Fire District Number 1
Coffey County Fire District Number 1 was established in May 1989. The district provides fire, rescue, and emergency medical responses to both Coffey County and Southern Osage County. The fire district covers approximately 700 square miles, this includes three major highways, two railway systems, and countless miles of underground pipelines. Also included is a national wildlife refuge, two man-made lakes, a nuclear power plant, and rural farmland.
Coffey County Fire District Number 1 maintains seven fire stations located in Burlington, Gridley, Jacobs Creek, LeRoy, Lebo, New Strawn, and Waverly. The district also maintains a water rescue division, and a hazardous materials division. The fire district has approximately 140 trained professional volunteer firefighters. There are five volunteers of the water rescue division who are trained in swift water rescue, surface, and underwater search and recovery. The fire district has two full-time positions, a Fire Chief/Administrator and a District Clerk. Their offices are located in Burlington at Station Number 3.
Coffey County Fire District Number 1 has 52 pieces of fire apparatus, rescue, and/or emergency vehicles that stand ready to respond. Six of the seven stations in the district have a full complement of a pumper, tanker, rescue equipment, and grass/brush trucks.
Coffey County Fire District Number 1 has an ongoing dedication to providing information and educational programs to the public. These include fire safety, fire prevention, juvenile fire-setting, and station and equipment tours. During Fire Prevention Week in October, all stations participate in fire safety and awareness education. This is accomplished in each school, in newspaper publications, in public workshops, and at parent fairs. The fire district has a portable smokehouse that allows children to see what it is like to be in a smoke-filled room. It also gives them the chance to be rescued by a firefighter in full turnout gear. At Halloween, the fire district distributes safety glow necklaces to local children at each station in Coffey County, to help make trick-or-treating safer.
The fire district annually participates in the Muscular Dystrophy Boot Block on Labor Day weekend. They also provide support to the Coffey County OK KIDS annual event at John Redmond Reservoir, near Burlington.
Our Commitment to You
Coffey County Fire District Number 1 is committed to serve and respond to emergencies in a timely and professional manner. Our volunteers receive the best quality and highly skilled training available in the fire service today. This commitment is shared by each firefighter toward their community and it is their dedication that allows for the safety of all citizens.
To have a successful fire district, you must have excellent equipment, dedicated people, and complete support from the communities you serve. Coffey County is very blessed to have all these ingredients. Coffey County Fire District Number 1 works to its highest level of performance providing the best possible services and fire protection to its citizens.