Fire Department

Owensville Fire Department:

The Owensville volunteer Fire Department was founded in 1929 and covers approx. 250 square miles to include the southern half of Gasconade County which includes the City of Owensville.  The force consists of 30+ volunteers who faithfully respond to 300 or more calls per year.  Two firehouses are located in Owensville and one is located in Mt Sterling.  New members are always welcome.  For rules and regulations regarding rural protection contact the Fire Chief  573-437-2000  and leave a message for Station 1 to return your call.   If you live outside the City Limits of Owensville you shall obtain membership with the Owensville Rural Fire Protection Association (O.R.F.P.A.) by calling 573-437-4308.

Volunteers are always welcome to apply for a firefighter for the Owensville volunteer fire Department.  Stop by City Hall for an application.

Fire Insurance Rating: 5 (inside the City of Owensville)

Fire Chief: Curtis Aytes   Mailing Address: 107 W Sears Avenue   Owensville, MO  6506      573-437-2000

Ladies Auxiliary: 

The ladies auxiliary was founded in 1989 and serves as a support system for the fire department.  The auxiliary provides drinks and even food when the firemen have been fighting a fire.  The auxiliary fundraisers assist in the purchase of equipment or supplies the fire department may need.  The officers are elected by the members of the ladies auxiliary.

Owensville Rural Fire Protection Association: (ORFPA)

The ORFPA was formed in 1946.  The State of Missorui authorizes the formation of rural fire protection associations for the purpose of furnishing fire protection in areas not covered by special tax districts.  The current membership fee is $48.00 annually.  The fee helps pay for the mandatory training required of volunteer firefighters.  Property taxes do not pay for rural fire protection.  ORFPA is always looking for donations and additional members to help cover operational costs. The ORFPA can be reached at PO BOX 202, OWENSVILLE, MO  65066  573-437-4308

The State of Missouri sets fees for rural fire protection associations responding to fires of non-members.  The fees are $100.00 plus $500.00 per hour until the equipment is back in firehouse and available for service.  There are similar charges for ORFPA to respond to motor vehicle accidents of non-members.  Every farm or dwelling located outside the corporate limits of Owensville that is not a member with the ORFPA are subject to the above fees, in additional to the monthly assessments.  That would included property located outside the city limits such as Landwehr subdivision, Peaceful Valley Lake, Rolling Homes Trailer Court and any others that current are outside the city limits.  Membership is required for each piece of property owned.  Applications are available at City Hall as well as insurance offices located throughout the City of Owensville.