Thank you for your interest in the Central Taney County Fire Protection District. The following paragraphs will give you a brief description of the district, the department and the area.
Central Taney County Fire Protection District (CTCFPD) is a rural fire district located in Taney County, in southwest Missouri.
We started out as a subscription only service and then grew into a tax based, 5 station, 33 member department. Our department operates on a budget of $304,712 a year. The budget is divided into categories based on actual costs from previous years adjusted for predicted increases. In the past we had been battling a budget crisis every year, mainly occurring because of the age and condition of our equipment. Recently we have been able to move out of this “crisis management” mode as far as our budget was concerned. Our district is currently funded completely through tax revenue.
We are primarily a volunteer fire department with a full time fire chief, secretary, and part time paid assistant chief. We provide a full complement of fire and rescue services to 13,000 full time residents of our 200 square mile fire protection district. In addition we have a seasonal population increase of approximately 2,000 people. In 2012 we answered 873 alarms which is a 14% increase over the number we answered in 2011.
To provide services to our district, we utilize five strategically placed fire stations. We operate 5 Engines, 5 Tankers, 5 Brush/Quick Attacks, 4 Rescues, and 3 utility vehicles. We currently have 33 volunteer firefighters on our roster who receive a reimbursement for each call they respond to.
Description of the Area
The Central Taney County Fire Protection District sits in the heart of the Ozark Mountains. Lakes Taneycomo and Bull Shoals flow through the middle of our district and provide an outdoorsmen’s haven with fishing, boating, hunting, camping, and all other types of outdoor activities. On the far eastern and southern end is the Mark Twain National Forest, where it is kept natural and rough. Surrounded and intertwined with private property, the forests, lakes and hills attract many visitors to the area.
Our coverage area is mainly rural with cattle farms and a number of unincorporated subdivisions along with small towns with populations of about 1,000. Over the last 15 years our area has started to experience an influx of population mainly due to the development occurring to our west. From 2000 to 2010 the population of our district increased by 20%. Our district consists mainly of residential structures with outbuildings. There are also a number of multifamily dwellings. There is some commercial land use mainly around the small towns in the district. Only 2% of the district is served by a municipal water system with fire hydrants.
Our neighbors to the west are Branson, Hollister, and Stone County. They provide year-round activities that bring approximately 7.3 million visitors a year to the area. Many of these visitors travel our way to enjoy the view, outdoor activities, and relaxing atmosphere offered here. U.S.Highway 160 and state highway 76 are major highways trailing through the Ozarks that provide the only access to, through, and from our area.
The county has just had a new commercial airport open to our southwest.