The Garden City Fire Department strives to meet the needs of our community related to fire services.
The Fire Department conducts routine fire inspections of commercial, industrial and apartment buildings to ensure public safety and to obtain updated information on hazardous materials for the safety of the building occupants, firefighters, and the community.
Two of the most common violations found are expired fire extinguishers and inoperative exit signs. By replacing out-dated fire extinguishers and burned out bulbs in exit signs, the inspection process can be performed in a timely manner.
The Garden City Fire Marshal coordinates fire and life safety inspections and related services. Some services include:
- New construction plan reviews
- New construction inspections
- Fire line flushing
- Fire line hydrostatic testing
- Fire sprinkler hydrostatic testing
- Hood system fire suppression system testing
- Fire alarm acceptance testing
- Knox Box applications for purchase of equipment
- New commercial building
The City of Garden City and the City of Holcomb prohibit burning within respective city limits.
Burn permits for residences and agricultural land outside the city limits may be obtained by calling the Garden City Fire Department at (620) 276-1140. All burn permits will be inspected before approval is granted.
Burn permits are only good for a one day period. Each day burning occurs requires a separate permit. Burn permits will not be issued if any of the following occur:
- Wind speed is, or forecasted to be, above 15 mph
- The fire shall not be within 25 feet of any structure or vehicle.
- Burning is not allowed on days that have been declared a Red Flag Day.
- Any other violation of the Kansas Open Burning Regulations.
Bonfires are allowed by permit only and are limited to two per year per organization. Only natural materials such as tree limbs and brush may be used as firewood. Fencing, pallets, siding and cut lumber are not allowed. Bonfires shall be limited to three (3) hours in length and must be COMPLETELY extinguished no later than 11:00 p.m. All burning shall take place in an approved location, observing the following safety rules:
- Burn only when the wind speed is between 5 and 15 mph.
- The fire shall be attended by a responsible person at all times.
- The fire shall not be within 25 feet of any structure, vehicle, or property lines.
- Burn piles shall not be larger than 10 feet in diameter
Fire Station Tours
Both Garden City Fire Stations are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Families and individual guests are always welcome to stop by during daylight hours for an informal visit. The Garden City Fire Department encourages Garden City residents to get to know their local firefighters and take the opportunity to see firsthand how a fire station operates and what a fire truck looks like up close.
Community organizations and groups of five or more should arrange tours by calling at least two weeks in advance. Call (620) 276-1140 during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. At the time of the call, the following information will be required:
- Choice of date and time for tour
- Approximate age range of group
- Approximate number of children and adults
- Contact name and number(s)
In addition to fire safety and prevention, tour groups will learn about fire station operations. They will be shown the fire trucks and equipment and where the firefighters work, eat and sleep.
Tours are planned based on the age and skill level of the group. Education in fire safety and prevention is a key element to all fire station tours. Depending on the age group and the size of the group, tours may last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. As part of the event, birthday party groups may tour the fire station (with the advanced notice requirements fulfilled), but the actual party may not be held at the station.
Our stations are working fire stations and therefore our day to day schedule can be unpredictable. There is always the chance the crew may need to leave during the tour to respond to an emergency call. They also may not be in the station at the designated tour time for the same reason. Should either of these situations occur, it may be necessary to reschedule your tour for another day.
Fire Truck Appearances
The City of Garden City and the Garden City Fire Department share with the community our extreme pride in our fire and rescue trucks. When not using the apparatus to respond to a fire scene or to the site of a collision, we are using them as tools to assist with public fire safety and fire prevention education.
Schools, churches, and other community organizations, including neighborhoods holding block parties, may request a fire truck by calling at least two weeks in advance. Call (620) 276-1140 during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. At the time of the call, the following information will be required:
- Event date and time.
- Contact name and number(s) - it will be necessary for the on duty Battalion Chief to call you back to confirm the date and time.
Firefighters will discuss safety information geared towards the age level of the group. They will teach both children and adults the importance of wearing seat belts, of having a fire escape plan, and when 9-1-1 should and should not be used. Truck demonstrations include explanations of equipment and tools carried on the truck and how the firefighters might be called to use them in certain emergencies.
Please be aware that all fire trucks remain in service during their appearance and may have to leave in order to respond to an emergency. In addition, the truck and crew may be late in arriving if they have an emergency call prior to their scheduled arrival time.
The Garden City Fire Department regrets that due to extreme demand, fire trucks are not available for birthday parties.