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Top Insurance-Class Rating Achieved

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department, accredited by the Commission of Fire Accreditation International, joins an elite group of just 38 accredited agencies to attain an ISO Class 1 rating. ISO's Public Protection Classification ratings are used to help establish fire insurance premiums for residential, commercial and industrial properties.

Public Protection Class Summary


Have a Safe Memorial Weekend

Whether you stay home or travel over the Memorial Weekend, the Fire and Medical Department wants everyone to have a safe weekend. No matter what you have planned, please make safety a part of your weekend.

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Careless Smoking

Since January 1, the department has responded to five (5) incidents, due to improper discardment of smoking materials. You can prevent fires caused by careless smoking by always making sure your smoking materials are completely extinguished in a suitable container. Do not toss them out windows, into bushes, or drop them on the ground. See these other safety tips to help you dispose of smoking materials appropriately:


Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Drivers are reminded to safely "Share the Road" with motorcyclists and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclist safe.


Fire Chief's Message

Welcome to the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department, we are glad you stopped by. For almost 100 years, the innovative and courageous men and women of the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department have been working to keep citizens, businesses and visitors safe. Much has changed since horse drawn steamers ran the streets of our city, but the one thing that has not changed is our members' commitment to service above all else.

Over the years, our citizens and elected leaders have remained committed to making sure our trucks, facilities and personnel are a priority. The results of these efforts mean we are one of only six cities in Kansas to achieve and maintain accreditation from the Commission of Fire Accreditation International.

Today the community is much safer because of advancements in code enforcement and our efforts in fire prevention and education. Thus, modern firefighters are more versatile than ever as they spend as much or more time responding to medical emergencies as they do any other type of calls. We also face the constant challenges of responding to and preparing for natural disasters, weapons of mass destruction and specialized rescue calls like trench, hazardous materials, confined space, vehicle extrication and rope rescue calls.

I invite you and your family to learn more about the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department and the services we provide and we invite you to visit us at any time.


Chief Mark Bradford

  • Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical
  • Mission: Committed to Saving and Protecting Lives and Property
  • CFAI: Internationally Accredited Agency Since 2008
  • ISO Class 1 Community