St. Louis Fire Department seeks grants to replace aging firehouses

Friday, July 17, 2009 | 12:04 p.m. CDT

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.


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