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October-National Fire Safety Month

October 4-10 is Fire Prevention Week, but the whole month of October is fire safety month and we'd like to remind you that smoke alarms saves lives! Did you now that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep?

Fore more information on smoke alarm safety visit:


Fall into Safety

Autumn is the start of flu season, and it's recommended that everyone 6 months and older gets vaccinated against the flu. Learn more on flu prevention: Cold and Flu Season and read about common myths/facts about the flu vaccination from the National Safety Council.

Other "Fall into Safety" information:
Autumn Safety
Halloween Safety
Carbon Monoxide Safety

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Reduce Fear this Halloween

Halloween is fun-filled time for children, parents need to take the necessary Halloween safety precautions to make sure their children remain safe while still having fun. Check out these Halloween safety tips:

Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween Safety from National Safety Council


Move to the Right

Emergency personnel risk their lives every day to help us in our time of need. Sometimes they face that risk just getting there. When you’re driving and you see emergency vehicles with their lights and sirens on, time is of the essence – move over quickly and carefully. Emergency vehicles include ambulances, fire department vehicles, police vehicles, and privately owned vehicles for firefighter or life support agencies.

For more information see: Pull Over Please


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