January 12, 2016 - Mid Rivers Newsmagazine By: Brian Flinchpaugh

Hot meals at lunchtime for homebound seniors in St. Peters received a boost from the Central County Fire and Rescue Fire Protection District, which presented a $20,556. 55 check on Dec. 17 to support the city's Meals on Wheels program.

The funds were raised at an annual trivia night in October hosted by St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano, the city's Board of Aldermen and the fire district. The funds, along with money raised from through the city's "dollar up" program, will help to assure that hot meals are delivered to about 150 seniors each weekday.

The check was presented by Steve Brown, assistant fire chief, at the St. Peters Senior Center. Brown said the amount was a record, surpassing the $17,000 raised at a previous trivia night.Earlier this year, when the organizing committee met to plan the trivia night, Brown suggested a $20,000 goal. "Everybody just kind of looked at me," he said.

The city works with the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging to administer its Meals on Wheels program, which remains one of the few senior meals programs in the St. Louis area that still serves home-delivered hot meals Monday through Friday. Because of the expense, and state and federal budget cuts, some communities have moved to the delivery of frozen meals once a week - meals that some seniors have a hard time warming up.

"We hold this as model of community support that we would love to have in the rest of our four counties," said Lisa M. Knoll, chief operating officer for MEAAA. "It's so outstanding."

MEAAA works with seniors programs in St. Charles, St. Louis, Franklin and Jefferson counties. Knoll said an important element of the program is the personal contact that volunteers have with homebound seniors. Some of the seniors get few visitors and the meals program allows volunteers to check up on them.

In addition to the recent trivia night funds donation, the city supports its Meals on Wheels program with "dollar-up," a program that encourages contributions from utility customers.

Alderman Jerry Hollingsworth [Ward 2] and other aldermen came up with the idea of giving utility customers the option to donate to the program by simply rounding up their utility payments to the next dollar amount or making a higher donation. Since 2012, customers have marked a box on their bi-monthly bills for water, sewer and trash, and have contributed more than $44,000.

At the check presentation, Hollingsworth continued to ask for residents to make donations. The city sends out 15,000 utility bills and if everyone rounded off their bills by adding 25 cents, the city could totally fund the entire program in St. Peters, Hollingsworth said.

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Fire in St. Peters, Mo. on December 24, 2015 (Facebook/St Charles County Mo Scanner)

December 26, 2015 - KMOX By Dan Greenwald, Online News Producer

ST. PETERS, MO. - Central County Fire and Rescue is collecting donations for the victims of a Christmas Eve mobile home fire in St. Peters.

Firefighters say money, food, and clothing are needed.

Suggested clothes sizes are men's pants 31/30, adult medium sweatpants, large shirts, and mens shoes of sizes 9 or 10.

The drop-off point is Central County Fire & Rescue Station #2, 109 McMenamy Road, St. Peters MO.

Go Fund Me accounts have been set up for the victims at:

http://www.gofundme.com/Aguayo and http://www.gofundme.com/9vgdd2cc.

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December 25, 2015 - KTVI BY KEVIN S. HELD

ST. PETERS, MO. - Two people lost everything in a house fire late Christmas Eve in a St. Peters neighborhood, the Central County Fire & Rescue said.

The fire occurred around 11:45 p.m. in the 100 block of Eldorado Drive.

Two people in the home managed to escape, one of whom was taken to Mercy Hospital to be treated for burn injuries. Firefighters said the home was a total loss.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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December 20, 2015 - Central County Fire & Rescue

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO. - On Jan. 4, 2016 Daniel Aubuchon will take the helm of St. Charles County's largest fire protection district. Aubuchon, a 29-year veteran of Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) has been named the new CCFR fire chief. Aubuchon has served as a Battalion Chief since 1998 and is filling the position opened by Chief Russ Mason's retirement. Captain Sean Webb has been promoted to fill Aubuchon's battalion chief position.

"Daniel brings a substantial wealth of knowledge and experience that will help maintain the high quality of emergency services our community has come to expect from its fire district," says CCFR Board Chair Dave Tilley.

In his role as battalion chief, Aubuchon oversaw daily shift operations and was the incident commander at numerous emergency scenes. He has more than 20 years of supervisory experience and holds numerous advanced certifications in fire investigation, emergency management, and hazardous materials handling. Aubuchon has also been an integral part of the district's long-range planning efforts. He holds an associate of applied science in fire science technology from Pike's Peak Community College.

