Frequently Asked Questions:
 
If you are unable to find an answer to your question, please feel free to contact us at (618) 997-5730.

What are the local burn laws?

    Please view Burn Ordinance 2250

Are there any laws against fireworks?

    In accordance with Ordinance 1943:

Does MFD have a volunteer program?

    No. All MFD Fire Fighters are paid employees.

How do I apply to become a firefighter?

    Please visit our Employment page for details.

I want to demolish my house and re-build. Can I provide the house to MFD to burn for training purposes?

    Due to the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Air Act and the pollution of air that occurs from a fire, it is unlawful to intentionally set fire to a house, even if it would be for training purposes.

My business needs to test the fire alarm or needs to be turned off due to work being done. Who do I need to contact?

    In order to prevent any false alarms, you will need to call the Police and Fire Departments at (618) 993-2124 & (618) 997-5730 before work is to begin. We will ask for your business name, address, contact telephone number, and the name of the person who is calling. When all work is completed, you will need to contact both departments again to advise of such.

How do I obtain a copy of a fire report?

    Reports are available, usually within 24 hours of an incident at the station. There is a $5.00 fee (exact cash, check, or money order) for each report. You can request a report by coming to the station, telephone, or writing (include payment). Select the following link If You've Had a Fire for helpful information.

Where do I install a smoke detector?

    You should install at least one smoke detector on each level of your home and outside of each sleeping area. Install the detector following manufacturer's suggested instructions.

When should I change the batteries in my smoke detector?

    Batteries should be replaced twice a year. A good idea is to change the batteries when you change the clocks in the Spring and Fall seasons.

How do I schedule a tour of the fire station?

    You can contact the Fire Department at (618) 997-5730 and we will check for calendar openings.

My child's school is scheduled for a tour at the fire station. What will their experience be during the tour?

    If your child is going to attend a tour at the station, the parents are invited to attend as well. Rest assured, your child will be completely safe during their visit. Teachers and firefighters stay with the children at all times. Should an alarm occur during the tour, everyone will go to the living quarters where a head-count is performed prior to any vehicle leaving the station. Firefighters will speak with the children about fire safety and prevention, what a firefighter's average day is like, a brief overview of the tools and equipment used, a good look at the fire engines including sirens and horns, and of course a tour of the station.

My child's school is scheduled for a "smoke-house" to be at the school for them to go into. Won't that be harmful to them?

    Absolutely not. The smoke-house is a fun, life like scenario teaching tool of life safety. Your child is going to learn how to get out of a harmful situation, if it ever arises in your own home. The smoke-house is a miniature house on a trailer that the children will enter. A non-toxic smoke is directed into the house to where children "escape" from. This teaches children to crawl low, feel doors to insure they are cool before opening, and to discover in their own home two ways out of every room, and obtain a designated meeting place. We invite you to go over these tactics in your own home and come up with a plan for an emergency such as this.

Why does the Fire Department cut holes in the roof and break windows?

    As a fire burns, it moves upward, then outward. Removing windows and cutting holes in the roof, "ventilation" in firefighting terms, stops that damaging outward movement of smoke and heat and enables us to locate potential victims, and fight the fire more efficiently, resulting in less damage in the long run. This procedure also reduces the risk of serious injury to firefighters.

Is it necessary to cut holes in the walls and ceiling?

    We must be absolutely sure that there are no hidden fires located within the walls, ceiling, and partitions.