The St. Joseph Fire Department proudly protects a population of 85,000 people living in the City of St. Joseph, MO and three surrounding fire protection districts (by contract). We protect a total area of nearly 70 square miles. The City staffs nine fire stations, two of which house more than one Fire Company. We currently staff two ladder/tower companies, five engine companies, two 75’ telesquirt/engine companies, and two light rescue companies. Our department is an all paid department with over 130 employees in five Divisions. The department provides First Responder–Medical Services to the citizens of St. Joseph and a large portion of Buchanan County.
Our mission is to provide the highest level of protection of life, health, and property to the public and the organization. We, the men and women of the St. Joseph Fire Department, value teamwork, honesty, dependability, persistence, and hard work. We respect and take pride in ourselves, our department, and our City. We strive to be courteous and compassionate to each other and the citizens whom we serve. We support our community and continually seek ways to become involved in our community. The membership of our Department is represented by IAFF Local 77, with whom the Department partners to accomplish our mission and uphold and preserve our values.
The St. Joseph Fire Department, formed in 1865, has a proud past and promising future. Four of the City’s fire stations were constructed at the turn of the 20th century and provide rich evidence of our Department's history.
National Effort to Eliminate Novelty Lighters
Oregon State Fire Marshal, Nancy Orr, is leading a nationwide effort in calling for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to prohibit the sale and distribution of novelty lighters. Her office has partnered with The Idea Bank to create a video-based web page to gather fire incident data. The web page may be viewed at: