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ASSISTANT CHIEF REACHES 30 YEAR MILESTONE
Friday, January 22, 2016 
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In December of 2015 our Assistant Chief, Craig Schmidt reached 30 years of service with us! We celebrated by honoring him at our monthly meeting and this past week the Mayor declared January 19th as Craig Schmidt day in O'Fallon! In addition to serving as Assistant Chief, Craig is also our Chief Engineer, ensuring that all apparatus and equipment are operating smoothly.

On top of his leadership and expertise as an Engineer, Craig is also one of our top call-responders! The leadership, experience and expertise that Craig brings to the department are truly invaluable! Congratulations on your achievement - we look forward to many more years!


 
Assistant Chief Schmidt receives his 30 year plaque from Chief Saunders.
   Assistant Chief Schmidt receives his 30
      year plaque from Chief Saunders.
Assistant Chief Schmidt (right) with the Mayor (center) and Chief Saunders (left) after receiving his certificate of achievement from the city.
   Assistant Chief Schmidt (right) with the
      Mayor (center) and Chief Saunders (left)
      after receiving his certificate of
      achievement from the city.
GRAND OPENING OF ENGINE HOUSE 4
Fire Chief Brent Saunders (left center) poses with other members of the building planning committee & officer staff.
   Fire Chief Brent Saunders (left center)
      poses with other members of the building
      planning committee & officer staff.
Friday, October 9, 2015 
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This past Sunday, we held a hose decoupling ceremony at Engine House 4 to symbolize its grand opening. While we have been using the new engine house since January, this ceremony allowed us to recognize and thank all of those who made the station possible. We're very proud of the new engine house and grateful for all those who spent countless hours during planning and construction!


 
FIRE PREVENTION WEEK OPEN HOUSE AT OUR NEW HEADQUARTERS
   
Thursday, September 24, 2015 
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Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep.

Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, O’Fallon Fire Rescue is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.

In a fire, seconds count! Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.

According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:

 - Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

 - Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.

- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly. - Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
 
- If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.

- Call the fire department from outside the home.

O’Fallon Fire Rescue will be hosting our annual open house during Fire Prevention Week to promote “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” Through these educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom.
 
Join us this year for open house at our new Headquarters/ Engine House 4 (1215 Taylor Road) on October 6th, 7th & 8th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. There will be fire truck rides, safety demonstrations and an opportunities to meet your firefighters!

To learn more about smoke alarms and “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” visit NFPA’s Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org and www.sparky.org/fpw.


 
A VISIT FROM SERVICE DOGS IN TRAINING
Sunday, September 13, 2015 
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For the past several years, we have had the pleasure of working with Canine Companions for Independence and Leader Dogs for the Blind. These organizations provide service dogs to veterans, the blind, and those living with many other disabilities. To ensure the service dogs are familiar with as many different smells, sounds and situations as possible, members of these organizations bring the dogs-in-training by the firehouse. While at the firehouse, the dogs become familiar with how we look, sound and smell while in full protective equipment. We're proud to play a small part in the education of these canines! And, of course...we enjoy the opportunity to give each pup a belly rub and a scratch behind the ears.

 
   
   
CHILD CAR SEAT SAFETY CHECKS NOW AVAILABLE AT THE PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING
Friday, August 7, 2015 
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The O’Fallon Public Safety Department has Certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technicians available to provide one-on-one personalized hands-on instruction on how to properly use and install a child’s car seat. The CPA Technicians are available at the EMS Bays located at the O’Fallon Public Safety Facility (285 N. Seven Hills Road) on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 9 – 11 a.m.

For full details, please visit the offical city announcement.


 
HELP SEND THE EXPLORER POST TO FIRE COLLEGE!
   
Monday, March 30, 2015 
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The O'Fallon Fire Department Explorer Post is hosting a car wash & cook out to raise funds for the annual trip to the Illinois Fire Service Institue for Explorer Fire College

Stop by Station #2 (at the corner of Hwy 50 and 3rd Steet) this Saturday, April 4th from 10:30am - 2:30pm to help support the Explorer Post!


 
JOIN US FOR OUR 16th ANNUAL SPRING GOLF CLASSIC
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 
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Come join us Friday, June 5th, 2015 at Tamarack Country Club in Shiloh, IL for a great day of golfing fun with a shotgun start promptly at 11:00am! This tournament serves as the department’s primary fundraising activity that supports the O’Fallon community.

The O’Fallon Volunteer Fire Department is a highly trained, well equipped, all volunteer department consisting of 47 members protecting an area encompassing 43 square miles including the City of O’Fallon, Village of Shiloh, and unincorporated areas within the O’Fallon, Shiloh Valley, and Caseyville Townships .

In addition to our response to emergencies, the volunteers spend many hours in formal training, educating the public about fire prevention, performing community service, and fundraising activities for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

Your generous support has made this event a success for over 15 years and we're once again asking for your help! There are several ways in which you can assist - tiered hole sponsorships, forming a team of four golfers, donating attendance prizes or by purchasing raffle tickets.
 
 Tax deductible hole sponsorships are available the following donation levels:
 ~$500 (or more) - Chief Sponsor
 ~$250 -499 - Deputy Chief Sponsor
 ~$100 -249 - Assistant Chief Sponsor

All sponsorships will include a sign on a tee box with recognition at the tournament pavilion on the day of thetournament.

We are also seeking the donation of attendance prizes to be given to golfers participating in the tournament, along with items to be auctioned

You may give your hole sponsorship and/or attendance prizes to any member of the O’Fallon Volunteer Fire Department, call for the item to be picked up, or simply mail your donation to:

O’Fallon Volunteer Fire Department
Attn: 16th Annual Spring Golf Classic
P.O. Box 332
O’Fallon, IL 62269

Should you have any questions concerning our tournament, tournament teams, hole sponsorship levels, or attendance prize donations, please contact Fred Schmitt at (618) 624-4500 Ext. 5013 or via email fschmitt@ofallon.org

Thank you for your continued support!
 


 
NEW HEADQUARTERS AT ENGINE HOUSE 4 IS IN SERVICE!
Friday, January 16, 2015 
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Early last week we were able to put our new Headquarters at Engine House #4 in to service. The new engine house allows us to better serve the residents in the northern and western portions of our fire protection district and gives us expanded space for training. While Engine House #4 is now active, work on the facility continues. Small projects are still being completed and landscaping should be finished near Spring. We expect to hold a grand opening and open house in the spring when the facility is completed.

 
   
   
SURPRISED BY A RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS!
   
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 
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Recently the O'Fallon Fire Department was surprised by two young members of the community who spent their Christmas Eve caroling and collecting donations for the fire department. They stopped by the firehouse Monday and presented Chief Saunders with their donations! We're humbled by the generosity of these two young men and their selfless actions. Thank you guys!

 
PUT A FREEZE ON WITNER FIRES - PART 4: HOLIDAY SAFETY
   
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 
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Part 4 of the "Put a Freeze on Winter Fires" series focuses on Holiday safety. Use of candles, increased electrical usage and Christmas trees not being watered everyday all present a fire hazard. To keep your home safe this holiday season, the Nation Fire Protection Association recommends the following safety tips:

- Water live Christmas trees everyday

- Do not overload electrical outlets

- Ensure all candles are far enough away from any combustible material; 2 of every 5 home decoration fires are started by candles

- Use candle holders that do not tip over easily

- Never use a candle when oxygen is being used in the home

- Never lead a child alone in a room where a candle is burning, and never leave your home without extinguishing all candles first

For more tips on how to keep your home safe this holiday season, please visit the NFPA.org website.

Happy Holiday from the O'Fallon Fire Department!


 
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