Emergency Services

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    Ozark Blocks Lesbian Fire Captain, Wife from Insurance Benefits

    Ozark Fire Captain Andi Mooneyham wants the same insurance benefits for her wife as any other firefighter's family gets in this southern Missouri town. But after the Ozark Fire Board reluctantly decided to do nothing -- literally, nothing -- on the issue at a meeting this month, Mooneyham and her w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Trains Carrying Explosive Crude Oil Will Stop Traveling Through St. Louis

    Trains filled with the same explosive oil that leveled a Canadian town will no longer run through the city of St. Louis, much to the relief of St. Louis' fire chief and a group of residents organizing against the tankers. "We just won round one," says Timothy Christian, a member of the newly formed ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014
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    October 30, 2013

    Did Farts Set Off Busch Stadium's Methane Detector During The 2011 World Series?

    St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson blamed "off-gassing," (Translation: Stinky farts) for triggering one off Busch Stadium's methane detectors during the 2011 Word Series. Jenkerson speculated that White Castle or Courtesy diner was responsible for the "raised methane levels" (Translation: Fartp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    South County Fire: Family Speaks Out After Tragic Death, Says "Our Lives Changed Forever"

    Yesterday morning, we reported on the devastating south St. Louis County house fire that left Terry Gapsch, 38, dead, and two others in his family in critical condition. Now, the Gapsch family is speaking out about the incident offering some details on how the tragedy unfolded -- and how they are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2013

    Record Floods Hit Jerome, Major Roads Closed, Missouri National Guard Deployed (PHOTOS)

    There are reports of more record-breaking floods today in Missouri, one day after flooding in Pulaski county left a four-year-old boy dead and prompted Governor Jay Nixon to declare a state of emergency. Today, the U.S. National Weather Service is reporting record floods on the Gasconade River ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Eric Hinson, Former St. Clair Fire Chief, Sentenced For Embezzling Half A Million

    What happens when you steal more than half a million dollars from the fire department you run? In the case of Eric Hinson, you get to spend 35 months in prison -- and have to pay the money back. Hinson, former chief of the St. Clair Fire Protection District and Ladue Fire Department, officials s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Darran Kelley: Fire Chief Adds to List of Indicted Kinloch Officials

    Two years after its mayor was sentenced for embezzling funds, the fire chief for Kinloch now faces similar allegations. Darran Kelley, the chief of the Kinloch Fire Protection District, was arrested yesterday and charged with three felony counts of wire fraud, one felony count of federal program t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    School Bus and Metro Bus Collide, Injuring Several Students

    St. Louis Fire Department officials have confirmed that a school bus carrying approximately 20 middle-school students was involved in a traffic collision with a Metro bus this morning. The accident occurred at 7 a.m. near the intersection of North Kingshighway and Page Boulevard. Several students an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Robert H. Moore III Killed in Glen Echo Standoff

    St. Louis County Police have confirmed that one man was killed in last night's incident near Glen Echo Country Club. Robert H. Moore III, 22, was pronounced dead the scene by first responders. An unidentified man is in custody on suspicion of murder in connection with the case. His name will not be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    New Madrid Fault Stretches, Rolls Back Over for Another Ten Minutes Sleep

    ​A 4.0 earthquake within the New Madrid Seismic Zone gently shook southeast Missouri Tuesday morning at 3:58 a.m. The quake was centered about nine miles east of Sikeston, Missouri, and no damage or injuries were reported.Just ten days ago, engineers, scientists, emergency first responders and ear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Never Forget: 9/11 Memorials, Events in STL This Sunday

    There will be 3,000 flags planted in Forest Park to honor the dead.​ On September 11, 2001, the country was shaken by terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Ten years later, St. Louis is coming together to remember -- and pay homage both to those lost in the attacks and ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 1, 2011
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    August 18, 2011
  • News

    July 14, 2011
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    July 6, 2011

    Who You Gonna Call When Your Camel Gets Stuck in the Mud?

    All photos, Roger Vincent"A little help, please!"​When the all-volunteer Missouri Emergency Response (MERS) Large Animal Rescue pulled a camel out of the mud in De Soto, Missouri, this fall, they figured there was a first time for everything, but in this case, it was surely also the last.They were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Russ Carnahan Honored by St. Louis Firefighters

    Carnahan (with Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr.) will soon be adding an axe to his tool shed.​We can officially say it now: Representative Russ Carnahan is getting the axe. What? Don't we have to wait for the 2012 elections for the fallout from redistricting -- when Missouri's shrinking population ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Lemay Fire District Loses Grab at Casino Revenue -- Again

    Moral of today's appellate court ruling: Nobody gets between St. Louis County and its casino revenue!​A south-county fire district has lost, again, in its attempt to grab a share of revenue from the River City Casino.In an opinion issued today, the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of App ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Severe Weather? Be Very, Very Aware This Week

    It's a twister! Don't you want to be prepared?​It's irony that only Alanis Morissette could love: The state of Missouri had to cancel its annual Severe Weather Drill today because of -- yep -- severe weather. Apparently we won't just be practicing our response to crazy weather conditions today; we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Robert Edwards: Ousted Chairman of Northeast Ambulance and Fire Loses Court Appeal

    Robert Edwards lost job after holding meetings without a quorum.​The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District yesterday handed down a ruling confirming a St. Louis County verdict from last year that stripped Robert Edwards of his leadership position with the Northeast Ambulance and Fire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    "Say No to Proposition A" Rally This Evening in Kiener Plaza

    Today's rally encourages you to just say "no" to multi-millionaire Rex Sinquefield and his campaign to eliminate income taxes.​St. Louis religious leaders and public officials are hosting a rally today at 5:30 p.m. in Kiener Plaza to oppose Proposition A -- the statewide ballot issue asking Missou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Arson Investigated in Burning of Cahokia Church

    The Illinois State Fire Marshall is looking into whether someone deliberately set fire to a church under construction in Cahokia over the weekend. The 500-seat Miracle Deliverance Temple was a month away from completion when it caught fire early Sunday. By the time firefighters got to the scene, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    In Case of Disaster, Missouri's Kids Are Screwed

    Pop quiz: What do Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Montana and Wyoming all have in common? According to a new report by Save the Children, kids in all these states are probably out of luck in case of an emergency.

