Pacific Fire District

Welcome to the website for the Pacific Fire Protection District. We hope this resource will allow our citizens to learn more about the services we provide, our life safety initiatives, and how we protect our community. Feel free to email or call us at any time to let us know how we can better serve you.

PFPD's New Pumper/Tanker

The Pacific Fire Protection District would like to announce a new addition to our organization.  The new addition is a recently purchased 2015 Pierce Pumper/Tanker.  The tanker will be replacing a 1992 Pierce Tanker.  The new Pumper/Tanker will hold 3000 gallons of water and is outfitted with a 1500 gpm pump.  The new tanker also comes with more storage space for tools and equipment than its predecessor.  The purchase of the 2015 Pierce Pumper/Tanker was made using the bond funds that our community approved through a vote last year. The Pacific Fire Protection District appreciates our tax payers continued support and contributions which have allowed us to become the proud District we are today.

Inspector Jim Briesacher Retires

The Pacific Fire Protection District would like to announce Inspector Jim Briesacher’s retirement on August 13, 2015.  Jim Briesacher has served the Pacific Fire Protection District as Fire Inspector since December 2004.  Before coming to the PFPD Jim Briesacher retired from City of Glendale Fire at the rank of Captain after 25 years of service. Jim also volunteered for 9 years with the Pacific Fire Protection District.  He has a long list of fire service education which include an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology, Certified Arson Investigation, Missouri State Emergency Technician, and from the Missouri Division of Fire Safety Jim is certified in Firefighter 1 & 2, Fire Officer 1, and Fire Inspector.  As Inspector for the PFPD, Jim worked part time, 30 hour weeks.  His role as inspector provided the PFPD with an invaluable resource in helping educate the district’s schools, businesses and community on fire safety.  Jim set up fire extinguisher trainings at schools and businesses, helped businesses with sprinkler/alarm tests, and frequently assisted firefighters on alarms.  In 2013, Jim received a Distinguished Service Award from the Pacific Chamber of Commerce.  The Chief Officers of the Pacific Fire Protection District greatly appreciate Jim’s dedication to his job and the safety of our community.  Jim’s role as Fire Inspector has been paramount to reducing fire loss in our community.  The Pacific Fire Protection District thanks Jim Briesacher for his service and wishes him the best for his future.

 

Smoke Detector Grant

Ten-year Life of Smoke Alarms

 

Rick Friedmann, Fire Chief

Pacific Fire Protection District

 

Working smoke alarms detect and alert people to fire in its early stages, providing the warning needed to escape safely.  According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.  However, smoke alarms don’t work forever.

 

As Fire Chief of the Pacific Fire Protection District, I’m concerned that the presence of smoke alarms in the Pacific Fire Protection District residents’ homes (most U.S. homes have at least one) may give them a false sense of security.  Oftentimes, people don’t know how old their smoke alarms are, if they’re still functioning properly, or at all.  That lack of awareness can have deadly consequences: nearly two-thirds of all home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

 

Smoke alarms more than 10 years old no longer offer a reliable level of safety.  The Pacific Fire Protection District urges all Fire District residents to determine how old their smoke alarms are.  (The date of manufacture is located on the back of the alarm.)  If they’re 10 years old or older, replace them immediately!  This includes smoke alarms that use 10-year batteries and/or are hard-wired.

 

In accordance with NFPA, the Pacific Fire Protection District offers the following recommendations for buying and installing smoke alarms:

·        Purchase combination smoke alarms or both ionization and photoelectric alarms.

·        Make sure smoke alarms have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.

·        Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.  (Some older homes may not have smoke alarms installed in bedrooms, but it’s important that these locations include them to provide adequate warning.)

 

Time and time again, the Pacific Fire Protection District has witnessed the life-saving impact of smoke alarms.  But we also know tragedy can result from smoke alarms that aren’t working properly.  We strongly encourage all Fire District residents to inspect their smoke alarms today, and to replace them, if necessary, as soon as possible.

 

If you have questions or concerns about smoke alarms and/or smoke alarm installation, please contact the Pacific Fire Protection District at the following numbers:

  

Pacific Station 1 at 636-257-4160

Pacific Station 2 at 636-257-2811

 

Or visit www.nfpa.org/smokealarms for more information.

 

The Pacific Fire Protection District applied and was awarded a grant from the ECMA Fire Grants in the amount of $15,845.00.  This grant is for the purchases and installation of ten-year battery operated smoke detectors into homes where the current smoke detectors were past the ten year life expectation or in homes that have no working smoke detectors at all.  Starting in mid-March the Pacific Fire Protection District will start a ten-year battery operated smoke detector installation program within the Pacific Fire Protection District.  The Fire District will be conducting a door-to-door campaign in our older subdivisions where we believe smoke detectors are past the ten-year life expectancy.