Fire Chief's Office, Fire Administration and Fire Prevention
6020 Raytown Trafficway
Raytown, MO 64133

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Raytown Fire Hiring Process

Raytown Fire District in Missouri has an immediate opening for a full time shift Firefighter. Raytown Fire District has been providing fire protection services since 1944 and currently employs 36 service members. 
Minimum requirements for application include:
A valid Drivers License
Must be at least age 21 at time of job offer
High school diploma or equivalent
IFSAC Firefighter I Certification
IFSAC Firefighter II Certification
Current CPAT (at time of job offer)
Current Missouri State EMT or EMT-Paramedic license (Paramedic preferred)
Missouri Hazmat Awareness & Operations certificate
Passing score on Fire Service Entrance Examination FSEE
(Contact Blue River Community College to schedule your FSEE test, fees may apply. Please note that FSEE tests from any accredited facility will be accepted.)

Applications must be received at the Raytown Fire District by June 1, 2014.
Salary range for first year Fire Fighter is:$38,200.00 - $44,500.00
Listed pay scale does not include an additional $10,264.00 in annual benefits.
All offers of employment are conditional up the successful completion of a pre-employment physical, drug screening, and a criminal background check.
Hire Process Scheduling
Application deadline June 1, 2014
Initial interview process is anticipated to begin June 14, 2014
Hire date August 1, 2014

For applications and details see department website at http://raytownfire. com/ or stop by Raytown Fire District Headquarters located at 6020 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown, MO 64133. Please feel free to contact us at 816-737-6034 with any questions or concerns.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How to know you are using a Local Roofing Contractor

How to know you are using a Local Roofing Contractor

There have been several reports of out-of-state contractors, i.e.: "Storm Chasers" that have come into recently storm damaged areas of Raytown claiming to be a local business and preying o. The Raytown Fire Protection District has developed this guide as a way to educate you about what to look for in a contractor, and how to really know if they are local.

In an effort to identify the most reputable and qualified Home Improvement Contractors, some people like to use a list of questions to ask each company. If you prefer this method of fact finding-here are several questions you should ask­ before any...Work is done on your home. 
  • Do you have a current Raytown business license?
  • Have you obtained a permit to replace my roof?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • Have you always operated under the same license & company name?
  • Where is your office located and how long have you been at that location? - Follow up by searching on the internet to verify (see links listed below)
  • Are you a member of the local chapter of the Better Business Bureau and/or Chamber of Commerce?
  • Do you have a written list of local references?
  • How many jobs have you done since your company began, and in the last 3-years that are local?

Signs to Watch Out For 
  • Out of state license plates
  • .800, 877 or 866 numbers {if they're local, they should have a local phone number)
  • Verify the address of their office location, find out if it's an actual building or just a UPS Store
  • Check out the company's website & verify their office locations are local.
  • Long-running ads in local phone books.
  • Secretary of State -verify the company on the Secretary of State website to find ownership is based out of the Kansas City Area, also check to be sure the status of the company is listed as Active or Fictitious Active    https://www.sos.mo.gov/businessentity/soskb/csearch.asp

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Please help us to help you

Help us help you.  Please take a minute tomorrow and dig out your fire hydrant 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Family Dog a Hero

Raytown Fire Protection District
Press Release
Family Dog a Hero During Early Morning Raytown Residence Fire

PIO Assigned: Matt Mace, Interim Fire Chief
Follow up Info: Matt Mace 816-875-9746
Date: 1/26/14
Location: 6701 Ralston
Time of the call: 02:16
First Unit on the scene: Raytown Pumper 51
Number of Units: 7
Number of Firefighters: 32
Property Loss/Damage: $165,000
Contents Loss: Unknown

Additional information:
A mother and her 13 year old daughter escaped injury at 2:16 this morning after the family dog awakened them to smoke and fire in their house.  The residents escaped out a second floor window due to the heavy smoke and fire blocking the stairway. A neighbor awoken by their yells for help assisted them off the roof with a ladder before fire units arrived.
Upon arrival crews reported heavy fire and smoke showing and all occupants were out of the structure.  The high winds complicated the extinguishment of the fire and at one point forced firefighters to withdrawal from the house and use aerial apparatus to knock down the fire from the exterior. It is believed that the fire originated around the area of the living room fireplace and spread  throughout to the interior.  The family did have working smoke alarms.

The family dog which alerted them was not able to escape and perished in the fire. 

