On August 1 of last year, Paramedic Lisa Cassidy kicked off #StopHeroin, a campaign aimed at educating residents of St. Charles County about the severity of the opioid crisis in their community. In the months that followed, she was instrumental in the development of a collaborative program designed to link those successfully revived with treatment options. This week, nearly one year after her efforts began, Cassidy was named Paramedic of the Year by the Missouri Emergency Medical Services Association at the organization’s annual conference in Branson. Continue reading
When injuries and illnesses occur where the terrain is rugged, St. Charles County Ambulance District [SCCAD] Paramedics are now better equipped to respond thanks to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The group recently awarded SCCAD a grant for a utility terrain vehicle [UTV], which will be used to reach patients who suffer medical emergencies in areas difficult to access with traditional ambulances.
The UTV is specially outfitted to hold a stretcher and other life saving medical equipment used on 911 calls. In total, the equipment is valued at nearly $25,000. The UTV was officially presented to the District on July 13 at the Firehouse Subs restaurant in St. Charles.
“Between the Katy Trail, Great Rivers Greenway and an expansive network of paths located within numerous St. Charles County Parks, there are many miles of off-road areas within our community where medical emergencies occur with some regularity,” said SCCAD Chief Taz Meyer. “These areas are being used with increasing frequency by runners, bicyclists and others, and the equipment donated by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation will undoubtedly result in reduced response times to medical emergencies.”
The UTV donated by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is the second in SCCAD’s fleet. Having an additional vehicle will enable the District to position units at multiple stations along the trail network. In addition to emergency calls in hard-to-access areas, UTVs are also utilized by Paramedics with large-scale events such as the County Fair and O’Fallon Heritage & Freedom Fest.
“It feels great to be able to give back to those who put their lives on the line every day to protect us,” said Larry Webb, Firehouse Subs Franchisee.
In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $25 million to hometown heroes in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $778,000 in Missouri.
The school year is winding down across the metro area, but Paramedics, Firefighters and Wentzville School District [WSD] officials are heading back to class for a lesson they hope to never put into practice. On selected dates throughout the month of May, first responders from emergency response agencies throughout St. Charles County will gather to train for mass casualty incidents [MCI]. This year’s scenario: a serious motor vehicle accident involving a school bus filled with students. Continue reading
The “First 100 Days” is typically a time metric reserved for elected officials, but in St. Charles County, a collaborative effort between Paramedics and BJC Healthcare posted some impressive results of its own during the first 100 days. The initiative, called Mobile Integrated Health [MIH], has resulted in an estimated $149,000+ expenditure savings and vast improvements in patients’ health status self-assessments. Continue reading
Wentzville resident John Gutierrez and his family are especially thankful this holiday season. Just two months ago, John suffered a severe myocardial infarction (heart attack), and required the assistance of St. Charles County Ambulance District Paramedics Todd Ferring and Danielle Carroll, along with personnel from Wentzville Fire Protection District and Wentzville Police Department. On December 21, John, his wife and his sons had the opportunity to reconnect with the responders who were there during his time of need. Fox 2 Now’s Mike Colombo was there to capture the emotional moment – view the story here.
On Tuesday, April 4, 2017 the qualified voters of election District 5 will elect one Director for the District to the St Charles County Ambulance District Board of Directors to serve a three-year term. Procedure for filing a declaration of candidacy for Director as follows:
1. Filing will open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday December 13, 2016 and close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday
January 17, 2017.
2. Filing must be declared in writing at the St Charles County Election Authority Administrative
office at 397 Turner Boulevard, St Peters MO 63376 during the posted regular hours.
Candidates for the office of Director at the time of filing must be a citizen of the United States, a qualified voter of the election District in which they are a candidate, a resident of the District for two years next preceding the election and shall be at least 24 years of age.
For candidates filing on the first day (December 13, 2016) the order of filing will be determined by random drawing. Thereafter, candidates for each election District will appear on the ballot in the order in which his/her written declaration of candidacy is filed with the St Charles County Election Authority. All candidates are required to complete MO Department of Revenue Form 5120, Candidate’s Affidavit of Tax Payments and Bonding Requirements, and signed and notarized when filing.
Raymond Bauer, Secretary
Throughout St. Charles County, construction is booming; from retail to residential, growth is happening in virtually all municipalities and unincorporated areas. With this expansion in the community comes the need for more emergency services – a need that St. Charles County Ambulance District [SCCAD] is tackling head-on with two new ambulance stations. Continue reading
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to St. Charles County Ambulance District (SCCAD) by the Government Fiance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. 2016 marks the twelfth consecutive year that SCCAD has received the Certificate.
The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and groups to read the CAFR.
The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with officers in Chicago and Washtington, DC.
Selecting a name for a new baby can be a daunting task for many new parents. Some select names that have been in their family for generations, while others name children in honor of favorite historical figures or literary characters. But one new arrival in St. Charles County has a very unique meaning behind his moniker – an Ambulance District. Continue reading
The old saying goes, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream,” but for 9-year old Camden Prater of Cottleville, a piece of waffle cone rendered her unable to scream. Camden and her mother, Kim, and brother, 12-year old Kyle, were returning from an outing for a treat on August 6 when the piece of cone became lodged, rendering her unable to breathe.
Kim immediately pulled to the side of the road, and before she could act, Kyle passed his cone to his mom and said, “I got this!” After a few abdominal thrusts, he dislodged the obstruction. Though understandably upset, Camden’s breathing returned to normal and all was fine.
Kyle credits his expert handling of the situation to a free Lifesaver CPR class he took just a few weeks prior to the incident. The course, hosted by SCCAD Outreach at the Middendorf Kredel Library in O’Fallon, provided one-on-one instruction to residents of all ages. Skills covered in Lifesaver classes include hands-only CPR and how to relieve choking.
SCCAD Outreach offers the FREE Lifesaver classes regularly at locations throughout the county, including two coming up in September. Paramedics will be at Lake St. Louis Community Association on 9/12 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and at Progress West Hospital’s ‘Day of Play’ event on 9/17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lifesaver CPR courses are intended to get lay rescuers comfortable with the idea of helping a victim of sudden cardiac arrest or choking until Paramedics can arrive by ambulance. The sessions are open format, meaning that individuals and families may come anytime during the advertised time frame. Most complete the training in about 20 minutes, but attendees are welcome to practice on the interactive manikins as long as they’d like. The class does NOT provide attendees with a certification card.