Response time is critical for emergency situations. Ideally, first responders should be on the scene within 4 minutes or less for the best chance at providing help, and the full response team should be on the scene within 8 minutes. As Wichita grows in size and population, along with a lack of fire department staff and stations, 4-minute response times are often not possible in many parts of the city. An even smaller portion of Wichita is properly covered by a full crew, available within 8 minutes. Click on the icons to the right for 4-minute and 8-minute response time maps to determine if your neighborhood falls within a fully protected area.
In Wichita, 22 fire stations serve a territory of 163.7 square miles. There are only three fire stations west of I-235, leaving many areas of rapidly growing West Wichita with inadequate response time coverage.
With resources spread so thin, all firefighting units and stations are expected to respond to other areas of Wichita and even surrounding communities if additional need arises.
In the event of a major fire, emergency or other disaster response situation that could require all units to respond – for example, at a large hotel, sports or entertainment venue, school or business – coverage for other response calls could be severely delayed or even non-existent. So even if you live close to a fire station, your local fire crew may be at the scene of a different emergency, and not be able to provide you with the help you need.