CCFR Improves Insurance Services Office Rating, Could Result in Lower Insurance Rates for Residents, Businesses

Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR), one of the largest emergency response agencies in the St. Louis metropolitan area, has increased its Insurance Services Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification to a 3/3X. Only 13 percent of the more than 42,000 fire agencies that ISO rates have a score of three or higher.

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Fire Extinguisher Class

Learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher in this hands-on class taught by Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) firefighter/EMTs and paramedics.  Attendees will learn how to safely and effectively use a fire extinguisher, then practice those skills on a live fire during the class.

Monday, Oct. 29
7 p.m.
CCFR Station #3
511 Willott Rd.
St. Peters, MO 63376

Space is limited to the first 25 district residents.

Register

 

Fire Prevention Month 2018

October is Fire Prevention Month, and a great opportunity for us all to refresh ourselves on the best ways to practice fire safety in our everyday lives.

Read on for fire prevention tips from CCFR and the National Fire Protection Association.

Look

Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

Listen

Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.

Learn

Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

Be aware — fire can happen anywhere. Click here for even more fire safety resources.

Teaching kids about fire safety? Sparky the Fire Dog and his new friend, Simon, are helping teach this year’s Fire Prevention messages — find fun games and activities at www.sparky.org.

CCFR Accepting Applications

CCFR will be accepting applications for the position of firefighter/paramedic from Oct. 1 – 30, 2018

Application Process Opens
at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1

Application Process Closes
at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30

Applications Must Be Mailed or Delivered to
Central County Fire & Rescue Headquarters
1220 Cave Springs Blvd.
Saint Peters, Missouri 63376

Between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

All applications and supporting documents must be at CCFR Headquarters
by 4:30 p.m Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Requirements

To be considered for employment as a CCFR firefighter/paramedic the candidate must be at least 18 years old and provide copies of the following documentation at time of application:

  • Completed CCFR Application for Employment
  • Current Missouri State EMT-Paramedic license
  • Current certification as Missouri State Firefighter I & II
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) card

Anyone who was on a previous hiring list must re-apply to be considered for future positions. 

Everyone who is offered a position will be required to undergo a physical examination, drug screening and police records check.  

CCFR is an equal opportunity employer.

Click here to download a copy of the application.

Barbecue Grill Causes Fire At St. Peters Condominium Complex

More than hot dogs and hamburgers felt the heat of the barbecue flames at a condominium complex in Saint Peters, Missouri on the night of Sunday, Sept. 23. An overheated grill sent flames up the side of the complex, and onto the deck.

The Saint Peters Police Department was closest to the scene and were able to extinguish the fire with an extinguisher before the fire caused further damage. Firefighters from Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) arrived minutes later.

“We are fortunate that the police arrived when they did. A few more minutes and we would have had a different situation on our hands,” says CCFR Assistant Chief Steve Brown.

International Fire Code (IFC), and local fire ordinances prohibit grills and other open flame devices on the decks and patios of multifamily residential complexes. The IFC is a model code utilized nationwide by thousands of building and fire departments.

“Decks and patios of apartment and condominium complexes are usually much smaller than what a single family home has. The grill cannot be far enough from the home to prevent it from causing a house fire. In addition, multifamily developments are often more than two stories high and are a home to many more people than in a single family residence. This creates significantly more risk to life-loss if a fire were to occur,” says Brown.

“We understand many residents want to grill, but it simply not safe on the decks of multifamily complexes. We have seen many fires, just like this one over the past few years, and many times the damage is much worse,” says Brown.

CCFR recommends multifamily complexes install grills in common areas that are away from the property and present less of a risk to residents and their homes. The District is committed to the reduction in loss of property and life, and continues to work toward the elimination of those hazards that can be identified before a fire.

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CCFR Crews, Community Assistance Program Work Together to Respond to Residential Water Leak

Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) truck 9524 recently responded to a reported water leak in a residence, where crews found a broken water line, water damage, a loss of running water and a resident unable to manage the costly repairs.

CCFR crews got to work cleaning the residence and affected contents, but felt strongly that they needed to do more for this resident, who would not be able to care for her special needs child without running water. They made a few phone calls and soon a volunteer with the Central County Community Assistance Program REHAB 95 unit — who also happened to be a licensed plumber — came to the rescue, fixing the leak and restoring the resident’s water.

This volunteer selflessly gave of his time and materials on a Sunday afternoon to ensure that this resident had running water returned in a timely manner, at no cost to her or the District. We commend our CCFR crew members and the REHAB 95 unit for exemplifying our District commitment to working together to keep residents safe.

Fire Forces Local Family from Home

Fire forced a St. Peters, Missouri family out of their home Thursday night. At approximately 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) responded to call for a house fire in the 100 block of Sutters Mill Rd. in St. Peters. One person was home at the time of the fire and awoke to a haze in the air. When she looked for the source she discovered a fire in a basement bedroom and quickly closed the door to the room, got out of the house and called 911.

“This resident did everything correctly. Her quick reaction to close the door, get out of the house and call 911 spared the house from further damage and helped their three dogs escape injury,” says CCFR Assistant Chief Steve Brown. A closed door helps prevent the spread of a fire.

At the time of the call St. Charles County Ambulance (SCCAD) was closest to the scene and arrived first. When they got to the home the paramedics reported a working basement fire and confirmed that everyone was safely out of the house. When CCFR arrived on the scene they discovered fire blowing out a bedroom window on the lower level of the home, and began work to put out the fire.

“Heavy black smoke filled the entire home, but because the resident closed the door to the room where the fire started, the actual fire damage was contained to the one room,” says Brown.

There were no injuries, but damages are expected to be $30,000 or more. Fire investigators are still at the scene working to determine the cause of the fire. The family of four is staying with family Thursday night.

CCFR was assisted by the Cottleville Fire Protection District, SCCAD and RE-HAB 95, which provides canteen service to firefighters and victim assistance to families affected by fire or other disasters. Approximately 25 first responders were on the scene.

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