Kansas Fire Service Training Commission
The Kansas Fire Service Training Commission was mandated in a 2002 revision of the 1949 statute that established fire service training at KU.
An alliance of fire service organizations had pressed for the legislation, which had two principal aims: to increase funding for the state’s Fire and Rescue Training Institute at KU and to establish a body that would provide oversight and guidance for the program and guarantee its continued financial well-being.
The commission, which will meet at least quarterly, is composed of representatives from 12 fire and emergency response agencies and organizations. The members and the groups they represent are:
- Larry Pander, Kansas Community College Degree Programs (Chair)
- Rick Mosher, Fire Educators Association of Kansas (Vice-Chair)
- John Paul Jones, Kansas State Council of Firefighters (member)
- Kevin Flory, Kansas State Firefighters Association (member)
- Ross Hauck, Kansas Forest Service, Kansas State University (member)
- Douglas Jorgensen, Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office (member)
- James Modig, the University of Kansas (member)
- Eric Voss, Kansas Board of EMS (member)
- Dan Rhodus, Kansas State Association of Professional Fire Chiefs (member)
- Mike Roosevelt, International Association of Arson Investigators, KS Chapter (member)
- Brad Smith, Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs (member)
- Timothy Matthias, Kansas Fire Marshal’s Association (member)
Fire Service Training Commission members are appointed by the Governor of Kansas to serve four-year terms. The first commission (appointed in September, 2002) drew lots to select one-half of the members to serve two-year terms in order to stagger appointments for continuity of operations.