Where It All Began

History of the Oran Fire Protection District 

The Oran Fire Protection District traces its existence back to the Oran Volunteer Fire Department which was a city based fire department. The Oran Volunteer Fire Department’s recorded history is documented back to the early 1900's. The department was probably in existence before then but due to a fire at city hall, no records for this period are available. The city of Oran was founded in 1869 and the fire department’s history probably dates back to this era. 

The department’s first fire truck was a Ford model A, which was used to carry various firefighting equipment. This truck had no pump and was sold in 1948 when the department purchased its first fire truck. The 1948 fire truck was a Towers apparatus built on a Chevy Chassis. This truck has a 500 Gallon per minute pump with a 300-gallon water tank. 

In 1968 the fire department purchased a second truck from Towers which had a 500 gallon per minute pump and a 500 gallon water tank. This truck also had several compartments which allowed much more equipment to be carried. 

The Oran Fire Protection District was organized by a vote of its citizens on August 8, 1995. The district was passed by a 64% margin, with 151 for and 86 against. This was essentially a reorganization of the Oran Volunteer Fire Department. The response area for the department remained about the same, but with the district, the boundaries became official. 

In 1998 the Oran Fire Protection District lowered its insurance rating from a class 6 to a class 5. The Oran Fire Protection District has the lowest ISO rating of any volunteer department in Southeast Missouri and one of the lowest in the entire state. At a town class rating of 5, citizens of Oran pay one of the lowest rates around for their fire insurance premiums. For more details on this subject please check out the ISO section of this website. 

In 1998 a 1977 Seagraves Fire Engine was purchased by the Fire District. This truck has a 1250 GPM pump and a 500 gallon tank. This truck has a mounted deluge gun and additional storage compared to our other apparatus.

In April of 2003 the district citizens voted for  a tax increase which allowed the district to purchase a 1991 E-One Hush Fire Engine which has a 1250 GPM pump and  a 750 gallon tank. This truck also has a mounted deluge gun but has additional compartment space which none of the other engines have.
In September of 2003 the district was awarded a FEMA assistance to firefighters grant in the amount of $166,089.00 with our portion being $16,608.90. This grant was awarded in the category of Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety.
In July of 2004 the district purchased a 1993 Pierce Dash Fire Engine that has 1250 GPM Pump and 750 gallon tank. This truck is very comparable with the 1991 fire engine.
Also in late July of 2004 the district was awarded it's second FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) in the amount of $250,000.00. This grant was used to purchase a NEW fire engine, something the district has not been able to do since 1968. The district's portion of this grant was $25,000.00.

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