For more information on our programs, please call (785) 830-7000.
ChaplainThis program is currently overseen by Chaplain Paul Taylor, who was appointed in 1997. His duties include conducting critical incident debriefings, counseling victims families and emergency personnel and training department personnel on stress management. Coroner Scene InvestigationsIn 1995, the County established a team of specially trained and certified medicolegal death investigators to assist the Coroner with the determination of cause and manner of death. The team consists of members from Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical department trained as medicolegal death investigators working on behalf of the Douglas County Coroner’s Office.

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Contact Frontier Forensics Midwest for record request, case dispositions, and information on post mortem exams at 913-299-1533 or

CPR Program Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical provides CPR training for organizations who wish to schedule a CPR class as a group. Group classes can be scheduled by contacting Captain Chris Morrow at

To find out more about learning CPR, see our CPR Information page.

Explorer Post 2555In November 2001, the department created the explorer post, which allows youth to gain insight in a possible career while at the same time, provide leadership training.

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Fire Investigation UnitThe department is charged by Kansas statute to investigate the origin and cause of fires within the city limits. Eight department members are appointed as fire investigators and are Kansas State certified Fire Investigator II. Greek AcademyThis program is directed at university students in fraternities and sororities. It provides hands on training in fire safety and survival.
Health & Safety ProgramThe department operates a health and safety program with a goal to eliminate accidents, damage to equipment and facilities for its members and the community. Honor GuardThe International Association of Firefighters Local 1596 Honor Guard was formed in March of 2002 to represent our Brothers and Sisters with the highest honor and distinction at ceremonial functions.

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Juvenile Fire Setters InterventionThis program works to help reduce the number of fires and burn injuries caused by children experimenting with fire. Children are usually referred to our program by way of concerned teachers, firefighters, parents or juvenile agencies. The basis of the program consists of a thorough interview with the individual and family. Subsequently, a fire safety education program is delivered and the importance of fire safety reemphasized.
Mass Casualty/Fatality Trailer NE KansasThe Mass Casualty Trailer was purchased by the Kansas Northeast Region of Homeland Security and is housed with the department. It will respond to emergencies in the Northeast region of Kansas. Night ConsultantsThe is program consist of six operations members who periodically inspect assembly occupancies and check for a variety of life safety items. The majority of inspections are directed toward bars and nightclubs to ensure state occupant levels, exits and operating life safety equipment are being met. Occupant ServicesThis program provides support for the occupant/victim of a fire damaged structure incident through assisting in retrieval of personal belongings, assessing social services and providing information on recovery or cleaning of belongings.

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Public EducationThis program is provided through six incentive firefighters designated as “Public Safety Specialists”. They deliver a variety of programs directed at school children, university students, commercial and business safety, and general safety.

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Safety & Hazard HouseThe purpose of the fire safety house is to reinforce fire escape training from a dwelling. Hazard House is used to teach general safety and fire hazard identification through an interactive educational experience. Both programs are provided to all age groups. SCBAThis program consists of four operations members who are Scott Air Pak Technician certified for 4.5 and 2.2 systems. The purpose of this program is to maintain self-contained breathing apparatus, personal alert systems and breathing air compressors.
Smoke Alarm ProgramThis program provides free smoke alarms to homeowners who are living on a limited-income, a senior citizen or disabled, who live in the city limits of Lawrence, Kansas. Included in this program is installation of batteries and detectors.

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Technical Rescue ServicesThe department responds to emergencies requiring technical rescue skills and equipment. These include rescue from trench and building collapse, vehicle and machinery accidents, entrapment in confined space, water and ice rescues, and situations that require ascending or descending ropes.

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Wheeled Sports ProgramThis program provides high quality bicycle helmets to children under the age of 14. The department along with many community sponsors, hosts an annual helmet fair.

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