Troy, Mo. - Families, friends and citizens packed the training room at Lincoln County Fire Protection District 1 on Nov. 10 to welcome the newest firefighter/paramedics to the department.
At its monthly board meeting, LCFPD1 formally swore in a record five new members: Ashlee Roberts, Tim Maracle, Brett Garrison, Jonathan Oliver and Nathan Hummert.
A sixth firefighter/paramedic will be hired by the department next month, in what Chief Mike Marlo said is the most that have ever been hired and sworn in at one time.
In a statement, LCFPD1 said the hirings wouldn’t have been possible had Lincoln County voters not approved Prop Firefighter, the half-cent sales tax initiative in the November 2020 elections. The department began receiving funding from the tax in July.
The new hires will be staffed at Station 1 on East Cherry Street, but they will be getting a new home base. Because of Prop Emergency, the $14-million bond initiative passed by voters last November along with Prop Firefighter, a project manager and an architect have been hired to design and build LCFPD1 Station 2, which will be located in Moscow Mills.
The department plans to hire at least three more firefighters to staff Station 2, as well as have volunteer firefighters based out of the facility, which is expected to be completed by early 2023.
The department’s aging fleet is also expected to be replaced. LCFPD1 has placed orders for two new rescue pumpers and two new utility trucks. Because of parts shortages, the production of those specialized vehicles has been delayed, but the department expects to have its first new rescue pumper in service in January or 2023.
LCFPD1 has received its first Polaris utility vehicle, replete with a water tank and pump to extinguish outside fires. The UTV will be also be used to locate lost or missing individuals.
The department also plans to replace much of its gasoline-powered equipment with battery-operated units, including the “Jaws of Life,” designed to free accident victims trapped in their vehicles.