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Six more weeks of winter? Be careful out there.

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared in order to remain safe during these events.


American Heart Month

Heart disease kills an estimated 630,000 Americans each year. It's the leading cause of death for both men and women. In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack. You can greatly reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication. Since 1963, February has been celebrated as American Heart Month to urge Americans to join the battle against heart disease. Since 2004, February also has been the signature month for the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women campaign and the message that heart disease is not only a man's problem.

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Cold and Flu Prevention

It’s not possible to predict what this flu season will be like. Flu seasons are unpredictable in a number of ways. While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season usually varies from one season to another. People are exposed to cold and flu germs every day, here are a few suggestions to help you stay healthy when everyone around you is sick.

Cold and Flu Season


Kidde Recall

Kidde Recalls Disposable Plastic Fire Extinguishers Due to Failure to Discharge. A faulty valve component can cause the disposable fire extinguishers not to fully discharge when the lever is repeatedly pressed and released during a fire emergency, posing a risk of injury.

For more information see: Kidde Recalls (US Consumer Product Safety Commission


Fire Chief's Message

Happy New Year and welcome to the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department website! Since 1859, we have had a singular mission: “committed to saving and protecting lives and property” for the people in our growing community. We work wisely to that end, investing in technology and equipment, recruiting highly trained and dedicated personnel, and challenging ourselves to continued innovation and evolution in order to perform our duties in the best possible way. Today, 141 firefighter/medics wear a uniform that reminds them of the faith and trust placed in their hands. We take our commitment to excellence very seriously, from our stations to our administrative offices and everywhere in-between.

It takes a team to make a difference. The men and women of the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department are committed to six core values of compassion and respect, community, diversity, professionalism, teamwork and leadership. We strive to apply our core values to provide exemplary service that includes Emergency Medical Services, Fire Suppression, Fire Investigation, Fire Prevention, Emergency Hazardous Materials Response, and Technical Rescue Response to the citizens of Lawrence and Douglas County. We also strive to find innovative, effective and efficient ways to improve our service and programs as good stewards of taxpayer funds. We will continue to apply our professional knowledge and resources to the same simple end: saving lives and property for the more than 125,000 residents in our 25 square mile service area.

This commitment led us to develop a five-year Strategic Plan. We are at the halfway point in implementing the Plan and realizing the objectives established in 2012. During 2015, we will continue our quest to for recognition as an internationally accredited industry leader in emergency services by providing the most effective, proficient and efficient fire medical services to our community. We strive to exceed the expectations of our community, and we vow to continue to holding one another accountable for carrying out our mission, living our values, and seeing this vision become reality.


Chief Mark Bradford