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St. Louis Fire Department (STLFD)
Flag of St. Louis, Missouri.svg
"Justifiably Proud"
Agency Overview
Established 1857
Employees 900
Staffing Career
Fire chief Dennis Jenkerson
Facilities & Equipment
Stations 30
Engines 9
Trucks 20
Ladders 9
Rescues 2
Fireboats 4
Medics 12
Website
St Louis Fire Department official website

The St. Louis Fire Department (STLFD) was founded on September 14, 1857, and provides fire and emergency medical services to the city of St. Louis, Missouri. The STLFD is also the second oldest paid fire department in the United States.[1]

The department protects a city that covers approximately 66.2 square miles (170 km2) and has a population of approximately 318,416 full-time residents and a daytime population approaching 1,000,000. In 2012, the St. Louis Fire Department had a total of 81,489 responses, of which: 32,223 were fire suppression responses and 40,063 were emergency medical services responses. The department employs approximately 900 personnel, including Firefighters, EMTs, Paramedics, and civilians. The current Fire Chief is Dennis Jenkerson.

Organization[edit]

The St. Louis Fire Department is organized into 5 Bureaus of Operation: Operations, Emergency Medical Services(EMS), Administrative Services, Support Services, and Fire Prevention. Each Bureau is commanded by a Deputy Chief.[2]

The St. Louis Fire Department is a division of the St. Louis Department of Public Safety.

Operations[edit]

The St. Louis Fire Department(STLFD) currently operates out of 40 Fire Stations, located throughout the city, in 6 Battalions, each commanded by a Battalion Chief. The STLFD operates 9 Engine Companies, 20 Truck Companies(Quints), 5 Hook and Ladder Companies, 2 Rescue Squads, 4 Fireboats, 3 Haz-Mat. Units, 1 Collapse Rescue Task Force Unit, 4 Foam Units, 1 Fire Investigation Unit, and numerous other special, support, and reserve units. The fire department also manages the city's ambulances.[3][4]

Apparatus Profile[edit]

Frontline Fire Companies[edit]

  • 9 Engine Companies (E1, E2, E8, E23, E24, E26, E28, E31, E32)
  • 20 Truck Companies (Quints) (T4, T5, T6, T7, T9, T10, T11, T13, T14, T17, T19, T20, T22, T27, T29, T30, T33, T34, T35, T36)
  • 9 Hook & Ladder Companies (HL1, HL2*, HL3, HL5, HL6,HL10,HL14,HL18,HL76)
  • 2 Rescue Squad Companies (RS1, RS2)
  • 1 Tiller ladder (hook-and-ladder) (THL1)
  • 12 Medic Ambulances (M2, M5, M9, M10, M12, M13, M14, M23, M31, M32, M33, M35)

(*)Hook & Ladder 2 is also a Tower Ladder.

Command Units and Chiefs[edit]

  • 6 Battalion Chief's Units (BC801, BC802, BC803, BC804, BC805, BC806)
  • 1 Deputy Chief's Unit (DC810)

Special and Support Units[edit]

  • 4 Marine Units (MU1, MU2, MU3, MU4)
  • 3 Hazardous Materials(Haz-Mat.)/Decontamination(Decon.) Units (HM1, HM2, HM3)
  • 2 Collapse Rescue Units (CR852 & CR853)
  • 4 Foam Trucks (FT1, FT2, FT3, FT4)
  • 1 Fire Investigation Unit (FIU821)
  • 1 Air Truck
  • 1 Maintenance Tow Truck (SS2)
  • 1 Transport Bus (TB888)
  • 1 Safety House Trailer

As of 2011, the STLFD started the process of moving away from the "Total Quint Concept". The first wave of nine "regular pumpers" were put in service. To distinguish the difference, pumper trucks are referred as "Engines" and apparatus with 75-foot aerial ladders are referred as "Trucks". Apparatus with aerials larger than 100 feet are stilled called "Hook and Ladders". The next wave of pumpers are due 2012-2013. Each district/battalion will eventually have at least three engine companies along with one truck, and one hook and ladder.[5]

Fire Station and Apparatus Locations[edit]

Below is a complete listing of all Fire Station and Apparatus Locations in the city of St. Louis according to Battalion District.[6][7]

