St. Louis County Municipalities Consider Joint Fire Departments

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Several St. Louis County municipalities may consolidate their fire departments to save money.

Brentwood, Clayton, Maplewood, Rock Hill and Richmond Heights are considering administrative consolidation through a Joint Fire Command Staff Structure.

Richmond Heights is the latest to agree to study the consolidation plan. City Manager Amy Hamilton says nothing will change on the surface. She says “All the cities would continue, the fire departments would remain as is by the cities.”

The Joint Fire Command Staff Structure would consolidate the five municipalities’ administrative teams rather than firefighters. Hamilton says “When you have a larger department, really your efficiencies are saved at the administrative level because you have to have fire stations, you have to have proper coverage.”

Hamilton notes the five cities already have a great working relationship and partner on other things.

The idea is still preliminary. It’s unclear how long it will take to study the Joint Fire Command Staff Structure idea, how long it would take to implement or how much money it would actually save.

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