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    Arrow St. Louis Fire Department

    Hey guys Im a career fire/medic thinking about St. Louis. If anyone could give me some thoughts/ comments I would be greatful. IAFF bg

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    Don't wear a Cubs jersey to your interview....just kidding. Jump on the Illinois site, we have a couple of guys from the St. Louie area, they should have all the info you need

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    I work right across the river from St. Louis. A few of our guys had tested there. I don't know all the details about STL FD, but here's a little from their website:

    "The St. Louis Fire Department protects a city that covers approximately 62 square miles and has a population of approximately 350,000 full time residents and a daytime population approaching 1,000,000. In 2002, the St. Louis Fire Department responded to 103,227 total calls, of which: 43,274 were fire calls, 59,953 were medical calls, and 4,780 were false alarms. The St. Louis Fire Department employs approximately 900 personnel, which includes Firefighters, EMTs, Paramedics, and civilians."

    They operate around 12 ALS ambulances. I talk to their medics when we transport into the St. Louis hospitals. They work 12-hour shifts, and it sounds like they stay pretty busy.

    I think they have 25-30 quints, which are BLS. They also have 2 rescue squads.

    It's tough to get hired. I've heard one of the best ways to get on is to get hired on another city department, then transfer to the FD. Working as a medic for a couple years and then moving to firefighter might work too.

    I don't have a clue what the medics get paid. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the average FF pay in 2003. If I remember right, it seems like it was about $54,000.

    Hope this info gives you a little help, at least with the structure of the dept.

    STLRes2cue is a frequent poster on here and could provide you with more valuable info.

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    St.Louis would be a good move. However if your options are open we are always looking for Medics in Kansas City KS which has a top firefighter pay of around 53k and thats just a back end guy...not driver, captain etc. But good luck. I am sure that you being a medic will get you a job somewhere.

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