CCFR Assistant Chief Brown Receives The Fire Marshals Association of Missouri’s Highest Award
The Fire Marshals Association of Missouri awarded Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) Assistant Chief of Prevention Steve Brown the Ed Vineyard Award. The highest honor bestowed by the organization, the award is presented to an individual, group or department whose outstanding efforts have furthered the cause of fire prevention and public fire education throughout the state.
For more than 30 years, Brown has served the St. Peters area fire service. “Steve’s dedication and professionalism is second to none. He has tirelessly worked to make the fire prevention and public education program for Central County one of the best in the state, and I believe in the nation,” says CCFR Chief Russ Mason. Starting as a volunteer in 1982, Brown moved up the ranks, becoming Assistant Chief in 1996.
He leads a team of four prevention staff members in keeping the community safe through education, engineering and enforcement. “One of our core responsibilities as a fire protection district is to keep our community safe. Our fire prevention program strives to educate residents on how to stay safe, work with building planners and developers to create safe structures, and enforce fire and safety codes to help residents and visitors avoid hazardous situations,” says Brown.
In the past year alone, Brown has overseen more than 3,200 inspections, 100 plan reviews and 576 new construction inspections. In addition, the public safety programs he coordinated reached 15,333 adults and 19,792 children.
Every student who attends a public elementary school in the District is impacted by Brown’s efforts. “With a team of educators, he created a fire safety education curriculum for each grade level that is presented by the engine companies and staff members. Instead of receiving the same basic lesson each year, which is done in most districts, these students are receiving a well-rounded, age-appropriate safety education program,” says Mason.
“There is no doubt that our area would not be as safe without Steve’s innovative programs, steadfast dedication to the fire service and commitment to our community,” says Mason.
Brown was honored with the award at the Fire Marshals Association of Missouri’s annual conference in the Lake of the Ozarks.