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WILDWOOD HOME DESTROYED IN FIRE MONDAY NIGHT

September 1, 2014 - KMOV

WILDWOOD - A family has lost their home after a fire broke out and destroyed their house on Cherry Hills Meadow Drive in Wildwood, Missouri.

"The house is a complete loss," said John Bradley of the Metro West Fire District. "It will be boarded up because the fire spread essentially from the back of the house all the way up through the first and second floors, through the attic, and basically lost the entire roof."

Four people, including two children, were inside the home during the fire, but we able to get out unharmed. However, one firefighter was taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion and is expected to fully recover.

The Red Cross also issued a statement saying they offered assistance to the family. The family declined assistance, but did accept comfort kits of toiletries.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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HAZELWOOD CONSIDERS REDUCING FIREFIGHTER'S OVERTIME

August 30, 2014 - St. Louis Post Dispatch

BUDGET DEFICIT MEANS HAZELWOOD OFFICIALS FACE 'TOUGH DECISIONS" - City Council members are considering $1 million in proposed budget cuts, which could mean the end of municipal yard waste collections and mosquito spraying, less salting of roads in winter, restricted recreational opportunities for residents, fewer fire fighters on fire trucks, several employee layoffs, and more.

"We are going to have to make some tough decisions," Mayor Matthew G. Robinson said at Thursday night's special council meeting.

During a hands-on working session with city department managers, City Manager Matt Zimmerman said the city needs to reduce a deficit of more than $1.4 million for the fiscal year that began July 1. The projected deficit comes on the heels of voter rejection earlier this month of two revenue initiatives and represents more than 5 percent of the city's nearly $25 million operating budget.

Zimmerman presented the council, which he asked to pass an amended budget by Oct. 1, with a lengthy list of proposed service and program reductions. He also gave council members the option to spare the fire department the proposed de-authorization of payroll overtime that has allowed the city to staff each fire truck with four fire fighters, even during periods of manpower shortages.

Because voters in August approved a sales tax that the city said would be dedicated to fire department operations, council members said they could not slash fire department operations now.

"We would be breaking a trust with residents," said Councilman Mike J. Conley.

"Why would we go down that road?" asked Councilwoman Rosalie M. Hendon.

But Zimmerman and Robinson said that they preferred to make cuts in each city department, including fire.

"I don't think the citizens were promised they would have four men on a truck," Robinson said.

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ANNUAL EVENT HELD TO HONOR MEMORY OF MAPLEWOOD FIREFIGHTER


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August 29, 2014 - KTVI

MAPLEWOOD - Ryan Hummert Night at Rockwood Summit High School was held Friday night.

This is an annual event to honor the memory of Hummert who graduated from the school.

Jackie and Andy Hummert said that enough time has passed where they feel comfortable reminiscing about their son and telling this community thank you for all their support.

The whole Fenton community was rocked when Ryan Hummert was shot to death getting off a Maplewood fire truck on July 21st 2008. He was a standout football player on and off the field at Rockwood Summit. Since his death, the school raises scholarship money to give to a football player.

His parents say they can't thank the community enough for all their support. His mother even shares her proudest moment saying, it's the young kids who talk so highly about her son and his legacy and what it's done for this community.

Now the scholarship is not given out until May, but it's given to a football player who holds the same type of leadership standards like Ryan did on and off the field.

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MONARCH SELECTS BATTALION CHIEF

August 29, 2014 - Monarch Fire Protection District

CHESTERFIELD - Dave Schmitt was promoted to Battalion Chief at the open Board Meeting August 28, 2014. Dave has been with Monarch for just under 35 years. He was selected for the office through a rigorous selection process. Dave was sworn in by Board President Robin Harris.

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WHY EMS GOT BALLISTIC VESTS FOR FERGUSON RIOTS

August 29, 2014 - EMS1.com

ST. LOUIS COUNTY - During the Ferguson riots, EMS Chief Chris Cebollero discusses stress management for his crews, communication problems and issuing bullet proof vests.

