Cooper County Fire District needs funding for new equipment

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COOPER COUNTY - Cooper County Fire Protection District hosted an open house Thursday at one of its newly remodeled stations.

One of the main issues that was discussed at the open house was finding more funding for new equipment in their four stations. Currently, the fire stations are working with equipment that is over thirty years old.

CCFPD's Division Chief Ryan Reuter said the equipment is starting to become a problem.

"The safety factor of some of the older equipment is an issue, and the mechanical upkeep is starting to become an extensive amount of money that we spend each year to keep them running," Reuter said.

As part of the remodeling, the CCFPD added a residential home to Station 3 which will house certified firefighters. The fire district hopes to lower its fire response time from seven minutes down to five minutes.

CCFPD is operated solely by volunteers. It currently has 30 volunteers in its roster. CCFPD receives funding from tax payers, grants and bonds. CCFPD answers calls from the middle of the Missouri River Bridge to the 83 mile mark.

Russell Gerling, a Cooper County Fire Protection District Board Member, shows a fire truck on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Boonville, Missouri. Gerling said this 1997 fire truck was the first new truck they bought for the station.

Cooper County Fire Protection District Division Chief Ryan Reuter and Cooper County Fire Protection District Board Member Russell Gerling discuss the funding options for the department on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Boonville, Missouri. Reuter said he hopes to ask voters to extend bonds to purchase newer and safer equipment.

Cooper County Fire Protection District Division Chief Ryan Reuter welcomes visitors to an open house for the recently built residential home attached to the station on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Boonville, Missouri. The fire district hopes keeping firefighters overnight will lower its fire response time from seven to five minutes.

 

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