New Chief and Pinning Ceremony

FVFPD Recognition Ceremony and Swearing In of New Chief
Ceremonies were held Tuesday evening January 29th at the Florissant Justice Center marking the change in command at the District, promotions in the ranks, recognition of busiest fire and ambulance crews and the swearing in of new Firefighter Paramedics beginning their careers at the District.

Pinning of badges for new Firefighters/Paramedics:

  • Joe Grotha
  • Brett Feldewerth
  • Ahmad Isaacs
  • Jacob Behr

Pinning of badges for new promotions:

  • Ryan Kostel – Captain
  • Russell Kleffner – Battalion Chief
  • Jason Hoevelmann – Fire Chief

For 2018:

  • Individual who ran the most calls:  AJ Freihoff, 1,021 calls
  • Busiest Ambulance Crew: Brian McHugh & Jeremy Edwards, 1,935 calls
  • Shift with most working fires: C Shift, 32 fires
  • Busiest Shift: A Shift, 5,318 calls
  • Busiest Truck Crew: A Shift Crew 4015, 675 calls

Recognition Ceremony

Group photo including retirees


TEAM Food Pantry

Personnel from the Florissant Valley Fire Department assist in the loading of over 20,000 pounds of food to be used by the TEAM Food Pantry, a local organization that offers food to needy families in this area. This is a regular activity of the FVFPD and the FVPD.

For more information about TEAM Food Pantry, please visit their website.

Firefighter Retirements

Congratulations to firefighters John Doherty, Mark Schaeffler and Dave Woytus on their upcoming retirements.  Thank you for serving and protecting our community!

John Doherty
Firefighter John Doherty
Started 11/1/89 and retires 12/31/18
Mark Schaeffler
Firefighter Mark Schaeffler
Started 1/1/79 and retires 12/27/18
Dave Woytus
Firefighter Dave Woytus
Started 7/1/96 and retires 12/27/18

Fire Marshal Cliff Robinson Receives Award

Fire Marshal Cliff Robinson Receives AwardOur 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.

Congratulations Cliff!





Cliff Robinson at Awards Ceremony

New Chief Announced


Jason HoevelmannContact: 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.

Cliff Robinson Promotion

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.

Cliff Robinson

Mr. Young Presents Medals to Firefighters

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.