Today's Safety Tip


July 25, 1918 - The first paid, full-time fire department in Kirkwood went on duty. A volunteer bucket brigade served the City beginning in 1853. A volunteer fire company was set up after a huge fire wiped out the City armory on April 30, 1904, while most of the citizens were attending opening day at the World’s Fair.


Kirkwood Fire House #2 –  on Big Bend


Kirkwood Fire Department: Keeping You, Your Family, and Your Property Safe

The mission of the Kirkwood Fire Department is to “Save Life and Property.” To accomplish this we provide efficient and effective all-hazards emergency response to the community to ensure the best possible life, property, and environmental safety protection through excellent emergency medical services, fire-based transport, fire prevention, fire suppression, safety education, technical rescue, hazardous materials response, and emergency preparedness services. This commitment is intended to safeguard the general welfare and economy of
the Cities of Kirkwood and Oakland. The vision of the Kirkwood Fire Department is for all members to willingly work toward common, team-oriented goals with enthusiasm and dedication. These goals will be mutually agreed upon and based on clearly communicated, well focused and understood priorities and values. We will make the safety and well being of the citizens and community we protect our highest priority. We will move deliberately and with determination toward mastering our mission --- to “Save Life and Property.” First and foremost, these actions will result in a safe community, and secondly, in a safe, stable and consistent work environment where all members are respected, grow, learn, and enjoy the job and each other. 

The Kirkwood Fire Department provides 24-hour firefighting and paramedic services to the Kirkwood and Oakland communities. KFD also offers educational programs to schools and community groups, specialized training (CPR, fire prevention), safety inspections, and blood pressure screenings (see “Services Provided”).

Kirkwood Firefighters and EMS crews use modern technology to locate fires more quickly and protect your property as well as your life. Cutting-edge technologies include thermal imaging, compressed-air foam, “Culprit Artery Technology” software for reading EKGs, and Bluetooth technology for transmitting information to hospital emergency rooms.  Listed below are statistics related to fire department effectiveness for the Fiscal 2015-2016 period from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016:

  • Responded to 4062 Incidents
    • Fire Related -1352
    • EMS - 2710
  • Estimated value of property lost - $ 392,648.00
  • Total fire injuries – 1, (1 firefighter, 0 civilian)
  • Total fire fatalities – 0

For EMERGENCIES, call 911.

To contact the Kirkwood Fire Department, in a NON-EMERGENCY:

Fire Chief:  James Silvernail

Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal: Leo Meyer


Deputy Chief/EMS: David Smith

Administrative Phone: 314-822-5883
Fire House #1, 137 W. Argonne. Phone: 314-984-6950
Fire House #2, 11804 Big Bend. Phone: 314-984-5906
Fire House #3, 1321 W. Essex. Phone: 314-984-6980