Sean Webb has been an active member of CCFR for 25 years, most recently serving as a Captain. Along with his crew, he has received multiple clinical save awards, and a lifesaving medal for the rescue of a family from a house fire in 2012. Webb holds an associate's degree from Kaiser University and is a certified firefighter and licensed paramedic. He also holds certifications in the areas of hazardous materials, fire service instruction, and fire department leadership. For the past ten years, Sean has served as an acting battalion chief, when one of the three full-time battalion chiefs was not available.

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Angela Orf from St. Peters, Missouri points to her husbands name on a granite wall, after the International Association of Fire Fighters Annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial observance in Colorado Springs on September 19, 2015. Orf died from complications from a work related illness in April of 2015. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

September 20, 2015 - KMOX

COLORADO SPRINGS, Col.- The lives of at least two Missouri firefighters were remembered, Saturday, at a ceremony in Colorado Springs.

The International Association of Fire Fighters annual fallen fire fighters memorial service paid tribute to the nearly 300 who've died in the line of duty over the past year.

The families of John Orf of St. Peters and Joseph Schmidt, Jr. of Mehlville made the trip to Colorado for the service.

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August 21, 2015 - St. Louis Post Dispatch By Mark Schlinkmann

ST, CHARLES COUNTY - Russ Mason, the fire chief of Central County Fire and Rescue for more than 12 years, will retire in January.

"This has been a difficult decision, but after nearly 40 years of service, and many discussions with my family I realized the time had come to turn over the reins," Mason said in a news release issued by the district.

The Central County district board has yet to announce how a successor will be picked.

As an assistant chief with the old St. Peters Fire Protection District, Mason helped lead efforts to consolidate with the neighboring St. Charles district in the late 1990s into what is now Central County. He became deputy chief of the new district and then chief in 2003.

Earlier in his career he was fire chief in Bolivar, Mo.; assistant chief in Rolla, Mo., and deputy chief and chief investigator for the state fire marshal's office.

Mason, 58, said Friday he and his wife plan to open a sign company franchise.

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August 14, 2015 - Central County Fire & Rescue

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO. - For the third consecutive time, Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) Engineer Eric Braatz has been named the St. Charles County Fire Academy Instructor of the Year. Braatz is the lead SCBA (self contained breathing apparatus) instructor, and assists with live fire training at the Academy. He has volunteered as an instructor for the past 15 years.

"It is a privilege to be able to guide our students to become the next generation of emergency responders," Braatz says. "I try to instill in them that serving our community is at the core of every successful firefighting career."

"We are very fortunate to have firefighters like Eric on our team. His experience and expertise are a strong asset to our fire district, community and our future firefighters," CCFR Chief Russ Mason says.

Braatz has been with CCFR for more than 20 years. He typically works from Fire Station #2 on McMenamy Rd.

The St. Charles County Fire Academy is a joint effort of St. Charles area fire departments. Each year, 26 students train three evenings a week, and Saturdays from January through July to become certified firefighters. Students study a variety of topics taught by volunteer instructors from the various departments.

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June 16, 2015 - Central County Fire & Rescue

ST. CHARLES COUNTY - Central County Fire & Rescue firefighters respond to a variety of emergency situations, many of which are very physically demanding. Because of this, the Board of Directors decided at its June 9 meeting that all new applicants must have a CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) card. Firefighters receive this card after passing the CPAT. This is a standardized test that consists of eight critical physical tasks that simulate actual job duties on the fireground.

Although we are not currently accepting applications, we wanted to make any future applicants aware of these new requirements.

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April 21, 2015 - Central County Fire & Rescue

ST. CHARLES COUNTY - Central County firefighters responded to the 100 block of Birch Leaf Drive today for a house fire. First arriving crews found fire blowing out the front of the home. Fortunately no one was home at the time of the fire which caused over $100,000 in damage.

Cottleville Fire Protection District and St. Charles County Ambulance District assisted.

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March 31, 2015 - KSDK By Alexandra Martellaro, KSDK

ST. PETERS - Firefighters in St. Charles County likely saved someone's life Monday night, and it's because of a recently-legalized medication that's an antidote for narcotics.

