Construction Begins on Newest Fire Station

CCFR Fire Station #5 under construction

Central County Fire & Rescue Station (CCFR) Fire Station #5 will soon have a new home. Construction is now underway for a new station at 3421 Harry S. Truman Blvd. in St. Charles, Missouri.

The station’s replacement is part of the community-created SAFE-T (Securing A Future of Excellence – Together) long-range plan, and is being funded by proceeds from the 2015 Prop. S bond issue.

“We are so proud to have the support of the St. Peters community as we take these important steps to improve our fire district, and in turn enhance the level of emergency service we’re able to provide,” CCFR Fire Chief Dan Aubuchon says. “This new station will allow CCFR to grow with our growing community.”

The new 13,000 square foot building will include three engine bays, a decontamination room for emergency equipment and personnel, a storage room for firefighter gear, a storm shelter for on-duty personnel, a physical training room and an emergency generator for non disruption of power.

“Our current location is too small to house the modern rescue equipment our crews need, and can only house three firefighters at a time, which doesn’t meet the National Fire Protection Association’s latest recommendations,” Aubuchon says, adding the current building is more than 40 years old and has a history of mold.

In addition to being larger and better equipped for modern rescue needs, it is also closer to where more emergency calls originate within the District. Aubuchon says this will allow for faster, more efficient emergency response to more residents and travelers in the high-traffic Hwy. 370 and Hwy. 70 areas.

Plans are in progress for the current Station #5 building at 2934 Ehlmann Rd. to be used as a headquarters for the Central County Community Assistance Program, which responds to emergencies throughout St. Charles County.

This volunteer-led program provides victim assistance such as temporary shelter, food and clothing, and referrals to other resources for long-term needs. They also provide canteen services to firefighters from all area departments, who often spend hours on the scene of a call without access to food and water.

The new station is estimated to cost $3 million, was designed by Hurford Architects and is being built by LayneCo Construction Services. It is expected to open for service mid to late 2019.

Learn more about the current and new CCFR Fire Station #5:

CCFR Turns to Community for Feedback on Proposed New Fire Station Building

District to Hold Community Input Session on March 20

Before construction begins on Central County Fire & Rescue’s (CCFR) newest fire station building, District officials want to hear from the community. On Tuesday, March 20 residents are encouraged to stop by the current Fire Station #5 (2934 Ehlman Rd., St. Peters, MO 63301) anytime from 5 – 7 p.m. for a community input session.

During the session visitors will have the chance to see renderings of the proposed station, maps of the improved coverage area, and details about the new building. They will also be asked to provide feedback on the proposed new station building. Firefighters, district leadership and board members will also be available if participants have any questions.

The existing Fire Station #5, on Ehlmann Road was built on land owned by Missouri American Water in 1976 and is too small to house updated equipment and fire trucks. The new fire station will be built at 3421 Harry S. Truman Blvd. This location will increase the number of residents within the recommended four-minute response time, and the station will be housed on district-owned land.

The community recommended replacing the aging station to better meet the needs of the community during the SAFE-T (Securing A Future of Excellence – Together) process. Due to sound financial planning, funding is now available for the new building, and the planning process has begun.

“Before we break ground on the community’s newest fire station we want to make sure we hear what the residents of the area think, and make sure they like how it will fit within their neighborhood. We also want to hear if they have any suggestions for improvement,” CCFR Chief Dan Aubuchon says.

On March 20, residents will also have the ability to learn more about the proposed new station and provide feedback on the District’s website.

 

Proposition L FAQ

Learn more about Proposition L to provide enhanced emergency medical services to the community.

Watch our informational video

What is Prop. L and how would it improve CCFR’s emergency medical service offerings?

Proposition L, which is on the Nov. 8 ballot, is a proposal to provide funding for advanced medical training and equipment for existing firefighter/EMTs and to hire additional firefighter/paramedics.

Advanced medical training for fire department personnel who are responsible for protecting residents of the district would provide firefighters and paramedics with the additional education necessary to respond to all types of medical emergencies. Equipping response vehicles (fire trucks) with advanced medical tools such as cardiac monitors and lifesaving medications will allow responders to quickly deliver critical care.

CCFR continues to work toward meeting the nationally recommended staffing standards. If approved the District would continue toward the goal of having all shifts fully staffed to NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) standards.

How would Prop. L change our current emergency medical response program?

