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2020 Local Fireworks Regulations

Fireworks

 

Like many things, fireworks are going to look a little different this July 4. With 72-square miles in our Fire District, we serve numerous communities here in St. Charles County, and each municipality has established fireworks regulations. Take a look below for the regulations where you live. If you do decide to set off fireworks at home, please be careful, and keep them away from children and pets. Remember, we’re only a 911 call away if you need help.

Local Fireworks Regulations

City of St. Peters

It is illegal to shoot off fireworks, unless you’re operating a professional display approved through a permit. The sale of fireworks within City limits is also prohibited.
Details available here.

City of St. Charles

You are allowed to purchase fireworks within the City of St. Charles and certain fireworks can be set off from noon until 11 p.m. on July 3 and 4. The City of St. Charles does have a professional fireworks display scheduled along the riverfront at 9:20 p.m. on July 4.
Details available here.

City of O’Fallon

The sale of fireworks is allowed in the City of O’Fallon until July 6. You can discharge them July 3 and 4 from noon until 11 p.m.
Details available here. 

Unincorporated St. Charles County

Fireworks can be sold in Unincorporated St. Charles County until July 6. They may be used from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. July 2-5.
Details available here. 

St. Peters Neighbors Rescue Man From Burning Home

At around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, Central County Fire & Rescue was called to a house fire on Westwinds Dr. in the Fourwinds subdivision in St. Peters near Interstate 70.

Neighbors noticed thick black smoke and flames shooting from the home and called 911. Three of these neighbors jumped into action and helped two residents of the home escape the burning house. One of the residents suffered severe burns, and was transported to a hospital. The family’s dog was found safe in the backyard of the home by CCFR firefighters.

“Unfortunately, our response to the home was delayed by a gridlock of nearly 100 vehicles that had slowed down or stopped on the roadways to look at the smoke that could be seen for miles. We are reminding all of our residents, if you see an emergency vehicle, please move to the right as quickly as possibly. It can make a life saving difference,” said CCFR Deputy Chief and Public Information Officer Jason Meinershagen.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The home and two vehicles were completely destroyed. CCFR was assisted by the O’Fallon Fire Protection District, St. Charles County Police Department, St. Charles County Ambulance District and the Central County Community Assistance Program.

“Situations like these are also an excellent reminder of the importance of working smoke alarms. When working, these simple devices can give you and your family the time you need to safely escape a house fire,” says Meinershagen.

Visit our Instagram or Facebook pages for photos and videos of the fire and response.

2019 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report Cover ImageWith great growth comes great opportunity. As the needs of our community evolve, Central County Fire & Rescue is excited to evolve, too, in order to best serve our residents and meet their biggest safety needs.

2019 was a record-setting year for Central County Fire & Rescue. Our crews responded to 6,611 emergency calls — an all-time high — while the number of medical emergency calls continues to rise.

CCFR has worked tirelessly to hire and train crew members so that we are equipped to keep up with this growing need in the most efficient manner. In early 2019, the District welcomed four new firefighter/paramedics to its ranks. As of this writing, 33% of CCFR’s suppression team are now licensed paramedics, the remaining are EMTs. Meanwhile, CCFR also set a goal of training every firefighter to drive and operate the District’s pumper, aerial and brush trucks. Seven new drivers were certified in 2019, which resulted in 96% of all fire suppression employees being certified to operate the District’s apparatuses.

Our team of investigators also continues to grow. These 19 CCFR investigators were able to determine the cause of more fires than last year, and discovered that 29 fires were intentionally started, up from 16 in 2018.

2019 brought with it a growing business community in our area. New commercial spaces including Amazon, FedEx and others moved into our community, and the CCFR Community Risk Reduction team worked to ensure these structures and occupancies are operated safely. This process also includes making sure structures are safe, with the appropriate number of fire hydrants, adequate water supply and adequate access for emergency vehicles.

CCFR continues to implement the community-created SAFE-T (Securing A Future of Excellence—Together) plan:

  • Opened new Fire Station #5.
  • Put two new multipurpose, all-terrain brush trucks into service.
  • Completed training and began using bailout kits, which allow CCFR firefighters to swiftly escape a building if they become trapped.
  • Put new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBAs) into service, which replaced ones that were 15 years old. The new technology in these devices provide better communication, improved safety and forward-looking infrared technology.

A portion of the SAFE-T plan also focused on working to ensure financial stability, which included building a reserve that could sustain CCFR operations for six months. Through strong fiscal management, the District reached this goal in 2019 while also reducing the general revenue tax rate by 5.5%.

Thank you for your continued support of Central County Fire & Rescue. As the role of the fire service continues to evolve, we remain steadfastly committed to working with the community and providing the highest quality emergency services to keep our entire community safe. We encourage you to visit our website (centralcountyfire.org) and follow along on social media to learn more about our fire prevention resources and community programs, and to reach out if there’s ever anything we can do for you!

