Pacific Fire District

Welcome to the website for the Pacific Fire Protection District. We hope this resource will allow our citizens to learn more about the services we provide, our life safety initiatives, and how we protect our community. Feel free to email or call us at any time to let us know how we can better serve you.  For open burning information, please go to the fire prevention tab.

New Promotion!

The Pacific Fire Protection District Board of Directors voted and approved the promotion of Battalion Chief Gary Graf to the rank of Assistant Chief.  Assistant Chief Graf was sworn in at the board meeting on January 11, 2018.  Congratulations Assistant Chief Graf!

Help Prevent Wildfires

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds people that strong winds, low humidity, and dry conditions this time of year means extra caution is needed to avoid unexpected wildfires. According to MDC’s Forestry Division, the main cause of wildfires is improper burning of debris such as leaves or brush piles.

“It’s been drier and warmer than usual, which means fires could get out of control very quickly,” said Forestry Field Program Supervisor Ben Webster. “We want everyone to check the weather and be extremely careful if they plan to burn leaves or debris.”

Each year, MDC staff work with fire departments around the state to help suppress numerous wildfires that can consume thousands of acres. MDC urges landowners, hunters, campers, and others in the outdoors to help prevent wildfires and offers the following tips.

OUTDOOR BURNING

  • Do not conduct outdoor burning during times when grasses, brush and other fire fuel are very dry, humidity is low and weather is windy. Dry fuel -- combined with high temperatures, low humidity and high winds -- makes fire nearly impossible to control.
  • Check with local fire departments regarding local burn ordinances or burn bans that may be in place.
  • A person who starts a fire for any reason is responsible for any damage it may cause.
  • Done properly, prescribed fire can be a beneficial tool to improve land for wildlife habitat and grazing. For more information on using prescribed fire as a land-management tool, visit mdc.mo.gov and search "Prescribed Fire."

DRIVING OFF ROAD

  • Wildfires can start when fine, dry fuel such as grass comes in contact with catalytic converters on motor vehicles.
  • Think twice before driving into and across a grassy field.
  • Never park over tall, dry grass or piles of leaves that can touch the underside of a vehicle.
  • When driving vehicles off road, regularly inspect the undercarriage to ensure that fuel and brake lines are intact and no oil leaks are apparent.
  • Always carry an approved fire extinguisher on vehicles that are used off road.
  • Check for the presence of spark arresters on ATV exhausts.

MAKING A CAMPFIRE

  • Clear a generous zone around fire rings. When humidity is low and wind is high, debris can become tinder for a stray spark or ember.
  • Store unused firewood a good distance from the fire.
  • Never use gasoline, kerosene, or other flammable liquid to start a fire.
  • Keep campfires small and controllable.
  • Keep fire-extinguishing materials, such as a rake, shovel and bucket of water, close by.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended! Extinguish campfires each night and before leaving camp, even for a few moments.

Board Meeting Information

Tentative Agenda for the January 11, 2018 Board Meeting

January 11, 2018 Agenda

MINUTES

December 14, 2017 Minutes

December 21, 2017 Minutes, Special Meeting

 

Pacific Fire Winter Safety Tips

The Pacific Fire Protection District would like people to be aware of certain home heating tips now that the temperature has dropped and more people are using furnaces and heaters to stay warm. The use of portable heaters which account for 900 fire related calls a year in the US.  It is advised that any portable heater being used in homes has an automatic shut off so that if it falls over, the heater will shut off.  Try to keep the heater 3ft away from any combustible materials such as bedding, furniture, and blankets. Any portable heater should be turned off at bedtime or when the home is left unattended.  It is also important to not use an oven as an alternative heating source in a home.

                Now that furnaces are being used more often, it is vital to have all vents cleaned and cleared of any debris by a professional.   Vents need to have an open access to the outside of the home to prevent carbon monoxide from building up within the home.  Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that causes the death of 150 people each year in the United States.  Symptoms of moderate CO poisoning include headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, and dizziness.  In cases of severe CO poisoning symptoms will include, confusion, vomiting, loss of muscle control, loss of consciousness and death.  If you or anyone you know starts complaining of these symptoms please call 911 and evacuate the house immediately so that the residence can be safely checked out by Fire District Personnel.

 Finally if a generator is being used to help power a home or portable heater, please leave it outside.  The Pacific Fire Protection District would like to ask everyone to be safe this winter season and if anyone has questions regarding safe heating practices, please call your local Fire District, it is our pleasure to assist.