The Cottlevile Fire District is crediting the quick actions of firefighters that were deployed on a newly purchased, Utility-Terrain Vehicle (UTV) a specialized rescue vehicle that resulted in a lifesaving action.
It was March 15, 2014 and the weather was perfect as thousands gathered in Cottleville for the 6th annual St. Patrick’s Day event. The spectators were all gathering in an effort to find the best viewing places in time for the parade. The runners were making their way through the 5K course and all seemed calm.
Moments later a yell in the crowd, a crackle of the emergency radio, “Man Down” was reported. Firefighters sprang into action and were quick to arrive on the scene as they made their way through the crowded streets, “we were able to quickly get to this patient and provide lifesaving treatment in a timely manner thanks to this vehicle” said Assistant Chief Tihen.
This specialized response vehicle will be utilized on numerous emergency situations and will be a vital piece of equipment that will aid in the access of over 30 miles of limited access of hiking and bike trails that run through our fire district. Cottleville Fire District also covers areas in the Weldon Spring and Busch Wildlife Conservation locations that total over 11,000 acres that we respond to. Every year numerous bicyclists and runners utilize these trails and conservation areas for their enjoyment, and in some circumstances, will require the need of our emergency services.
This vehicle also will be utilized for special public gathering events that are held annual in our community that require access and mobility that a normal emergency vehicle just cannot access easily. All of the Cottleville firefighters have been certified in the operations of this vehicle by taking part in the required safety training course. The Department is also looking for business sponsorships to fund the costs of the operation and future maintenance of this equipment. Please contact Assistant Chief Tihen for further information at. (636) 447-6655 x 8701.