The Lake Ozark Fire Protection District set a record last year for the number of emergency responses.

The Lake Ozark Fire Protection District set a record last year for the number of emergency responses.

The LOFPD ran 1,350 calls for assistance, which is about 150 calls more than in 2016 when emergency  personnel responded to 1,194 – an increase of 13.06 percent.

According to data supplied by Fire Chief Mark Amsinger, EMS (Emergency Medical Service) calls topped the list with 856 responses. That compares to 715 the year before, or an increase of 19.7 percent.

Motor Vehicle Accidents increased by 24.5 percent to 127 calls, Vehicle Fires increased 28 percent to 18 and Life Assist calls increased 4.1 percent to 50.

There were actually fewer calls for Structure Fires from 19 to 14, Mutual Aid from 90 to 74 and Brush Fire responses from 48 to 33.

Alarm calls remained virtually the same at 50, up only two from the year before.


Busy months

July was the busiest month for the department with 171 calls. August was the second busiest at 151 calls and May was the third busiest at 148 calls.

January and April saw 91 calls each, February 82, March 57, June had 140 calls, September and had 106, October and November had 108 and December 96 calls.


Permit numbers

The LOFPD issued 394 permits in 2017, with dock permits topping the list by a large margin at 227.

There were 29 residential remodeling permits issued, 22 new residential permits issued, 39 electrical permits, 24 commercial dock permits, 14 commercial permits issued. Trailing were six new multi-family permits, four multi-family remodels, seven new commercial, one special use permit, two fireworks stand permits, one residential well-house permit, two demolition permits, four fireworks display permits, one sewer plant permits, two temporary occupancy permits and one explosive storage permit issued. 


Community involvement

During 2017, the LOFPD was involved in these community events:

•Pub Crawl – conducted occupancy checks on businesses that participated in the event

•St. Patrick's Day Parade

•Dam-to-Bridge Half Marathon

•Magic Dragon Car Show – provided fire and EMS services

•Lake Race – provided fire and EMS services

•Shootout Street Meet and Greet

•Car Seat Installations

•CPR Classes

•EMS standby at School of the Osage football games

•Lake Ozark Christmas Parade

•Neighborhood block parties

•AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) training at churches



In 2017, LOFPD members participated in 3,649 hours of training.

This included hands-on training, classroom training and attending conferences.

•Water-on-Fire Conference

•Fire Department Instructor's Conference 

•Cadaver Lab in St. Louis

•Scott Air Pack maintenance classes

•Car seat installation class

•Winter and summer fire school

•Hosted four Division of Fire Safety classes

•Hazard Material tech refresher class

•TECC class (Tactical Emergency Casualty Care)

•Hosted IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters)