|Established||September 14, 1857|
|Annual calls||63,388 fire 78,000 ems (2014)|
817 (2017) |
|Annual budget||$44,906,052 (2018)|
|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 308,626 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 current Fire Commissioner is Dennis Jenkerson who was named to the position on November 19, 2007.</ref> A third generation St. Louis firefighter, he has thirty-three years of operational and tactical firefighting experience. 
The first organized fire department in St. Louis was created in 1822, had several volunteer fire departments 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 the scene. On September 14, 1857 the department transitioned to an all paid department. The St. Louis Fire Department is the second oldest fire department, second only to Cincinnati.
In addition to fire suppression and emergency medical services, the St. Louis Fire Department also has specialized units which include:
The SLFD'S's organization consists of Five bureaus. These include: Each bureau is commanded by a Deputy Fire Chief.
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
|| 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.
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 also provides structural fire protection, emergency medical services, rescue response, and aircraft rescue firefighting at St. Louis Lambert International Airport from two fire stations located at the airport.
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.