08-12-04 Letter from ISO
We received our Official letter advising us that we are now a
Class 3 ISO rating. This rating comes to us after our third ISO grading
since August 2001. We have changed our rating from a Class 6 to a Class 3
since then. Its going to be really difficult to drop our rating any lower
unless we start staffing the station. We are hoping that sometime in the
future we can at least staff the station during the day and grow from there.
We do an exceptional job with man hours right now, but that's because the
volunteers are very dedicated. But its still difficult to hold a full-time
job and also spend multiple hours at the station too.
06-29-04 MVA / Haz-Mat Incident MO. 13 & MO. 32
This single vehicle accident occurred at approximately 07:00.
The accident is still under investigation by the Bolivar police Department.
The picture in the middle is not very good, but you can see the split in the
fire extinguisher near the top. This container was suspected to be full of
Anhydrous ammonia along with one more fire extinguisher and a 5 gallon air tank
that had the valve assembly altered. 2 Patients were transported to
Citizens Memorial Hospital, and 2 other subjects were arrested in connection
with this accident. We will have more information after the investigation
06-14-04 2 Vehicle MVA W. Broadway & Missouri Ave.
The passenger from the van was transported to Citizens
Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. The van was attempting to cross
Broadway St. when it was struck by a W. bound GMC truck. Bolivar Police
Dept. investigated the accident.
04-26-04 2 Vehicle MVA E. Broadway and N. Hartford
This truck was hit by a U-haul moving truck while waiting for
a vehicle to turn left. The passenger from the Red pickup was transported
by St. Johns Ambulance to Citizens Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
When the vehicle was hit, the passenger's head hit the back glass and broke it
out. The U-haul truck had very minor damage and was about 3 blocks from
where it was to be returned.
12-16-03 Residential Structure Fire 1315 S. Lillian Ave.
This house was vacant at the time of the fire. It was
determined to have started in the area of a propane floor furnace. The
fire was contained to the center of the house with very little extension into
the attic. Most of the house had smoke and water damage. The thermal
imager was a big help at this fire, the smoke was extremely thick when we
11-28-03 Residential Structure Fire 1203 E. Locust
This fire was contained to a small laundry room in a
residence. There was very little smoke damage to the rest of the house.
This fire was caused by items to close to a wall mounted heater. The heat
was so intense in this small room it melted a pvc water line on the water heater
and it actually helped keep it cool until we arrived. The occupants of
this residence were in the process of moving out and were not at home when the
11-17-03 Fatality MVA MO. 13
S. of Route T
This Accident happened at approx 06:30. Central Polk
County and Morrisville Fire Rescue were the primary Fire Departments that
responded. We were requested for further assistance with equipment and
personnel. The location was about a half mile south of the city limits on
MO. 13. The first picture shows the wide angle of the crash, it took place
on a cross over in a construction area. MO. 13 is being widened to four
lanes through the north half of Polk county. Two way traffic was traveling
on the old section of the highway and then crossing over to the new side to go
over a new bridge while the other one is built. This project is projected
to be completed by the end of 2004. MO. 13 has claimed many lives in Polk
county and we are hoping this long needed upgrade will bring those numbers down.
This particular MVA claimed 2 lives.
08-16-03 Controlled Burn @ Tracker Marine
This was a controlled burn of a brush pile. The area in the middle picture
used to be all tree's and under brush. Tracker Marine manufacture's bass
boats and they just added a new line to this plant, so they needed more space to
store the completed boats. We used Truck 1 positioned in a cul-de-sac
adjacent to the property to keep the smoke and debris to a minimal. We
didn't have to cool the fire at all, so as it burned down most of the way we
were enjoying the great view from the top of the aerial. In the last
picture you can see our #2 Fire Station in the distance, along with the Farmer's
State Bank Building.
08-05-03 National Night Out @ Bolivar Municipal Pool
This night is recognized Nation Wide Annually. The Bolivar Police
Department Sponsors the event every year. The event was successful again
this year the police department barbecues, the fire department is there for PR
and safety, and the YMCA has free swimming. Truck 1 definitely stole the
show this night with the elevated sprinkler, we had to open up the monitor by
the end of the night to accommodate the number of kids that were playing in the
water. It was really hot and humid that night so the water was nice.
The pool is only allowed a certain number of kids at a time so there is usually
a line waiting to get in. That was not a problem this year. The
night was cut a little bit short due to severe weather that moved into the area.
08-04-03 Residential Structure Fire @ 800 Block of W. Locust
This fire was reported by neighbors at approximately 1:00am. The residents
in the area reported the entire mobile home was engulfed all at the same time
instantly. We were on scene within 5 minutes, when the first apparatus
arrived on scene the outer walls were completely burned away. The
residence was vacant, and had no utilities. The Missouri State Fire
Marshall's Office was called in to investigate. The investigation revealed
this fire was incendiary and the criminal investigation is ongoing.
