At their January 13, 2016 meeting, the board of directors for the Atlanta Volunteer Fire Department chose the bid provided by Storm Sirens, Inc. for a $20,000 storm siren project. A grant and loan package from USDA will help pay for the materials and installation. The department is partnering with the City of Atlanta to fund the remaining $9,000 of the total cost.
“We want to focus on the safety of those living in our community,” said Board Secretary Aaron Baker. “As part of this package, we are also working to install a remote alert system inside the school building. We appreciate the city’s partnership on this important upgrade for our area.”
At the same meeting, the board certified the election of Holt Landorf of rural Atlanta as the department’s fire chief. Mr. Landorf serves as a state-certified professional firefighter in Moberly and will help lead the department volunteers’ efforts in the coming year.
It was reported that 196 of the 239 members of the Atlanta Volunteer Fire Department had already paid their dues for the calendar year. So far, the department has 10 new members. An outreach effort last year netted 78 new members paying dues on an annual basis, which was a membership increase of more than 40%.
The board also authorized the purchase of a carbon monoxide detector as part of a campaign to educate the community on the importance of detectors inside homes and businesses in the area.
A matching grant from the Missouri Department awarded to the department was also discussed as well as improvements to the fire station and maintenance work to be completed on trucks.
To learn more about the Atlanta Volunteer Fire Department, visit goatlantafire.com or contact Aaron Baker, Board Secretary, at (660) 281-7777.