2015 Calendar Event

I want to thank you for your interest and positive support towards our project. We currently do not have sufficient entries to justify holding an official Kansas Firefighter Calendar Judging event this year.

For those who prepaid on Pay Pal for VIP and General admission tickets will be receiving reimbursement by check through the mail.

Our team will still work with the goal to find a way to produce a calendar if we can get financial support to help with the cost of the production of a 2015 calendar which supports our efforts to carry out our mission of improving the health and fitness of Kansas Firefighters, honoring our fallen firefighters, saving the museum, helping kids across Kansas with Coats for Kids, and create future career opportunities for youth interested in the emergency field through projects like Fire Camp, which is free to youth 6th-9th grades.

As our efforts grow so does our need to add passionate firefighters and community members to our team behind the vision. Feel free to contact us at ksfirefightersmuseum@gmail.com if you are interested in joining us in this quest.

Keep an eye on our Facebook pages and websites to see where our journey takes us.

-Nancy Peters

2014 Calendar Welcome and Introduction

Thank you for joining us in a wonderful mission to serve children, honor our fallen firefighters, share history, and encourage our Kansas Firefighters in maintaining and improving their health and fitness.

This year we gave Kansas firefighters an opportunity to honor a fallen firefighter from their community.

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Pictured are Firefighter, Bill Gibbs, his family, and widow of Lieutenant Bryon Johnson, Ariana Davis.

The day of this shoot was also “the first time the gear had been taken out of its box since his passing.” It was both tough and touching for all of us present that day. With Ariana’s help, Bill was able to honor his firefighter brother who also served for Sedgwick County Fire Department in a unique way and we are privileged to share that moment with you.

Below is a letter that went out September 24, 2013:

September 24th, 2007 is a significant date in our Department’s history:

On that day, a driver of a tractor-trailer rig disregarded and drove around detour signs ending up at a closed bridge.

The truck had to turn around because of the construction, and in doing so, struck a utility pole causing a live wire

carrying 7200 Volts to fall, igniting a grass fire.

Shortly before 14:00 hours, Lieutenant Bryon (Bubba) W. Johnson responded from Station 34 to that fire. He was

extinguishing the fire with a hand line off the squad when he made contact with the live wire that was roughly the

width of the line at the bottom of this page. Our own crews along with personnel from Sedgwick County EMS and

EagleMed worked feverishly to revive Bryon, but sadly he did not survive his injuries. The cause of death was listed

as electrocution.

Lt. Johnson was 32 years old and left behind a wife and two young sons. Many people on our department knew

Bubba well. He was a hard worker who had a great sense of humor. Everyone who worked with him for any amount

of time has a “Bubba” story. I have a few myself, as Bubba was on my crew the day I received my Lieutenant’s badge.

I encourage our newer members of the fire department to seek out those stories.

We honor those that came before us in many ways, but those that have made the ultimate sacrifice deserve much

more. Please take a moment to remember Sedgwick County Fire District 1 Lt. Bryon (Bubba) W. Johnson for his

dedication and service.

Respectfully,

Deputy Chief Craig A. Leu

Sedgwick County Fire District 1

The Kansas Firefighters Museum invites you to take a moment to remember the fallen firefighters in our state and

wishes to thank you for joining us in our efforts to provide “Coats For Kids.”

Welcome to the Kansas Firefighter Calendar Site!

 

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THIS IS WHY WE DO THE KANSAS FIREFIGHTER CALENDAR!

WE NEED KANSAS FIREFIGHTERS TO HELP US HELP KIDS!

READ ON ABOUT OUR GREAT FIREFIGHTERS!

Mike Burke (Mr. January) lost 60lbs prior to participating in the calendar in 2012. Read a great article and watch a video about Mike put together by Via-Christi Health Systems.

Watch this spot, and our calendar pages, for more success stories about our firefighters and their journeys to fitness and health!

Our Journey, Continued…..

Join us in our mission to serve children, honor our fallen firefighters, share history, and encourage our Kansas firefighters maintaining and improving their health and fitness levels.

Our mission in regards to Coats For Kids is to reach out to serve children in poverty.

This includes, homeless children, children who seem to fall between the cracks, and families who are experiencing layoffs and dramatic loss of income, yet do not qualify for aid. A variety of sources help us identify kids who can benefit from our hard work. These sources include social workers, teachers, and firefighters. They, in turn, refer the children for our special “shopping day with a firefighter.”

Last year we served over 600 children in Kansas.

The Kansas Firefighters Museum continues to help schools with the cost of field trips by dropping the admission costs dramatically and inviting those schools to bring students to learn about Kansas firefighting history. An additional goal for future funds raised is to expand the building and create a fire prevention education area which will be kid-friendly.

Not only do we hope to accomplish the above goals, but we also hope to promote health and fitness for our Kansas firefighters. Why? Too many firefighters have died in the line of duty in our state. Heart attacks are the number one killers of firefighters. We encourage firefighters to continue to stay healthy and fit in order to survive the daily challenges that this job puts on their bodies.

Each year, firefighters from across the state are selected based on health and fitness, their service to their communities, and their team efforts within their departments. A judging event is held every year with local celebrity judges helping in the final selection.

We could not produce our Kansas Firefighter Calendar without the wonderful support of our sponsors and you. Producing this calendar allows us to support local kids in several different ways by keeping them warm for the winter, providing fire prevention education, sharing Kansas firefighting history, and encouraging our Kansas firefighters in maintaining and improving their health and fitness levels.

WE ARE DIFFERENT FROM THE REST! We strive to show the strength of Kansas in body, mind and spirit and keep our calendar respectable by focusing on health, fitness, safety and community service.

THIS YEAR WE INVITE FIREFIGHTERS WHO ENTER OUR EVENT TO HONOR A FALLEN FIREFIGHTER.  IF YOU ARE SELECTED AS A FINALIST, A SPECIAL MOMENTO SELECTED BY THE FAMILY OF A FALLEN KANSAS FIREFIGHTER YOU CHOOSE TO HONOR WILL BE INCLUDED IN YOUR PHOTO SHOOT (Like a badge, helmet or other special memory)

Thank you for your support in this journey.
The Kansas Firefighters Museum members