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FIRE DISTRICT HONORED BY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT SAFETY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION


From left: Board Member Matt Becker, Fire Chief Scott Seppelt, Lead Instructor for the Incident Safety Officer Course Brian Gettemeier (Cottleville Fire), Immediate Past Chairman for the Fire Department Safety Officer's Association Mike Petroff, Board Member Dan Luiewski, & Board Member Bob Carmack

November 5, 2015

FLORISSANT, MO. - The Florissant Valley Fire Protection District was honored by the Fire Department Safety Officers Association for their continuing efforts in bringing the Incident Safety Officer Certification program to firefighters throughout the St. Louis Metro Area.

Michael Petroff the Immediate Past Chair of the Fire Department Safety Officer Association was there to present the award to the Fire District Board of Directors and Fire Chief Scott Seppelt. Fire Marshal Stephen Gettemeier of the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District, as well as, Firefighter Brian Gettemeier of Cottleville Fire Prot. Dist, in St. Charles County, served as Lead Instructors for the courses.

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NEW AMBULANCES PLACED INTO SERVICE AT FLORISSANT


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November 10, 2015 - Florissant Valley Fire Protection District

FLORISSANT, MO. - This morning, the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District placed three new ambulances in service to the residents of the fire district. The ambulances were built by Demers Ambulances on Ford F450 chassis and feature a state of the art electrical system. In addition, the ambulances were designed with an emphasis on safety for both the patient and the provider in the patient compartment.

It is because of the taxpayers' generosity in passing a bond issue in 2014 that we were able to purchase these ambulances. Thank You!

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FLORISSANT VALLEY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT ORDERS 3 AMBULANCES

October 27, 2015 - PRNewswire Press Release

BELOEIL, QC - Demers Ambulances announced that Florissant Valley Fire Protection District, Missouri, has ordered three Demers Type I MXP170 ambulances on Ford F450 chassis as part of an emergency vehicle fleet upgrade program. This order is scheduled for delivery in late October 2015 and is the latest in Demers' ongoing expansion of sales.

"Our committee reached out to Demers early in the purchasing process," said Mark Flauter, Chief Medical Officer for Florissant Valley FPD. "Demers produces a fantastic product based on our experience and research. In addition, we share their philosophy on safety and ergonomics. Everyone at Florissant Valley FPD is excited to see the finished product in October. We believe in what we're doing with Demers and encourage other Fire-EMS services to consider them, too. "

"We're very pleased and honored to have been selected to supply ambulances for one of the busiest fire protection districts in the St. Louis area. The purchasing committee at Florissant Valley FPD has a very progressive mindset in terms of operation management and employee safety. We believe they are one of the trendsetters in terms of optimizing Fire-EMS response," said Benoit Lafortune, executive vice president of Demers.

MXP170 Ambulances Designed for Florissant FPD

"This ambulance design was specifically configured to meet the need of the Florissant Valley FPD Department based on collaborative discussions with their EMS purchasing committee members and our sales and engineering team. Together, we developed a customized solution that optimizes their ability to respond and care for patients," said Lafortune.

The new Demers Type 1 MXP 170 ambulances will ride on Ford F450 4x4 diesel chassis and feature a 170-inch patient module to maximize interior working space and equipment storage. The interior cabinetry is constructed of aluminum. The design features a second work station on the curbside and a cabinetry configuration that maximizes storage.

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FIREFIGHTERS DELIVER LUNCH TO ARMED FORCES CAREER CENTER


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July 23, 2015 - Florissant Valley Fire Protection District

FLORISSANT, MO. - Members of the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District's Community Outreach Program and "A" shift personnel on duty deliver lunch to the servicemen and women at the Armed Forces Career Center in the Shoppes at Cross Keys, 14049 New Halls Ferry Road.

After the incident in Chattanooga, TN, the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District wanted to show their support of the armed forces, especially those working in the career center right here in our district. With several veterans among the staff and membership of the district, we know their job can be difficult and we thank them for their dedication and service to our community and country.

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INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY AFTER WITNESS CLAIMS EMTS NEGLECTED BRAIN-ANEURYSM VICTIM

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July 14, 2015 - KMOV By Ashleigh Jackson, Online News Producer

FLORISSANT, MO. - An investigation is underway after a witness claimed EMTs left a teenager who suffered a brain aneurysm at a parking lot in Florissant.

