Today, the O’Fallon Fire Protection District reflects the level of sophistication, training, and equipment consistent with a geographical area that has grown to a population of nearly 90,000. In addition to responses to calls for service, firefighters install child safety car seats, provide fire safety education, public relations and demonstrations, provide smoke detector battery replacement service to senior and disabled citizens, and free monthly CPR classes to the public.
A three-person elected Board of Directors still governs the O’Fallon Fire Protection District: Chairman Bill Laughlin; Secretary-Matt Simmons and Treasurer-Matt Gober. The board of directors meets twice per month. All board meeting agendas are posted on the administration building outside bulletin board and the district’s website. Approved meeting minutes are also posted on the website to maintain transparency with our community.
The district has 71 full-time employees and is formally organized and structured in a traditional style. Fire Chief Tom Vineyard serves as the organization’s Chief Administrative Officer and is supported by an Administrative Division command staff and management team consisting of two assistant chiefs; a Fire Prevention Division overseen by the fire marshal; and a Suppression Division with three battalion chiefs.
The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for reviewing all construction plans, fire inspections and public fire education functions for the agency. The fire marshal reports directly to the fire chief and supervises two fire inspectors.
The battalion chiefs oversee the daily operations of each shift of the Suppression Division and report to the assistant chief of emergency operations. Three engines, one quint, and one command vehicle deliver services from four staffed stations. The division’s maximum daily staffing level is twenty-one personnel (five on each apparatus and one battalion chief, with a minimum staffing of four personnel on each of the engines and the quint, and one battalion chief. Shift personnel maintain facilities and apparatus, conduct safety surveys, public education activities, and attend training sessions while assigned a duty shift.