Two St. Peters Kitchen Fires Monday Highlight Importance of Cooking Safety, Sprinklers

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires nationwide. Two St. Peters residents became part of this statistic on Nov. 27, when frying chicken and bacon led to fires in their kitchens. Both residences were equipped with automatic fire suppression systems, commonly known as sprinklers, that rapidly extinguished the flames, limiting damage to the buildings.

At around 10 a.m. at the Wyndham Park Apartments, 8000 Wyndham Park Dr. a resident turned her back on a frying pan of bacon, which caught fire.

“The resident panicked and poured water on the grease fire, which caused the flames to flash, setting off the fire suppression system,” Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) Assistant Chief Steve Brown says. “Water should never be poured on a grease fire. We are fortunate that there were no injuries or more extreme damage to her home.”

In the event of a grease fire, residents should turn off the stove and cover the flames with a lid, or use a fire extinguisher to put out the fire. If the fire has spread, residents should evacuate the house and call 911.

At around 7 p.m. CCFR responded to the second cooking fire of the day. This one was at the Turnberry Place Condominiums, at 450 Benton Dr. A resident was warming a pan to fry chicken and left the room. When she returned the pan was on fire, and the fire suppression system was putting the fire out.

“Current building codes in the area require working fire suppression systems in multi-family housing units like these apartment complexes. In these two fires, these systems helped minimize the fire damage to incidents that only required minor clean-up, and there were no injuries. Without them the fire damage and injuries could have been much more extensive,” Brown says.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there are more than 450 home cooking fires every day. Unattended cooking equipment is the leading cause of these fires and the leading cause of civilian fire injuries.

“Especially during the busy holiday season, it is critically important for everyone to remember safety first in the kitchen. Never leave cooking food unattended, keep items like dish towels away from the stove, and make sure children and pets stay away from the stove and oven,” Brown says.

CCFR firefighter Jake Taylor recently appeared on Fox2 to talk about grease fire prevention. Click here to see what they had to say.

Captain Doug Raines Recognized as one of the 2017 Beyond the Best

Beyond the Best 2017

How can I help? For more than 20 years Captain Doug Raines has asked that question and made a lasting impact on our community. In October 2017 he was honored for his efforts, being named one of the 2017 Beyond the Best, which recognizes 50 top local business and community members.

Raines’ ongoing commitment to the community goes beyond being an emergency responder. Nearly 20 years ago he established the first Child Safety Seat Program in St. Charles County through CCFR. This program eventually transformed into the St. Charles County Safe-Kids Coalition. He took the initiative to apply for and receive multiple grants that enabled the purchase and distribution of free child safety seats and bike helmets throughout the community. The coalition continued to grow taking in Lincoln and Warren counties.

In 2000, he initiated the annual effort to adopt a local family for the holidays providing food, gifts and other necessities that were needed. Not only did he raise the funds, but also personally shopped and prepared the items for delivery to each of the families. After many years of his effort, the program eventually evolved into the Central County Community Outreach Program, which has gone on to raise money and provide support to community organizations and local residents in need.

In 2012, after a CCFR firefighter was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the young age of 28, he began working with the local MS society to help find a cure. The first step was a 24-hour walk-a-thon in front of the fire station #1 that raised more than $26,000. In 2015, he was named the St. Charles Walk Coordinator for the St. Louis MS Society hosting the annual MS Walk at Ft. Zumwalt East High School.

Most recently, he built a partnership with the St. Charles County Library District to become a sight for the Little Library Program. He built and installed the Little Library at CCFR Station #3 on Willott Road in St. Peters.

Outside of organizing fundraising events and developing safety programs, Raines has often been seen helping out with random acts of kindness – proving groceries for those in need, helping stranded motorists or lending a hand to someone in need.

“Doug never looks for acknowledgment but is quick to praise and honor others for their efforts. His constant desire to help those in need has been the benchmark within the CCFR family for which we strive to achieve each and every day,” says Chief Dan Aubuchon.

Fire Prevention Month 2017

Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Month. This year’s theme — “Every second counts: Plan two ways out!” — reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan in place.

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

  • Draw a map of your home, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

For more tips, visit nfpa.org.  http://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/Fire-Prevention-Week

For Sale Vehicle Information

Central County Fire & Rescue is offering the following vehicle by sealed bid.