Currently, CCFR trucks are staffed by firefighter/EMTs (emergency medical technicians) certified to provide basic life support (BLS), which involves medical treatment that does not including invasive procedures or medication administration. EMTs cannot do any procedures involving needles or administering medication.

Paramedics provide advanced life support (ALS), a higher degree of medical service including the administration of medications, intravenous fluids, and various monitoring functions and invasive procedures.

By upgrading from BLS to ALS, the District would be able to provide residents more effective medical care during an emergency response. A top-to-bottom review of the District’s emergency medical response system has found that staffing paramedics on all fire trucks is the best approach to handle the wide range of emergencies that CCFR regularly responds to.

How is a paramedic different from an EMT?

A paramedic can provide life-saving medical interventions that EMTs do not have the training and equipment to provide. For example, if a patient is suffering from a severe allergic reaction a paramedic can provide and administer an EPI pen, secure an airway and provide IV medication. In a similar situation, an EMT could only provide CPR.

During a heart attack a paramedic can monitor heart rhythms, electrically control an unstable heartbeat, pace a patient’s heart rate and get them back in to normal heart rhythm, start an IV, administer medication and secure an open airway if needed. An EMT can check vital signs and use an automated defibrillator to shock a heart back into a rhythm only after the heart has stopped and provide CPR.

A paramedic can also administer IV and other medications for stroke, seizures, diabetic and drug overdoses and intubate to provide an airway.

The minimum course requirements for EMT-P is 1,000 hours of instruction to include:

  • 250 hours of clinical experience
  • 500 hours of class room/practical lab
  • 250 hours of clinical hours in a health care facility

For EMT the minimum number of hours to achieve is 144.

Why would paramedics on the truck provide more optimal emergency care?

With paramedics on fire trucks residents will have increased access to lifesaving medications, equipment and interventions. More than 2/3 of CCFR residents live closer to a fire station than an EMS base. Because of this, CCFR’s crews may be the first to arrive at an emergency scene. CCFR arrives to many emergency scenes within five minutes of being dispatched. With the proper training and equipment firefighter/paramedics can immediately begin providing advanced medical care.

If an ambulance and fire truck are both on the emergency scene firefighters will be able to work seamlessly with local paramedics. It would also allow for a higher level of medical response for those in need of rescue from a crashed automobile or other emergency situation.

CCFR first responders were among the first to carry Narcan on their fire trucks to assist those suffering from a drug overdose. Within 24-hours of implementing the program a life was saved with the use of Narcan. It is expected that the District will see similar results for other medical emergency situations if paramedics and the proper equipment are placed on all fire trucks.

Why is Prop. L needed now?

The needs of our community are changing. With an aging population CCFR is responding to more medical emergency calls than ever before. According to the U.S. Census, in 2000 7.8% of the St. Peters population was 65 years old or older, by 2010 this number had risen to 11.4%.

In 2015 50.7% of CCFR’s emergency responses were emergency medical and rescue calls. In 2010 there were around 1,600 emergency medical calls, in 2015 there were 2,850. Prop. L will allow the District to enhance emergency medical services without impacting other service areas.

Year Total Calls EMS Calls
2001 3593 1611
2005 4977 2216
2010 4625 1694
2015 5605 2850

 

What other fire districts provide paramedics?

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 56.3% of fire departments that serve communities of 50,000 to 99,000 people provide paramedics. CCFR serves more than 90,000 residents. Of those that serve 100,000 to 249,000 people, 63% provide paramedic level care.

In the St. Louis Metro area nearly all fire protection districts have paramedics. In St. Charles County only the Wentzville Fire Protection District and the City of St. Charles Fire Department staff their fire trucks with firefighter/paramedics.

How would the paramedic program be phased in if funding were approved?

The District plans to have all of the trucks equipped with paramedic equipment within 18 months. At this time, the phase-in process of providing a minimum of one paramedic on each shift, at each fire station would begin. Current firefighters would be encouraged to complete paramedic-training courses. Those who already have paramedic training and certification would begin providing these services as soon as the equipment and licensure is available. It is expected to take up to five years to complete the implementation. If the proposal is approved all newly hired firefighters will be firefighter/paramedics.

What are the financial details of the proposal?

Prop. L would allow the District to levy an additional tax of 25¢ per one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed valuation. If approved, the additional investment for the owner of a $175,000 home would be 23 cents a day, $1.60 a week, $6.93 a month or $83 a year.

