If you are a newcomer to the Ozarks, Welcome. I'm sure you will find this a beautiful place to live. The ticks, chiggers, and poison ivy are a small inconvenience to put up with, but you should be aware that they are a troublesome addition to our beauty.
We would like to make you aware of our way of handling another problem - fires. Douglas County is not a tax based fire department. There are several departments within the county, which take care of their region. The Ava Rural Fire Department takes care of an area outside the city limits of Ava North on highway 5 to the Wright County line; East on East Highway 76 to "FR126" and East on East highway 14 to just past "FR326"; South on South 5 highway to "FR413"; West on West 76 highway to "PP" highway, West on "Y" highway to "FR519" and West on West 14 highway to "AK" highway (just west of "O" highway). These are the approximate boundary lines for our department.
The membership dues are $50.00 per year due in August each year. Membership dues letters will go out to each member the last of July or first part of August. If you are a member, the department will take care of any fire on your place without further charges. If you are not a member we will respond and take care of the fire, but you will be charged $100.00 to respond and $500 per hour thereafter as set forth by Missouri Statute. Your insurance company usually will pay part of the bill but the landowner is responsible for the portion not paid by the insurance company. Each residence is required to have a membership.
The Ava Rural Fire Department is strictly a volunteer fire department. These men are interested in protecting the lives and property of the residents of Douglas County and receive no reimbursement for their services. Therefore, they all have other jobs and must be called from their jobs or homes at the time of a fire. Some of the places of business continue to pay for their work hours, and others have to forfeit work pay to help the community.
We want to help make our part of the Ozarks a happy, safe place to live and raise a family. Your membership dues are the only means of support we have to pay the fire department bills and get needed equipment. The more members and support we have, the better we can serve. We have appreciated the moral support our community has given us, and feel that by each of us working together we can continue to enjoy these Ozarks.
Our emergency phone number is 683-5512. This rings into several firemen's home's so you'll probably get more than one person on the line if it becomes necessary for you to use this number. If it is not an emergency call Delbert Murray, fire chief, at 683-2189.
Other emergency phone numbers you need to be aware of are: Sheriff Department 683-1020 and Cox Ambulance 1-800-315-4911.
We hope you never have to use these services, but remember, we're here if needed. We're interested in your safety and hope you enjoy our community as much as we do.
To become a member of the Ava Rural Fire Department, make a check or money order for $75.00 to Ava Rural Fire Department, and send to: Ava Rural Fire Department, P.O. Box 293, Ava, MO 65608. Include your name, address, phone number, and directions how to get to your place from the city of Ava.
You should notify your insurance company after you join, some of them give a discount for being a member. If you want a receipt, ask at the time you send your membership dues and we will be happy to send you a receipt.