Our Fire Marshal Cliff Robinson received the Paul Harris Fellow award December 6th, 2018 in appreciation for his service to North County. Cliff not only makes the Florissant Fire District safer place to live but assists Ferguson, Black Jack, Spanish Lake, Riverview and North East Fire Districts as well.
NEWSLETTER / PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Deputy Chief Mark Flauter (314)837-4894
For Immediate Release: October 23, 2018
The Florissant Valley Fire District is pleased to announce Battalion Chief Jason Hoevelmann has been selected to become the next Chief of the Department upon current Chief Scott Seppelt’s retirement in March 2019. Battalion Chief Hoevelmann has been with the district since 2000, rising through the ranks from Firefighter/Paramedic to Captain to Battalion Chief. Battalion Chief Hoevelmann is an accomplished author, having been published in trade magazines such as Fire Engineering, and a sought-after speaker at conferences such as the annual Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, IN which draws in excess of 25,000 attendees from around the world.
Chief Seppelt talks business with the on-duty crew in the most important meeting space of any Fire District, the kitchen!
The Florissant Fire District is proud to announce the promotion of Captain Cliff Robinson to the position of Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal. Cliff will assume this role upon the retirement of the current Fire Marshal, Steve Gettemeier, who will be retiring at the end of this year after 40 years of dedicated service to the Florissant Fire District.
On October 25, 2014, St. Ferdinand Parish and School hosted the Race to the Shrine, a 5K Run/Walk through Old Town Florissant to the St. Ferdinand Shrine. During the run, one of the participants collapsed and went into cardiac arrest on the course. Spectators sprung into action and administered CPR to the fallen runner. Florissant Valley Fire Protection District units 4015 & 4017 responded and were on-scene within minutes to initiate Advanced Cardiac Life Support. The runner was resuscitated and transported to the hospital for further care. Ultimately, he was discharged after a complete recovery. Last night, May 31, 2015, Mr. Mark Young and his family joined the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District family to recognize the crew who resuscitated him (Firefighter/Paramedics Russ Kleffner, Brian Grossenheider, & Brian McHugh, Engineer Mark Schaeffler – not pictured – and Battalion Chief Jason Hoevelmann), award the crew their Clinical Save certificates and pins, and present to them and the district his medals from the Go! St. Louis Marathon, which he completed six months after his event. He said completing the marathon wouldn’t have been possible without the men pictured with him. The Florissant Valley Fire Protection District is grateful to Mr. Young and his family for taking the time to join us in celebration and couldn’t be happier at his recovery.
The Florissant Valley Fire Protection District has many outstanding employees who excel in many different areas. We are truly privileged to have among them Captain Jason Hoevelmann, who assumed the role of the district’s Training Officer in 2012 and embraced his role to incorporate more “next generation” aspects of firefighter training into the district’s training regimen. Captain Hoevelmann is also a proponent of professional development and has established many programs for those “coming up the ranks” to be prepared for the next level in their progression as firefighters, engineers, and potential officers. Finally, Captain Hoevelmann is passionate about fire ground awareness and firefighters being aware of dangers they will face while fighting a fire. On Friday, April 11, 2014, at the Fire Department Instructors Conference, the largest conference for fire service professionals in the country held in Indianapolis, IN, Captain Hoevelmann was awarded a Fire Service Writers Award for the blogs he’s written for FireEngineering.com and FireEMSBlogs.com, as well as his contributions through feature columns in FirefighterNation, FireRescue and Fire Engineering. “Jason clearly demonstrates the attitude that we’re in this to reach the widest possible audience and educate as many firefighters as possible,” Tim Sendelbach, editor-in-chief of FireRescue magazine/FirefighterNation.com says. “Further, he aims his writing squarely at the most influential role in the fire service—that of the company officer.” We here at the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District are extremely proud of Captain Hoevelmann and are lucky to have him as an officer of the district. Congratulations, Jason!
This past Sunday, April 13th, the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District held its annual Pinning Ceremony. During this ceremony, employees are recognized for every five years of service to the fire district and awarded a star to wear on their uniform for those five years of service. For 2013, the district had employees recognized for 5, 10, 15, 25, and 35 years of service. Among other awards, the district also recognizes employees who obtain a “clinical save” on patients found in cardiac arrest (this is a patient found in cardiac arrest who has a pulse and respirations that makes it to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital). For 2013, the district had 12 clinical saves and almost 60 FF/EMTs & FF/Paramedics were recognized. The district was also honored to have some special guests at the ceremony. On June 3, 2013 FF/Paramedics Pat Jones & Bob Gale on 4027 responded to a local motel for a report of an unconscious infant. On their arrival, they found a 9-week-old infant unconscious in his father’s arms. It is worth noting that the infant was born at 28 weeks gestation and had been in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit until June 2, 2013. Taking the infant, the paramedics did their assessment and found the infant’s pulse and respirations to be dangerously low. They initiated chest compressions and assisted ventilations. After 90 seconds, the infant began to cry. The infant was transported to DePaul Health Center, stabilized, and transferred to St. Louis Children’s Hospital for further care and tests. FF/Paramedics Jones & Gale were recognized by St. Louis Children’s Hospital for their quick action and care to this infant. This past Sunday, the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District was honored to have the family of this infant in attendance at the ceremony to recognize the efforts of FF/Paramedics Jones & Gale on this call. Congratulations to all the crews honored for their clinical saves and truly making a difference!
Congratulations to Chief Robert Corey on his Retirement!
Chief Corey retired today, March 11, 2014, after 35 years of service to the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District. Prior to serving at the fire district, Chief Corey was a police officer with the Florissant Police Department and the St. Louis City Police Department. Chief Corey also served our country as a Marine during the Vietnam War. Thanks for all your years of service and dedication to the Fire District and the community. You will be missed. We would also like to thank all those that stopped by the Open House today to wish Chief Corey well.