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Greetings From District 9 – 09-2018

Well it hasn’t cooled down much yet in our part of the state but the leaves are starting to get a little bit lighter in color and actually beginning to fall. A sure sign that Fall is coming soon! Time seems to be going by so fast it seems like only a couple months ago the new year was starting. Guess I’m getting old!

We are excited here at West Plains with the addition of our new training facility. We have never had such a facility that will take care of most all our training needs. We will also be able to host any NFPA 1403 certification testing if the DFS or MU FRTI has the need in south central Missouri. We welcome any of our neighboring departments to come and make use of the facility. We have 83 fire departments in our region so if you don’t mind doing a little traveling, “Come see us!”

We spent last Saturday with some of our neighboring departments raising money for the MDA Boot Drive. Thanks Howell County Rural, Lanton, Pomona, and Pumpkin Center Fire Departments for helping us raise $6545 for MDA!

Until next time, everyone please stay safe and healthy!

Greetings From District 9 – 01-2018

Happy New Year! Greetings from the refrigerator known as District 9! I know everyone else is cold also but I’ve already had enough! We are happy to announce the promotion of Captain Kurt Wilbanks to the position of Assistant Fire Chief. Kurt has been with us full-time at West Plains Fire Department since June 1999, and he is well deserving of this promotion. Lots of other great things have been happening in West Plains including, moving into our new Station 2 as well as our new administration and training facility here at headquarters. Our old Fire Station 1 has been torn down and is going to be additional parking space for the Civic Center. Headquarters is now located at 1901 Kissinger St. Also we recently replaced our Rescue Truck with a Midi Rescue/Pumper purchased from Bonne Terre Fire Department. Our firefighters are excited about some other promotions coming up with our department. It’s going to be a great 2018!

Everyone stay safe and stay warm and have a great and prosperous New Year.

Greetings From District 9

As the old saying goes, “There’s been a lot of water under the bridge,” since you’ve heard from me. No pun intended. As in many other areas of our great state, we were very much impacted by the recent rains and flash flooding. West Plains received several million dollars in damages that consisted of 300 residences and 100 businesses receiving damages. We, along with the help of the Region H Swiftwater Rescue Team from St. Joseph and Bethany, Missouri, were successful in rescuing over one hundred people from their homes, vehicles, and off of rooftops, etc. Most importantly, with the help of the good Lord above we had no fatalities or major injuries.

I also want to thank Missouri Division of Fire Safety Statewide Mutual Aid Coordinator Matt Luetkemeyer for his assistance in getting the help here and other areas that assistance was needed. Also SEMA Director Ernie Rhoads was very instrumental in having the rescue teams ready and in some cases already deployed for the disaster. We hosted twenty-eight members of Missouri Task Force 1 along with their equipment. They were deployed to another location before all the fun started here but in talking to them afterwards they had a lot going on themselves. Folks if you haven’t seen them in action, our resources in Missouri are very impressive when called upon in the time of need. Continue Reading →