News Archives - Central County Fire & Rescue

CCFR Lowers Tax Rate By 5%

Property values are rising, which often results in higher property taxes for many residents. To help reduce this burden, Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) voted to reduce its general revenue tax rate by 5.5% for 2019. This will result in a savings of approximately $21 a year for the owner of a $200,000 home. 

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Fire Prevention Week: A History

Fire Prevention Week has been observed in the United States for nearly 100 years to commemorate the horrific Great Chicago Fire, which started Oct. 8, 1871 and killed more than 250 people and left 100,000 people homeless. Each year during the week of Oct. 9, children, adults and teachers nationwide learn how to stay safe in a fire.

Within CCFR, Fire Prevention Week is observed throughout October. When crews are not responding to an emergency situation, their efforts go toward educating the community about fire prevention. CCFR has developed a special curriculum that is delivered to students at every school in the area; crew members also attend community events and provide fire prevention training to high-hazard properties in the area.

Tax Rate Reduced By 5%

Property values are rising, which often results in higher property taxes for many residents. To help reduce this burden, the Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) Board of Directors voted to reduce its general revenue tax rate by 5.5% for 2019. This will result in a savings of around $21 a year for the owner of a $200,000 home.

“Fiscal responsibility and being good stewards of the funding our community provides is critically important to our fire district. When we learned that an increase in area property values meant we could reduce our overall tax rate and continue providing the high quality emergency services our residents expect, we knew that this was the right decision to make. ” said CCFR Board Chairman Dave Tilley.

The 2018 general revenue tax rate was .9937 and the proposed general revenue tax rate for 2019 will be .9384.

CCFR Open House at Station #5

Join us at Central County Fire & Rescue Station #5 for an open house! Attendees will enjoy station tours, an up-close look at our fire trucks and a chance to meet your CCFR firefighters.

This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, Oct. 5
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
CCFR Station #5
3421 Harry S. Truman Blvd.
St. Charles, MO 63301

Unattended Cooking Suspected Cause of St. Peters Condominium Fire

One person was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation following a fire that was likely started by unattended cooking at a condominium complex on Trailside Ct. in St. Peters on Thursday, Aug. 29. The fire destroyed one home and damaged two others in the complex. 

The fire was reported at around 4:45 p.m. Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) was the first to respond and was assisted by the St. Charles City Fire Department, Cottleville Fire Protection District and St. Charles County Ambulance District.  Twenty six emergency responders worked for more than an hour to contain and extinguish the blaze. 

Nationally, and within the CCFR fire district, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association home cooking causes more than 400 fires per day. In 2018, CCFR responded to 19 fires that started in kitchens.

“It is critically important to stay in the kitchen and make sure there are no distractions while you are cooking. With all of the open heat sources in the kitchen it doesn’t take much for a fire to start,” 

says CCFR Assistant Chief Steve Brown. 

Displaced occupants and emergency responders on the scene are being 

provided with victim assistance and canteen services by eight volunteer members from the Central County Community Assistance Program: REHAB-95. 

Fire Fully Engulfs Flood-Damaged Home In St. Charles County

More than 20 firefighters and six fire trucks spent more than two hours extinguishing a fire that overtook a vacant, flood-damaged home in the first block of Grove Avenue off Hwy. B in St. Charles County on Aug. 19. When Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) crews arrived on scene just before midnight, they found a small single-family home fully engulfed in fire. They determined that the structure had been recently damaged by flooding, was vacant and all utilities had been disconnected.

“After a flood it is not uncommon for property owners to try to dispose of damaged property by setting these homes on fire. This is not the proper method of removal of damaged buildings or debris, and these fires create a dangerous situation for neighbors and first responders. We would prefer that property owners work through the proper mitigation process of cleaning up after a flood,” said CCFR Assistant Chief Steve Brown.

Due to the large amount of fire and damage to the building, a defensive attack was made by firefighters to extinguish the blaze. CCFR firefighters were assisted by St. Charles City Fire Department, Orchard Farm Fire Protection District, St. Charles County Ambulance District and St. Charles County Police.

Due to the extreme damage to the structure, fire investigators were unable to make entry to determine the origin of the fire.

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.