Can individual firefighters decide to independently become paramedics?

Eleven of our firefighters are currently trained, licensed paramedics. However, since the District is not licensed and does not have the proper equipment, medication and protocols these paramedics cannot provide advanced medical support when they are on an emergency call.

What is our current staffing level?

Since the implementation of the original SAFE-T (Securing A Future of Excellence – Together) plan nine years ago, the District has worked toward meeting National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) staffing standards. Staffing levels have improved, but they are still at a level where vacation or sick time can trigger minimum staffing or overtime. Currently, there are six firehouses with three to four firefighters at each station and one battalion chief.

CCFR Staffing levels compared to national standards:

Equipment NFPA Minimum Staffing CCFR Current Staffing
Engine Pumper 4 3
Ladder Truck 5 4

 

What is the status of the projects that were approved by the Prop. S bond election?

Proposition S was a proposal to improve the District’s facilities and firefighting equipment. Projects included:

Project Status
Restore a regular equipment replacement cycle. Implemented.
Replace the existing fleet of fire trucks. The new fleet of fire trucks is being built at Pierce Manufacturing. Delivery is expected in the Fall of 2016.
Replace aging fire fighting equipment and gear as needed to keep the community and firefighters safe. The District is continually updating aging firefighting and rescue equipment.

  • New thermal imaging cameras are being used.
  • The new fire trucks will have new rescue equipment such as Jaws of Life and other tools.
  • Firefighter turnout gear (coats, boots, pants, etc.) are being replaced as needed.
Increase the District’s training program to meet the changing needs of the community by updating the CCFR Training Facility. Planning in progress
Purchase land and replace Station #5. Planning in progress
Perform necessary updates, repairs and maintenance to aging fire stations, which include station #1 (1 Timberbrook Dr.), Station #3 (511 Willott Rd.) and Station #6 (1151 Jungs Station Rd.). Planning in progress

 

Proposition S was a bond issue. A bond issue is a way for the district to borrow money for major equipment purchases or to make major facility improvements or construct new facilities, much like a home mortgage or home improvement loan, which must be repaid over a period of time. The funds from Proposition S cannot be used for personnel, training programs or the recurring cost of paramedic medical equipment and supplies.

How is CCFR funded?

Nearly all of CCFR’s funding comes from local property taxes (99%), 1% comes from fire prevention and code enforcement fees.

What is the current tax rate?

The general tax revenue rate is .7437.

Who does CCFR serve?

CCFR currently provides emergency services to approximately 90,000 residents in a 72-square-mile area of St. Charles County.

Where can I find my polling place?

Go to the website govotemissouri.com for details about where and when you can vote.

When is the election?

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. The proposal requires a simple majority to pass. It is crucial that you remember to vote on that day and remind all of your friends and family to do the same. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Who is eligible to vote in the November 8 election?

All registered voters in the Central County Fire & Rescue District are eligible to vote in this election. A person may vote in any election who:

  • Is a citizen of the United States and is 18 years of age or older.
  • Has been a resident of the state and of the election district, in which the person seeks to vote for at least 28 days prior to the election.
  • Has registered before the election registration deadline.
  • Is not registered to vote in another jurisdiction.

How can I vote an absentee ballot?

You will need to request a ballot in writing. For more information about absentee voting visit http://election.sccmo.org/election, or http://www.govotemissouri.com, or call 636-949-7550 or 1-800-822-4012.

Where can I get additional information about registration or absentee ballots?

Additional information is available through the Saint Charles County Election Authority by calling 636-949-7550 or 1-800-822-4012, or visiting http://www.govotemissouri.com.

How will Proposition L appear on the ballot?

The proposal will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot as follows. The format and language of the proposal are written as required by election law.

To provide advanced medical training for fire department personnel, responsible for protecting residents of the district, and to equip first responders with the additional education, medications and tools, such as cardiac monitors and lifesaving medications, to allow them to deliver critical medical care. Shall the Board of Directors of Central County Fire Rescue, a Fire Protection District of St. Charles County Missouri, be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than twenty- five cents per one hundred dollars assessed evaluation, to provide funds for the support of the district?

Proposition L Video

Learn about how Proposition L would help provide advanced medical care and equipment.