Central County Fire and Rescue responded to an overdose call in St. Peters. The victim was in respiratory arrest, so they administered a dose of Narcan.

The 26-year-old victim, who firefighters say was overdosing on heroin, regained consciousness and began breathing again within seconds.

It became legal last year for all first responders in Missouri to carry and administer Narcan, and Central County says its firefighters just finished training with Narcan five days ago.

Other local departments have followed suit, and are stocking up on Narcan as well.

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March 13, 2015 - Central County Fire Protection District

ST. CHARLES COUNTY - On Saturday, March 7 more than 100 firefighters, family and community members gathered together to honor five dedicated Central County Fire & Rescue firefighters as they celebrated their retirement.

The retirees were:

- Captain Bob Black, 35-years of service
- Engineer Terry Black, 33-years of service
- Engineer Ron Meier, 23-years of service
- Assistant Chief Dan Rigdon, 19-years of service
- Battalion Chief Mark Runge, 30-years of service

During their service, this group of dedicated fire service professionals witnessed countless changes in the fire service and helped to guide the District as it grew to serve more than 90,000 residents.

"When they started, emergency response looked very different with several of them beginning their careers as volunteers. Through the years their role grew to full-time emergency response leaders, who were ready to handle the demands of an expanding urban environment," explains CCFR Chief Russ Mason.

"They are also responsible for helping grow CCFR into a leading fire district by developing innovative training opportunities, creating community involvement programs like the Citizen Fire Academy and building Central County's Community Outreach program. They will be greatly missed" says Mason.

The District is currently working to fill the positions left open by these retirements.

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FEB. 18, 2015: Four people jumped from a second floor window and two others escaped through a back door and the basement after a fire started in the 300 block of Park West Drive in St. Peters, Mo. (Photo: Brandon Jones, Battalion Chief, St. Charles County Ambulance District)

February 18, 2015 - KSDK Brandie Piper, KSDK-TV

ST. PETERS, MO. - Four people jumped from a second floor window of an apartment complex to escape a fire that started at the building in the 300 block of Park West Drive in St. Peters late Wednesday night.

The fire started just before midnight and quickly went to two alarms. Firefighters also had to battle the brutal temperatures, which bottomed out around 5 degrees, and it took them about an hour to get the fire under control.

Two other people escaped through the basement and a back door. The American Red Cross says they are helping six adults and one child with food, shelter, clothing, and blankets.

Firefighters say two units are damaged; one is destroyed, the other sustained smoke and water damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is believed to have originated on the first floor.

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February 12, 2015 - KTVI BY DAN GRAY

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO. - Firefighters in St. Charles County will soon be carrying a life-saving drug on their trucks.

The Central County Fire and Rescue will have Naloxone on their trucks.

The drug, better known as Narcan, can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.

The unit will be among the first in the area to carry the drug on their trucks.

The St. Charles Ambulance District has given 36 doses of the drug in just the past month.

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Central County Fire & Rescue Firefighter James Densmore holds a ladder as a fellow firefighter works a fire in a condo building on South Wisteria Drive in St. Charles on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Photo by Erik M. Lunsford elunsford@post-dispatch.com

January 26, 2015 - St. Louis Post Dispatch By Mark Schlinkmann

ST. CHARLES COUNTY - The board of Central County Fire and Rescue will ask voters April 7 to pass a $16-million bond issue to replace fire trucks and equipment and to build a new fire station.

The board voted Thursday to place the measure on the ballot. It would not require a property tax increase.

District spokesman Steve Brown said some of the additional revenue would be used to buy ground for a new firehouse that would replace the existing station #5 on Ehlmann Road.

The bond issue also would allow the agency to replace its fire trucks and equipment over several years, he said.

The proposition requires 57.1 percent majority approval.

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January 5, 2015 - St. Louis Post Dispatch By Mark Schlinkmann

ST. LOUIS CHARLES COUNTY - Kelvin Jackson Jr., 29, faces a felony arson charge after police said he started a fire Thursday at the home of his estranged girlfriend.

A court document says Jackson, of the 9200 block of Shadydale Drive in Jennings, poured gasoline on the garage door from a plastic cup and ignited it with a lighter. The incident was at a townhome on Letham Court.

