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March 30, 2016 - Cottleville Fire Protection District Facebook

COTTLEVILLE, MO. - Congratulations to Assistant Chief Skip Stephens! Skip was sworn into office at Monday's night board meeting. Skip will serve as our new Assistant Chief of Professional Standards.

Skip began his fire service career with Cottleville in 2000 and was promoted to Captain in 2012. In 2008, Skip was integral in establishing Cottleville Firefighters Outreach and led the firefighters' charitable organization as Executive Director for 8 years.

In his new role, he will manage multiple duties that will include personnel, human resources, public fire education, public relations, training, emergency response, and much more.

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March 28, 2016 - KTVI BY STAFF WRITER

COTTLEVILLE, MO. - If you're looking for a great night to support a great cause, head to the Rackhouse West Winery in Cottleville on March 30th for a very special dinner.

Bridgett Hamilton tells us all about the No. 87 Red Release Dinner Party to celebrate the Cottleville Fire Department.

For more information visit: rackhouse.westwinery.com

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February 3, 2016 - Cottleville Fire Protection District

COTTLEVILLE, MO. - The Cottleville Fire District is participating in the new certified IAFF 80 hour National Pro-Board Hazardous Materials Technician class. Members from all over the St. Charles and St. Louis county fire districts are currently attending this class in an effort to stay current with the new regulated Hazardous training requirements.

The participants will receive training on the newer technology and equipment that is available, and learn about the trends in the field of hazard material mitigation. This training will continue until next week Friday.The previous standards for a Hazmat Technician was 40 hours of training.

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January 30, 2016 - Cottleville Fire Protection District

COTTLEVILLE, MO. - The Cottleville Fire District would like to announce that firefighter Bob Gauldin has officially hung up his helmet and placed his fire boots in the corner for the final time. Bob has answered his last call with the Cottleville Fire District after (23) years of service.

We would like to thank Bob for his outstanding service that he has provided throughout those years. Bob's commitment to help those in our community was exceptional. Bob was instrumental in the development of many of our community projects that we continue to participate in today. We would like to wish him and his family the very best in their future endeavors. We will always have a warm cup of coffee waiting for Bob anytime he wishes to stop in and visit.

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January 26, 2016 - Cottleville Fire Protection District

COTTLEVILLE, MO. - Cottleville Fire Chief announces his retirement after 30 years of service.

The Cottleville Fire District board of directors has announced after their meeting on Monday, January 25th, that Chief Rob Wylie has notified them earlier this month of his intent to retire at the end of 2016.

The board also announced that in accordance with the District's succession plan, they have appointed Assistant Chief Dean Everett to the position of Fire Chief effective February 1st. Wylie will remain with the District in the capacity of Chief Operating Officer. He will manage the transition process and oversee the administrative functions of the District during the transition. "It has been one of the greatest honors of my career to work with the men and women of this District" Wylie said. "It is the mark of a strong, stable organization when we have capable, qualified leaders that have been developed from within our ranks that are ready to step up and lead the District forward"

Wylie has served as Chief since 2005 after serving 14 years with Central County Fire & Rescue and five years with the St. Charles Fire District. He added "30 years is a good career in this business. I am ready to take on some new challenges and spend more time with my family. I know the District is in great hands with Chief Everett at the helm".

Wylie's official last day will be December 30, 2016.

Let us all reach out to Chief Wylie and thank him for his outstanding service to the communities that he has served, and to the Fire Services that were lucky enough to have him be apart of over his 30 years of service!

Congratulations to Chief Everett on his promotion as our new Fire Chief. We look forward to working with our new Chief as we move forward with him at the helm.

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Brian Gettemeier pictured here with his father Stephen Gettemeier: Photo Credit Matt Becker

January 21, 2016 -

Brian Gettemeier a 2nd generation firefighter has written several articles published in trade journals. His most recent article: A Year To Remember is a work of passion. Brian reviewed NIOSH Line of Duty Death (LODD) reports and linked a report to the calendar date in which it occurred.

The goal was to have firefighters dedicate that duty day to the individual(s) who lost their life in a line of duty incident. The NIOSH LODD Investigation Report gives the firefighters the details on the incident. There are take away lessons for every report. This resource is an opportunity for us to truly Never Forget.

