Popular culture refers to firefighters as "The Bravest", but in reality the firefighter ranks are made up of individuals who's primary traits are that they are hard working and dedicated. The hard work can be seen on any scene and is the easiest to spot as firefighters wearing 60 pounds of gear and carrying 40 pounds of equipment work to fight a fire or rescue a person trapped in a vehicle accident. The dedication is what truly makes your firefighters an asset to the community. In addition to fire response we respond to calls for medical assistance, vehicle accidents, assist with public events, inspect child safety seats, and provide fire safety education. In total, the volunteers of HSFPD respond to more than 500 calls for service every year. As a volunteer organization we are always in need of additional personnel, and hope that you consider joining us to see "what we do" first hand.
The Holts Summit Fire District is excited to announce that in January the fire district followed through with its commitment to have daytime personnel coverage. In April 2022 voters approved a $0.10 cent tax increase bringing the district’s general budget to $0.32. The increase revenue was directed in the 2023 operating budget to bring on daytime coverage with two personnel on duty Monday through Friday and an incentive to the district volunteers as a fuel stipend. The daytime coverage had been a challenge for the fire district volunteers being able to respond to emergency incidents during the daytime hours. HSFPD was able to hire seven experienced firefighters and have been working hard to make sure equipment is checked and serviced and ready to respond to emergencies.
Data shows that the busiest time of the day for emergency incidents is between 11am and 5pm. A few more benefits that will benefit the fire district is the ability to have personnel on duty and also will allow them to do pre-incident surveys of businesses in the fire district for our Insurance Services Office rating. (ISO) Maintaining the district ISO 4 rating is something the district is very proud of and maintaining it for the taxpayers is one of the commitments that the district made with the 2008 Bond Issue that funded capital improvements.