St. Charles County police said Jackson had followed the woman home and became enraged after realizing her new boyfriend was there. Authorities said damage was limited to the garage door.

Jackson was in the St. Charles County Jail Monday with cash-only bail set at $100,000.

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September 15, 2014 - Central County Fire & Rescue

ST. PETERS - The Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) Board of Directors presented the Medal of Valor to three firefighters, and an Award of Recognition to two St. Peters residents at its meeting tonight, Sept. 23 at CCFR Fire Station #1, 1 Timberbrook Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376.

St. Peters residents Mark and Angie Davidson will receive the Award of Recognition for their quick reaction to a condominium fire on Sept. 9. at 4:30 a.m. that morning they were on their usual morning jog when they noticed a fire on the deck of a first floor condominium at 1391 Forest Creek Dr. The two immediately jumped into action, Mark began knocking on doors and ringing doorbells to warn residents of the six-unit, two-story complex, while Angie called 911, alerting emergency responders of the fire.

"Without their quick response it would have been a different situation when we arrived on the scene. As with many fires, this one grew quickly and seconds made a difference in the condominium residents getting out, and our crews being there before the flames spread," says CCFR Chief Russ Mason.

When emergency responders arrived on the scene there was a small fire on a deck, next to an exterior wall. As the crews began deploying their fire hose the fire grew, engulfing the wall and reaching the roof. Everyone in the building was safely evacuated, and the blaze was extinguished.


August 5, 2014 - KSDK

ST. PETERS - First responders in St. Peters heading to one call instead wound up dealing with a deadly fire Monday afternoon.

The fire happened around 5 p.m. at a home in the 7300 block of Mexico Road near Mid Rivers Mall Drive.

The firefighters were on their way to a car fire on Mexico Road, when they saw smoke coming from this home. They stopped and found a man inside had died.

The victim, identified as 55-year-old Brian Hinni, had collapsed in a back bedroom. It's too soon to know exactly how he died.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation as well, but the St. Charles County Sheriff's Office said Hinni was a heavy smoker and may have been smoking in bed. They also said he had health problems and used an oxygen tank.

Neighbor Mike Paul lives a couple of doors down. He watched from his driveway as crews rushed around the burned house of his friend of 25 years.

"They went to the Girl Scouts, my daughter did with his daughter. He was very active with that. He was always with kids, I mean he was a nice guy," Paul said. "Wrenches at your heart. I hate to see anything like that happen to anybody, let alone somebody you know."

Authorities said Hinni lived in the home with his wife, but she was on vacation in Arkansas. Another crew did tend to the car fire.

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May 14, 2014 - KSDK

ST. PETERS - The public got a chance to take a look at their new St. Peters state-of-the-art firehouse.

The Central County Fire and Rescue Station No. 2 opened in April, but Saturday, it was dedicated to the men and woman who served for the St. Peters Department between 1904 and the 1970s.

The new station features a decontamination room, storm shelter, physical training room and emergency generator among a number of other items.

The Central County Fire & Rescue District is one of the largest in Missouri, covering 72-square miles of St. Charles County.

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June 24, 2014 - Central County Fire & Rescue

ST. PETERS - At around 2 a.m. on Sunday, June 22 a resident of Woodmere Trail Ct. in unincorporated St. Charles County noticed that the home across the street was engulfed in flames and immediately called 911. When firefighters from Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR), and the Cottleville Fire Protection District arrived on the scene at 109 Woodmere Trail Ct. they started a defense attack to control the flames, and douse the fire.

"Neighbors and a relative immediately informed us that the homeowners were out of town and that no one was in the house," says CCFR Chief Russ Mason. "Once we confirm that everyone is safe, our biggest concern at a fire such as this one is protecting any other homes or buildings that may catch fire and keeping everyone safe during the extinguishment," says Mason.

While working to find the cause of the fire, CCFR fire investigators interviewed neighbors who recalled a lighting strike that caused televisions and radios to turn off and on on their own at around 8 p.m. "Further research utilizing the National Lighting Strike database found that there had been four cloud to ground lightning strikes within one mile of the home, one of which was centered on the property where the fire occurred at 8:02 pm," Mason said.

While interviewing neighbors, CCFR also discovered a video of the fire before firefighters arrived on the scene. "A neighbor kept a safe distance from the house and filmed the fire, which showed fire through the roof and coming out the windows of every floor," says Mason.