Charlotte Munns said her 18-year-old daughter, Debbie, experienced severe headache pains while driving along Linbergh Boulevard. The teen reportedly collapsed after pulling into an auto shop parking lot. Doctors later diagnosed her with a brain aneurysm.

Eyewitness Mark Gillette said he called 911, but when paramedics arrived, they only stood by.

Gillette said the emergency crew gave the teen a vomit bag, discussed the cost of an ambulance ride to the hospital, and then left the scene.

"They could see the young lady was face down throwing up, not being able to talk," said Gillette. "Why didn't they take her? That shocked me."

"I don't know what the procedures are, but I don't think you just leave somebody if they need help," said Munns.

A relative reportedly drove the teen to a nearby hospital, instead.

Munns said her daughter is no longer in ICU after undergoing two surgeries.

The Florissant Valley Fire Department said it will investigate these claims.

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ARSON INVESTIGATORS SIFT THROUGH LEVELED HOME IN FLORISSANT TO FIND CAUSE


A Florissant police officer and an agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), walk through a the wreckage of a house on Monday, June 15, 2015, that exploded on Sunday. The pair were taking photos of the charred debris and looking for evidence at the house that is located in the 800 block of Pershall Road in Florissant. Photo By David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com

June 15, 2015 - St. Louis Post Dispatch

FLORISSANT, MO. - Arson investigators spent Monday morning at the scene of a house explosion, but authorities say they don't expect to answer what caused it anytime soon.

The Florissant Police Department has two arson investigators who will be handling the probe, said Florissant Police Officer Craig DeHart. Florissant also asked the ATF to help.

The explosion destroyed the home in the 800 block of Pershall Road at about 2 p.m. Sunday. Two of the three men who were inside suffered burn injuries.

"Our investigators are still trying to dig into it," DeHart said. "It could take days to dig out one of these fires."

DeHart said he knew of no troubles at the home before that police responded to.

ATF spokesman John Ham said that agency is involved because Florissant asked for assistance. He said there is no federal investigation as of now, and he said the agency will help even if the cause is accidental, he said.

"Because ATF has a great deal of experience with explosions and fire scene, they asked if we would take a look at the scene," he said. "We're just offering our expertise."

He said the ATF has two fire investigators and an explosive specialist working on this case.

Investigators will try to pinpoint the origin of the fire or explosion. They will be looking "somewhere down in the rubble" and that could take time because the structure - or what's left of it - has to be deemed safe, Ham said.

Laclede Gas Co. also had some employees at the house on Monday morning.

A neighbor described the explosion as sounding like a bomb went off. In the aftermath of the explosion, windows at the house were blown out into the front yard and glass and debris was strewn in the road, which runs along Interstate 270. Siding melted on two neighbors' homes.

The home is owned by Robert Jerome Malawey, according to a family member. He was inside when it exploded. So was his his brother, Nicholas J. Malawey, and Nicholas' son, Scott Malawey, said the family member, Tammy Malawey of Troy, Mo.

She said Robert Malawey suffered the most injuries. Nicholas also had burns, and Scott was not injured, she said.

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EXPLOSION DESTROYS HOUSE IN FLORISSANT


Debris from a house that exploded in the 800 block of Pershall Road in Florissant just before 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, 2015.

June 14, 2015 - St, Louis Post Dispatch By Margaret S. Gillerman, Michele Munz

FLORISSANT, MO. - An explosion leveled a house in the 800 block of Pershall Road Sunday afternoon.

Two people who lived there were able to escape and were transported by ambulance for treatment of burn injuries.

Windows at the house were blown out into the front yard and the explosion shot glass and debris into the road, which runs along Interstate 270. Siding on two adjacent houses melted.

Jason Hoevelmann, battalion chief for the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District, said responders received a report of an explosion at about 2 p.m. and found the house engulfed in flames.

Hoevelmann called the explosion a "pancake explosion."

"The top just fell straight down on top of itself," he said.

He said the cause was unknown.

Utilities were on the scene investigating.

Several police, fire departments and districts responded. In addition to Florissant Valley, other fire departments and districts at the scene were Metro North, Berkeley and Ferguson.

One neighbor reported seeing the two men emerge from the house, including one crawling on his knees out the back door. Witnesses also said they saw the two men, who are brothers, leave on stretchers. Neighbors said three men were home at the time of the explosion, the brothers along with a son of one of the brothers.

