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A Breath Of Fresh Air: CCFR Firefighters Begin Using New Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus 

Central County Fire & Rescue firefighters are now able to provide a safer firefighting response thanks to new self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA). SCBA is the technical term for the air tank and mask system firefighters wear while fighting a fire. The funding for the new equipment was made possible through the community’s support of Proposition L in 2016.

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2018 Sees Highest Call Volume in 20 Year History

Central County Fire & Rescue Releases 2018 Annual Report Highlighting Highest Call Volume In District’s 20-Year History

In 2018, Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) celebrated 20 years of serving the community with its highest call response ever. The fire district, one of the largest in the St. Louis Metro area, responded to 6,509 emergency calls. When the District started in 1998 it responded to 3,500 calls and in 2017 there were 6,301.

“Over the years we have seen a shift in the emergency needs of our community, and we have adapted our services to meet these needs. We no longer just fight fires, we are a multi-service emergency response and emergency preparedness organization,” said CCFR Assistant Chief Steve Brown.

“Last year, shortly after implementing an advanced life support (ALS) emergency medical service program, more than half of our calls were related to emergency medical incidents,” said Brown.

The District’s first full year providing ALS service was 2018. ALS service means CCFR’s trained paramedics can administer medications, start IVs, secure airways and provide advanced medical monitoring. District leadership worked to secure the proper licensure, established medical protocols with the St. Charles County Ambulance District (SCCAD), and researched and purchased the proper medical equipment to best meet the needs of the community.

The District also continues to work toward full implementation of the community-created SAFE-T plan, which included recommendations for service, program, equipment and facility updates. In 2018, the CCFR saw its first full year using a new fleet of fire trucks that was recommended in the plan. This new equipment reducing truck maintenance costs by 79 percent, as many repairs are now covered under warranties.

“As our community grows and changes, our District and its capabilities grow with it. With additional training and up-to-date equipment, CCFR can handle more types of emergency situations, provide advanced emergency medical services, and offer robust community risk reduction programs and community outreach efforts,” said Brown.

The District also remains committed to maintaining financial stability to consistently provide quality emergency services to its residents, continually working toward the recommended six months in reserve funds for CCFR.

To view details about emergency calls in 2018, the CCFR team and more click here to view the entire report.

New Fire Station #5 Opens

 

New Fire Station Puts Central County Fire & Rescue Firefighter/Paramedics Closer to More Residents.

CCFR’s newest fire station will provide many residents and businesses with quicker response times. Fire Station #5 moved from its location on Ehlmann Rd. to a new building at 3421 Harry S. Truman Blvd. in St. Charles, Missouri.

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Planning Ahead for Safety

In 2018, nearly 2 million square feet of office, retail and light industrial space opened in St. Peters. This growth in economic development is expected to continue with the addition of Amazon, FedEx and more in 2019. Before the first shovel of dirt is turned on these new businesses, developers are working with officials from the CCFR Community Risk Reduction team to make them safe for the community.

“We need to ensure that these structures and the businesses operating inside of them comply with International Fire Code and local permitting requirements during construction and once they open,” explains CCFR Assistant Chief Steve Brown, who leads community risk reduction for the District. Continue reading “Planning Ahead for Safety”

10,000 Easter Egg Hunt Saturday

Central County Fire & Rescue Easter Egg Hunt Saturday

CCFR Community Outreach Volunteers to Host Free Community Event With 10,000 Easter Eggs

Central County Community Outreach will host a free Easter Egg Hunt for children up to 10 years old on Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Fort Zumwalt East High School, 600 First Executive Avenue, Saint Peters, Missouri 63376.

The event also includes a bounce house, balloon artists and face painting.

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Two Promotions and New Firefighter/Paramedic Announced

Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) has promoted two team members and added a firefighter/paramedic to its ranks.

Eric Braatz, who has served the District since 1995, was promoted to the rank of captain of the B-shift at CCFR Fire Station #6 on Jungs Station Rd., after serving as an engineer for the past four years. Braatz is state-certified fire investigator and a licensed paramedic. He also possesses certifications in haz-mat operations and in rope rescue, as well as being qualified as a boat operator.

As a captain, he will be responsible for leading a three to four person engine company and serving as an incident commander in emergency situations. He will also coordinate, oversee and recommend training programs for his crew.

Jason Meinershagen, who has served the district since 1998, was promoted to the rank of engineer at CCFR Fire Station #1, on the western side of the District. He will work with the B-shift. Meinershagen previously served the St. Peters community as a firefighter/EMT. He is an active member of St. Louis Regional Urban Search and Rescue Team #1, and possesses technician-level qualifications in confined space, haz-mat, rope, structural collapse, swift water and trench rescue. He is also qualified as a boat operator.

In this new role, Meinershagen will be responsible for driving and operating the fire truck during emergency situations.

“We are thrilled to make these promotions to two incredibly deserving members of the team,” CCFR Assistant Chief Steve Brown says. “Eric and Jason have both dedicated more than two decades of their lives in service to the St. Peters community, and we’re honored they’ve chosen to make their careers with us here at CCFR.”

CCFR has also hired a new firefighter/paramedic to join its ranks. Robert Prest, a graduate of St. Charles West High School, has worked for the St. Louis City Fire Department since October 2016. Prest holds a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Lindenwood University and a master’s degree in health care administration from Lindenwood University. He started with the District in April on the C-shift. There are now 26 paramedic/firefighters on the CCFR team.

Sprinkler Prevents Major Fire Damage at New Apartment Complex

A single sprinkler head prevented what could have been a catastrophic fire at the new Pure Apartments in the 4100 block of Pure Street in St. Peters, Missouri, which is still under construction. The fire started in a faulty heating and air conditioning unit and was discovered by construction crews at around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 30. This is the second fire at the complex in the past five months.

Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) crews arrived on the scene and discovered heavy smoke on the first floor. Upon further investigation they found a wall mounted heating and cooling unit that had caught fire and was extinguished by a single sprinkler head, preventing the fire from extending past the room of origin. Fire crews quickly shut down the flowing sprinkler head, checked for further hazards and returned the suppression system back to service before leaving.

The estimated damage is approximately $3,000 with a value of the building estimated at $1,300,000. Repairs to the building will include replacement of the wall mounted HVAC unit, paint and water cleanup. No other portions of the building or complex were damaged or impacted. The building is in the final stages of construction and no occupants were present at the time of the fire.

In November, construction workers using a flammable adhesive ignited a fire while using a metal angle grinder in the 2100 building of the complex. The sprinkler system kept the damage to less than $5,000.

Both buildings are three-story wood structures. The CCFR Prevention Bureau requires that adequate access and fire protection systems be in place and in service as soon as possible during the construction process to prevent a major incident.

“In each case, without the sprinkler-based fire suppression system being active the fires would have escalated very quickly and both buildings would have been a total loss,” says CCFR Assistant Chief Steve Brown.

CCFR was assisted by the St. Charles County Ambulance District and the City of St. Charles Fire Department on the call.