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Hazelwood Firefighters Among First on the Scene
They responded to the dispatchers’ second alarm and came to the aid of a neighboring community.
Although giant trees blown down by the tornado prevented the fire trucks from getting through, Hazelwood paramedics/firefighters walked the entire 25 to 30 block area checking for injuries, gas leaks and other serious situations. They were helpful to the storm victims by making sure initial care was provided to those who needed oxygen, or assistance in relocating residents with special medical conditions. With a large police presence there, the firefighters were able to reassure people about their safety from looters as well.
In addition, Hazelwood firefighters were proactive in checking homes for gas leaks to avoid the potential danger of explosions. They did find some leaks in the street and were able to report them to Laclede Gas workers on the scene. Kudos go to our dedicated Hazelwood paramedic/firefighters who immediately reacted to one of the area’s most destructive tornadoes and ended up being among the first on the scene to assist the storm victims.
Hazelwood Police Department Answers Call for Help
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Good Friday, the Hazelwood Police Department received a call for assistance from the Bridgeton Police Department. Hazelwood’s Afternoon/Midnight Watch Commander Supervisor sent out a notification asking for an early call in for his shift of police officers. They arrived at the station within 30 minutes. A total of four HPD officers and detectives were sent to Bridgeton by 9 p.m.
About 30 minutes later, HPD received notification by teletype that a Code 1000 had been activated by both Bridgeton and Maryland Heights. Two police officers brought over the HPD’s Command Post, which was set up at the Bridgeton station. A request for additional police officers was made by Bridgeton and the HPD sent over three more officers.
The HPD contacted Maryland Heights and was told they had enough man power at the time. However, at 9:20 p.m., Berkley called and requested assistance. Two police officers were sent to direct traffic at the stoplight intersection of N. Hanley and Airport Road since the power went out.
The HPD detectives assisting Bridgeton were dismissed at 11 p.m. and returned back to the city. Hazelwood’s Command Post was deactivated at 11:45 p.m. and brought back to the station. PO Schmidt remained on Code 1000 for further assistance.
All Hazelwood officers were relieved from their duties in Bridgeton and returned to the city around 2:20 a.m. on April 23. HPD officers remained on stand-by for most of April 23 in case calls were received by Bridgeton and Maryland Heights for assistance. At 3 p.m., Berkeley relieved the two HPD officers manning the intersection at N. Hanley and Airport Road. No other calls for assistance were made by any agency.
City Public Works Employees Assist Ferguson & Berkeley
The Hazelwood Public Works Department has sent three of its employees, two dump trucks and a loader over to the City of Ferguson to help them with their clean-up efforts. Two other employees and two dump trucks are in Berkely helping storm victims. In addition, Hazelwood has loaned its chipper to the City of Maryland Heights.