"If there is a fire in your neighborhood it is important to immediately call 911, and stay away from the home and the fire. Never try to go into the burning house," says Mason. Residents should also keep the street clear for emergency responders. If the fire is next door, residents should evacuate their homes and move away from the fire.

When lightning strikes a home it often causes the home to shake and the power to surge. If this happens, evacuate the home and call 911. "A lightning strike can cause a small, slow burning fire that may not be noticed right away. Our firefighters have special equipment that can determine if the strike caused a fire in one of the walls or ceilings before it spreads," says Mason.

Lightning fires are difficult, if not impossible to prevent, but they are a good reminder of the importance of working smoke alarms on every level of a home, and near every bedroom. "Working smoke alarms can be the difference between life and death during a home fire," says Mason.

Lightning is the most likely cause of the fire, which caused an estimated $487,000 in damage.

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April 14, 2014 - KSDK

ST. PETERS - A new firehouse in St. Peters opens Thursday that will benefit tens of thousands of people.

A 2009 tax increase paid for the station to move to a better location, where over time the population has increased. Central County Fire Station #2 is located at 109 McMenamy Road in St. Peters. The fire chief says this station will greatly decrease their response time to about 20,000 people and also lend a hand to one certain age group.

It's a quiet area in St. Peters.

"Most of the people are elderly, I'm probably the oldest one," said resident Dotty Frier. She has called this area home for the past seven years and welcomes the new fire station.

"It's comforting to know that they are nearby," she said.

The reason to move Central County Fire Station #2 from Main Street in St. Peters to near Mid Rivers Mall is simple; get better response times for more people.

"Ninety-eight percent of our calls were coming across the interstate, and they were having to go through heavy traffic, so it made sense to move the station where the district has grown," said Fire Chief Russ Mason.

The new station will give 15,000 to 20,000 residents a four minute or less response time. It houses one more firefighter than the old station, plus the battalion chief. The building cost $1.8 million and was paid for by a tax increase in 2009.

This is all good news to Frier, who is 86-years-old and finds herself needing a helping hand. Recently she needed help replacing her batteries in her smoke detectors.

"I wasn't too steady on my ladder," she explained. "Three of them came and they were just so nice."

But, she says there may be one con to the station's new location.

"I hope they don't run their sirens too loud and wake up all those people over there, all those old folks," she said laughing.

The new station will officially be in service Thursday, with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m.

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April 19, 2014 - KSDK

ST. CHARLES COUNTY - One person is dead after fire broke out in a mobile home Saturday morning.

The fire happened on Cactus Drive in unincorporated St. Charles County, authorities say.

Fire crews got to the scene around 7 a.m.

A St Charles County deputy was taken to the hospital to get treated for smoke inhalation.

Authorities say they believe the fire started in the bedroom, and was caused by a lit cigarette. They are ruling the fire as accidental.

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March 19, 2014 - KTVI

ST. PETERS - In a span of less than 16 hours on Tuesday, March 18th, two family homes in St. Peters were damaged from fires caused by careless smokers disposing cigarette butts onto dry grassy areas. In both cases the back of the homes were damaged.

One home on Saint Joan Lane had its deck partially destroyed, and a home on Orton Drive suffered severe damage to the rear of the home.

The St. Charles Central County Fire & Rescue wants to remind smoker to dispose of their cigarette butt properly in dry weather and for everyone to remember that coals from barbeques can ignite fires for up to 24 hours after the fire has gone out.

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August 23, 2013 - Central County Fire

- The Fire Marshals Association of Missouri awarded Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) Assistant Chief of Prevention Steve Brown the Ed Vineyard Award. The highest honor bestowed by the organization, the award is presented to an individual, group or department whose outstanding efforts have furthered the cause of fire prevention and public fire education throughout the state.

For more than 30 years, Brown has served the St. Peters area fire service. "Steve's dedication and professionalism is second to none. He has tirelessly worked to make the fire prevention and public education program for Central County one of the best in the state, and I believe in the nation," says CCFR Chief Russ Mason. Starting as a volunteer in 1982, Brown moved up the ranks, becoming Assistant Chief in 1996.

