May 24, 2018
It’s that time of year again for fire hydrant checks. Crews will be out checking, flowing and inspecting fire hydrants for proper operation. This is done to try and prevent any unexpected issues if an emergency arises. Here are a few things you might notice while a hydrant in your area is being tested.
• Unusual pressure changes while hydrant is flowing
• Possibility of cloudy water
• Water covering parts of the street or driveway
Why do you check the hydrants every year?
First and for most, we want to make sure we are ready for an emergency. That also includes our water sources. If we have an issue with a hydrant, we will forward that information to PWSD#3 for repairs.
Second, testing hydrants is part of our “homework” we turn into ISO when we get graded.
Who is ISO?
ISO stands for Insurance Services Office. They collect data for local fire department that is then used by most insurance companies to calculate a rate for homeowners insurance. How a fire department receives water for firefighting operations makes up just under half of available points.
What can I do as a homeowner to help out?
We know having a fire hydrant in your front yard isn’t the most eye appealing. Using landscaping to hide the hydrant could delay its use. Our crews try hard to know the area, including water sources, but we do utilize outside agencies for help.
Blocking a fire hydrant with a vehicle, trailer etc. can also delay its use. In order to properly attach a hose and get the best water flow, it takes a lot of space. Every sharp bend in a hose, significantly affects the amount of water available.
If you have any questions or concerns about the testing process, please feel free to contact us.
The Boles Fire Protection District is accepting applications to hire one Full Time Firefighter/EMT and establish a hiring list that will remain in effect until January 1, 2019.
Application packets may be obtained at the Fire Protection District Office at 2731 Highway T in Labadie, MO 63055 between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM CDT.
All required information must be returned to the Fire Protection District Office no later than 4:30 PM CDT. September 6, 2017.
Any applicant who does not submit the required information by the above date will not be allowed to participate in the examination process.
Written examinations which will consist of two tests, Firefighter and EMT, will be given on September 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM CDT at the Boles Fire Protection District Station 2, 2731 Highway T, Labadie, MO 63055.
Physical examinations will be given on September 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM CDT at the Boles Fire Protection District Training Tower, Labadie, MO 63055.
Interviews will be scheduled for September 23, 2017 at the Boles Fire Protection District Station 2, 2731 Highway T, Labadie, MO 63055.
Times and dates could vary based on the number of applications received.
McKenzie White, who is a member of Gray Summit Scout Troop 433, presented Chief Casey with a Flag Retirement Box that he constructed as an Eagle Scout project. The box is well crafted of birch veneer stained in maple and stands approximately 4 feet tall. A plaque is mounted to the top that Scout White wrote to honor and respect the dignity of the Flag. The box will be in the main lobby at Boles Fire Protection District Station 1 at 2600 Highway 100 in Gray Summit, MO.
The Flag Retirement Box is one of three that Scout White has made. A box was also given to the Pacific Fire Protection District Station 1 and one to the Pacific City Hall. The Boy Scouts plan to collect flags during the year from the boxes. The next flag retirement ceremony is scheduled for November 12th at 4:00pm at Liberty Field in Pacific, MO. Scout White encourages everyone to respect the Flag by depositing their worn or unused flags in one of the boxes and "Thanks You for Your Patriotism".
Dorothy and Dan White are very proud of the accomplishment that McKenzie has made with his project and were present during the presentation. The Boles Fire Protection District is proud to display this box for the public to use to deposit their worn or unused flags.
Thanks to Scout McKenzie White for a job well done!
Seven certified Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members gathered at the back of Shaw Nature Reserve, May 3, to perform a mock Large Area Search. The search was part of the monthly training the members do to refresh the skills they learned during CERT training classes.
Beginning around 6 p.m., the team members received their assignment, set up a command post, established an incident commander (leader) and inventoried the instruments. Once that was done, they set off on the search.
According to Assistant Chief Justin Spraul, of the Boles Fire Protection District, the assignment was to find a man lost in the woods. The scenario stated that he was swept away from his home in a flood and that the water brought him deep in the forest.
In order to find the man, the crew performed a grid search to make sure they cover the entire area he was thought to be in. It took the crew about ½ an hour to find Captain Andrew Caldwell who played the victim.
Assistant Chief Spraul explained that although the CERT members are an independent group, the Fire District does assist them and help coordinate training. The group meets at Station 3 in Villa Ridge once a month for a meeting or training.
To find out more about CERT, log onto: www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams
Submitted by Kyle Quick, KLPW AM 1220
VILLA RIDGE, MO - Boles Fire Protection District with the assistance with Gray Summit Masonic Lodge #173 hosted their 6th Annual Safety Days this past weekend on Saturday April 2nd at Boles House 3 in Villa Ridge. The program is designed to promote safety for all ages.
This year over 50 kids participated in the Missouri Child Identification Program (MoChip). MoChip is designed to provide information about a child if they become lost or abducted.
The kit consists of five major components needed in the event of an emergency. The Program is provided free of charge by the Missouri Masonic Children’s Foundation along with the local Masonic lodge. To learn more about MoChip visit mochip.org.
Several live demonstrations, giving the public an up close look at how much training it takes to be a firefighter.
Crews from Boles Fire Protection District and Boles EMS Education had a vehicle extrication to show attendees how we operate to remove someone from a vehicle if the unfortunate happens.
Canine Search and Rescue Association conducted multiple searches including a search using scent from a dental impression provided by the MoChip organization.
Aside from the live demonstrations additional information on a variety of safety issues were available. Gray Summit Masonic Lodge provided refreshments and raffled off two bikes. Boles Fire Auxiliary prepared and served the refreshments.
This year the follow agencies took part in Safety Days: MoChip, Franklin County Health Department, Mercy Hospital Washington, Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri Highway Patrol, Pacific Police DARE Program, Canine Search and Rescue Association, St. Louis Sprinkler Alliance, Boles Fire EMS Program, Boles Auxiliary, Boles CERT, Boles Fire CO #1, and Meramec Ambulance District.