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Watch and Share this Video: East St. Louis Firefighters Struggle

Video by: bobbybushae

As a member of the East St. Louis Fire Dept, we continue to struggle with manpower and equipment failure everyday. Our dept responds to the highest percentage of fires in the St. Louis metro east.

With over 150 firefighters that used to protect this city, only 53 remain due to budget cuts. Unfortunately the East St. Louis fire department is facing laying off 22 more firefighters in May 2013 which is extremely dangerous.

Most fire departments respond up to 5 engines, 2 Chiefs and 15 firefighters to a house fire. Right now only 2 engines and 6 firefighters respond to a structure or house fire in East St. Louis EVERYDAY which is well below the number required by the NFPA. This is not to mention the other fire calls that come in. If layoffs occur, that number could fall to 3 firefighters and 1 engine which will be catastrophic.

I ask you to PLEASE share this video with your fellow firefighters and others so we can let the public know what we are up against. The 2nd half of this video was filmed in @ a 4 month period with the Fire Cam 1080 Fire Helmet Camera™ from and is about East St. Louis Firefighters. But ultimately, it is about ALL of us and what we do everyday. Firefighters everywhere protecting life and property.

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  • John Mckenzie

    some of this has happened in australia where im from but has now stopped.
    Fat cats in power need pay rises and to keep there fancy lunches etc, in times where money is tight they have to slash things to maintain their fancy ways. so lets slash some fire stations and firefighters from poorer areas.
    time for firies to fight back, go public on this draw up a garuntee and publicly demand the mayor and those who have decided these stations arnt needed sign it. garunteeing that the people in these areas are still safe that closing the nominated stations wont affect their safety, and they arnt at any more risk than if the station didnt close. work it out, first time there is a fire that injuries someone or destroys a house, which you can prove could have been saved if there was an open station nearby, the state gets sued for millions, push hard enough and they will find it cheaper to keep stations than face court cases. do it loud, do it through the public window/TV/Radio, on the steps of power at mayors office, force them to sign or back off. People know firefighters are more needed than any public servant.