Barnsdall to receive storm sirens

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com

BARNSDALL — The director of Osage County Emergency Management on Tuesday informed the Barnsdall Chamber of Commerce that the community of some 1,200 people is going to receive a donation of two used storm sirens.

Emergency Management Director Jerry Roberts said the electric power utility AEP-PSO has offered to put up poles and mount the sirens free of charge. Roberts commented during a Chamber luncheon April 24.

Roberts received feedback from the Chamber about the hard work that various fire departments have put in to keep rural residents safe from wildfires in recent weeks.

“I really do appreciate the job they all did,” said Claud Rosendale, first vice president of the Barnsdall Chamber. “Everything around my house burnt, but I didn’t lose anything.”

Due to maneuvers that firefighters were making, there was a point in time when there were six fire trucks around his house, Rosendale recalled.

Roberts said there are 51 fire departments in Osage County, and the county has been fortunate to have had no houses lost and no animals killed by wildfire this year.

Roberts said county government plans to have another free dump day in the fall, like the one held last Saturday. He urged Barnsdall Chamber members to spread the word to local residents to help folks who have no access to trucks or trailers to haul waste items during the free-dump event.