CCFR Places Prop. L On November Ballot

Woman being helped by firefighter

At their meeting on Thursday, Aug 25, the Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) Board of Directors passed a resolution to place Proposition L on the Nov. 8, 2016, ballot. Prop. L is a proposal to provide funding for advanced medical training and equipment for existing firefighter/EMTs and to hire additional firefighter/paramedics.

By placing paramedics on fire trucks, lifesaving medications, equipment, and interventions not available to EMTs (emergency medical technicians) would be available to residents faster. It would also allow for a higher level of medical response for those in need of rescue from a crashed automobile or other emergency situation. Over the past three years, nearly half of CCFR’s emergency calls have been medical responses.

“We have seen an increase in the number of medical calls we assist with, and the needs of our community are changing. We can provide faster lifesaving care to our residents by placing paramedics and the appropriate advanced medical equipment on each of our fire trucks,” says CCFR Chief Dan Aubuchon.

“Even though we have paramedics on our team, they cannot give paramedic level care because they do not have access to the proper equipment, and the District is not licensed to provide paramedic services,” says Aubuchon.

Currently, all CCFR firefighters are EMTs. A paramedic can provide lifesaving medical interventions that EMTs do not have the training and equipment to provide. For example, during a heart attack, a paramedic can monitor heart rhythms, pace a patient’s heart rate and get them back into normal heart rhythm. They can also start an IV, provide medication and secure an airway if needed. An EMT can only use a standard defibrillator to shock a heart back into a rhythm if the heart has stopped, provide CPR and basic oxygen. A paramedic can also administer IV and other medications for stroke, seizures, diabetic comas, allergic reactions, and drug overdoses and intubate to provide an airway.

Almost every fire protection district in the St. Louis Metro Area and more than half of the fire departments with a population size similar to CCFR nationwide have paramedics on their fire trucks.

If voters approve Prop. L the District can levy an additional tax of 25¢ per one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed valuation. The additional investment for the owner of a $175,000 home would be $1.60 a week.

CCFR will host a series of open houses to provide additional information and answer questions about the proposal. The first event will be an Open House at CCFR Fire Station #4,1259 Cave Springs Blvd., on Sept. 16 from 2 – 4 p.m. and a Senior Movie Afternoon and Open House will be held on Sept. 21 from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. at CCFR Fire Station #2, 109 McMenamy Rd. Additional activities will be announced in early September. District officials are also available to speak and attend neighborhood and community meetings.

For more information click here.

Prop. S Facts

CCFR Pumper Truck 12

Prop. S • A No-Tax-Rate Increase Bond Issue To Maintain Emergency Services • Vote April 7

A Community Created Plan

Proposition S would provide funding to continue the community created SAFE-T (Securing a Future of Excellence – Together) plan to maintain our emergency services.

In 2009 the community approved funding for the original SAFE-T plan. Changes in the economy resulted in CCFR losing more than $5 million dollars from decreases in assessed valuation. Assessed value is based on local property values, and as property values decrease so does CCFR’s revenue. This lost revenue could have provided funding for five rescue pumpers and two ladder trucks, as recommended by local residents during the SAFE-T program.

Click here to learn more about the SAFE-T plan.

Not A Tax-Rate Increase

Proposition S would allow the District to issue $16 million in general obligation bonds to enhance training, and update aging equipment and facilities. Much like refinancing a home, the no-tax rate increase bond issue would allow the District to make these improvements without increasing the tax rate.

Click here to learn more about the District’s finances.

Replace Aging Equipment

The majority of the District’s equipment was purchased more than 12 years ago. Because of the tremendous rise in calls and use of equipment since then, repair costs have increased 583% since 2003. All nine fire trucks are due for replacement, along with thermal imaging cameras, firefighter air packs and Jaws of Life rescue tools. Many of these items were due for replacement in 2008.

Click here to learn more about the District’s equipment.

Improve Training Programs

If approved, Proposition S would provide funding to update the District’s training center, and ensure emergency responders have the training needed to respond to a wide variety of emergency situations including automobile accidents, hazardous materials incidents and homeland security situations.

Update Outdated Fire Stations

Much like homes, fire stations need regular maintenance. Because of the current financial situation there has not been funding available for some regular maintenance such as driveway and roof repairs at many of the stations. Additional funding would also allow for aging fire stations to be updated and replaced if needed to meet current standards and emergency service needs.

