ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Fire Department has applied for federal grants to help it build new firehouses to supplement ones built a century ago.
Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson says many of the city's firehouses were built in the early 1900s for horse-drawn steamers, with some dating back to 1895.
He says most of the city's 30 fire stations could collapse in the event of a major earthquake, making it impossible to get to firefighting equipment.
The department has applied for a $15 million federal grant to help it build three new firehouses to hold equipment in preparation for a disaster.
The department recently used federal grants to buy a hazardous materials truck and a unit for decontaminating people in the event of a chemical, biological or nuclear incident.