DeSoto Rural Fire Protection District

DeSoto Rural Fire Protection District


Our family want to thank you for the honor you gave our dad, Bud Smith, today. We were so overwhelmed with the response. I apologize I cant remember each department but please know, dad's 5 girls and grandchildren appreciated your time and care shown today. If you could please pass this on to all the departments for me I would greatly appreciate it. Lisa Gore thank you so much for recording it.
Our family want to thank you for the honor you gave our dad, Bud Smith, today. We were so overwhelmed with the response. I apologize I cant remember each department but please know, dad's 5 girls and grandchildren appreciated your time and care shown today. If you could please pass this on to all the departments for me I would greatly appreciate it. Lisa Gore thank you so much for recording it.
I'm just now seeing on my Facebook it looks like the ramp to 67 from 55 REOPENED YESTERDAT!!!! YAY!!!!!

(*side note* I took 61/67 home, which I'm regretting... got pulled over for expired plates, in process of getting legal, hopefully nothing else happens that adds to the list of repairs needed, but my insurance company never sent me my dec page via email, couldn't prove insurance, got ANOTHER no insurance ticket. I PAY IN FULL BI ANNUALLY! ugh... Lol)
My grandson had a blast seeing how these guys work.
Thank you for letting my grandson see what you guys do every day. He loves the trucks and is still talking about it.
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To every one at DRFPD. A big thank you for all you did for Wanda and myself. You will never know how much you helped me through this hard time. Just so you know, I do miss the time I was there.
Bud Smith
Went to funeral visitation the other day and I came out to these being out side. This is why I love my small town. Thank you DeSoto Rural Fire Protection District
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Sunrise School thanks DeSoto Rural for getting us started at 8:09 am (school starts at 8:10 am) - after an early morning alarm. Everyone is safe and the alarm sensor has been cleaned!

The District covers 174 square miles of rural south and southwestern Jefferson County and is the largest coverage area in the County. We respond to over 1,200 alarms each year.

Operating as usual


Containing a brush fire, Sunday 3/20/2022

🚨 🌬 πŸ”₯ 🌳 PLEASE USE CAUTION BURNING: Your DRFPD Volunteer and Career firefighters have been hard at work all day with brush/wildland fires. Take a look at how quickly a small controlled burn can get OUT of control! ⬇️ LOW HUMIDITY and 🌬 gusty winds are a perfect recipe for a fire to get out of control. Be safe and enjoy your evening! #DRFPD

Reckitt Recalls More than Three Million Bottles of Airborne Gummies Due to Injury Hazard 03/17/2022

Reckitt Recalls More than Three Million Bottles of Airborne Gummies Due to Injury Hazard


Name of Product:
Airborne Gummies (63 and 75 count bottles)
When opened for the first time, pressure build up in the bottle can cause the cap and underlying seal to pop off with force, posing an injury hazard.

Reckitt Recalls More than Three Million Bottles of Airborne Gummies Due to Injury Hazard Consumers with an unopened bottle(s) should not attempt to open the product and should contact Reckitt to return the unopened bottle(s) to receive a full refund. A postage-paid label will be provided. Bottles that have already been opened are not subject to this recall as they would have released an...


*** Scene cleared. US 67/PAPIN is OPEN. Updated 11:00PM ***

🚨 πŸš’πŸš‘πŸš“ Active accident scene on US HIGHWAY 67 at PAPIN RD. Use caution in the area.

Harbor Freight Tools Recalls Seats Due to Fall Hazard 02/10/2022

Harbor Freight Tools Recalls Seats Due to Fall Hazard

πŸš¨πŸš’πŸš‘ RECALL ALERT: FALL/INJURY POTENTIAL: We pass on product recalls from time to time about fire or injury hazards. The link below is a recall of nearly 500,000 stools sold by Harbor Freight. If you have one of these, please click the link for more information! #DRFPD #Safetyrecall

Harbor Freight Tools Recalls Seats Due to Fall Hazard Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled seats and return them to the nearest Harbor Freight Tools store for a free replacement or full refund in the form of a gift card. If you are unable to return the seat to one of Harbor Freight Tools’ locations, contact Harbor Freight Tools using ...


