District Profile

What began as two proud volunteer fire departments serving separate but connected communities in 1950 has evolved into a Fire Protection District serving 93 square miles.

Prior to becoming a Fire District in 1990 the Department received revenue from yearly dues or what was called a ‘Fire Tag’. Revenues were estimated at $8000 a year and that was if everyone paid. In 1990 the voters approved a $.30 tax levy and also voted to form a Fire Protection District. Today the District receives most of its revenue from collected local real estate taxes and personal property taxes. The current assessment in 2009 has rolled back to $.2464 per $100 assessed evaluation. The District has never asked for a tax increase since 1990. These revenues are never enough to operate a department sufficiently. Additional monies are sought through grants, donations, and sometimes lease optioned loans.

The District’s eastern border is the Mississippi River. It’s located in Lincoln County which is north of St. Louis. The area served by Winfield Foley Fire Protection District (WFFPD) is still considered rural by most standards. Land base is mostly agricultural and during the last census the income base was shown to be mostly low income families. The County has experience rapid growth in the last 10 years. While the majority of industry is located in the county seat of Troy, business growth is beginning in the District with additions of restaurants, grocery store, doctor’s office and other retail services. Housing growth was evident until 2008 but promises to continue in the near future.

WFFPD has four stations geographically located to provide the quickest response time. Station One is in the city limits of Winfield on the east side of the railroad tracks closest to the Mississippi. Station Two is in the city limits of Foley and provides coverage north and east of its location. Station Three is in the southwest area of the District and also houses the training room and District Offices.

Station Four was added in 2007 and is located in the northwest corner of the district. The District Offices are opened 4 days a week for the convenience of residents requesting fire permits, building and occupancy permits and for general needs.

Currently there are 14 pieces of equipment in operation that are used for responding to incidents, included are: Pumpers, brush trucks, one 3000 gallon tanker, boat, and command vehicles.

The District is served by a five member elected Board of Directors. There are two part time paid employees, the Fire Chief/Marshal and Office Manager. There are currently 40 volunteer firefighters who respond to the needs of the district 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some of these firefighters have attained higher certification including but not limited to: Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2, first responder, EMT-basic and EMT-Paramedic, rescue, haz-mat and more. Continual training and certification is paramount within the department to provide better service and for firefighter safety. A junior firefighters program was developed and implemented in 2008 for ages 14 through 17 for those interested in pursuing a career in firefighting.

Currently the District has ISO ratings of 7’s and 9’s. The ISO (Insurance Services Office) collects information on municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United States. In each of those communities, ISO analyzes the relevant data using Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS). They then assign a Public Protection Classification from 1 to 10. Class 1 generally represents superior property fire protection, and Class 10 indicates that the area’s fire-suppression program doesn’t meet ISO’s minimum criteria. The District’s effort is constant in lowering these ratings to better serve the community.

More information is available by calling 636-566-8406 or visiting the website www.wffpd.org.