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.
“The new station’s proximity to Hwy. 370 puts our crews closer to both Hwy. 370 and Hwy. 70 — where many emergency calls originate — as well as the Premier 370 business park housing large commercial operations including the soon to open Amazon distribution center and FedEx,” says CCFR Assistant Chief Steve Brown.
“When we were planning for the new station we looked at the numbers and found that in 2017 alone there were more than 300 additional emergency calls that would have had a four minute or less response time from us at the new location on Harry S. Truman Blvd. Simply put, this station will allow us to provide a higher level service to a larger portion of our community.” says Brown.
In addition to being in an optimal location, on District-owned land, the new 13,000-square-foot station provides adequate space for housing four firefighters at a time (a National Fire Protection Association standard), three engine bays large enough to house modern rescue equipment, 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.
The station’s replacement is part of the community-created SAFE-T (Securing A Future of Excellence—Together) long-range plan, and was funded by proceeds from the 2015 Prop. S bond issue. The original Station #5 on Ehlmann Road, which was built in 1976, was too small and no longer met the needs of the community and District. This location is now planned to house the Central County Community Assistance Program, which provides assistance to victims and firefighters at emergencies throughout St. Charles County.