You will find a frequently asked question and answers below that will explain the needs of the fire district and the projects that will be funded by bond and levy.
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The district plans to relocate Fire Station No. 1 and Administrative Headquarters onto Osage Beach Parkway to greatly improve response times and accommodate a new Advanced Life Support EMS Division. The bond revenue will also be used to purchase three pick-up size EMS Quick Response Vehicles (QRV), heart monitors, and two brush fire apparatus.
The levy will pay the operating costs for a new Advance Life Support (ALS) EMS Division. The EMS Division will consist of supervision and two Quick Response Vehicles (QRV). One QRV will be housed at Fire Station No. 1 and the other at Fire Station No. 2. Each QRV will be staffed, 24/7, with 1 FF/Paramedic and 1 FF/EMT. We estimate that our crews arrive on scene, prior to an ambulance, on 80% of the medical calls we respond to. With these ALS QRVs, Osage Beach FPD paramedics will provide advanced life support care quicker, improving patient outcomes. And because they are dual-trained and equipped, they will also greatly enhance the District’s fire/rescue capabilities.
A general obligation bond, as it applies to the fire district, places a question before the voters as a ballot measure, asking our voters to approve additional proposed spending for facilities and apparatus.
The District’s current tax rate is .7434 / $100 of assessed valuation.
The bond will be .14 / $100 of assessed valuation and end after 20 years. This amounts to $24.70/year on a $100,000 home or $2.05/month
The levy increase of .30 / $100 of assess valuation, used for operating expenses, will cost $49.40/year on a $100,000 home or $4.11/month.
The proposed amounts will put us .13 lower than the highest in the lake area and will greatly improve district service capabilities.
Currently, Osage Beach Fire Protection District is staffed with EMT-B. A basic EMT’s scope of practice allows them to provide basic emergency pre-hospital medical care including; use of basic airway management, wound management, splinting, CPR, and the administration of patient’s own medications. In addition to basic pre-hospital care, a paramedic can perform advanced life support care including; perform advanced airway maneuvers that oxygenate a patient more effectively, apply dressings and bandages, spinal immobilization devices, apply care for obstetrical emergencies, and administer potentially life saving medications, and narcotics, thus, improving patient outcome.
The bond issue is a temporary increase in taxes. The bond will be .14 / $100 of assessed valuation and end after 20 years. This amounts to $24.70/year on a $100,000 home or $2.05/month. This money will be used to secure necessary equipment and apparatus to move forward with ALS services being provided by the fire district.
Revenue from the bond can only be used by the District, to acquire or upgrade physical assets such as such as property, buildings, or equipment that will increase the scope of our operation.
The District’s fixed facility needs equal 10,623,603. This includes building costs for a new Fire Station No. 1 and administrative offices excluding land cost.
The District’s apparatus/equipment needs equal $650,000 to provide three new Rapid Response Vehicles, and heart monitors, for the EMS division, and to replace two 20 year old Brush Trucks.
We have not had to ask for a bond issue in 25 years or more.
To maintain the district’s progressive stance, the fire district is seeking to add paramedics to our staff. With the recent influx of population and steady rise in call volume over the past 5 years, our EMS calls for service have risen to over 80% of our call load. To provide the best service to our residents and visitors this addition will provide advanced emergency care to all patients prior to ambulance arrival. Typically, the fire department arrives before the ambulance and can begin the highest level of out-of-hospital care. Once the ambulance arrives, we will continue to provide patient care and assist in transportation so that the patient receives definitive care faster.
The population growth of year-round resident in the lake area has resulted in an overall increase in call volume. With our current staffing we can respond to two simultaneous single-unit response emergencies. This has always been a concern because when this occurs, we rely solely on our mutual aid partners to respond to any additional calls, including fire and rescue incidents. This leaves the district unprotected at times. With the addition of the rapid response vehicles and paramedics we increase our capabilities to be able to respond to up to 4 simultaneous emergencies and greatly reduce gaps in service, thus preventing extended response times from mutual aid companies.
The Osage Beach Fire Protection District is approximately 105 square miles and we respond from two engine houses 24/7, 365 days a year to approximately 2100 calls a year.