"I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine." - Kurt Vonnegut

Helpful Hints

Helpful Hints


  • Use 911 for any emergency.  Our administrative numbers can be used for non-emergency issues or questions, but anytime you have an emergency, don't hesitate to call 911.  If you call 911, stay on the line until the dispatcher tells you its okay to hang up.  Then make sure the phone line is kept clear in case the dispatcher has additional questions or instructions.  Click 911 System Use on the menu to the left for additional information.

  • If possible, have someone meet the emergency vehicle(s) and lead or direct the way to the patient or emergency.   This is especially important if the patient or emergency is difficult to locate.

  • If you leave your house because of a fire, do not re-enter.  Stay outside until the Fire Department arrives.

  • During darkness, make sure ample lighting is turned on.  Always have a visible address on your home or business that is readable from the street, day or night.  Go out at night and check to see if you can easily read your address.  If not, the Fire Department probably can't either.  Remember, seconds count when your house is on fire or someone you care about is hurt or sick.  Make sure we can see your address!

  • Reassure the patient(s) that help is on the way.  Provide first aid or CPR if you've been trained.  If not, you can contact Deputy Chief Colin Fitzgerald at 913-266-0606 or via email for information about first aid and CPR classes.

  • If the injured or ill person is on medications, have a list available for emergency responders.  This is critical information should they need to transport the patient to a hospital or administer life-saving drugs.

  • Secure all pets in an area away from the emergency scene if possible.   If you have pets that may be aggressive, make sure and tell the dispatcher so emergency responders can be warned.
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