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Warrenton Fire Prot. Dist.
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2014 Call Count- 298

Thank you in advance for taking the time to review the following information concerning the proposed tax increase of $.15 per $100 of assessed property value for the Warrenton Fire Protection District on August 5, 2014. It is never easy to ask others for money so let’s start with what is likely your first question:

What does paying more to the Fire Department get me?

1) You may not be aware that we only have a staffed station 24/5 – not 24/7. Three firefighters are on duty from 8:00 pm Sunday evening until 8:00 pm Friday evening. This requires six firefighters (two shifts of three) to cover 24/5. This gets a fire truck out the door in under 60-seconds during these five shift days. The remaining 48-hours during the weekend are covered exclusively by volunteer firefighters which must respond to the fire station(s) from their homes or where they might be when their pager is activated. This takes time and we insist they drive/respond responsibly. In doing so this typically requires an additional 4-6 minutes (net 5-7 minutes) in getting the first truck out the door depending on a day vs. night call compared to a staffed station. The 15-cents hires three additional firefighters and provides 24/7 coverage in promptly getting the first truck in route to any call that is made for help. 

2) In revising our career staff to provide 24/5 coverage 18-months ago our Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Marshal had to move to a shift position and try to cover some of those duties during his shift. When he resigned for a position in St. Charles County, our budget only replaced that position with a Shift Captain. We also lost a key full-time assistant for the Fire Chief plus adding most of the Fire Marshal duties to the Fire Chief. The 15-cents will hire a full time Assistant Fire Chief & Fire Marshal replacing what we have lost in getting the 24/5 staffing in place and running to what it is.

3) The 15-cents will help us obtain lower insurance ratings in both city and county resulting in lower fire insurance premiums on physical property. This is an on-going process and more work is needed such as added staff for 24/7 coverage, training and equipment. If you are within five road miles of one of our four stations, a reduction in the ISO rating (Insurance Services Organization) will off-set or in some cases eventually pay for the tax increase. This will be discussed in more detail in a later article. This is a totally unique element of the US Fire Service and its impact on reducing insurance costs. 

4) The 15-cents will also go to sustaining our ability to meet rising costs of nearly everything. Large expense items are insurance, benefits, fuel, repairs and the simple fact that everything which protects a Firefighter from certain injury or death costs twice what it did just 8-10-years ago. Our last tax increase was 13-years ago in April 2001.

Firefighters send three Special Olympics Athletes to 2014 Summer Gamess

On May 28th firefighters from the Warrenton Fire Protection District had an opportunity to attend the 2014 Missouri Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run ceremony at the Warrenton Police Department. While attending the ceremony, it was brought to the attention of the firefighters that three athletes are unable to be able to attend the 2014 Special Olympics Summer Games due to financial issues. Firefighters from the Warrenton Fire District were able to donate $75 dollars to ensure all three athletes are able to participate in the 2014 Summer Games.

Good luck to all athletes participating in the 2014 Summer Games!

To volunteer or make a donation to the Special Olympics you can visit: 
http://somo.org/BeAFan

2014 Summer Games Information:
More than 2,500 athletes and coaches, along with family and friends from across Missouri will converge in Columbia May 30 - June 1, 2014, for the Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games.

Members of the Warrenton Fire Protection District who also belong to Missouri's FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 are doing breaching, breaking, and burning training in Boone County Mo

On May 17th crews from Warrenton, Wright City, Wentzville, and Hawk Point battled for three hours to extinguish a tractor trailer fire on Westbound 70 at the 194.6.

Overview

The Warrenton Fire Protection District was organized by voter approval in April, 1988 and is overseen by a Board of Directors, consisting of five members. Covering 125 square miles and serving an estimated population of 17,000 the District responds to numerous incidents during any given year.  In 2013 a total of 563 incidents were logged, including fires, vehicle accidents, hazardous materials incidents, and other alarms.

The District is comprised of a career staff - Chief, Fire Marshal, firefighters - and volunteers who are dedicated to the life safety of the citizens they serve.  They participate in regular training sessions and educational classes throughout the year to remain current with the latest technology and to maintain their skill level. 

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Warrenton Fire Protection District
606 Fairgrounds Road
Warrenton, MO 63383
Ph:   (636) 456-8935
Fax:  (636) 456-7764


 

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