Click here to learn more about the District’s fire stations.

Remember To Vote Tuesday, April 7

Polls open from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. Voter registration and polling place information available at http://election.sccmo.org/election or by calling 636-949-7550 or 1-800-822-4012.

Additional Resources

Proposition S – Frequently Asked Questions

SAFE-T Program and Plan

If you have additional questions, or would like more information, email us or call 636.970.9700.

 

Prop. S FAQ

Proposition S FAQ

A No-Tax-Rate Increase Bond Issue To Maintain Quality Emergency Services

On April 7, 2015, residents of Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) will vote on a community created No-Tax-Rate Increase proposal to maintain quality emergency services. This document provides answers to some commonly asked questions about the proposal and how it would impact local residents.

Click here to learn more about the SAFE-T process, and how the plan for Prop. S. was created. This link also provides detailed information abut the District’s equipment and facilities.

Q. What is the purpose of the proposal?

A. Proposition S will allow CCFR to continue to implement the community created SAFE-T (Securing A Future of Excellence – Together) plan, and update outdated equipment and facilities without an increase in the tax rate. If approved, the proposal will provide funding to:

  • Increase the District’s training program to meet the changing needs of the community by updating the CCFR Training Facility.
  • Restore a regular equipment replacement cycle.
  • Replace the existing fleet of fire trucks.
  • Replace aging fire fighting equipment and gear as needed to keep the community and firefighters safe.
  • Purchase land and replace Station #5.
  • Perform necessary updates, repairs and maintenance to aging fire stations, which include station #1 (1 Timberbrook Dr.), Station #3 (511 Willott Rd.) and Station #6 (1151 Jungs Station Rd.).

Q. How was the proposal created?

A. Proposition S is based on the community recommendations from participants in the SAFE-T program. SAFE-T is a community driven process to explore the challenges and opportunities facing CCFR, and create long-term solutions for the future of the District. The entire community was invited to participate. Hundreds of community members learned about the challenges facing CCFR and provided feedback on solutions. Additional information about SAFE-T including all meeting materials and recommendations are available at www.centralcountyfire.org.

Q. Why ask voters to approve this proposal now?

A. In 2009 the community approved funding for the community created SAFE-T plan. Changes in the economy resulted in CCFR losing more than $5 million dollars from decreases in assessed valuation. Assessed value is based on local property values, and as property values decrease so does CCFR’s revenue. This lost revenue could have provided funding for five rescue pumpers and two ladder trucks, as recommended by SAFE-T.
In addition to lost revenue, maintenance costs on the District’s fleet continue to rise; since 2003 there has been a 583% increase in maintenance costs. Seven pumper fire trucks and two platform/ladder trucks are past due for replacement and the needs of the community have changed.

While the District has worked hard to maintain its equipment and facilities over time, things wear out and need repair or replacing. By addressing these challenges now, it will save money in the long run and ensure emergency responders have the equipment, training and facilities needed to protect our community.

Q. What will happen if the proposal is approved?

A. If approved, the District will be able to:

  • Update the District’s training center to provide firefighter/EMTs with up-to-date training on current emergency and safety procedures.
  • Replace the fleet of aging fire trucks, which respond to more than 6,000 calls within a 72-square-mile service area year.
  • Update out-of-date firefighting and emergency medical equipment and technology.
  • Update aging fire stations to meet current standards and emergency service needs.

Q. What is the current debt service rate?

A. The current debt service levy fund rate is 0.0860. Revenue from this fund is used to pay the principal and interest on the District’s outstanding bonds for capital improvements such as major building projects and equipment. If voters approve Proposition S this rate will not increase.

Q. What are the financial details of the proposal?

A. Proposition S would allow the District to issue $16 million in general obligation bonds to enhance training, and update aging equipment and facilities. Much like refinancing a home, the no-tax rate increase bond issue would allow the District to make these improvements without increasing the tax rate.

Q. What is a bond issue?

A. A bond issue is a way for the district to borrow money for major equipment purchases or to make major facility improvements or construct new facilities, much like a home mortgage or home improvement loan, which must be repaid over a period of time. In Missouri, a fire district must get permission from the public to borrow the money.

Q. How can the district fund Proposition S without a tax-rate increase?

A. Due to the structuring of current and future debt, the district can issue $16 million in bonds without increasing the tax rate.

