About Us

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Mission, Vision, & Values


“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.

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  • Our employees are our most valuable resource.

  • Relationships with internal and external agencies are integral to our success.

  • Reducing risk to our community and employees is paramount.

  • We embrace character , compassion , and ethical behavior.

About Ozark Fire Protection District

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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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Board of Directors

Susie Ballard

President of the Board

Steve Loftis

Vice President of the Board

Will Reynolds

Treasurer of the Board

Angie Johns


Matt Growcock


Melinda York

Secretary to the Board

All members can be reached at 417-581-4436 or emailed at info@ozarkfire.org.