πŸ“Έ ⛄️ Drop your SNOW PHOTOS in the comments! Let’s see how you’re doing! ❄️ ❄️ Thank you for limiting non essential travel! The roads are still covered and we are expecting several more hours of snowfall. As the temperature drops (9Β° overnight) and bodies of water ice over PLEASE PLEASE do not go out onto the ice! #DRFPD #winterweather #lcesafety

Timeline photos 02/02/2022

🚨 Do you have a winter car care checklist? Here is one you can use along with other great winter weather information from our friends at Rock Township Ambulance District - RTAD in Arnold! #DRFPD #winterweather


🚨 πŸš— πŸ’₯ πŸš™ ❄️ 🧊 πŸš’πŸš‘πŸš“ Rapidly deteriorating road conditions are happening now! We have seen the first wave of sleet, now we have incoming snow throughout the day, with a wave of heavy snow accumulation again this evening. Watch the local weather sites! You can download the Missouri Department of Transportation Traveler Information App Map in the link below!

Photos from US National Weather Service Saint Louis Missouri's post 02/02/2022

❄️ πŸš’πŸš‘πŸš“ ❄️ Your DRFPD crews, along with other emergency entities, are ready to respond to calls for service. However, the roads are already covered with sleet, and conditions will deteriorate throughout the day. The information and graphic below is the latest update from the US National Weather Service Saint Louis, Missouri. PLEASE STAY IN if you can and keep an eye on local news sources and the Weather Service. #DRFPD #winterweather

Photos from US National Weather Service Saint Louis Missouri's post 01/31/2022

❄️ 🧊 ❄️ πŸš’ Here we SNOW again! Are you prepared? Besides the obvious French Toast weather ingredients (milk, bread, eggs) you should fuel your vehicles, get out the ice scrapers, prepare the sidewalk salt, and most importantly, STAY IN if you can. Please be sure to check in friends and neighbors. #DRFPD #WinterWeather


Information on State Rd H closure below. #DRFPD

Motorists traveling along Route H between Maness Rd. and Dodson Ln. in Jefferson County will have to use alternate routes. MoDot crews closed this stretch of Route H due to a box culvert collapse. Signs will direct motorists to detours around the closure.

Photos from US National Weather Service Saint Louis Missouri's post 01/13/2022

❄️ β›„οΈπŸš’ Good day all! β€œWeather” we get 1/2” or 2” of snow we ask that you start preparing now. Friday into Saturday we are expecting some accumulation. Please ensure your home and vehicle are prepared for winter weather. For the most up to date posts watch the US National Weather Service Saint Louis Missouri for updates! #BePrepared #WinterWeather #DRFPD


❄️ β˜ƒοΈ Here’s an update to the expected winter Weather arriving Late Wednesday and into Thursday. Estimates are less and 1” but it doesn’t take much to slide around on that pretty white stuff. Please use caution and be aware of your surroundings. #Drfpd #winterweatheralert

There remains the potential for light snow late Wednesday night until about midday Thursday. Exact snow amounts remain a bit uncertain, but indications are they should stay on the light side, generally near or below 1 inch. However, with very cold temperatures, any snow that does fall will likely accumulate, particularly on untreated road surfaces. If you have travel plans, stay tuned for future forecast updates over the next 24-36 hours.


❄️ 🚨 Yes, Winter has reminded us it’s HERE. Please follow weather news, especially if you are traveling this week. We will share more as the forecast is updated. Be safe, be smart, be prepared for winter weather! #DRFPD #winterweather

One of the golden rules for quality forecasting is that we have to take one weather system at a time. The playing field for "the next" weather system can be dramatically altered in unpredictable ways by the first. So we need to let the dust settle before getting to specific about the next storm in the pipeline. So when people started asking about some of the social media noise they were seeing about "the next storm" Thursday... I resisted. But now, the dust has settled from the weekend and it's time to look ahead.

