Anyone ever wonder how much water it takes to fight an average size house fire? The technical answer is length x width divided by 3 x the number of stories (a house that is 30 x 50 and is 2 stories would require 1,000 gallons per minute). Plattsburg Fire brings 3,000 gallons of water with Engine 33 (so about 3 minutes of firefighting) at that point we need to rely on the hydrants in town or water tankers from neighboring departments, which will take 10 to 15 minutes to arrive. Most of the hydrants in Plattsburg can not provide 1,000 gpm and some can’t provide 500 gpm. The City’s water lines are in need of updating to accommodate today’s water demands both from a fire protection stand point as well as providing adequate flow and pressure for the resident’s day-to-day activities. Some of these lines were installed in the 1950’s. The city’s elected officials and administration has come up with a plan that will provide that flow by upgrading and adding several water lines along with water tower upgrades. They have had one informational meeting and will be having another on March 28th at 7pm. If you would like to read more about this topic please go to BOND ISSUE. Please Vote YES on April 3rd and help us help you!
3 weeks agoSeptember is National Suicide Prevention Month. Throughout the month, we will be posting helpful information on this page, along with phone numbers and websites where help and additional information can be received. If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free, confidential, 24/7 support by phone [1-800-273-TALK (8255)] or online chat www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org Crisis Text Line provides free, confidential, 24/7 support by text [text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the U.S.] www.crisistextline. ... See MoreSee LessToday a Plattsburg resident was called from an unusual number with a person sounded similar to their adult granddaughter. The person said they were in jail and needed to be bonded out after a long winded story. They then put another person on the line identifying themselves as a Kansas City Police Officer and stated they use a bondsman there will be gag order on the arrest. The called was transferred to another person looking for payment posing as the bondsman.Meanwhile they called their granddaughter from another phone and verified she was ok. She was sitting at home fine.They told the supposed bondsman they were lying and it did not startle them. Please be aware that they were VERY good at their charade. Before you give ANYONE your personal information obtain a call back number and verify the source and validity of the call. As law enforcement will will not call you to get your credit number to take care of a warrant. The system does not work that way.Please keep your information safe and if you believe it was a scam call report it to ic3.gov and consider contacting the Federal Trade Commission to be put on the do not call list along with reporting the callers information and number. ... See MoreSee LessThank you to the CCR3 staff for this excellent treat we found at the station. Like education elves, they snuck in and delivered some home made treats for the staff here at PFPD!!! We appreciate what you do for our community and kids. We hope you have a GREAT 2021-2022 School Year!!! Call us if we help you all in any way this year! ... See MoreSee LessPlattsburg Teachers are on the move with the pop up popsicle party. Being crazy at Central Bank and then to Bode Pool. Stop by say hi and get a ice cold popsicle!!!! ... See MoreSee Lesswww.facebook.com/646990371995117/posts/4786705038023609/?d=nFrom: Steve IrvingThis is what the rural volunteer fire service is becoming. Busy lives, increased training and other operational responsibilities and in some areas increased call volume (including non-emergency calls) have combined to reduce the number of volunteers willing to serve their communities.There are common operational concerns including water supply, aging apparatus and facilities, the cost of replacing and upgrading gear and equipment which face many volunteer departments. Add the challenge of the familiar foes of time and distance to expectations for the number of responders and response times and the results become concerning.The world has changed since I first became a volunteer in 1970, five years before the end of the Vietnam War. We rode tailboard, were trained in-house by our volunteer company, and the community actively supported us. There was pride in being a volunteer. Those volunteer departments still operating in 2021 are nowhere near the department one’s father or grandfather served with. Change is necessary to meet the world we face in emergency service today. Legacy, tradition and nostalgia have their place but sadly in the volunteer service they are fading away just like the number of volunteers.Help is coming and always on the way. Economics and optics dictate the operational reality.I stood on Friday August 13, 2021 in front of the four apparatus available for my response as the last volunteer at my station. I am a volunteer chief but there is no one left to lead. We always operate within the scope of our documented training and safety is our priority. With over fifty years since my service started it will not be long and I, too, will be gone.One adapts in the fire service - the first lesson and learned quickly. We face adversity and work as a team to overcome. I have been honored to serve with the most fearless of heroes who, without seeking recognition or reward, do the work and make a difference. Every day and every call.I will continue to rely and count on them in the future.---- Steve Irving ... See MoreSee Less