Welcome to Eastern Douglas County Volunteer Fire Department Website!
IT’S AN INTERNATIONAL DARLEY!!!
We have a new addition to our fleet to better serve our community! A beautiful 1988 International Darley tanker-pumper, carrying 1400 gallons of water! She comes to us from New Castle Pennsylvania, from a department that served one square mile of territory. She had less than 3,000 miles when we purchased her for $10,000. She came to us with a portable pond, ladders, hose, nozzles and some other equipment. The department we purchased her had their town mechanic service her for us before we drove her home. She’s a blessing indeed, our new Tanker 1! She had already responded to two fires since she came home at the end of July! Come out and see her at our movie night on September 29th!
The Eastern Douglas County Volunteer Fire Department held our 1st membership spaghetti dinner/ recruitment night on June 5th and it was amazing! Our volunteers worked tirelessly to get our new training room done and our firehouse in shape for this event. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting and speaking with the folks in our community and hope some will become a part of our family of volunteers! We officially dedicated our building as the Lyle Luellen Memorial Firehouse. Former captain Lyle Luellen donated the money to build the firehouse before he passed away. He blessed us immensely, and we will NEVER forget his love and dedication to our fire department and community. Member David A Vaughn Jr. built the memorial to honor Lyle. Lyle’s sister and bother-in-law, Kathy & Don Haynie were in attendance as we remembered Lyle. We also dedicated our training room as the Levi Keller training room. Levi was a junior firefighter with our department that died in a traffic accident in 2011. Levi was a dedicated active junior firefighter whose energy for our department was boundless. Levi’s parents, Mark & Angie Keller, donated part of the money in his savings account to our department after he passed away. With that money, we were able to put the electric in the firehouse. The plan from the beginning was to eventually build the training room, and we voted then and there to dedicate that room to Levi. Levi’s family were in attendance as we honored him. Levi’s dad, Mark Keller, is a firefighter and our board president. We’d like to thank every member of our department for their very hard work completing our training room and memorials. We are blessed beyond belief. We’d also like to thank our community, you are all amazingly supportive and we could not be where we are today without you. BECOME A FIREFIGHTER, JOIN OUR FAMILY! God bless you all!
Our Annual Swap meet/farmer’s market/yard sale was held on SATURDAY JUNE 2ND 2018 and was a fun time for all! We thank our community for blessing us with your support! Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Roy Crouch thanks everyone who stopped by and earned more about what we do!
EMERGENCY NUMBER – 417-683-1020
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! COME JOIN OUR FAMILY!
Volunteers are not paid, they are priceless!
Check it out! New Turnout Gear For Eastern Douglas Cty VFD!!!
The county of Douglas was blessed to be awarded a regional grant for PPE, personal protective clothing, also known as “turnout gear”’ Through the Douglas County Missouri Fire Chief’s Association, with Eastern Douglas County VFD acting as the host department, seven county departments, including Ava City VFD, Brixey-Rockbridge VFD, Dora VFD, Eastern Douglas County VFD, Skyline VFD, Squires VFD, and Twin Bridges VFD will be replacing turnout gear that in some instances was in excess of 30 years old. The standard on personal protective gear or “PPE” is to be replaced every 10 years. With a full set of PPE costing in excess of $2,000, it is cost prohibitive for our rural fire departments that survive on memberships and receive no tax money. The one tax based fire department, Ava City, does not have that kind of money in their budget either. This grant, known as an AFG or assistance to firefighter’s grant, enables departments to obtain the critically needed equipment they could otherwise never afford. The grant pays for 95% of the cost of the PPE. The fire departments are contributing 5%. In most cases, we have been able to outfit the entire department for less than what 2 sets would cost. PPE is a basic necessity for life safety for every firefighter. Without reliable PPE, we can simply not perform or jobs of keeping our beloved communities safe from the perils of fire and natural disaster. Each firefighter will receive turnout coat, pants, boots, helmet, firefighting gloves, extrication gloves, a hood, survivor lights and a gear bag. Two departments, Ava City VFD and Eastern Douglas County VFD, also got washer extractors and one gear dryer. This equipment will help us properly maintain our new gear, and reduce the hazards associated with carcinogens found on dirty gear. With one unit on each end of the county, they are conveniently located for all departments to share.
Another blessing this grant provided was the funding to run an in county firefighter 1 & 2 class. Most classes are over an hour away. These classes are over several months of a time commitment each volunteer must make. With having classes so far away, most volunteers cannot attend. The class has just started, and it is full. We are very excited to have this training opportunity.
While these grants are highly competitive, the benefits they offer are beyond what we could dream of or afford. This has been a true blessing to our county and the citizens of the communities we serve. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and serving your community, please contact Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Roy Crouch at 417-372-1549 or stop by station 1 in Drury Monday night at 6:30 when we have drills.