Deputy Chief Steve Grass, Chief of Investigations for the Division of Fire Safety, is no stranger to the fire service. Steve started out riding tail board on the Marywood Fire Deparment in Aurora, Illinois in 1980. When he moved to Mountain Home, Arkansas in 1981 to attend college. He served on the Northeast Lakeside Fire Department until 1985 when he was accepted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol to attend the recruit academy. After graduating the patrol academy, Steve requested to be stationed near the Arkansas border for his love of the Ozarks. He was stationed in Macon-Shelby counties! There, he learned the difference between a draft pond and sewage lagoon!
Steve became the Assistant Chief of Shelbina Fire Department and was a member of FFAM and the Northeast Missouri Firefighter’s Association. Steve served on the Shelbina Fire Department until 1990 when he requested a transfer to Troop (Region) G, Wright County. “I loved the people in Shelby County, but I hated the winters, “ said Steve. “If I could pack the folks up and take them with me, I would have,” he said. Steve soon joined the Mansfield Fire Department where he was chosen to be assistant chief. “I was very pleased with how the department was very close knit and worked very well with the surrounding county departments,” said Steve. One of his biggest hurdles was the challenge of going through and ISO evaluation. “One day a gentleman walked into the station and said he was from ISO and was doing a courtesy check of their records. He said it had been several years since we had an ISO evaluation, we were an ISO-6. He said, “we are showing your front line pumper was a 1960 Chevrolet and your second due was a 1938 Ford? What do you have now?” This was 1993, I told him, “a 1960 Chevrolet and a 1938 Ford!” He said, “we need to talk.” Continue Reading →