Pleasant Valley started as a community in Clay County and was first called a "Village." In the early days, it was more of a farming community. Early ordinances deal mostly with keeping animals and building barns and sheds.
The Village had its own school where most of the community activities were held. The ordinances changed as time passed. An August 1960 ordinances states, "Motor vehicles in operation within the Village of Pleasant Valley, Missouri, during the period from thirty minutes past sunset to thirty minutes before sunrise, shall carry lighted lamps . . . shall be equipped with at least two approved headlamps mounted at the same level with at least one on either side of the vehicle."
On July 21st, 1961 an ordinance was passed to issue a bond in the amount of $70,000 to construct a village hall. The hall was built near the corner of Sobbie Road and Pleasant Valley Road. This is the current home of the Pleasant Valley Fire Department.
On January 14, 1963, the Village of Pleasant Valley was incorporated into a fourth class city called the "City of Pleasant Valley." Often referred to as "The Valley" by residents, the new City found itself without many services. There was no street department, no fire department, no sewers and the water system was a 1930’s WPA project. There was no where to go but "UP" and so began the progress that has given us the Pleasant Valley we know today.
Fire protection was provided by Liberty Fire Department at the cost of $100 per truck and $4.00 per man—"if they didn’t have another call." In 1963 meetings were held and plans made to have their own fire department. A new building to house the city offices and a fire house were built and in December 1964 the city took possession of its first fire truck. Today the Fire department has a chief and a staff of approximately 38 firemen, paramedics and EMTs. The department is made up of part time employees and volunteers.
The City is approximately one square mile and has a resident base of approximately 3400.
Pleasant Valley Fire provides protection for the City of Pleasant Valley with 1 Firefighter/Paramedic and 1 Firefighter/EMT 24 hours a day seven days a week.
We supplement manpower with volunteers. We have a staff that consists of 38 part-time and volunteer firefighters.
Pleasant Valley Fire Department apparatus consists of:
- (Medic 44) A 2014 McCoy Miller Chevy 4500 ALS Ambulance
- (Medic 43) A 2006 PL Custom Ford E450 ALS Ambulance
- (Pumper 41) A 1996 Smeal/HME Pumper
- (Pumper 42) A 1981 Boardman/Ford C800
- (Squad 45) A Ford F550 Super Duty Brush Truck
Pleasant Valley Fire Department responds to an average of 650 EMS, Fire, Rescue, Hazardous Materials, and Inspection calls for service a year.