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ST. LOUIS BATTALION CHIEF RETIRES

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August 28, 2014 - St. Louis Fire Department

ST. LOUIS - Congratulations to Battalion Chief Douglas Cribbs! After more than 34 years of dedicated service to the City of St. Louis, Chief Cribbs is retiring! Thank you for your service, enjoy the next chapter.

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FIRE DISTRICT RECEIVED DELIVERY OF NEW PUMPER TRUCK

August 27, 2014 -

SPANISH LAKE - The Spanish Lake Fire Protection District recently received delivery of a new Rosenbauer RBM Commander Pumper. The pumper is powered by a 450 HP Cummins diesel engine, is equipped with a 1500 GPM rear mounted Hale pump, 60 gal. foam tank, and a 760 gallon water tank. The truck will also carry rescue equipment.

The truck was purchased from Sentinel Emergency Solutions, Arnold, MO.

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JENNINGS WILL JOIN THE RIVERVIEW FIRE DISTRICT NEXT WEEK

August 26, 2014 - St. Louis Post Dispatch

JENNINGS - Jennings will give up its city fire department after 67 years and join the Riverview Fire Protection District on Sept. 1, officials announced at the City Council session Monday night.

Voters approved the change by a 68 percent majority in the Aug. 5 election.

Jennings was no longer to afford its own fire service, the council concluded. The city will save more than $750,000 annually, even allowing for the removal of the quarter-cent fire sales tax, and the fee that neighboring Flordell Hills paid for protection.

Jennings' 11 firefighters will become employees of the district on Monday. Their pay rates will not be changing immediately, but that will be subject to negotiation beginning in 2015. District pay rates are higher than what the city had, although the gap between city and district departments is less than in other parts of St. Louis County.

Jennings property owners will begin paying the current $2.56 per $100 assessed valuation fire district property tax, on bills payable by Dec. 31. On average, tax bills will rise more than $200. The city will continue to collect at its own $1 rate.

Flordell Hills will begin using the district on a contract basis, as it did with Jennings. A vote for Flordell Hills residents to enter the district may be in the future, district chief Joe Bommarito said.

It was also announced that the long-awaited White Castle restaurant - Jennings' first - which was approved last October but has already been delayed because of road issues, now is delayed due to the civil unrest in neighboring Ferguson. The location is 5231 Jennings Road, just north of Interstate 70. The decision was made by the White Castle corporate office, city officials said.

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LOCAL FIREFIGHTER TO PRESENT KEYNOTE SESSION AT 2014 FIRE INSTRUCTORS CONFERENCE

August 25, 2014

FLORISSANT - Firefighter Frank Lipski will be delivering a Keynote session, Teaching with Technology in Today's Fire Service, at the 2014 International Society of Fire Service Instructors Fall Instructor Conference on November 15, 2014, at the Ohio Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

Firefighter Lipski is the Assistant Training Officer for the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District.

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ST. LOUIS FIREFIGHTER SUFFERS BURNS TO FACE AND NECK IN PROPANE BARBECUE GRILL FIRE

August 22, 2014 - St. Louis Post Dispatch

ST. LOUIS - A St. Louis City firefighter suffered burns to the face and neck after responding to a propane barbecue grill fire Friday evening.

The incident happened at about 5:45 p.m. in the 2900 block of Missouri Avenue. According to Captain Gregg Favre, firefighters responded to a report of a fire at a house and when they arrived, they learned a man had been grilling on his porch and noticed the flames were too big on his grill. Before firefighters arrived, the man pulled the grill into his yard.

When the firefighter reached down below the grill near the propane tank, something malfunctioned in the connector hose and the tank began spitting fire. "Basically this blowtorch hit him in the face and chest," said Favre. "He was only in the fire for a matter of a second and a half, but he did have some pretty significant burns to the face and neck area."

The firefighter, a probationary firefighter in his first year of work with the department, was conscious and talking to firefighters as they treated him at the scene. He was taken to a local burn unit where he was being treated. The burns were considered non-life-threatening and Favre hoped the firefighter would be back to work soon.

Firefighters were able to keep the fire away to the house and let it burn until the tank ran out of fuel. There was no damage to the house, Favre said.

