Aldermen advanced a measure Friday that would move oversight of a new fire pension plan back under a firefighter-controlled board of trustees despite last-minute concerns raised by top city financial officials.
The bill sponsor says it will save administrative expenses by moving the new Firefighters' Retirement Plan, established by the 2012 reforms and dominated by city appointees, back under the old Firemen's Retirement System board.
Kansas City will likely hire outside legal counsel to investigate discrimination in its fire department after a Star investigation revealed a culture of systemic racism and sexism that has been allowed to flourish for decades.
A fire at a south St. Louis apartment complex sent three people to the hospital Friday, including a firefighter, fire officials said.
"It's just a great collaborative effort," St. Louis Fire Department spokesman Garon Mosby said. "It's not in the training manual, but we get it done."
The Kansas City Fire Department responded to a two-alarm fire at a vacant Northland motel Tuesday night.
Kansas City Fire Chief Donna Lake said she has been directed by new city manager Brian Platt to initiate a six-point plan to address racial discrimination in the fire department.
Three ladder trucks were sent to the scene just before midnight on Monday night near the intersection of East Truman Road and Ewing Avenue.
A look back at a deadly 1988 explosion that claimed the lives of six Kansas City (MO) firefighters and destroyed two vehicles.
Kansas City officials again urged residents to help stop the spread of the coronavirus Sunday after it led to the deaths of two more members of the fire department over the weekend.