There is little doubt a weather system will impact the region late Wednesday night into Thursday. There is little doubt that there will be snow in the clouds overhead as the system passes through. The big question revolves around the very cold and very dry air that will be in place in the low levels of the atmosphere that could eat up at least some of the snow as it falls. This system will not have a significant amount of moisture to work with as it is somewhat of a hybrid clipper system. However, there is some decent forcing that I see lining up to produce a couple of west-to-east bands of snow that will traverse the area Wednesday night into Thursday. I see a pretty good chance for most of the region to experience their first light accumulations of snow.... and whatever falls will be all snow. This is some very cold air moving in with this system. The real question will be how much of the snow from the clouds will be able to reach the ground... and that remains uncertain.

All that being said... if we do get this light snow to fall late Wednesday night into Thursday morning... it will have an impact to travel during the day so it's definitely something that may impact your plans... and therefore... worth monitoring.

Fox2Now #stlwx #mowx #ILwx


πŸ₯Άβ„οΈβ˜ƒοΈ πŸš’πŸš’πŸš’ From everyone at DRFPD we wish you a Safe, Happy and Prosperous New Year! Here’s to 2022, and on 1/1/2022 we are reminded winter is here. Please use extreme caution when traveling today and keep an eye on those temperatures. You can visit the US National Weather Service Saint Louis Missouri page for updates throughout the day. #DRFPD #2022 #winterweather

Winter weather impacts will be greatest from central MO into northeast MO and west-central IL. Areas of rain will eventually change to a brief period of wintry weather before it all exits Sunday morning. #mowx #ilwx #stlwx


*** UPDATE: 08:13 - Vehicle removed, Highway V is clear for travel. BE SAFE! ***
🚨 πŸš’ πŸš’πŸš‘πŸš“ 07:30 Friday 12/31: DRFPD is working a NON INJURY vehicle accident on State Rd V south of Mount Olive. Please use caution in the area while the vehicle is recovered. This post will be updated when the roadway is clear. #DRFPDοΏΌ


🚨 πŸŽ„ πŸ”₯ 🎁 πŸš’ πŸš’ Don’t let your Holidays go up in flames. Real Christmas trees are beautiful, but can present a safety hazard when not properly cared for. Now that the present blitz is over, PLEASE water these trees until it’s time to part with your Holiday wonder! #FireSafety #DRFPD #christmastree #wateryourtree


πŸ€” 🚨 πŸš™ Know before you go! Warm humid air moving in over cold pavement causes condensation on the pavement surface, that’s what we see this morning in our area. It may not look slick, but that top layer is deceptively slippery. Please use extreme caution on days that the temperature changes overnight. #HighwaySafety #DRFPD


*** 00:30 HIGHWAY REOPENED ***
🚨 🚨 HIGHWAY H CLOSED Manses to Mammoth 🚨🚨 πŸš’ πŸš‘ πŸš“
DRFPD is working a vehicle accident on H WEST of De Soto. The highway is completely closed between Mammoth and Maness. Use alternate routes please until this post is updated. It will be closed for an unknown period of time. Watch this post for an update on reopening. #DRFPD


🚨 πŸ‘¨β€πŸš’ Overnight DRFPD crews assisted Big River Fire near French Village at the scene of a garage fire. The garage was well involved and created fire exposure to the nearby home. No injuries were reported and the fire was extinguished by the crews from multiple departments. The garage was a total loss but the house sustained minor damage before being extinguished by firefighters. #DRFPD



FREE Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors available! Installation assistance available if needed.