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HEAT BECOMES ISSUE FOR FIREFIGHTERS BATTLING 2-ALARM BLAZE IN NORTH CITY

August 22, 2014 - KMOV

ST. LOUIS - Firefighters are working to extinguish a 2-alarm fire at an abandoned north St. Louis concrete plant.

Firefighters say the fire broke out at Riverview Drive and Chain of Rocks Drive Friday morning.

Due to the dangerous heat, several additional fire crews were called to the scene, as well as a cooling bus. Officials said at least one firefighter became overheated, but he is expected to be fine.

One part of the structure reportedly collapsed. Tankers were called into help transport water closer to the scene of the fire.

The land was owned by the late owner of the City Museum, Bob Casilly, who died in 2011.

Officials said the fire is suspicious because there were no ongoing operations there.

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FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC PROMOTED TO CAPTAIN

August 20, 2014 - Metro West Fire Protection District

BALLWIN - Scott Hulsey was promoted to the position of Captain, Paramedic by Chief Loyal and the Board of Directors at the Tuesday night board meeting.

Captain Hulsey has over 17 years of experience with Metro West and 20+ years in the Fire Service. Scott is a member of Missouri Task Force 1, Urban Search and Rescue Strike Team 3, he is highly skilled in technical rescue, training, and fire suppression. He will begin his new assignment as the Captain in charge of Station 5 on C Shift.

Congratulations to Scott Hulsey.

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FIREFIGHTERS HOSE OFF THE AREA WHERE OFFICERS SHOT MAN WIELDING A KNIFE

August 19, 2014 - Getty Images

ST. LOUIS - Firefighters hose off the area where St. Louis police say officers shot and killed a 23-year-old man who was wielding a knife and refused to drop it on August 19, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Violent outbreaks have taken place in Ferguson since the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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FLAMES RIP THROUGH VACANT ST. LOUIS BUILDING IN WEST END NEIGHBORHOOD

August 13, 2014 - St. Louis Post Dispatch

ST. LOUIS - A three-story, vacant building was engulfed in flames early Wednesday in the 5900 block of Bartmer Avenue, in the city's West End neighborhood.

Capt. Garon Mosby of the St. Louis Fire Department said no firefighters were hurt in the one-alarm fire, reported just before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. The building partly collapsed, but firefighters fought the blaze from outside.

It took them about 45 minutes to bring the fire under control. They kept the fire from spreading to a home next door.

The building had been vacant awhile and had no utilities. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Mosby said a neighbor told him that an automobile was set on fire behind the residence a week or so ago.

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FIRE DISTRICT FINDS DELAY "WORRISOME" ON FIRE BREAK AT LANDFILL

August 9, 2014 - KMOX

ST. LOUIS - It was supposed to start this summer, but now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will be six months or more before it begins digging a firebreak trench to separate the burning Bridgeton landfill from nearby nuclear waste.

The EPA delay is worrisome to Matt LaVanchy, assistant fire chief of the Pattonville Fire Protection District, because he's not exactly sure where the fire ends and the radioactive material begins.

"Our big concern and our biggest fear is that it does go to the point where it's impacting and is coming in contact with the radiological material, and in that case, it's not going to be a good day in North St. Louis County," LaVanchy says.

The EPA has been collecting radioactive soil samples this summer to determine where to dig the firebreak trench.

LaVanchy says it appears they're having trouble finding a clean path.

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FIRE TRUCK STUCK AFTER PARTIAL STREET COLLAPSE IN ST. LOUIS

August 7, 2014 - St. Louis Post Dispatch

ST. LOUIS - One end of a fire truck is stuck in pavement up to its axle this morning after a street partly collapsed in south St. Louis. It happened before 6 a.m. near 9th and Wyoming, south of the Anheuser-Busch brewery.

The pumper truck and a medic unit had been rushing to the 900 block of Withnell Avenue, for a report of a "person down." The pumper truck responds routinely with a medic truck on calls like that.

The pumper didn't make it to scene because it was stuck, but the medic unit got there in a hurry and the person was already dead, said Capt. Garon Mosby of the St. Louis Fire Department. Authorities say it appears the person died of natural causes, and homicide detectives have not been requested.

