Friday, April 12, 2013
A special meeting was called on Tuesday evening by Metro West Fire Protection District board of directors.
Metro West Fire Protection District board of directors convened a special meeting Tuesday evening to accept the resignation of director Mike Noonan. He resigned due to relocating out-of-state to pursue an employment opportunity, stated a fire district spokesperson. Noonan was a Wildwood resident elected to the board during April 2011: Metro West Fire Protection District Results for April 5 Prior to that election, Noonan served the fire district from 2001 through 2003 by filling a vacancy. In March of 2010, he once again stepped forward to serve Metro West citizens when a vacancy was created by the death of Board Chairman Bob Reboulet. He was a senior manager for St. Louis-based Express Scripts. Noonan's vacancy and unexpired term was …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
This restaurant chain is famous for steaming premium meats and cheeses piled high atop toasted sub rolls and served “Fully Involved" with fresh produce. Metro West Fire Protection District donated some memorabilia as decorations.
Local franchisee Tom Pogemiller announced a Firehouse Subs eatery will open Monday at 14948 Manchester Road in Ballwin. This is his fourth Firehouse Subs restaurant. Firehouse Subs favorites include the Hook & Ladder sandwich, with smoked turkey and Virginia honey ham smothered with Monterey Jack cheese and the New York Steamer, inspired by New York delicatessens, combining corned beef brisket and pastrami topped with melted provolone. All large specialty subs boast a half-pound of meat. Other top sellers include the Smokehouse Beef & Cheddar Brisket, Italian and Firehouse Meatball subs. The restaurant features a Coca-Cola Freestyle fountain, offering 120-plus beverage brands via a touch-screen operated with regular and low-calorie …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Anyone who has a ballot today that includes Metro West Fire Protection District will see an unfamiliar sign at their polling place. It's surprising some voters.
Voters going to the polls on Tuesday whose ballots encompass Metro West Fire Protection District are seeing an unusual paper sign taped at each voting machine. It reads: Steve H. Ward has been Removed from the Ballot by Court Order for the office of Director of Metro West Fire Protection District. Any votes cast for this candidate wil NOT be counted or reported. As Patch reported on Feb. 12, St. Louis County Circuit Court officials announced they had disqualified Stephen H. Ward as a candidate for the position of board member and director for the Metro West Fire Protection District. At the time, Metro West issued a notification that court officials determined Ward “failed to timely comply with the filing fee requirements. Therefore, being…
Saturday, January 12, 2013
More caution signs are being erected locally after the dog rescue in Wildwood from an icy pond by Monarch Fire Protection District firefighters. Find out how many bodies of potentially frozen water the Metro West Fire Protection District covers.
Metro West Fire Protection District firefighters and paramedics remind Wildwood residents of the dangers that are posed by ponds and other bodies of water that freeze. Last Saturday's icy water rescue involving a puppy who went onto ice to play with geese in Wildwood accentuated the pitfalls of frozen water in the winter: Wildwood Dog Rescued from Icy Pond by Monarch Firefighters Metro West Chief of Fire and EMS Services Vincent Loyal said while frozen water may be appealing, and seem exciting, the dangers are real, immediate, and potentially fatal. "In many incidents this single decision can put friends, family and emergency responders lives at risk," he said. Caution signs will be distributed to any subdivision, business or school …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The campus went into a lockdown mode Thursday and cancelled day classes Friday after a bomb threat was discovered.
Updated: Dec. 21 at 10:09 a.m. With day classes and activities cancelled, St. John Church and Lutheran School is expecting to resume all church services and events as of Friday at 3 p.m., according to a press release from the school. Ellisville Police Chief Tom Felgate confirmed a note containing a bomb threat was discovered Thursday afternoon by a staff member at St. John. Felgate told Patch the threat was that the bomb would go off Friday. "We had eight of our officers, two detectives and St. John staff conduct a comprehensive search, which turned up nothing," Felgate said. "We thought it was a hoax from the beginning but we wanted to be sure." The campus went into lockdown mode Thursday afternoon. A press release from St. John said all …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Metro West Fire Protection District says smoke alarms are to thank for the family's safety.
A house fire was reported at 627 Claymont Drive in Ballwin Friday at about 3 p.m. Metro West Fire Department responded to the scene, discovering fire in a one-story structure. A release from Metro West said the family was safely evacuated after smoke alarms alerted them. "By having working smoke alarms and the homeowner immediately calling 9-1-1 to report the fire, it helped our crews bring the fire under control relatively quickly," said Metro West Deputy Chief Mike Krause. Metro West said the incident is still under investigation but appears to be accidental.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The vehicle had apparently flipped several times and landed in Kiefer Creek.
Two people were rescued from a car that had flipped several times into Kiefer Creek near Kiefer Creek Road and Forest Valley Drive, according to an STL Today report. Michael Thiemann, public information officer for Metro West Fire Protection District, said the incident occurred at about 4:30 a.m. Sept. 18. He added the vehicle landed upright in about a foot of water in the creek. Thiemann told Patch a man and woman were passengers in the vehicle, and the man was still in the car upon Metro West's arrival at the scene. The man was trapped and suffering from trauma and both victims were transported to a hospital. Patch will have more on the story as information is available. Updated: Sept. 19 at 9:15 a.m.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
On the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, West County's newly named Fire Chief Ernie Rhodes shares his experience of a rescue mission at Ground Zero so Americans never forget the loss suffered that day.
Ernie Rhodes was name the new fire chief of West County EMS & Fire Protection District last week. He brings extensive experience with him to the new position, including 32 years in the fire service. Rhodes also brings memories of the horrific Sept. 11, 2011 terrorist attacks. He was deployed to Ground Zero to assist after the World Trade Center attacks, where he worked for ten days assisting with search and rescue efforts. "I was deployed the day of the attack about an hour and half after the attack," Rhodes explains. Rhodes was a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Specialist assigned to a reconnaissance squad that searched for signs of trapped survivors. Although Tuesday marks the eleventh anniversary of the attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Ernie Rhodes was named as the new fire chief Thursday evening. The former St. Charles fire chief brings 32 years of experience to the district.
Ernie Rhodes replaces David Frazier who served as the West County EMS & Fire Protection District fire chief since 2004. As previously reported by Patch, Frazier has been with the fire district since 1987, but was "reassigned" from fire chief to deputy chief of logistics in June. Since then, the fire district has been operating without an official chief, but after a local and national search, the fire board announced Rhodes as the district's new chief Thursday evening. Rhodes comes to West County from the City of St. Charles where he served as fire chief for nine years. There he managed 84 personnel and a $10.5 million dollar budget, according to the West County fire board. "I know fire services really well. I know every aspect of the job …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The person who will replace former Fire Chief David Frazier is expected to be announced Thursday.
The West County EMS & Fire Protection District has not had a fire chief since June, when former fire chief David Frazier was "reassigned" from fire chief to deputy chief of logistics. As previously reported by Patch, Deputy Chief Jeff Sadtler has served as acting fire chief of the district since the change and a search for a new chief got underway. Fire board members told Patch that the application period for the local and national search ended July 27. A committee then reviewed the candidates. That committee consisted of West County fire board members, chiefs of surrounding fire districts which are members of Central Country 911(including Creve Coeur, Monarch, Metro West and Maryland Heights), Town and Country Police Chief and City …