He leads a team of four prevention staff members in keeping the community safe through education, engineering and enforcement. "One of our core responsibilities as a fire protection district is to keep our community safe. Our fire prevention program strives to educate residents on how to stay safe, work with building planners and developers to create safe structures, and enforce fire and safety codes to help residents and visitors avoid hazardous situations," says Brown.

In the past year alone, Brown has overseen more than 3,200 inspections, 100 plan reviews and 576 new construction inspections. In addition, the public safety programs he coordinated reached 15,333 adults and 19,792 children.

Every student who attends a public elementary school in the District is impacted by Brown's efforts. "With a team of educators, he created a fire safety education curriculum for each grade level that is presented by the engine companies and staff members. Instead of receiving the same basic lesson each year, which is done in most districts, these students are receiving a well-rounded, age-appropriate safety education program," says Mason.

"There is no doubt that our area would not be as safe without Steve's innovative programs, steadfast dedication to the fire service and commitment to our community," says Mason.

Brown was honored with the award at the Fire Marshals Association of Missouri's annual conference in the Lake of the Ozarks.

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August 18, 2013 - St. Peters Patch

ST. PETERS - Central County Fire and Rescue offers residents who live in the district a chance to train like an emergency responder during a seven-week program. The program teaches participants the operations of the fire department and get hands on experience with tools used to fight fires.

The fall session starts Aug. 28 and runs each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Topics include a history of the fire service, fire extinguishment, search and rescue, automobile extrication and emergency medical services, among others.

Participants must be 21 years or older, have proof of health insurance and residents of the district. For more information, call (636) 970-9700.

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May 31, 2013 -

ST. CHARLES - Within minutes of the tornado ripping through St. Charles on May 31, 13, off-duty Central County Fire & Rescue firefighters were on their way to Fire Station 6, 1151 Jungs Station Road, which was in the path of the storm.

When they arrived they found three engine bay doors that had been blown out by the storm, and one of their own injured. Firefighters immediately began assisting their fellow firefighter and removing debris from fire trucks and untangled other equipment.

"Based on the damage to the station, and the area, they knew that our residents would need their help, and they wanted to respond as quickly as possible," says CCFR Chief Russ Mason.

The fire trucks and other equipment were not damaged by the storm, and the station was able to stay in service on a back-up generator. Station 6 was immediately established as the command post where emergency responses and assessments could be coordinated.

"With the off-duty team's rapid response we were able to put our two reserve trucks into service, which means two additional teams of emergency responders are on the street," says Mason.

Firefighters conducted their first assessment of the area last night, assisting residents, clearing debris from roads and helping residents avoid dangerous situations.

At 8 a.m. June 1, three crews began secondary assessments of areas most severely hit by the storm, looking for immediate hazards that could be a danger to residents. The injured firefighter was taken to the hospital for treatment and released.

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CCFR Firefighter, Jason Meinershagen, and St. Charles County Ambulance Paramedics prepare to rescue a mock victim at a mass casualty drill at Payne Homes' Ohmes Farm Subdivision.

May 2, 2013 - St. Louis Post Dispatch

ST. PETERS - First-responders will participate in a series of mass casualty drills this month at the Ohmes Farms Subdivision in St. Peters.

The drills are being held from 7:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Monday, Tuesday, May 10, 15, 17, 20, 21, 29, 30 and 31.

"Unfortunately, as we were recently reminded by Boston bombings, preparation is the key to saving lives in a disaster," said Russ Mason, chief of Central County Fire & Rescue. "All of our emergency services organizations have to work together to have the best possible outcomes."

At this particular drill, victims will be strewn across the landscape of the Ohmes Farm Subdivision as dozens of emergency responders jump into action. Each day more than 20 firefighters, approximately 15 paramedics and two dispatchers will deal with varying scenarios that will include more than 20 victims, mannequins and various environmental hazards.

The exercise will focus on medical and search and rescue issues involved in a large-scale disaster. Fire personnel will focus on rescuer safety and hazard identification while locating and rescuing patients and performing triage. EMS personnel will focus on patient treatment, triage and transporting victims to the hospital. Another focus of the exercise will be on the use of the unified command system for large incidents.

More than 300 firefighters and 150 paramedics from the St. Charles County area are expected to participate in the drill throughout the month.

Payne Homes' Ohmes Farms Subdivision is located on Ohmes Road, between Mid Rivers Mall Drive and Birdie Hills Road.

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