The Board of Directors of the Little Dixie Fire Protection District are proud to announce their new fire chief. Assistant Fire Chief Bill Albus was selected from a field of eight highly qualified applicants, Chief Albus will begin his official duties of Fire Chief on July 1, 2019. Chief Albus began his career with Little Dixie in 1978 and has been a valuable asset ever since. Bill worked for several years for Mexico Public Safety, Audrain County Sheriff, and most recently for the Missouri State Fire Marshal as a regional fire investigator. The Board of Directors and firefighters are excited about the future of the fire district and look forward to working with Chief Albus. Chief Albus and wife Sandy have been lifelong residents of Audrain County. Chief Albus can be reached at 573-581-6235.
Fair Grove Fire Protection District (FGFPD) was formed in 1955 to serve the citizens of Fair Grove, Missouri. Thanks to the taxpayers of the District, on October 7, 2018, FGFPD opened a new 13,000 square foot Headquarters station at 340 West Eagle Ridge Court in Fair Grove. The new station consists of two floors, the top floor has four separate bedrooms, living room, bathroom/showers, kitchen and gym. The downstairs has the administration offices, four drive-through apparatus bays and a complete training room. This station replaces the oldest of our three stations that serve the 92 square miles that make up our District. On July 7, 2019, FGFPD will welcome Mercy EMS to our community. Mercy EMS will add a fully staffed ALS ambulance to our fire station. Their personnel will live and work from our station with our firefighters. This will be a great partnership for the community.
Don Blankenship is the President of the Hardin Fire Protection District Board. He has been on the fire department since 1965. Yesterday, he graciously accepted a donation from Stephanie Tyler and Andrew Homfeld through FCS Financial’s Connecting Rural Missouri program. The Hardin Fire Department has roughly 20 volunteer firefighters and services 49 square miles. The rig behind them is their high water unit. It can navigate 3 feet of water as is, or they can put a kit on the exhaust and go up to 5 feet. The donation will go towards a vehicle stabilization kit. This will assist them on being able to stabilize multiple different situations, mainly dealing with car accidents.
Shelby Community Fire Department in Shelbyville, conducted a Basic Firefighter course with nine department members completing the course on March 12. Firefighters completing the course were Preston Hall, Andrew Pantaleo, Maverick Taylor, Bryant Gibbons Vernon Cash, Brad Arment, Rowdy Vanskike, Clay Kiser, Corey Cooper, and Ethan Geisendorfer.
Holden Fire and Rescue has been working hard on new and fun ways to train. Keeping fire personnel engaged, motivated and eager to learn is key to building a firehouse and fire family. We have been busy with a lot of new updates and look forward to the future of what Holden Fire will be.
On April 1, 2019, Kevin Hoskins completed nearly 40 years of service to The Chillicothe Fire Department. Kevin Hoskins began his career with the city on September 17, 1979. During his 4 decades of service, Hoskins has held the ranks of emergency medical technician, paramedic, firefighter, lieutenant, captain, assistant emergency management director, and has held the position of assistant fire chief since April 1, 1986. He has overseen the modernization of the current ambulance service changing from basic life support to advanced life support, and has molded the lives of so many young recruits. He has taught numerous classes to many which has helped mold the future of the Chillicothe Fire Department, the emergency medical field and emergency services for decades to come.
Kevin and his wife Kathleen are members of the Pleasant Grove Church. Kevin’s family includes: son Joshua and wife Jacy, Daughter Caitlin and husband Ben, Daughter Carlie and husband Adam. Daughter Stacey and husband Kyle. Stepchildren Stoney and wife Crystal, Matthew and Alex and wife Katie, 16 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren. 6 Brothers, 6 sisters, and several nieces and nephews.
Over Kevin’s four decades of service he has helped change the future of the Chillicothe Fire Department and EMS services and we wish him and his family the best.