"It sounded just like a bomb going off," said a neighbor who did not want his name used. He was in bed at the time getting ready to go to work. He and his wife jumped up and ran out to see one of the men crawling out the back door of the house.

George Simms, 70, who lives two doors down the street, said he heard what he thought was thunder or a tractor-trailer crashing on the highway. He went into his backyard and saw the house destroyed.

"I don't see how anyone walked out of that," Simms said.

Ken and Carol Angell, ages 77 and 74, said the brothers have lived in the house for about 15 years. They are active in church and sing in the church choir.

"We are just happy they are alive," Carol Angell said.

J.B. Forbes of the Post-Dispatch contributed information for this report.

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CAPTAIN RETIRES AFTER 37 YEARS OF SERVICE


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May 7, 2015 - Florissant Valley Fire Protection District

FLORISSANT, MO. - Captain Lee Schuler is retiring today after 37 years of service and protection to our community. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication throughout the years. You will truly be missed.

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STUDENT PRESENTED WITH AWARD FOR QUICK ACTIONS


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April 28, 2015 - Florissant Valley Fire Protection District

FLORISSANT, MO. - On March 31st Florissant Valley Fire District had a grass fire that caught two structures on fire. If it wasn't for the quick actions of Austin, we could have also had a couple of houses on fire.

Today, Chief Scott Seppelt along with the crew of 4034, Captains Steve Votaw and Keith Beckham and Firefighter/Paramedic AJ Snow, presented Austin with an award at Hazelwood Northwest Middle School during their lunch hour. Great job Austin!

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FIRE DISTRICT PROMOTES 4 AND HIRES 3 NEW FIREFIGHTERS


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March 13, 2015 - Florissant Valley Fire Protection District

FLORISSANT, MO. - On Wednesday, February 25th, the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District held a swearing in Ceremony. Jason Hoevelmann was sworn in as a Battalion Chief. Steve Votaw, Frank Lipski and Jason Dauster were sworn in as Captains, and Ben McMahon, Felipi Rivera and Blake Chambers as new Firefighter/Medics.

Deputy Chief Rick Ruhmann was also honored for his 37 years of service and presented with a retirement axe.

Welcome to our newest firefighters and congratulations to those promoted and to Deputy Chief Ruhmann on his retirement - thanks for your service. It was a great night!

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CAPTAIN PROMOTION

February 17, 2015

FLORISSANT - The The Florissant Valley Fire Protection District has recently promoted Firefighter/Instructor Frank Lipski to the rank of Captain.

Congratulations to Captain Lipski.

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BRIDGETON MAN CHARGED WITH SETTING GARAGE FIRES IN FLORISSANT


Fire in the 400 block of Myrtle Dr.
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February 13, 2015 - St. Louis Post Dispatch By Denise Hollinshed

WESLEY C. WILLIAMSON (left)

FLORISSANT - A Bridgeton man has been charged with setting fire to the garages of two homes in Florissant, authorities said.

The Florissant Police Department investigated two suspicious fires on Thursday, in the 1900 block of Apple Blossom Court and 400 block of Myrtle Drive. Both addresses are off Patterson Road near Saint Ferdinand Park.

The fires started in the garages of the homes and were contained to those areas.

Florissant Police Officer Criag DeHart said a tip took them to Wesley C. Williamson, 21, of the 12000 block of Nottingham Lane in Bridgeton. He was charged Friday with two counts each of arson and burglary.

DeHart said Williamson had no known connection to the properties and authorities believe he set the fires at random.

Williamson was being held in the St. Louis County Justice Center. Bail was set at $75,000 cash-only.

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DEPUTY CHIEF RETIREMENT


Deputy Chief Rick Ruhmann (on left) with Fire Chief Scott Seppelt: Photo by Florissant Valley Fire Protection District

February 13, 2015 - Florissant Valley Fire Protection District

FLORISSANT - Deputy Chief Rick Ruhmann is retiring today after 37 years of service and protection to our community. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication throughout the years. You will truly be missed.

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NORTH COUNTY BLAZE CAUSED HEAVY DAMAGE TO HOUSE


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February 12, 2015 - Florissant Valley Fire Protection District

FLORISSANT - Florissant Valley crews with the assistance of Hazelwood Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 400 block of Myrtle Dr on Thursday night at ~ 5:00 p.m.

There was heavy damage to the garage, however crews were able to save the contents of the house.

There were no injuries and the firefighters did an excellent job.

