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BFPD In The News

August 26, 2020

The health and safety of Boles Fire Protection District businesses, residents and employees is our highest priority. As we continue to actively monitor developments related to coronavirus (COVID-19) we want to assure you that BFPD is taking all necessary health and safety precautions in accordance with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and local and state health officials.

Our services are vital to the Boles Township communities we serve by keeping you informed and following social distancing guidelines required to slow down the spread of the virus through the population. Our work is essential to protecting property and public health. We have plans in place to continue to provide these services for the communities where we live and work.

We’re continually educating our staff on best practices, such as proper hygiene and social distancing and are regularly disinfecting our fire trucks and equipment. Employees who feel ill have been instructed not to report to work. We are being thoughtful about our policies and approach to managing firefighter interactions with residents and each other, and are adhering to guidelines and recommendations from the CDC. We are working with national and local authorities to provide continuity of critical services. Our Board of Directors and Fire Chief are focused on contingency planning to maintain our services at a high level.

First and foremost, we want to make sure everyone is ready for an emergency. This is a rapidly changing situation and we encourage you to stay informed by using the following resources in addition to local and national news broadcasts.

May 24, 2018

It’s that time of year again for fire hydrant checks.  Crews will be out checking, flowing and inspecting fire hydrants for proper operation.  This is done to try and prevent any unexpected issues if an emergency arises.  Here are a few things you might notice while a hydrant in your area is being tested.    

• Unusual pressure changes while hydrant is flowing

• Possibility of cloudy water

• Water covering parts of the street or driveway

 

Why do you check the hydrants every year?

First and for most, we want to make sure we are ready for an emergency.  That also includes our water sources.  If we have an issue with a hydrant, we will forward that information to PWSD#3 for repairs.  

Second, testing hydrants is part of our “homework” we turn into ISO when we get graded. 

 

Who is ISO?

ISO stands for Insurance Services Office.  They collect data for local fire department that is then used by most insurance companies to calculate a rate for homeowners insurance.  How a fire department receives water for firefighting operations makes up just under half of available points. 

 

What can I do as a homeowner to help out?

We know having a fire hydrant in your front yard isn’t the most eye appealing.  Using landscaping to hide the hydrant could delay its use.   Our crews try hard to know the area, including water sources, but we do utilize outside agencies for help. 

Blocking a fire hydrant with a vehicle, trailer etc. can also delay its use.  In order to properly attach a hose and get the best water flow, it takes a lot of space.  Every sharp bend in a hose, significantly affects the amount of water available. 

 

If you have any questions or concerns about the testing process, please feel free to contact us.

The Boles Fire Protection District is accepting applications to hire one Full Time Firefighter/EMT and establish a hiring list that will remain in effect until January 1, 2019.

Application packets may be obtained at the Fire Protection District Office at 2731 Highway T in Labadie, MO 63055 between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM CDT.

All required information must be returned to the Fire Protection District Office no later than 4:30 PM CDT. September 6, 2017.

Any applicant who does not submit the required information by the above date will not be allowed to participate in the examination process.

Written examinations which will consist of two tests, Firefighter and EMT, will be given on September 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM CDT at the Boles Fire Protection District Station 2, 2731 Highway T, Labadie, MO 63055.

Physical examinations will be given on September 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM CDT at the Boles Fire Protection District Training Tower, Labadie, MO 63055. 

Interviews will be scheduled for September 23, 2017 at the Boles Fire Protection District Station 2, 2731 Highway T, Labadie, MO 63055.

Times and dates could vary based on the number of applications received.

 

 

 

Flag Retirement Box Presented to BFPD

 

Eagle Scout McKinzie White Presents Flag Retirement Box to Chief Casey

 

McKenzie White, who is a member of Gray Summit Scout Troop 433, presented Chief Casey with a Flag Retirement Box that he constructed as an Eagle Scout project. The box is well crafted of birch veneer stained in maple and stands approximately 4 feet tall. A plaque is mounted to the top that Scout White wrote to honor and respect the dignity of the Flag. The box will be in the main lobby at Boles Fire Protection District Station 1 at 2600 Highway 100 in Gray Summit, MO.

The Flag Retirement Box is one of three that Scout White has made. A box was also given to the Pacific Fire Protection District Station 1 and one to the Pacific City Hall. The Boy Scouts plan to collect flags during the year from the boxes. The next flag retirement ceremony is scheduled for November 12th at 4:00pm at Liberty Field in Pacific, MO. Scout White encourages everyone to respect the Flag by depositing their worn or unused flags in one of the boxes and "Thanks You for Your Patriotism".

Dorothy and Dan White are very proud of the accomplishment that McKenzie has made with his project and were present during the presentation. The Boles Fire Protection District is proud to display this box for the public to use to deposit their worn or unused flags.

Thanks to Scout McKenzie White for a job well done!

CERT Performs a Mock Large Area Search

Combs the back part of Shaw Nature Reserve
for pretend flood victim

By Cathy Lirette
Contributing Writer

 

Seven certified Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members gathered at the back of Shaw Nature Reserve, May 3, to perform a mock Large Area Search. The search was part of the monthly training the members do to refresh the skills they learned during CERT training classes.

Beginning around 6 p.m., the team members received their assignment, set up a command post, established an incident commander (leader) and inventoried the instruments. Once that was done, they set off on the search.

According to Assistant Chief Justin Spraul, of the Boles Fire Protection District, the assignment was to find a man lost in the woods. The scenario stated that he was swept away from his home in a flood and that the water brought him deep in the forest.

In order to find the man, the crew performed a grid search to make sure they cover the entire area he was thought to be in. It took the crew about ½ an hour to find Captain Andrew Caldwell who played the victim.

Assistant Chief Spraul explained that although the CERT members are an independent group, the Fire District does assist them and help coordinate training. The group meets at Station 3 in Villa Ridge once a month for a meeting or training.

To find out more about CERT, log onto: www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams

 

Published in The Eureka-Pacific Current News Magazine


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