Do I need a subscription or “fire tag” for fire protection?
No. The Bourbon Fire Protection District discontinued selling fire tags in 1976. Bourbon Volunteer Fire Department then became what it is today a fire protection district, operated by an elected Board of Directors. You pay for fire protection within the Bourbon Fire Prot. Dist by paying your personal property tax every year. Also in 2008, residents voted for a ½ cent sales tax on goods that provides funding to the Fire District. With the passage of this in turn rolls back a portion of property tax paid by taxpayers without a loss in service. Thank you for your support!
Do I need to buy an Emergency Numbering System (ENS) address sign?
No. Those are the 6-7 digit black signs seen at the entrance to a driveway. The Bourbon Fire Protection District recommends that you visible place the actual physical address at the roadway. Do this by having 4” reflective numbers on a contrasting background visible in both directions. When you dial 911, due to our enhanced 911 system you physical address immediately comes up on their screen making it easier for the dispatchers to pinpoint your location. Firefighters recommend having your physical address posted due to the time required to “look-up” this ENS number. By having the address posted in both directions allows other agencies responding from another direction to locate you in the event of an emergency without passing your residence. Further questions contact Assistant Fire Chief Dan Whatley via contacts page or firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens when I dial 911?
Bourbon firefighters are volunteer but ready to answer every call for assistance 24 hours a day. Upon dialing 911 your call is answered by our dispatch center in Steelville, MO. the dispatcher will ask you pertinent information regarding your emergency i.e. Name, Address, Phone number, and type of emergency. They have much of that information already but it is to verify that they are sending units to the correct location. Within seconds they determine which fire, EMS and police unit to send. Central Communications (CENCOM) transmits a tone that alerts the appropriate agencies via voice pagers as a backup; many personnel also carry alpha numerical pagers that alert firefighters simultaneously. Firefighters drop whatever they are doing and respond to the station in their personal vehicle. They take the pre-assigned apparatus to a particular emergency.
Why do so many fire trucks respond to simple incidents?
Bourbon Fire units are dispatched according to information received by the 9-1-1 operator. The Bourbon Fire Protection District responds with adequate resources when they are reacting to a citizen in need of help. In other words, the firefighters are prepared to deal with the worst that could happen. Discovering that we need more units once we arrive is often too late. We have learned from experience that it is better to have too much help than not enough. A structure fire requires a number of firefighters to do all the assigned tasks almost simultaneously. Firefighting teams are assigned certain responsibilities such as fire extinguishment, search and rescue, ventilation, salvage, safety, accountability and rapid intervention teams.
Why do fire trucks with full lights and sirens; go through an intersection and then, after they go through, they turn off their lights and slow down?
As explained in the previous answer, sometimes several units are dispatched to the same incident. The first unit may have arrived on the scene, assessed the situation and informed the dispatcher that the situation was under control or that a single unit could handle the emergency. All other responding units were canceled and put back into service, ready to take another call. Most likely, when you see an emergency vehicle with red lights and sirens go through an intersection and then slow down and turn the emergency lights off, they have been canceled from the call to which they were responding.
Why do fire trucks go on medical calls?
To provide the fastest patient care possible. Many times the local EMS units are already on other medical calls or have an extended response time. Another reason is that the EMS unit may need additional personnel to drive or to assist in patient care and preparing for transport. A great benefit the Bourbon Fire Protection District has is the magnitude of highly trained EMT's and Paramedics that are available to assist in a moment’s notice.
Do you provide and install smoke detectors?
We do have a smoke detector program. Eligibility for free smoke detectors is based upon financial need. We will gladly visit your home to suggest the best location for your detector(s). We will also install your detector(s) and change homeowner supplied battery at no charge. Batteries provided for physically or mentally impaired or other persons in need of assistance. Any questions complete Contact Us Page or 573-732-4405
Is one smoke detector enough?
You should have one smoke detector on each level of your home and one in each sleeping area.
How do I maintain my smoke detectors?
Smoke detectors should be tested monthly, vacuumed monthly with a brush attachment, and change the batteries every six months.
What kind of fire extinguisher should I buy for my home?
Homeowners should buy an extinguisher that can handle Class A-B-C fires. This type of extinguisher is designed to extinguish fires that usually occur in homes including wood, paper, flammable liquids, and electrical fires.
Does the fire department service fire extinguishers?
The fire department does not service fire extinguishers. There are many fire extinguisher companies in the telephone book that have the proper equipment to service them.
I have a swimming pool and would like to fill my pool with water. Will Bourbon Firefighters assist me in doing this?
Bourbon Fire does not assist in filling swimming pools. For this service, you must contact a private water hauler or pool company. The main reason for this is the Fire District wants to keep our apparatus in service at all times when not already on an emergency. For example Bourbon’s Tanker 60 holds 2000 gallons of water; many swimming pools hold in excess of 20,000 gallons. Therefore it would take many trips and delay the response of this apparatus in time of an emergency.