The Operations Division is composed of 44 full-time personnel organized into three platoons. Each platoon is supervised by a Lead Captain who is responsible for emergency and administrative functions for their particular platoon. Each Lead Captain subsequently reports directly to the Assistant Chief of Operations. The work schedule is an alternating schedule of 48-hour shifts.
The Cottleville Fire District Operations division is run by Assistant Chief Scott Freitag.
The Cottleville Fire Protection District operates out of four firehouses located strategically throughout the district. We staff three rescue engines and one Ladder Company. The engine companies are located at firehouses 2, 3, and 4. Our ladder company is housed at Station 1.
In addition to fire fighting and medical training, the district employs personnel that are trained and equipped to handle unusual or technically challenging calls that fall outside normal fire or emergency medical responses. The personnel making up these special units, or “teams,” are fire department personnel that have volunteered to confront incidents that pose a high degree of risk to both citizens and responders.
Within the Cottleville Fire District’s operations division, there is a team of personnel that are specially trained to handle highly technical rescues. The members of the team are a local, as well as regional assets as members of the St. Charles County Special Operations Task Force.
By receiving the hundreds of hours of specialty training, and by being part of the task force, our existing personnel are more productive in that they provide an increased level of service to the citizens of the fire district. Responses to floods, hazardous chemical accidents, building collapse, and the release of weapons of mass destruction are all addressed by our highly trained personnel.
The Cottleville Fire District has a variety of specialty equipment and apparatus that can be used to augment general operations. Personnel involved with special operations regularly train in an effort maintain proficiency in their respective areas of expertise.
Other special operations activities include hazardous materials response, swift water rescue, and tactical emergency medical support.