Weather spotting and storm cleanup were the reasons for one of nine service calls to which Stover Rural Fire Protection District personnel responded in May, Fire Chief Jim Witte reported at the Monday, June 12 district’s board meeting.
There was a severe weather event Saturday, May 27, during which straight-line winds and tornadoes caused damage in Morgan County.
Other May service calls included one structure fire, one call to assist Mid-Mo Ambulance with a medical assist within the district, one call to establish a helicopter landing zone, two motor vehicle collisions (one within the district and one mutual aid to Ivy Bend), one hay fire that proved to be a controlled burn, and two calls canceled en route.
There were 50 firefighter responses during May. There have been a total of 418 personnel responses this year through May.
There have been 65 incidents this year through May. There were 60 incidents through May in 2016.
Witte reported 14 personnel attended a joint training Monday, May 1 at district headquarters in Stover. Ameren Missouri presented information about natural gas emergencies.
There were 14 personnel who attended training Monday, May 15 at their stations of assignment. They practiced landing zone setup, vehicle stabilization, and routine vehicle maintenance.
District treasurer Larry Witte reported revenues totaling $1,418.68 during the past month, and expenditures totaling $4,642.33. Account balances were $23,355.23 in checking, $70,358.09 in a money market, and $10,293.96 in a CD.
Correspondence was received from the Mike Keith Insurance Agency, apparently in response to an inquiry about coverage for firefighters younger than 18. Jim Witte said no one has approached the district about that, and no one at the meeting knew who had asked Keith about it.
Also discussed was an invitation to a Missouri Association of Fire Protection Districts conference and legal brief Thursday, June 15 through Saturday, June 17 at Tan-Tar-A Resort. Due to the cost, the scheduling conflict with the Stover Fair, and the material arriving after the registration deadline, there was no interest in attending.
Asked about the firefighters’ equipment needs, Jim Witte said there was nothing pressing, but he was working on a list of requests for next year.
Larry Witte asked when the district can expect to receive reimbursement for the equipment purchased under a 50/50 grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Jim Witte said a check may be expected in July or August.
Board president Elsie Drury noted the rural association (Stover Rural Fire Department) golf tournament fundraiser was a success.
The meeting ended with some discussion about how landing zone locations are selected. Jim Witte said it depends on which way a hospital-bound ambulance is going; fire personnel plan where to set up the landing zone, so as to meet the ambulance en route.
The next Stover fire board meeting is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 10 at the fire district office in Stover.

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