Public Information Officers

Chief Vincent Loyal

Vincent 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 County and lives in the City of Ballwin with his wife.  He has two adult sons and one daughter-in-law.

 

 

Assistant Chief Ed Beirne

Edward M. Beirne

Assistant Chief

Division of Special Operations & Training

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, Chief Medical & Human Resources Officer

John Bradley began his fire service career with Metro West Fire Protection District in 1992 as a volunteer firefighter. In 1998, John was hired as a full time firefighter / paramedic and in 2009, John was promoted to Captain. In 2012 he was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief / Shift Commander. Then, in 2013 he was promoted once again to 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. While deployed on national disasters Deputy Chief Bradley utilizes his paramedic skills as medical specialist. John 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. 

He resides in Wildwood with his wife and three children.

 

Michael D. Thiemann - Metro West Fire Protection District

Michael D. Thiemann

Coordinator of Emergency Management

Division of Special Operations

In 1994, Michael started in emergency services as a volunteer for the Boles Fire Protection District in Franklin County. During that time he worked professionally as a 9-1-1 dispatcher for Washington Police, Fire & EMS.

In 1999, Michael served as the Program Director for Health & Safety Programs and later as a Disaster Specialist over Community Disaster Education & Mitigation for the American Red Cross East Central and St. Louis Area Chapters. Throughout his experiences with the Red Cross Michael was the primary media spokesperson for disaster preparedness initiatives and coordinated prevention and preparedness programs for all hazards, managing a staff of Americorps and serving as Disaster Duty Supervisor for local emergency response.

In 2003, Michael started his career with the Metro West Fire Protection District. His initial goal was to implement CERT training and to support the public relations and public education activities. As his position evolved with Metro West the roles and responsibilities now include responsibilities as Media Relations Coordinator PIO, National Incident Management System and Incident Command training and compliance, Continuity of Operations and Disaster Planning initiatives, and Plans Section Chief for Emergency Operations Center activations.

Michael achieved his Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management through Grand Canyon University. He holds many certifications in Emergency Management, Fire Service Planning, and Disaster Services through the National Fire Academy, Emergency Management Institute, and other training centers. Michael is a member of the National Information Officers Association, International Association of Emergency Managers, International Association of Fire Chief's, and the St. Louis Area Incident Support Team. He is currently in Gradute School at Webster University for a Masters Degree in Public Relations in the School of Communications.

Michael is also Adjunct Faculty for the University of Missouri Fire Rescue Institute in Columbia Missouri for Emergency Management and Fire Service related programs..

 
Michael lives in Wildwood with his son.
 
Office 636.821.5882
Mobile 636.262.3044

 

 

Chief Vincent Loyal

Vincent 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 County and lives in the City of Ballwin with his wife.  He has two adult sons and one daughter-in-law.

 

 

Assistant Chief Ed Beirne

Edward M. Beirne

Assistant Chief

Division of Special Operations & Training

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, Chief Medical & Human Resources Officer

John Bradley began his fire service career with Metro West Fire Protection District in 1992 as a volunteer firefighter. In 1998, John was hired as a full time firefighter / paramedic and in 2009, John was promoted to Captain. In 2012 he was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief / Shift Commander. Then, in 2013 he was promoted once again to 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. While deployed on national disasters Deputy Chief Bradley utilizes his paramedic skills as medical specialist. John 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. 

He resides in Wildwood with his wife and three children.

 

Michael D. Thiemann - Metro West Fire Protection District

Michael D. Thiemann

Coordinator of Emergency Management

Division of Special Operations

In 1994, Michael started in emergency services as a volunteer for the Boles Fire Protection District in Franklin County. During that time he worked professionally as a 9-1-1 dispatcher for Washington Police, Fire & EMS.

In 1999, Michael served as the Program Director for Health & Safety Programs and later as a Disaster Specialist over Community Disaster Education & Mitigation for the American Red Cross East Central and St. Louis Area Chapters. Throughout his experiences with the Red Cross Michael was the primary media spokesperson for disaster preparedness initiatives and coordinated prevention and preparedness programs for all hazards, managing a staff of Americorps and serving as Disaster Duty Supervisor for local emergency response.

In 2003, Michael started his career with the Metro West Fire Protection District. His initial goal was to implement CERT training and to support the public relations and public education activities. As his position evolved with Metro West the roles and responsibilities now include responsibilities as Media Relations Coordinator PIO, National Incident Management System and Incident Command training and compliance, Continuity of Operations and Disaster Planning initiatives, and Plans Section Chief for Emergency Operations Center activations.

Michael achieved his Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management through Grand Canyon University. He holds many certifications in Emergency Management, Fire Service Planning, and Disaster Services through the National Fire Academy, Emergency Management Institute, and other training centers. Michael is a member of the National Information Officers Association, International Association of Emergency Managers, International Association of Fire Chief's, and the St. Louis Area Incident Support Team. He is currently in Gradute School at Webster University for a Masters Degree in Public Relations in the School of Communications.

Michael is also Adjunct Faculty for the University of Missouri Fire Rescue Institute in Columbia Missouri for Emergency Management and Fire Service related programs..

 
Michael lives in Wildwood with his son.
 
Office 636.821.5882
Mobile 636.262.3044

 

 



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