The calendar features 12 firefighter fatalities from the State of Missouri, including 3 from the St. Louis area. Unfortunately there were dates that had multiple incidents attached to them. It was difficult to feature one because every line of duty death is important for us. That report represents someone's life.

Brian S. Gettemeier has been in the fire service for 23 years with the last 20 years as a career firefighter with the Cottleville Fire Prot. Dist. of St. Charles County Missouri.

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January 5, 2016 - Cottleville Fire Protection District

On Thursday, December 31st the Cottleville Fire District's Search & Rescue K9 unit was deployed to Kaw Lake in Oklahoma to assist in the search for two missing hunters, Craig Strickland and Chase Moorland.

As part of a four state task force assisting the Oklahoma State Highway Patrol Water Division, our K9 unit helped to narrow down the search area which ultimately led to the discovery of their bodies.

The Cottleville Fire District would like to extend its deepest condolences to the families of both victims in this terrible tragedy.

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December 31, 2015 - Cottleville Fire Protection District

COTTLEVILLE - Five lost hikers were rescued tonight after being lost in the woods in subfreezing temperatures by our fire crews. Firefighters quickly deployed their specialized rescue RTV equipment to the scene. Firefighters were quick to arrive on the scene where they were assisted by the St. Charles County Police in locating and rescuing all of the victim's. Latest report is that all victims were treated and released at the scene with no reported serious injuries.

This specialized response vehicle is utilized on numerous emergency situations and has been a vital piece of equipment that has aided in a number of rescues of individuals that were either lost or injured The Cottleville Fire District responds to over over 30 miles of limited access of hiking and bike trails.In addition to these trails, firefighters also respond to over11,000 acres in in the Weldon Spring and Busch Wildlife Conservation locations. Every year numerous bicyclists and runners utilize these trails and conservation areas for their enjoyment, and in some circumstances, will require the need of our emergency services.

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November 18, 2015 - Cottleville Fire Protection District

The Cottleville Fire District is happy to announce that we will be collecting for the, "Toys For Tots" program again this year! Last year's collections made a huge difference in making many children's wishes come true!

Collections dates are from, November 16th-December 10th, M-F 8am-4:30pm. The drop off location is at our Administration building located next to our Fire Station at 1385 Motherhead road, (across from the St. Joseph church).

For after-hours drop offs, toys can be dropped at our front entry vestibule area of the Fire Station #1, located at the same address.. If you have any questions please call: 636-447-6655.

Thank you for your kindness!

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August 31, 2015 - Cottleville Fire Protection District

COTTLEVILLE, MO. - Cottleville Fire District Chief Rob Wylie has been honorably selected to serve on the FireRescue1 Editorial Advisory Board! FireRescue1 is known to be the leading online information and training resource for the fire and rescue community.

Chief Wylie was recognized as one of the 10 industry's top experts from across the nation with complementary perspectives on critical fire rescue topics, issues and trends.

Chief Wylie will serve one year on this board to provide direction, guidance, and oversight of FireRescue1 and Fire Chief editorial efforts, including original news, columns and major coverage initiatives.

Congratulations goes out to Chief Rob Wylie and the Cottleville Fire District for this outstanding opportunity!

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July 29, 2015 - Cottleville Fire Protection District

COTTLEVILLE, MO. - Four young ladies, the youngest only 9 years old, were honored as real-life heroes on Monday night during an awards ceremony held at the Cottleville Fire District's Station 1 located at 1385 Motherhead Road in Cottleville.

Fire Chief Rob Wylie told the large audience that were in attendance Monday night. "These young ladies were not afraid when it came time to take action." "Their quick thinking undoubtedly saved the lives of all eight people that were home that night." "They are heroes in every shape and form." The President of the Fire Board, Steve Mauler presented each of them with a Certificate of Recognition Award.

It was early morning of Monday July 6th 2015. Four young ladies watching tv. It was a sleep over for Macy Lupo's birthday party, she had just turned 11 years old. Macy's mother insisted it was getting late and it was time for everyone to go to bed. The girls had other ideas on their minds.

The four young girls, Celina Severado, Adriana Lupo, Macy Lupo and Stevie Lupo, weren't quite ready for bed yet, they were thirsty and insisted on making their way to the kitchen for a drink, and all of a sudden one of them noticed something outside the kitchen window. The gutter on the back of their home was engulfed in flames!

