Putting out fires is the first thing people think about when a Fire Department is discussed. In reality, fire responses only account for approximately 3% of the total incident call volume for the Leawood Fire Department. However, when fires occur, they are complex, dangerous, and costly events.
Fire suppression is considered a low probability / high risk event. This means that they don’t happen often but when they do, they are a big deal. Because of this, extensive and ongoing training is required to keep Leawood firefighters ready and safe. To even apply to work at the Leawood Fire Department, a prospective firefighter has to be certified to the Firefighter 2 level per NFPA 1001: Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications. In fact, current standards require each firefighter to receive at least 16 hours of ongoing training per month in fire suppression related categories alone. This doesn’t count the additional hours of continuing education required for EMS, Hazardous Materials, Rescue, and other required categories.