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.”
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.