Wood Heights Fire Protection District
5998 Hwy 10
Wood Heights, Mo. 64024
We Need your opinion as the citizens we protect!
A) TAX LEVY INCREASE FOR EQUIPMENT/TRUCKS- $0.25/PER $100 ASSESSED VALUE
B) TAX LEVY INCREASE FOR STAFFING STATION 24 HRS DAY-$0.75/PER $100 ASSESSED VALUE
C) TAX LEVY FOR BOTH OPTIONS-$1.00/PER $100 ASSESSED VALUE
Which option would you prefer our department pursue on the August ballot? Due to rising costs of equipment and trucks we are forced to increase the tax levy so we can keep providing the same level of service and increase the level of service. Our hope is to ask for both levy increases so we can drop homeowners insurance costs again if they are passed. Make sure you look at your assessed value and not the retail value when figuring this increase cost to you. Call the station with any questions and ask for Fire Chief Lee O'Dell so he can explain the process to you so you better understand the need.
Wood Heights Fire Protection District is located in Ray County Missouri just East of Excelsior Springs, Mo. We are a 100% volunteer dept covering 51 square miles of response area. We provide full fire suppression services, first responder services, and rescue services to approx 5500 residents. We provide both city coverage as well as rural coverage. Our department was founded in 1972 and started as an association initially. The department changed to a fire district in 1992 which is supported by county tax basis.
In 2004 our department received a FEMA AFG grant to purchase a new front line pumper truck. The truck is the FIRST brand new pumper the department has ever owned. The new truck has enabled the department to increase its reliability of response to calls and efficiency with newer equipment that has less down time. The new truck is more functional and has room to carry more equipment and man power with a single vehicle. The new truck also has a bigger pump to increase the GPM we are able to pump from a single truck. In 2009 we received an AFG grant for a new SCBA Compressor, Fill Station, & RIT Pack. The compressor allows us to fill as many SCBA cylinders as we need as well as fill for neighboring departments that don't have a SCBA compressor.
The department has currently 1 front line pumpers, 1 3000 gallon pumper/tanker, 1 off road pumper/brush truck, 1 light duty brush truck, and a rescue/command vehicle. We are also looking to expand our rescue equipment to include air bags & hydraulic rams to use during motor vehicle accidents & other situations which may need the use of this equipment.
The department currently has an Insurance ISO rating of 4/6.
- Have you been thinking about getting into the fire service lately?
- Have you ever been considering becoming a volunteer Firefighter?
Call our department and ask for Chief O'Dell for further details. We are seeking individuals to join our growing department. No Experience is needed at all. We will provide all the training and equipment. Stop by the station or call the station for further information.
Come be a part of a great growing developing department today and help out our community in trade.