St. Louis Fire Department

St. Louis on the Air
4:41 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

In Wake Of Four-Alarm Servco Fire, A Discussion About Cold-Weather Fire Safety

St. Louis firefighters jump from a loading dock to escape flames at a warehouse in downtown St. Louis on December 16, 2013.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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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St. Louis Fire Department
2:50 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

St. Louis Firefighter Dies At Fire Station

Jeffrey Hudson, a St. Louis firefighter, died at Fire Station #36 today, according to a fire department spokesman.
(UPI/St. Louis Fire Department)

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.

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Firefighter residency
4:00 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

St. Louis city, state will take residency law dispute to the Supreme Court

A dispute over a state law that allowed firefighters to leave St. Louis city after 7 years goes to the Supreme Court on Thursday.
(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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Politics
5:54 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

St. Louis firefighter pension reform bill stalls in committee

A vote on Alderman Craig Schmid's firefighter pension reform bill was postponed in the Public Safety Committee Thursday.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

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.

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Other News
5:29 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

St. Louis City looking to cut costs, eliminate redundancy for city services

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as displayed on the side of a patrol vehicle.
(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.”

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School lawsuit
12:56 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Firefighters sue school districts over transfers

Attorney Tim Belz takes questions on a lawsuit filed on behalf of five city firefighters, including Mike Killingsworth (L) and Shawn Ryan (R), who want three suburban districts and the SLPS to follow a state Supreme Court ruling on student transfers.
(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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Forest Park controlled burn
5:23 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

City will try controlled burn again tomorrow in Forest Park

Looking into the approximate area of the controlled burn planned for tomorrow in Forest Park.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

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.

Fox Theatre
3:35 pm
Sun May 15, 2011

Minor damage to Fox Theatre after Sunday fire

A small fire at the Fox Theatre Sunday morning caused minor damage and no injuries, but forced the cancellation of the day's performances of "Jersey Boys."
(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:

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