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FLORISSANT VALLEY FIREFIGHTER NAMED WARREN COUNTY CORONER BY NIXON

January 31, 2015 - St. Louis Post Dispatch By Mark Schlinkmann

WARREN COUNTY - Glenn Craig, a firefighter and paramedic with the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District, was appointed Friday as Warren County coroner by Gov. Jay Nixon.

Craig, a Democrat who lives in Wright City, will fill out the remainder of the term of former Coroner Roger Mauzy. Mauzy, a Republican, was elected in November as presiding county commissioner.

Craig previously was a paramedic for the Warren County Ambulance District and has been a part-time medical legal death investigator for the St. Louis medical examiner's office.

Nixon also recently appointed a new public administrator for Warren County - W. Eugene Buxton.

Buxton, a political independent, held the same post from 1988 to 2000. The post opened up when Republican Jeff Hoelscher resigned after he was elected county treasurer in November.

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TWO CAPTAINS RETIRED FROM FIRE DISTRICT


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January 6, 2015 - Florissant Valley Fire Protection District

FLORISSANT - Congratulations to Captains Frank Schuler and Jim Hibbeler on their retirement from the Florissant Valley Fire District. Captain Schuler retired December 30th after working 32 years and Captain Hibbeler is retiring today after working 34 years for the district. Thank you for your service. You will be missed!

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FIRE DISTRICT TO UTILIZE UV-C DISINFECTION

December 2, 2014 - Florissant Valley Fire Protection District

ST. LOUIS - The Florissant Valley Fire Protection District recently became one of the few fire districts in the St. Louis area to utilize UV-C disinfection as an additional layer of disinfection.

The fire district purchased three EDU-435 UV-C Disinfection Lamps, one for each firehouse. These lamps will be used to help disinfect vehicles and spaces around the firehouse, protecting both personnel and the public from exposure to contagious organisms.

Advanced UV-C disinfection provides 99.999% to 99.999999% disinfection and kills virtually all known bacteria, virus, mold, protozoa and yeast. Used in conjunction with topical disinfection, this technology will drastically reduce the risk of disease to those patients transported in the ambulance, as well as those who visit the firehouses for business and tours.

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FIRE DISTRICT PRESENTS COMMUNITY AWARDS

November 20, 2014 - Florissant Valley Fire Protection District

FLORISSANT - At today's meeting the Board of Directors recognized several local businesses and individuals that have consistently helped out the district and or community outreach programs. Some could not attend the meeting.

Handyman True Value
Sports Authority Bridgeton
Self Inflicted Tattoos
Walgreens
Hutchins Funeral Home
Mr. Kim Besserman
Mattingly's
Dave Woytus
Ultimate Defense
City of Florissant Mayor Schneider
Hendels Market
Deavers
Depaul Hospital
Florissant Home Depot

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - FIREFIGHTER / PARAMEDIC

November 10, 2014 - Florissant Valley Fire Protection District

FLORISSANT - The Florissant Valley Fire Protection District is accepting applications for the purpose of creating a hiring list for Firefighter/Paramedic. Applicants must be Firefighter 1 and 2 Certified by St. Louis County Fire Standards Commission. Applicants must also be Paramedic certified by the state of Missouri, must be age 21 or over and possess a valid motor operations license. Residency within the Fire District is not required. ACLS, PHTLS, PALS, or equivalent certification must be achieved within one year of hiring and retained.

Interested candidates may print an application or request an application from the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District Administration Offices located at 661 St. Ferdinand Street, Florissant, MO 63031, Mon. thru Thur. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm or Fri. 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.

The completed application, along with copies of Firefighter 1 and 2, St. Louis County Fire Academy Certificate, valid Paramedic Certificate, valid Missouri Driver's License and driving record check through the DMV, and a police background check must be received at the Florissant Valley Fire District Administrative Office by Friday, December 12th at 2:00 pm. To view and/or print: Application FF-Medic 2014.pdf Equal Opportunity Employer

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC

October 29, 2014 - Florissant Valley Fire Protection District

The Florissant Valley Fire Protection District is accepting applications for the purpose of creating a hiring list for Firefighter/Paramedic. Applicants must be Firefighter 1 and 2 Certified by St. Louis County Fire Standards Commission. Applicants must also be Paramedic certified by the state of Missouri, must be age 21 or over and possess a valid motor operations license. Residency within the Fire District is not required. ACLS, PHTLS, PALS, or equivalent certification must be achieved within one year of hiring and retained.

