At approximately 8:20 pm on January 3rd in Florissant, this single family residence became the scene of a significant one alarm fire. Preliminary investigation shows fire originated in the attached garage. Because the residents, who were on the second floor at the time, had properly installed and working smoke detectors, they were alerted to the blaze when the fire first began and were able to escape their home quickly and call 911. Fast response by Florissant Valley, Robertson and Hazelwood Fire Districts limited most of the heaviest damage to the garage and kitchen. There was also smoke damage throughout the rest of the home. However, the residence is salvageable and the home owners are safe because of their use of smoke detectors. It is a object lesson for all home owners.
Congratulations to firefighters John Doherty, Mark Schaeffler and Dave Woytus on their upcoming retirements. Thank you for serving and protecting our community!
Firefighter John Doherty
Started 11/1/89 and retires 12/31/18
Firefighter Mark Schaeffler
Started 1/1/79 and retires 12/27/18
Firefighter Dave Woytus
Started 7/1/96 and retires 12/27/18
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.
Santa is visiting kids and their families in local neighborhoods from 6:00-8:00pm in the evening. If he doesn’t make it down your street, you can also visit with him from 8:00-9:00pm at the end of his route. Please check our Facebook page for the most recent news about which neighborhood he will be visiting.
And don’t forget, Santa relies on his Firefighter elves, so a high volume of emergency calls may affect his visit. Any changes to the schedule will be noted on Facebook as soon as possible.
This morning, Firefighters Joe Alberts, Eric Balmes and Captain Chris Alber participated in the Dream Factory Christmas shopping event. This event involves firefighters from all across the area taking special needs children shopping for their parents at Dillards at South County Center. This is always a fun and humbling event. This year, we escorted Lily.
The Florissant Valley Fire Protection District will once again be a drop-off point for Toys for Tots.
Please bring new, unwrapped toys to any of our fire stations between now and Friday, December 14th.
House 1 and Administration
661 St. Ferdinand
1925 Pohlman Rd.
1910 Shackelford Rd
Join the Florissant Firefighters Community Outreach in raising funds for cancer patient and business owner/technician of Krone’s Auto Repair (since 1994). Scott has been unable to work since November 2017 due to his cancer treatment side effects.
50/50 Raffle * Silent Auction
Sunday, November 25
1PM to 4PM at CREST BOWL
650 N. New Florissant Rd., Florissant, MO
To register call 314-610-1059
$120 for a team of 6
Includes shoe rental and more.
Early Thursday morning in the 2000 block of Splendor Drive in Florissant, Florissant Valley Firefighters responded within 3 minutes to a residential fire with two occupants trapped in separate bedrooms. The patients were extricated from the burning home through bedroom windows in the rear of the house. Fortunately, the doors to both bedrooms were closed, which effectively kept the blaze from spreading into the rooms with the occupants. Both patients were transported by FVFPD EMS to hospitals for treatment. Departments from Blackjack and Hazelwood were on scene in mutual aid.
Several news media outlets did stories on the fire and the rescue. The home had no working smoke detectors. The entire incident was an important lesson on the value of smoke detectors and safety actions like always closing bedroom doors while you are sleeping.
Such actions are truly life-saving things to know. If you have any questions, feel free to call the FVFPD at (314) 837-4894.