An inspector with the St. Louis streets department is examining the collapse and the pavement surrounding it to decide what the plan should be for getting the truck out. The obvious concern is that the sinkhole will get bigger as crews work to remove the truck.

"Sinkholes, they go small to big," Mosby said. "We basically have this truck sitting in a hole that's already started."

No one on the fire truck was injured in the incident. The front left tire is trapped in the sunken pavement. Police had no additional details on the person found dead on Withnell.

Most of the time it's a sewer that fails or a water main, and those utility companies will have to do the repairs. Normally a sewer collapse is the culprit when the hole is deep, said Todd Waelterman, the city's street director. The gas company will shut the gas off in case a gas line has broken, then the truck will be removed. Some time these holes take two or three weeks to repair.

Since only the truck's front tire is stuck, that is the sign of a small hole. Last September, about the same time of morning, "we had a whole trash truck fall in" when a sinkhole opened up in an alley, Waelterman said. "The guy went to go pick up a Dumpster up and the truck fell in six feet. All you could see was the driver's head."

The trash truck driver wasn't hurt. The city ended up excavating the alley and built a road, then drove the truck out of the hole that afternoon.

The trash truck was brand new, $230,000, and had only been on the road about a month or two. In that case, it was an entire sewer main that collapsed at about 6:45 a.m. Sept. 24, in an alley near Blair and Newhouse avenues.

"The hole was as big as your kitchen," he said. "This hole (on 9th & Wyoming) here is probably the size of a bathroom."

Waelterman said these things happen in a city with aging infrastructure.

"It's a failing infrastructure," Waelterman explained. "We have sewers that are over 100 years old and there are no resources out there to replace them. And the water pipes are just as old. Those two things are reaching the end of their life in many areas."

With only the front tire (of the fire truck in a hole), it could be just a six-inch pipe known as a sewer lateral, which connects to a sewer main.

The streets department gets "a couple thousand calls a year" in which somebody spots the ground sinking a little bit and suspects a sewer lateral has gone bad

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REPORT: ST. LOUIS MOST FIRE SAFE CITY IN MIDWEST

August 6, 2014 - KMOX

ST. LOUIS - In a recent report, St. Louis was named the most fire safe city in the Midwest.

The report from HomeInsurance.com ranks the 10 largest Midwest metros, outlining the area's residential fire risk, preparedness and response time to fires.

"No city is fire proof, but St. Louis comes pretty close," the report says. "This Midwest metro got high marks for having a high percentage of homes that have updated electrical and HVAC. Older HVAC units and electrical wiring often pose more of a fire risk than newer units, which is one reason why home insurance providers consider updated units to be safer."

The rest of the report can be found here.

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LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS PARTICIPATED IN BOAT TRAINING ON MISSOURI RIVER

August 4, 2014 - St. Louis Fire Department Community Outreach

Over the last 2 weeks Firefighters from the St. Louis Fire Department and West County, Monarch, Pattonville, St. Charles, St. Clair, Saline Valley & MetroWest Fire Protection Districts participated in Boat Operations training on the Missouri River.

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FIREFIGHTER INJURED DURING HOUSE FIRE IN ST. LOUIS

August 1, 2014 - St. Louis Post Dispatch

ST. LOUIS - A firefighter was injured Friday afternoon while battling a house fire in St. Louis.

The firefighter fell part of the way through a floor while inside a burning brick home in the 4200 block of Evans Avenue, said St. Louis Fire Capt. Garon Mosby.

The fire was reported about 2 p.m.

A family escaped the burning home safely, Mosby said. Neighbors told firefighters the family of about 10 people had been evicted earlier this week but appeared to have been squatting in the home. Mosby said utilities to the home had been shut off.

Mosby said the fire started on the first floor and caused extensive damage. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire.

The firefighter was hurt when he fell part of the way through a floor, Mosby said. Fellow firefighters caught him and prevented him from falling to the basement. The injured firefighter was hospitalized for treatment and is expected to be OK.

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