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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Photo by Jan Thompson Marcus Reynolds is the fire chief at Koshkonong. He hopes the new fire department building in Koshkonong will be completed by spring.
KOSHKONONG -- The community of Koshkonong is excited that they have a new fire department building going up.

The two-bay building is located at the corner of Diggins and Bingham and should be completed by spring.

Marcus Reynolds serves as fire chief and has for about 10 years.

"Like most small fire departments in our area, we work completely on donations and volunteerism," he said.

The fire department covers a five mile circle from the fire house. It cost $36 a year to be covered by the fire department.

"Right now, only about 15 percent of the population in our coverage area are paying their dues. So right now would be as good a time as any to get those dues paid and help us finish building this fire department," he said.

Although the department is small, Reynolds said they are all well trained. There are six fulltime firefighters and of those six, two have completed fire fighting training steps 1 and 2.

"Four of our volunteers have signed-up for the training and two of our volunteers have completed first responder courses," he said.

Reynolds said the fire fighting 1 and 2 courses allows the firefighters to work at any fire department in a larger community where they are paid.

The fire chief said the department is in pretty good shape in the equipment area. They have two pumper trucks, two brush trucks, two tankers and one rescue truck. All the vehicles were donated by the Missouri Department of Conservation with the exception of one pumper truck.

Reynolds said the fire department is governed by a board of directors. Bill Haley is president, Buck Smith vice president, Rossie McCormack secretary, Ted Stanley and Reynolds. Reynolds said Carrie Jackson serves as treasurer for the fire department but she is not a board member.

As with most smaller volunteer fire departments in the area, federal and state money allowed the organization of the fire department in 1985. They no longer receive any aid from either the state or federal government. Ted Stanley is the only member left of the original fire department.

"We are proud of our history here with the fire department. We were even a little ahead of our time," the fire chief said.

The Koshkonong Fire Department was the first department in the area to have a Jaws of Life. They were the first to have a repeater and the first to have a 5,000 gallon pumper truck that has been borrowed more than once by other fire departments.

The fire chief said his department responds to approximately 25 to 30 actual fires a year and probably the same amount of accidents or medical emergencies.

"Our main goal right now is finishing the fire station. We have had to borrow some money for our project, but we have also had some great donations. Cover Lumber Company donated a large portion of the wiring needed and the bank of Thayer gave us $3,000," he said.

Anyone who would like to contribute to the fire department or would like to join the fire department or pay their dues can do so by mail at: The Koshkonong Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 471, Koshkonong , MO. 65692.

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