG, Channel 2. (Click to enlarge.)

Kansas City, MO – Ever since the city started talking about taking over the ambulance service about three years ago, it has promised MAST workers they would get a retirement system comparable to that of other public safety employees crediting the time they have worked for the non-profit ambulance service.

With 320 of those employees now working for the city, City Manager Troy Schulte says it could cost the city up to $40 million to fund that pension plan.

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Deadly House Fire
4:44 pm
Mon May 24, 2010

Child Dies In Apartment FIre: No Detectors Found

Kansas City, Mo. – A little girl died and a baby was badly injured in a fire today on Kansas City's northeast side.

Fire officials found not one working smoke alarm in the apartment, located above a commercial business near Independence Avenue and Prospect.

Battallion Fire Chief Joe Vitale says the mother and another man escaped with serious injuries.

"One (of the victims) was toddler age. Less than five. The other was an infant. The toddler has since passed. The infant is in critical condition."

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