The Owensville Volunteer Fire Department was founded in 1929 and covers approximately 250 square miles including portions of Gasconade County and Osage County, including the City of Owensville. The force consists around 37 volunteers who faithfully respond to 300 or more calls each year. There are two firehouses located in Owensville and one is located in Mt. Sterling. The present ISO rating is 5 in town and 5x in the rural area. In case of a fire or accident, call 911. New members are always welcome. If you live outside the city limits of Owensville you may obtain fire protection by joining the Owensville Rural Fire Protective Association. O.R.F.P.A. helps provide fire protection to rural residents by contracting with the City Of Owensville for service to the area outside the Owensville Corporate Limits.
You can have rural fire protection by becoming a member of the Owensville Rural Fire Protective Association, Inc. For each property or dwelling outside the corporate limits of the City of Owensville, membership with the O.R.F.P.A., Inc., is of the utmost importance. That includes Southridge and Landwehr Subdivisions, Peaceful Valley, Rolling Homes (Davis) Trailer Park and others that are not within the city limits. If you have two pieces of property, you need two memberships. Applications can be picked up at City Hall, real estate offices, and insurance offices. Dues are $58.00 per property address per year. A minimum $600 fine is assessed if the property owner is not a member and services are provided. The membership fee includes fire response services for automobile accidents as well as property fires. Residents of the rural Owensville area may contact Cheryl Schlottach, Treasurer, at (573) 437-4308 for an application or for information regarding membership to the Owensville Rural Fire Association. New members are always welcome.
The Owensville Area Ambulance District is located at 405 East Lincoln Street in Owensville. The district boundaries cover over 200 square miles of southern Gasconade County. It currently offers four ambulances that are staffed with 28 highly trained EMT’s and Paramedics and contain up to date lifesaving equipment to serve the residents of Owensville and the surrounding area. The crews respond to about 4-5 calls a day on average and between 1600 and 1700 per year. We transport to all the local hospitals and if necessary we also go to the St Louis and Columbia area hospitals. We pride ourselves in providing high quality healthcare with hometown compassion and respect. The district is overseen by a 6 member Board of Directors that meets on a bi- monthly basis. The ambulances are dispatched by Gasconade County 9-1-1 Center who has recently moved to their new location in Rosebud.
In addition to providing a professional ambulance service, the district also offers other community services. We offer PERSYS which is a home monitoring system for elderly residents that live alone. The system provides immediate access to an ambulance, fire, police or family member at the touch of a button. Training classes in CPR and first aid are offered for individuals and groups for all ages and skill levels. Other activities include benefit bar-b-ques for local projects in need of funding, Halloween night with lots of goodies for our younger residents and numerous school activities to promote safety and good decision making skills.