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KSAFC 2022 Conference -  Register Now 

 The KSAFC held our 106th annual conference in Topeka, KS, October 21,22 & 23, 2022.

Our conference program for Saturday will include the following presentations from Royal  P. Mortenson Colonel, USMC (Ret) Director, Illinois Fire Service Institute (Ret) - Read his Bio 

5,4,3,2,1: The Five Most Important Words In Leadership

Colonel Mortenson uses our U.S. Constitution and the preamble in a creative and unique way to illustrate the beliefs and personal qualities that make up a good leader.

Leadership Maxims for Life: How to Be The Best Leader You Can Be

What is the foundation of good leadership and being a good leader? Is it experience? Is it character? Is it knowledge and self-study? Or is it how we live our lives; how we interact with those around us, and the associated personal priorities that drive why and what we do? Colonel Mortenson will present 12 maxims (rules to live by) that are essential for successful leadership. 


Chief Degraffenried presenting Chief Jack Taylor (Ret.) with a certificate of recognition from the KSAFC at the Missouri Valley IAFC conference.

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FY23 KFRSG application period is now OPEN

The Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant (KFRSG) for FY23 is now open! Grants issued through the KFRSG program will cover the costs of safety gear for volunteer and part-time firefighters. This includes bunker or wildland gear and new masks for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) units for department members. Funding will also be available for junior firefighter programs and physicals not covered by the individual’s insurance or reimbursed by their department, as well as for the purchase of strategically placed washer-extractor machines throughout the state. The OSFM makes this grant possible through its budget passed by the State Legislature and signed by Governor Laura Kelly. Funding includes 1.2 million from the ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act ) and 100,000 from the fire marshal fee fund for a total of 1.3 million dollars. All to be spent by June 30th of 2023.

To be eligible for the grant, applicants must be an established and recognized Kansas volunteer/part-time fire department in good standing with OSFM on the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). If there are questions about the department’s NFIRS status please contact William Hall (william.hall@ks.gov). Departments must also participate in the Comprehensive Resource Management & Credentialing System (CRMCS). If there are questions regarding CRMCS, please reach out to your county Emergency Manager or Brian Rogers (brian.rogers@ks.gov) from KDEM. Departments can submit an application and continue to work on completing their NFIRS and CRMCS participation by the deadline of September 1, 2022.

Submission requirements can be found by following this link. Please locate the “Overview” document (which details the specifications of the grant) and applications at the bottom of that link. Applications are due in our office no later than 4 pm on September 1, 2022.  Grant awards will be announced on September 30, 2022.

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