The Winfield-Foley Fire Protection District (WFFPD) is located in eastern Lincoln County, Missouri. Although the area is still considered rural by most standards, Lincoln County is one of the fastest growing counties in Missouri and populations are estimated to double in the next 10 years.
The Winfield-Foley Fire Protection District began as two volunteer fire departments serving separate, but connected communities in 1950. It has evolved into the current district which serves over 90 square miles.
The WFFPD was created in 1990 after the citizens voted to approve a $0.30 tax levy to form the new district. Today the District receives most of its revenue from collected local real estate taxes and personal property taxes. The latest assessment in 2017 rolled back the tax levy to $.2362 per $100 assessed evaluation which is the second lowest in the county, however, these revenues are not enough to operate the department. Additional funds are sought through grants, donations, and the Winfield Foley Firefighters Association.
WFFPD has four stations located throughout the district to provide the quickest response time. Currently there are 14 pieces of equipment in operation that are used for responding to incidents. The District is served by a five-member elected Board of Directors and two part-time employees, the Fire Chief and Office Manager. Currently, the WFFPD has 25 volunteer firefighters who respond to the needs of the district and some have attained higher certifications such as EMT-Basic, EMT-Paramedic, Investigator, Inspector, Hazmat, and more. Continual training and certification is paramount within the department to provide better service and for firefighter safety. Additionally, the WFFPD sponsors a junior firefighters program for those interested in pursuing a career in firefighting and are between 14-17 years of age.
The Winfield Foley Fire Protection District recently completed an evaluation with the Insurance Services Office (ISO) and has learned that the fire protection rating has been lowered from a 10-9-7 to a 6 district wide. 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 does not meet ISO’s minimum criteria. The District’s effort is constant in lowering these ratings to better serve the community.