Vincent T. Loyal
Chief, Fire & EMS Services
Chief Loyal began his career with the district as a firefighter/paramedic in 1978. Chief Loyal was appointed to Chief of Fire District in February 2003. He has progressed through the ranks and held the Assistant Chief position, commanding the administration, personnel and finance divisions from 1999 through 2003. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Chief, he served as the district's Chief Medical Officer, commanding the Emergency Medical Service operations for 16 years.
Chief Loyal holds an Associates Degree in Paramedic Technology, a Bachelors Degree in Management and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer program. He is a lifelong resident of west St. Louis where he now lives in Ballwin with his wife. Chief Loyal has two grown children.
Edward M. Beirne
Assistant Chief Ed Beirne began his fire service career in 1980 as a volunteer for the St. Charles County Fire District. In 1982 he was hired by Normandy Fire District and served as a firefighter and paramedic until 1988. Ed came to Metro West in 1988 as a firefighter paramedic and progressed to Captain in 1998. Besides being a Captain, Company Officer, Ed also served as a Shift Training Officer and the Rescue Captain for “A” Shift. Ed is presently the Assistant Chief in charge of Special Operations and the Chief Training Officer for the Fire District.
During Chief Beirne’s career, he has been awarded three Phoenix Awards. He was awarded the Outstanding Young Firefighter Award by the West County Jaycee’s in 1998. He has remained a ground based and flight paramedic his entire career.
Assistant Chief Beirne is a member of the UASI Heavy Rescue St. Louis County Strike Team 3 and the S.O.A.R. Helicopter Rescue Team. He is also a member of the Missouri Emergency Training Specialists. Chief Beirne earned his Bachelors Degree in Fire Service Management from the University of Cincinnati and his Masters Degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University. He has been accepted into the Department of Homeland Security/United States Fire Administration's Executive Fire Officer Program.
Presently, Assistant Chief Beirne lives in Ellisville with his wife and three children.
John D. Bradley
Deputy Chief John Bradley began his fire service career with Metro West Fire Protection District in 1992 as a volunteer firefighter. In 1998, Chief Bradley was hired as a full time firefighter/paramedic and in 2009, he was promoted to Captain and training officer for “A” shift. In July of 2012 Chief Bradley was promoted to the Rank of Battalion Chief / Shift Commander for "C Shift". In February of 2013, he was promoted the rank of Deputy Chief, Chief Medical & Human Resources Officer.
Chief Bradley is a member of Missouri Task Force 1 sponsored by the Boone County Fire Protection District in Columbia, Missouri. Within the specialty federal team, Chief Bradley utilizes his paramedic skills as medical specialist. He has been on two federal deployments for hurricane relief in Texas and Louisiana.
Chief Bradley also serves as one of the districts Public Information Officers, he has attended several national trainings in this specialized area. Chief Bradley is a graduate of the Advanced Public Information Officer program through the Emergency Management Institute and several National Fire Academy classes, both located on the National Emergency Training Center in Emmetsburg, Maryland. Chief Bradley holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Management and a Bachelors Degree in Fire Science Management from Lindenwood University.
Chief Bradley is married and has three children and resides in Wildwood.
G. Michael Krause
Deputy Chief Mike Krause is a fourth generation firefighter who began his career with the Ballwin Fire Protection District in 1990 as a reserve firefighter. Hired as a career firefighter/paramedic in 1993, Mike has since served the district in many capacities. He was promoted to Engineer in 1997, Lieutenant in 2001, Captain in 2005, and Battalion Chief in 2009. Currently Mike serves as Deputy Chief of Operations and Training.
Throughout his career, Chief Krause has always placed a premium on training and has been instrumental in the development and delivery of the district’s comprehensive, in-house fire training program. Prior to his appointment to Battalion Chief, Mike served in the Training Division as a shift training officer. He holds numerous fire, rescue, and EMS certifications and has been awarded many citations during his career. His primary organizational goal is to continue to identify and develop the abundance of talent within the ranks of Metro West, ensuring a continuum of excellence in service.
Mike has been involved in many successful business endeavors throughout the years but unabashedly affirms that his true passion is his career in the fire service. Born and raised in the Ballwin area, Chief Krause continues to reside within the district with his wife and three children.
Battalion Chief - A Shift
Battalion Chief Polette began to develop his passion for the fire service when he volunteered with the Black Jack Fire District in 1974. Wayne started his public service career after he finished paramedic training in 1980, and began working for the Pfitzinger ambulance service in Kirkwood, MO. He was hired by the West Overland Fire Protection District in 1982 as a paramedic/firefighter and began to fulfill his childhood dream. He then left West Overland after being hired by the Ballwin Fire Protection District in 1985.
Wayne, mentored by some outstanding company officers, made his way through the ranks and was promoted to Captain in 2000, and most recently to Battalion Chief in 2009. He received his Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Management from Lindenwood University in 2009. Battalion Chief Polette manages the Metro West Dive and Water Rescue division, Pre-plans and tactics, hose and appliances.
Wayne lives in Wildwood with his wife Chris; he has two daughters and a son-in-law.
Battalion Chief - B Shift
Battalion Chief Cook began his career with the Ballwin Fire Protection District in 1984. He was hired in 1987 as a Firefighter / Paramedic and served in this position until being promoted to the position of Engineer in 1991. In 1996, Rod was promoted to Captain on "B" Shift at Station 3.
Rod has earned many awards during his service with Metro West, including Reserve Firefighter of the year in 1987, Firefighter of the Year in 1995, Outstanding Young Firefighter by the West County Jaycee's in 1997, three Lifesaving Phoenix Awards and the Medal of Valor. Rod has earned two Associates Degrees one in Fire Science and his second in Paramedic Technology. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Management.
Battalion Chief Cook is responsible for the management of the computer systems of the fire district. Rod was promoted to the position of Battalion Chief in July of 2007.
He currently lives in Wildwood with two sons.
James L. Silvernail
Battalion Chief - C Shift
Battalion Chief Silvernail began his fire service career with Metro West Fire Protection District in 1986 as a volunteer firefighter. In January of 1997, Chief Silvernail was hired as a full time firefighter/EMT at Maplewood Fire Department. In 1999 he was hired by Metro West as a Firefighter / Paramedic. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2003, then Captain in 2007. Chief Silvernail was a Captain and training officer for “C” shift until his promotion to Battalion Chief in 2013.
Chief Silvernail is a member of Missouri Task Force 1 sponsored by the Boone County Fire Protection District in Columbia, Missouri. Within the specialty federal team, Chief Silvernail utilizes his skills as Plans Manager. He has been on several federal deployments for hurricane relief and other natural disasters.
Chief Silvernail holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Science Management from Lindenwood University. He is also a published author through PennWell publishing for his book "Suburban Fire Tactics" which was released in early 2013.
Chief Silvernail is married and has four children. He and his family reside in Wildwood.