The screams of a trapped resident was the first sound off-duty O’Fallon Fire Protection District (OFPD) firefighter/paramedic Matt Chapman heard when he arrived at a house fire on Wood Oaks Drive in unincorporated St. Charles County Tuesday morning around 6:30 a.m.
Joe McCune joined the O’Fallon Fire Protection District (OFPD) as a firefighter/paramedic in May 2022 after serving in the Missouri Air National Guard and gaining experience in a rural ambulance district and urban fire department. Continue reading “New Firefighter Spotlight: Joe McCune”
When Dave Lawton started in the fire service, he wanted to be a smokejumper, a specially trained firefighter who is the first to respond to remote wildfires. Then, he responded to a structure fire and found his true calling as a firefighter/paramedic. Continue reading “New Firefighter Spotlight: Dave Lawton”
Join us Feb. 18 for A Night At The Races, benefiting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation! Hosted by O’Fallon Firefighters Community Outreach.
This December, Santa will be making visits to neighborhoods throughout O’Fallon Fire Protection District! You’ll know he is near when you hear the sirens on his truck. Below are the dates, times and locations for his scheduled stops.
Please note: These are approximate times only. Times will vary depending on the number of people wishing to greet Santa at each stop.
Saturday, Dec. 4
Areas near OFPD Station 3
- Stop 1: Tennessee Walker Way, in court near 161-167 (6 p.m.)
- Stop 2: Arabian Path, in court near 106-112 (6:15 p.m.)
- Stop 3: Appaloosa Trails and Calumet Ranch Trail (6:30 p.m.)
- Stop 4: Thoroughbred Trail and Morgan Trails (6:45 p.m.)
- Stop 5: Padre Court (7 p.m.)
- Stop 6: Hutchings Farm Drive North and Myrtle Wood Court (7:15 p.m.)
- Stop 7: Hutchings Farm Drive South and Lace Bark Court (7:30 p.m.)
- Stop 8: Gulf Shores Drive and Hutchings Farm Blvd. South (7:45 p.m.)
- Stop 9: Sugar Bush and Breckenridge Circle (8 p.m.)
Tuesday, Dec. 7
Near OFPD Station 4
- Stop 1: Cypress Point Drive and Pebble Beach Drive (6 p.m.)
- Stop 2: Norwood Hills and Oakland Hills Drive (6:20 p.m.)
- Stop 3: Near 1382 Crooked Stick Drive (6:35 p.m.)
- Stop 4: Royal Birkdale Court (6:50 p.m.)
- Stop 5: Mission Hills Drive and Green Briar Hills Drive (7:05 p.m.)
- Stop 6: Green Briar Hills and Sunset Hills Drive (7:20 p.m.)
- Stop 7: Downing Street and North Wellington (7:35 p.m.)
- Stop 8: Savannah Garden Apartments (7:50 p.m.)
Saturday, Dec. 11
Near OFPD Station 2
- Stop 1: River Croft Court and River Croft Drive (5:15 p.m.)
- Stop 2: Riverdale Manor Drive and Riverdale Park Drive (5:30 p.m.)
- Stop 3: Riverdale Woods Drive and Shuman Drive (5:45 p.m.)
- Stop 4: Riverdale Park Drive and Lazy River Drive (6 p.m.)
- Stop 5: River Rock Drive and River Rock Court (6:15 p.m.)
- Stop 6: Oakwood Drive and Crestwood Lane (6:35 p.m.)
- Stop 7: Fawn View Lane and Royal Oaks Drive (6:50 p.m.)
- Stop 8: Crestwood Lane and Gaslite Drive (7:05 p.m.)
- Stop 9: Soft Crossing Lane and Water View Lane (7:25 p.m.)
- Stop 10: Foggy Meadow Drive and Deer Creek Drive (7:40 p.m.)
- Stop 11: OFPD Station 2 (Downtown St. Paul) (8:05 p.m.)
Tuesday, Dec. 14
Near OFPD Station 1
- Stop 1: 107 Courtfield Drive (6 p.m.)
- Stop 2: Centerfield Drive and Homefield Blvd. (6:15 p.m.)
- Stop 3: Homefield Commons Drive and Homefield Commons Court (6:30 p.m.)
- Stop 4: Homefield Ridge Drive and Homefield Grove Court (6:45 p.m.)
- Stop 5: Homefield Meadows Drive and Homefield Lake Court (7 p.m.)
- Stop 6: Batters Box Drive and Homefield Gardens Drive (7:15 p.m.)
- Stop 7: Pool House on Sportsmans Drive (7:30 p.m.)
Saturday, Dec. 18
Near OFPD Station 5, Villages of Dardenne Prairie Village, Villages of Dardenne McCluer Village and Aberdeen Village
- Stop 1: Bursting Bouquet Drive and Hidden Deer Drive (6 p.m.)
- Stop 2: Cog Mill Drive and McCluer Drive (6:15 p.m.)
- Stop 3: Quaint Cottage Drive and Wild Pigeon Drive (6:30 p.m.)
- Stop 4: Clubhouse on Shetland Drive (6:50 p.m.)
- Stop 5: Dunvegan Drive and Elizabeth Erin Court (7:10 p.m.)
- Stop 6: Dunvegan Drive and Angle Gate Circle (7:25 p.m.)
- Stop 7: Angle Gate Circle and Golden Aster Court (7:40 p.m.)
- Stop 8: Strathmoor Way and Macpherson Drive (7:55 p.m.)
48-years-old, living a healthy lifestyle and exercising regularly. This doesn’t sound like a heart attack victim. But unfortunately in the fire service it often is, as OFPD Captain Gary McCutchen learned firsthand.
Ongoing shift work, disrupted sleep, heat stress, and fluid loss can all lead to ongoing cardiovascular problems for firefighters. These preexisting heart issues combined with the stress during, or after, an emergency call can result in sudden cardiac death, which consistently accounts for approximately half of on-duty firefighting fatalities.
As a profession, firefighting is hard on the body, as many have learned by suffering a debilitating injury or a life-threatening medical diagnosis before they reach retirement age. Prop. F, on the Nov. 3 ballot, would provide additional funding for the District’s pension fund, which provides for the retirement of our firefighters. If approved by the community, it would cost the owner of a $200,000 home $3.17 a month, around the cost of McDonald’s Happy Meal.
You can learn more about this proposal here or by calling 636.272.3493.