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    For Fourth of July Entertainment, Alton Housing Complex Shoots Fireworks at Cops, Firefighters

    Image sourceIn Alton, they shoot fireworks at the firefighters.​For their dose of Fourth of July fireworks this year, some poor suckers piled up on the riverfront at Fair St. Louis. Some braver souls shot off cherry bombs in their backyards and alleys. But the residents of the Oakwood Housing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Kinloch Fire Protection District in Dispute With St. Louis County and NorthPark Over TIF Funding

    photo by Keegan Hamilton Darran Kelly, chief of the Kinloch Fire Protection District​The Kinloch fire station is one of the nicest buildings in town, but that doesn't mean it's in good shape. The heater is broken, some of the windows are boarded-up, and until recently, a blue tarp, dubbed " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    A Video Tour of Kinloch, The Saddest City In St. Louis County

    If you missed our post earlier this morning detailing the troubles of Kinloch Fire Protection District and their beef with St. Louis County and the developers at NorthPark, click here to check it out. The story touches on the astonishing level of urban decay Kinloch, the poorest of the 91 municipali ... More >>

  • News

    March 3, 2010
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    November 18, 2009

    State Auditor on Northeast Ambulance and Fire Protection District: You're "Poster Child" for Bad Government

    northeastfiredistrict.orgFire District Chairman, Robert Edwards​Last night Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee held a news conference to release her findings on the Northeast Ambulance and Fire Protection District. Unfortunately for Montee -- and taxpayers in the district -- the audit is less than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    County Police Offer "SKYWARN" Training to the Public! Up in the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. No! It's a f@%#ing funnel cloud! ​Ever want to be a storm spotter, but just didn't know if you have what it takes? Well, you're in luck. The St. Louis County Police Department this fall is offering free SKYWARN training to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2009

    When It Comes to Firefighter Discrimination Cases, St. Louis Not Alone

    Ousted St. Louis Fire Chief Sherman George could have a friend in Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor. Not that it matters in the short term. Sotomayor's confirmation likely won't come until after the Supreme Court rules on a well-publicized suit in which white and Hispanic firefighters have sued ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Wednesday, April 8: Morning's Newz

    Mayor Francis Slay easily won a third term yesterday, collecting 60 percent of the vote and defeating Independent challenger Maida Coleman who garnered just 30 percent of votes.In other election news, maverick Town & Country mayoral candidate John Hoffmann lost handily to incumbent Jon Dalton. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Reminder: Don't Drive and Drown this Month

    Wikimedia CommonsApparently people do very stupid things in March, which is why the month is home to about a dozen different prevention weeks. My favorite thus far is the following pearl I received yesterday from the State Emergency Management Agency. The department has dubbed March 16-20 as "Turn A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    Dear Reader: Watch Out For Those Chainsaws

    Good morning. Hope all is well, and as always, we here at Riverfront Times wish you the utmost health and safety while handling that chainsaw. To wit, we're proud to present the RFT "Press Release 'O the Day" from FEMA and the State of Missouri Emergency Management Act (SEMA). Yesterday the disaster ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2008

    Poll: Will Police Chief Joe Mokwa be Fired?

    St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Joe Mokwa has come under fire for the police department's dealings with a contracted towing firm that allegedly gave out cars to officers -- and to Mokwa's daughter, Aimie Mokwa -- for extended "test drives." Will Mokwa come away from this debacle with his job in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2008

    Alleged Copia Fire Starter Nabbed

    An ex-employee of Copia Urban Winery and Market, the Washington Avenue dining spot that was lost in an early-morning blaze last December, faces federal arson charges. U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway announced the indictment this morning against 26-year-old Gilbert Summers, a "back bar" worker who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2008

    Alleged Copia Fire Starter Nabbed

    An ex-employee of Copia Urban Winery and Market, the Washington Avenue dining spot that was lost in an early-morning blaze last December, faces federal arson charges. U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway announced the indictment this morning against 26-year-old Gilbert Summers, a "back bar" worker who ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2007

    New St. Louis Public Safety Director: Race Matters

    Sam Simon, a headline grabber of late, is out as Director of Public Safety for the city of St. Louis, and mayoral aide Charles Bryson is taking his place, effective today. Meet the new boss: St. Louis Public Safety Director Charles Bryson replaces Sam Simon, effective today S ... More >>

  • News

    December 20, 2006

    Talk Radio

    In the case of a disaster, St. Louis police will need the whole region on the same wavelength.

  • News

    March 23, 2005

    Crash and Burn

    Fire chief is killed after ex-con flees

  • Culture

    September 17, 2003

    Those Were the Days

    An entertaining look back at Gaslight Square, and a dated take on 9/11

  • News

    June 18, 2003

    Under Fire

    Chief Sherman George lights a fire, but who feels the heat?

  • News

    December 26, 2001

    In the Line of Fire

    An Olivette firefighter becomes the target of the city manager

  • News

    December 15, 1999


    The earthquake hazard here may be greater than you think. And planning for it is less than you'd expect.

  • News

    August 11, 1999

    Seeing Red

    After years of taking it on the chin, Bob Goeggel struck back at his competitor. Thanks to his accusations of fraud, the state's largest ambulance company is on the operating table and the feds are doing the cutting.