Previously, the firefighters had been to their school to instruct them on fire safety. Instantly recalling the fire safety lessons they had learned had served them well, they all remembered what they had to do. Quickly wake everyone up and get out of the house. They shouted "Fire, fire, our house is on fire, everyone get up and get out of this house!"

Waking the rest of the family up, Mr. & Mrs. Lupo, Macy and Stevie's Mom and Dad jumped into action. They got everyone out of the house safely and quickly called 911 from a neighbor's house.

The firefighters, being only a block away arrived quickly. The home was on fire with heavy smoke coming from the roof of the home, the fire was spreading fast into the attic space. Firefighters were quick to recognize the extreme danger of this type rapidly growing fire and swiftly went into action. Firefighters attacked the fire with everything they could do and were able to extinguish the flames in within thirty minutes of their time of arrival.

The damage was significant, fire, smoke and water had destroyed their home. Emotions shattered but many lives saved, thanks to the quick thinking and heroic actions of these four brave young ladies.

Fire Chief Rob Wylie stated that without the actions of these young ladies that night, he had no doubt that the circumstances would have been far more critical with a high possibility of a loss of life due to the nature of the fire and the location it had started.

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Michael Joseph Ruffino, of St. Peters, got 120 days shock time after pleading guilty to breaking into his estranged wife's home and trying to burn it down.

May 3, 2015 - ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH By Susan Weich

ST. PETERS - The estranged husband of a St. Peters woman was sentenced to 120 days shock time in jail for breaking into their home and trying to set it on fire.

Michael Joseph Ruffino, 41, of the 2000 block of Willowshade Court pleaded guilty Friday to burglary and arson.

According to police, in October Ruffino used a hammer to break a window and gain entry. Once inside, he grabbed a gas can from the garage and poured gasoline on the stairs leading from the main floor to the unfinished basement.

Ruffino then tried to set the house on fire, police said, but the fire apparently went out on its own.

In addition to the shock time, Ruffino must serve five years of supervised probation, with a dozen special conditions, including psychiatric evaluation and treatment, substance abuse evaluation and treatment, batterer's intervention program and not coming within 1,000 feet of the victim's residence or place of employment.

Ruffino's sentence was handed down by Circuit Judge Ted House.


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March 23, 2015 - Cottleville Fire Protection District

ST. LOUIS - On Sunday, March 22nd, firefighters from Cottleville and O'Fallon Fire Districts teamed up to give a very special birthday to a well deserving young man. Brendan Myers, of O'Fallon, was surprised on his 10th birthday when an O'fallon Fire truck showed up in front of his house. He was even more surprised to learn that he was taking a ride on the truck with the firefighters.

Brendan was a victim of shaken baby syndrome eight years ago and, as a result, he faces difficult challenges that most kids do not. Therefore, Brendan was selected as an honorary "Firefighter for a Day". The two fire districts collaborated in setting up events at both O'Fallon and Cottleville fire stations for Brendan's birthday.

First, Brendan arrived at Cottleville Fire Station 1 and was greeted by firefighters, district board members, and Nealy Nicolay, Cottleville's first "Firefighter for a Day". Brendan was presented with an authentic fire helmet with his name on the shield and a gift card to Toys-R-Us. Brendan found great pleasure in activating the sirens on Pumper 8744 and was exhilarated by being raised up 100' in the bucket of Ladder Truck 8712.

Next, Brendan left Cottleville and travelled in the fire truck to O'Fallon Fire Station 3. There he was able to operate a hose line and enjoyed spraying the firefighters and getting them wet. At the end of the day Brendan was tired, but all smiles.

Brendan's parents, Will and Patty Meyers, would like to bring awareness to Shaken Baby Syndrome. About 1300 children per year in the US suffer from severe for fatal head trauma from child abuse.

For more information, please visit www.dontshake.org.

"Firefighter for a Day" is an on-going CFO program. For more information and/or an application, please call Dan Faulkner at 636-447-6655 ext. 8727.

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November 7, 2014 - KTVI BY ASHLEY JOHNSON

COTTLEVILLE - FOX 2's Randi Naughton stopped by the Cottleville Fire Department Friday morning for a demonstration that is sure to make you appreciate your local firemen more.