Photos from DeSoto Rural Fire Protection District's post 12/16/2021

Good evening DeSoto Rural. We have been busy! Lots of calls, trainings, receiving donations of yummy things and we had our annual Holiday lunch today with a very special treat in that several (most) of the remaining retirees of DeSoto Rural attended. What a fantastic visit we had. Our good neighbors (practically family) DeSoto City Fire attended today as well.

Included in the pictures are the retirees and then a group pic from todays luncheon, a Training Fire from Monday night (1 of 6 we have conducted with other area departments over the past two weeks), a couple of pics of our station 4 crew attending a lighting ceremony at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital last week (very cool) and last but not least a new to us 2500 gallon Engine/Tanker our Board of Directors allowed us to purchase from Freeburg Illinois. The unit is very low mileage and in excellent shape and should last us many years of service.

Thank you First State Community Bank, Emmanuel Baptist Church Food Pantry and Athletico Physical Therapy for the yummy treats.

Please stay safe everyone and let's all have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS.

GE Appliances, a Haier Company, Recalls to Repair Free-Standing and Slide-In Ranges Due to Tip-Over Hazard 12/10/2021

GE Appliances, a Haier Company, Recalls to Repair Free-Standing and Slide-In Ranges Due to Tip-Over Hazard

🚨🚨 GE Appliances, a Haier Company, Recall to Repair Free-Standing and Slide-In Ranges Due to Tip-Over Hazard. 🚨🚨
SAFETY is an integral part of our mission at DRFPD! Please review this urgent recall on 132,000 stoves for a TIP HAZARD! Protect yourself, protect your family, protect your children! #DRFPD

GE Appliances, a Haier Company, Recalls to Repair Free-Standing and Slide-In Ranges Due to Tip-Over Hazard Consumers should contact GE Appliances to determine if their unit is part of the recall and to schedule a free in-home service call to inspect the recalled range’s anti-tip bracket and ensure it is securely installed in the floor or wall. Consumers can continue to use the recalled ranges but are c...


We couldn't be more proud of Volunteer Firefighter Keith Gardner (also a career Firefighter at Spanish Lake) to be competing in the 2021 BackStoppers Guns n Hoses match tonight.

Keith is representing a close friend whos young daughter is battling Leukemia and also our own Lieutenant Ronald Wehlage Jr. we lost on June 30, 2020 after fighting a house fire.

A great guy and a great cause. and a proud Chief moment. Good Luck Keith.


Shout out to Mrs. Nelson with First State Community Bank for treating our crews last night, very appreciated.


Thank you to all Veterans for your service and sacrifices so that we can live as one. Words are not enough but it is what we have to give.


This morning DeSoto Rural and Valle Ambulance units responded to a very serious vehicle crash on Hwy 21 south of DeSoto Rural Fire Station 5, south of DeSoto. We respond to a lot of accident in this section of Hwy 21, poor sight distance both north and south complicates and increases the risk to our personnel and stopped traffic.

This morning, extrication was necessary and it was a very complex and extensive operation.

Our first arriving Fire Truck from station 5 had one fire Fighter on it as that station is staffed by the Training officer during weekday business hours and staffed by volunteers on nights and weekends.

We would like to thank the citizens who stopped and/or live in the area that were helping our single responder until the rest of us could arrive. We do not often have help and it was sorely needed and appreciated.

It became an extensive operation requiring several Fire Trucks of equipment and responders, medical staff from the ambulance, law enforcement, an air medical helicopter and the local towing company with two tow trucks all to complete the extrication.

Thank you to all of the agencies that helped us, DeSoto City Fire, Hillsboro Fire, Valle Ambulance, Shanks Towing, ARCh #6 Air medical transport and Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Lastly, thank you to everyone stuck in traffic north and south of the incident for more than two hours during the extrication and cleanup, for being supportive and understanding. That is not exactly how we are greeted many times while out on the highway anymore and you patience is very appreciated.

We pray for the young patient involved today to heal fully and quickly.

Chief Fitzgerald

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