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Summer Fire Safety

Every year Americans look forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics, and Fourth of July. Summertime however, also brings fires and injuries and knowing a few fire safety tips will help everyone have a safe summer.


Hands-Only™ CPR Can Save Lives

Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don't receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. As a bystander, don't be afraid. Your actions can only help. Learn the two steps to Hands-Only™ CPR: (1) Call 9-1-1, (2) Push hard and Fast in the Center of the Chest. Visit:

American Heart Association's Hands-Only™ CPR campaign is supported by an educational grant from the Anthem Foundation

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Heat-Related Illness Safety

Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States. It is important to know how to prevent heat-related illness and how to avoid it.


Severe Weather Safety

Time to prepare for a change in the weather. Spring is the time of year when many things change-including the weather. Sunny days may be followed by stormy weather, sometimes extreme. Because spring weather is so unpredictable, you my be unprepared when severe weather hits. So planning ahead will help keep you and your family safe.

For more information see: Servere Weather Safety


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