Fire Division Commander Major Ray Marbut
Phone: (316) 775-4500 extension 115
The Augusta Department of Public Safety (ADPS) Fire Division is staffed by six full-time Public Safety Officers, which includes a Major, who is the division commander, and a Lieutenant, who assists with day-to-day operation of the division. In addition, the division is supplemented by approximately 30 volunteer firefighters and a compliment of explorer or junior firefighters.
The Fire Division Officers work 12-hour shifts, similar to their Patrol Division peers, with the exception of the Fire Division Major and the Fire Division Lieutenant who are assigned to 8 hour shifts.
The ADPS Fire Division is responsible for fire protection for 144 square miles of Southern Butler County. Integrated into this area is the City of Augusta. In addition to being a Public Safety Department, the organization covers both a City fire district and a rural or county fire district, Butler County Fire District #2. The Fire Division also is part of the Butler County Rescue Squad and serves in this capacity for various rescue services throughout Butler County.
The Fire Division houses apparatus owned by both the City of Augusta and Butler County Fire District #2. The city owns one Engine, one 70-foot Aerial Platform and a 55-foot Aerial Ladder truck. The fire district owns 4 pickups (grass fire rigs), 1 multi-purpose pickup, two Engines, a Tanker, a rescue truck and boat.
The Fire Division responds to approximately 400 alarms per year. These alarms consist of fire calls, rescue calls, and other calls for service.
The firefighters also train at least once per calendar month.
Fire training is conducted at least once per calendar month. The training consists of both paid and volunteer personnel who work together to form a cohesive unit when performing all aspects of fire suppression, rescue, and emergency services.
The Fire Division also is responsible for fire inspections, fire prevention and education activities and the investigation of fires.