Interested candidates may print an application from our website - www.fvpd.com or request an application from the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District Administration Offices located at 661 St. Ferdinand Street, Florissant, MO 63031, Mon. thru Thur. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm or Fri. 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.

The completed application, along with copies of Firefighter 1 and 2, St. Louis County Fire Academy Certificate, valid Paramedic Certificate, valid Missouri Driver's License and driving record check through the DMV, and a police background check must be received at the Florissant Valley Fire District Administrative Office by Friday, December 12th at 2:00 p.m. Equal Opportunity Employer

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FLORISSANT INTRODUCES "VITAL BOARD" PROGRAM FOR CITIZENS

October 24, 2014 - Florissant Valley Fire Protection District

FLORISSANT, MO. - The Florissant Valley Fire Protection District has launched a new "Vital Board" program for the citizens of the District as shown in the video. Citizens can participate by contacting the Fire District at any of their stations.

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FIRE DISTRICT BALLOT ISSUES - NOVEMBER 4th ELECTION

FLORISSANT VALLEY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
SIMPLE MAJORITY REQUIRED
PROPOSITION A
Shall the Board of Directors of the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than forty cents on the one hundred dollars of assessed valuation to provide funds for the support of the district and to maintain the present level of ambulance and fire services?

MARYLAND HEIGHTS FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT - BOND ELECTION
FOUR-SEVENTHS MAJORITY REQUIRED
PROPOSITION B
Shall the Maryland Heights Fire Protection District issue bonds in the amount of Nineteen Million Dollars ($19,000,000) for the purpose of purchasing real property, constructing, equipping and maintaining fire stations and purchasing and equipping ambulances and fire protection and fire-fighting apparatus and auxiliary equipment therefor to carry out the objects and purposes of the District?





SCHOOL RECEIVES AED FROM FIRE DISTRICT


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October 6, 2014 - Florissant Valley Fire Protection District

FLORISSANT - Florissant Valley Fire Protection District EMS Chief Mark Flauter presents St. Ferdinand School Nurse Michelle Ritter, RN, with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) donated by the district to St. Ferdinand Parish for placement in their school.

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LOCAL FIREFIGHTER TO PRESENT KEYNOTE SESSION AT 2014 FIRE INSTRUCTORS CONFERENCE

August 25, 2014

FLORISSANT - Firefighter Frank Lipski will be delivering a Keynote session, Teaching with Technology in Today's Fire Service, at the 2014 International Society of Fire Service Instructors Fall Instructor Conference on November 15, 2014, at the Ohio Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

Firefighter Lipski is the Assistant Training Officer for the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District.

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FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE CAT STUCK ON 7TH FLOOR LEDGE

June 16, 2014 - KTVI

FLORISSANT - A viewer sent these images of a cat rescue into the FOX 2 newsroom. The Florissant Valley Fire Department saved a cat from the 7th floor ledge of the Wellington Arms Apartments.

It is not clear how the cat got on the ledge.

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ARSONIST CAUGHT AFTER HE LEFT HIS KEYS BEHIND, FLORISSANT POLICE SAY

May 14, 2014 - St. Louis Post Dispatch

FLORISSANT - The arsonist got away, but he left his keys behind. And on the key ring was a rewards tag that helped police track down the owner.

Florissant police say Adam C. Grant set three vehicles on fire early Saturday in the 3100 block of Cross Keys Place and the 13700 block of New Halls Ferry Road.

Police Officer Andy Haarmann said detectives found keys left at the scene of one of the arsons and tracked down their owner, Grant. He confessed to setting the vehicles on fire. Court records identified the cars as a PT Cruiser, a Nissan Pathfinder and a Chevrolet van.

The Cruiser and Pathfinder were on Cross Keys; the van was on New Halls Ferry and owned by the Tender Care Learning Center.

Grant, 19, of the 13700 block of New Halls Ferry Road, was charged Sunday with three counts of knowingly burning. Bail was set at $50,000.

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FIRE CAPTAIN AWARDED FIRE SERVICE WRITERS AWARD

April 15, 2014 - Florissant Valley Fire Protection District

FLORISSANT - The Florissant Valley Fire Protection District has many outstanding employees who excel in many different areas. We are truly privileged to have among them Captain Jason Hoevelmann, who assumed the role of the district's Training Officer in 2012 and embraced his role to incorporate more "next generation" aspects of firefighter training into the district's training regimen.

