Fire Department

Owensville Volunteer Fire Department was founded in 1929 and covers approximately 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 can 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 to be a firefighter for the Owensville Volunteer Fire Department. For an application, stop by City Hall or click here to download.

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

Fire Chief: Jeff Arnold
Mailing Address:
107 W Sears Ave
Owensville, MO  65066

Property Location  Firehouse #1:  819 W Franklin Ave  Owensville, MO  65066
Firehouse #3:  600 Springfield Road  Owensville, MO  65066

Click here for Volunteer Firefighter Application.

Owensville Rural Fire Protection Association (ORFPA):
The ORFPA was formed in 1946. The State of Missouri 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 $58.00 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 or call 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.