Congressman Roy Blunt will visit Cassville for a ribbon cutting ceremony at Cassville Fire Protection District (CFPD) Station #1, which is located on Sale Barn Road in Cassville. The ceremony will be held at noon on Wednesday, April 11.
Construction work was recently completed on the 7,000-square-foot facility, which includes a 5,600-square-foot area with seven truck bays and a maintenance bay. The new fire station also features several administrative offices, restrooms, a laundry area and storage.
The ribbon cutting ceremony is open to the public and all interested patrons are invited to attend the event. An open house, which will allow residents to tour the new facility and meet the CFPD volunteers, will be scheduled in the near future.
Since its formation in November of 2004, the CFPD has been temporarily housed in the Kime building on Sale Barn Road.
After careful consideration, board members decided that a centrally located station, within the Cassville City limits, and substations to the north and south would be needed to provide service to all CFPD residents and adhere to the five-mile road radius requirement set by the Insurance Services Organization (ISO).
In August of 2005, the CFPD purchased the six-acre building site on Sale Barn Road from Rosetta Keen. Jack Ball and Associates served as project architect for the new station.
The board accepted a proposed bid from Powers Construction last year. Rick Powers served as project contractor and Roger Henry served as project superintendent. Excavation crews began dirt work for the new fire station in August of 2006.
In addition to the centrally located fire station, the CFPD leases a facility at Highways AA and 112, which serves as a southern substation. Plans for a northern substation have been tabled.
The CFPD is currently in the initial phase of an Insurance Services Organization (ISO) review. A large amount of information has been compiled for the review, including information from neighboring departments that provide mutual aid to the CFPD.
After paperwork is completed, an ISO representative will visit the area to review operations in the rural areas of the district.
In 2005, the ISO rating in the city dropped from a seven to a six. The department hopes to see the rural area ISO rating drop from a nine to a seven.
If this is achieved, a Cassville resident with an assessed property value of $300,000 could see insurance costs drop as much as $800 per year. A resident with an assessed property value of $130,000 could save $300 per year in property insurance costs.
When reviewing the CFPD ISO rating representatives will look at several factors including manpower. The district currently has 20 volunteer firefighters on its roster. An increase in personnel could help lower the ISO rating and improve the efficiency of the department.
Currently, the CFPD is looking for five new volunteer firefighters, which would raise its roster total to 25 firefighters. Not all volunteers are required to drive emergency apparatus or handle equipment. The district is also looking for individuals interested in recording information on scene while firefighters are battling blazes.
Local residents can determine if their property is covered by the CFPD by reviewing their tax statement. CFPD members will see FIR4 in the description column of the statement. Statements that do not have FIR4 in the description column are not covered by the CFPD. Residents who own property inside and outside the district should seek coverage for the property that is outside the district through the appropriate fire department or district. The CFPD will only cover property outside of its boundaries if that property is not covered by any other department.
For more information or to obtain a volunteer application call the CFPD office at 847-4005.