The West Plains Fire Department is an ISO Class 4 municipal department which provides protection to the lives and property of the people of West Plains, Missouri from fires, natural disasters, and hazardous materials incidents. The WPFD primarily protects a population of 11.986 covering 13.3 square miles, and also provides automatic aid to the Howell County Rural Fire District #1, protecting the rural area surrounding the city, and mutual aid to other departments in and around Howell County.
The West Plains Fire Department has an annual operating budget of $700,000 and a staff combination of career and paid-on-call personnel.
The WPFD currently has 15 career members on the city’s regular payroll. 3 administrative/command staff, 12 full time shift personnel (Firefighter/Engineers) who work a 24/72 shift (24 hours on –duty and 72 hours off-duty) and 2 part time shift personnel who fill in for vacations, sick, training, etc. All career personnel are required to respond to as many emergency calls as possible when off-duty.
The WPFD currently has 12 paid-on-call personnel who respond to calls aside from their regular place of employment much like a volunteer however; they receive a regular pay rate for each call, training, etc. they attend.
The WPFD operates out of 3 stations. Each station is manned with at least 1 Firefighter/Engineer. When an alarm is received, the Firefighter/Engineer will respond with the appropriate apparatus to the scene and the rest of the work is done with off-duty and paid-on-call personnel responding in personal vehicles.
The West Plains Fire Department is also the hub for the Region G Homeland Security All-Hazards Response Team. Along with the WPFD, it is comprised of personnel from departments in the nine county Region G to mitigate emergencies ranging from hazardous materials to technical rescue.
The West Plains Fire Department also helps provide training to departments in Region G including Firefighter I & II, Hazardous Materials Incident Response, Fire Service Instructor, Emergency Vehicle Driver Training and many, many more.
The West Plains Fire Department has a notable prevention program. From fire safety presentations to the area schools and businesses to commercial fire inspections and home fire safety surveys, the WPFD is always there to help you prevent a life changing incident.