Clayton Fire Department welcomes two newest employees
The Clayton Fire Department would like to welcome our two newest members, who were sworn in this week. Jesse Myers and Tim Stolte became the 149th and 150th members of the department since our creation in 1897.
Jesse is the third member of his family to become a City of Clayton Employee. Doug Myers, his father, was a member of the fire department for 25 years before retiring. His mother, Mary Myers, worked in the finance department for 8 years. He also has three uncles that serve as firefighters in the St. Louis area. Jesse had an interest in the Clayton Fire Department from an early age and has worked to become a member ever since. He attended Francis Howell High School and then St. Louis Community College for his paramedic training and certification. Jesse graduated valedictorian of the 100th class of the Greater St. Louis County Fire Academy and is excited to start the next phase of his life as a member of the department.
Tim grew up in Bellefontaine Neighbors in North St. Louis County, where his parents still live. He is a 2002 graduate of Rosary High School and later obtained a degree in Criminal Justice before deciding to pursue a career in the fire service. He has spent the last 11 years as a paramedic for Christian Hospital EMS. He decided to pursue a career at the Clayton Fire Department because of the area that it serves. When asked Tim stated, “It is a unique and dynamic city. I love that all of the trucks run out of the same house. Clayton has a strong sense of family and tradition that played a large part in my decision.”
These two newest members are the first of 6 firefighters that will be added to the Clayton Fire Department as a result of passing Proposition 1 on November 6th of last year. Proposition 1 (Prop 1), the local use tax applies to out-of-state purchases over the amount of $2,000 per year. The use tax is already collected by the state on out-of-state purchases and Prop 1 will allow the City to receive revenue from these purchases as well. The local use tax will not be charged in addition to sales tax. Sales tax is for retail purchases within the state of Missouri while the use tax is for purchases from out-of-state vendors, which are exempt from sales tax.
The need for additional staffing to improve service delivery has been demonstrated through studies and testing completed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The results and reports on residential and high-rise field experiments can be found on our website. We at the Clayton Fire Department feel as though these extra feet on the ground will help us to fulfill our mission of helping prepare our community for emergencies, supporting people when overwhelmed, and caring for them in their time of need.
We wish Jesse and Tim well and look forward to seeing the great things that they will do as members of the team.