About the Augusta Department of Public Safety
Augusta Department of Public Safety
2100 North Ohio Street
Augusta, Kansas 67010
Non-Emergency Voice: (316) 775-4500
Facsimile: (316) 775-4565
The City of Augusta, Kansas is located approximately 12 miles east of Wichita, Kansas on US 54/400. The city is bound on the east by the Walnut River, on the west by the Whitewater River, and on the south where the two come together. The city has a population of approximately 9265 and is spread over an area approximately one and one-half miles wide, by approximately four miles in length.
The Department of Public Safety was formed in 1960 and is responsible for police, fire, rescue, and 9-1-1 services for the City of Augusta, as well as Butler County Fire District Number 2. The Fire District encompasses 144 square miles of southern Butler County and includes the City of Augusta. The Department of Public Safety has a budgeted strength of 34 full-time positions. Of those, 25 are commissioned public safety officers, 5 communications specialists, 1 animal control officer, and 1 clerk/typist, 1 court clerk and 1 executive secretary. The fire division is supplemented by approximately 30 volunteer firefighters who receive no monetary compensation for their services. In addition, there is a small compliment of Junior firefighters or "explorers."
Our organization is very unique in that we are one of only a handful of true "Public Safety Departments" left in the area. The concept of a Public Safety Department incorporates a philosophy utilizing "Public Safety Officers" who are Kansas State certified law enforcement officers (police officers) and are also cross-trained as firefighters. Our officers spend a tour of duty on the streets as a patrol officer and then, as a part of a normal rotation, rotate through a tour of duty in the fire division. The rotation schedule is approximately 6 months in the fire division and 12 to 18 months on patrol. While in the fire division, the officers wear badges and carry guns as part of their daily uniform. Officers assigned to the patrol division also assist with fire fighting during off duty time and are compensated for responding to the call.
Our officers are required to maintain 40 clock hours of continuing education training related with law enforcement, as mandated by the State of Kansas, each year. In addition, officers are required to attend 3 hours of fire training one night per month. The training gives all officers and volunteers the opportunity to keep their skills as sharp as possible on all aspects of the job.
In April of 2001, the Augusta Department of Public Safety moved into a new City/County Public Safety facility at 2100 N. Ohio. We share the building with the Butler County Emergency Management, and one of the Butler County Emergency Medical Service Stations.
For a tour of the facility, for any questions, or if you are in need of information please feel free to contact us at (316) 775-4500