What is a Fire District? The question is asked often, what is the difference between a Fire District and a Fire Department?
A fire district is a political subdivision of the State of Missouri and is organized in accordance with Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 321. A fire district has it's own elected Board of Directors who oversees all operations of the district. These Board Members are elected by the citizens of the Hillsboro Fire Protection District. The fire district has its own funding source typically through a tax levy on real estate, personnel property, and sometimes a sales tax. The Board of Directors typically hires a Fire Chief to oversee all operational aspects of the fire district. The Chief reports to the Board of Directors. A fire district has its boundaries set up through the State of Missouri. A Fire Department is typically established and overseen by a incorporated city. The Fire Department is a department or division of the city, just like the police department or public works department. The Fire Department's boundaries fall in line with the city's boundaries. Typically the city council hires the Fire Chief. A city administrator might oversee the fire chief.
The Hillsboro Fire Protection District is currently overseen by a three member Board of Directors. Our Board Members serve staggered terms and there is a Director up for election every 2 years. All of our Board Members live in the community they represent and all our citizens get the opportunity to vote for their Board Members. Our Current Board of Directors are: Donald Brown - Board President Matthew Woods - Board Treasurer