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.[5][6] The STLFD is responsible for 70.0 square miles (181 km2) and has a population of approximately 308,626 with a daytime population over 2 million and with events going on.[2] The department is a division of the Public Safety Department - City of St. Louis.

St. Louis Fire Department
St. Louis Fire Department Logo.png
"Justifiably Proud"
Operational area
Country United States
State Missouri
City St. Louis
Agency overview[2][3]
EstablishedSeptember 14, 1857 (1857-09-14)
Annual calls114,000 (2019)
  • 556 - Uniformed
  • 190 - Civilian
Annual budget$60,305,664 mil.USD [FY 2020] [1]
CommissionerDennis Jenkerson
EMS levelALS & BLS
Facilities and equipment[4]
Airport crash3
Rescue boats2
Official website
IAFF website

The St. Louis Fire Department is led by the Fire Commissioner, currently Dennis Jenkerson.[7] The Fire Commissioner is appointed by the Mayor and Each bureau is commanded by a Deputy Fire Commissioner, who oversees the department's bureaus. There are five bureaus under the Deputy Fire Commissioner: Administrative Services, Fire Prevention, Operations , Support Services, Emergency Medical Services.

Departmental historyEdit

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.[8] 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.[9]

Specialized unitsEdit

In addition to fire suppression and emergency medical services, the St. Louis Fire Department also has specialized units which include:[10]

  • Aircraft Rescue Firefighting at St. Louis Lambert International Airport
  • Hazmat Task Force
  • Marine Operations with a Boston Whaler called the "Jack Buck," which is permanently moored on the Mississippi River, along with several other small *Rapidly deployable boats.
  • Dive & Swift Water Rescue
  • High-Angle Rope Rescue
  • Trench & Collapse Rescue


The St. Louis Fire Department is headed by a Fire Commissioner . Currently, the Fire Commissioner is Dennis Jenkerson who replaced former Fire Commissioner Sherman George in 2007.

The SLFD'S's organization consists of Five bureaus. These include: Each bureau is commanded by a Deputy Fire Commissioner.

  • Bureau of Administrative Services
  • Bureau of Fire Prevention
  • Bureau of Operations
  • Bureau of Support Services
  • Bureau of Emergency Medical Services

Ranks of the STLFDEdit

Typical rank insignia In the St. Louis Fire Department.

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.

no bugles
3 Chevrons
1 bugle
2 either traditionally side by side
or less usually crossed bugles
Battalion Chief/District Chief
2 either side by side
or more traditionally crossed bugles
Division Chief or Assistant /Deputy Assistant


3 crossed bugles
Deputy Fire Chief/Commissioner
4 crossed bugles
Fire Chief/Commissioner
5 crossed bugles
  • Note: In place of Bugle(s) Captains and Lieutenants assigned to: Ladder Companies are signified by axe(s), Rescue Companies by Life gun(s), Squad Companies by crossed Ladder(s) and Stacked Tip Nozzle(s) and Marine Companies by Bugle(s) with Anchor.


The Firefighters, Paramedics and EMTs of STLFD are featured in A&E Network's reality series Live Rescue.[11]

Fallen FirefightersEdit

From May 17, 1849, to Jul 12th, 2017, the Supporting Heroes Page reported that 169 Firefighters in the St. Louis Fire Department died in the line of duty,[12]


Jack Buck patrols the Mississippi during Fair Saint Louis

As of 2013 there are four small fireboats operated in St. Louis.[13] The largest two are named.[14][15] The 27 feet (8.2 m) Jack Buck was commissioned in 2003 and the 44 feet (13 m) Stan Musial in 2013.

Notable incidentsEdit

Great Fire of 1849Edit

On May 17, 1849, at 9:00 p.m. an enormous fire broke out in the heart of St. Louis.[16] 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.[16]

The flames leaped from building to building sweeping everything on the levee for four blocks.[16] 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.[16]

Stations and apparatusEdit

As of October 2019, below is a complete listing of all Fire Station and Apparatus Locations in the city of St. Louis according to Battalion District.[17][18]

Station Address Neighborhood Engine Truck Medic Special Chief Battalion
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, Marine Unit 4
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 6
28 4810 Enright Avenue Fountain Park Engine 28 H&L 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, H&L 3 3

St Louis Airport Fire StationEdit

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.


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  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ 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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