Meet The Chief

As Fire Chief of the Western Taney County Fire District, I want to welcome you to our website, which will provide a small glimpse into our fire and rescue operations. Our District covers 212 square miles in the western portion of Taney County, completely surrounding the vacation mecca of Branson, Missouri, and responding from twelve fire/rescue stations strategically spaced throughout the district. We have a resident population of more than 25,000 with over seven million tourists in the area every year that either stay in or travel through our district to visit Branson. The District protects a diverse area of beautiful hills and lakes in the "Ozarks" plateau. Unique protection and response challenges are posed in this area along with regular fire responses, including protecting densely populated areas with condos, water emergencies on one of the three lakes, wildland interface issues and very rural coverage areas. Thank you for showing an interest in the Western Taney County Fire District.

Chris Berndt 
Fire Chief



Western Taney County Fire District's mission is to proudly protect the lives and property by providing prompt, skillful, cost-effective fire protection and life safety services to the citizens and visitors within the boundaries of the Western Taney County Fire Protection District.


  Proudly serving the citizens of Bull Creek, Hollister, Kirbyville, Merriam Woods, Mincy, Ridgedale, Rockaway Beach, Walnut Shade, and the unincorporated areas of Western Taney County

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