ALL VEHICLES SOLD AS IS

Vehicle #1

2000 Ford F-150 Pickup
White
VIN.# lFTRXl 7W5YKB22467
Mileage 105,771
AM/FM/ CD PIS, P/W, P/L, A/C, Tilt Wheel, Extended Cab,
Vehicle includes camper shell

Vehicle #2

2000 Ford Excursion 4X4
White
VIN.# 1FMNU41S6YED17535
Mileage 130,114
AM/FM/CD, PIS, P/W, P/L, A/C, Tilt Wheel, Cruise, P/mirrors

Vehicle #3

2010 Chevy Suburban 4X4
Red
VIN.# 1GNZKLEG5AR138257
Mileage 111,236
AM/FM/CD, P/S, P/W, P/L, A/Cl Tilt Wheel, Cruise, P/Seat, P/mirrors, Trailer Package

 

Availability

Units will be made available upon receipt of payment.

General Conditions of the Sale:

  1. The vehicles listed above will be sold as is by sealed bid.
  2. Vehicles are available for inspection at CCFR Station 4,1259 Cave Springs Blvd. St. Peters MO. by appointment only.
  3. Call 636-262-9504 Asst. Chief Brian Ochs for an appointment.
  4. All bids must be submitted on this bid form (print and complete the information on this page).
  5. THE VEHICLE WILL BE AWARDED TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER ! ! !
  6. Bids shall be sealed and clearly marked “Used Vehicle Bid”

Bids will be accepted until 3 p.m. on September 29, 2017, at the Central County Fire & Rescue Headquarters located at 1220 Cave Springs Blvd., St. Peters, MO, 63376.

The bid opening will be at 8 a.m. on October 10, 2017, at Central County Fire & Rescue Headquarters, 1220 Cave Springs Blvd. St. Peters, MO. 63376. The District reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive any and all technicalities and to award the bid to the best bidder.

Upon notification of award of the bid, the successful bidder will be required to post a deposit equal to 10% of the total bid amount within 48 hours of the awarding of the bid. The deposit shall be held in escrow until the successful bidder takes delivery of the vehicle at which time the balance of the bid will be payable in full.

Bidder Information

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Address:

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Vehicle You Are Bidding On:

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Eclipse Safety 2017

Solar Eclipse safety glasses

No one wants to miss out on Aug. 21’s total solar eclipse. Here are some CCFR-approved tips to make sure you and your family are able to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime event safely!

Viewing the Eclipse

The most-often given piece of eclipse safety advice — don’t look directly at it — can’t be given often enough. Looking directly at a solar eclipse can result in permanent vision loss.

Instead, viewers should wear an approved pair of solar viewers, purchased from a reputable manufacturer and featuring an ISO 12312-2 certification. Eclipse glasses are thousands of times darker than regular sunglasses and block out all other light. Keep a close eye on curious kids, who might be tempted to take their glasses off, or keep them indoors until the two or so minutes of totality, when it is safe to view the eclipse without solar viewers. Not everyone in St. Louis is in the path of totality; click here for NASA’s map to determine where your location falls in the path.

Driving During the Eclipse

Parts of the St. Louis area will see a total eclipse, while others will see a partial eclipse. Tourists are already flocking to towns in the path of totality and traffic is expected to be a major issue in the area. If you are planning to drive somewhere to view the eclipse, give yourself plenty of time to get there and make sure you keep these recommendations from the Department of Transportation in mind if you end up behind the wheel during the event:

  • Do not stop or park on the side of the highway. Not only is it a traffic violation for motorists to stop on a highway unless they’re experiencing an emergency, it increases the likelihood of an accident.
  • Do not take your eyes off the road to view the eclipse or use cellphones or cameras while driving to photograph the eclipse.
  • Do not wear eclipse safety glasses while driving. The glasses filter out most visible light, essentially blinding motorists.
  • Those living or staying inside or near the path of totality should avoid unnecessary road travel on Monday due to the increased volume.
  • If you’re behind the wheel when the sun is entirely or mostly blocked, turn on your headlights.
  • Depending on your location, when the eclipse appears will vary. Plan travel accordingly if possible.

30-Year Old Smoke Alarms Fail To Work In Sunday House Fire

Pioneer Drive House Fire

Family Awoke To Smell Of Smoke, Safely Evacuated

At nearly 4 a.m. on Sunday, May 28 a St. Peters family awoke to the smell of smoke coming from their basement. After the mother, father and daughter exited their bedrooms the father discovered a haze on their first level and a finished basement full of smoke.

“Thankfully, the family was able to safely leave the home and call 911,” says CCFR (Central County Fire & Rescue) Chief Dan Aubuchon. “When our crews arrived at the home in the 500 block of Pioneer Dr. they found a small fire under a built-in fish tank in the basement. They also found that that the family had smoke alarms on every level of the home. None of them were working.”

