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. I believe our members possess all that makes our department great; Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, Excellence (PRIDE).
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 just two-hundred thirty-nine fire departments in the world accredited through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI).
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.
Interim Chief Shaun Coffey