Ralph Stucker, Fire Chief, was hired by the City in 1995 as a firefighter. He was promoted in 2001 to Captain and in 2005 was promoted to Shift Command and Battalion Chief. Ralph was appointed Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director in 2008. He was appointed to the Missouri Center for Education Safety Advisory Board by the State Fire Marshal in 2010 – 2012; was appointed to the Missouri Management Agency Director’s Advisory Committee in 2011 to present; Region E- Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committee ; and Regional Fire Service Chairperson, 2013 – 2015.
The Poplar Bluff Fire Department protects 18,000 people in an area of 12 square miles with 33 on staff including the chief, assistant chief, six captains and 21 firefighters operating out of three stations.