The mission of the Wichita Fire Department is to provide excellent, proactive fire and life safety services through prevention, education, and protection.
The Wichita Fire Department was organized in 1886 when Wichita outgrew the volunteer fire companies which had protected the City since 1872. Today, the Wichita Fire Department has evolved from its original purpose of fighting fires to its current task of providing a much broader level of emergency services to the public. Over the years, this expanded role along with a variety of community risk reduction activities and initiatives has allowed the Department to demonstrate exceptional community value.
The Wichita Fire Department serves a resident population of over 382,000 people. In addition to the City of Wichita, the Wichita Fire Department also provides emergency responses throughout the metropolitan area through automatic and mutual aid agreements with surrounding jurisdictions.
The Wichita Fire Department is a diverse department comprised of 412 uniformed and 11 civilian members serving within the Department’s two divisions.
The Emergency Operations Division is made up of 412 uniformed officers and firefighters. These members proudly serve the community by responding to fires and other emergencies from the city’s 22 firehouses. In 2010, the Emergency Operations Division provided over 68,000 unit responses to over 44,000 calls for service. In addition to their traditional emergency response duties, these members are also actively involved in a number of community risk reduction initiatives.
- The Wichita Fire Department Regional Training Center opened in 2010 and carries on the Wichtia Fire Department training traditions. The 25,000 square foot training facility was built on the existing training facility property and the Center features classrooms that can be configured into a variety of meeting spaces and is equipped with some of the best digital technology available.
- Implementation of the Department’s strategic plan has begun which will help enhance firefighter safety, augment community risk reduction efforts and will help to ensure the continued best use of new and existing resources.
We are proud to serve and our greatest concern and commitment is for the safety and well being of the citizens and visitors of Wichita, Kansas.