St. Louis County Fire Standards Commission
On November 6, 1979, the voters of St. Louis County adopted section 6.040 of the St. Louis County
Charter to establish a Fire Standards Commission.  The Commission is composed of seven residents
of the County who are appointed by the County Executive, subject to confirmation by the County
Council.  

chief of a municipal fire department.  Two members are required to be elected fire protection district
One member is required to be a chief of a fire protection district and one member is required to be a
directors.  Two members are required to be elected municipal officials.  One member is required to be
a citizen who is neither a fire chief, a fire protection district director, or elected municipal official.

The Commission is supported by an Administrator and an Administrative Assistant.  Per the County
Executive, the Administrator of the Commission also serves as the Director of the St. Louis County
Fire Training Center.

As mandated by the County Charter, the Commission pledges that every firefighter employed by the
43 municipal fire departments and fire protection districts in St. Louis County will be trained to the
established standards to ensure professional, quality, and uniformed firefighting and the safety and
well-being of our citizens and firefighters.  

The St. Louis County Fire Standards Commission determines when applications are released and sets
the minimum standards.  For admissions information, please go to the Application Process page within
this web site.  To request an Information Packet, please email Diane Snopek at dsnopek@stlouisco.
com or call 314-889-8690.  

Members of the St. Louis County Fire Standards Commission are:

Mr. Sylvester Taylor, II, Chairperson
Chief Terry J. Merrell, Member
Mr. Harvey Seigel, Member
Mr. William Pruitt, Sr., Member
Mr. Joseph W. Larrew, Member
Mr. Scott Seppelt, Member
Ms. Joanne Magnis Boulton, Member

The St. Louis County Fire Standards Commission office staff is:

Mr. Kim Besserman, Executive Director, 314-889-8699
Mrs. Diane Snopek, Administrative Assistant, 314-889-8690