For firefighter/paramedic Blake Koppel, civil service is the family business — he’s a third-generation firefighter (including both of his parents)!
For longtime O’Fallon resident and Fort Zumwalt West graduate Alex Wetteroth, the decision to join the crew at O’Fallon Fire Protection District was a simple one.
On May 13, 2019 we welcomed six new firefighter/paramedics to the O’Fallon Fire Protection District (OFPD). Kyle Chadwell, Kenny Gales, Blake Koppel, Paul McReynolds, Brett Tichenor and Alex Wetteroth are all experienced firefighter/paramedics who will begin serving our community next week. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram feeds in the coming weeks to learn more about our newest crew members.
Their hiring concludes a three-year process of implementing the goals in the Proposition Safety plan that was approved by residents in 2016 to enhance emergency services in our community. Continue reading “Proposition Safety Goals Met”
As part of our Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) accreditation process we are conducting a community-wide survey. We want to hear what our community thinks about the service we provide, the programs we offer and the information we provide about public safety and the District. Everyone in the community is encouraged to take a few minutes to provide feedback. You can access the survey online at OFallonFireSurvey.com or call 636.272.3493 to request a paper copy.
When you see our O’Fallon Fire Protection District trucks and crew members out and about in the community this spring, you’ll probably notice our new look.
We have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on our brand new brand and logo, and we hope you’re just as excited about it as we are! The new logo highlights the many roles OFPD plays in keeping the community safe, and provides a modern visual identity for the District.
“The new logo is a better representation of what we do to keep the community safe,” Chief Tom Vineyard says. “We provide more service than just fire suppression — we are a well-trained, multi-service organization providing emergency medical, fire and rescue services. We hope that with this new look, our residents will be able to easily identify us and know that we’re always around to help them no matter what situation may arise.”
The south parking lot at Fort Zumwalt West High School will transform into car crash scene on Friday, April 26. Mangled cars and mock student victims strewn about will set the stage for a distracted driving crash reenactment. First responders will report to the scene with lights flashing and sirens blaring in an effort to rescue the students in need.
The reenactment will start at 1:40 p.m. at Fort Zumwalt West High School, 1251 Turtle Creek Dr., O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. It is expected to last approximately 30 minutes. The O’Fallon Fire Protection District (OFPD), O’Fallon Police Department, St. Charles County Ambulance District and Arch Helicopter, along with students from the school’s drama program, will participate.
“Driving can be dangerous and this event really puts things in perspective for these students. To see firsthand what can happen from driving distracted, whether that be texting and driving, driving under the influence or simply not paying attention, has a dramatic impact. Our hope is that students will think twice before they drive distracted, or ride in a car with a distracted driver, and make the right choice,” OFPD Assistant Chief Brian Moore says.
The event, which is being organized by the OFPD, is part of the National Safety Council’s (NSC) Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to the NSC, at least nine Americans die and 100 are injured in distracted driving crashes daily, and more than 40,000 were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2018. They are encouraging everyone to “Just Drive.”
“This is a good reminder for the entire community. We all need to pay attention and just drive,” Moore says.
Beginning this week, O’Fallon Fire Protection District (OFPD) crews will be testing fire hydrants throughout the community. Testing is expected to last through June.