Cooper County voters will have several items to vote on during the April 4 election including a Cooper County Fire District question asking voters to approve the issuing of its general obligation bonds in the amount of $1.925 million.

Cooper County voters will have several items to vote on during the April 4 election including a Cooper County Fire District question asking voters to approve the issuing of its general obligation bonds in the amount of $1.925 million.
According to Cooper County Fire Chief Dave Gehm, residents will not be asked to pay higher taxes. In essence, the measure will allow the district to purchase items that are greatly needed to help protect property and people against the dangerous effects of fire. The goal is to not have any resident any further than five miles away from a fire station. This will greatly lower insurance rates and will keep the districts ISO rating at ‘6’.
Services provided by the district include structure fire suppression, emergency medical response, motor vehicle rescue, water rescue, large animal rescue, ice rescue, wild land fire and hazardous materials rescue.
The district plans to construct a new stations in Bunceton and Lone Elm. In addition, the district looks to begin updating their fleet of vehicles. A purchase of one fire engine will cost $365,000 while the combined cost of two tankers and two brush trucks will cost $600,000. Right now, the district has seven engines, six tankers and six brush trucks. Some of these vehicles are 25 years or older.
Every 15 years, the district has to replace its air packs. The combined cost of replacing 40 of these will be $300,000. Additional  purchases include airbags that can lift large cars or machinery, at a cost of $10,000 each.
If the bond passes, the district will install helicopter pads.