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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • WRFPD gets two new fire trucks

  • Waynesville Rural Fire Protection District (WRFPD) is expanding and upgrading to keep up with the growing population of Pulaski County. The all-hazard fire department responds to about 100 calls per month in its area, covering 162 square miles with four fire stations.
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  • Waynesville Rural Fire Protection District (WRFPD) is expanding and upgrading to keep up with the growing population of Pulaski County. The all-hazard fire department responds to about 100 calls per month in its area, covering 162 square miles with four fire stations.
    WRFPD recently received two 2014 state-of-the-art fire trucks that will be replacing trucks that were built in the 1990s.
    Fire Chief Doug Yurecko said that the trucks were built custom-made as dual purpose trucks and will be used as both an engine and a tanker.
    Yurecko said that the trucks cost around $335,000 each. Yureko said the trucks last about 20 years.
    The two trucks are fully equipped with the latest technologies to help the department serve the county in a variety of emergency situations. The new trucks hold roughly 1,500 gallons of water and can empty more than 1,000 gallons of water a minute. The new trucks also carry foam, which is an excellent agent for fire extinguishing.
    Yurecko has been with the department for more than 30 years and said firefighting equipment hasn't changed much over the last few decades, but is now more efficient.
    “Fire trucks haven't changed a lot in the last 50 or 60 years,” Yurecko said. “Some of the tools have changed a little.The controls in the new trucks are more electronic than our older trucks.”
    Yureko started working for WRFPD in 1983 when it was a small, volunteer-only fire department with three trucks. Now, the department consists of four fire stations, 14 full-time firefighters and 34 volunteer firefighters.
    “We covered the same area with a lot less people,”Yureko said. “ Now we run 1,200 calls a year. When I started, we ran about 200 calls a year.”
    Yureko said that the Waynesville Rural Fire Department's response time is about seven minutes per call. He said that employing full-time firefighters dramatically cuts down on response time.
    The department recently acquired two rescue boats after the August 2013 flood to help equip firefighters perform rescues in case of emergency.

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