Crestwood Fire Department

Crestwood stays with Central County 911, tries to rally cities vs. liability clause

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Crestwood has decided to stay with Central County 911 dispatching due to its technology, but officials hope to rally other cities and fire districts to unite against an indemnification clause that takes away Central County’s 911 liability. Crestwood’s initial bid to modify its contract with Central County fell flat

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Crestwood stays with Central County 911 Dispatch

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Crestwood will continue with Central County Emergency 911 for emergency dispatch services after considering contracting with Kirkwood for dispatching. The Board of Aldermen voted unanimously at its July 23 meeting to continue with its current dispatchers. The city’s contract states that Central County Emergency 911 will provide emergency dispatch

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Crestwood firefighters come to the rescue of man in flash flood

Pictured above: The car of the man rescued during the flash flood at Whitecliff Park is towed from the parking lot. Photo by Erin Achenbach.  By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com  Flash flooding caused by heavy rains last week led to an emergency water rescue for one man in Crestwood. The Crestwood Fire Department received the

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Former Crestwood Fire Chief Karl Kestler dies

Former Crestwood Fire Chief Karl Kestler died April 5. Kestler became Crestwood’s fire chief in 1997 and served in that position for 15 years before retiring in 2012, ending a 37-year career with the Crestwood Fire Department. Some of his accomplishments as chief include seeing the city hire its first female firefighter, being twice appointed

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Crestwood Fire earns ISO Class 2 rating

The Crestwood Fire Department is now ranked among the top 2 percent of all fire service organizations across the country after the Insurance Services Office notified the city that it was upgrading the city’s ISO rating to Class 2. Then-Crestwood Fire Chief Dave Oliveri said in a press release, “A community’s class rating is dependent

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Judge rules for Affton in Crestwood’s fire lawsuit

A judge ruled against Crestwood in its lawsuit against the Affton Fire Protection District last week, rejecting every argument that the city raised in its battle to stop paying the fire district for fire service for annexed residents. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem ruled Dec. 12 that two state laws that require the

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Hecht named new fire chief in Crestwood

Pictured above: City clerk Helen Ingold administers the oath to new Fire Chief Lou Hecht at the Crestwood Board of Aldermen meeting Nov. 13. Hecht is taking over the role of fire chief after former Chief David Oliveri moved to Washington state to become fire chief of the town of Anacortes. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

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Crestwood fire chief leaves and Hecht set to take helm

Pictured above: Crestwood Assistant Fire Chief Lou Hecht, center, takes the oath of office during a city meeting in May 2017. Deputy City Clerk Theresa Pfyl administered the oath to Hecht, who previously served as deputy chief with the Fenton Fire Protection District. Also pictured is former Fire Chief David Oliveri. Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com

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