Submitted by Kyle Quick, KLPW AM 1220
VILLA RIDGE, MO - Boles Fire Protection District with the assistance with Gray Summit Masonic Lodge #173 hosted their 6th Annual Safety Days this past weekend on Saturday April 2nd at Boles House 3 in Villa Ridge. The program is designed to promote safety for all ages.
This year over 50 kids participated in the Missouri Child Identification Program (MoChip). MoChip is designed to provide information about a child if they become lost or abducted.
The kit consists of five major components needed in the event of an emergency. The Program is provided free of charge by the Missouri Masonic Children’s Foundation along with the local Masonic lodge. To learn more about MoChip visit mochip.org.
Several live demonstrations, giving the public an up close look at how much training it takes to be a firefighter.
Crews from Boles Fire Protection District and Boles EMS Education had a vehicle extrication to show attendees how we operate to remove someone from a vehicle if the unfortunate happens.
Canine Search and Rescue Association conducted multiple searches including a search using scent from a dental impression provided by the MoChip organization.
Aside from the live demonstrations additional information on a variety of safety issues were available. Gray Summit Masonic Lodge provided refreshments and raffled off two bikes. Boles Fire Auxiliary prepared and served the refreshments.
This year the follow agencies took part in Safety Days: MoChip, Franklin County Health Department, Mercy Hospital Washington, Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri Highway Patrol, Pacific Police DARE Program, Canine Search and Rescue Association, St. Louis Sprinkler Alliance, Boles Fire EMS Program, Boles Auxiliary, Boles CERT, Boles Fire CO #1, and Meramec Ambulance District.
It is with deep sadness, the Boles Fire Protection District announces the passing of Retired Firefighter Tim Tenison. Retired Firefighter Tenison served the district for many years being assigned to Station 1 in Gray Summit. Retired Firefighter Tenison had a passion for serving the public. He also had a passion for diving. Retired Firefighter Tenison was a certified rescue dive instructor and trained many rescue divers in the area. He was essential at forming the Mid-MO Dive Rescue Team and served as their Dive Commander. Rest in peace, Brother Firefighter Tenison.
Date: Sunday, May 1, 2016
Time: 12:00 to 8:00 PM with a masonic service at 7:30 PM and after 9:00 AM on Monday, May 2, 2016
Location: Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO
Date: Monday, May 2, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO
12:30 PM at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO
May be made to the family.
Beloved husband of Diane Tenison nee Garrison, father of Timothy D. Tenison (Vanessa) and Jamie Tenison, grandfather of Carly Fenton, son of Laetitia Tenison, son-in-law of Betty Garrison, brother of Terry Tenison and Cherie Roach (Ron Stocking), dear brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend.
Thank you to everyone who made the first-ever Responsible Pet Owners Day a success! Lots of great numbers below. Our expectation was a couple hundred people, and we almost tripled that goal. This is one of many steps that will make Franklin County a more pet-friendly community.
BY THE NUMBERS:
580 -Total attendees
78 - Dogs Vaccinated (Rabies/Distemper) through OpSPOT
1 - Cat Vaccinated through OpSPOT with 50+ on the vaccination wait list for the make-good date on March 12 at Purina Farms
250 - Purina Pet ID tags produced and more in the works that will be mailed out to attendees
40 - Dogs microchipped by Open Door Animal Sanctuary
200 - Purina treats given to dog owners
150 - Dogs washed by Dirty Dog Wash in Chesterfield
99 - Nail trims by the Riverfront Working Dog Club
75–100 Visitors to each of the "Ask The Expert" booths (nutritionist, trainer and veterinarian)
More than 100 lessons in responsible pet care shared with children along with a take-home stuffed dog and cat provided by the Humane Society of Missouri
A couple of adoptable pets from the Franklin County Humane Society found forever homes
Hundreds of spectators inspired by the Purina Pro Plan Performance Team flying disc demonstration featuring rescued canines from across the country
$30,000 grant awarded to the Franklin County Humane Society to increase capacity and the living conditions for the pets in their care
Thank you also to Boles Fire Protection District, Wildlife Rescue, Hillermann Nursery, The Espoma Company, etc..for providing much-needed education regarding emergency situations, dangers of household pets to wildlife, safe landscaping for pets, and more!!!
Official Press Release
On Tuesday, April 5th the citizens of the Boles Fire Protection District will have an opportunity to vote on a tax increase called “PROPOSITION SAFETY”.
Purpose of the Election: The Boles Fire Protection District’s first priority is safety of its citizens. In order to protect families and homes and to reduce response times we must replace outdated vehicles and equipment. In 2003, voters passed both a tax increase and bond issue. Since that time, our District has continued to grow. Call volumes have increased by over 50%, and operational costs have grown as well. Additionally, due to increase levels of required training and busy family lives, it has been harder to recruit and retain volunteers, forcing us to hire more personnel to respond to calls for service. The district has also started taking on Out of District Volunteers to try and help with serving our District better. In 2002 the Boles Fire Protection District responded to 830 emergency calls with an all volunteer staff. In 2015, we responded to 1262 emergency calls, a 54% increase.
