Independence Fire/EMS is a progressive department in the heart of Southeast Kansas that serves the northeastern portion of Montgomery County with fire suppression and Advanced Life Support emergency medical care.  The department is comprised of 25 fire personnel and the Public Safety Director. We respond to around 2,500 incidents per year.

Department Chief, Shawn Wallis, commands 3 Captains, 21 Firefighters/EMTs, AEMTs, and Paramedics. 

IFD/EMS serves a population around 9,500 in the City and 15,000 in the County, as well as all who visit our community. 


We currently operate with one of four Fire Apparatus:

  • 2005 F-150 - Chiefs support vehicle 
  • 2004 F-250 - EMS Admin support vehicle 
  • 75-foot 1993 E-1 Aerial truck equipped with a 1,250 gpm pump and a 500 gallon tank,
  • Engine 1 is a 1999 E-1 capable of pumping 1,250 gpm and has a 1,000 gallon water tank
  • Engine 2 is a 2002 Central States pumper with a 1,250 gpm, and has a 1,000 gallon tank
  • Engine 3 is a 1987 Pierce pumper with a 1,000 gpm with a 1,000 gallon water tank
We have five Primary ALS Ambulances:
  • Medic 1 is a 2012 Ford E450 gas
  • Medic 2 is a 2012 Ford E450 gas
  • Medic 3 is a 2009 Ford E450 diesel
  • Medic 4 is a 2015 Mercedes 2500 Sprinter diesel
  • Medic 5 is a 2015 Chevy G4500 AEV TRAUMAHAWK BOX
Our station also houses a Hazmat trailer and a Mass Casualty trailer.

Mission Statement

The Independence Fire/EMS Department is dedicated to the protection of life, property and the environment for those who live, work, visit, or invest in our community. Our well-educated and dedicated personnel pledge to deliver the highest quality fire suppression, public fire education, emergency medical services, code enforcement, and emergency response to all natural or man-made disasters. This professional commitment to service is also demonstrated by promoting personal development within the department and utilizing effective principles and practices of modern fire and life safety technology in an accountable manner.

Independence Fire-EMS Statistics