In addition, the Cottleville Fire Department is hosting an event called "Santa Paws" on Saturday. At this event, people can get their photo taken with Santa to help service K9s.

All proceeds of the "Santa Paws" event go to buying equipment for the STL are fire, police and task force K9s.

More Information:

Santa Paws At the Firehouse
Cottleville Firehouse
1385 Motherhead Road
Saturday, November 8th
Noon - 3pm

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October 16, 2014 - St. Louis Post Dispatch By Susan Weich sweich@post-dispatch.com 636-493-9674

ST. PETERS - A St. Peters woman's estranged husband is in custody after he broke into their home and tried to set it on fire, police say.

Michael Joseph Ruffino, 40, of the 2000 block of Willowshade Court is charged with burglary, arson and two misdemeanor counts of a violation of an order of protection.

According to police, on Wednesday morning, Ruffino used a hammer to break a window and gain entry. Once inside, he grabbed a gas can from the garage and poured gasoline on the stairs leading from the main floor to the unfinished basement.

Ruffino then tried to set the house on fire, police said, but the fire apparently went out on its own.

A witness saw a man running from the residence, and police seized a hammer and clothing from Ruffino's parents' home, according to court documents.

This is Ruffino's second violation of a protection order, police said.

He was being held Thursday in the St. Charles County Jail on $75,000 cash-only bail.

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October 17, 2014 - KSDK

ST. LOUIS - First responders are taking extra steps preparing, should an Ebola case happen in our area.

The St. Charles County Ambulance District tells KSDK it is preparing in every way possible.

Ebola concerns come at a time of year when the district is already doing a lot of training, but this year crews are focusing more on personal protective equipment like proper fitting gloves, body suits, and masks.

First responders are paying close attention to the information sent down by the CDC, and tweaking response plans the county government and haz-mat teams already have in place.

Dispatchers are also being trained to ask certain qualifying questions over the phone to help limit an ambulance crews' possible exposure.

Ambulance, Fire and Haz-Mat crews across our area are taking similar steps.

The Pattonville Fire District is investing in Ultraviolet lights that can help sanitize a room or ambulance from not only Ebola, but also the flu virus.

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July 17, 2014 - KSDK

COTTLEVILLE, MO. - The sun will shine a little more brightly on the Cotteville Fire District.

Three of the four fire stations are being covered in solar panels as a part of joining a state renewable energy program, which is managed through Missouri Ameren Solar.

The program will boost the use of solar energy and reduce cost through energy refunds to participating residents and businesses

People can buy a solar energy system directly or enter into a lease. The Cotteville Fire District will be leasing the solar panels at a 20 year rate, which means they will buy power at a reduced rate, and at the end of their 20 year lease, will renegotiate the terms.

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May 20, 2014 - Newsmagazine Network

COTTLEVILLE - The Cottleville Fire District was able to utilize its newly purchased Utility-Terrain Vehicle (UTV) to save a life at the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 15.

Firefighters maneuvered the specialized rescue vehicle through crowded streets to arrive on the scene where a man had collapsed.

"We were able to quickly get to this patient and provide lifesaving treatment in a timely manner thanks to this vehicle," Assistant Chief Craig Tihen said.

The specialized response vehicle will be utilized on numerous emergency situations and will be a vital piece of equipment that will aid in the access of over 30 miles of limited access of hiking and bike trails that run through the Cottleville Fire District, Tihen said. The vehicle also will be utilized for special public gathering events that are held annual in the community.

All of the Cottleville firefighters have been certified in the operations of the vehicle by taking part in the required safety training course. The department also is looking for business sponsorships to fund the costs of the operation and future maintenance of this equipment.

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April 17, 2014 - Cottleville Fire Protection District

COTTLEVILLE - Cottleville Fire District officials are crediting working smoke detectors for saving the lives of five people who were sleeping when a fire started in their garage.

The Cottleville Fire Protection District responded to the reported fire in the early morning on Thursday at 70 Madera Court in the Vineyards Subdivision in unincorporated area of St. Charles County.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire and smoke visible from the garage and roof of the residence. Firefighters were able to contain the heavy flames to the area involved, however smoke and water damage was throughout the residence.

The five residents, including their 2 year old, had all made it out safely after they were awakened by the smoke detectors. The Cottleville Fire Protection District would like to reinforce the importance of having working smoke detectors.