"The family was extremely lucky. First, their dog woke them, then the neighbor responding so quickly to rescue them from the roof." Interim Fire Chief Matt Mace

 The American Red Cross assisted the family with housing, food, and counseling information. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tips for Preventing Deadly Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

As the temperature  turns colder the Raytown Fire Protection District sees an increase in the number of carbon monoxide related calls for service.  Carbon monoxide (CO) is a odorless invisible gas produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned. As the winter months come upon us, our use of fuel for heating increases, thereby increasing the potential for elevated levels of carbon monoxide.
Nationwide, hundreds of people die accidentally every year from CO poisoning caused by malfunctioning or improperly used fuel-burning furnaces or appliances. Infants, elderly people, unborn babies, and people with anemia or with a history of heart or respiratory disease can be especially susceptible. Symptoms of CO poisoning may include headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, and confusion. Do not ignore symptoms, particularly if more than one person is feeling them. If you suspect CO poisoning, get outside to fresh air immediately, and then call 911.
Techniques to reduce the risk of CO poisoning in your home when using fuel-burning devices include:
  • Have a trained professional inspect, clean, and tune-up central heating system (furnaces, flues, and chimneys) annually. Repair any leaks promptly.
  • Install CO alarm(s) with battery backup outside of sleeping areas.
  • Test your CO alarm(s) frequently and replace dead batteries.
  • Do not use a gas oven to heat your home, even for a short time.
  • Keep gas appliances properly adjusted.
  • Install and use an exhaust fan vented to outdoors over gas stoves.
  • Do not use any gasoline-powered engines, such as portable generators, in enclosed spaces, including your garage, and locate them at least 10 feet from your house with the exhaust facing away from the building.
  • Do not idle your vehicle inside your garage.
  • Do not sleep in any room with an unvented gas or kerosene space heater.
  • Make certain that doors on all wood stoves fit tightly.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Raytown Fire Ventilation Training

Ever wonder why firefighters climb onto the roof of a building while it is on fire?
They are normally up there to open up holes in the roof or upper-level windows, which could mean the difference between life and death for people trapped inside a structure.
“Ventilation is really critical,” said Raytown Battalion Chief Ben Denney, “To relieve the heat and smoke and gases from a building is important for occupants and firefighters.”
In order to prepare to ventilate under the most trying conditions, firefighters train in a variety of techniques, including tactics for opening the vents and crucial communication between incident commanders and firefighters on the roof and inside the building.
If an occupant is trapped inside a building, in some cases, firefighters may not wait until a vent has been opened before entering. But there is inherent danger in entering such a structure or room within it, because there is a possibility of explosive, deadly consequences, resulting from a backdraft or flashover.
In a backdraft, the introduction of oxygen to a closed room or building causes an explosion, when the oxygen ignites fuel gases, which were produced by the fire.
“The fire is starving for air, so when it gets the air, it suddenly accelerates the fire,” Denney explained.
The Raytown Fire Protection District is continually seeking a variety of locations and types of structures to prepare for all scenarios. A two-story building that formerly housed the Toys r Us on Hillcrest road presented firefighters with the opportunity to work on a spacious flat roof.
One of the challenges of venting a building is to cut a hole in the decking — normally about a 4-foot square — while avoiding damage to the rafters. If the rafters, which support the roof’s exterior, are inadvertently slashed, that could cause a disastrous roof collapse.
Firefighters will tap on the roof with axe heads or other tools to try to sound out where the rafters are, but that does not always yield information, especially if there are multiple layers of shingles or the fire scene is extremely noisy.
“There are several potential hazards associated with ventilation”, Interim Fire Chief Matt Mace stated “At the same time firefighters are on the roof, the roof supports could be rapidly deteriorating as a result of the fire.”
“You have to always be aware of the possibility of a roof collapsing,” Mace said.
Firefighters often try to vent at the highest possible point of a roof, because that is the best place to remove the smoke and heat from the structure. A high point on the roof often yields the advantage of providing a place to sit or stand more safely than on a slope. But being at a higher elevation increases the risk of injury in a fall.
Also, when the vent hole is opened, the smoke and fire rush toward the hole, which could possibly trap a firefighter.
A key to success in fighting a fire is coordinating the attack between the firefighters on the roof and those inside the building. The incident commander, normally a battalion chief, can relay information by radio such as what part of the building inside is ablaze, so the firefighters on the roof can know the best spot to vent.

“One of the first things to decide on a fire scene is where to vent,” said Ty Helphrey, captain of Raytown Engine 51. “The sooner we get it open, the better it is for us.”