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Student named officer of the year at the Missouri State Fair

Firefighter received top honors

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Joe Jennings
Joe Jennings

Joe Jennings, a firefighter for the Johnson County Fire Protection District and junior public administration major at Missouri State University, received top honors at this year?s Missouri State Fair. Jennings, who serves as the department?s public information officer, received the Officer of the Year award from the Missouri State Fair Fire Department (MSFFD).

The MSFFD provides fire suppression and advanced life support emergency medical services during the Missouri State Fair. It is the only fully operational fire department in the United States that operates for only 11 days a year. The department is staffed 24 hours per day with 75 dedicated volunteers from fire departments across Missouri.

Jennings began his career in fire service in February 2004 as a junior firefighter with the Johnson County Fire Protection District. In February 2008 he was promoted to the rank of firefighter. Jennings has been a member of the MSFFD for five years functioning as a dispatcher and public relations assistant.

In 2010, Jennings was promoted to public information officer of the MSFFD, and in his new role he has brought new recognition to the department. The department was featured in the Sedalia Democrat newspaper as well as the Missouri State Fair informational guide. Jennings also coordinated all public relations activities and demonstrations given by the MSFFD.

In the future, Jennings hopes to become a career firefighter and work his way through the officer ranks at a full-time fire department.

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