Q. Why do the District’s fire trucks need to be replaced?

A. The majority of the District’s equipment was purchased before 2003, twelve years ago. Because of the tremendous rise in calls and use of equipment since then, repair costs have increased 583% since 2003. All nine fire trucks are due for replacement. Many of them were due for replacement in 2008.

Q. What happens to the District’s old fire trucks when new ones are purchased?

A. The trucks are sold to smaller or volunteer fire departments with smaller call volumes.

Q. What facility challenges is the District facing?

A. Much like homes, fire stations need regular maintenance. Because of the current financial situation there has not been funding available for some regular maintenance such as driveway and roof repairs at many of the stations.
Training programs are limited by the current training facility, which features a burn tower and concrete areas for rescue training. There is no indoor space for classroom instruction, and training course offerings are limited by the current facilities.
In addition, Stations #1 and #5 are in need of replacement. Station #5, located at 2934 Ehlmann Road, was originally built in 1975, when CCFR was a volunteer department. The ceilings are too low and the station is too small for up-to-date fire trucks, it is also too small to house the NFPA recommended four fire fighters. Fire Station #1 at 1 Timberbrook Drive was built 1991. The foundation of the building is shifting, and there are chronic leaks from the original construction. The space of the building also no longer meets the needs of the growing District.

Q. How would Proposition S impact training?

A. If approved, Proposition S would provide funding to update the District’s training center, and ensure emergency responders have the training needed to respond to a wide variety of emergency situations including automobile accidents, hazardous materials incidents and homeland security situations.

The current training facility presents challenges to providing up-to-date training. For example, engineer (the fireman who drives the truck) training must take place off-site. Spaces for this are challenging to find, which limits training opportunities.
The existing burn tower also limits training opportunities. The tower uses combustible materials such as wood and paper to create different fire scenarios. This type of fire is hard to control, and requires a long set-up and cleanup time after each use. The tower can be converted to allow for fires to be created by gas. These fires are cleaner, safer and more easily controlled. The gas system would allow for more trainings to be conducted in a safer environment.
An updated training facility would also allow for simulation labs for firefighters and leadership to train on a variety of situations including incident command and emergency operations. In addition, this facility would provide the space to host outside instructors for classroom and hands-on training.

Q. How is CCFR funded?

A. Nearly all of CCFR’s funding comes from local property taxes (98%), and two-percent is from interest income, fire prevention and code enforcement fees.

Q. What are CCFR’s expenditures?

A. The majority of CCFRs expenditures go toward salaries and benefits (87%), 6% is for operations, 5% goes to administration and 2% goes toward capital projects.

Q. When is the election?

A. Election Day is Tuesday, April 7. In an election, EVERY SINGLE VOTE IS IMPORTANT. The proposal requires 57.1% approval to pass. It is crucial that you remember to vote on that day and remind all of your friends and family to do the same. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Q. Who is eligible to vote in the April 7 election?

A. All registered voters in the CCFR District are eligible to vote in this election. A person may vote in any election who:

  • Is a citizen of the United States and is 18 years of age or older,
  • Has been a resident of the state and of the election district, in which the person seeks to vote for at least 28 days prior to the election,
  • Has registered before the election registration deadline,
  • And is not registered to vote in another jurisdiction.

Q. How do I register to vote?

A. You can register to vote anytime before March 11, 2015. Visit http://election.sccmo.org/election or call 636-949-7550 or 1-800-822-4012 for details.

Q. How can I vote an absentee ballot?

A. You will need to request a ballot in writing. For more information about absentee voting visit http://election.sccmo.org/election or call 636-949-7550 or 1-800-822-4012.

Q. Where can I get additional information about registration or absentee ballots?

A. Additional information is available through the Saint Charles County Election Authority visit http://election.sccmo.org/election or call 636-949-7550 or 1-800-822-4012.

Q. Where Do I Vote?

A. Your precinct number and polling location are shown on your voter notification card. Additional information is available through the Saint Charles County Election Authority visit http://election.sccmo.org/election or call 636-949-7550 or 1-800-822-4012.

Q. How will Proposition S appear on the ballot?

A. The proposal will appear on the April 7 ballot as follows. The format and language of the proposal are written as required by election law.

