The average age of our O’Fallon firefighter/paramedics/EMTs is 47 years old, and many have served for 25 years or more. Most of these first responders will serve on the firetruck well into their 60s until they can retire.
Without additional funding for the District’s pension program, the average age of our firefighters will continue to increase, and additional money from the general operating fund, which is used for training, equipment and emergency services, will need to be used for existing retirement commitments.
The Fire District is an independent political subdivision of the state of Missouri, with its own Board of Directors and financial operating structure that is separate from the City of O’Fallon. Through sound fiscal management, the District has been able to fund the retirement program without a rate increase for more than 25 years, unfortunately this is no longer feasible.
We also need a secure retirement program to ensure we can continue to recruit and retain well-trained firefighter/paramedics and continue meeting national staffing standards by offering a competitive benefits package.
Prop. F would provide adequate funding to allow our firefighters to retire before they become disabled, or receive a life-threatening medical diagnosis, and protect the quality emergency services we receive.
This information was prepared and paid for by the O’Fallon Fire Protection District, 111 Laura K Dr., O’Fallon, MO 63366, Thomas Vineyard, Chief. This information is intended solely to educate and inform residents about a question that will be before voters. It is not intended to advocate, support or oppose the passage or defeat of the measure. Each voter should vote for or against the question based on his or her own judgment.