Brentwood officials in a meeting Monday night approved a resolution to commit the city to working out details of a joint fire command with Clayton, Maplewood, Richmond Heights and Rock Hill.
The five cities would each have their own fire departments and fire stations, but would share a joint fire command staff structure.
“The feasibility study by a national expert simply said ‘it sure looks like that conversation is really worth having,’” City Administrator Bola Akande said in an email.
Mayor Chris Thornton said in the meeting that one advantage would the possibility of having someone dedicated to inspecting places like the Brentwood Recreation Complex, which has ammonia tanks for cooling. He also said any reduction of service to Brentwood residents is a non-starter.
Thornton said he thought it might take the group 12 months to finish the study, though Akande said it could be 12-18 months. Thornton said the mayors of three of the cities hoped to have a report in six months.
Ward 4 Alderman Kathy O’Neill said Brentwood Forest residents would like to see the city response time to be the same, and also see no pay reduction for Brentwood firefighters.
The aldermen passed the resolution unanimously, by voice vote.
Maplewood is the last city in the group not to agree to the resolution; that could happen at its Sept. 13 city council meeting. The agenda isn’t out yet.