Fire Protection District Governance
The Metro West Fire Protection District is Governed by an elected Board of Directors. Directors are residents of the Fire Protection District and serve six year terms.
In Missouri each fire district is controlled by a board of directors consisting of 3 or 5 persons. These persons are elected to office at the April (Municipal) election. The terms are staggered so there is an election every 2 years.
Many people often ask what benefits there are to a "Fire Protection District. In Missouri, fire protection can be provided to the public by
- (1) an association or company organized to assist its members,
- (2) a city fire department, or
- (3) a fire protection district.
As a general rule, the advantage of an FPD over association-provided service are (a) the ability to retain fixed boundaries, and (b) having a source of funding that everyone contributes to support. The main advantage of an Fire Protection District over a city fire department is that most city fire departments end up having to "subsidize" rural fire service because of the inability to generate enough voluntary membership contributions.
In our County Fire Protection Districts benefit the public served by directly funding their services. Without funding competition in other areas such as municipal organizations such as Parks, Public Works etc. tax revenues, grant funding and fees for services can be directly allocated back to the Fire, EMS, Rescue and other Services that Fire Protection Districts provide. The ability to control, forecast, and plan for purchases of essential equipment and manpower needs is improved through the Fire Protection District model.
Board of Directors
Chairman, Board of Directors
Tim B. Flora, Director has over 30 years of public safety experience. Director Flora served as a Volunteer Firefighter with the Ballwin Fire Protection District (now Metro West) for three years. Director Flora has worked in federal law enforcement, as an investigator with the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad, and as an investigator and supervisor with local law enforcement. Director Flora holds a Master of Arts degree in Legal Studies from Webster University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, and a two year certificate in Criminal Justice. Director Flora is a graduate of the Academy of Polygraph Science, and is a certified / licensed Polygraph Examiner. Also Director Flora has received training from such entities as the Greater St. Louis Police Academy, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Secret Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Director Flora also currently services on the Board of Directors of the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad and the Central County Emergency 911 Dispatch Center.
Director Flora is a past recipient of the law enforcement Medal of Valor, and Director Flora has received numerous distinguished awards and commendations during his extensive service in public safety.
Director Flora is President of a St. Louis based private investigative and security agency.
Vice Chairman, Treasurer
Ralph Starck is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Metro West Fire Protection District. He is the brother of former Assistant Chief of the Fire District Leroy Starck.
Ralph is a life-long resident of West County having lived in the Ballwin Ellisville area all of his life. Ralph was a Master Carpenter and Millwright and was assigned to work on many major projects throughout the St. Louis area. Mr. Starck has worked on power plants and dams and even Busch Stadium. Ralph was President of the Carpenters Local 185 for 28 years.
Ralph Starck was in the Army and Army Reserve and attained the rank of Supply Sergeant for the 21st General Hospital Unit.
Ralph has kept involved over the years with the local community. He was a volunteer with the old Community Volunteer Fire District, the Ballwin Volunteer Fire District, and the Ballwin Fire Protection District, which was incorporated in 1957. Mr. Starck maintains his community service by being a member of the Ballwin Historical Commission, the Old Trails Historical Society, and the Wildwood Historical Society. Ralph presently lives in Wildwood with his wife Karen. He has three grown children who live within the fire district
Director Mark Macinski has served on the Board for two years. Employed as the Director of Operations/Security and Safety for a firm located in St. Louis he has an extensive background in construction project and facility management. As part of this position he worked extensively on the recently completed Museum expansion, facility upgrades and outdoor improvement projects. Prior public service includes a career in law enforcement with the St. Louis County Police, Chesterfield Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent, and member of the tactical team. As a volunteer with Missouri Task Force One, a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue asset, he served for for years as Safety Officer.
Director Macinski has a B.A. in Business from Maryville University and an M.A. in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University .He has completed additional graduate studies through Central Missouri State University (Occupational Safety and Health) and Saint Louis University (Urban Planning and Design).
He is a graduate of the Greater St. Louis Police Academy and the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.
Director Macinski is a long time District resident.