Ceremony Honors Kansas City Firefighters Killed in Explosions

Michael Oldham was 32 when he and five fellow firefighters died in the predawn hours of Nov. 29, 1988, reports The Kansas City Star. At the highway construction site of U.S. 71 at 87th Street, two burning trailers loaded with 25,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil erupted in blasts that shattered windows and woke residents for miles around. On Friday, the fallen six were honored where it happened. Dozens of their family members joined local dignitaries and active and retired firefighters to pay tribute at the 30/41 Firefighters Memorial. They were reminded how the tragedy that claimed the crews of Pumpers 30 and 41 changed the rules for reporting hazardous materials and respond...

To access this articles and others like, join the Fire Engineering Training Network today.

  Gain unlimited access to the most comprehensive database of firefighter training info in the world.

  Membership in the Fire Engineering Training Network includes:

  • Exclusive Online Access to FireEngineering.com News & Articles
  • Fire Engineering Magazine Historical Archives (Online-Only)
  • Annual Print Subscription to Fire Engineering Magazine
  • Annual Digital Subscription to Fire Engineering Magazine

Join Now

 Already a member? Scroll down to the Login form below to access this article.


FE Logo

Log into Fire Engineering and you'll have total access to the industry's leading online resource for finest training simulations, articles, instructional videos and much more.