(KMOV.com) – A fire chief in Jefferson County is pushing for change because crews are not able to respond fast enough.
Chuck Boyer, the Festus Fire Chief, told News 4 the entire Festus Fire Department is made up by volunteers. To fight a fire, crews must first come from home or work and change into their gear before getting on the road which makes response times longer and property damage greater.
“We’re finding that these homes are having structural collapse within 15 minutes of these fires ”, Chief Boyer told News 4, “and some of these calls, that’s about the time we’re arriving on the scene”.
Chief Boyer is looking to change that by starting a campaign that will increase taxes on the April ballot in Festus which would allow the department to be able to employ one full-time and one part-time firefighter.
The added tax would be 21 cents per $100 assessed valuation on real estate and personal property.