|Established||September 14, 1857|
|Annual calls||63,388 fire 78,000 ems (2014)|
|Annual budget||$59,650,921 (2017)|
|Facilities and equipment|
The St. Louis Fire Department(STLFD) provides fire protection and emergency medical services to the city of St. Louis, Missouri. The department is also the second oldest paid fire department in the United States. The STLFD is responsible for 62.5 square miles (162 km2) and has a population of approximately 319,294 with a daytime population over 1 million and with events going on. The department is a division of the Public Safety Department - City of St. Louis.
The first organized fire department in St. Louis was created in 1822, had several volunteer fire department in the area. An ordinance was passed to purchase the equipment, which primarily consisted of leather buckets. When the alarm sounded, members of the department would fetch their bucket and rush to scene. On September 14, 1857 the department transitioned to an all paid department. St. Louis Fire Department is the second oldest fire department, only second to Cincinnati.
In addition to fire suppression and emergency medical services, the St. Louis Fire Department also has specialized units which include:
In the St. Louis Fire Department, helmet colors often denote a fire fighter's rank or position. In general, white helmets denote chief officers, while red helmets may denote company officers, but the specific meaning of a helmet's color or style varies from region to region and department to department. The rank of an officer in St. Louis Fire Department is most commonly denoted by a number of speaking trumpets, a reference to a megaphone like device used in the early days of the fire service, although typically called "bugle" in today's parlance. Ranks proceed from one (lieutenant) to five (fire chief) bugles.
||Battalion Chief/District Chief
||Division Chief or Assistant /Deputy Asst.
|Deputy Fire Chief/Commissioner
As of 2013 there are four small fireboats operated in St. Louis. The largest two are named. The 27 feet (8.2 m) Jack Buck was commissioned in 2003 and the 44 feet (13 m) Stan Musial in 2013.
|1||2910 S. Jefferson Avenue||Benton Park||Engine 1||Rescue Squad 1, Collapse Rescue unit||2|
|2||314 S. Tucker Blvd||Downtown||Engine 2||Tower 2||Medic 2||Transport Bus 888||Battalion 802||2|
|4||4425 S. Compton Avenue||Dutchtown||Quint 4||Battalion 804||4|
|5||2123 North Market Street||St. Louis Place||Hook & Ladder 1||Medic 5||Battalion 801||1|
|6||5747 Manchester Avenue||Cheltenham||Quint 6||Marine Unit 1||3|
|7||2600 LaSalle Street||Gate District||Quint 7||Deputy Chief 810||2|
|8||1501 Salisbury Street||Hyde Park||Engine 8||1|
|9||814 LaBeaume Avenue||Near North Riverfront||Quint 9||Medic 9||1|
|10||4161 Kennerly Avenue||The Ville||Quint 10||Medic 10||1|
|11||2224 S. 7th Street||Kosciusko||Quint 11||Foam Truck 2, Marine Unit 2
Marine Unit 3,
|12||5214 W. Florissant Avenue||Mark Twain||Quint 12||6|
|13||1400 Shawmut Place||Hamilton Heights||Quint 13||Medic 13||5|
|14||3523 Magnolia Avenue||Tower Grove East||Quint 14||Medic 14||4|
|17||3238 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd||Grand Center||Quint 17||1|
|19||6624 Morgan Ford Road||Boulevard Heights||Quint 19||4|
|20||5600 Prescott Avenue||North Riverfront||Quint 20||Foam Truck 1||Battalion 806||6|
|22||1229 McCausland Avenue||Hi-Pointe||Quint 22||3|
|23||6500 Michigan Avenue||Carondelet||Engine 23||Medic 23||Foam Truck 3||4|
|24||5245 Natural Bridge Avenue||Mark Twain/I-70 Industrial||Engine 24||6|
|26||4520 Margaretta Avenue||Penrose||Engine 26||Medic 26||6|
|27||5435 Partridge Avenue||Walnut Park East||Quint 27||Marine Unit 4||6|
|28||4810 Enright Avenue||Fountain Park||Engine 28||Hook & Ladder 5||HatMat 1, HazMat 2||Battalion 805||5|
|29||200 S. Vandeventer Avenue||Midtown||Quint 29||Rescue Squad 2, Foam Truck 4||5|
|30||541 DeBaliviere Avenue||Skinker DeBaliviere||Quint 30||5|
|31||4408 Donovan Avenue||St. Louis Hills||Engine 31||Medic 31||3|
|32||3500 S. Grand||Tower Grove East||Engine 32||Medic 32||4|
|33||8300 N. Broadway||Baden||Quint 33||Medic 33||6|
|34||8227 S. Broadway||Patch||Quint 34||4|
|35||5450 Arsenal Street||Southwest Garden||Quint 35||Medic 35||Battalion 803||3|
|36||5000 S. Kingshighway Blvd||Princeton Heights||Quint 36||3|
|Airport Fire- 8B|
On May 17, 1849, at 9:00 p.m. an enormous fire broke out in the heart of St. Louis. A steamboat named "The White Cloud" sitting on Cherry Street was on fire. The Fire Department, which at that time consisted of 9 hand engines and hose reels, responded to the scene. The moorings holding the boat broke and the steamer floated down stream setting 22 other steamers on fire as it went.
The flames leaped from building to building sweeping everything on the levee for four blocks. The Firemen, after fighting for over eight hours, were completely exhausted. The entire business portion of the city appeared lost. In a last ditch effort to save the city, 6 buildings were spread with explosive powder and blown up. When the fire was finally contained after 11 hours, 430 buildings were destroyed, 23 steamboats along with over a dozen other boats were lost and 3 people had died including a Fire Captain.
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.
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.