Jenkins Fire Department raises $1,139

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The Jenkins Rural Fire Department Auxiliary, left, serves chili, soup, hot dogs and dessert Saturday evening. The fire department raised $1,139 for new equipment and firefighting gear. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Sisco takes on 2nd stint as chief in Jenkins

The Jenkins Rural Fire Department raised $1,139 Saturday evening for new equipment and firefighting gear, said Sandy Rainwater, treasurer of the Jenkins Fire Protection District.

"We did it to build community support," Rainwater said.

Area residents attend a chili meal and a fundraiser for the Jenkins Rural Fire Department Saturday evening. Donations from the chili meal, raffles, T-shirt sales and a pie auction raised $1,139. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Donations from the chili meal, raffles, T-shirt sales and a pie auction raised the proceeds, she said.

The rural fire department is a non-profit registered with the Missouri Secretary of State's Office, said Sarah Parker, secretary of the fire protection district. It can only accept funding through donations.

Since 2008, the fire protection district has been a tax-based organization within seven voting districts.

"The tax levy is 30 cents per $100 of real property within the district," Parker said. "The fire protection district averages $42,000 in tax money per year."

The district's proposed 2015 budget calls for a projected $43,800 in both expenses and income, according to district documents. The top eight expenses out of 16 categories include $8,100 toward insurance, $8,000 toward lease from rural fire department, $6,500 toward maintenance on buildings and equipment, $4,000 toward fuel, $3,800 toward equipment, $2,600 toward propane, $2,200 toward the electric bill and $2,000

toward training.

Brian Sisco said he has been the new Jenkins fire chief for the last two months.

His main goals is to seek more volunteers and training, update and upgrade the equipment and lower the ISO (Insurance Service Organization) within the district, Sisco said. James Vincent, previous fire chief, is still with the fire department. Vincent joined the department in September 2003.

Sisco, who has been with the fire department since October 2003, said this is his second time as fire chief, and he has been the assistant fire chief twice.

Ozark Mountain Revival, right, an area band, performs at the Jenkins Rural Fire Department fundraiser Saturday evening. The fundraiser ended with a pie auction. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com

"We try to keep this a family type of atmosphere," he said. "I have been a firefighter off and on for 30 years."

Sisco said he grew up in Purdy, and he was a firefighter in there for 10 years.

Tyler Roberts, who has been a firefighter for 18 years and with the Jenkins fire department for six months, said he has been the assistant fire chief for the last two months. He was with the Ozark Fire Department for 14 years and the Southern Webster Fire Protection District for two years.

About 25 volunteer firefighters serve the Jenkins Fire Protection District, which covers 125 square miles and has three fire stations, Sisco said.

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