This fall the O’Fallon Fire Protection District dedicated Engine 9154.
Fires caused by the improper disposal of cigarettes and other smoking materials are the No. 1 cause of home fire deaths in the United States.
Our firefighters are such an active part of our community and we are fortunate to be able to work with them to provide the best emergency response services to our community. This teamwork approach gives us as a board an inside perspective of the needs of our residents and our firefighters. With this perspective we are able to make sound decisions for the future of our District.
The fire district is one of the most important institutions in our strong community. With 88,000 people in our growing community it is important for us as a Board to make sure our District keeps up with the latest techniques and equipment to save people’s lives and property during an emergency.
I admire the level of service our firefighters provides to our community, they are really a great team. As a board it important for us to make sure our District is financially responsible. We also never know what kind emergency our first responders will encounter, so it is important they have the training to respond different fire, rescue and emergency medical situations.
Last year the O’Fallon Fire Protection District (OFPD) community approved Proposition Safety. This provided funding for the District to enhance emergency medical services by hiring additional firefighter/paramedics and implementing an Advanced Life Support program.
Coming Soon: Advanced Emergency Medical Services
Over the past year a team of firefighter/paramedics has worked on developing and launching this new level of emergency medical service, which includes enhanced training, updated equipment and new medical protocols.
“Safely implementing this program is a big undertaking, and we want to make sure every detail is covered before we begin offering Advanced Life Support services to our community,” OFPD Chief Tom Vineyard says.
Establishing medical protocols and updating training have been at the forefront of the planning. OFPD is working with the St. Charles County Ambulance District (SCCAD) to provide consistent patient care to residents of the District.
“We are using the same medical protocols as SCCAD, and have worked with them to update training for our existing paramedics,” Vineyard says.
Currently all OFPD firefighters are emergency medical technicians (EMTs), five currently have their paramedic license and all District new hires will be certified paramedics.
The District has tested and purchased new emergency medical equipment including heart monitors and software that will enable firefighter/paramedics to determine the presence of an acute heart attack, and send information directly to the hospital, life-saving medications and tools to assist with securing an airway.
Hiring for the additional firefighter/paramedics began in October.
“There was an overwhelming response from high qualified candidates for our new positions. We look forward to welcoming six new crew members early next year,” Vineyard says.
When the plan is fully implemented each crew will have a minimum of four firefighters per shift, which is recommended by national safety standards.
Under Construction: Engine Houses Updated
The District also continues to update equipment and facilities to meet the emergency needs of the community, including the ability to house up to five firefighter/paramedics per shift.
Station #5 at 7140 South Outer Rd. 364, which was built more than 20 years ago is currently undergoing a complete renovation, which will include the addition of one bunkroom.
The station will remain open during the construction, with the crew working from a temporary structure behind the main house. Station #1 at 200 North Main St. is undergoing minor modifications to add a bunk room and Station #4 at 1306 Sunview Dr.is scheduled for a full replacement in the next two years.
The O’Fallon Fire Protection District proudly announces the Keira Strong Challenge, in remembrance of honorary OFPD firefighter Keira Stout.
The O’Fallon Fire Protection District (OFPD) has been accredited by the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) for the third time.