"The Duenke family has long been a supporter of the Fire District from donations of trucks, buildings utilized as fire stations, and now land," Dorhauer said. "This District is forever indebted to the generosity of this family and their continued support help keep our citizens and visitors safe."

The Osage Beach Fire Protection District has announced it is the recipient of a generous donation from Matt Duenke and his family.

For several years the Fire District has been seeking property that could be used to build a burn tower and training facility and approached Duenke about a tract of land adjacent to Fire Station 2 off of Rt. KK.

The OBFPD proposed the purchase of a three-acre tract and had come to terms on purchase price two years ago; however, funds were reallocated due to an unexpected costly repair to the District Fire Boat. Duenke re-approached the Fire District earlier this year to inquire if there was still interest in the property, and then offered to donate the full 16.34-acre tract.

The District's need for this training facility is critical, Fire Chief Jeff Dorhauer said. The ability to train in live fire scenarios is limited and currently the only way the District can do this type of training is to take the firefighters to a tower in Sunrise Beach.

The training tower also allows other types of training from hose advancement, high angle rescue, interior search, standpipe operations, ladder operations and roof operations to name a few.

A tract of land this size will expand the training capabilities to include live natural cover fire training and Search and Rescue Training. The donation of this property is Phase 1 of the District's plan. Funding sources for the construction of the training tower will need to be identified before groundbreaking can begin.

"The Duenke family has long been a supporter of the Fire District from donations of trucks, buildings utilized as fire stations, and now land," Dorhauer said. "This District is forever indebted to the generosity of this family and their continued support help keep our citizens and visitors safe."

Dorhauer said the board of directors will be developing a funding plan in the near future.