The presence of operating smoke detectors in this incident assuredly saved their lives. Cottleville Fire officials are advising residents to test their smoke detectors and CO detectors each month to ensure proper function.

The Cottleville Fire Protection District would like to remind their residences that they will provide free of charge, the installation and replacement of battery operated smoke detectors and/or the batteries for our resident families that cannot afford to purchase them.

The total loss and cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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November 25, 2013 - Newsmagazine Network

ST. CHARLES COUNTY - No one expected schools, malls and public streets to be compared to a war zone, but according to a partnership developed between military medical personnel and the American College of Surgeons trauma and life support issues aren't so different whether they're in Afghanistan or small-town public grade school.

Chief Rob Wylie of the Cottleville Fire Protection District has been chosen to serve on the National Committee for Tactical Emergency Care, working to translate combat medical responses for use in the civilian world nationwide. The announcement came from E. Reed Smith, M.D. the operational medical director of Arlington County Fire Department and co-chairman of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Medical Care.

Chosen among 24 physicians, paramedics, EMT's, law enforcement officers and firefighters from areas nationwide, Wylie is the only firefighter/EMT chosen from Missouri. Wylie, a 27-year veteran firefighter/emergency medical technician, has a 'tactical rating' of 19, a rating that far expands his scope of practice. Wylie has served as a Tactical Medic and Tactical Medical Support Team Leader with St. Charles County Regional SWAT for 19 years.

As a member of the Guidelines Committee, Wylie will be responsible for drafting the actual tactical emergency casual care (TECC) guidelines, the doctrine of development and training for firefighters and medical response teams nationwide.

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Metro Area Assistant Chief Accepts Fire Chief Position in Arizona

August 26, 2013 - Chino Valley Review

After eight months without a full-time fire chief, the Chino Valley Fire District on Thursday swore in its new chief, Scott Freitag.

Freitag said he worked as a dispatcher/EMT and paramedic for a private ambulance company, and then spent 10 years with the St. Charles City Fire Department, working his way up through the ranks. He has served for the past eight years as the assistant chief of operations of the Cottleville Fire Protection District outside St. Charles, Mo., and before accepting the Chino Valley chief position, taught fire and emergency services management as an adjunct professor at a local university.

He said Chino Valley appears to be a perfect fit for him and his family.

"When I was looking for a chief's position, I was looking specifically for a place I could move and be part of the fabric of the community, someplace that I felt comfortable bringing my family and someplace I thought they would enjoy," he said. "Chino fit the bill. That's why when they offered me the job not only were we very excited, but we made the conscious decision that we would live in the Town of Chino Valley and that my son would attend Chino Valley High School and support the local school system."

Freitag researched both the district and the community before making the decision to move to Chino Valley.

"In regards to the fire district itself, I did a lot of background research through my networks of people and fire professionals across the country. Everybody in the state that knows anything about Chino Valley Fire District (said) this is a top-notch, top-rated fire district with a lot of talented individuals. So I was very excited to be able to come work with all of the firefighters and staff of the CVFD, and really help them achieve what they want to achieve within our fire district. Everybody owns it, it's ours," he said.

Chino Valley Fire District Board Chairman Rich Force said the district had more than 50 applicants for the job, and Freitag was the unanimous choice among five finalists interviewed.

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Explosion Rocks St. Peters Home, Causing Significant Damage, Officials Say

May 09, 2013 - St. Louis Post Dispatch

COTTLEVILLE - Fumes from refinishing work on a basement floor caused an explosion at this home on Harvest Point Court on Thursday, May 8, 2013. The home suffered significant structural damage. No one was injured, fire officials say.

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Fire destroys home in Weldon Spring

April 2, 2013 - KMOV

WELDON SPRING - A fire, likely caused by a barbecue grill blown over on the deck by Sunday night's wind, destroyed a family's home in Weldon Spring early Monday morning.

Fire crews were called to the home in the 700 block of Cedar Glen Drive at about 5:30 Monday morning, according to Assistant Chief Scott Freitag of the Cottleville Fire Protection District. The first arriving crew found heavy fire in the rear of the home that had extended into the interior, and the fire went to two alarms. All six family members escaped without injury. It took crews about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control.

The house and most of the items on the first floor are a total loss, Freitag said.

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