On Monday afternoon, October 20th, a middle school bus was struck by a vehicle on Foristell Road. Luckily, nobody on the bus was injured, nor was the driver of the other vehicle. New Melle firefighters remained on scene to assist the bus driver with accountability and security of the students until St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department and school district officials could arrive.
10/20/14 Foristell Road Vehicle Accident
New Melle Fire Collects for MDA
On Saturday, August 23rd, New Melle Firefighters stood in the heat at three different locations in our district to collect donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Thanks to the generosity of our area residents, we raised $3,180.33! This is the first time we have collected over $3,000. Thank you to those who gave!
Sprinkler System Contains Fire
What you see here is a fire sprinkler system that just paid for itself many times over. Just before 1 a.m. on Wednesday morning, a fire started on the bottom shelf of a storage rack in the kitchen at Fireside Bar and Grill. It started burning up the rack until the nearest sprinkler head activated and contained the fire. It doesn’t look too impressive here (the picture was taken as we were shutting off the water), but since it was 1 a.m. and the whole strip mall was completely unoccupied, that one sprinkler saved the entire business and probably the adjacent businesses too. They had to replace their stock and clean up water, but they were only closed for one day! That is why we strongly encourage fire sprinklers not only in businesses, but your own homes as well!
New Melle Fire Rescue Firefighters Announce 2014 Scholarship Winners
The New Melle Fire Rescue firefighters have a private account, the Firefighters Fund, which is funded from time to time with donations from the public or from small fundraisers of their own. This account is in no way funded from any tax dollars.
The New Melle Fire Rescue volunteer and paid firefighters decided for the tenth year in a row that they wished to offer a scholarship opportunity from their Firefighters Fund, which could be applied for by any resident within the geographic district covered by NMFPD. The opportunity was open to anyone, regardless of age, who was applying for any higher education program. While this scholarship could be applied to a full-time college education program, it could just as well be applied to a technical school curriculum or an EMT course, etc.
In addition, the full-time paid firefighters of New Melle FPD decided to chip in and offer an additional donation from their own separate fund, again a private account that is in no way funded from tax dollars. They were motivated to do this based on the significant public response to the program in previous years, and their additional donation enabled the department to match last year’s scholarship total of $1,000. This year, the $1,000 will again be offered as two (2) $500 scholarships, benefiting two (2) recipients.
A firefighter-based committee recently reviewed the eligible applications received. The review process this year was a significant challenge, as always. The applicants had outstanding records of academic achievement, along with profiles of numerous extracurricular and volunteer activities. Many accomplished all that while working part time as well. But after deliberation, the committee determined that the recipients of the two $500 scholarships offered this year are Heather Mallinckrodt of Femme Osage Creek Road in Augusta, and Shannan (Miller) Reel of Highway D in Defiance.
Heather Mallinckrodt is a freshman currently enrolled at Maryville University in St. Louis, majoring in Business Administration. She graduated from St. Francis Borgia High School with an amazing 3.97 accumulative GPA for four years. During all that studying, Heather found a way to concurrently work on her family’s farm, volunteer as a tutor at her school and as a teacher at her church, and be active in organizations such as 4-H and SADD/TREND (Students Against Destructive Decisions/Turning Resources and Energy in New Directions). She was also a member of National Honor Society and Alpha Lambda Delta, and is the recipient of numerous academic honors and special recognitions. She continues her active involvement in organizations during college.
Shannan (Miller) Reel graduated from Francis Howell High School, and is currently enrolled at Lindenwood University. She plans to graduate in the spring of 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance degree. She has worked for three years at Peoples Savings Bank, starting in New Melle, then moved to the new Winghaven branch; she works a 40 hour week at the bank, and somehow manages to carry a 19-hour college load. Shannon has posted many accomplishments in our community, including nine years of 4-H (with officer positions and champion awards), many community and charity volunteer roles, and active involvement in high school organizations (DECA, FBLA). She was also the 2010 New Melle Festival Queen. Even with her heavy work and college load, she still manages to volunteer as a Clover Kids leader in 4-H.
We have some talented, hard-working people in our community, and Heather Mallinckrodt and Shannan Reel are surely two of them. The New Melle Fire Rescue firefighters congratulate Heather and Shannan on their commendable successes to date, and wish them all the best in future collegiate work. They also wish to thank all of the other scholarship applicants for their submissions, and wish them the best in their future endeavors as well.
Large Brush Fire Off of Highway F
This brush fire occurred off of Highway F and burned earlier the same day (Sunday, March 23rd) as a 20 acre fire that we assisted Marthasville Fire Department with. The estimate was that this fire burned more than 10 acres. Please be careful when using fire outdoors. Right now, the vegetation is so dry that even after we get precipitation, the wind dries out the dead leaves and grass on the surface very quickly.
3/18/14 Highway D Motor Vehicle Accident
Highway DD Garage Fire
Sunday afternoon, January 26, 2014, units were dispatched for a detached garage on fire in the 500 block of Highway DD. The first truck arrived and found the garage well involved in fire and the siding of the house next to it melting and about to ignite. The first hose line was used to cool the house and prevent the fire from spreading to it, then to knock down the fire in the portion of the garage closest to the house. Two more hose lines were pulled and the garage was extinguished. New Melle firefighters were assisted by units from Augusta, Cottleville, and Wentzville Fire Districts. This photo was taken by a neighbor.
Vehicle Accident on 1/12/14
On Sunday morning, January 12th, we assisted Wentzville Fire Protection District this morning with a vehicle accident on Highway N near South Pointe Prairie Rd. The vehicle went off the road and struck a utility pole. Both occupants were transported by ambulance with minor injuries.
New Melle Fire Rescue To Place New Rescue/Pumper In Service
New Melle Fire Rescue is nearly finished fitting out a new rescue/pumper unit to be put into service at its Station 3 at 295 Borgman Road in Lake Sherwood. The new vehicle will assume the identity of its predecessor rescue/pumper unit, 8934, and will replace Station 3’s 20-year old 1994 Central States unit. The new unit will become that station’s first-out truck. Station 3’s apparatus and volunteers play an extremely active role in responding to and supporting incidents in our fire protection district, and also those in neighboring districts when mutual aid is requested in major incidents.
The new apparatus purchase is part of a regular budgeted rotation of equipment to replace aging vehicles that have seen heavy usage, and that threaten the reliability required in critical responses. The new unit is a 2012 Rosenbauer rescue/pumper. Some of the features it incorporates are a 750 gallon onboard tank, 1500 gallon per minute rear pump, pre-connected rescue tools in front bumper, seating for five firefighters, light tower, Class A foam system, and “Green Star” reduced fuel consumption. It will also be equipped with an on-board computer and GPS so as to automatically interface with the St. Charles County Dispatch Center.
The new vehicle was purchased as a demo unit from the manufacturer, yielding the district an approximate 25% cost savings. The net replacement cost to the district will be further offset by the planned sale of another older rescue/pumper owned by the district.
The new Rosenbauer unit going into service at Station 3 will provide much greater reliability and increased functionality. It will assist your firefighters in better serving residents and visitors of our district.