Mulvane Emergency Services
110 Years of Volunteer Fire Service
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Mulvane Fire Reserves
Fire Reserves By-Laws Revised 12-2008
Fire Reserve Application 5-2008
Reserve Advisor, Aaron Mattson
Resource Team 2010
2007 Fire Reserves
Old Settlers 2008
June 21st, 2007 Handline Training
May 17th, 2007 Extrication Training
Reserves help put trucks back in service after a house fire in April 2007.
Reserve Josh Phillips, 2007.
Reserve Laken Campbell, July 2007.
Reserve Landon Hein, Sept. 2008.
Photo's by Mike Swope, Oct. 2008.
Fire Reserves testing hydrants July 1010
Training Sept. 2010
History of the Fire Reserves
The idea for the fire reserves started in early 1973. Bobby Kimble, who’s father was a past fire chief and on the fire department, approached the fire chief at the time, Carl “Lucky” Hartman, about the idea of a program for the area youth to assist the fire department. The idea was to have the “kids” there to assist with pulling hose, getting equipment, and cleaning up after fire calls. Yes, we were going to be there for the grunt work!
After a lot of pleading and some support from several of the fire fighters on the department, Chief Hartman took the idea to the city council and it was approved! The fire reserves were officially activated in August of 1974. Some of the first members of the Fire Reserves were Bobby Kimble, Ken Butcher, Tom Burns, Curt Hartman, Daryl Kraft, Ed McDaniel, just to name a few. The first meeting the reserve members elected Bobby Kimble as the Chief. Also the name was an issue. Several names were suggested like Mulvane Jr. Fire Department, Mulvane Auxiliary Fire Department, Mulvane Fire Reserves and so on. The membership finally decided on Mulvane Fire Reserves. The first reserve advisor was W.R. Robberson, the assistant fire chief at McConnell AFB fire department at the time.
At this same time, the City of Mulvane purchased a new fire truck. Mulvane Engine 3 was delivered and placed on line in August of 1974. And it was the Fire Reserves that placed the vehicle in service. The reserves mounted the equipment, loaded the hose and placed almost all the equipment on the truck. Most of us at the time cut our teeth on this vehicle. It was a great time for all of us. Over the years the Fire Reserves trained at their own meetings. Usually one of the members was given the assignment of the training for the next meeting. That individual would take home a “red book” and study up on the assignment and present it at the next meeting. It was a good way for everyone to learn about the fire service. We trained on every thing that we could from fire behavior to search & rescue to ladders to pumping to pulling hose.
Things in the early years were a lot different than they are now. When there was a fire call, we couldn’t ride on the trucks to the calls. You had to get there how you could; a bike, run (yes, we used to run a lot!), con your mom or your neighbors mom to give you a ride. Just however! We also didn’t have any gear early on. About 1975 or 1976, we contacted Mike Corn with the Wichita Fire Department about some gear. They gave us about 15 sets of coats and pants. Trust me, they weren’t pretty. Some of the lucky ones got some old helmets from the Mulvane fire department.
Bobby Kimble stayed the Fire Reserve Fire Chief until 1978 when he graduated from high school and left for the U.S. Air Force to be a fire fighter. Several kids from Mulvane came and went through the reserves. And several are still on the fire department today.
Fire Reserve Meagan Kirkman looks over material at our Annual Fire Prevention Week Open House, 2001
Fire Reserve Chris Megonigle at a surprise party for his 18th birthday. The party had to be delayed 2 hours because of a working barn fire.
Reserve Justin Pietro seems to have a stuck thumb?
M.F.R. Resource Team 2003
M.F.R. Resource Team 2001
(L-R, Back) Kyle Biggs Reserve FF, Mike McKay Haz-Mat/FF, Chris Megonigle Reserve FF
(L-R, Front) Shanna Smith Reserve FF, Talon Pyeatt Reserve FF, Lt. Jason Mundell FF-1/EMT-I
1986 Picture, Assistant Fire Chief Kimble.
Special Thanks to Lt. Bobby Kimble for his memories of the Fire Reserves.
* Photo's by Mike Swope
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