Smoke alarms expire after ten years. “This family’s home was built thirty years ago, and still had the original detectors. Smoke alarms must be replaced every ten years, and the batteries need to be replaced every six months. This family is very fortunate in two ways – it was a small fire, and they awoke to the smell of the smoke. If one of these two aspects had been different the outcome could have been drastically different,” says Aubuchon.

CCFR offers complimentary smoke alarms, equipment checks, and battery replacements. Residents can call 636.970.9700 to schedule an appointment.

“If your smoke alarms were installed before 2007 they need to be replaced. If you aren’t sure which kind to purchase, can’t reach them to change the batteries or need any other help with your smoke alarms, please give us a call, we are here to help and prevent another incident like the one we experienced this weekend,” says Aubuchon.

Meet Kenton Rogers

Kenton Rogers has been a firefighter since 2005, and began serving the CCFR community in December 2016.

Why did you become a firefighter?

I became a firefighter/paramedic so I could give back and serve my community. I have the rare opportunity to actually see the immediate results of my work in the field.

What is your favorite part of the job?

Helping people that can’t always help themselves whether on a medical call, at a fire, etc. I’m very involved in our community outreach program on my days off.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work, I enjoy spending as much time as I can with my wife and three children. I also enjoy working out and doing many outdoor activities.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I like to read a lot and try to always learn something new every day.

Describe a typical day at the firehouse.

A typical day at the firehouse involves doing a morning truck check, checking all of my personal equipment including my SCBA, training, cleaning the firehouse and washing the truck, PR events, etc. All of this is done in between running calls.

What is something about your job you think would surprise most non-firefighters?

I think one of things that many don’t realize is that we do more than just go to fires. Nowadays, we respond to fires, EMS calls, car accidents, technical rescue calls (ie. water rescue, hazmat, rope rescue, confined space and trench collapse rescue) and a host of other incidents.

Meet Brian Baglin

Firefighter Brian Baglin has been a firefighter for more than a decade, and has been serving the CCFR community since February 2017.

Why did you become a firefighter?

I became a firefighter because I enjoy working hard, helping people and looking for a challenge. I’ve always thought that a job isn’t work if you enjoy what you’re doing. I enjoy waking up every morning knowing my day will be filled with new challenges and new opportunities. I’ve wanted to be a firefighter since I was young. Not many people can say they fulfilled a childhood dream, however, I can.

What is your favorite part of the job?

My favorite part of the job is being able to use my abilities to help the community. I also enjoy meeting new people, gaining friendships and the comradery of the brotherhood of firemen.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work I enjoy fishing, hunting, woodworking, golfing and being with friends and family. Many times, I find myself working on something around the house or in the garage working on new projects.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

Something I think people would be surprised to know about me is that I used to race motorcycles, semi-professionally.

Describe a typical day at the firehouse?

A typical day at the firehouse would include; coffee, breakfast, hanging out with the guys on my shift and maybe a workout if time allows. Along with the fun and some relaxation comes duties, chores and protecting the community. Making sure the trucks are in good working order and stocked appropriately, the firehouse is neat and well maintained and my gear is always ready for the next call.

What are two things that would surprise non-firefighters?

Something that would surprise a non-firefighter would be the amount of continued training we complete to keep ourselves and the department up to date on the newest safety measures. A non-firefighter might also be surprised at the amount of education that firefighters have and continue to receive.

Where do you live?

I currently reside in Troy, Illinois. I live with my wife and our two dogs just south of town.

Meet Michael Hollingsworth

Meet Michael Hollingsworth

Firefighter Michael Hollingsworth has been serving the CCFR community since mid-2016.

Why did you become a firefighter?

I met a group of firemen through a friend and, after spending some time with them and hearing some of their stories, I really felt it was the right profession for me. I also have experience as a paramedic — I worked for a drug study company for a year, and then spent almost four years working in North County’s Northeast Ambulance and Fire District.

What is your favorite part of the job?

I really enjoy helping people in the community we serve.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I like to stay active and enjoy hunting and fishing in the great outdoors.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I have two search & rescue dogs, which I trained myself. My dogs are part of the MO Region C K-9 unit.

Describe a typical day at the firehouse.

We start each day by checking the fire trucks and their equipment to make sure everything is ready when it’s time to respond to a call. Then we take care of chores around the firehouse. Otherwise, every day is different — some days we do training, it really depends on how many calls we receive, which changes day to day.

What are two things about your job that would surprise non-firefighters?

We work 48-hour shifts. The air bottle we wear into fires contains filtered, compressed air — not pure oxygen, as many people assume.

Where do you live?

I live in St. Peters’ Country Hill South subdivision.