Monthly Archives: July 2016

Training Tower Blessing

*Today was the dedication of the new Training Tower.  Several people spoke and then firefighters demonstrated the various uses of the training tower.  Two sections of hose were uncoupled as a sign of the “opening” of the training tower.  Below is Chief Moody’s speech.

TT19The Training Tower project got its beginning around three years ago as a request of mine and Captain Tony Yahghjian’s for left-over sales tax funds.  The dream project was to build a training tower.  Our request was accepted by the sales tax committee.  Afterwards, the funds sat idle until we could figure out how to acquire some additional funds needed.

From there it was the much grander vision of Captain Troy Jellison, Butler Community college Program Director Terry Love, and Chairman Anita Mills.  They requested the college to pay the cost of the training tower itself – the actual building.   The request was proposed and given the green light by the college board of trustees.

How it worked was the college paid the cost of the tower while the city paid for the property, concrete footings, concrete drives, electrical, and the placement of a fire hydrant.

So, here we are today giving our thanks.  I applaud City Manager Herb Llewyln, the mayor, the commissioners, Dr. Krull, Annita Mills, and the Board of Trustees, for seeing the need of a tower without having its construction be a tragedy driven one.

Special thanks also goes out to Scott Rickard, Brad Meyer and Kurt Bookout and their men for the awesome work they did on the project – specifically all the concrete work and the placement of a fire hydrant.

The importance of this building is those who train with it are honing their lifesaving skills.  It’s kind of like a football team.  You practice all week for the Sunday game knowing the team is only as good as they are practiced.

As we gather here today, it only seems right that the building be blessed. So, please join me with the

“Blessing of the Tower”

Lord, many will use this facility to train as emergency responders,

Any emergency operations training brings with it a certain amount of danger,

Father, we ask that you bless this facility and the men and women who use it.

Through the training provided may the emergency responders save lives and protect their own

All this we ask humbly of you.


The Devil’s In The Details

Everyone makes mistakes and hopefully we learn through those mistakes.  The great thing is mistake learning is just as valuable when we learn from the mistakes of others.  Here’s one of mine to remind you that “The Devil’s in the Details.”

aSomething unexpected happened when the Salina Fire Marshal retired. Instead of promoting a replacement, the Deputy Chief absorbed the duties – me being the Deputy.

Three Inspectors and a Public Educator would ensure that my lack of a prevention background wouldn’t lead to a catastrophe. Or would they?

The City of Salina has the Smoky Hill River Festival each summer during the first week of June. Planning for the festival is almost non-stop, so it wasn’t unusual to meet with organizers in early January.

During the organizational meeting the group discussed a burn display by a California artist. We were told, “The details will follow.”

Five months later an Inspector walked into my office. With a look of shock upon his face he asked me, “Have you seen the gigantic “Ring of Fire” prop over at the Smoky Hill River Festival?” He went on to explain the enormity of the prop.

“It’s like the world’s biggest doughnut! Before they stuffed the chicken wire frame structure with straw you could’ve held dune buggy races in it. And as we speak the Californians are dousing the straw with diesel fuel.”

A good Fire Marshal would’ve followed up long ago to get the “details that didn’t follow.” So, what to do now? It was too late to simply cancel.

Mother Nature pitched in with heavy winds that night. I was like an umpire calling the game on account of lightning – and about as popular. The game would take place the next day – during daylight.

That next day we sent over enough water power to put out the “Great Chicago Fire.” Two pumpers and one aerial truck – all connected to fire hydrant water supply. At any moment the firefighters could have instantly turned the Ring of Fire into Noah’s Ark.

111At the city staff meeting the following week festival organizer Martha brought me a token reminder – a cupcake with burning candles. It left an everlasting impression.

Whenever I see a cupcake, I remind myself, “The Devil’s in the Details.”

Training Tower

Ttower2It’s just about ready – just have to wait for the concrete to cure before driving on it.  Public Works folks did a fabulous job on the concrete.

The formal dedication of the tower will be this coming Friday at 10:00.  Be sure and put it on your calendar and come by if you can.

It’s an awesome training tower!Tower3

Baby monitor recall over possible burning hazard

Baby monitorOfficials have recalled thousands of video baby monitors sold in the U.S. and Canada over what they say is a possible burning hazard.

The recall affects 26,000 Lorex Care ‘N’ Share monitors, which come with a blue lithium polymer battery that officials say can overheat and swell, which creates a burning hazard, reported. No injuries have been reported.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the monitors are sold at Babes “R” Us, B&H, Best Buy, Target, The Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Amazon and

There have been 488 cases reported of batteries overheating and expanding, reported. About 140 of those reports including instances wherein the battery’s plastic casing came off.

The model numbers in the recall included WL3520, WL4320 and WL3401