The Pierce refurbishment on the 1998 Ladder truck is complete. 8212 is home in Union. Equipment will need to be mounted and training will occur before the truck is placed in service. Thanks to all those who helped with the 8212 refurbishment project. It replaces the 1989 Pierce model that was sold to Appalachian Virginia Fire Department.
Congratulations and Good Luck to
Firefighter Paramedic Kelly Kennon
as she begins employment with
The Richmond Heights Fire Department.
Kelly served Union Fire since July 2011. ____________________________
The January 5th. snowfall and frigid minus degree temperatures was the one of the worst winter storms the area has seen and some time. The Union Fire District went into a 72 hour emergency operation period.
Throughout the period the three fire stations were staffed in preparation for an increase in incidents due to the weather. Being station two & three are staffed by volunteers; having them at the station is a big plus because naturally the weather can delay the volunteers response to the station from their homes. It is a huge benefit to the community when the volunteers dedicate themselves to staying at the stations.
The Fire District responded to 21 incidents during the 72 hour period. 18 incidents were weather related and 3 were incidents we routinely respond to on a day to day basis. Mutual aid was provided for three structures fires and move ups to provide station coverage for those districts also was accomplished. The Union Fire District responded to water leaks, flue fires, automatic fire alarms, and assisted EMS with gaining access to patients homes.
One of the vehicles that was quite busy was 8239 which caries the snow plow. The station lots and ramps must be kept clear and 8239 worked through most of the operational period. In addition it responded to every incident in the Fire District to make sure the larger apparatus could make it to the scene and maneuver once they arrived. some of the incidents were at homes that reside down long narrow private drives. At times 8239 was used to transport firefighters and hand tools to deal with the specific alarm types as the larger apparatus remained on the snow covered main road. Thankfully all these type incidents were minor in nature.
Thank you to all the firefighters that stood by the stations or helped during the emergency operational period.
Saturday December 7 at the Union Fire Protection District Banquet Senior Active Firefighter Don Wilmesher was recognized for 50 years of service to the Union Community. Don began his carrer with the Union Fire Department in April of 1964. He served as First Assistant Chief from 1969-1970 and Fire Chief from 1970-1978. During this time the Don oversaw the successful effort for the Community to vote in the creation of The Union Fire Protection District. He went on to serve as a Captain from 1979-1985, Lieutenant from 1990-1991 and currently holds the position of Treasuer. Don was instrumental in helping form the Union Ambulance District and a past president of the Franklin Gasconade Firefighters Association as well as a Board of Directors for the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri. Very active with the Union Fire District and the fire service across the state Don is equally as active in the Union Community. Don Wilmesher was presented with a plaugue from the Union Fire Department and a plaugue from the Union Fire Protection District. A resolution from the Missouri House of Represenitives was also presented to Don from Representative Dave Hinson.
Shown below is :
Chief Russell Hamilton left, Don Wilmesher center, and Assistant Chief RB Brown right.
FIRE CHIEF PLEASED WITH NEW ISO RATING
The Union Community recently went through a review to update its public protection classification. The review is performed by the Insurance Standard Organization (ISO) which looks at the Community’s ability to suppress fire. Fire suppression ability is categorized as emergency communications provided by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, fire department provided by the Union Fire Protection District, and water supply provided by the City Of Union.
Since 2004 the Union Community has been assigned a class 5 rating. After the recent review the rating has improved to a class 4. The class 4 rating may translate into lower insurance premiums for property owners as insurance companies realize the lower the class number the better prepared the community is in suppressing fires. “Even though lower insurance premiums are a great benefit of an improved rating; I am more pleased with the improvements the three organizations have made to provide our community enhanced protection,” says Fire Chief Russell Hamilton.
With the improvement to staffing and equipment the Fire District was able to increase its score by 4.16 points and The City of Union Water Department was able to improve its score by 6.54 points. The Franklin County Sheriffs Dispatching remained close to the same as in 2004. The points are applied to a fire suppression rating schedule which evaluates detailed performance and then totals those points to produce a class rating.
Properties within the City limits will be assigned the new class 4 rating effective January 1, 2014. Properties outside the city limits but within 5 wheel miles of a fire station and 1000 feet of fire hydrants will also be considered a class 4. Other properties will retain the class 5 rating. Property owners are encouraged to contact their insurance provider to make sure the improved rating is being applied to their property.
Fire Chief, Union Fire District
Union, MO 63084