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How local departments work together during a big fire

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The Park Warehouse Service building continued to burn Thursday morning (Credit: St. Louis Fire Department) The Park Warehouse Service building continued to burn Thursday morning (Credit: St. Louis Fire Department)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

As soon as a warehouse fire in south St. Louis went to three alarms, mutual aid went into effect involving fire departments in St. Louis County.

While crews were battling the fire, 15 pieces of equipment and four ambulances from various St. Louis County departments moved in to cover firehouses around St. Louis City.

Olivette Fire Chief Scott Avery says the equipment is basically moved around like pieces on a game board to make sure the entire area is still covered by first responders.

“If my fire truck and ambulance are out here in Olivette and another call comes in Creve Coeur or Ladue comes in take care of that call and vice versa, we would run the Creve Coeur, run Ladue. No questions asked as long as the equipment is available, we help our neighbors out,” said Avery.

The mutual aid agreement extends to Illinois too. For example, when the city needed a mobile ventilation truck on Wednesday, it was brought in from Illinois.

Under the agreement, city crews also go out into St. Louis County when necessary. Crews from nine different St. Louis County departments were staffing firehouses in the city until 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, and ambulance crews until 10:00 p.m.

The mutual aid agreement has been in place for 30 years.

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