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120 N 6th
Independence, KS 67301

PH: 620-332-2500
Fax: 620-332-2511
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Fire Department
Fire Chief: Russell Baker
Building Inspector: Jim Engman

Additional Information
Remington the Fire Dog
Contact Information
Office #: (620) 332-2504
Fax #: (620) 332-2511
For Emergencies: Dial 911

Mailing Address
City Hall
ATTN: Fire
120 North 6th Street
Independence, Kansas 67301

IFD is a department comprised of 16 Fire personnel as well as a Building Inspector. We respond to around 600 incidents per year. Russell Baker is the Chief of our Department, and has under his command three Captains, and twelve Firefighters. We serve a population around 9,500 as well as the people who visit and work in our community. The Fire Chief also serves as the Flood Zone Administrator. Click to open the FEMA Flood Map Website

Our Department is located in Independence City Hall. Our current staffing is 16 full time paid Fire Personnel. We currently operate With (1) one 75 foot 1992 E-1 Ariel truck It is equipped with a 1250 gpm pump, and a 750 gallon tank. We also have (3) three engines. Engine one is a 1999 E-1 capable of pumping 1250 gpm and has a 1000 gallon water tank. Engine Two is a 2002 Central States pumper also capable of pumping 1250 gpm, and has a 1000 gallon water tank. The third of our engines is Engine Three. Engine Three is a 1987 Pierce pumper capable of pumping 1000 gpm and also has a 1000 gallon water tank. Our station also houses a Haz-Mat trailer Stocked with many different supplies used in the mitigation of any Hazardous materials incident we may respond to.


The Independence Fire Department is dedicated to the protection of life, property and the environment for those who live, work, visit or invest in our community. Through well educated and dedicated personnel and proper equipment we 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 put forth by promoting personal development within the department, while utilizing effective principles and practices of modern fire and life safety technology in an accountable manner.



1.Provide City wide fire protection as well as contracted fire protection for certain entities outside the City.

2.Provide medical assistance to the City’s EMS service and First Response medical service upon request from EMS.

3.Provide City wide response to all hazard calls, i.e. downed power lines, arching wires, natural gas, CO, and other biohazards.

4.Provide mutual aid to other surrounding city and county agencies.


1.Provide Fire Prevention Education and Training at local Public and Parochial Schools as well as Pre Schools and Day Cares upon request.

2.Provide Fire Prevention Education and Training for Senior Citizens Group


3.Provide Fire Extinguisher Training for local businesses upon request.

4.Provide Fire Prevention Inspections for Day Cares, School Buildings, Public Buildings and Private Businesses.

5.Conduct Fire Department tours by appointment for Schools and Special Interest Groups


1.Enforce the City’s Environmental Nuisance Code (Trashy Properties, Disabled and/or Untagged Vehicles).

2.Enforce the City’s Weed and Grass Code ( Tall Weeds an/or Grass).
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