Engine Company Truck Company Hook & Ladder Company Medic Unit Special Unit Chief Battalion Address
Engine 1 Rescue Squad 1, Collapse Rescue Shoring Unit 852, Collapse Rescue Cave In Unit 853 2 2910 S. Jefferson Ave.
Engine 2 Hook & Ladder 2 Medic 2 Transport Bus 888 Battalion Chief 802 2 314 S. Tucker Blvd.
Truck 4(Quint) Battalion Chief 804 4 4425 S. Compton Ave.
Truck 5(Quint) Hook & Ladder 1 Medic 5 Battalion Chief 801 1 2123 N. Market St.
Truck 6(Quint) Marine Unit 1 3 5794 Manchester Ave.
Truck 7(Quint) Fire Investigation Unit 821, Safety House Deputy Chief 810 2 2600 LaSalle St.
Engine 8 1 1501 Salisbury St.
Truck 9(Quint) Medic 9 1 814 La Beaume St.
Truck 10(Quint) Medic 10 1 4161 Kennerly Ave.
Truck 11(Quint) Foam Truck 2, Marine Unit 2, Marine Unit 3, Marine Unit 4 2 2224 S. 7th St.
Hook & Ladder 6 Medic 12 6 5214 W. Florissant Ave.
Truck 13(Quint) Medic 13 5 1400 Shawmut Pl.
Truck 14(Quint) Medic 14 4 3523 Magnolia Ave.
Truck 17(Quint) 1 3238 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr.
Truck 19(Quint) 4 6624 Morganford Rd.
Truck 20(Quint) Foam Truck 1 Battalion Chief 806 6 5600 Prescott Ave.
Truck 22(Quint) 3 1229 McCausland Ave.
Engine 23 Medic 23 Foam Truck 3 4 6500 Michigan Ave.
Engine 24 6 5245 Natural Bridge Ave.
Engine 26 6 4520 Margaretta Ave.
Truck 27(Quint) 6 5435 Partridge Ave.
Engine 28 Hook & Ladder 5 Haz-Mat./Decon. Unit 1, Haz-Mat./Decon. Unit 2 Battalion Chief 805 5 4810 Enright Ave.
Truck 29(Quint) Rescue Squad 2, Foam Truck 4 5 200 S. Vandeventer Ave.
Truck 30(Quint) 5 541 DeBaliviere Ave.
Engine 31 Medic 31 3 4408 Donovan Ave.
Engine 32 Medic 32 4 3500 S. Grand Blvd.
Truck 33(Quint) Medic 33 6 8300 N. Broadway
Truck 34(Quint) 4 8227 S. Broadway
Truck 35(Quint) Medic 35 Battalion Chief 803 3 5450 Arsenal St.
Truck 36(Quint) Hook & Ladder 3 3 5000 S. Kingshighway Blvd.

Closed/Disbanded Fire Companies[edit]

Throughout the long history of the St. Louis Fire Department, many fire companies have been closed or disbanded due to budget cuts or reorganization to the department. In 1942, after a reorganization of the department, the STLFD operated with 43 Engine Companies(down from 51), 23 Hook & Ladder Companies, 12 Hose Wagons, and a Rescue Squad in 9 Battalion Districts(down from 11). Today, the STLFD operates with 29 Engine Companies(including 20 Quints), 5 Hook & Ladder Companies, and 2 Rescue Squads in 6 Battalion Districts. Below is a list of companies that were closed or disbanded due to budget cuts or reorganization.[8]

