On August 10, 2001 a motion passed to purchase a Pierce 75’ quint for $479,631.00. This unit replaced the 1982 FMC/Ford 55’ LTI that had developed numerous hydraulic system leaks rendering the ladder out of service for significant periods of time. The Pierce quint continues to serve the citizens as of May 2008 and responds from station 1. In late 2001, the board voted to dissolve the contract with Central County 911 and enter into contract with South County Fire Alarm for dispatching service. This was necessary due to the increase in fees levied by Central County and disagreement with other Central County agencies as to the priorities of dispatch center.
In January of 2003, a motion passed to purchase 40 self-contained breathing apparatus, 40 spare bottles and 52 masks for $129,755.00. These units would replace the existing breathing apparatus used by the district, some of which were near 30 years old. 90 percent of the money for these units came from a federal grant program through the Department of Homeland Security.
On January 13, 2004, a motion passed to put a $0.20 general fund tax increase on the April ballot. This funding would be used to hire 3 additional full time personnel and fund a part-time program to fill one firefighters position everyday. The voters approved this increase and staffing was increased to 3 firefighters on duty at station 1 and station 2 everyday beginning in January of 2005. Also hired in January 2005 was a part time fire inspector to expand the Fire Marshal’s office.
Late in 2004, a motion passed to purchase 40 complete sets of personal protective equipment (coat, pants, boots, helmet, gloves, hoods) for $46,231.80. A separate motion passed to purchase 48 new handheld radios with interoperability capabilities for $43,295.84. Both of these major purchases were 90 percent funded by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. Also in November of 2004, a motion passed to purchase new hydraulic rescue equipment for $82,123.20. This purchase was funded through a grant from the State of Missouri Emergency Management Agency. Some of this equipment replaced the original “Jaws of Life” donated by the Kiwanis in 1977. The remaining equipment was used to enhance and expand the district’s capabilities to extricate patients from all types of entrapments.
In March of 2005 Pat Andrea was sworn in as a board member, taking the seat of Steve Rainey, who had retired after 8 years of service as a board member. In April, Bruce Dryer was elected to the board to fill the seat vacated by Don Switcher who had retired after 18 years of service as a board member.
On March 8, 2007, a motion passed to purchase 3 additional thermal imaging cameras for $20,598.98 with budgeted funds. This brought the total number of thermal cameras in service to the citizens to five.
In January of 2008, Gary Graf was hired as the district’s full time training officer to provide more comprehensive fire, rescue and EMS training to the district’s staff. In April, a motion passed to purchase 12 complete sets of personal protective equipment for $21,990.00 and 1000 feet of 5 inch hose for $5,840.00. These purchases were 90 percent funded by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. In May, a motion passed to purchase a Pierce pumper for $426,481.00. This unit will be delivered to the district late in 2008 and will replace the 1984 FMC pumper.