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. More detailed information is available in the department’s Performance Measures, Listed below are statistics related to fire department effectiveness for the Fiscal 2010-11 period from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011:
- Responded to 3414 fire or EMS incidents
- Total apparatus (fire truck or ambulance) responses: 6701
- Estimated value of property at risk - $ 27,005,200
- Percentage of property saved – 86.11%
- Estimated value of property lost - $ 3,748,785
- Total fire injuries – 2, (1 firefighter, 1 civilian)
- Total fire fatalities – 0
- Average response time to emergency – 5 minutes and 00 seconds (includes Kirkwood and Oakland responses plus mutual aid units)
For EMERGENCIES, call 911.
To contact the Kirkwood Fire Department, in a NON-EMERGENCY:
Fire Department Chief: Tom Openlander
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
~ Fire Department