Fire Departments May Miss Benefits
The Columbia Fire Department is in the process of getting registered with the state, but it's not official yet.
Terri Durdaller of the Missouri Department of Public Safety said, "With that contact information, we're able to touch base with them and let them know of legislative updates - let them know about training opportunities and seminars, and so it opens the lines of communication that are important."
Durdaller said registration also affects Missouri's Mutual Aid System which allows departments to call upon other stations and community volunteers in the case of emergencies.
A Missouri statute said that all fire protection districts and fire departments must register annually with the State Fire Marshall's office. By not registering, the fire departments might miss out on federal funding. Also, if they got the money prior to registration, they could lose the money they've been given. There are other advantages in registering on time.
"By providing the statistical data to the division of fire safety, we're able to help them do their job, and it could come in and pay big dividends in the event of a regional or statewide emergency," commented Steven Sapp of the Columbia Fire Department.