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Promote saving lives of those who live,
work, and visit the City of St.Louis; and protect
lives of lifesavers as they carry out their duities.
to promote saving lives of those who live, work, and visit the City of St.Louis; and to protect the health and safety of the St.Louis Fire Department first responders as they carry out their lifesaving duties.

Always strengthening the chain of survival:
“The Lifesaving Foundation continually looks for new tools to assist the members of the department as they provide lifesaving interventions to the citizens of the City of St. Louis, in addition to those who work and visit the City.” – Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson
In 2015, StLFD Bureau of EMS earned the AHA Gold Mission Lifeline Award St. Louis has earned the moniker, “HEART SAFE” thanks to the Lifesaving Foundation’s fundraising efforts for equipment for early defibrillation and early advanced care.
To date the Lifesaving Foundation has raised more than $2.5 million to help the St. Louis Fire Department
save the lives of others and protect their own. 



  • $175,000 grant providing 12-Lead monitor/defibrillators for SLFD Ambulances.

2004 – 2009

  • $989,861 grant providing AEDs for Fire Department’s Public Access Defibrillator Program.
  • EMS Bike Team: lifesaving-equipped mountain bike fleet to assist 1st responders move quickly to reach and stabilize patients in crowded city events.
  • Vespa motor scooters and additional lifesaving equipment added to EMS Bike Team.

2010 – 2013

  • Over $350K worth of new 12-lead defibrillators with telemetry capability to SLFD Ambulance Fleet. The new technology is reducing door-to-balloon time and saving lives today!
  • The Lifesaving Foundation purchased IO Devices to be placed on all EMS units in the city.
    The IO device infusion method for medication and fluid is endorsed by the American Heart Association and proven to provide access to patients who need lifesaving medication due to shock, infection, or trauma.
  • Provided scholarships to train St. Louis Fire Department Medics in EMS Instructor Certification sponsored by the National Association of Emergency Medical Service Educators.
  • “Lifesaving Foundation provided matching grant for CO Pulse Osimeters. CO poisoning often goes unrecognized and untreated, leading to short term risks and long term health problems. The new pulse oximeters detect CO poisoning on the scene in seconds and save lives of both firefighters and victims of fire and smoke related incidents.

2014 – 2015

  • Successful completion of the Phase 1: SIM in the CITY, an Emergency Medical Simulation Center to train 1st responders.
  • Successful completion of the Phase 2: SIM in the CITY.

“St. louis firefighters brought me back to life.” – Curt Engler

“In January 1999, I suffered a sudden and severe ventricular fibrillation. The St. Louis Fire Department responded immediately to the 911 emergency call and I, fortunately, responded to their professional treatment. If not for their incredible work, I would not be here today.

The St. Louis Fire Department save lives, like mine, every single day. Yet, I was surprised to discover that some of our best and bravest do not have the most up-to-date training and equipment. Ned Fryer and I co-founded the Lifesaving Foundation to change that. Today, we are devoted to helping the department acquire the lifesaving technology, training, and equipment they need to save lives, lives like yours and mine.

As President and Co-Founder of the Foundation, I urge you to consider supporting the St. Louis Fire Department through the Lifesaving Foundation by giving a generous gift.”
– Curt Engler

people live, work and visit
St. Louis daily

transported to St. Louis
hospitals annually

increase in successful intubations
following SIM Center training.

Together, we save lives: