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Contact Information
Phone: non-emergency call 785-742-7417
Fax: 785-742-2880
Email Address:  

Contacts :

Gene Atland, 1st Asst. Chief
Paul Shaefer, 2nd Asst Chief


Office Address:
411 Oregon St
Hiawatha, KS 66434

The Hiawatha Volunteer Fire Department has been in service for over 100 years, serving Hiawatha and the surrounding community. The fire department is located at 411 Oregon Street.

The fire department consists of approximately 18 members.  The Fire Department responds to fires within the City of Hiawatha, Hiawatha Township, Padonia Township, and the Sac & Fox Indian Reservation.

Hiawatha Fire DepartmentThe department makes over 100 calls per year within their area, as well as providing and receiving mutual aid from the surrounding departments. The department has two 1250-gallon-per-minute pumpers, a 65-foot Snorkel Unit, two tanker units, three rural units, and one quick attack unit.

The station at the Brown County Ag Musuem houses three antique fire units. One of the units, purchased by Hiawatha in 1928, is an American La France fire unit placed on a GMC truck chassis. There is also a 1930 La France fire unit, donated by local high school graduate Charles Cobin and his wife. The last unit is a 1961 Chevrolet pumper donated by the Fred Bollinger Estate. These units are maintained in running condition for local parades and other city events.

The department is always open for volunteers to join, and is an equal opportunity employer. Stop by City Hall for an application. The department is a member of the Kansas Firefighters association, and the Brown County Fire Chiefs association.

Call 9-1-1 for emergencies or call (785) 742-7417 for non-emergency information.