This tax increase will have the following purpose:
1. Estimating to add 2 Personnel 24/7 in St. Albans and Villa Ridge to increase the number of Full Time Personnel for better district protection in St. Albans, Villa Ridge, Labadie, and Gray Summit areas.
2. To meet the demands of rising cost of operations.
Cost to Taxpayers: The District is seeking a tax increase of $0.35 per $100 of assessed valuation. The following shows taxpayers estimated break-down of cost.
The following formula can be used to determine the Estimated Annual Cost for an agricultural property taxpayer:
Agricultural Value x 0.12 = Assessed Valuation x 0.0035 = Estimated Annual Cost
Example: $250,000 Agricultural Value x 0.12 = $30,000 Assessed Valuation x 0.0035 = $105.00 Estimated Annual Cost
The following formula can be used to determine the Estimated Annual Cost for a commercial property taxpayer:
Commercial Value x 0.32 = Assessed Valuation x 0.0035 = Estimated Annual Cost
Example: $250,000 Commercial Value x 0.32 = $80,000 Assessed Valuation x 0.0035 = $280.00 Estimated Annual Cost
The following formula can be used to determine the Estimated Annual Cost for a residential property taxpayer:
Home Value x 0.19 = Assessed Valuation x 0.0035 = Estimated Annual Cost
Example: $250,000 Home Value x 0.19 = $47,500 Assessed Valuation x 0.0035 = $166.25 Estimated Annual Cost
About Boles Fire Protection District: The Boles Fire Protection District operates out of four stations with a full time staff of 12 and volunteers. We cover Labadie, Gray Summit, Villa Ridge, St. Albans, and parts of unincorporated Franklin County. We are an all-hazard department, responding to emergency calls including emergency medical assists, structure fires, motor vehicle rescues, residential and commercial fires, brush fires, water and technical rescues.
In April 2003, voters approved 2 issues. A general revenue increase for staffing and a bond issue for fire station improvements and equipment. In 2003, 8 personnel were hired to cover weekdays with our volunteers handling weekend calls. Today, we have 12 full-time firefighters with staffing 24/7/365. The Boles Fire Protection District used the bonds to remodel or replace all of the aging fire stations, and update the aging fleet of fire apparatus.
Today, our staffing includes two firefighters staffing the Gray Summit and Labadie stations seven days a week. The current staffing levels are below the national average, which is 3, with volunteers assisting at all four stations.
Like all things in our world today the cost of operations have increased substantially since 2003. Items like fuel and cost of vehicles are considerably higher than 14 years ago. The Boles Fire Protection District has graciously received $545,644 in federal and state grants to replace obsolete equipment during this time. In order to help cut costs, we perform much of our own vehicle and building maintenance. Additionally, we have also added solar panels and L.E.D. lighting to all of our stations to cut down on electric bills.
The Boles Fire Protection District operates 4 Pumpers, 2 Tankers, 1 Heavy Rescue, and several smaller vehicles. The cost to replace a single pumper today can cost over $500,000, with a 20 year life span. Our other equipment such as turnout gear, hose, and air packs also need constant replacement and repairs. All of this combines to continue to drive up operational cost of the district.
The Boles Fire Protection District operates several public programs such as C.E.R.T., smoke detector program, car seat installation, and fire prevention at the schools to name a few. We strive to educate the public on fire safety concerns.
The Boles Fire Protection District would like to thank ALL of its residents for the constant and ongoing support that we have received since we formed in 1971.
Chief Casey Accepting FFAM Fire Department of the Year Award
Boles Fire Protection District has received the FFAM (Fire Fighter's Association of Missouri) Fire Department of the Year Award for 2015. Each year the award is given to a fire department within the State of Missouri that has demonstrated leadership in the community and exemplifies protecting and serving their District residents. Decisions were based on four categories: 1) Fire Suppression Efforts, 2) Fire Prevention Programs, 3) Inspections, and 4) Public Relations.
Boles Fire Protection District is proud to accept this award and is privileged to serve the communities of Gray Summit, Labadie, St. Albans and Villa Ridge.
The District has been serving and protecting the residents of northeast Franklin County, Missouri, since 1971, and covers 70 square miles. BFPD had a total of 1274 fire and emergency responses in 2014. The team consists of a three member Board of Directors, Fire Chief, Fire Inspector, Community Relations Officer, 12 career firefighters, 45 reserve firefighters, 15 Auxiliary/Community Emergency Response Team Members plus administrative staff. The District provided Fire Prevention Programs to over 800 children in 2014 and hosted a variety of public education classes for adults including CPR/First Aid and Fire Extinguisher training. Keeping businesses safe has always been a priority and in 2014 over 800 inspections were conducted on commercial properties. District personnel can be found at most community events and residents know the door is always open at the fire station for a tour or safety briefing. Congratulations to all the dedicated firefighters, staff and volunteers that made this award possible.