Proposition S
For the purpose of implementing the community created SAFE-T plan to acquire up-to-date firefighting and emergency vehicles, apparatus and auxiliary equipment, to acquire, construct, renovate, replace, improve, furnish and equip outdated fire stations and training facilities, including the purchase of land where necessary and the refinancing of prior obligations and agreements previously used to finance required improvements to facilities, shall the Central County Fire & Rescue, a Fire Protection District of St. Charles County, Missouri (CCFR), borrow money in the amount of Sixteen Million Dollars ($16,000,000), and issue general obligation bonds for the payment thereof?

The authorization of the general obligation bonds will authorize the levy and collection of an annual tax in addition to the other taxes provided for by law on all taxable tangible property in the District sufficient to pay the interest and principal of the Bonds as they fall due and to retire the same within twenty years from the date thereof, but the debt service levy of the District is expected to remain unchanged at the current levy of $0.0860 per one hundred dollars assessed valuation of real and personal property.

SAFE-T Open Houses

We need to hear from you at a SAFE-T Open House!

Join us for a series of fun, family friendly activities, learn more about the future of the District and let us know what you think!

At The Open Houses You Can:

• Tour the fire stations

• See the fire trucks and equipment

• Learn more about the SAFE-T (Securing A Future of Excellence – Together) facilities and equipment recommendations

• Ask questions

• Let us know what you think

 

Open House and Family Ice Cream Social

Nov. 16 • 1 – 3 p.m.

Fire Station #1, 1 Timberbrook Dr. 

 

Open House and Family Movie Night

Featuring Free Birds 

Nov. 21 • 5 – 7 p.m. • Movie at 7 p.m.

Fire Station #6, 1151 Jungs Station Rd. 

 

Open House Coffee at the Station 

Nov. 22 • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Fire Station #5, 2934 Ehlmann Rd. 

 

Open House 

Dec. 3 • 2 – 4 p.m.

Fire Station #4, 1259 Cave Springs Blvd. 

 

Open House and Santa at the Station 

Dec. 6 • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Fire Station #3, 511 Willott Rd. 

 

SAFE-T Tuesday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fire Equipment Demonstrations, Facility Overview Focus of October 14 SAFE-T Meeting

Community invited to see equipment, ask questions, provide feedback

SAFE-T Equipment & Facilities Overview
Tuesday, Oct. 14
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
St. Peters Senior Center
108 McMenamy Rd. 

 

Central County Fire & Rescue’s (CCFR) equipment and facilities are aging, and maintenance costs continue to increase. On Tuesday, Oct. 14, citizens are invited to see aging equipment first-hand, learn about facilities challenges, and provide feedback for the future at the second SAFE-T (Securing A Future of Excellence – Together) meeting of the year.

The meeting will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the St. Peters Senior Center, 108 McMenamy Rd., St. Peters, MO 63376. There will be fire trucks, thermal imaging cameras, firefighter gear and more on display. An informational presentation will provide details on facilities and equipment financing and maintenance. Everyone is invited to attend.

“It’s our job as the residents of the fire district to provide direction for the leadership of CCFR. We need to let them know what type of equipment we expect to respond to emergency situations, and how we think they should handle the ongoing facilities and equipment challenges,” says Steve Colaw, SAFE-T community chair.

All of the District’s fire trucks are more than twelve years old. The maintenance costs on this aging fleet have increased from less than $50,000 a year in 2003 to nearly $200,000 in 2014.

CCFR operates six-fire stations, which cover 72-square miles of St. Charles County. “There are two fire stations presenting major facilities challenges to the District. Fire Station #1, which has not been updated since it was built more than 20 years ago, and Fire Station #5, which does not have the space for the recommended number of firefighters and up-to-date equipment.” says Steve Colaw. “The other stations are also in need of minor updates and repairs.”

About SAFE-T
The citizen-led SAFE-T (Securing A Future of Excellence – Together) program seeks the opinions and insights of patrons, residents, business leaders and employees. Feedback is then used to create plans for the future of the fire district. Throughout the fall of 2014 there will be three SAFE-T meetings and a series of Fire Station Open Houses where residents can learn more and provide feedback.

About Central County Fire & Rescue
The Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) District is one of the largest fire districts in Missouri, covering 72-square miles of St. Charles County, MO and a population of 90,000. A team of 82 firefighter/EMTs, fire inspectors and operational staff work together to keep the St. Peters and St. Charles, MO community safe. This well trained team operates six fire stations, seven days a week. A three member, citizen-elected Board of Directors, leads the District.