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  • Gravois Fire Protection District to join Sunrise Beach Auto Aid Plan

  • Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District has entered into another automatic aid agreement with an adjacent fire district in order to provide faster response to incidents on Highway 5 in the north part of the SBFPD.
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  • Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District has entered into another automatic aid agreement with an adjacent fire district in order to provide faster response to incidents on Highway 5 in the north part of the SBFPD.
    Units from Gravois Fire Protection District Station 5 on Highway O will be on automatic response for incidents on Highway 5 from the district line near Laurie to American Legion Rd.
    “We are very happy that Gravois has decided to assist us with our auto aid response for major highways,” said Sunrise Beach Fire Chief Dennis Reilly. “With the Gravois personnel being on O Road they can arrive much quicker to this part of the highway then our people can responding from the fire house on Route TT. In the interest of public safety we need to ensure that the closest unit responds to an emergency event”.
    The GFPD has full time staffing at Station 5, located in Laurie near the intersection with Highway 5.
    Officials from both districts will monitor this program to ensure that the additional response does not compromise existing coverage, according to Reilly.
    “Although this might mean a few extra runs for Gravois over the course of the year, I do not anticipate this to place an undue burden on the resources. We make plans based on what is best for those who might have an emergency and this Auto Aid program is designed to do just that," he said.
    Gravois is the second department to make an automatic aid agreement with the SBFPD for incidents on major highways in the region.
    Sunrise Beach announced an agreement with Lake Ozark Fire Protection District in July for the Highway MM area near the Lake of the Ozarks Community Toll Bridge. The LOFPD now automatically responds to incidents on Highway MM from West Christiansen Drive east to the toll bridge.
    The three districts already had general mutual aid agreements, but those did not include automatic responses. Aid had to first be requested by SBFPD.
    "I believe that if you are injured in an accident or if your car is on fire you really don't care what the name is on the side of the fire truck that can get to you the quickest and solve your problems," Sunrise Beach Fire Chief Dennis Reilly commented in announcing the first automatic aid agreement.

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