The Monett Rural Fire Department responded to 18 runs during February.
According to Assistant Chief Phil Ogle, only one of the runs from February 1 to 26 was for a structure fire within the association's territory. That was on February 22 on Farm Road 1160, about five miles from Monett. Ogle said the older home involved, located away from other structures, was fully engulfed by the time firefighters reached it . No cause was determined for the fire. The house was a complete loss.
Three mutual aid runs were made in the last 10 days, all to structure fires. Runs to assist the Purdy Fire District firefighters were made on February 20 and 24, both to mobile home fires that were total losses. On February 25, Monett Rural firemen assisted Pierce City Rural Department on a barn fire. Ogle said the barn was burned beyond saving by the time firefighters reached it.
Five runs were made during February to vehicular accidents.
Firemen also participated in two training sessions. One was an annual storm spotter session, held at the Southwest Area Career Center. A number of training meetings are being done with the new teenage cadets. Ogle said the cadets are going through the basic firefighter class, acquainting them with what the trained firefighters are doing, and why.
Two weekends of hazardous materials training are planned during March at the city's Industrial Park station, bringing an experts from the University of Missouri.
During February, firemen responded to seven grass fires. Ogle noted grass fires occur rather frequently and usually are not major events. One that was more significant occurred on February 25 just east of Pulaskifield. Around 50 acres burned, and the fire got into the church cemetery. Pierce City Rural and the Purdy department assisted on that blaze.
Frequently, grass fires result from people losing control of fires for burning brush or trash. That was the case in the Pulaskifield fire, Ogle added.
The Monett Rural Fire Association is planning a fundraiser on March 14 in the parking lot for the old Fred's store off Highway 60 and Kyler. Schwann's food products are being sold. Pre-orders can be made by calling 235-7596 and leaving a message on the answering machine.