Shown left to right are Keagan Strutheit (Boone County FPD) and Tyler Trantham (Rover VFD), who worked to deliver the gear to Thomasville, and Matt Luetkemeyer of DFS

Following historic, deadly flash flooding on April 29, 2017, the Antonia Fire Protection District donated 16 sets of firefighting gear to the DFS Donated Equipment Program. DFS coordinated transfer of the gear to the Thomasville Fire Department, which lost most of its firefighting equipment and gear during the flooding. Shown left to right are Keagan Strutheit (Boone County FPD) and Tyler Trantham (Rover VFD), who worked to deliver the gear to Thomasville, and Matt Luetkemeyer of DFS.

Missouri’s Donated Fire Equipment Program was established because some Missouri fire departments operate with older equipment, small operating budgets, and may face escalating equipment maintenance expenses.

The program, as set out in RSMo. 320.091, provides civil immunity to any fire protection district, volunteer fire protection association or any fire department of any political subdivision which donates equipment used to suppress fire or fire protective clothing to another department if certain conditions are met.

Conditions:

  1. Equipment is approved by the state fire marshal or designee;
  2. Motor vehicles must pass a safety inspection by the Missouri State Highway Patrol;
  3. Receiving agency demonstrates to the state fire marshal’s office that the equipment received works properly; and
  4. Donor agency informs the receiving agency in writing of any defects in the equipment about which it knows.

A donating agency may select a fire agency to receive its used equipment, or may submit the used equipment to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, which will hold the donated equipment until it can be transferred to a receiving department.

Departments desiring to donate equipment to specific departments or the Office of the State Fire Marshal should download a copy of the Donated Equipment application and submit it along with any necessary documentation to the Division of Fire Safety for approval.