Department grows to serve Fairmount Township

By Beth Kornegay
Leavenworth Times – April 14, 2017

Fairmount Township firefighters Waylon Haling, left and Ken Magaha.

Downtown Basehor is the home of the Fairmount Township Fire Department, which serves more than 40 square miles, including the entire city of Basehor. It has trained professionals on-site 24 hours per day to handle any emergency.

The first Fairmount Township Fire Department, established in 1951, originally served the area from the Piper Township in western Wyandotte County to the Jefferson County line. While the boundaries have changed since that time, the fire department still holds tight to some of the original equipment from that time.

The township has 10 fire vehicles available for use, including two trucks that have special equipment to fight grassfires, two tankers to carry water to fight fires, one traditional fire truck with a 105-foot ladder, one rescue vehicle that carries tools and equipment to the scene of a car or water rescue, two pumpers that carry water, a support pickup and a 1951 Chevrolet Laverne firetruck which was built by the founders of the fire department when it opened. While that may sound like a lot of trucks and equipment for a relatively small township, the township does not owe any money for those vehicles.

In addition to fire department personnel, the station on 155th Street is also home to two fire and emergency medical technicians who attend to car wrecks, falls and other calls. A full-time fire administrator was hired in 2015 and Chuck Magaha serves as fire chief. There are 30 firefighters on staff, including 12 paid positions and 18 community volunteers. The boundaries for the township are east to the Leavenworth County line, south to Kansas Highway 32, west to 174th Street and north to Dempsey Road.

The current fire department was originally built in 1982. In the past 10 years, the building was expanded to support the population growth of the township. The new part of the building includes sleeping and living quarters for the men and women working 24-hour shifts. The township also has a non-manned station off of County Road 2 where fire trucks and equipment are stored.

“The city was growing and we needed to expand,” said firefighter Nick Verbenec. “In 2016, the department ran a total of 830 calls on everything from house fires to auto accidents to medical emergencies.”

 

Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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