View the full 2019 Annual Report here

 

Central County Fire & Rescue Announces New Public Information Officer and Engineer

Jason Meinershagen and Jason GraffCentral County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) has promoted two team members. Jason Meinershagen is the District’s new Public Information Officer and Deputy Chief, and Jason Graff is the District’s newest engineer.

In the newly created role, Meinershagen is responsible for all community relations and communications, community risk reduction, fire and life safety education programs, community outreach activities, media relations and special events. He has been with the District for 21 years, moving up in the ranks from firefighter to engineer, to his current position. He is an active member of St. Louis Regional Urban Search and Rescue Team #1, and Central County Community Outreach. He holds technician-level qualifications in confined space, hazardous materials, rope, structural collapse, swift water and trench rescues.

Jason Graff, a 21-year veteran of the District, was promoted to engineer. As an engineer, he is responsible for driving and operating the fire truck during emergency situations. Graff is a state licensed EMT, rescue boat operator, and certified in hazardous materials response.

“Our area continues to grow in both residential and commercial development, which has increased the need for our community risk reduction programs and community outreach to keep our residents safe. This new position also allows us to reallocate staffing to expand our code enforcement and permitting efforts,” said CCFR Chief Dan Aubuchon.

“These two individuals are exemplary members of the CCFR team, and will be tremendous assets to our community in their new roles,” said Aubuchon.

Emergency Responders Work Together To Rescue Apartment Residents From Three Alarm Fire

At around 1:45 a.m. on Friday, April 17, residents of the Turnberry Place apartments on Ehlmann Rd. in St. Peters called 911 when they awoke to find the deck of a third-floor apartment on fire.

When Central County Fire & Rescue crews arrived on the scene, they saw heavy fire coming from the third floor, spreading to the attic and being accelerated by high winds. Due to the size of the fire, and the number of residents involved, three alarms were called bringing 50 firefighters from four departments to the scene.

As 911 was dispatching CCFR to the call, a St. Peters Police Department officer noticed the heavy smoke billowing into the sky. The officer requested additional officers to assist in evacuating the building. Working together, the first responders ensured everyone was safely out of the building and extinguished the fire.

“Fires in the middle of the night, when everyone is home, can be among the most dangerous since residents are usually asleep. The quick actions of those officers helped us ensure all the residents were able to get out safely before fire and smoke overwhelmed their apartments,” said CCFR Deputy Chief and Public Information Officer Jason Meinershagen.

The St. Charles County Ambulance District treated and released one resident at the scene, and one firefighter was transported to a hospital with minor injuries. The firefighter is expected to fully recover.

The Central County Community Assistance Program responded to provide assistance and resources to the 22 families who were directly impacted by the fire, along with hydration and nutrition for the first responders.

The Cottleville Fire Protection District, St. Charles Fire Department, O’Fallon Fire Protection District, Lake Saint Louis Fire Protection District, and St. Charles County Ambulance District assisted on the call.

“Through our mutual aid agreement we train and respond with these agencies on a regular basis. This ongoing partnership is critically important in keeping our community safe,” said Meinershagen.

CCFR investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire that caused extensive fire damage to eight apartments, and water damage to every unit in the building. Donations for those impacted by the fire can be delivered to the Turnberry Apartments office, 100 Turnberry Place, St. Peters, MO 63376 or by calling 636-477-0440.

“A total of 22 families were directly affected by this fire, many of whom lost everything they own. This last month has been extremely challenging for every family in our community, so now more than ever these residents need support from the community,” said Meinershagen.

CCFR COVID-19 Response

Working together, keeping you safe. Our steadfast commitment to the residents of Central County Fire & Rescue remains as strong as ever through the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, our CCFR crews are just a 911 call away if an emergency arises.

Preparedness is central to everything we do. Our CCFR crews are able to rely on their hours of training and professional familiarity with emergency medicine and the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to safely serve you during times like these. 

The health and safety of our crews is also an ever-present priority for our organization. We are doing everything we can to keep your responders safe and ready to respond. 

As a District, we have had to make some decisions about our nonemergency operations. Being active in the community is one of the best parts of our job, but for now, the best thing we can do as a community is be diligent about social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Based on recommendations from the St. Charles County Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are temporarily suspending some of our programming, including:

  • Visitors are not allowed at our fire stations or District administrative offices until further notice.
  • All nonemergency response programs are suspended until further notice. This includes:
    • Fire Extinguisher Classes
    • Car Seat Installation
    • Annual Commercial Building Inspections 
    • Station Tours
    • Community Engagement Events and Activities
  • Reluctantly, we cannot accept any food donations (including store-bought items). However, we would ask that you consider donating to a local food pantry that is in need during this time. 

We will all get through this together. Our CCFR crews thank you for your support, your words of encouragement on social media and your commitment to staying home to help keep first responders safe. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911; for nonemergencies, please call 636.970.9700.