Captain Hoevelmann is also a proponent of professional development and has established many programs for those "coming up the ranks" to be prepared for the next level in their progression as firefighters, engineers, and potential officers.

Finally, Captain Hoevelmann is passionate about fire ground awareness and firefighters being aware of dangers they will face while fighting a fire.

On Friday, April 11, 2014, at the Fire Department Instructors Conference, the largest conference for fire service professionals in the country held in Indianapolis, IN, Captain Hoevelmann was awarded a Fire Service Writers Award for the blogs he's written for FireEngineering.com and FireEMSBlogs.com, as well as his contributions through feature columns in FirefighterNation, FireRescue and Fire Engineering.

"Jason clearly demonstrates the attitude that we're in this to reach the widest possible audience and educate as many firefighters as possible," Tim Sendelbach, editor-in-chief of FireRescue magazine/FirefighterNation.com, says. "Further, he aims his writing squarely at the most influential role in the fire service-that of the company officer."

We here at the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District are extremely proud of Captain Hoevelmann and are lucky to have him as an officer of the district.

Congratulations, Jason!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO CHIEF ROBERT COREY ON HIS RETIREMENT!

March 11, 2014 - Florissant Fire District

FLORISSANT - Chief Corey retired today after 35 years of service to the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District. Prior to serving at the fire district, Chief Corey was a police officer with the Florissant Police Department and the St. Louis City Police Department. Chief Corey also served our country as a Marine during the Vietnam War. Thanks for all your years of service and dedication to the Fire District and the community. You will be missed. We would also like to thank all those that stopped by the Open House today to wish Chief Corey well.

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FIRE GUTS NORTH COUNTY HOME

February 24, 2014 - KTVI

FLORISSANT - Investigators want to know why a home burned near Florissant overnight.

A witness said flames took over the two-story house on Shadowcreek Drive near Grants Parkway around 2:15 a.m. Monday. Firefighters knocked down the flames within 20 minutes. Bomb and Arson investigators were called to the scene, reportedly because the investigator for the department was out of town, not because the fire is suspicious.

There is no word on any injuries.

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FIRE DEPT. SHOWS UP AT WRONG HOME IN FLORISSANT

February 7, 2014 - KSDK

FLORISSANT - FIRE DEPT. SHOWS UP AT WRONG HOME IN FLORISSANT

A 911 mix-up by Central County dispatch resulted in extra fire damage to a Florissant home.

When there's a fire and you call 911, you expect the fire department to show up at the right address, not five miles away. But according to a local fire chief, there are hundreds of duplicate addresses all over St. Louis, and that exposed a flaw in the system Friday morning at a Florissant home.

A photo taken by a neighbor shows fire shooting from Tim Juch's home at 5 Elizabeth Court in Florissant. Juch's wife, Maddy, called 911 at 7:45 a.m.

Ten minutes later 911 called back, saying the Florissant Valley Fire Department had arrived at 5 Elizabeth Court in Ferguson, five miles away. That house was not on fire.

Precious minutes later, the fire department showed up Juch's house. The lost response time meant additional damage to the Juchs' house.

"I don't blame it on the fire department, because from what the captain said, they just went to where they were told to go to. But the fact that there was poor response time due to the negligence of the 911 system has obviously left me with a lot more extensive damage," said Tim Juch.

NewsChannel 5's Art Holliday spoke with Florissant Valley Fire Chief Scott Seppel. He says there are probably hundreds of duplicate addresses locally.

Chief Seppel says Central County dispatch is now working on setting up an alarm system that will be triggered automatically if a 911 call is made and there are duplicate addresses




FLORISSANT VALLEY FIRE DISTRICT 2013 YEAR IN REVIEW

January 31, 2014 - Florissant Valley Fire Protection District

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PROMOTIONS AND NEW HIRE ANNOUNCED IN FLORISSANT


Newly appointed Fire Chief Scott Seppelt (left)
and Retired Fire Chief Bob Corey (right).


Promoted to Battalion Chief - Randy Ray.


Promoted to Captain - Chris Hefner.

New Firefighter - Jason Rhyne.

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HONOR FLORISSANT, ST. LOUIS AREA FALLEN HEROES THIS WEEKEND

August 15, 2013 - Florissant Patch

FLORISSANT- The STL Crane Project will paper Art Hill in Forest Park with 1,000 cranes this Saturday, Aug. 17.

