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The first Webb City Fire volunteer fire department was established in 1889 under the leadership of Fire Chief Henry Wonner.
The Webb City Fire Department became an all-paid department in 1899. This was also the first year the department received their first hose wagon and horses.
In 1910 the citizens of Webb City voted on a bond issue to purchase the first auto fire apparatus and a ladder truck for $10,000.00 Both the auto and the ladder truck were on display at the International Association of Fire Chiefs Convention in Syracuse, New York prior to their delivery in the late summer and early fall of 1910. It was state of the art for it’s time with warning bells, headlights, hose reel and fire-fighting equipment. It came in vermillion red with gold leaf lettering.
The Fire Department was housed in various locations until 1975. In 1975 the city purchased land behind the City Hall and built a new Fire Station. The department remained there until 2004 when the old station was replaced by new one at 506 S. Ellis Street.
The new station has six drive thru bays and eight individual bedrooms.
The station houses three Freightliner Engines, one E One ladder Truck, F-350 Brush Truck, F-150 Squad/Rescue Truck and the Chief’s vehicle.
We also house two ambulances which are staffed by outside personnel.
The department has a staff of 19 full-time personnel. The department is led by, Fire Chief: Andrew Roughton. Battalion Chief’s: Jackie Clark, Mark Metsker, Ron Metcalf
Mission Statement: It is the Webb City Fire Department’s mission to educate and protect its citizens from the loss of life and property. We are dedicated to the public by constant training and preparation to meet the needs of the citizens of this great City.
WEBB CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT
INSURANCE SERVICES ORGANIZATION RATING
Insurance Services Organization, commonly known as ISO had not been to Webb City in approximately 15 years. The Fire Department had wanted to get the ISO rating reduced but knew there wasn’t much of a chance to do so while we were running an ambulance service. The department just did not have the manpower or funding to do so.
The ISO rating is the measuring tool used by Insurance Companies to set rates for Homeowner’s and Businesses. The lower the rating the better the rates. All the while we were testing hydrants, inspecting buildings, testing hose, keeping records and doing all the things we were capable of and run an ambulance service. The city went out of the ambulance business a little over three years ago and we were able to become a full time Fire Department. Now we were able to concentrate on trying to get better Insurance rates for the city.
The city had an ISO rating of 7 during the years before 2005. In October of 2004 the Fire Department requested ISO to come to Webb City and see if we had done enough to lower the city’s rating.
May 19, 2005 the City Administrator and Fire Department were notified that our ISO classification was lowered to a 5 rating. Along with this notification were classification details showing where we needed improvements to obtain a lower rating.
With funding provided by the City of Webb City and approved by the City Council, the Fire Department was able to purchase all required ISO equipment for each truck, we purchased 5” hose for the apparatus, increased our pre-fire planning, increased the number of training hours per man, started hydrant testing twice a year instead of once.
The city added or replaced approximately 50 fire hydrants to our water system.
The Firefighters built a five story training tower mostly with donations and minimal funding from the city. This was a major undertaking. The big purchase was an additional Engine which was needed in our last grading. There is so much more that goes into getting rates lowered I could bore people to death with the facts. Let’s move on.
In July 2007 the Fire Department once again put in a request for ISO to come and re-grade our Fire Department. Our request was granted and John Stack a Field Representative from ISO came back to re-grade our department in October 2007.
John told us if we had not been notified as to our new rating by February 1, 2008 to give him a call and he would have the information. John was called and we received the good news that Webb City would have a rating of Three (3) beginning June 1 2008.
To obtain a burn permit contact the Fire Department at 417-673-2254. Burning is allowed on a day by day basis depending on the current weather conditions. If burning is allowed, the Fire Department will come to your location, inspect the burn site, and issue the burn permit.
Prohibited Open Burning Under State Regulation:
Any waste generated by a business, trade, industry, or demolition operation cannot be burned. This would include, but not limited to lumber, paper, cardboard boxes, pallets, tires, rubber products, hazardous materials, Styrofoam, plastics, petroleum based products and treated wood. Any asbestos-containing material cannot be burned. This includes residential burning.
Open Burning in Land Clearing Operations:
Open burning of tree trunks, tree limbs and vegetation from land clearing operations is allowed only in the outstate area if the burning takes place outside the city limits of any incorporated area or municipality and at least 200 yards from the nearest inhabited dwelling. Material such as tires or waste oil may not be used to start fires or be burned in fires.
Prohibition Open Burning:
Open burning that will be offensive or objectionable due to smoke or emissions when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited. The code official is authorized to order extinguishment by the permit holder or the fire department of open burning which creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation.
The location for open burning shall not be less than 50 feet from any structure, and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet of any structure.
Exceptions: 1. Fires in approved containers that are not less than 15 feet from a structure.
2. The minimum required distance from a structure shall be 25 feet where the pile size is 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height.
A bonfire shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible materials unless the fire is contained in a barbecue pit. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material unless the fire is contained in a barbeque pit. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
Open burning, bonfires or recreational fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher or other approved on site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.
Webb City, Missouri