The RHFD consists of the Fire Chief, 23 full-time firefighters (which includes three Battalion Chiefs and three Captains), and an Administrative Assistant. The firefighters are divided into three crews, each of which works 48 consecutive hours starting at 7:30 a.m. Crew assignments call for being on duty two days and off duty the following four (48/96).
Each crew consists of one Battalion Chief, one Captain and five Firefighters, each of which has completed various levels of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) training denoting them as being Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and/or registered nurses. All RHFD personnel have either successfully completed a demanding 10-week training program at the St. Louis County Fire Academy have received certification from the academy based on practical experience.
Emergency Medical Services
The Fire Department is active in providing blood pressure programs, as well as instruction in Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation, automatic external defibrillator, first aid and safety.
Public Outreach Programs
The RHFD visits all schools within the City on the theme of fire prevention during National Fire Prevention Week every October.
Other community services activities and special events that the RHFD participates in are National Night Out Against Crime® block parties, Neighborhood Watch meetings and the annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.
The RHFD distributes free smoke detectors as well as detector battery replacement for the citizens of Richmond Heights. We are available to install them for residents who are unable to do it for themselves. To schedule smoke detector services, please contact the Fire Department at 314-645-8800 or by email at LVanCleave@richmondheights.org. Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Mutual aid agreements exist among about 55 firefighting jurisdictions within Missouri - some as far away as Wentzville and Cedar Hill. Mutual aid agreements with the City of St. Louis are especially critical to Richmond Heights. The St. Louis FD has state-of-the-art equipment that is effectively used in unique situations, such as a hazardous materials (HAZMAT) spills on the highway, or high-rise rescues.
Training within Fire Services and within EMS is an ongoing process. The RHFD staff records many classroom hours in disciplines such as Fire Science, EMS, Management, Safety, Hazardous Materials, Management Training and Safety Training.
The International Fire Code requires that all commercial establishments be inspected for possible fire code violations annually. This includes churches, schools and the many facilities at SSM St. Mary's Health Center. The Fire Department works with the Building Department to ensure that this important function is completed each year.
Dispatching for Richmond Heights Police and Fire Departments is done through a eight-city consortium known as East Central Dispatch Center (ECDC). Although housed in the Richmond Heights Public Safety building, ECDC is a separate entity from all participating agencies.