The St. Louis Metropolitan area has lost 139 first responders since 1959. This weekend, the STL Crane Project will honor them by covering Art Hill with 1,000 paper cranes.

Florissant has has three first responders on the list. They are:

- Marion Reiff - Dec. 28, 1963
- Jay Noser - Oct. 7, 2008
- Glennon Ferneau - May 29, 2009

The project began in 2012, when the group honored 133 first responders. In 2013, the group will add six more names to that list.

The Crane Project will display its large paper cranes in Forest Park on Aug. 17-18. The cranes were originally scheduled to be on display earlier in the month but inclement weather pushed the date back.

The six new fallen heroes include Chesterfield Police Department members Joseph Smith and Christopher Simpson. Christopher R. Parsons of the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Jeffery Hudson, St. Louis City Fire Department; Timothy P. Jansen, Santa Fe Fire Protection District; and Kyle W. Deatherage of the Illinois State Police will also be honored.

The cranes will be sold for $10. One hundred percent of the funds raised will go to The Backstoppers, an organization that provides financial assistance to the families of St. Louis area first responders killed in the line of duty, and Responder Rescue.

"CMS Marketing is sponsoring us this year - they are paying for all the paper," said Rick Ruderer, Director STL Crane Project.

Cranes can be purchased ahead of time by going to the STL Crane Project's web site.

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MOM SAVES FAMILY FROM CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING IN FLORISSANT, AUTHORITIES SAY

May 13, 2013 - St. Louis Post Dispatch

FLORISSANT - Police say a mother saved the day on Mother's Day after calling for help upon finding family members unresponsive in their beds and feeling nauseous herself just before 8 a.m. Sunday.

They apparently were the victims of carbon monoxide poisoning, authorities say.

Florissant police were called at 7:48 a.m. to a home in the 3500 block of Stonehaven Drive. When they arrived, along with firefighters from the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District, they found the woman carrying children out of the home.

The victims ranged in age from less than 1 years old to 44, police said. It was unclear how many members of the family were home at the time. Firefighters believed there were seven victims, including the mother, and police believed there were nine � but all were conscious and responsive before being taken to area hospitals by ambulance, officials said.

Firefighters believe carbon monoxide began leaking into the house because the attic fan was running and the windows were closed, which caused the exhaust from the furnace to be pulled back into the house.

"The fan is going to need to draw air from somewhere, and when you close the windows, it's powerful enough to create a down-draft effect on the flue," said Deputy Chief Rick Ruhmann (photo right) of the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District. "You've basically got one unit working against another."

Ruhmann said the mother remembered getting up in the night to turn on the furnace because the house had grown cool overnight. She may not have known the attic fan was still on, or that the windows were closed, creating the potentially deadly conditions, Ruhmann said.

Investigators recreated the scenario after all of the victims were taken to area hospitals by ambulance for observation by closing all of the windows and turning on the furnace, Ruhmann said.

"We were all just standing there with our mouths open," he said. "We could see how that fan was just pulling the flames out of the unit. They're supposed to be burning straight up into the flue, and instead, they're being pulled out the front of the furnace."

And the draft created by the attic fan pulls the flame away from the flue consistently enough to avoid activating the flame sensor on most units, Ruhmann said.

"There are seven or eight people that are very lucky that someone woke up and got the ball rolling to get emergency personnel over there," Ruhmann said. "If anything good comes out of this, maybe people will learn that when using attic fans, just be conscious that your furnace is off and your appliances are checked every year in the fall and the spring.

"It is safer and cheaper to operate when they are checked regularly and make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector."

The home in this case did not have a carbon monoxide detector, said Florissant Officer Andy Haarmann.

"When the mother woke up, she thought it was unusual that she was the only one up," he said. "Mom really saved the day on Mother's Day. Had she not woken up, this would have been a really serious situation. It was a very close call."

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North County Technical High School mass casualty drill

April 9, 2013 - KSDK

FLORISSANT - Firefighters from several local departments took part in an emergency response drill at North County Technical High School in Florissant Tuesday.

The drill involves a tornado, a fire and three organizations working together.

Firefighters from six north county fire districts, the high school and Christian Hospital combined forces.

There were a few mannequins used but for the most part, students played the bloodied and bruised victims.

As part of the drill, several were loaded onto stretchers and taken to the hospital emergency room.

The idea is to learn and practice the best way to respond to a mass casualty situation, whether it's a tornado or a shooting inside of the school.

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