The City of Clayton Fire Department provides fire protection and advanced life support (ALS) emergency medical transport services to the City of Clayton, Missouri. The department began providing services in 1897 as the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department. The department became a division of city government as a paid professional fire department in March 1917. The department began offering ambulance services in 1932 and continues to do so today.
Clayton is situated to the west of the City of St. Louis and covers an area of approximately 2.7 square miles in a mostly urban and suburban environment providing protection to a population of 16,076. Clayton Fire Department operates out of a single facility located in the core of the City. The department also provides services to unincorporated Washington University.
The department operates one fire engine, one aerial truck, two ambulances, and one command vehicle daily as the primary vehicles assigned to suppression and EMS activities. No reserve apparatus are maintained. There are 36 employees filling various roles in the department. Staffing for emergency response is with on-duty career firefighters in the station, without additional response by on-call or volunteer personnel. The department provides a variety of services, including fire prevention, fire suppression, advanced life support transport, vehicle extrication, and technical-level rescue response.
The Insurance Services Office (ISO) reviews the fire protection resources within communities and provides a Community Fire Protection Rating system from which insurance rates are often based. The rating system evaluates three primary areas: the emergency communication and dispatch system, the fire department, and the community’s pressurized hydrant or tanker-based water supply. The overall rating is then expressed as a number between 1 and 10, with 1 being the highest level of protection and 10 being unprotected or nearly so. As of the latest rating, ISO gave the service area a rating of Class 2. This rating was conducted in April of 2018.