St. Louis Fire Department

A city tow truck brings a St. Louis Fire Department ambulance in for  repairs.
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For the second time in seven months, voters in the city of St. Louis are being asked to authorize borrowing for major capital needs.

Last August, voters rejected Proposition 1, which would have funded $180 million in borrowing with a property tax increase. On April 5, city residents will consider a smaller version of that proposal in Proposition F.

Veronique LaCapra | St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen on Tuesday put a $25 million bond issue on the April ballot. Now, elected officials have to go out and convince their constituents to support it.

Aldermen approved, and Mayor Francis Slay signed, the additional borrowing on Tuesday. It was the last day to certify items for the April ballot.

A piece of concrete from the city's municipal garage sits on the table in a Ways and Means committee hearing on Jan. 15 2016. Funds in a $25 million general obligation bond would fund repairs to the garage.
Rachel Lippmann | St. Louis Public Radio

April 2016 is shaping up to be a very crowded ballot in the city of St. Louis.

The Ways and Means Committee on Friday approved a $25 million bond issue to fund some critical capital needs in the city. Earlier this week,  the same committee passed legislation that sets up the required voter approval of the city's earnings tax.

Veronique LaCapra | St. Louis Public Radio

The city’s comptroller says she has a way to get the St. Louis Fire Department the equipment it needs, without raising taxes.

Darlene Green has asked aldermen to pass a $25 million general obligation bond issue so the department can purchase at least some of the new trucks it needs. All of its vehicles are at least 10 years old, and back-up equipment was built in 1989.

Clockwise from top left - FF. Jeff Weffelmeyer, FF. Jessica Jackson, Capt. Garon Mosby, FF. Chris Tobin and Capt. Larry Conley.
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Five members of the St. Louis Fire Department are on their way to Kenya.

Captains Larry Conley and Garon Mosby, and fire privates Chris Tobin, Jeff Weffelmeyer and Jessica Jackson will join 20 other firefighters from across the U.S. and Canada for the first-ever All-Kenya Fire Academy. The academy, a project of Africa Fire Mission, will bring together firefighters from across that country to Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, for 10 days of classes.

Sarah Kellogg

The St. Louis Fire Department is cautioning St. Louis area residents against setting off fireworks this weekend.

The use of consumer fireworks is legal in Missouri, but illegal in St. Louis city and county.

“We hear them in South City, North City, the West End, downtown, they’re illegal. It’s illegal in the city of St. Louis to shoot fireworks: bottle rockets, firecrackers, sparklers, anything,” St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said.

Some surrounding counties do allow the use of consumer fireworks.

fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson at right
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The delay in getting a proposed $200 million bond issue in front of St. Louis voters is starting to complicate the process of putting together the city's budget for the 2016 fiscal year.

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Last Monday, more than eighty firefighters from the St. Louis Fire Department responded to a four-alarm fire at the Servco warehouse in downtown St. Louis.

In the end, no one was injured in the blaze, but the warehouse was destroyed. For Greg Gates, whose family owns the building, more than a building was lost.

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Updated 3:33 p.m. with photo from Truck Co. 14

A St. Louis firefighter died while on duty today at a fire station on S. Kingshighway.

St. Louis Fire Department spokesman Captain Dan Sutter says Jeffrey Hudson appeared to have passed away in his sleep.

Hudson went out on a call early this morning than returned to Fire Station #36.

Sutter says he was found in his bunk later in the morning.

The department says Hudson’s death likely will be considered in the line of duty.

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The state of Missouri and the city of St. Louis will go in front of the state Supreme Court on Thursday to argue over who can decide where city employees live.

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The bulk of Mayor Francis Slay’s firefighter pension reform bill stalled today in the St. Louis Board of Alderman’s Public Safety Committee.

The committee passed a provision barring trustees of the Firemen’s Retirement System from suing the city over the design or benefits of the pension plan. But the committee postponed voting on major reforms that would make firefighters to pay more into the system and prevent retirement until age 55.

Alderman Larry Arnowitz says he’s certain if reform passes, firefighters will fight the changes in court.

(St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Board of Commissioners have approved a plan to reduce the number of city police districts.

The city currently operates a total of nine districts that were established back in 1962.

But Police Chief Dan Isom says the department had twice as many officers back then and more than twice the number of citizens to serve.

“In the last 30 years we’ve lost about 1,000 officers,” Isom said.  We used to have 2,200 officers, now we’re down to about 1,300 officers.  But the slots for those command structures are still the same.”

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 1:40 p.m. with additional information from the Lindbergh School District.

Updated at 2:45 p.m. with information from the Webster Groves School District.

Updated at 3:57 p.m. with a statement from the Kirkwood School District.

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Don't panic if you see a fire in Forest Park tomorrow afternoon.

Weather permitting, Forest Park Forever, and the city's parks and fire departments will conduct a 14-acre controlled burn in the Deer Lake Natural Area, near the Union Ave. entrance to the park.

(St. Louis Public Radio)

A small fire at the Fox Theatre this morning caused minor damage and no injuries, but did force the cancelation of the Sunday shows of "Jersey Boys."

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the blaze started around 5 a.m. There's no word yet on a cause.

From a Fox Theatre press release: