Donald Conoyer, Member of Original St. Peters Fire Protection District Board, Dies at 92

In 1971 the St. Peters Fire Protection District (now part of Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR)) was incorporated and Donald Conoyer was elected to the board of directors. This started an 18 year tenure as a Director, overseeing the transition from a volunteer fire department to a full-time career fire protection district. Conoyer died during the morning hours of Tuesday, Dec. 11.

“When Don started with the fire department, our community was mainly farmland, but he could see the potential for growth. His vision for the future of the community and the fire service helped develop a strong foundation for where we are today as one of the largest and most progressive emergency response organizations in the region,” CCFR Assistant Chief Steve Brown says.

During Conoyer’s years of service, the District purchased land for three additional fire stations, built two new stations and added on to the original fire Station #1 to accommodate additional staff and updated equipment.

“It is hard to imagine where we would be as a fire district without Don’s dedication and service,” Brown says.

Conoyer joined the St. Peters Volunteer Fire Department in 1965 and rose to the level of captain before becoming instrumental in the incorporation of the new fire district as a member of its board of directors. He retired from the board in March 1989; the District honored his 24 years of service by dedicating the new Station #3 on Cave Springs to him that same year.

Before joining the District, Conoyer proudly served in the military as a Merchant Marine during World War II and as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard. He was a member of All Saints Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus of All Saints. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 313 in St. Peters.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 at Baue Funeral & Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay St., St. Charles, MO 63301. The funeral Mass will be at noon Wednesday, Dec. 19 at All Saints Catholic Church, 5 McMenamy Rd., St. Peters, MO 63376.

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.

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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.

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.