  • Engine 3 - Broadway & Salena - Disbanded at 2910 S. Jefferson Ave.(Quarters of Engine 1, Rescue Squad 1, Battalion Chief 802)
  • Engine 12 - 5214 W. Florissant Ave.(Quarters of Hook & Ladder 6)
  • Engine 15 last housed with the 39's pre-1966 closed/demolished
  • Engine 16 - 2224 S. 7th St.(Quarters of Truck 11)
  • Engine 18 - Newstead & Duncan
  • Engine 21 - 200 S. Vandeventer Ave.(Quarters of Truck 29, Rescue Squad 2)
  • Engine 25 - 2123 N. Market St.(Quarters of Truck 5, Hook & Ladder 40, Battalion Chief 801)
  • Engine 37 - 8300 N. Broadway(Quarters of Truck 33)
  • Engine 38 - 3500 S. Grand Blvd.(Quarters of Engine 32)
  • Engine 39 - *Unknown*
  • Engine 40 - Delmar Blvd. and N. 10th St.
  • Engine 41 - Delmar Blvd. and N. 10th St.
  • Engine 42 - 5794 Manchester Ave.(Quarters of Truck 6)
  • Engine 43 - 4810 Enright Ave.(Quarters of Engine 28, Battalion Chief 805)
  • Engine 44 - *Unknown*
  • Engine 45 - *Unknown*
  • Engine 46 - 4161 Kennerly Ave.(Quarters of Truck 10)
  • Engine 47 - *Unknown*
  • Engine 48 - 3523 Magnolia Ave.(Quarters of Truck 14)
  • Engine 49 - *Unknown*
  • Engine 50 - *Unknown*
  • Engine 51 - *Unknown*
  • Engine 52 - *Unknown*
  • Engine 53 - *Unknown*
  • Engine 54 - 4520 Margaretta Ave.(Quarters of Engine 26)
  • Engine 55 - *Unknown*
  • Engine 56 - 5000 S. Kingshighway Blvd.(Quarters of Engine 36)
  • Hook & Ladder 4 - 5000 S. Kingshighway Blvd.(Quarters of Truck 36)
  • Hook & Ladder 7 - formerly housed with Eng 27
  • Hook & Ladder 8 - *Unknown*
  • Hook & Ladder 9 - 3934 Enright Ave.
  • Hook & Ladder 10 - formerly housed with Eng 35
  • Hook & Ladder 11 - formerly housed with Eng 23
  • Hook & Ladder 12 - 5600 Prescott Ave.(Quarters of Engine 20)
  • Hook & Ladder 13 - Delmar Blvd. and N. 10th St.
  • Hook & Ladder 14 - formerly housed with Eng 14
  • Hook & Ladder 15 - 4810 Enright Ave.(Quarters of Engine 28, Battalion Chief 805) - Disbanded to reorganize Hook & Ladder 5.
  • Hook & Ladder 16 - formerly housed with Eng 4
  • Hook & Ladder 17 - formerly housed with Eng 13
  • Hook & Ladder 18 - formerly housed with Eng 22
  • Hook & Ladder 19 - *Unknown*
  • Hook & Ladder 20 - *Unknown*
  • Hook & Ladder 21 - *Unknown*
  • Hook & Ladder 22 - *Unknown*
  • Hook & Ladder 23 - formerly housed with Eng 36
  • Battalion Chief 7 - formerly housed with Eng 21 & 29
  • Battalion Chief 8 - formerly housed with Eng 1
  • Battalion Chief 9 - 4810 Enright Ave.(Quarters of Engine 28, Battalion Chief 805)
  • Medic 22 - 1229 McCausland Ave.(Quarters of Truck 22)
  • Hose Wagon 1 - Delmar Blvd. and N. 10th St.
  • Hose Wagon 7 - 5600 Prescott Ave.(Quarters of Engine 20)
  • Cascade Truck - Delmar Blvd. and N. 10th St.
  • Fuel Truck - 4810 Enright Ave.(Quarters of Engine 28, Battalion Chief 805)

Fireboats[edit]

Jack Buck patrols the Mississippi during Fair Saint Louis

As of 2013 there are four small fireboats operated in St. Louis.[9] The largest two are named.[10][11] The 27 feet (8.2 m) Jack Buck was commissioned in 2003. The 44 feet (13 m) Stan Musial was commissioned in 2013. The Musial is fast, capable of traveling at 36 knots (41 mph), and is capable of pumping 7,000 gallons per minute.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/public-safety/fire/
  2. ^ https://stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/public-safety/fire/about-us-fire.cfm
  3. ^ https://stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/public-safety/fire/fire-suppression.cfm
  4. ^ Kevin Killeen (2013-06-19). "Fire Chief Has New Equipment, Old Worries". CBS News. Archived from the original on 2013-09-30. "The fire department also manages the city’s ambulance fleet. Jenkerson says they have a dozen ambulances on the streets every day with eight back up ambulances. Most of the city’s ambulances are about for years old and will need to be replaced in a year or so, Jenkerson says." 
  5. ^ https://stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/public-safety/fire/fire-suppression.cfm
  6. ^ https://stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/public-safety/fire/firehouse-locations.cfm
  7. ^ http://stlmetrofire.8m.com/stlfd.htm
  8. ^ http://www.wikilou.com/1.20.0/index.php?title=St._Louis_Fire_Department
  9. ^ Brett Blume (2012-05-24). "New Rescue Boats To Patrol St. Louis Riverfront". CBS News. Archived from the original on 2012-06-03. Retrieved 2013-09-30. "St. Louis fire officials say they’ll be more prepared than ever to make timely rescues on the Mississippi River once two new boats arrive." 
  10. ^ "St. Louis Fire Department names newest marine unit “The Stan Musial”". Fox News. 2013-09-29. Archived from the original on 2013-09-30. "The St. Louis Fire Department bought the boat, because of the growth of the St. Louis inland ports, which is now the third largest port in the United States." 
  11. ^ Bob Hamilton (2013-09-29). "St. Louis Fire Department Getting New Boat". CBS News. Archived from the original on 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2013-09-30. "It can pump up to 7,000 gallons of water or fire-suppressing foam per minute and can fight fires even while it’s moving." 

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