“We are a strong team with the duty to aggressively serve our community with integrity and excellence.”
“We focus on our community by being good stewards, responsive to risk, and pursue excellence in all we do.”
The established values of the OFPD are instrumental in prioritizing the programs and ideas within the district and are a component of the budgeting and allocation of resources. Values are part of the established culture of the organization and are identified as duty, integrity, and excellence.
The Ozark Fire Protection District serves 110 square miles of Christian County Missouri. We provide emergency services to the cities of Ozark, Fremont Hills, and portions of Christian County. We also provide automatic-aid for the communities of Nixa, Rogersville, Sparta, Highlandville, and Chadwick
In addition, we provide protection to portions of unincorporated Christian County. We run out of three fire stations placed throughout our district and employ 34 full-time firefighters divided among three different shifts. Our administrative staff consists of a Chief, Deputy Chief of Operations, an Assistant Chief of Prevention, and one full time Administrative Assistant.
Our district takes part in a robust automatic mutual aid system that includes all fire districts within our county as well as fire districts throughout the Springfield metropolitan area. In addition, we participate in the Missouri State-wide mutual aid system. For our residents, the residents of our neighboring districts, as well as those across the state, our involvement in these mutual aid programs ensures adequate resources to handle emergencies.
Over the years the fire service has evolved from a single hazard response agency i.e., fire suppression response, to a multi hazard response agency. Today’s firefighters are faced with challenges from Hazardous Materials, Emergency Medical Services, Homeland Security, and technical rescue operations i.e., confined space, swift water, high angle, trench and building collapse, motor vehicle crashes, etc. If you can think of an emergency, it is most likely the fire/rescue service that responds. The Ozark Fire District has worked tirelessly to keep up with our ever-changing responsibilities and to keep our personnel trained at the highest possible levels.
Our Firefighter/EMT and Firefighter/Paramedics respond to over 3500 calls a year for assistance. They complete over 10,000 hours of training annually, and spend countless hours providing station tours and public education.
The Ozark Fire Protection District is divided into Two functional units – Operations/Training, and Prevention/Outreach. Operations includes emergency response, facilities and vehicle maintenance, and specialized rescue operations. Training works to ensure our personnel meet or exceed national standards and maintain a high level of both intellectual and technical acumen. Prevention works to ensure the safety of our citizens through plan review, public fire education, new construction permitting and inspection, as well as annual business inspections. Prevention also houses the office of the Fire Marshal, who is the chief investigator for all fires in the district. Outreach partners with local media and social media to get the message out regarding safe fire practices in the home!
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Jarett Metheny began his fire service career in 1993 as a volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Watonga, OK. He joined the Midwest City (OK) Fire Department in 1995 as a firefighter/EMT. After serving in all ranks, he retired in 2015 as the Fire Chief. During his career, he worked as a part-time program coordinator at Oklahoma State University-Fire Service Training and Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Fire Training Center. In 2015, he became an Assistant Professor in the Fire Protection Engineering Technology Program at Oklahoma State University. He was selected as the Fire Chief for the Battlefield (MO) Fire Protection District in 2018 before beginning his service as the Fire Chief for the Ozark (MO) in 2020.
Chief Metheny graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology, a master’s degree in Fire and Emergency Management Administration and has completed coursework towards a doctoral degree, all from Oklahoma State University. He graduated from the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program at the National Fire Academy and is credentialed as Chief Fire Officer (CFO) through the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He has served as an adjunct instructor at Oklahoma State University and Missouri State University, and is currently a part-time program coordinator for the Public Service and Safety Leadership master’s degree program at Drury University.
He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association, where he served on the Incident Management Professional Qualifications and Fire Service Health and Safety technical committees. As a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, he served as the International Fire Service Fellowship Advisor. He has served on the International Fire Service Training Association validation committees for the Chief Officer, Fire Department Safety Officer, and Fire Service Instructor. He currently serves as the Board of Director for Christian County Emergency Services and is a member of the Christian County Chiefs Association, Queen City Chiefs Association, Missouri Fire Chiefs Association, and Missouri Valley Fire Chiefs Association.
Jarett resides in Ozark, Missouri with his wife Angie, where they are active members in the community including Ozark Rotary Club, Ozark Chamber of Commerce, the Historic River District, and Impact 100 Ozark. They have three grown children who live in the area. They love the tight-knit culture of the community and enjoy spending time at Table Rock Lake along with cycling and hiking as they explore the beauty of the Ozarks.
Rob Crawford started his fire service career as a volunteer with the Nixa Fire Protection District in 1997. He started there because a few friends were volunteers and they asked him to join. It didn’t take long for him to find his passion for the fire service. He spent 10 years there as a volunteer and working part time for them. During this time, he completed an apprenticeship program and obtained his certification as a journeyman electrician. Rob worked full-time as an electrician and volunteer firefighter until the recession of 2008, this is when he was out of work due to the recession and looking for employment. The Battlefield Fire Protection District was hiring firefighters, and he accepted a position there in March of 2008.
Chief Crawford started at Battlefield as a firefighter and worked his way through the ranks and was promoted to Battalion Chief in 2012. At his time with Battlefield, he was tasked with overseeing building maintenance and construction projects. He was an intracule part of several fire station projects including a remodel/expansion of the district’s administrative office, infill of Fire Station 2, the remodel of Fire Station 4, and the building of their new Fire Station 3. He left Battlefield in December of 2018 as a Battalion Chief to accept the position of Assistant Chief with the Ozark Fire Protection District.
He completed his bachelor’s degree at Columbia College and is currently enrolled at Drury University completing a master’s degree in Public Safety Leadership. He is currently a member of the Christian County Fire Chiefs Association, Vice President of the Queen City Fire Chief’s Association, and the Chairman of the Christian County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). He has been an adjunct instructor with the Missouri University Fire Rescue Training Institute since 2015, and currently assists the Missouri Division of Fire Safety and Crowder College as an evaluator.
Rob has been a Christian County resident for 30 years, and currently lives here with his wife and 3 children. They have a daughter who plays volleyball for the high school team as well as a travelling club team. They have two boys that are heavy involved in Boy Scouts where Rob was Cub Master and now Assistant Scout Master. The boys are also playing instruments in the school band. When they are not chasing kids from one activity to another, the family enjoys camping, hiking, and the lakes that the Ozarks has to offer.