By Dianne Sudbrock
The Wentzville Fire Protection District held a dedication ceremony and open house on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at their new Station # 5, located at the corner of Whisper Creek Drive and Hwy. Z, just north of Hwy. N,.
The new 12,741 sq. foot building was designed by FGM Architects with several environmentally friendly features, including a rain garden basin for runoff, low flow plumbing fixtures, LED lighting with occupancy sensors, highly efficient heating and exhaust ventilation systems, and more. The general contractor was Lamb Construction.
The apparatus bay has three folding doors (which open faster than overhead doors for faster response times), storage and work rooms, plus an extractor and decontamination room which is also a hardened storm shelter. A mezzanine space above the apparatus area is used as an exercise area with various strength, conditioning and cardio equipment.
The living quarters consist of a kitchen, dining area, outdoor patio and day room for TV/recreation. The shift office can accommodate three work stations, small group meetings, and provides a view of the apparatus room and main entryway.
Six bunk rooms allow for three working shifts to occupy the house comfortably 24/7. The rooms are gender friendly, allowing the bunks to be used by men or women without any interaction.
District Fire Chief, Mike Marlo, welcomed everyone to the ceremony and introduced members of the Board of Directors, officers, and administrative assistants. He recognized the other district employees who were present as well as elected officials.
Marlo said we are all very fortunate to live in a safe community, and attributed that fact to good government leadership, good schools, good job opportunities, a good fire district and other elements. He said he was very proud to be part of this growing, happy, safe place to raise families.
The dedication ceremonies included the raising of the flag by the Professional Firefighters of Eastern MO, Local 2665 Color Guard, a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem by young Miss Evvee Notheis, the uncoupling of hoses (instead of cutting a ribbon), and an dispatch call from St. Charles County putting the new station, and a new firetruck, #9854, officially into service.
As part of the dedication of the new truck, it was ceremonially washed and “pushed” back into the station as the “last alarm” (5 strikes of the bell) was sounded, indicating the crew had returned to quarters.
After the ceremony, the public was invited to tour the station and enjoy complimentary cake and refreshments.
The Wentzville Fire District encompasses approximately 88 sq miles – from the Warren County line on the west, the Lincoln County line to the north, the City of Wentzville, portions of O’Fallon, 60% of Lake St. Louis, the smaller townships of Foristell, Flint Hill, and Josephville and the surrounding unincorporated areas of western St. Charles County.
The district is governed by a Board of Directors and is its own legal entity. Within the last two years 19 new paramedic firefighters have been hired to help provide Advance Life Support (ALS) Services to the community. As such, the fire district responds to EMS calls to help St. Charles County Ambulance stabilize patients and get them to the hospital faster and in better condition.
In total, the district employs 3 chief/administrative officers, 3 battalion chiefs, 51 career firefighters, 1 fire marshal, 1 fire inspector, and 2 administrative staff.
The addition of Station #5 at Whisper Creek will help meet service coverage needs of the growing community, reduce response times, provide advance life support services, and provide additional space for current and future equipment. The district operates additional stations at Peine Road, Pearce Blvd, Lake St. Louis and Foristell. The original station on Pearce Blvd. will soon be replaced with new station house and administrative training facility on Luetkenhaus Blvd.
For more information, visit www.wentzvillefiredistrict.org or call 636-332-9869.