The Leawood Fire Department is committed to providing a safe and effective response to calls for service in the City of Leawood and surrounding areas. Service is provided from three (3) fire stations, twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week. The Fire Department responds to a variety of calls including fires, explosions, hazardous materials spills, medical emergencies, and technical rescue incidents such as ice & water rescue, trench rescue, collapse rescue, etc. The Fire Department also responds to incidents involving domestic terrorism and weapons of mass destruction (WMD). In addition, the Fire Department will respond to non-emergency calls for service such as requests to assist with smoke detector installation, utility shut-off, or helping to move a disabled person.
Directed by a Shift Commander, on-duty firefighters are organized into four (4) companies to staff in-service fire apparatus at the City’s three fire stations. A company is a crew of firefighters supervised by an officer. Staff officers are also available to assist with response during the weekdays, and are subject to callback anytime.
Station 31 – North City boundary to College Blvd.
Station 32 – College Blvd. to 135th Street
Station 33 – 135th Street to South City boundary
All Leawood firefighters are certified Emergency Medical Technicians that can provide Basic Life Support (BLS) on medical emergencies in the City. Additionally, some Leawood firefighters are certified Paramedics that can provide Advanced Life Support (ALS). Johnson County Med-Act provides Advanced Life Support (ALS) and patient transport for the City. Med-Act currently has one (1) ALS ambulance stationed in Leawood at Station 32. Additional ALS units are available in surrounding communities.
Each fire department in Johnson County has established a “response matrix” with the Johnson County Emergency Communications Center (ECC). The Leawood Fire Department Response Matrix, along with automatic and mutual aid agreements, will determine the specific response of Leawood units to incidents in the City and surrounding areas. Fire Department vehicles have Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) devices installed on them which allows them to be tracked by satellite and appropriately dispatched, based on their proximity to a call. AVL, along with Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), can allow the general response areas to be modified, depending on the specific location of Leawood units or mutual aid companies when a call is received.
One of the primary benchmarks for determining quality and efficiency in service delivery is total response time. Total Response Time starts when the 911 call is received at the Johnson County Emergency Communications Center and ends with crew arrival on the emergency scene. The Leawood Fire Department carefully tracks not only Total Response Time but all of the components that make up that total time.
The severity of an incident will determine the response mode, either emergency or non-emergency. Any emergency response requires the use of red lights and siren by the responding units. To help facilitate a quick response, many Leawood intersections are equipped with devices which allow an emergency vehicle to change the lights to green in their direction of travel.
Have you ever wondered why emergency vehicles stop at intersections even when they have lights and sirens activated? Leawood Fire Department vehicles are required to stop at all stop signs and red lights, and can only proceed after it’s safe to do so.
When approached by an emergency vehicle with lights and siren activated, it’s important that you slow down and move your vehicle to the right, whenever possible. If you’re unsure what to do or can’t move to the right because of traffic conditions, it’s best that you just stop your vehicle so that the emergency driver doesn’t have to guess about your next move.
Like law enforcement officers or construction workers, firefighters are placed at extreme risk when they are required to work on or around a roadway during a vehicle accident, hazardous materials spill, or other emergency incident. While those firefighters take a number of precautions to protect themselves, from wearing high visibility vests to positioning the emergency vehicles to shield the work site from oncoming traffic, they depend on YOU! Anytime you approach an emergency scene on or near a roadway, it’s important that you slow down and move over, leaving a lane between your vehicle and the emergency vehicles if possible. Kansas is one of numerous states that have enacted a Move Over law to protect construction workers and emergency personnel operating on a roadway.