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How We Started

The Great Bend Fire Department was founded in 1874 with a hand-drawn wagon, two dozen leather buckets and two 16’ ladders. The department has grown to a fully-staffed department of 24 shift members, along with the Fire Chief, Fire Inspector, Department Secretary, and volunteers. The department currently has two staffed stations in the City and one unstaffed station at the airport.

The department provides fire protection and rescue for the City of Great Bend and serves approximately 20,000 Barton County residents in the following townships: Buffalo, Liberty, South Bend, and Great Bend. In addition, the department provides EMS response and transport to the City of Great Bend, six townships, and the Cities of Albert and Pawnee Rock. The total population served is 20,000 people, and the average response time is 3.5 minutes in the City and eight minutes in the county.



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Luke McCormick
Fire Chief

Michelle Hitschmann
Fire Dept. Secretary

Fire Station 1
1205 Williams
Great Bend, KS 67530
Ph: (620) 793-4140
Fx: (620) 793-4146

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Fire Station 2
5851 10th St.
Great Bend, KS 67530
Ph: (620) 793-4144

Vision Statement 
Make Great Bend a "Premier Department" where people want to thrive, grow and provide outstanding emergency services to the citizens of our community.

1209 Williams | Great Bend, Kansas 67530 | PH: (620) 793-4111 | FAX: (620) 793-4108
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