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What Fire Code is used by the Fire Department
In 2006, the city of Garden City and the Garden City Fire Department adopted by ordinance the 2003 edition of the International Fire Code and referenced standards found in Chapter 45.

In addition the Garden City Fire Department adopted the NFPA 101, Life Safety Code the 2000 edition. 

Am I allowed to use my Barbecue Grill on my apartment/condo balcony or deck?
With the implementation of the code, the use and storage of charcoal and propane grills within 10 feet of combustible construction on the deck or patios of multi-family dwelling, such as apartment complexes, condominiums and town-homes with more than two attached units, are not allowed. Only single family homes or duplexes may use open flame devices on their decks or patios.

Are portable outdoor Fireplaces and Chimineas allowed?
Chimineas and portable out door fireplaces are allowed on decks and patios of single family homes or duplexes. As with charcoal and propane grills, the use of open flame devices on decks or patios of multi-family dwellings (apartment complexes, condominiums, and town-homes with more than two attached units) are not permitted within 15 feet of combustible construction (wall of the building, wood, deck above fences, etc.).

Do I need a permit to use my Portable Outdoor Fireplace or Chiminea?
Burning without a permit is allowed for outdoor personal enjoyment and non-commercial preparation of food provided that the fire is in an appliance approved by the Fire Department; appliances such as chimineas, pre-manufactured grills or smokers, and outdoor fireplaces. The approval of thier use is based on  the following conditions being met:

  • Residence is a single family home or duplex, or appliance is 15 feet from combustible construction;
  • All original guards and protective equipment shall be in place on all the appliances;
  • All burning shall be attended by a responsible resident of the property, 18 years of age or older at all times;
  • When not attended, fires shall be completely extinguished;
  • No burning will be allowed between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.;
  • At no time shall yard waste (e.g. leaves, brush, or trimmings, etc.) be used as fuel. Only firewood or charcoal in the case of non-commercial food preparation may be used as a fuel source. 


Does the Fire Department do Blood Pressure Checks?
Based on the availability of a Firefighter that has their Emergency Medical Technician certification , the Garden City Fire Department welcomes walk-ins who would like to have their blood pressure checked.

Reporting fire hydrant problems?
If you notice a problem with a fire hydrant such as leaking, damage, or you know it to be non-operational, please contact the Garden City Water Department at 620-276-1291 with the address or cross streets (e.g. Kansas Ave. and 8th Street) of the fire hydrant.

Does the Fire Department fill swimming pools?
The Garden City Fire Department does not fill pools.     

What should I do with old paint and other household hazardous materials?
For information go here 

Where do I get my Fire Extinguisher(s) serviced?
As a public entity the Fire Department is unable to recommend one company over another. We suggest checking the section in the Yellow Pages business section under "Fire Extinguishers' for a listing of companies that provide the service. In certain circumstances, as in residential situations, where only a small number of fire extinguishers need to be kept at hand, it may be more cost effective to purchase new extinguishers from an area home improvement/hardware store.

Does the City of Garden City pay for the firefighter's groceries or furnish their meals?
The City of Garden City Fire Department's Firefighter's are responsible for providing for all their groceries and meals from their own pockets.

Garden City Firefighter's work 24-hour shifts and the fire station is their home during this time. When they are out on fire department business and stop to purchase groceries, the firefighters are either shopping as individuals or they are buying items for the evening meal using funds from a pool to which they all contributed. The types of groceries purchased are determined by individual crew preference, the number of fire personnel contributing and the agreed upon budget. 


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