08-01-03 Commercial Structure Fire @ Riley's Package Store
This fire was reported by a deputy at approximately 3:00am the fire had not been
burning very long the only thing that was showing was smoke coming out of one of
the eve vents and around a door jamb. We were on scene within five
minutes. The entire inside of the building had smoke and heat damage, but
the fire was contained to one part of a room and the attic. The fire was
determined to be electrical by the Missouri State Fire Marshall's Office.
We cleared scene at approximately 07:00.
Truck 1, Engine 5, Engine 6, Chief 1, Medic 706, and BPD responded to this call.
There was one injury related to this fire it was a Fire Fighter that was cut by
the metal that covered the outside of the building when we were breaching the
outside wall (seen in picture above).
07-26-03 Training Burn @ 117 S Dunnegan Ave
This was a controlled burn we did for training. The city bought the property to
build a small park and this house needed to be removed. The fire
department and the police department had many trainings in this house before we
finally burned it. The fire department had some really good entry,
ventilation, and pump training on this house, we had allot more time to work
with this one since the city owned it.
06-28-03 Extrication Class @ Yeargain Auto Salvage
It was about 90 degrees with no wind when we were doing this class, it was very
hot and humid. Normally we would be wearing our coats, but we were worried
about heat related medical problems during the training. We have had 3
classes now since we got our Rescue Tools along with other equipment earlier
this year from the 2002 FIRE Act Grant.
06-25-03 Truck 1 @ Station 1 on S. Springfield Ave.
This is our New Aerial Fire Truck.
06-05-03 MVA Car into a House 100 Block of W. South St.
This car started out in the parking lot behind some apartments, then drove over
a concrete wall and fence. Then hitting a shed with the right side of the
car just enough to take the door off. Then continuing to drive through one
back yard and going through another fence and hitting a house. The entire
scene was about 250 feet long from start to finish. The car hit the house
on the corner which turned out to be a good thing, because it is the strong
point. The only way to remove the car was back the same way it came. The
occupant of the car was not injured. There was a significant amount of property
damage though between three property owners.
05-19-03 Suspicious Package @ E. South St. and S. Springfield
We called in the Springfield Fire Department Bomb Squad after being notified of
a suspicious package outside a business. After an X-Ray of the package it
was determined not to be harmful, and was later discovered to be a High School
Project that was left on the ground outside a business. The Bolivar Police
Department worked with the Springfield Fire Department Bomb Squad in finding the
subjects that it belonged to so they could verify what it was.
04-04-2003 MVA with injuries @ Highway 13 & Highway 32
The car was attempting to make a U Turn in the Highway in front of the Fuel
Truck. We performed a short extrication on this vehicle to remove the
driver then loaded the patient into Hammons Life Line to transport to St. Johns
in Springfield, MO.
04-03-2003 Electrical Fire 2540 S. Springfield
This fire involved a toaster, table, and other items on the
01-17-03 Residential Structure Fire @ 309 N. Chicago
This was a residential structure fire at an apartment complex. It had 17
units in it, the building had been added on to before so there were allot of
different pieces of the building. The original report of smoke was made to
the owner of the apartments at approx 7:00am when some of the tenets from the
second floor called him about the smoke. The call came into 9-1-1 at 7:26
and we were dispatched and on scene within 6 minutes. The original fire
started in one of the 1st floor apartments. by the time we were called and
on scene the fire had already made its way into the floors, walls and attic
space, we were able to make entry into all of the front apartments and the
2 on the north side and were unable to locate the fire. We finally located
some fire in a wall and floor in the second floor, as we were working on
extinguishing that fire the room filled with heat and smoke. The
Operations Chief and IC made the decision to evacuate, so they set off the air
horns and sirens and we all evacuated the building. As the last team was
coming down the stairs inside the entire upstairs including the apartment we
were working in flashed. The attack on the fire was then changed to a
defensive on the outside until we could make it safe again. After the fire
was out we were inspecting the damage and the exact location where we had been
working in the 2nd floor apartment the floor had completely burned through and
collapsed. When the evacuation was ordered all the teams dropped the tools
they had and followed the hose line outside. We were able to locate and
salvage most of the tool, we did lose some to the fire though. This scene
lasted about 24 hours before the last apparatus cleared the scene. The
Missouri State Fire Marshall's Office Investigated this fire along with the Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). After a 2 day investigation they
concluded this fire was accidental. Until the determination was made the
fire department had to post 2 firefighters on scene to secure the building.
11-15-02 MVA with injuries S. Springfield Ave. in front of
Wal-Mart Super Center
The investigating officer of this scene estimated the speed of
the truck at approximately 70 MPH in the 40 MPH zone when the truck left the roadway
and hit one pole and then impacting another pole head on. The impact was
so hard it broke the lights off of the pole and broke the front axle of the
truck in half. As seen in the second picture
it broke the front axle and front wheel completely off of the truck. This
patient had only minor injuries.
10-18-2002 MVA with injuries W. Broadway St. in front of Meeks
This accident was a very good example of newer vehicle
construction vs. older vehicles. The truck drove away with minor damage.
05-09-2002 Storm Damage
The National Weather Service called this the work of straight
line winds. There was damage spread out all over town, but this 5 block area
was the worst damage and all grouped together.
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