Fire Fighters 2665 says ‘thanks’ to all unions who supported bond issue, tax boost
Wentzville - While University City is seriously diminishing its emergency service capabilities by outsourcing its ambulance services to a private firm, the Wentzville Fire Protection District (WFPD) is substantially enhancing both its emergency services and fire fighting capabilities by adding 25 new fire fighter/paramedics and building two new fire houses.
In about six weeks, the WFPD expects to begin a $20 million expansion project to build two new fire stations, bringing to five the number of stations that will serve residents in the 88 square miles of western St. Charles County, reports Fire Fighters Local 2665 Secretary-Treasurer Dave Marlo.
‘THANK YOU’ FOR SUPPORT
“We want to thank all our union brothers and sisters throughout the area who supported our efforts in 2014 to pass a $30 million bond issue and a quarter cent tax increase that is making this expansion possible,” Marlo said. “It will definitely will make our community a safer place to live, work and visit,” he added in announcing that bids for the work are expected to be finalized this month.
Marlo said that a labor-management committee in the District, who are working closely with District Directors Bob Hawkins and Jennifer Houston, is committed to ensuring a quality product for the taxpayers’ money and that will be union construction, ensuring tens of thousands of man-hours of work for area construction workers.
MORE FIRE FIGHTERS, NEW LIFE SAVING EQUIPMENT
In addition to the new construction and the purchase of three new needed staff fire vehicles and possibly five new fire fighting apparatus in the future, the District will be enhancing community safety by hiring 25 new fire fighter/paramedics, Marlo said.
A new, important feature of this expansion program will be adding Advanced Life Support equipment on all fire trucks, he added.
“This means if a fire truck is the first to arrive to a medical emergency, the Fire Fighter/Paramedics on the truck are able to provide advanced medical care as all new personnel will be trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support.
FIRST TO PROVIDE ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT
Right now, only the St. Charles City Fire Department can provide this advanced medical care. The Wentzville Fire Protection District will be the first district in St. Charles County to be able to provide this new level of emergency response for residents, Marlo added.
Working diligently to make this expansion go as smoothly as possible and up and running as soon as feasible are the District’s Labor/Management Committee of Chief Mike Marlo, Deputy Chief John LeDoux and Assistant Chief John Schneider (former secretary-treasurer Local 2665) and fire fighters Jesse Hakenewerth (shop steward), Brian Notheis, Mike Szarwinski, and Local 2665’s Marlo, who is a captain in the department.