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St. Joseph Department Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is a fire engine sent when I call for an ambulance?
The St Joseph Fire Department adopted the concept of First Responders in 1991. All personnel are dual-trained in fire suppression and EMS. All fire apparatus carry Automatic Defibrillators, Oxygen, First Aid, Rescue, and Basic Life Support equipment. When responding to an emergency we are dispatched from the fire station that is closest to the incident, which results in the Fire Department usually arriving before the ambulance. When we receive a call, the closest fire apparatus is dispatched to initiate care and the closest ambulance is dispatched to provide transportation. This method provides the citizens of St. Joseph with the quickest, most efficient Fire and EMS response times, usually averaging two to three minutes from the initial call.

2. Does the St. Joseph Fire Department provide free smoke detectors?
Yes, however our supplies are limited. Please call Fire Prevention at
816-271-4604 for availability.

3. Why do I see boats in some fire stations?
In 2002, the St. Joseph Fire Department purchased two emergency response boats for water rescue. With St. Joseph's proximity to the Missouri River, Lake Contrary, Corby Pond, Krug Park Lagoon, and other bodies of water, the Fire Department saw a need for additional water rescue equipment. Members of the St. Joseph Fire Department have received extensive training in various water rescue techniques and the fire department is now fully capable of handling most water rescue incidents.

4. What is Confined Space Rescue?
The St. Joseph Fire Department recently began Confined Space Rescue training. The department has purchased a large array of confined space rescue equipment that can be used in many rescue situations. These rescue incidents may involve removing trapped victims from sewers, underground working areas, tunnels, electrical shafts, and any where else an occupant can become overcome by noxious fumes. Members of the St. Joseph Fire Department have received extensive training in Confined Space Rescue and are fully prepared to handle most confined space rescue incidents.

5. What type of fire extinguisher is best for my home?
A multi-purpose fire extinguisher is best for the home. Look for the rating to be at least 2A:10B:C on the label. This extinguisher can be used on any type of fire commonly found in the home. It will often be labeled A-B-C.

6. How can I learn CPR?
Contact the American Heart Association at 816-233-5864.

7. Can I get my blood pressure checked at the fire station?
Yes. We offer this service free at all fire stations in the City.

8. How can I become a St. Joseph Fire Fighter?
You may contact the City of St. Joseph Human Resource Department at 816-271-4670
or stop by the fourth floor of City Hall at 1100 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph, Missouri 64501.

9. Can I get a break on my insurance by putting a fire sprinkler system in my home?
Insurance companies may give rate reductions for those homeowners who have installed sprinklers in their homes. Check with your agent for the amount of discount. There are many other great reasons to put sprinklers in your home. Call Fire Prevention at 816-271-4604 for more information.



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