The volunteers of the Boone County Fire Protection District provide EMS, fire suppression, and rescue services to the citizens of Boone County. These services are provided from 14 fire stations placed strategically throughout the department’s 500 square mile jurisdiction. On average, the department answers over 4,000 calls for service each year. This is possible only through the dedicated efforts of resident and non-resident volunteer firefighters.

Fire Suppression

The Fire District responds to a variety of fire related incidents. Most notably, our volunteers extinguish an average of 15 structure fires each year. Additionally, the department responds to numerous wildfires throughout the year. The peak wildfire season in Boone County is typically February-April and September-October.

Rescues

With two major highways traversing the county, our volunteers respond to a large number of vehicle accidents. We currently have two heavy rescue squads in the department to handle accidents that require extrication with the jaws of life.

EMS

The vast majority of incident responses within the county are emergency medical responses. We respond to provide initial care and assessment because often times are stations are closer to the incident than the responding ambulances. Firefighters within the organization complete an EMT-Basic program upon entry into the department to prepare them for this role.

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Boone County Fire Protection District Warns Residents of Red Flag Fire Conditions Today

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST LOUIS HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 a.m. TO 6 p.m. CST THURSDAY.

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

With the lack of moisture and temperatures on the rise, the Boone County Fire Protection District would like to offer these reminders to the citizens of Boone County who choose to burn during the coming weeks, however, we would ask that NO BURNING occur when wind speeds exceeds 5-10 mph.

Here are a few reminders for everyone to follow:
• If you live in the County there is open burning for natural vegetation. If you live within the city limits of Columbia you will need a burn permit issued by the Columbia Fire Department. Please check with your local municipality for regulations on burning.
• Check local weather forecasts before any open burning. Winds can be very sporadic this time of year.
• Winds are typically calmer and humidity is typically higher during the morning hours.
• Be sure to provide a safe barrier around your prescribed burn. This may be achieved by mowing a clean strip around the area or by scrapping it down to bare dirt.
• Have a water source nearby. A garden hose works well if used early in the event of a fire moving to quickly.
• Never burn materials that are close to any structure.
• Burn small areas at a time.
• Never leave a fire area unattended whether it is a burn barrel or a prescribed burn.
• If burning in a barrel try to place a metal screen to avoid large embers from escaping the barrel. These embers can travel some distance and still start a fire.
• Notify the Joint Communications Center at 573-442-6131 before lighting your fire.
• Call 911 immediately if the fire grows larger or moves more rapidly than anticipated.
• If your fire burns out of control and causes damage to someone else’s property, you will be held liable for damages. This includes buildings, crops and even grasses.
• When in doubt call your local fire department for advice before burning.

For more information contact the Boone County Fire Protection District at 573-447-5000 during normal business hours and 573-219-0677 during nights and weekends or your local fire jurisdiction.
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February 16th, 9:01 am  ·  

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February 16th, 7:38 am  ·  

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